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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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SHAY GEYER FABRIC COLLECTION | IBB Design

BY SHAY GEYER
OWNER & DESIGNER
shay@ibbdesign.com
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“Arrows” was one of the first patterns that I developed for my new fabric collection. I wanted it to have a painterly effect where the brushstrokes were evident. We’re offering it in 10 colors from neutrals to more vibrant hues. It’s a versatile pattern that could work in a range of aesthetics and rooms depending on the color you choose.

Here we’ve used it in the graystone color and paired it with camel and blush pink as an accent. This scheme lends itself to a vintage vibe and makes for a soft and sweet nursery. The ruffled edge around the pillows offers a frilly, girly feel. The pattern’s scale works for many uses – drapery panels, pillows and even the crib’s bed skirt.

Cut yardage and pillows from the Shay Geyer Collection are available to purchase at IBB Design Fine Furnishings and at ibbdesign.com. Ask one of our designers for a quote for custom drapery and bedding made from these fabrics.

Photography by Dan Piassick

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FALL 2017 One Room Challenge: The Big Reveal!

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

Let’s take a quick look at the before.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

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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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One Room Challenge: Weeks 3 & 4

I’m a bit behind on blogging about the updates in our study 😬. Hopefully you’ve been following along on Instagram though & you’re enjoying the behind the scenes & sneak peeks on Instagram stories. We had a blast at market! It was a very productive trip & I cannot wait to share all of the goodies we found for IBB Design Fine Furnishings & my clients’ projects!

I’m playing catch up after being out of town & wanted to share the progress of our study makeover. To be honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot of activity happening during weeks 3 & 4. We’re sort of in the hurry up & wait phase. Everything is on order & now I’m just crossing my fingers that everything arrives & gets installed in time.

I had this quilted yellow leather chair up in our guest bedroom but I decided to try it out down in our study. I’m loving it here by our fireplace & have enjoyed having my morning coffee here. I found the perfect little drink table in brass & blue to use next to it.


Both of my daughters love to be in here with me when I’m working so I added this ottoman to tuck underneath the desk. We’ve also enjoyed using it to kick up our feet when we’re sitting in the yellow leather chair.

Roxy is patiently awaiting the arrival of our new sofa. It will sit here in front of the windows. It’s going to be the perfect post for our guard dog 😉


I selected this gorgeous sofa from Hancock & Moore. I’m having it upholstered in the gorgeous Moonlight Monet blue leather from Century. It will have brass nails and brass ferrules. The sofa shipped on Thursday. When I tracked it on Friday it was in a holding pattern in a warehouse but they assured me it will arrive before Wednesday.



My original game plan was to use antique mirror to line the backs of the bookshelves and the area above the credenza. When they came to template, they said they couldn’t do each bookcase in one solid piece. It would have to have several seams in each section due to the way the bookshelves were constructed. I decided I couldn’t live with that many seams. It just wouldn’t capture the look I was after so I had to come up with plan b. I found a gorgeous gold leaf wallpaper from Donghia. It has a beautiful reflective quality to it. The paper will be going up on Monday. I can’t wait!  After that goes in, I’ll be working on getting the bookshelves accessories & organized. Family photos, treasures, my cocktail table book collection & a few favorite pieces of art & accessories will fill the shelves.

The traversing drapery will also be going in on Monday. I had originally ordered this David Hocks fabric that I’d been pining over for quite some time. I actually ordered it back in December. You heard me right!  December!  It was backorderd & kept getting pushed back.


Right before this challenge started, it looked as if I may never receive the fabric so I came up with plan b. I designed this embroidered fabric & was having it made. I just love how the design turned out.

Come to find out, the David Hicks fabric ended shipping straight to my workroom & the drapery is now done.  I’m excited to see how it turned out!  The fabric I designed is still on its way so I’ll find another project to use it in 😉.


Many things will be happening this upcoming week so make sure you follow along on my Instagram stories for sneak peeks & updates!  We’re in the home stretch!

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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.

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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: The Big Reveal!

Well, the past six weeks have certainly flown by.  My daughter and I have had a blast working on her new room together for the One Room Challenge.  There are many challenges of creating & executing a custom design for a room in just six short weeks.  Lucky for me, I have access to a multitude of resources at IBB.  Even with the best resources, you can still face backorders, items no longer being available & construction delays.  I knew my longest lead time would be the custom daybed from CR Laine (more on that later).  The biggest part of this challenge for me was definitely the balancing act of client work and working on a project in my own home.  This is always a dilemma and the reason that projects at Casa de Geyer usually go to the bottom of the list.  I honestly couldn’t have done it without my amazing contractor, Lonnie Gray, of Lonnie Gray Custom Homes.  I have worked with Lonnie on several client projects and he also worked with us on my mom’s remodel.  Early morning & late night meetings worked out perfectly and he was on top of every detail of my design.  It truly takes a village and he has the most amazing team of craftsman.

I know you’re ready for me to get to the point & start revealing some photos, so let’s get to it!  First of all, I’ve been dying to show you the renderings that I had my friend Jane Gianarelli do for the concept of Jaylie’s room design.

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After a few emails & phone calls discussing all of the pieces, design elements & the floor plan, Jane sent over the beautiful renderings for my design for Jaylie’s room.  Rendering is definitely not a strength I possess, so it certainly pays to have talented friends like Jane!

And here is Jaylie’s actual room 🙂  I ended up adding the large scaled polka dots to the four walls in the room at the last minute & I think they really kicked the room up a notch.  James Peck did an awesome job with all of the decorative painting in the room!  Check it out!  Do you notice the fabulous day bed? 🙂  Woohoo!  My friends at CR Laine really came thru for us & got it to us just in time for the big reveal!  We created a gallery wall above the daybed using various prints my daughter selected from Etsy. I had them framed locally along with Kate Spade & Tory Burch shopping bags.

