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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week Three

Things are moving right along & the new design for the Brazil’s nursery is starting to take shape.

Let’s chat about some of the design elements we’ve selected for the room. I’m very excited about the lighting for this project! We were very fortunate to get to select from two fabulous lighting sponsors – Crystorama & Hudson Valley. I must say I was stoked about both sponsors as we source from them often for all of our projects at IBB. All of the lighting was in stock & came super quick! That is such a huge bonus when you’re on a tight deadline!

Both companies have a vast assortment of styles and applications to choose from. Let’s take a look at the light fixtures we selected.

A pair of these sconces from Hudson Valley will be mounted on the bathroom mirror.

This chandelier from Crystorama will be centered in the baby’s room.

And a pair of these sconces from Crystorama will flank the day bed.

Let’s take a look at what happened this week while I was away at High Point market.

Most of the progress was made in the bathroom this week as the elements of the bathroom design started getting installed.

Here’s a quick link access for the items shown in the photo below provided by our sponsors:

We laid the white ceramic rectangular tile from overstock.com in a staggered brick joint on the floor in the tub area. We used Custom Fusion #380 Bright White grout for it. Make sure to get the Fusion grout. It has the sealer already mixed into it. I love it – especially for the lighter colored grouts!

How cute is this striped floor? We used the lavender penny round from overstock.com & the white ceramic rectangular tile to create the striped pattern.

The cabinets are scheduled to go in later today. You can see the junction boxes are in place for the Hudson Valley sconces that will be set on the vanity mirror.

The tub from overstock.com is set & the white patterned tile from overstock.com for the tub surround has been installed. We used Custom Fusion #380 Bright White grout with it as well.

Since this is a jack & jill bathroom, we only did the lavender stripe on the baby girl’s side. We kept the tub area & other vanity area all white to keep it gender neutral for future kiddos.

This adorable wallpaper for the bathroom arrived this week! The bedroom & bathroom wallpapers are both scheduled to install next week.

So many things scheduled to happen over the next week! We’re working with our paint samples today to confirm the selections over at the house today. Cabinets & countertops will be going in, new doors installed, painting & much more! Make sure you’re following my Instagram stories for sneak peeks as the week progresses!

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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week Two

It’s week 2 & the nursery plans are well underway. Why do I feel like the clock is ticking 100 times faster than usual? Oh, right!!! We are down 2 weeks with just 4 weeks to go. So much still needs to happen! Oh, and have I mentioned that I’m on a plane to High Point market as we speak? This coming week’s project management will be done remotely for me while I’m in North Carolina. Don’t worry though – I can still crack the whip no matter how far away 😉

Today we’re discussing the design & demo plans. Below is a rendering of my design for the nursery.

Last week, we discussed how this gorgeous Schumacher wallpaper was our jumping off point for the room’s design.

We’re very fortunate to have Fabricut as the fabric sponsor, so we’ve selected some amazing fabrics in our palette for drapery, a treatment over the custom daybed, the swivel rocker & pillows.

All of the tile for the bathroom remodel has been provided by Overstock.com. Can we just take a moment to give them the biggest shout out? They have gone above & beyond for our challenge. Their customer service has been amazing and I’m very excited about the products my client is receiving from them to finish out the bathroom. They get a huge gold star for giving us access to the “easy button”.

Back to the design – Let’s chat about the bathroom. We are creating a striped pattern on the floor out of the lavender penny round & the white rectangular ceramic tile.

The white patterned tile on mesh is for the tub surround. I absolutely love the Emtek hardware for the vanity cabinets & other bathroom built-ins! All of the plumbing from Hansgrohe has arrived. The polished nickel faucet is amazing! I cannot wait to see it installed. We also chose a hand held shower wand so bathing the baby will be a breeze!

The tub & sink from Overstock.com have arrived too & our contractor is getting the tub set as we speak. Lots of prep work is happening & the tile work should be starting soon!

Here are a few progress photos of where we’re at now.

The new bathtub is going in!

These will both become new storage areas with adjustable shelving, a dirty clothes hamper & drawers.

The junction boxes for the bathroom sconces are in. They will be set inside the mirror.

Next week I’ll go more in depth on our lighting and furniture selections & of course more progress updates!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram & check out my stories for more sneak peeks, behind the scenes, sponsors, tips & more!

Don’t forget to check out the other featured designers! I am having a blast following all of their projects! So much inspiration! Are you joining as a guest participant? Message me so I can follow along. We’re all in this together, right? Cheers to progress in our makeover journeys!!

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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week One

Here we go! I’m very excited to be taking on another project and participating as a featured designer in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge. If you’re not familiar with the ORC, then click here to learn all about it.

In the midst of planning a whole home remodel with my clients Trey & Bliss Brazil, they discovered they were pregnant with their first child. So – after finding out they were having a little girl, we began designing a nursery for them. Aren’t they just the cutest?!

When I was asked by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home to participate in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, I knew the Brazil’s nursery would be the perfect room for the challenge.

Their North Dallas home was built in the 80’s and has had very little updating done to it.

Are you ready to take a look at some of the before photos? We have many changes that need to be addressed.

So, now you’ve seen the before photos. Let me give you a little glimpse into my game plan for the room.

Below is a rough layout of our furniture plan. We’re designing the nursery to be able to grow with the baby. It will be chic & sophisticated & not at all juvenile. I’ve custom designed a day bed that will go on our focal wall. We’ll pair two nightstands with it flanking either side. We have some stunning sconces from Crystorama going over the nightstands. An acrylic crib will sit directly opposite the day bed.

There’s obviously so much more to share so follow along on my Instagram & Instagram stories for behind the scenes & sneak peeks

Tune in this Thursday at 5:30 Central time as my team & I go LIVE to discuss our ORC project. Feel free to jump in & ask us any design related questions you might have.

Next Wednesday we’ll dive deeper into the design plan and share more of our amazing sponsors for our ORC project.

Be sure to follow the rest of the featured designers along their One Room Challenge journey. I’m so excited to see the projects that everyone is taking on! See the links below to find their blogs. There is some serious talent this season! If you have the itch to join in on the ORC fun, then join us as a guest participant! Guest participants post every Thursday. You can find more info on how to participate & how to link your blog here.

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole Cole

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | SMP Living

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC

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Fall 2017 One Room Challenge: Week 4

Well folks, things are getting crazy around here!  It’s week 4 and we’re past the halfway point. HOWEVER, for the first time in One Room Challenge history, they are granting a one week extension.  We received an email from ORC creator Linda Weinstein explaining “never have there been so many natural disasters in so many states leading up to, and during the ORC. Between Texas, Florida and California, many participants have had to endure unusual circumstances and because of this, we will be supporting each other with a one week extension.”  My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by any of these natural disasters. The featured designers big reveals will now take place on Wednesday, November 15th. If you’re a guest participant, you’ll be getting an extension as well! Did you know that there are over 220 guest participants?  Follow their challenges & see the big reveals on Thursday, November 16th.

The week long extension won’t exactly affect my project with Dwell with Dignity. We’ve actually already installed it! As soon as I returned from market, we loaded up & headed out to install this beautiful apartment home to help give a new beginning to a very deserving family. Due to the privacy/safety of the family and the charitable process for Dwell with Dignity, I can’t share photos of the family or much about them but I can share sneak peeks of the room until the big reveal 😉

So, for the next few weeks I’ll be teasing you with fabulous photos, progress and giving you the scoop of our amazing “village” of sponsors, vendors & volunteers it took to pull this off in record time.

Let’s dive into some of the details of transforming this home for this sweet family. The wall has been tented & the drapery panels went up in my Genesis fabric. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!!! Thank you to Design Elements for donating the fabulous brass hardware!  And, OMG – how amazing does the fuchsia Nourison rug look?

Thank you to Paula Ross for taking over the task of tenting the wall!  We stapled the fabric to a furring strip to ensure little to no damage to the wall.

The Arianna Belle pillows arrived in the prettiest packaging with a hand written thank you note!  I told y’all she was fabulous!

I cannot get over how incredibly perfect these pillows are with the rug from Nourison!


Here’s another close up of the rug where you can see more of the blue & green accents.


Tune in next Wednesday for more photos & details from our installation. Make sure you check out the progress from the other featured designers below.
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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Fall 2017 One Room Challenge: Week 3 Furniture Plan

Greetings ORC friends!  It’s week 3 & I’m checking in from High Point, North Carolina as we wrap up a week at the Fall Home Furnishings Market.

The design is starting to come together!  I’m super excited to share with you that we got approval to tent the sofa wall!!! Woohoo!!  So, that will be getting installed next week. We’ve also secured more furnishings & accessories for the design.  Let’s take a look at where we’re at with the plan.


1). The gorgeous pillows from Arianna Belle were the jumping off point for the room’s color palette.  The homeowner requested a happy palette of pink, green & blue so a pair of these pretty pillows will go on the sofa.

2) A huge thank you to Nourison for helping us out with this gorgeous hand knotted rug. The primarily fuchsia pattern has accents of blue & green so it’s perfect for our palette!


3) The gorgeous green velvet sofa from Article will anchor the main seating area.

4) My Genesis pattern in Shay Blue from my new fabric collection will be used to tent the wall behind the sofa.

5) Huge hugs to my friends at Wendover Art Group for donating this gorgeous large scaled art!  It’s going to make quite the statement over the sofa!


This mirror from IBB Design Fine Furnishings & this bench from Home Pop will go in the hallway between the kids’ bedrooms.  You might remember that I was originally going to float the bench between the main sitting area & the dining table but I changed my mind. I really think it’s best to keep that space open & the hallway is perfect for a storage bench like this.


