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FALL 2017 One Room Challenge: The Big Reveal!

The big day is here!  I finally get to share the full room & all of the details with you for the One Room Challenge  sponsored by House Beautiful.  I was very honored to have been asked to be one of twenty featured designers for the Fall 2017 ORC & design the living room & dining area for one of Dwell with Dignity’s projects.  This is my fourth time participating in the ORC & I love that this time I get the opportunity to give back.  I sit on the advisory board for Dwell with Dignity so I’m always happy to participate in more hands on activities with them.  I wish I could share more with you about the family but due to safety and privacy issues, I cannot.  I can tell you that the look on their faces when they walked thru the door to see the big reveal was absolutely priceless!  It was something that I will remember forever.  The project is an apartment home for a sweet woman and her two children.  The large open family room and dining space had it’s challenges but it also had some great pros to work with.  Over the last 7 weeks, we designed & implemented a new look for the space.  We worked with the ORC sponsors and some of our vendor partners to secure furnishings, fabric & accessories to help give this family a fabulous new beginning.

Let’s take a quick look at the before.

 

 

 

Now let’s take a closer look at the room’s new design.  You might remember from my previous post that the room’s jumping off point for the color palette was this stunning pillow from Arianna Belle.

I just love how the tented wall & drapery turned out!  I was so excited to use my Genesis fabric in Shay Blue from my new fabric collection for this project.  I love the backdrop that the tented wall provides for the artwork and sofa.  It’s the perfect pop of pattern & color!  I’ve received a lot of messages regarding the green velvet sofa from Article.  It’s the Sven sofa in grass green.  The modern take on a mid-century classic shape is so fabulous!  Article was so great to work with.  They shipped the sofa very quickly after I placed the order and it only took a few days to arrive.  They had great customer service and follow up.  The drapery hardware was graciously donated by Design Elements.

We gave them a desk area so that mom could have a workspace for her jewelry making or the kiddos could sit & do their home work.

We used a 48″ round dining table with four green velvet chairs from Home Pop for seating.  I also added an etagere in this space where she can display her jewelry and store some of her supplies.

To allow for ample space to move around, I had to shift the media cabinet down the wall a bit.  Since it was not centered on the wall, I used a blue velvet accent chair from Home Pop and created a gallery effect with the tv by hanging a piece of art and a brass longhorn around it to appear as a grouping.

I love how the etagere gives her storage & a way to display her beautiful jewelry designs.

This fabulous blue and gold leafed cocktail table is from IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  I love how it really pulls the blue from the Nourison rug!

Here’s an overall look at the living area.  I’m so pleased with how it turned out!  The arched mirror in the hallway is from IBB Design Fine Furnishings and the fuchsia storage bench is from Home Pop.  A HUGE thank you to all of the Dwell with Dignity volunteers and to #teamIBB for helping out with the installation and to Paula Ross for helping me tent the wall with my fabric & for making the drapery panels!

I hope you enjoyed following along on my design journey!  I will definitely be back to participate in the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge!  I still have several projects that I need to tackle in my own home.  Make sure you check out the rest of the Featured Designers for the ORC as well as the Guest Participants.  There is so much design inspiration!!

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

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Color Coded

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We’ve made it easier than ever to shop for home accessories! You all loved shopping by color for accessories in our warehouse & now we’re color coding the showroom as well! Our back wall is now arranged by color to make finding the perfect finishing touches for your space quick & very easy! Stop in to IBB Design Fine Furnishings & pick up everything you need to get your home pulled together before your holiday guests arrive! We sell right off the floor, so it’s perfect for those of you on a design deadline!

Happy decorating!
xo
Shay

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2013 Pantone Color of the Year Announced!

Pantone announced this morning that 2013’s color of the year will be Emerald. “A vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” Sounds great to me!

While I personally tend to be more of a bluesy type of girl (crushing on navy, 2010’s Color of the Year turquoise & everything in between), I’m definitely jumping on board with this jewel tone beauty.

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Remember, when I showed you this gorgeous jade cabinet from John Richard that I found at market? I fell so hard for it that I ordered it for my own home. Green definitely made it’s mark at the Fall 2012 High Point Home Furnishings Market.