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I designed the window treatments to look like boutique store awnings.  We used the black & white polka dot on the inside since it’s visible from many angles in the room.
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I had our workroom make a pink euro with grosgrain ribbon, a polka dot sham & a patterned bow shaped pillow for the bedding on the loft bed on top of her closet.  So very Kate Spade, right? 😉

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The closet under the loft bed gave her twice the amount of storage that her old closet in her bathroom had!  I think the dressing room style door turned out so cute & will hopefully inspire her to keep this closet neat & tidy 🙂

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Inside her closet, she has 2 sections to hang clothes.  One section was divided in half for shirts on the top & jeans & pants on the bottom.  The other section (which you can’t see in this photo) has an area for long hanging and an area for skirts and shorts.  All of the closet rods & shelves are adjustable so we can change them in the future as her storage needs change.  I used peg board across the entire back wall for her to use to hang accessories.

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The bathroom remodel is everything we had envisioned & more!  We took out her tub to give her a large walk in shower enclosed in frameless glass with brass fittings.  The exclamation mirror is one of my favorite design elements in the bathroom 🙂

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Since we added the closet under the loft bed in her room, we turned her original closet into storage for her shoes and drawers for pajamas and tshirts.  I had our decorative painter paint the bow pattern in here and I added the black inset on the cabinetry.  It really makes the brass hardware stand out.
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We used her “JG” letters from her old bedroom above a cork board in her desk area.  Since the polka dot Kate Spade desk and bow desk chair were new introductions, it won’t be shipping for a while so we borrowed this desk from another room for the time being.  She had the acrylic desk chair in her previous room as well.  They both actually work perfectly too!

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The bonus room at the top of the stairs in her bedroom was turned into a vanity area with more cabinetry for storage for all of her dance and cheer clothes.  I mirrored the cabinetry doors and the back wall to help visually enlarge the space.

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I hope you all have enjoyed the Big Reveal of Jaylie’s new Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  She is super excited about how it all came together & all of her new storage.  A HUGE thank you to my friend Dan Piassick for photographing the room & getting these amazing photos to me so quickly!  Thank you all for following along on our journey of the six week One Room Challenge and allowing us to share this project with you.

Check out what the other participants have to share with their reveals!

 

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 update

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another weekly update on my One Room Challenge.

Well, this is about the time that I start getting super giddy during a project. All of my visions are beginning to come to life and we’re so close to completion! It’s all of those little details that start adding up. My daughter couldn’t be more excited that her new room is almost completed!

Right now they’re working on painting her bedroom & bathroom. The bow safety rail for the bunk bed I designed has been installed & I’m so excited with how it turned out. I think it fits our Kate Spade inspiration perfectly 🙂

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The bunk & stairs are being painted in high gloss paint in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Seafoam which is a soft aqua. The sliding door to her bathroom will be in Benjamin Moore Jet Black & the trim will be in Decorator’s White. The walls will be in Decorator’s White & all of the casings will be in Jet Black. The dressing room style door to her closet underneath the bunk will also be Jet Black with Decorator’s White trim.

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The good news is I found a replacement for the back ordered flush mount chandelier that I was using for her vanity area & bathroom. This was the original.

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And this is the replacement. They are already here & will be getting installed early next week 🙂

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More good news! In fact, this is really awesome news! I was really worried that the day bed I ordered from CR Laine wasn’t going to make it here on time, but I received word that it is shipping tomorrow & should be at IBB early next week! I need to give my friends at CR Laine a HUGE shout out! They really came thru for me on this & we are so excited to get Jaylie’s day bed installed next week! They’re always a go to source for upholstery in my projects and I know that I can count on them for amazing style, comfort, quality & customer service.

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Now for the bad news 🙁 There is a high probability that the plumbing for her bathroom won’t be here in time. Apparently they need every bit of the 6 weeks to make everything. My plumbing rep is doing everything she can to get it here in time but as of now it’s not looking too good. I guess this is the price you pay to get the perfect satin brass finish. Let’s all say a little prayer that the stars align & I’ll be showing off that gorgeous brass plumbing as part of the big reveal!

I also found out today that the hardware I selected for all of her cabinetry is backordered until December 🙁 I am currently scouring all of my sources to find a replacement. Wish me luck!

You can check out what’s happening in all of the other One Room Challenges here. Make sure you’re following me on instagram for more sneak peeks & updates on our ORC progress. Also, did you get a chance to vote for my client’s nursery? I’d be so grateful if you had a minute to spare to vote for the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery” for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month.

If you live in the Dallas area, Partners Card starts THIS Friday! Over 800 retailers are participating in this year’s charitable event for The Family Place & IBB is one of them! Save 20% off of the IBB price on all in stock furniture & accessories 🙂

 

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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: Bathroom update

We’re making progress! Jaylie’s new bathroom tile is all in & we’re so excited about how it turned out!

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I used an aqua penny round from tilebar to cover her entire vanity wall & carried it into the shower in horizontal stripes.  The stripes play a big part in her Kate Spade inspired bedroom & bathroom.  The floor & shower are 4×12 carerra marble. I used a staggered brick joint in the shower & a herringbone on the floor.

We decided to take her tub out & give her a frameless glass shower with a bench.  To give her more space in her bathroom, we’re also taking off the original bathroom door & replacing it with a sliding door.  We’ve already taken out the closet door & we’ll be using the two photos below as inspiration for cabinets & organization for this closet inside of her bathroom.  This area will have a cased opening with a center cabinet tower with drawers at the bottom & adjustable shelving on either side.