We’re working on finalizing selections for the end tables, lamps, a desk, swivel chairs, cocktail table, etagere & breakfast nook table.

Tune in next Wednesday for more progress updates!  Make sure you’re following the other featured designers as well as the guest participants. There is so much amazing design happening around the country!  I love it!!!

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Fall 2017 One Room Challenge ~ Dwell with Dignity

It’s that time of year! The Calling it Home One Room Challenge is back! If you read this blog or follow me on instagram, then you know that I am a big fan of the ORC. As a matter of

fact, I’m writing this blog post while sitting in the room I transformed in our own home during the Spring 2017 ORC ~ our study. It’s now one of my favorite rooms in our home & we spend a lot of time in here as a family. This season will mark my 5th time participating in the blogging event.

I’m excited to announce that for the Fall 2017 ORC, I’ll be one of twenty featured designers and I’m teaming up with Dwell with Dignity for an extra special transformation. I will be making over the family room and dining area in an apartment home for some of Dwell with Dignity’s clients. Due to privacy, I can’t share much about the family that we’re working with but I can tell you that the project is being designed for a mother, her son & daughter. I’m a big believer in using the talents that God gave you to give back to your community so when Linda from Calling it Home One Room Challenge and Dwell with Dignity asked if I’d participate, I did not even hesitate.

I’m very excited to begin the transformation for this family. My overall goal is to take the cues that the mother gave me and create a home environment that feels happy, comfy and functional for how they live. She absolutely loves pink and she has a passion for making jewelry. We will definitely be incorporating these elements into our design plan.

Here are a few must haves for the family room and dining area:
1) seating area
2) Tv cabinet/media console
3) storage for jewelry making supplies & finished pieces
4) dining table & seating for 4

Let’s discuss a few of the pros & cons of the spaces that we’re dealing with.
Pros:
1) The family room area is a large open space large.
2) There is defined area for dining designated by a hanging light fixture.
3) The spaces have hardwood flooring.

Cons:
Since it is an apartment home, we have some restrictions as far as the design is concerned.
1) We cannot paint or wallpaper.
2) We cannot change out any of the light fixtures.

Let’s take a look at a few of the before photos of this sweet family’s apartment home.

 

 

Next week, we’ll dive into more of the space planning and I’ll start giving you a few sneak peeks into some of the specific furnishings, products and fabrics we’ll be using. Follow along on our journey on my instagram & instagram stories. Make sure you check out the other featured designers in the One Room Challenge listed below. Progress updates will be posted every Wednesday. If you want to join in on the fun & makeover a space, you can still join in as a guest participant. Just log onto callingithome.com & join the link up starting tomorrow.
@boxwoodavenue
@coco.and.jack
@designmanifest
@dwellwithdignity
@jennykomenda
@themakerista
@makingitlovely
@dabito
@oldhomelove
@angela_thepaintedhouse
@mepflug
@thepinkpagoda
@ericareitman
@caitlinflemming
@simplygrove
@jillsorensen
@sugarandcloth
@brittanymakes
@waitingonmartha
@housebeautiful
@oneroomchallenge

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Spring 2017:  One Room Challenge Week 2

OMG! What did I get myself in to?  As I sit here writing this post (after 1:00 AM), I’m starting to think I should have chosen our pool bath instead of our study 😬. With all I have on my plate with clients & running a business, it proves very difficult to find time to tackle my own design to-do list. This past week has been a whirlwind. We head to High Point market next week, so I’ve been meeting with clients back to back, checking in on projects, presenting concepts & sourcing.  We’re very fortunate that the area of Dallas we live in is booming. Like crazy big time booming!  There’s no shortage of folks building new homes or looking to remodel. With so many companies relocating here, the real estate market is on fire and so many commercial projects are popping up all around us. It’s definitely an exciting time at IBB Design. With tight deadlines and such a high demand for skilled trades & labor, I’ve spent a great deal of time calling in favors to get projects completed for my clients. This first week of the ORC has definitely been a reality check for me that this room may not be camera ready in six weeks.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty & discuss inspiration, details & timeline.

As you saw last week, the room’s backdrop is high gloss black paneling, white ceiling & brass & acrylic light fixtures.

Now if you know me or follow me on social media, then you know I love color!  Let’s take a look at some inspiration photos for the room’s color palette. I saved these photos a while back & can’t remember the original source, so if you know the designer, let me know so I can credit.

L💙VE all of this fresh color!  Blue, yellow & a small pop of fuchsia – AMEN to all of that!

This inspiration photo really captures the color vibe I’m after.

The art above will go above our fireplace mantle is my inspiration for my room’s palette. It’s a actually an Hermes scarf that my mom gave me as a gift. I’m framing it to turn it into artwork that I can see & enjoy every day. I’m not typically a green person but I’m so drawn to pulling out this stunning malachite that I’m going to step out of my normal comfort zone & go for it as a strong accent in the room 😍.

I’ll be doing motorized drapery in here. The panels will hang on a simple brass traversing rod & the top photo shows the square finial I’m using. I have a little trick up my sleeve with the drapery fabric (more on that later) but this is going to be a super tight turnaround considering all of the elements of the design. The black & brass bar cart (available at IBB Design) will sit to the left of the fireplace with the large scaled gold metal shade lamp on it.

I’m using a glass, chrome & brasssawhorse desk that will float in the center of the room & back to the built in bookshelves. I love this little malachite drink table. I might use it next to the quilted yellow leather chair that I’m using toward the right of the fireplace.

Ok folks! That’s all for today!  Make sure you follow me on Instagram for more sneak peeks and behind the scenes. Easter weekend is almost here!  Enjoy your time with your families.

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 6ish…

Okie dokie!  The room is done. Woohoo!!! My “planning ahead” got the best of me when I booked my photographer to shoot the room this week thinking that the Big Reveal was actually next week.  I guess I was determined to buy myself some time during this busy season.  I was installing my project in Grand Cayman last week so the photo shoot had to happen this week.  So, today I will share some behind the scenes & next week I’ll post all of the yummy photos from my friend Dan Piassick.

A quick reminder of what the room looked like before…


Behind the scenes:

Our dog Roxy always seems to work her way into the photos when we’re shooting at our house.  Take a look at her stealing the show in my last One Room Challenge 😉. This photo shoot was no different!  She clearly thinks she’s a doggy model. LOL!

Literally kissing up to Dan trying to schmooze her way into the shot.

I’ll leave you with a little teaser from a screenshot I got off of Dan’s computer while we were shooting.

Ok – one more!  I had to snap this after I put Brooklyn to bed tonight.  My little cutie is so excited with how her room turned out.  It was a lot of fun to involve her in the design process and I loved hearing all of her ideas.  Fingers crossed that one day she’ll want to join the family business or maybe do something great in our industry.

Next week I’ll share all of the professional photos as well as more details on putting her room together.

Happy designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 3

We’re half way there! OMG! We’re halfway there!!!  It seems like we have a lot of details left to complete before Brookie’s room is done & time is ticking!


This was a bit of a slow week for progress in Brookie’s room. Mommy kind of has a lot on her plate right now 😜. I’m prepping to leave for High Point market & then my installation in the Cayman Islands shortly after we get back. There’s a lot of excitement going on at IBB right now with Partners Card right around the corner & everyone rushing to get projects completed before holiday guests arrive.

So what happened this week?

Brookie’s Kate Spade vanity chair from IBB Design arrived 😍

Her nightstands arrived as well.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out & she absolutely loves them 😍

Her pendant lights were also installed over her nightstands.  We’re enjoying turning off all of the lights & just leaving the pendant lights on when we’re reading bedtime stories.


Here’s what is left to do:

  • Install drapery
  • Chest of drawers (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hot pink club chair (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hand painted butterflies around the room
  • Frames for Brooklyn to display her artwork & switch out as she wants (need to source)
  • Monogrammed Bed linens (on order – just waiting on arrival)

Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks at the progress & what I find while I’m at High Point market.  I’ll be back next Thursday with more updates on my sweet girl’s room.

Happy designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 2

Our design plan is starting to take shape & my little princess couldn’t be more excited! Let’s go over a few details going into her room.


1) Two of these pendants will hang over her nightstands on either side of her bed.

2) Brookie asked for a canopy bed so I’ve customized this bed from IBB Design in a hot pink chevron cut. The posts will all be black and the canopy will be a deep pewter.

3) This super cute Kate Spade club chair will sit by her chest of drawers & we’ll accent it with a fun bow pillow design like we did in my daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade room.

4) The wallpaper that inspired the design! As you saw from my first post, her bathroom is covered in this adorable wallpaper. I’m having one of our artists paint large scaled butterflies strategically placed to look as if they’re flying around the bedroom.

5) This will be her chest of drawers & will be done in aqua with black tassels.

6) We carry Michael Aram at our store & I was so excited to find these butterfly knobs to use on her bathroom cabinetry.

7) I’m doing Kate Spade chair as her vanity chair but in a bright aqua.

Alrighty! So now you know a few more details, so let’s discuss what happened this week.

As you might have noticed from the renderings of her room design, my game plan included painting all of her crown, base, doors & trim hot pink.

After sampling several pinks, we loved this fun bright pink. It’s name is very fitting!

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My handsome hubby installed all of her bathroom accessories & cabinet hardware. You may notice that I left the trim around the shutters & the shutters white. Why, you ask?

1) There is a lot going on with the wallpaper so the white gives your eye a place to rest.

2) Never paint your shutters a bold color that will be seen from the exterior of your home. Hot pink most certainly does not jive with the exterior elevation ?

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See how happy my little munchkin is! She is loving her new big girl bed!

There’s a lot more to do! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way & check back in again next Thursday for more updates.