20121206-101809.jpgDesigners & industry peeps went bananas for this malachite fabric from Robert Allen (seen here at Wesley Hall).

So, how should we implement this beautiful hue into our homes? Is it safe to paint a room this color? I say “Yes!”. Thom Filicia lacquered the walls of the entry of the Kipps Bay Showhouse in a breathtaking emerald green. It was spectacular! Wesley Hall features this stunning display of color on their website.

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In smaller doses or as an accent: Just a few days ago, I posted Kravet’s new ad for Jonathan Adler on instagram as something that is inspiring me right now. I love how Jonathan made a skirt for this console out of an emerald green fabric. The colors in this vignette are so well balanced.

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“It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.” With richly saturated colors like emerald on the scene, I see a very prosperous year ahead!

For more design inspiration find me on instagram (designershay) and on Pinterest & Twitter.

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Fall Market 2012 Showstopper

There were many spectacular pieces at the Fall 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market, but this one takes the cake. My jaw literally dropped when I turned the corner in the John Richard showroom and spotted this beauty!

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Jade 2 door cabinet by John Richard

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Up close detail of the amazing craftsmanship & dazzling beauty of this piece.

This is a brand new introduction, so it won’t be available for 4-5 months, but I assure you – it’s worth the wait! I have a spot in mind for it in my own home ;-). Available through IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

Tune in to Good Morning Texas this morning to see more of our fabulous finds from Fall 2012 market. I’ll be recapping a few of my favorites!

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accessories, Century Furniture, cocktail table, coffee table, console, design, Design Guild, furniture, furniture market, furniture sale, GMT, green, green design, High Point, home accessories, interior design, Jamie Young lamps, John Richard, lamp, North Carolina, Sale, Shay Geyer, Shay Sampson, Uncategorized, upholstered coffee table, upholstery, zebra skin rug

Picking the Perfect Coffee Table

Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few quick tips for choosing the perfect coffee table for your room.  It’s important that you select a coffee table for your home that not only has form & function, but also makes a statement in the room.  Watch the segment here.

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Rectangular leather tray coffee table (pictured left) by John Richard.  4 upholstered bunching ottomans by Design Guild.  Both available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

Tips for selecting the perfect coffee table
1.  The standard height for a coffee table  is 17”-19”  (Contemporary designs often use lower tables.)

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One of my all time favorite coffee tables!  This eglomise stunner is by John Richard.  I especially love the shape & legs on this table.

2.  Positioning your coffee table:
Place at least 18” away from your chairs or sofa ~ you want it to be within reach but you need to have enough clearance to easily walk by without feeling like the space is cramped.

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I love this leather ottoman coffee table by Century.  The nail head detail is to die for!  The tufting & rich chocolate leather invite your guests to kick up their feet & relax.  Do you remember seeing this on GMT recently?

Determine what size & shape is best for your room.  Ask yourself these questions:

1.  Will the coffee table align with a pair of chairs, a sofa or a sectional?
2.  What shape works best for my room/furniture layout?  Do I need a round, square, rectangular, or irregular shaped coffee table?  Rounds & squares work well with sectionals.  Use an oval shaped coffee table when a rectangular would work, but the space is a bit cramped.  The rounded edges help you gain a few extra inches & open up the space.
3.  What surface do I prefer?  Wood top, glass top, stone top, or upholstered?  Glass & other transparent tops can make a smaller room feel bigger.  An upholstered coffee table can help create a more laid back feel that will invite your guests to kick their feet up.
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This glass top rectangular beauty is by Century.  Using a glass or transparent top can help open up a room.  Rectangles align well with sofas.  A good rule of thumb is to have your coffee table be 1/2 to 2/3 the size of your sofa.  This helps create visual proportion & allows access to the coffee table from each seat on the sofa.

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From Toddler to Teen: Girl’s Room

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Friday on Good Morning Texas I showcased a fun spring inspired little girl’s room & adjoining play area.  The bright fun color palette was inspired by spring and has the type of design longevity to carry your little sweetie from toddler to early teen years.  Watch the segment here.