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I’ll be back on Thursday with more of our design  plan for her Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  For daily inspiration & more progress photos follow me on Instagram.

Happy #tileTuesday!

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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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Designer Life Inspiration

IMG_1834.PNGI find inspiration for my designs in all facets of life. Travel, art, friends, family, fabrics you name it. As we’re just now seven days into the New Year, I’m finding different areas of my life colliding when it comes to inspiration. I thrive on inspiration to try to live a better life. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is my go-to daily devotional for my spiritual inspiration. I pour thru Pinterest & instagram posts for healthy recipes and fitness inspiration but I also use it a lot for design inspiration & to share my work with others.

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Well, this week I discovered an amazing woman via instagram. It was really an ah-ha moment for me. You see, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer (stage 3C Melanoma) in January of 2013, my whole family vowed to live a healthier life. We made changes but admittedly we never stuck to them for the long haul. The stress of my dad’s illness compiled with regular aspects of life were a lot to handle. Quite frankly, it just felt easier to eat out & cling to the excuse of being too tired or too busy to stick to our workout routine. We lived life in the moment just taking each day at a time cherishing it when he wasn’t in the hospital or getting treatment. After my dad passed in April of 2014, things were still busy. Actually busier. Since then I’ve felt the stress. I haven’t been feeling good & I am just not feeling healthy. I need to make some big changes to implement a healthier lifestyle.

Over the break, I was inspired some of the goals I saw my 10 year old daughter Jaylie setting for herself in order to be a better dancer. We searched instagram together to hunt for healthy recipes and tips. I decided to focus on showing her how to be healthy rather than saying “I want to lose weight” or having any body image related discussion. I’m certainly no expert in this area so I thought it would be fun for us to take on this journey of learning how to be healthy together.

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We’ve discovered so many inspiring people out there! Jaylie loves @kinoyoga & has accepted the #bestrongin2015 yoga challenge. I love that! Be strong! Huge shout out to my friend Deborah @madewithom for inspiring her through yoga & introducing us to @kinoyoga.

For me, it really all clicked when I stumbled upon Amber Locke (@rawveganblonde), vegan chef, blogger & artist. She combines 2 of my passions – design & food – into gorgeous works of art. Talk about someone I can identify with. Amber creates intricate patterns using real fruits & vegetables & then photographs them from above. Her work has been commissioned into fashion accessories, wallpaper, magazine & book illustrations & fabrics. Tory Burch, one of my favorite style icons, is a huge fan of hers! She even offers some of her work as giclee prints in her online store ambaliving.com
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Soak in some of her inspiring art & you’ll see what I mean!
IMG_1837.PNGLocke says, “It’s a joy to use beautiful ingredients and my work aims to showcase their unique qualities, reflect the changing seasons of the year and also be a celebration of healthy living.”

I told you she was inspiring! Let’s celebrate life! No New Year’s resolutions for me. This year is a movement toward being strong. Strong in my faith in God. Strong in the love for my husband, two daughters, my mom, my friends & our staff @ibbdesign. Strong with my choices to eat healthy. Strong with working out regularly. Strong in my commitment to my clients to deliver them design that works for how they live and to allow them to live beautifully. Strong in inspiring others.

I won’t be perfect. Sometimes I might “fall off the wagon”. But, that’s when I’ll look to my family, friends & all of you to help keep me STRONG.

So, here’s to designing your life the way you want to it! Tell me, what is it going to look like?

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New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design

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Tips for a Stylish Family Friendly Design:

1)    Keep your larger pieces neutral to allow you flexibility to switch out your accent colors more easily in the future.

2)    Use an upholstered ottoman as a cocktail table.  This is great for family’s with little ones.  There are no sharp edges for them to get hurt on.  Leather is super durable & you won’t worry when your kids or hubby kick their feet up on it.

3)    Make it unique.  The lamp shades on these lamps can be painted any Benjamin Moore paint color.  It’s a great way to make a statement & bring color into your space.  Feel like changing your accent color in the future?  Just paint the shades to go with your new palette.

4) Play with pattern on your chairs, pillows & accessories.  Polka dots are the latest pattern trend.  We love this sophisticated version on the chairs we’ve used in this vignette.

Get inspired to start your family room makeover today!  Everything featured in our set on GMT on Friday is now in stock at IBB!

For your daily dose of design inspiration, follow us on instagram & facebook!

Miss the segment last Friday?  Click here to watch it.  For more design tv, tune in to Good Morning Texas every Friday morning on WFAA channel 8 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

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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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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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Master Makeover

IBB designer, Shannon Gidney, recently transformed the master bedroom for some of her clients. Take a peek at what the room looked like before.
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The room felt dated & needed a new fresh look!
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Shannon selected great basics like the upholstered bed with tufting & nail heads in a neutral fabric & mirrored nightstands. A pop of orange was brought in with two patterned pillows & one solid on the bed. The bench at the end of the bed allows another opportunity for pattern & offers seating for the space. Fun mirrors and perfectly scaled lamps add the finishing touches to the design.
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Thank you for the sneak peek Shannon! For more design inspiration & sneak peeks, follow us on instagram & like us on Facebook!

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New Video: Get Inspired for your Design Projects!

Yesterday on Good Morning Texas, I showed the viewers a few different ways to get inspired to jump start their design projects. The vignette I took to GMT involved these fabulous & oh-so-comfy zig-zag swivel chairs from CR Laine. Watch the segment here.
For more design inspiration, find us on social media!
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Keep up with what’s hot in the design world! This October I’ll be participating in the High Point Home Furnishings Style Spotter competition again. You can follow all of the pinning fun during the week of Oct 17th-24th. Find out more about Style Spotters here. If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, get one today! It’s one of my favorite ways to get inspired!