Happy Designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week One

It’s that time of year again!  I’m very excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge for the third time.  If you’re joining our blog for the first time, you can check out my older daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade inspired bedroom here & our laundry room makeover here.  If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen that we sold our home in January (fully furnished) to a wonderful family relocating to our area & moved into a new home & onto a new project.  We did a pretty expansive remodel taking on the task of updating the 16 year old home.  I fell in love with the architecture, trim work & overall bones of the home but much of the home was very dark.  Unfortunately the previous owners of the home had made a few unfortunate design decisions and those also needed to be addressed.  Seeing as we’re pretty much starting from scratch with furnishings & a blank slate for each room, it looks like I’ll have content for many many more One Room Challenges!

I decided to tackle the bedroom & bathroom of our 5 year old daughter, Brooklyn, for this challenge.  Her room in our previous home was a bunk room.
Our new home has a separate bunk room, so Brookie will be getting a new queen size bed – which she is very excited about & has a very clear vision for what she wants ?.

Here is what her room looked like the day we bought the house.

After experiencing some water damage, the previous owners had replaced all of the upstairs flooring with the faux wood seen here.

As part of the remodel, we installed new hardwood flooring.


Brookie’s bathroom received a major overhaul.  Here are a few before photos

Here are a few photos in progress during her bathroom remodel.

She wanted butterflies in her room & she loved this wallpaper I found so we decided to use this as the jumping off point for her bathroom & bedroom ?. She is a pink girl at heart but really loves Aqua too so we sampled both colors to select which one we would use on her bathroom vanity.

With the wallpaper being so colorful & busy, I wanted the floors to remain more neutral & classic.  I chose white 12×24 tile & installed it on a staggered brick joint on the floor & a smaller size in the shower.

My girly girl literally would be totally fine with everything being pink!  When I found this hot pink 1×1 mosaic, I had to work it in somehow.  A picture frame centered on the shower wall was the perfect way to add a splash of my sweet girl’s personality without going overboard.

Here’s what her bathroom looks like today.

And a few photos of how her room looks today.

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The Barbie mirror had a few casualties during our movie.  Clearly I need to add fixing that to my “to-do” list.

This is what it’s actually supposed to look like.

And here’s a sneak peek into our game plan:

As you can see, we have a lot to accomplish in just 6 short weeks!  I’ll be back next week with more details of our plan & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks at Brooklyn’s room transformation & check back here every Thursday for updates!

Happy Designing!!!

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Week 6: The Big Reveal! Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


What a difference a week makes! A whole lot has happened at casa de Geyer.  We’ve officially moved into our new house & we couldn’t be more excited!

If you’re just joining in on the #oneroomchallenge, I decided to make over our laundry room & mud room.  Many people have asked why I chose these areas to focus on & the answer is really quite simple.  Since the people who bought our previous home bought almost all of our furniture, we’re basically starting from scratch in the new home.  With ORC being a 6 week challenge, I knew with my current client project work load that there was no way I had time to design furnishings & get them ordered & here within the timeframe.  I also knew that the mudroom & laundry rooms were spaces I could pull together in my “spare time” because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.  I’ve tricked out areas like this for many clients and I’ve always wanted these rooms in our home to have a happy cheerful feeling.  Let’s face it, laundry is not my favorite activity in the world but I figured making our laundry room a space that I loved walking into might inspire me to tackle those chores.

So, let’s take a quick look at the before photos again.

 

And here’s what our laundry room & mud room look like today  *All after photos by Dan Piassick*

 

One of my biggest focuses during our makeover was not only to make a colorful laundry room & mud room but to get creative with the organization of all of the daily necessities for these rooms.

I used a blue lacquered tray to organize containers holding detergent pods & clothes pins.  We use these clothes pins to keep socks together in the washer.  They help cut down our mismatched socks & they’re safe in the wash.

I chose a yellow lacquered box to hide our dryer sheets.

The blue lacquered box hides essentials like tide pens, scissors, safety pins, a sewing kit & lint brush.

 

 

Each family member has their own storage baskets in the mud room including our dog Roxy.

And now for a few of my favorite design elements!

Lighting:  I’ve had my eye on the Taylor Burke “Don’t Fret” pendant chandelier for a while now.  I think it turned out perfect in the laundry room!

I selected these brass Barbara Cosgrove sconces to add additional lighting over the lockers & I love the way they look on top of the wallpaper!

I kept the window treatment fairly simple so that it would compliment the wallpaper & not compete with it.  I love the accent of yellow with the Greek key trim tape.

 

The hardware is still one of my favorite selections.  I love how it plays off of the wallpaper.

 

I used two acrylic & brass double robe hooks for each family member to hang their bags in the lockers.

 

I had monogrammed pillows made for each family member to designate their locker area.

I had a blast with the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  Since we’re starting from scratch in our new house, you can bet that I’ll be back for more One Room Challenge fun!

Happy designing everyone!

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Week 5: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Eek!!! There is officially one week left until the big reveal!  This week has really been a blur as I had two out of town client project installations.  I was really excited to come home & see some progress. (Although my husband is equally as excited and sent me frequent text updates while I was gone ) The transformation of our laundry room & mud room are really starting to take shape.

Drumroll please….

Ta-da!  The wallpaper I’ve been fantasizing about is finally up. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me!


I absolutely love the impact it makes as you walk down the hallway from our family room to the mudroom.


Here’s a little reminder of what it looked like before

It’s amazing what some fresh white paint & a gorgeous large scale patterned wallpaper can do!  We went from dark & dreary to light, bright & fab!

I’m loving all of the details in the mud room.   I’m really looking forward to having a nice organized space for everyone right by the garage door.  Our mornings are usually chaotic so I’m counting on this area to help ease some stress by helping keep everyone prepared & ready for their day.  A mom can dream, right?

The sconces help bring in some much needed additional light in this area.  My handsome hubby has been very hands on with our remodel.  I’m so proud of all of the hard work he has put in.  It’s been so fun spending time putting in sweat equity when we can.  We make a great team!  It usually goes somethings like this – I come up with a wild idea & before I even finish my thought, he’s figuring out how to make it happen. Our contractor really gets a kick out of it!

I’ve had my eye on Taylor Burke Home’s “Don’t fret” pendant for a while now.  When I saw Julianne at High Point market, I told her I had to have it for this project.  She just happened to have this white one in stock & she moved mountains to get it to me in record time.  We debated on whether I should do a fun POC (pop of color) but in the end, I went with the crisp white & I think once my window treatment goes up & my other accents are in that you’ll agree. The chandelier went up yesterday & I absolutely love it! Thank you girlie!



All of the fun details are up next!  Window treatments, cushions & pillows for the mud room, artwork & organization/storage accents.

The big reveal is next week, but make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks & other updates!

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Week 4: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


So this is the week when it feels like there is so much left to be done but nothing.  seems to be happening.  I’m not sweating the small stuff, but so much still needs to happen before the big reveal.  Let’s just keep praying that everything arrives & gets installed on time!

The hardware was installed on the cabinetry & doors and I’m totally loving it!



The sink & faucet are in & I’m very excited about having this large sink area in our laundry room. The faucet has a pull down spout for easy cleaning.


Our gorgeous sconces for our mud room arrived & we’ve decided on the best way to hang them. 
Our wallpaper is here & it’s absolutely amazing! I’m hoping it will go up this weekend! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more sneak peeks!

Hopefully next week I’ll be sharing some amazing progress!

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Week 3: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’ve been away at market for a week & it was fun to come home & see progress being made & even a little surprise from my hubby.  The cabinets and ceiling have all been painted.  I’m really loving all of the fresh “Shay White”!  It feels so cheerful.

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The quartz countertops were installed before I left but they have been covered up.  I just love how they look.  This man made material will be the perfect durable countertop for a room that will get a ton of use!  My hubby remarked at the blue washer & dryer in a few of my inspiration photos & asked if they were on my wish list.  I’m pretty sure my starry eyed “you know it” reply worked some magic on him because I came home to these beauties!  Our new home has an upstairs laundry room as well so he searched & searched until he found an amazing deal so we could put our current washer & dryer in the upstairs laundry room.  He is the king of negotiating and I was very happily surprised by his thoughtful gesture. Thank you honey!


I opted for a larger more modern sink for the laundry room since we use it frequently.  The faucet has arrived & should be getting installed early next week.

Previous sink:

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New Sink:

My hardware samples arrived & I’ve decided to go with this design.

Here’s a sneak peek at the overall scheme.  I love how the hardware plays off of the wallpaper.  The room will be mostly blue & white but I have some fun pops of color planned.  I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for the details.

  

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I’ve had my eye on the “Don’t Fret” chandelier from Taylor Burke Home for quite some time.  I’ve decided to use it in our laundry room so I’ll get to enjoy it every day.

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I fell in love with these ceramic sculpted flowers at market.  I plan on using them somewhere in this space for wall decor.  I think they’ll be a fun accent on the wallpaper.

That’s all for this week’s updates & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram for daily design inspiration, sneak peeks, design tips & project eye candy.

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Week 2: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’m continuing to fine tune the details for our laundry room & mud room but my game plan is still far from solid.  Things are very busy at IBB Design with client projects & I’m headed to market in High Point North Carolina today so I’m literally planning this makeover in my sleep at this point.

Here are a few more inspiration photos that depict the look & feel I’m after. 

I’m really digging the idea of a striped rug in the laundry room.  I think it will work great with the wallpaper, so I’m on the hunt for the perfect indoor/outdoor striped blue rug. Speaking of wallpaper, say a prayer that Quadrille can meet my installation deadline.  It’s all hand printed & seeing that we’re on a very tight timeline, it’s going to be cutting it very close to get it installed prior to the big reveal.  I’ll hopefully have confirmation of a delivery date in the next few days.  If they can’t meet my timeline, I may have to consider re-selecting.  I love it so much & it was really my jumping off point so I’m crossing my fingers that it all works out!