We used a fun array of fabrics in lime, purple, hot pink & yellow.  The walls are painted a sunny yellow & we picked up the pattern from the duvet cover & created a border half way up the wall for the room.  Wooden orange flowers adorn the wall above the headboard.  We used classic white painted furniture that allows the bright bold fabrics & patterns to be the showstoppers for the room.
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In the adjoining playroom, we jazzed up white walls by hand painting “tic tac toe” in bold colors up the wall.  We dressed the windows with fun hot orange leopard print drapery panels.

If you’d like to see the room in person, you can venture out to the Horizon Homes model home in Little Elm, Texas.

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Lovely Lee Jofa

So, I happened upon this stunning new fabric by Lee Jofa the other day while pulling fabrics for a client…

I instantly fell in love with all of the rich jewel tones and the gorgeous pattern.  My mind was racing with ideas of where & how I could use this insanely fabulous fabric.  Master bedroom drapery panels or bedding?  OMG, this would be awesome in a family room because of it’s bright happy color palette & eye catching pattern.  So many options!!!  SO, in true Designer Detective form, I whisked out my trusty iphone to snap a photo because I just HAD to share this with all of you.  It’s funny how something so fresh, new & lovely can get a designer’s heart racing!

I quickly uploaded the photo to twitter to share with the world!  This morning @LeeJofa sent me this in a mention via twitter

LOVE IT!  They’re running this as one of their new ad campaigns.  Watch out people!  We have a hit on our hands!  This fabric single handedly contains all of the “It” colors that the design world is raving about right now ~ Apple green, tangerine & jewel amethyst purple!  Beautifully done!

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Gorgeous Green

As I was walking through our showroom today, my eye was caught several times by this gorgeous apple green that’s so hot right now.  It’s all over the design world.  From fabrics to pillows & accessories.  I love the color green.  It pairs so well with a variety of colors.  One of my very favorite combinations is apple green & chocolate brown.  Doesn’t it just sound scrumptious?  I snapped a few shots with my iphone of some of my favorite accessories featuring green.

I’m a sucker for animal print & the apple green just gives you that special pop of color to make your room say “Oh la la”!

I am SO over Ivy in home decor!  It can really date a house so quickly!  Now I’m using cool new grass & twig designs like this.  So chic!

This pillow rocks!  I love the criss-cross ribbon design.

Great example of the apple green/chocolate brown color combo.  LOVE this floral/twig design.  Perfect for a bookcase, coffee table or end table.

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Girls just wanna have fun ~ with color

I am in love, love, love with this look.  I am SO into color & this definitely emanates color!  As a matter of fact, this room consists of all of my favorite colors.  All of the color experts are proclaiming that 2009 is the year of bright colors.  This look nails it.

When I grow up, I want my master bedroom to look like this!  Seriously.  The whole look is very artsy & says “look at me”, but in a tasteful way.  The hot pink chairs combined with the cool water blue chest and celery green walls are to die for.  I’m guessing that the inspiration for this room was the art.  It reminds me of a fabulous sculpted oil painting that my parents own that consists of every color in the spectrum.  I’ve loved that piece since I was a child.  I’ve always teased my mom that if it turned up missing, she’d know where to find it.  A piece of art like this is always a great place to start.  The possibilities are endless.  You really could go in just about any direction.

In my opinion, the look is flawlessly pulled together.  It’s busy with color, but free of clutter.  The art ties it all together in a perfect little bow.  It makes me want to jump start my master bedroom makeover!

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Simple Master Bedroom

Today’s Design Dilemma:  Ideas for creating a peaceful master bedroom retreat

Calming colors of gold & green chosen in soothing tones create a peaceful retreat for this master bedroom.  Drama is present with the high contrast of the dark rich woods with the cool tones of the color palette.  The 4 poster bed draws your eye up and makes quite a statement in the room.  Keep it simple on the accessories.  Too much clutter will take away from the restful atmosphere.  Use sleek silver photo frames on nightstands to showcase family photos.  Black & white photos would keep in line with the clean sophisticated look of the room & also offer a classic touch to your decor.    We’ve dressed the windows with simple drapery panels hung on fabulous rich wood rods & rings for a clean sophisticated look.  A small straight lined club chair & end table were added to define a sitting area for the room.  No rug is needed since the flooring that was chosen is a high quality neutral carpet with a sturdy pad.