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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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Style Spotter Rewind

TGIF design devotees!  I have a BIG announcement for you all!  I’m so excited to have been invited back to be a part of the Style Spotters program ~ Style Spotters Rewind ~ for the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market!  I’ll be one of nine designers from across the country that will be curating our favorite finds from the Fall market & pinning them on the Style Spotter board on Pinterest.  This group of fab ladies have all been Style Spotters before, so this will definitely make for a fierce competition to find the best products that the market has to offer!

 

What this means for you:
By following all of the fun on Pinterest, you will get a first hand look at all of the hottest products from the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market.  We do all of the work & you get to enjoy all of the eye candy on your computer or tablet right from your comfy home!

How you can participate:
This is a competition, so every point counts!  Vote for your favorite Style Spotter by liking & re-pinning what we find.

SO, if you don’t already have one, then go set up your Pinterest account today! It’s one of my favorite places to get inspiration not only for interior design, but for fashion, cooking & so much more.  I promise you will fall in love with it!  Find me on Pinterest & let’s get inspired together!

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Designer Entertaining Inspiration

The weekend is here & there’s a good chance you have entertaining on the brain. Half of the fun of entertaining with friends or throwing a party is setting up for it! I love pulling double duty with home furnishings & accessories by using them to help set the stage for a swanky soirée! All you need to add is food, fresh flowers & an organized beverage display & then you’re ready to greet your guests! Here are a few set ups that I have done for myself, clients & events at IBB to gear up for party.
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For more design & entertaining inspiration, follow me on instagram and my family’s business IBB Design & don’t miss all of the fun over on Pinterest!

Happy weekend & happy designing!

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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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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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Sneak Peek Saturday: Dallas Market

Last night I had a blast gathering at a cocktail party with local design bloggers for the Dallas Market Center’s Sneak Peek at the January home & gift market.
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With fellow Dallas designer Elle Cole20130119-075636.jpgWith celebrity designer & HGTV star @JohnGidding who I’m super excited to say is my co-host for this evenings Arts Awards!

Follow all the fun in store for today & see what we’re discovering at today’s exclusive sneak peek into the Dallas Market! Tune in later tonight to get a backstage look at the Arts Awards!
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Follow hash tag: #DMCSneakPeek & #ArtsAwards

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Inspired Design: Craig Ranch Huntington

Happy Thursday everyone! If you caught my segment on GMT last Friday, then you got to see a sneak peek at one of our latest design installations. We featured the family room area of the Huntington Homes model home in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Take a look!

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There is more to see of this gorgeous 4300 square foot one story home, so tour it in person & stay tuned to our blog for more sneak peeks!
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Looking for design inspiration?  Check out my monthly column, Inspired Design, in GrandLuxe magazine.  This month, I’m giving you 4 tips to a healthy home in the new year.  Check it out on page 54 here.

For up to the minute inspired design, follow me on instagram (@designershay & @ibbdesign), twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook.
Happy Designing everyone!
xo
Shay

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Making the most of what you have!

Happy Friday design devotees!  I have a treat in store for you today!  I’ve asked Kevin Wild, one of IBB’s designers, to guest blog for us today.  He’s giving us a quick peek into a project he is working on with a client to show us how to make the most of what you have.  Take it away Kevin…

Design is all about putting your unique personal touch in your home.

Sometimes you even have to “work with whatchya got!”   This is exactly what I did in my client’s new home.  A few months back my clients moved in, and like many of my clients, she had wallpaper in her formal dining room. She was ready to rip it down and paint.   I told her, “No way.”   Her wallpaper was fabulous!

I used their wallpaper as the inspiration for the entire design.  A lot of times you may feel like patterns are too busy. Sometimes this is true with an all-over pattern on a chair or wallpaper.   An easy tip and trick is to break up the pattern to give your eye somewhere to rest!

In this dining room I broke up the busy pattern of the wallpaper with two fantastic John Richards elgomise floor mirrors.  This also allowed the dining room to bounce light all around the room.  In addition, the mirrors are gold leafed which helps tie in the gold from the wallpaper at the same time contrasting with the darkeness of the wallpaper.

The real icing on the cake in this room is the unique designer chairs from Guy Chaddock.   The tone-on-tone structured pattern contrasts with the more natural curves of the rest of the room.  The lighter fabric also provides a fresh contrast with the darker patterned wallpaper.  The clean lines of the chairs give the room an updated feel.

At the end of the day, using elements and details that are currently in your space to your advantage and adding a few new pieces to freshen it up can lead you to the design that fits you uniquely.

-Kevin Wild

Thank you Kevin!  It’s fun to see how just by changing things a bit & adding a few new pieces can give a room’s design a whole new perspective.   A room can still look fabulous even if you’re forced to work with what you’ve got!

Happy weekend & happy decorating everyone!

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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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Ahead of the curve

We had a fabulous first day at the High Point Home Furnishings market. I was super excited to walk into several showrooms today & see one of our favorite color palettes featured – turquoise & tangerine! Also known as the IBB company colors ;-). IBB was ahead of the curve in regard to this color palette! So fresh & inspiring! Check out a few of my favorite vignettes from today featuring this yummy color combo.

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Wesley Hall

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CR Laine

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CR Laine

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Century Furniture

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Century Furniture

Make sure to follow me on Pinterest, twitter & instagram for up to the minute fabulous finds from this fall’s market!

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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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Last day to vote!