I love, love, love the idea of throwing in a pop of yellow so I’m thinking of using one of these trim tapes as a detail on the window treatment above our washer & dryer.


*laundry room in the home of Christine Dovey*

A blue washer & dryer will take center stage underneath our white quartz countertops.

Updates on laundry room progress:
The photos are a bit dark.  The power is currently off in these areas since they are working on re-doing a lot of the electrical.


New LED can lights were installed & a Jbox for a chandelier (which I still need to select).  The ceilings are tall in here so I’m looking for a fun pendant or semi-flush mount.


The cabinetry has all been painted in “Shay White” & the quartz countertops have been installed.

I ordered samples of both of the knobs below to consider for the cabinet hardware.


The mud room needs a bit more planning.  I know I want to use these sconces to hang over the tops of the locker cabinets.


I love the cheerfulness & color in this mud room.  In my mud room, the cabinetry will be white & the wallpaper  will continue into here so I will pull accent color in thru the pillows & cushions on the benches in the lockers.


Mud Room progress update:

The cabinets have been painted & the walls are being prepped for wallpaper. 

It’s starting to come together but there are many details left to finalize.  I’m looking forward to being inspired this week while I’m attending the High Point Home Furnishings market.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram to get more sneak peeks.

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Week One: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Here we go again!  Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m diving into this challenge again during one of our busiest times of the year.  We’re designing & installing 3 out of town projects in the next 2 months & we’re juggling several new build jobs and remodels.  Thankfully all of my clients are amazing & instead of being stressed because we’re so busy, we’re having a blast with the diversity of designs we’re working on & seeing them come to life.


You might remember the makeover I did on my daughter’s bedroom during the Fall One Room Challenge.  Well, we’ve sold that house & have bought a new fixer upper & we’re starting all over again.  I’m sure your thinking I’ve lost my mind.  The truth is that the market in Dallas right now is so hot, that we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sell our house.  So, a wonderful new family is moving in.  Their twin daughters will be sharing the Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  We loved the design so much though that we’ll be duplicating it in the bunk room in our new home.

Our new home has an ideal floor plan for our family & great bones but since it’s 16 years old, it’s time to update the finish out & design.  For this challenge, I’m going to work on our laundry room & mud room areas.  Here’s a few photos showing the before of our laundry room.



  
  The house is very dark so I’ll be giving it a face lift & painting all of the dark wood trim, cabinetry & shutters in a fresh white paint that my painter has nicknamed “Shay White”.  It’s a formula we came up with after several of my “go-to” whites either went too white or too blue in our new home.

Here’s a before shot of the mud room area.  The can lights were all out in this area so my photos all turned out dark & unfortunately this is the only one that you can even make out what’s pictured.  I promise to have better progress photos!

Honestly, my game plan right now is not complete.  I’ve fallen in love with this wallpaper, so this will be my jumping off point.  I’ll be using pure white quartz countertops since we’ll most definitely need a scratch & stain resistant surface in this room.


I’m pretty sure I’ll carry the wallpaper into the mud room.  We have built in cabinetry in there with 4 locker areas.  One section will be for my 2 daughters to put their backpacks & dance bags.  My husband & I will use the other section of lockers.  The palette will be blue & white with pops of other accent colors.  I’ll have cushions made for the benches, monogrammed pillows & baskets to designate each person’s locker & some fabulous hardware for the cabinetry & locker hooks.

Here’s a glimpse into one of the laundry rooms that I find inspiring.


I’ll be traveling to High Point for the home furnishings & accessories market next week so I hope to get more inspiration & solidify my game plan.

I’ll be back next week with more design details & progress photos.  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.

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Christmas Traditions


Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  We have several family traditions during the holidays.  I’m planning our menu & tablescapes today so I was looking back thru old photos & thought I’d share a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season.

This was last year’s tablescape.  I love to mix & match my china & crystal. The water glasses were my maternal grandmother’s. My girls both really get into helping decorate & set the table.  Last year we even got a little festive with our ice cream & turned them into snowmen.  My daughter Jaylie is in charge of the kids’ table.  Every year we come up with a fun design out of paper plates.  Last year we decided on a reindeer theme.      

 The year before we did a snowman theme.  On Christmas Eve, we go to candlelight services at our church & then come home & have lots of appetizers as we open up Christmas presents.  I found this Christmas tree cheese tray idea on Pinterest a few years ago & we do it every year.  Just add sprigs of Rosemary between each kind of cubed cheese. The topper is Boursin cheese with cranberries on top in the shape of a star. After we eat & open gifts, we bake a birthday cake for Jesus :-). This is my favorite tradition with my girls!   

  
On Christmas morning, I make themed pancakes for everyone.  Last year we did Rudolph pancakes. 
Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite Christmad traditions!  I can’t wait for the week ahead!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas week & cheers to slowing down & enjoying time with your family!

  

  

 

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One Room Challenge: Week 5 Update

Now we’re starting to see some major progress!  My daughter’s room is really beginning to come together.  We’re in the home stretch with just one week left now.

All of the lighting was installed this week.  Our favorite fixture by far is the acrylic and brass sputnik chandelier that will hang over her day bed.

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This is a view from her top bunk looking down.  The polka dots on the four walls of her room were a last minute add on.  I kept thinking the walls needed something & decided the polka dots were the perfect way to go.  We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the large scaled pattern really takes the room’s design to the next level.

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The sconces on the top bunk were also installed this week.  They will be perfect for when she’s reading at night before she goes to bed.
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The switch to turn the sconces on & off is right by the head of her bunk.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that the plugs we used have two electrical outlets and two USB outlets.  I specify these outlets in all of my remodeling projects.  They are so convenient and allow you to plug in electrical items and still have room to charge your phone or other devices.
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This view of the room shows more of the painting that was finished this week.  The cased openings & doors were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black with white trim on the doors.

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The frameless glass shower was also installed this week.  The brass fittings are the perfect compliment to the brass lighting & hardware in the room.  I’m dying for the gorgeous Newport Brass plumbing to get installed.  It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!  We’re really down to the wire!
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I love how all of the painting turned out in her bathroom.  The black detailing on the cabinets is one of my favorite design elements.

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I picked up the bow motif in her shoe & accessory closet & had this pattern painted on the wall.  I had the back of the shoe racks mirrored to open up the space.  This was her originally tiny closet inside her bathroom.  By taking off the door & adding the built ins for shoes, drawers for clothing & adjustable shelves for toiletries & towels,  we’ve given her much more functional storage for her room.

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James Peck from Kidz Digz does work on so many of our projects.  In fact IBB has worked with he and his wife for over 20 years on various murals, custom finishes & paint treatments and specialty finishes for cabinetry.

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He’s always up for whatever challenge I throw his way.  The stripes I had him do in Jaylie’s vanity/dressing area turned out so fabulous!  He just loves it when I use the word stripes and ceilings in the same sentence 😉

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The cabinetry hardware was installed today.  I bought all of our hardware and plumbing from Nob Hill.  My girl Jannette over there is a rock star!  I use her for all of my client work.  I must say that she really came thru for me this time.  The original hardware I selected was backordered until December.  She exhausted every resource & found these beauties.  I actually love it even more than our original!

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Here’s a look at the dressing room door to the closet under her bunk.  All of her hanging clothes will go in here.  We’ll use the surrounding bookcase for her dance and school awards, her many books  (she LOVES to read!) and mementos she has collected so far in life.  We’ll also incorporate some accessories that she has selected to tie in her color palette and Kate Spade theme.

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Paint touch ups and the final clean will happen tomorrow.  I’m installing her furniture, hanging art & mirrors this weekend.  Guess what?!  Remember how I was worried that her day bed wouldn’t make it on time?  Well, IT’S HERE!  YIPPEE!!!!  CR Laine REALLY came thru & it so adorable!  I’m really looking forward to showing it to you in the big reveal next week!  I’m praying the plumbing goes in Friday or Saturday.

For sneak peeks and more design eye candy, make sure you’re following me on instagram.  Make sure you check out everyone else’s progress in the One Room Challenge here as well.

 

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Room of the Month Finalist

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We’re very excited to announce that the nursery I designed for the Latham twins has been selected as a finalist for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month 🙂

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We are currently in 2nd place & we would love to have your help to secure the win!  Just click here & select the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery”.  It just so happens that today is my client Kristen’s birthday, so what better gift to give her than pulling into the lead?
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You can read more about this nursery design in our Fall issue of IBB at Home.  Pick up a copy at IBB today or click here to sign up for your free subscription.

Thank you so much for your support & voting for one of my favorite nursery projects

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One Room Challenge: Week 3 update

We’re starting week 3 which marks the half-way point for the One Room Challenge.  I honestly can’t wait for it to all be done.  This is the point where all of the little details start taking place & even though we’re making progress, those huge significant changes aren’t happening.  All of those little details are so important though so I have to keep reminding myself to take a breath & try not to rush things.  I keep telling my contractor that I love parties so I want to see a huge crowd here every morning ready to go!  We’re on a 6 week deadline folks plus I’m trying to manage this in my “spare” time before and after work on my client’s projects and running IBB 😉  I’m definitely my own worst client.

If you’re following me on instagram, then you know that I pulled the trigger during High Point market on this super cute new desk from Kate Spade for Jaylie’s room.  I’m so excited that we’ll be carrying the new collection at IBB.  Unfortunately since it’s a brand new introduction, it will not be here in time for the big reveal 🙁  But don’t worry!  I’ll definitely be posting updates when it arrives!

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I also purchased this adorable bow chair to use as her desk chair but I’m having it upholstered in an aqua fabric.

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We’re using inspiration from a few of the Kate Spade stores we’ve been in across the country for some of her room’s design elements.  She’s been a big fan of the brand and wanted her room to look like this for quite some time so I’ve been snapping & collecting photos over the past few years.

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We’ll be using this chandelier over the day bed.

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And a pair of these sconces in her bathroom & up by her bunk bed.

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I had ordered 2 of these flush mount chandeliers but I just received notice that they are back ordered until January 🙁  Yep, that’s right.  Designers are not immune to the words backordered or discontinued.  In fact, if I had a dollar for every time that I’ve heard those words…  I’m trying to decide if I should just wait or if I just need to go ahead and re-select.  The problem is we love this fixture so much that nothing strikes our fancy quite the same way.  This 6 week time frame keeps getting more & more challenging!  I need to take my own advice though.  If you really love something, it’s worth the wait.  I’ll keep you posted on what we decide to do.

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The painters started prepping yesterday & will hopefully start painting either today or tomorrow.  I’m having some fun in here playing up all of the trim work we’ve added throughout the room.  I can’t wait to show you all!  We’ll be using Benjamin Moore Jet Black, Blue Seafoam & Decorator’s White.

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I think the colors fit pretty perfectly with the inspiration image she told me to base her room off of & all of the fabrics we’ve selected.
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The safety railing hasn’t gone it yet.  I’m really hoping that it gets installed today.  I decided to enlarge the scale a bit on the pattern I designed so they had to do some tweaking.  I’m really happy with how all of the trim & paneling has turned out.  I’ll be doing a gallery wall of prints that my daughter selected over her day bed on this wall.

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The countertops went in yesterday in her vanity area & bathroom.

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I decided to do a sliding door for her bathroom to give her more space inside.  We did this in the bunk room and it really does give you so much more room to not have the door swinging into the space.

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That’s it for today’s updates.  I’ll be back next week with more but until then you can always find sneak peeks of what’s going on in my design world here.  And don’t forget to check out the progress of the other One Room Challenge participants here.

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One Room Challenge: Week 2 Update

Last week I revealed that the inspiration for the design scheme and color palette for my One Room Challenge was inspired by Kate Spade.  Let’s talk about function today.  My daughter’s room has many cool features to it but storage is definitely not one of them.  The older she gets, the more storage she needs and there is no better time than now to do something about it.  Her bathroom features a tiny closet that was never really laid out well.  She has an additional small closet in her room but every time I tried to lay out closet rods, we ended up with a ton of wasted space.  I decided to think outside the box to design a concept for her room that would amplify the storage and function better for her tween to teen years.  I found the concept photo below on Pinterest and it was almost exactly the idea of what I had in my head.  Her 15 foot ceilings could easily allow us to do something like this.
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So, we came up with the idea of a bunk bed on top of a closet.  We built a bunk room in one of our bedrooms downstairs last year & both of my daughters have really enjoyed using it.  They started installing the bunk/closet on Tuesday & will hopefully have the construction portion of it done tomorrow.  I’ve designed a safety rail to go around the bunk that gives a little nod to our Kate Spade inspiration.  I’m looking forward to seeing it go up.  It’s a huge mess in there right now but our concept is starting to take shape.

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On the wall where the JG letters are sitting in this photo, will be a daybed.  This will give her a place to sleep on the nights that she doesn’t want to sleep in the bunk bed as well as a place to read or hang out.  I selected the Sheridan daybed from my friend Tobi Fairley’s collection for CR Laine.

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I used COM Sunbrella fabrics as I know that this will get a ton of use & I wanted it to be as durable as possible.  CR Laine is one of my favorite upholstery lines that we carry at IBB.  The comfort is always on point and they offer a wide variety of designer pieces.  I selected a black & white stripe that will run vertically and an aqua contrast welt to highlight the super cute frame.  The acrylic legs will work nicely with other acrylic accents that will be in her room.  A custom piece like this typically takes 6-8 weeks so it will be a long shot since I ordered it at the beginning of this challenge.   I’m crossing my fingers that the stars align & my friends at CR Laine can make it happen for it to be here in time for the reveal.  It’s a tough request since this just happens to be one of the busiest times of the year and there’s this little thing happening in North Carolina right now called market 😉  In an upcoming post, I’ll feature some of the prints Jaylie has selected to hang as a gallery wall above the daybed.
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We’re going to do the door to her closet like a dressing room door similar to what is shown here from a Lily Pulitzer dressing room.

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This photo was taken prior to the stairs going in & the top of the closet bunk area.  As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make use of every inch of space & amplify her storage so I designed adjustable shelving that will frame the closet door where she can put her books and dance awards and trophies.  She loves to read so this will be very helpful storage for my little book worm!

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Her desk will sit on the wall where you see the lighted JG letters hanging.  I have designed some fun treatments that will hang on the large arched window as well as the entrance to her vanity area which is just up the stairs you see in the left of the photo.

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I’ve selected the desk below but we might be changing this.  You see, I was privy to a little sneak peek of Kate Spade’s new furniture collection for EJ Victor last week & just went totally bananas over it!  We’ll be carrying it at IBB.  The collection is being introduced this week at High Point market, so make sure you are following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  I’m definitely using a desk chair from the new collection & I’m thinking that a desk I saw is just too perfect for her room and fits the concept and my daughter’s style to a T.  We’ve been sworn to secrecy up until now & I can’t wait to share them with you!  Of course if I decide to go with these options, they will not be here in time for the big reveal so you will have to keep checking in for updates 😉

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We turned the small closet located up the little stairs in her room into a dressing/vanity area.  I found the photo below on Pinterest to use for inspiration for that area of her room.

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They started putting the cabinets in today and will hopefully finish tomorrow.  They are also in the process of installing her bathroom vanity as well as the built in cabinetry for the closet that is in her bathroom.

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I found this Hollywood vanity light mirror to hang above the knee space in her vanity area.  It has plugs built in where she can use her hair dryer & curling iron & the lights can be dimmed.

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I have so much more to share with you but I need to run for now.  I’m wrapping up client work for the week today since we are photographing one of our recent penthouse projects this Friday & I’ll be out of the office all day.  Make sure you’re following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  Part of our IBB design team leaves tomorrow for market, but I’ll be leaving this weekend after I take my girls to see Taylor Swift  🙂

Thank you for letting me share our progress!  We’re having a blast seeing it all come together!  Make sure you check out all of the other participants and their progress here.

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One Room Challenge Week One

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Hey everyone!  It’s been a minute 😉  Things have been crazy busy around IBB & we haven’t been blogging as frequently as we should.  That’s all about to change though because I’ve decided to join in all of the fun of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  I have followed the past challenges on social media & always thought to myself that it would be fun to be a part of the six week makeover challenge.  As an interior designer, projects in my own home usually head toward the bottom of the priority list as my time is devoted to my clients.

After living in our home for five years now, it’s time to freshen up a few more areas.  We remodeled a few rooms & most of the flooring when we first bought our home but budget and time constraints kept me from going all out.  I knew this was a home we would raise our two girls in so I wanted to take risks in the designs and make sure everything was carefully thought out.  I’ve allowed myself to take my time to create spaces that I enjoyed coming home to & made me never want to leave.  Plus, it’s only fair to give my sweet hubby a little breather between projects 😉

For the One Room Challenge, I’m diving in to makeover my 10 year old daughter’s bathroom & bedroom.

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Her current bedroom is cute, don’t get me wrong.  I designed the scheme in our old house when she was 4 years old & carried it over when we moved into our new house.  She’ll be 11 in December and she has her own style now & we both agree it’s time to create a space that is uniquely her.  The room also just doesn’t function well for her.  There is little to no storage & her closet is tiny.  After our air conditioner leaked thru her bathroom ceiling, we knew we could no longer procrastinate her bathroom remodel.  The One Room Challenge was really the push I needed to “get er done” & move forward with executing our entire plan.  The more I thought about the space & how it would function for her for years to come, the more I brainstormed out-of-the-box ideas to give her more storage and better function.  I’ve got big plans & grand ideas & we couldn’t be more excited!  The demo has begun & there’s no turning back now so stay tuned for progress updates over the next 6 weeks & the big reveal on Thursday, November 12th.

I’ll be back next week to discuss the design plan & progress updates.  For now, I’ll leave you with one small glimpse of our inspiration for her room…
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If weekly updates just aren’t enough, then follow me on instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.  Follow along here to see more of the participants in the One Room Challenge.

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Family Photos as Artwork

Happy Tuesday everyone! Things are moving right along with the progress of moving my mom into her new home. You may have had a chance to see a few sneak peeks here. I wanted to share a fun tip with you that I used for my girls’ room at her house.
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Their bedroom color palette is hot pink, navy & white. For my mom’s Christmas gift this year, I had photos done of the girls in coordinating outfits and framed them in acrylic with Shutterfly. I love how the frames appear to just float on the wall. Both of my girls love to dance so the tutus were a natural choice for this fun photo shoot with James Edward. I chose to have them shot on a solid white background so the photos would really pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. It’s somewhere between a navy & a cobalt blue & it’s the perfect blue for this scheme.

With a little planning & coordinating, you too can turn your family photos into artwork for your home. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! The draperies are going in this Thursday! Follow the fun on instagram @designershay & @ibbdesign.

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5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year!

Refresh_FB2K15 is here! New Year! New Look! Let’s get ready 2 tackle the design projects throughout your home in #2015!