Well my friends, the fun is almost over.  I’ve had such a blast pinning all of my fabulous finds for the Style Spotter contest

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Style Spotted: Thom Filicia

One of my favorite stops at market is Vanguard Furniture. I love the fresh design aesthetic of their furnishings. They have several designer collaborations, but I’m particularly fond of Thom Filicia’s collection. And yes, he is as charming in real life as he is on tv. I met him for the first time a few years ago & every time I see him he always takes the time to catch up & ask me how my family is & to see pictures of my kiddos. He also personally walks Vanguard guests thru his collection describing each piece along the way. It’s always such a treat! Take a look at some of my favorites from Thom & Vanguard.

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Thom & I with his console with upholstered inset panels. I loved this piece so much that I spotted it on the Style Spotter contest for the High Point Home Furnishings Market on Pinterest.

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Want more eye candy & inspiration from the Spring 2012 market? Head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. The voting has been extended until May 3rd so make sure to like, re-pin & comment! The winner will be announced Friday, May 4th.

Happy designing!
xo
Shay

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Spotted at Spring Market: Color!

I am very happy to report that color was abundant at the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market. Lots of saturated color! If you follow our work, then you know we (at IBB) are big fans of color! Check out a few of the colorful vignettes that caught my eye during market.

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CR Laine

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Ferguson Copeland

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Hickory Chair

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Wesley Hall

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Century Furniture

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Lilian August

Want more color, eye candy & fabulous finds from market? Then, head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. They’ve extended the voting for best Style Spotter! Voting now ends on May 3rd & the winner will be announced on May 4th. Every re-pin generates 2 points & every like 1 point. So, tell me what you like by commenting, liking & re-pinning. I’m anxious to see your feedback on my little curation of treasures from Spring market!

So whether it’s a pop of color or a room full of vibrant shades, I hope these photos inspire you to liven up your home!
Happy Designing!
xo
Shay

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Craig Ranch

For today’s sneak peek Saturday, I wanted to give you a look inside a fun project we just completed out in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The project is a 4,292 sq ft 2 story town home located in a private gated section of Craig Ranch. All of the town homes boast exceptional views of the TPC golf course. For this model, the developer requested a traditional interior that would cater to a discriminating buyer looking for luxury in an elite golfing community.

The finish out of the home had already been completed by the builder. We were very excited to be called in to be the exclusive designers for this project & furnish & accessorize the home from top to bottom.

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Living room

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Jewel tones offer a rich color palette

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End of foyer looking into living/dining area

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Sitting area of one of the guest bedrooms

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Stay tuned because we are installing a second project for Craig Ranch in just a few weeks.  I’m super excited about this one!  It will be a completely different design style & color palette.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy designing!

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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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For the Dog Lovers

Summer is almost here & the kiddos will soon be out of school.  A bedroom or playroom makeover is the perfect summer project!  Involve your little one in the planning & let their imagination run wild.  We used bright colors & dogs as our inspiration for this adorable little girl’s room. For a feature behind the bed, we blew up the circle print on the bedskirt & painted it on the wall.  I love how it turned out to look like the Twister game board & the playfulness it adds to the room.  I recently featured a tour of the room on Good Morning Texas. If you’d like to see it in person, head out to Whitley Place & check out the Huntington Homes model home & get inspired!

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Whitley Place
3981 Arches Lane
Prosper, TX 75078

Happy decorating!

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Go Wild!

Hello my design devotees!  I’m working from home on this dreary Monday Dallas morning.  One of my little princesses is home sick.  I’m sourcing for a couple of different projects I am working on right now & I came across this photo I had saved in my “Style File” on my home computer.  There are so many things I love about this!  For starters, the chest is covered in zebra hair on hide & tricked out with silver nail heads that define this yummy piece.  The top is covered in glass to ensure a safe place to set your accessories, lamps, etc.  The mirror above the chest is so fun & really makes a gorgeous contrasting statement to the mustard yellow wall color.  If mustard yellow walls scare you, you’ll be happy to know that this ensemble would be just as chic on a crisp white wall.  Small infusions of color help tie this chic setting up in a pretty little package.  The turquoise lamp &  sunny yellow gourd vases say “Hello!” with just the right amount of energy to accessorize the space.

Want this look in your home?  Contact an IBB designer today.  All items pictured are available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

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Project Renovation: Oscarlicious Master Bedroom

That will be the word of the day ~ Oscarlicious!  Why, you ask?   As far as design inspiration goes, I was particularly drawn to two dresses at the 2011 Academy Awards worn by Gwyneth Paltrow & Hilary Swank.   The show stopping designer gowns sum up the modern glamour style I’m seeking to portray in our master bedroom.  They instantly sent me into a creative frenzy when I saw them.

I’ve been planning this dream bedroom of mine in my head for years & I’m finally taking the leap to create it.  Not overdone.  Not heavy.  Simple elegance & sophistication that exudes glamour.  Touches of traditional combined with modern options & fabulous finishes.  I love the metallic effect that both of these dresses offer & the textures of the fabrics are to die for!  The colors are even in the range of the color palette I have chosen for our bedroom.  Platinum, nickel, cream & gold are the stars in the room.  I’ve painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak & our trim color is Benjamin Moore’s Could White.  We have great windows in our sitting area & the room gets fantastic natural light.

So, let me give you a sneak peek at my game plan.

This is the bed I designed for my husband & I.  It is my dream bed!  I have been searching for a bed like this my whole life!  No joke!  I worked with CR Currin ( a line we carry at IBB) to tweak one of their new beds to carry out my vision.  It’s upholstered in a chenille tweed from Kravet.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but there are metallic threads woven into the fabric.  The posts are covered in a smoky antique mirror & the bed is finished in a stunning silver leaf.  The factory sent me a photo of it when it was done.  It is shipping this week & I could not be more excited to get it into our room!