1. Update your space with a stunning lamp
2. Use a fabulous piece of artwork to kick your color palette up a notch
3. Get organized in style with decorative boxes
4. Accessorize your cocktail table with beautiful books.
5. Refresh your entryway with an interesting rug

Find these & other fabulous home accessories in stock at IBB Design Fine Furnishings!

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Metrie = Architectural Swoon!

I’m very excited about my recent partnership with Metrie!  You see, I’ve got a few renovation projects on my brain and their gorgeous architectural elements have my heart racing!  I was turned on to the company founded in 1926 by a friend and I’ve kept them in my little black book ever since!  However, today you’re in luck because they’ve asked me to share my passion for their products with you all.

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They offer an exquisite collection of interior finishes ranging from crown moulding & casing to newel posts & doors.  Their custom millwork is impeccable and they offer all of the designer details to transform your space into something truly remarkable.

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You’ll want to start by taking their style quiz here to see which of their products fit your style best!  They were spot on with my result ~ Fashion Forward.  It’s actually the collection I’ve been pining over for my very own master bath & closet renovation.  Here’s what they have to say about it…

“We’ve taken classic designs and added a twist to each one. Simple, yet sophisticated. Classic, yet playful. You can make this collection speak to so many styles. Go with rich sienna brown stains and create a Bistro feel. Evoke a Retro look by finishing the elements with high-contrast primary tones. Each of the three scenes in this collection are transitional, melding traditional and modern – leaving enough room for next year’s hottest trend.”

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Nailed it!  All of the design high notes in one collection & this one really sings to me!

Stay tuned for more with Metrie!  I’ve specified them to show up in some of my upcoming designs.

Want more inspiration from Metrie?  Mosey on over to their blog The Finished Space or follow them on twitter @OfficialMetrie

*all photos courtesy of Metrie

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Design with Meaning

I love it when the magic of design comes together for a client and brings out a deep connection between their life & their home. Today, I’m offering you a sneak peek inside a recent installation for one of my clients. It’s a gorgeous home. It’s been such a treat to work with this family. Her husband is a very talented custom builder & they both have impeccable taste. Our collaboration has brought forth some beautiful fresh results. Below are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone as we were installing some of their wallpapers & drapery treatments. The Designer’s Guild paper we chose for their catering kitchen captured my client’s heart & she couldn’t wait to get it installed. The blue hydrangeas in the bold & colorful floral pattern reminded her of her late mother & she knew she would enjoy spending time in there each day.

View from the catering kitchen looking into the laundry room. You see a small glimpse of the fun Martyn Lawrence Bullard paper we used in there. More on that in another post…
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We used a simple gray linen fabric with a contrasting sky blue band on the Roman shade to compliment the bold wallpaper. 20140604-081005-29405635.jpg
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The catering kitchen has a built in desk area so we created an upholstered cork backsplash & framed it with a simple nail head design.20140604-081005-29405907.jpg
We carried the pattern into the main kitchen in fabric on a relaxed Roman shade over the kitchen sink window.20140604-081006-29406182.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my project! There’s much more to do so stay tuned for more updates!

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Wall Treatments: In or Out?

I’m often asked about how I feel about accent walls and wall treatments. Should people use them or not? Yes! I am a fan of accents & wall treatments. I actually have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to wall treatments. Of course, how they are applied and interpreted in a design is very important to the overall success of a room. Whether its paint, wallpaper or that you upholster your walls, wall treatments can be a beautiful way to take your room’s design to the next level. Here are a few ways we’ve used wall treatments in our designs.
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Master Bedroom: Large scale pattern painted on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point.
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Kid’s bedroom: We took the dot pattern we used on the bed skirt & bedding & blew up the scale to create a fun feature wall behind the bed.
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Master bedroom: To create contrast behind the white upholstered bed, we painted the wall a deep gray. Then, we painted a fretwork outline to define the wall.
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Kid’s room in progress: We upholstered the bed wall in a super cute embroidered “I love you” fabric in navy & white and painted the rest of the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

Do you have a Pinterest account? If not, you should consider getting one! It’s a fabulous tool to use for inspiration & stay on top of trends & what’s hot in design. I also love it for great recipes, fashion, crafts & so much more! Speaking of trends, make sure you also follow my board for the High Point Home Furnishings Fall 2013 Style Spotter contest. From October 17th – 24th I’ll be pinning my top 25 favorite finds from market along with eight other of the country’s top designers. Find out more here..

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Embrace Color!

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Don’t be afraid of color!  Have no fear, bring in the color for fresh and fun cheer!!

You see vibrant colors and room combinations all the time and may find yourself saying, “Wow! This is way too contemporary or loud!” Finding that balance and sophisticated way of pulling in color can be a challenge and tend to make you shy away. Embrace it, go for it!

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Use color in coffee table books stacked on an end table or centrally located on the cocktail table.   Have some fresh flowers cut and simply stemmed in a pretty vase.  Fresh flowers in a room will always bring a smile to your face!

Pull in a few, or even a single fun and colorful pillow on your sofa or chair. Remember, a little goes a long way so those few simple elements can transition a room from flat to fun in a matter of minutes!!

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Feeling even more adventurous?   Opt for a bold piece of artwork with color or a shade of paint to brighten up a wall.  A great piece of art can really set a room off.  In an all neutral setting, a bold colorful piece of art could serve as the stand out element to create a WOW factor!

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So, embrace color & take a risk.  Whether a small pop or a bold powerful statment, just remember to have fun & surround yourself with things you love!

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Beautify your Bookshelves!

JT is back on the blog again today with some great advice on accessorizing your bookshelves.

So often clients send out a “911” when it comes to accessorizing bookshelves.  It can be tricky ~ figuring out what to put in them and such.  Here are some things that I try to incorporate when I’m decorating bookshelves.

This is a monster!  A big dark empty wall unit.  First of all, don’t keep all of the shelves the same height.  I think mixing it up makes it more interesting, so adjust them for varying interest.  You can see in the second picture how many I removed from my client’s wall unit. Play with the scale of your accessories.  To avoid monotony, make sure you choose items of different sizes.  Create an opening large enough for artwork or a sculpture.  Place your larger items in the shelves, not all together, maybe one in the middle left, another on the top right and then fill in the other spaces.

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You’ll notice that I also incorporated some colorful things into this client’s wall unit to make it come alive.  In the smaller openings use a great box or group of books.  I also wanted to make it personal.  Showcase something that was brought back from your trip to Venice or found on a beach.  Using items that have meaning to you will also help tell your story and reflect your life in your home’s design.  I also love family photos mixed in, with some great new picture frames you found at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

 

Be unconventional, if you have grandma’s china or a great collection of silver, use this has a springboard for your display design.  Things look better grouped in a collection, rather than spread out.  It makes more of an impact.

Place your larger items in the shelves, not all together, maybe one in the middle left, another on the top right and then fill in the other spaces.

You can also choose a color pallet and keep it say Turquoise, Yellow and Green.  Then when you’re out shopping you know what you need to buy and what to look out for.  This is a great look for a more transitional space.

I hope that a few of these tips and tricks will help with your bookshelf design and remember IBB Design Fine Furnishings has gorgeous accessories to help with the process.

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Sneak Peek! MillionAir Project by JT

We’re thrilled to have IBB Designer James Turner, a.k.a JT, blogging for us today!  He’s giving us a sneak peek inside a project he is working on for MillionAir.  Let’s see what he’s up to!

I’ve been so lucky to be working on a project for MillionAir in Addison.  They called me and wanted me to warm up the space in their new state of the art hanger.    We’ve done quite a bit, but the one thing that I’ve heard time and time again from the female staff at MillionAir is their love and appreciation of the women’s facility.

Here it is in the before stage.  Honestly, not much to write home about.  Utilitarian and lackluster to say the least.  I can see where it needed a little enhancement with the overall design scheme for the sitting area.

I brought in two fabulous chairs from Jessica Charles in a refined champagne fabric.  The line of the chairs have a very aerodynamic feel, fitting of a Jet.  In addition, we’ve nixed the office “box store” table and in its place added an elegant eglomise chest to house all the little things one needs.  A sophisticated phalaenopsis orchid placed on the chest with a collection of perfumes and we have ourselves one swanky ladies room.

You too can incorporate new things to vamp up your own guest bath.  Maybe you have room for a small table for a floral to sit.  Or perhaps some nice monogrammed towels.  Try replacing the normally boring overhead “bathroom bar” light fixture with something more stylish. Taking the time to dress up your powder bath will really make an impact with your guests.  At IBB Design Fine Furnishings, we have so many things to help make living in style easy!

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Three Easy Steps to Creating Successful Design

Happy Tuesday design devotees! I’m letting IBB Designer, Kevin Wild take over the blog today. He’s offering up some easy tips to kicking off your design projects in 2013. Take it away Kevin…

Anyone who has taken on the challenge of a home design knows that is does not happen over night. Design is a process. You have to start somewhere. “But where?” you ask.
Let’s start off 2013 with a NEW design for you! Here is an easy guide you can use to help you with your starting point.
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Step 1: Starting with “The Basics” is easy! To me the anchor pieces in the room are the sofa, chairs and cocktail table. Before you get too ahead of yourself, be sure to watch out for the #1 most common mistake; being overly matchy-matchy. This is a big no no! When choosing your basics, be sure to play with different shapes and materials. This Hickory Chair sofa and slipper chairs complement each other with soft lines while the Interlude Home cocktail table adds a contrast with an exciting geometric punch.
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Step 2: Adding layers and dimension. Now we are starting to build on the basics. This is where even more character comes into your home! Once again we are utilizing contrasting shapes and adding interest with new textures. I added in a fantastic Thomas Pheasant round side table by Baker Furniture. The soft curve brings a new shape into the room and the wood material brings in warm tones and life. Painting Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray on the wall builds on another layer while contrasting with the gold tones in the stunning John Richard art. There is nothing better than mixing gold and silver tones!
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Step 3: Finishing touches make the room! The finial building block to any room is the accessories. This is where even more texture comes in, not to mention color! I love to bring in colors you see in nature when using floral pieces. Lux Art Silks, John Richard and NDI Floral are great sources for life-like floral designs. In addition to floral, be sure to have a designer cocktail table book or eight! Adding cocktail table books or even books from your travels give guests a sneak peak into your personality. Finally, in the finishing touches stage be sure to have plan window coverings which will add the final layer of softness against otherwise harsh walls.
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Step 4: ENJOY! Sometimes when seeing the different building blocks to a space separately it can be scary and a little overwhelming. As a designer, it is my job to take your style and bring it to life while helping you envision the space every-step of the way. If you have a hard to envisioning, then your first step should be putting a little trust in your designer’s hands! Now that you have all the elements layered on one another, you have a fabulous space to live in!

Happy designing!

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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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New look! New Style! Master Bath Makeover

I’m in the midst of a dramatic whole house remodel with some of my clients. It’s turning out beautifully. I thought I’d share a little sneak peek with you today on how it’s coming along.

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This home was built about 10 years ago. The 12×12 beige tile & shower really needed to go! The faux finish on the walls also really dates the space. Overall, the room feels brown & not up to par with the caliber of their home. The homeowners are ready for a fresh & luxurious update to create a peaceful retreat in their master bath. They also want to change their design style from Old World Traditional to a more transitional look.

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What a difference! We carried 9×18 Carrera marble in a staggered brick joint all the way up the wall. It helps elongate the space & give us the illusion of a much larger bathroom. The Carrera marble gives the space a soothing all white feel & the veining in the marble adds a beautiful flowing interest. A free standing tub helps open up the space. We used the same herringbone Carrera marble in the shower pan & to create a rug underneath the tub. A new window designed to give a clean aesthetic & gain privacy will be going in later this week.

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All new plumbing from Brizo was installed including the luxurious addition of body sprays. Next, a frameless glass shower will be installed.

We’re not far from the completion of the remodel & the beginning of the furniture installation. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

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Bespoke Bench

Good morning design devotess! You’re in for a treat this morning. I’ve asked one of IBB’s designers, Brandy Scott, to blog for us & share some behind the scenes details from one of our recent projects out at Craig Ranch.

I’m so excited to post my first blog with our IBB Design Fine Furnishings followers! Today I want to share one of my favorite recent projects, a custom bench we created for a luxury model townhome in Craig Ranch. You may have seen Shay post it snapshot it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Add some va va voom to your foyer! A bench in the entry is welcoming and sets the design tone for your home. This piece started with Beth and Shay’s vision for a high back bench that was an updated take on a wing chair. We discussed elements of the furniture that we liked best such as straight sides to the wings and the bottom seat deck off the floor with tapered legs to make the bench feel lighter. A single seat cushion and tight back added to its streamlined effect.

Deciding on the correct proportions was important to making the bench an eye catcher! We turned up the volume with an exaggerated seat back height and an overall width that ensured we could avoid seams on the back. To execute the design I did a quick sketch so we could see how all the elements came together and for our fabricator’s reference.

Finally, the finishing details elevate this piece to the next level! A bold stripe in a tone on tone grey and white coordinates with the overall color palette in the house and polished chrome nail heads reinforce the lines of bench. The black and white art surrounding the bench really makes it pop.

So whether it’s a one of kind custom piece designed just for you or a ready made bench, consider seating to welcome your guests to your home with style!

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Large & in charge!

Today, I’m letting IBB designer JT take over the blog! I love his sense of style & passion for design. I never see him without a smile on his face & he & his clients are always having such a blast around IBB. It makes you want to join in on all of the fun! JT is going to share with us a few examples of the larger scaled furniture trends making a splash in the design world.

Over the past few years we’ve noticed that building trends have been incorporating higher ceilings and larger rooms, ceiling heights are anywhere from 12 to 25 feet, easily…and IBB has got you taken care of when challanged with furnishing these spacious spaces.
Plus,I am totally obsessed with all the large scale items that have been arriving at IBB lately…these are a few of my favs.

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This pair of white wing Chaise/Chair hybrids are FABULOUS! First of all they are a blank canvas and could have any color introduced…Imagine popping turquoise throws and pillows on them, then nestle them on either side of a fireplace, so cozy and a perfect spot for a Sunday afternoon read.

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This one is equally amazing…I see three of these in a media room, with tables just like the one pictured at each…very chic…and this one comes with a slip cover just in case you jump and spill while watching that scary movie!

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I LOVE this lamp! At over 50” tall it make a statement, the polished nickel and gorgeous white shade is just what you need to complete any space. I can see a pair of these on a tall console in an entry or behind a floating sofa. Bonus, it comes in a lush gold finish as well!

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OK, this is THE mirror! It’s really breathtaking…Formal Dining Room, Master Bedroom, Entry Way, Living room..in a loft downtown or a home in the suburbs… I can think of a million places to use this mirror and it will look absolutely gorgeous. It’s got a great finish and will be a statement piece, it’s so fresh but at the same time, I think it could add that certain something even to a very traditional environment…I’m really excitied about it.

Stop by and see these colossal creations today!

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Passionate about design & specializing in the field for the past 14 years, JT has a working knowledge of all design styles. His work ranges from a top floor modern penthouse in San Diego, eclectic loft in downtown Dallas even a working cattle ranch in West Texas. This affection for all design styles, paired with being well traveled, has afforded him an unparalleled sense of style. Having appreciation of the simple elegance of traditional, clean lines and bold color of contemporary, to a touch of the exotic, JT helps his clients realize their own personal style. With his creativity and keen eye for detail, he reinterprets the classics giving them a new look and helping make your house a home with furnishings that will remain timeless.
Contact JT: james@ibbdesign.com 214-618-6634

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Thank you Material Girls!

I just have to give a quick shout out & HUGE thank you to my fabulous friend Emily Johnston of Material Girls for the post on IBB she featured earlier.

Check out the post here.
http://materialgirlsblog.com/dallas/2012/01/11/a-tour-of-ibb/

IBB LOVES Material Girls! Thank you Emily for the post & being a loyal IBB client to help fulfill your designs for your client’s homes! xo

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Nursery Inspiration

After a weekend of nesting like crazy (I organized & cleaned out 3 closets!)  & my little “bump” growing bigger by the day, I am definitely in full baby mode these days.  We are very excited to be having another little girl.  I love to design kids rooms & nurseries.  It’s a great area to let the imagination run wild & to let your creativity flow.  I will be sharing much more with you about my nursery in the coming months, but for now, I thought I’d leave you with a few of the nurseries we have done over the years at IBB Design.

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We have worked with a fabulous artist for over 20 years in many of our designs.  She did all of the murals in the nurseries above.  Check out her company here!

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Have it Your Way

Who do you turn to when you need custom upholstery that not only looks hot, but is also comfy & cozy?  On a project I recently completed for a client in California, I turned to Hickory Chair.    Their Made to Measure program allows your clients to truly “Have it Your Way”.  It also gives designers an opportunity to put their personal spin on HC’s pieces.  My young &  hip client, who is a 6’10” NBA player, requested an edgy contemporary yet comfortable feel.  When you are 6’10”, standard size sofas & chairs just don’t work, but as a designer you must also be mindful of the size & scale of the home.  So, I sat down with my friends at Hickory Chair & designed a sensational Made to Measure sectional that showcased all of the details my client wanted.

Since the sectional would “float” in the family room, the back had to be interesting.  We dressed the frame in black Vacona leather & tufted the back using a subtle square pattern (click the photo to enlarge for a better view of the tufting).  (Hickory Chair was kind enough to forward me these photos from the factory before the sectional shipped.  My client could not wait to see it!)

The sectional ended up being 9×12 with a custom depth & height to accomodate my client’s stature.  The seat cushions were covered in a graphite flannel.  We used a COM Ralph Lauren cashmere for the accent pillows.  My client is not a big fan of pattern or color, so the house is layered in shades of black, taupe, gray & cream.  It turned out remarkably sophisticated & chic.

Hickory Chair has invited me to attend a program they are presenting, so I am heading to North Carolina this weekend.  So, if you don’t already, make sure to follow me on facebook & twitter to get a behind the scenes experience of our time at HC & lots of eye candy!

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Wallcoverings that Wow!

If you have yet to be informed, let me dazzle you with some exciting news… Wallpaper is back & with a vengeance I must say!  I asked my good friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us her take on some simply stylish wall coverings.

Shelly’s take:
I have always had a soft spot for anything Asian. And now, I have discovered the best reason to fawn…the Chinese invented wallpaper!  The first rice wallpapers go back as far as 200 BC!!  The Orient has a unique form of ornamentation. The motifs are often serene and organic. I especially love the subtle suggestion of movement in the two modern patterns below.

In honor of our 2010 Color of the Year’ and this month’s feature, I will delight you with a bit more of turquoise and her cousins… Any powder room becomes exquisite wrapped in a Tiffany-box blue floral like this one above. And can you imagine the pleasure this dogwood  scene would give guests in your dining room?

As much as I adore the traditional elegance of a tried-and-true paper, there is much fun to be had in this medium. Choose any era in modern history and you can have a paper that speaks its language! I grew up with a very chic mother who had our entire home wrapped in the ever-popular 1980s flamestitch! And it’s still HOT!