To set off our gorgeous bed, I wanted to find something really spectacular to accent the bed wall.  When I saw this wallpaper from Albert Van Luit, my jaw dropped!  It was just the thing to do this bed justice.  It’s a natural grass cloth wallpaper with a large scaled Damask pattern created by silver & gold leaf.   The texture is delicious.  This has my name written all over it!  It makes a powerful statement, so I’m not covering the entire room in it.  That would be crossing over into the overdone category & that’s not what I’m going for.  It will be a fabulous focal point behind the bed.  It’s brand new to the collection, so it won’t be in until the end of March.  Good things come to those who wait…  I’m dying to get it up in the room!

 

 Lighting for the room will take on a more modern flair.  I love these selections juxtaposed with the Damask wallpaper.  The lamps I’ve chosen are from Global Views & very grand in scale.  They will sit like sculptural art on our nightstands.  The inside of the mercury glass base lights up & shows off it’s illustrious qualities.  It’s simply magnificent.  You can light just the base (romantic ambiance), just the lamp (task lighting), or both at the same time (you get the best of both worlds!).  The chandelier from Fine Art Lamps will hang over our bed.  The photo shows the design of the chandelier.  I’ve ordered it in a silver leaf finish with a translucent mica shade & metal frame.  It will showcase the silver & gold finishes being used in the room in one piece.

I hope you enjoyed today’s sneak peek into my house!  I can’t wait to share the room with you when I get it all done.  Mixing finishes in a room can give you a brilliant interior.  You just have to find the balance.  Get inspired & go make your room Oscarlicious!

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Project Renovation: Study Fireplace

Today’s sneak peek  is a look at what has been going on in the study/home office in our new house.  This room is much larger than the one in our previous home.  A coffered ceiling, paneled walls, &  a fireplace are a few of the architectural details I love about this space.  However, it really needed a pick me up in the design area.

Here is the fireplace before.  It’s nice, but not exactly what I would pick if I were building this house today.  It needs a fresh feel.  It seems sort of dated, right?  The marble on the fireplace surround was really too taupe & brown for the vision I had in mind for this room.  Notice the wood paneling.  It’s red oak with lots & lots of grain showing through.  I have a plan for that!

First things first.  The fireplace surround gets rejuvenated with 12×12 Carerra marble tiles.  There is also a credenza opposite the fireplace where I used a slab countertop of the Carrera marble.  It’s already starting to take on a new look.

 

My original plan for this room was to lacquer the walls in a rich black that read midnight blue when the light hit it.  I consulted several paint professionals & they all talked me out of using it in this room.  Most of them told me that the lacquer would eventually crack on the wood paneling.  Big BOO!  I have used lacquer a million times on furniture, but never on walls.  I was willing to take the risk since it was my own house, but after extensive research on the products available I decided there had to be antoher way to get me the look I was after.  SO, onto Plan B.  I still wanted the walls to have a VERY high gloss almost wet looking appearance.  So, I chose to go with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black in high gloss.  We started with 3 coats of primer.  I wanted to cover up the grain in the red oak as much as possible.

3 coats of primer & 3 coats of Off Black later, I am really starting to dig the new look!  I painted the inset of the coffered ceiling Benjamin Moore’s White Herron & the beams are contrasted in the Off Black.  This effect really highlights the ceiling detail without making the room dark & cave like.  We had all of the floors in the house refinished to a warmer richer brown with more black & less orange red in it.  The paneling still needs the final clear coat on it, but the room is really becoming the chic space I had in mind.

 My husband often works from home & I just love the layout of this room so I want to pull out all the stops in here!  I see this space as a wonderful area to showcase some beautiful design & make it a room we will sit in & enjoy.  There is plenty of room for a sitting area.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect arrangement for that.  I have found a desk that I am dying over (more on that later), but it is clearly not in the budget for this room.  I have an alternative selected & I think it will give us the same look & fit in our budget.  I plan to use Lee Jofa’s Chevron patterned fabric from Oscar de la Renta’s collection for the drapery fabric.  The chevron pattern is on the diagonal & features the midnight blue/rich navy & a slate blue.  The white silk background will create a stunning contrast to the Off Black walls.  Unfortunately, the fabric is backordered until April.  However, good things come to those who wait & I think this is worth waiting for!  I can’t wait to see it all come together!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Dreaming of Spring Renewal

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Freezing is more like it.  Much of the country is facing fierce winter storms.  Many in Dallas & surrounding suburbs have been snowed in since Monday night & the kiddos are enjoying almost an entire week off due to arctic temperatures & impossible road conditions.  We’ve had plenty to keep ourselves busy around here though since we just moved into our new house this weekend.  However, cabin fever is really starting to set in with me.

I’m dreaming of the sensory pleasantries of spring.  Bright colors, fresh flowers blooming & temperatures that call for margaritas on the patio.  Spring is a time for renewal.  One project that is on my to-do list is to make over our patio furniture.  When I bought it, I played it safe with neutral fabrics because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted out there & I had to get seating asap because we really enjoy our patio time during the warmer months in Dallas.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with neutral.  I’ve loved these chairs since day one.  But, if you’re looking for an area to experiment with pops of color, an outdoor space is perfect!  Nature’s beautiful colors found in plants, flowers & trees will help balance strong colors outdoors.

When it comes to outdoor fabrics, color is usually offered in abundance.  I’m particularly smitten with the famous fashion designer Trina Turk’s line for Schumacher.  Ever since the launch of her collection, the amazing patterns and vivid colors have danced their way through my imagination and onto my wish list.  With the huge success of her first collection, it’s no surprise that fans across the world were giddy with the recent announcement of her second collection.  Check it out here.

The chairs & granite fire pit table are from OW Lee, a line we carry at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  They are beyond comfy & we often sit out there for hours hanging out with our friends watching the kids play.  Other than giving the boring beige a fresh new vibe, the chairs really don’t need recovering.  They have held up substantially over the years.  But, alas, it is time to breathe new life into these chairs & give our a backyard the fun pop of color it deserves.

So, here is the game plan.  Turquoise, cobalt blue & citron will set the tone for the color palette.  Fun patterns will create a playful experience in our outdoor setting.  And, finally, those fabulous fabrics from Trina Turk will work their way into my home.  Yippee!  Here are my selections from her collection.

I’m going to kick it up a notch with some contrasting fabrics for the welt cords & buttons on the tufting.  The fabrics are ordered.  I can wait to get them over to my upholsterer & see how it all turns out.  Stay tuned for updates!

**Important Tip!  When having outdoor furniture recovered you must not only be mindful that the fabrics are outdoor friendly, but also the thread used to sew the fabrics together.  Regular thread will rot very quickly in the outdoor elements & your beautifully recovered pieces will soon be in shambles!**

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Video: See the Color of the Year in Action!

We’re kicking off the new year with some bold color!  Friday on Good Morning Texas, I unveiled the color of the year for 2011 and showed a few ways you could incorporate it into your space.  Check out the segment here.  So, are you ready to get down with honeysuckle?  What do you think of Pantone’s choice for the 2011 color of the year?

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Gorgeous Gray & Vibrant Amethsyt

Today on Good Morning Texas I featured a beautiful living room with a silvery gray & luscious purple color palette.  Click HERE to watch the segment.  The chairs are covered in a rich patterned velvet and add a definitive style to this space.  The sofa is very tailored and has a tufted seat cushion.  I love that we switched it up a bit by tufting the seat cushion instead of the back of the sofa.  We accessorized the room with a purple blown glass vase, geodes &a pair of fabulous silver rain glass lamps from Interlude.  The rug we chose adds a soft blue green to the color palette.  The playful print on it ties in with the amethyst on the chairs.

Gray is such a yummy neutral.  I really have such an affinity for it.  With it’s popularity these days, we’re seeing the color used in a variety of design styles.  Long gone are the days when the color gray made you think of a cold sterile or industrial space.  I was recently at a taping for the Nate Berkus Show & after the taping he graciously answered questions from the audience filled with design bloggers.  One of the girls asked him his favorite shades of gray paint.  I took a video clip with my iphone while he answered.  Check out what he had to say!

Nate Berkus’s Favorite Gray Paints

Well, I must say that Nate has divine taste because my favorite gray paint just happens to be Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray as well!  I have used it in several projects.  It seems to be the most perfect shade of gray.  It’s rich & warm and just oozing with style.  I suppose we should expect nothing less when inspired by the uber-chic Christian Dior!  I recently used it in the corporate offices of one of my Dallas clients.

The fabric pictured was one of our accent fabrics.  The sofa in the lobby was a warm souffle color.  I used Benjmain Moore’s Dior Gray (pictured top), Benjamin Moore’s Pewter (pictured center), and Benjamin Moore’s Acadia White (pictured bottom) throughout the corporate offices.  It really turned out brilliantly!

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F is for Finial

Finial:   an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, lamp, spire or gable, or used as decoration at the ends of drapery rods

Can you say fabulous???!!!  Hand blown glass drapery rod finials from the M/K Collection featuring finishes in rusted steel, copper and gold leaf, and verdigris.

Copper Finials are part of the intricate architecture of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Custom drapery hardware & finials  by NR Designs

Knole sofa by Hickory Chair featuring “egg” finials

Decorative finials finish off the posts on the gorgeous Belle upholstered bed by Hickory Chair.

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B is for Bergere

A bergere (pronounced burr-jair) is an upholstered French enclosed armchair which originated in Paris around the 18th century.  Traditionally styled bergere chairs call for a separate seat cushion.  The sides, back & arms are upholstered, but the rest of the frame is left exposed.  The frames often exhibit exquisite carving or moulding and may have striking painted finishes in lacquer, gilding or  gold or silver leaf.  These chairs are generally really comfortable & can be used with an ottoman for a great addition to a family room or master bedroom sitting area.

Louis XV Bergere Chair by Hickory Chair

I love how this fun Duralee fabric really brings these bergere chairs to life!

Grand Bergere Chair & Ottoman from Century.

A bergere chair originally purchased by President Monroe for the White House during the restoration process after the fire of 1814.  The fabric & finish on this chair are so rich & regal.  Check out this link for a very interesting article on the preservation & care that went into re-covering this chair. (image from www.whitehousemuseum.org)

A vibrant hot pink & black gives a playful modern update to this bergere chair in a rich black painted finish.

How fun is this bergere in aqua lacquer?  I found this intriguing piece over here.  It definitely makes a designer statement.  The quatrefoil print on the fabric is to die for!  I could totally see this chair in my house.

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Yummy Yellow & Gorgeous Gray!

You may remember that last year’s color of the year was Mimosa, a warm sunny shade of yellow.  At IBB, we love color.  There’s nothing better than seeing neutrals come alive with beautiful pops of color.  Yellow can instantly make a home feel bright & welcoming.

The color combo of yellow paired with the very chic neutral gray is quickly catching on as one of the most sought after color palettes.  Our model team executed the gorgeous duo on a recent project in Houston, led by IBB designer Susan Neff.  Take a peek inside the family room…

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The tufted ottoman coffee table is by Aidan Gray.  I love the shelf at the bottom that allows for extra storage for books, magazines, or a basket to hide your remotes.  Pillows with yellow & gray prints make a splash on the sofa & wing chairs.

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The neutral stone gray wing back chairs are by Century.   The art over the fireplace may be my absolute favorite part of the room.  It brings so much life & color to the space & really draws your eye up.