 

Many of you are nervous to commit, I know, but the pleasure is so beyond what the hesitation is worth! Why wallpaper? It can anchor an entire design scheme- take a little piece that makes you swoon and have your designer build a room around it! Have an architectural element that has you baffled? Disguise it! If you just cannot use the paste, frame a fabulous find and stare at its beauty! Search the web for examples of designer wall coverings. But, find the best and most unique eye candy through your favorite interior designer. Delicious.

 

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Upholstery 411

Last Friday on GMT, I gave viewers some helpful pointers on things to look for when shopping for upholstery.  I have to give a big shout out to my Twitter friend Carl for suggesting a very helpful pointer to give everyone.  Thanks Carl!  Watch the video here.

Let’s use the photo above & discuss few things to keep in mind concerning cushions when you’re selecting upholstery for your home.

  1. Upholstery Styles:
    Here we have a tight back sofa by Hickory Chair.  A tight back has a very structured & tidy look.  There are no back cushions to fluff.  We added a few throw pillows for comfort & to soften the look.  Decorative pillows are always a great way to add a punch of style.
  2. Cushion Type:
    Multi-cushion box seat:
    Multi cushions are great for durability.  You can flip & fluff them as needed.  This comes in handy when you need to flip a cushion to hide a stain that won’t come out.  A box cushion is shaped like a box & generally finished off with a welt cord.
  3. Chairs:
    Here we have a dark wood frame with upholstered loose “T” cushions also by Hickory Chair.  A “T” cushion simply wraps the arm of a chair or sofa to form a “T”.
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Scene Stealer: Sensuous Sofa

Almost every day I see an item or fabulous home furnishing that arrives at IBB & my mind starts rolling on where & how to use it.  So, I’m creating a new section on the blog called “Scene Stealers”.  Let it serve as inspiration to you for your home or interior project.  I’ll start with one uber-fabulous piece that steals the show & give you my “suggested pairings” to create a sensational interior around it.

Today’s scene stealer starts with a sensuous sofa.   I have literally been drooling over this stunning leather sofa by Hancock & Moore ever since I saw their ad featuring it.  Isn’t it just delicious?  I’m not sure what sends my heart racing more; the fabulous shade of teal that gives it an edge or the tufting that gives it a classic feel.   This sexy sofa is what all other sofas should aspire to be ~ a real statement piece.

Suggested Pairings:

How about pillows or even a pair of chairs out of this botanical fabric by Schumacher?  You’ve just kicked your color palette into high gear!  From tangerine to canary, we now have  lots of room to play!

Time to add a casegood.  This French Key secretary by Global Views adds style & workspace to your room.  This piece is perfect for your great room or formal living area.  Depending on how your room is laid out, this could go on a wall opposite the sofa or even angled in a corner.

Brass Fleur de lis wall sconce by Global Views.  Yes!  Brass is back & in a beautiful way!  These sconces are stunning and at 42.5″ tall they have a great large scale.  I’d place one on each side of the secretary in this room.  Or, how about one on either side of a fabulous piece of art above the sofa?

Let’s add a fun chair to sit with the secretary.  This is one of my absolute favorites.  It’s the Alexandra chair from Hickory Chair.  I don’t mind mixing finishes, so I think the chippy white finish would work great.  However, if you want to go darker use a similar dark oak finish to that of the secretary.  If you want to play with one of my favorite color combinations, I suggest using one of Kravet’s fabrics for the chair back & cushion.  The top linen fabric is 27591 – 12.  The bottom Damask pattern is 24205.24.

Voila!  Now, you have a few key pieces to begin to make your room into something quite remarkable.

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Mini Make-over

It’s time for a make-over!  It’s a mini project for me.  I’ve finally had it!   My office at IBB is in major need of some TLC.  You see, we’ve been at our current location for more than five years now.  I was pregnant with my daughter & super busy at the time of the move, so I decided to put the task of “officially” designing my office space off for a later date.  Well, five years later, things are still super busy around here (Praise God!)  & my walls are still bare (with the exception of a print of the new studios I was given when I started at Good Morning Texas).  My desk chair is oh-so-comfy, but a MAJOR eye sore!  My guest chairs for clients & other business guests are pretty, but they’re just not me.

Last weekend while I was up here working on a client project, I finally reached my boiling point.  Part of creating inspiring interiors, I believe, is surrounding ourselves with things we find inspiring.  My office, where I spend a great deal of time each day, falls very short of awe inspiring.

I whipped out some fabric books & my Benjamin Moore paint deck & picked out some fabulosity for my new digs.  I wanted something fun, girly, young & hip.  I will be using hints of fuschia (because I love pink & I think my fiance would kill me if I ever tried to use pink in the home we’ll soon be sharing!)  I’ll be re-covering my desk chair & the guest chairs, painting the walls, adding some art & lighting & switching out the big bulky armoire for a sleek mirrored console.  I’ll be keeping my desk unit (even though I probably should eventually update that too) because I love it’s functionality & quite frankly I just don’t want to spend the money right now.  I’ll be tackling this in stages (in my spare time:  note to self; find spare time! ~ LOL!) so I will post the after pictures when it’s complete.  For now,  check out the color palette as well as some before photos below.
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These are the fabrics I’ve selected.  Since you haven’t heard me shut up about my excitement that turquoise is the 2010 color of the year, are you even surprised that I’d be using it in my own surroundings?  I’m contrasting it with the rich midnight blue velvet.  I’ll be pulling in hints of my favorite color pink through the fuchsia in the stripe fabric as well as some accessories.  I”ll show you & explain where everything is going in the After post when the room is complete.  Gotta let the reveal be a surprise…

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Desk chair before
I know, I know.  Hideous, right?  I use that cozy turquoise throw everyday ( It’s always so dang cold in my office! ), but it actually helps disguise my ugly desk chair too ~ LOL!
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My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!

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This shows off the wall color before.  I’ll be changing it to a bright white for a cheery update and to bring some life into my office.  I have no windows in here, so I’m ready for a light bright feel.  As of now, I’ve selected Benjamin Moore white dove.  I’ll be painting a test sample this weekend.

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I’ll be recovering these chairs & adding some cool detailing to give them a fun playful update.

If I’m feeling a little frisky, I will probably chronicle this makeover via twitter, so make sure you follow me here.

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Hickory Chair = Instant Gratification

Well, instant gratification when it comes to custom upholstery that is…

This is really great news my fellow design lovers!  One of my fav furniture makers, Hickory Chair,  has developed a plan to get you the goods asap.  No more waiting months & months to receive all of the goodies we (designers & furniture stores) are shown at furniture market in High Point North Carolina.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with “market”, let me put it like this; it’s like Fashion Week for the design industry!  I’m literally counting down the days until I depart for High Point this weekend.

So how fast is fast?  To quote Hickory Chair, “Our employees examined the process and have created a process where we can ship new upholstered pieces in just 2 weeks from market. We can ship new wood introductions in just 4 weeks from market.”  Can you say awesome?!  Most furniture makers & manufacturers quote anywhere from 8-12 weeks on upholstered items.  To say I am giddy with excitement would be an understatement.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the International Home Furnishings Market live from High Point North Carolina.  For some SERIOUS instant gratification, make sure you follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/designershay.

Accent chair ~ Just one of the beautful pieces on the IBB showroom floor right now from Hickory Chair.

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Accessorize It!

Is something missing from your home?  You’ve bought all of the big furniture pieces, but it just doesn’t seem right.  You may take a look around & realize that you’ve forgotten to accessorize.  Accessories are like jewelry for your home.  They can help tie your whole look together.   Here’s a few ideas to pull your look together & make your home super stylish 😉

Find a fabulous piece of art.  Use a floral and pottery to pull out the dominant colors of your color palette.

Here’s a fresh take for some coffee table decor.  I love the mixture of textures on these decorative balls.  Some are leather, some are smooth & shiny & some are adorned with seashells but they all compliment the same neutral color palette.  Combined in a bowl together, they make a beautiful statement.

Dress up a casual leather recliner with a luxurious faux mink pillow.  Va-va-va-voom!!!

Animal prints are not just for fabrics.  Try these sleek zebra decorative boxes.  They’ll most definitely liven up a bookcase.  Or, try a more practical solution & use it to hide unsightly remote controls in your family or media room.

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Not Your Grandma’s Cocktail…

No, it’s not 5:00 and time for cocktail hour.  Sigh.  However, when it is… you better have this to set your drink on!  This beautifully finished round cocktail table by Hickory Chair is where form meets function.  The sleek base doubles as storage for your magazines or coffee table books.  Looking to update your look into today’s time & fashions?  Try this on for some style.

Available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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GMT October 31, 2008

Today on Good Morning Texas, we’re dining in style!  I’m setting up a gorgeous dining table & chairs by Century.  This is one of my favorite dining ensembles.  The table is to die for!  With the leaf in, you can easily seat 8 or 10.  I love the height & the curved back of the chairs.  They’re covered in this sumptuous cinnamon & pumpkin fabric.  For a centerpiece I’m using some gold hand blown glass hurricanes, some left over pumpkin colored fabric, and fresh flowers in a pumpkin vase.  All we need now are some guests & great conversation & we’re ready to Dine In Style!!!

Steps to Dining In Style:

    1. Find a fabulous dining table & chairs
    2. Find a console, china cabinet, buffet, or side table to use for serving & storage of fine china & linens.
    3. A chandelier can make or break the room.  This is your chance to set the tone for the room.  Do you want glamour with crystals or something more rustic?
    4. Once you have the fabulous table & other major furniture pieces, you need to finish off the room with accessories, a nice rug, and some draperies to tie in your color palette.
    5. Don’t forget art or a great mirror above your dining console.
    6. Don’t forget the centerpiece!  Hurricanes, silk florals, & pottery can make a great statement on your table!
    7. For holidays, use a festive fresh floral centerpiece & candles.

Click here to watch the segment…