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We used a lively yellow & gray print from Duralee on the drapery panels which were designed by our drapery designer Gilda Wood.  The breakfast table is also by Aidan Gray.

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Tip in a Zip: Time to Edit!

Yearning for a quick makeover that won’t cost you a dime?  It’s time to edit!  Update your traditional style by de-cluttering & ridding your home of out of date accessories.  Today’s design styles call for cleaner looks without a lot of fuss.  Select the items you love the most to live amongst.  Think “less is more”!  Not every inch of your table top & wall space needs to be covered.  Try this at your home this weekend & you’ll feel instantly refreshed.  Your home will breathe new life & a new look!

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Idzinechat offers FREE Design Advice TOMORROW Night!

Our last #IDzinechat was so successful that we decided to make this a regular thing!  I am very excited to announce that I am taking over the hosting duties for tomorrow night’s event founded by Wanda Horton & Leslie Carothers.

Designers & consumers unite tomorrow night on twitter to ask questions & get answers ~ for FREE!  That’s right!  Some of the hottest interior designers from around the country will be participating in tomorrow night’s discussion.

It’s simple.  Log in to twitter & search for the hashtag #IDzinechat to follow the chat.  Chime in anytime to ask questions, but make sure all of your tweets contain the hashtag #IDzinechat so that other participants can see your tweets.

Take advantage of this chat to get all of your design dilemmas resolved by a wide range of design professionals.  Looking for a second opinion on your design project?  During the #IDzinechat, you may get advice from multiple design professionals participating who can offer their perspective & help you get the ball rolling!

For more information regarding the #IDzinechat & how you can get in on all of the fun log on to the #IDzinechat blog or follow them on twitter here!

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Fancy Word Friday: Case Goods

If you’re around a professional designer for any period of time, chances are you will probably hear them use the term “case goods”.  This industry term refers to home furnishings that are made primarily out of wood.  Think end tables, armoires, consoles & cocktail tables.

Here are a few of my favorite case goods:

New Gotham City Table in Ivory by Global Views

Thompson Side Table by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair

Raffles Cocktail Table by Century furniture.  You may remember me showing this to you for my 4th of July segment on GMT.

Morgan Media cabinet by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair featuring a hydraulic lift that can accommodate a TV up to 42″.

Game table by Larry Laslo for Ferguson Copeland.

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Update With a Twist!

Do you have cushions on your kitchen chairs or barstools?  For a quick update, say “Bye Bye” to bows & tassels.  Clean it up with a simple twist & tuck!

Wrap the cushion ties around the leg.  You can secure the ends with a simple stitch, dab of hot glue or simply tie the ends & tuck them away to where they don’t show.

Voila!  Fresh updated style that looks much cleaner & less “cutesy” than a bow.

*images from the homes of IBB clients

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It’s ON!

I’ve got exciting news my fellow interior design aficionados!  I’m thrilled to announce my editorial debut & partnership with ON magazine.  Now, you’ll be able to get my latest design tips & trends in glossy form in addition to this blog & Good Morning Texas.  Each issue will focus on a different design topic.  This issue highlights different ways & suggestions on how to use decorative trays throughout your home.  Click on the PDF below to get the full scoop!  Let me know what you think & please offer any suggestions for topics that you would like to see me cover in the magazine!

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Jet Set Style

Having been in business for over 30 years now, IBB has designed quite a diverse range of projects for our clients.  Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is a look inside of a private jet we designed for a client.  From the fabrics & the finishes to the custom seating for 12 passengers, we had a blast creating this space designed for style in the sky.  Take a peek…

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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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Never a dull day!

Hello design friends!  I apologize for being MIA over the last week or so.   After I returned from furniture market in North Carolina, I hopped right back on a plane to go install my client’s home in California.  I’m back in Dallas now (at least for the time being) & wouldn’t you know it ~ I got a terrible sinus infection in the midst of trying to play catch up back at our showroom.  So, please excuse my tardiness in sharing all of my exciting adventures & finds with you.

I have so much to catch you all up on, but it will have to wait for now.  I need to follow up on current projects  & put the finishing touches on an event we’re hosting here at IBB for STAR Children’s Charities next week.   So exciting!  Don’t go far though, because next week will be full of lots of fun on my blog including a guest post from my fabulous friend Shelly Rosenberg.

So, for the time being I will leave you with a little teaser to entice you to come back & read up on my latest adventures…

No, this is not something I normally keep in my designer’s tool kit.  However, I did use this ever-so- handy forklift to get my client’s absolutely favorite piece into his home during my installation in California.  It’s never a dull day in the design world!  Stay tuned for details…

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Designer Nursery

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from IBB designer Shannon Gidney.  Shannon is just weeks away from delivering her first child, a baby girl.  We are all so excited & can’t wait until baby Morgan arrives!  This sweet nursery is layered in creams, chocolate brown & turquoise.  A few antique touches, like a rocker Shannon found, help give the room a vintage feeling.  The drapery fabric is from Kravet.  It’s also used on the top of the ottoman & again in the crib bedding.  There are lots of more fun details to share with you like an amazing hand crafted dresser & fun little touches Shannon created to let her sweet little angel always know how much she is adored.  Congratulations John & Shannon!

Stay tuned for more nursery details & updates on Morgan’s arrival.  You can contact Shannon here.  shannon@ibbdesign.com or 214-618-6630

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Barbara Barry & Goodies from Global Views

I was so excited to receive a sneak peek at Barbara Barry’s  new accessory introductions for Global Views that I had to share it with you all right away!  The elegant line contains ceramics, trays, boxes and other fabulous accessories that depict the timeless sophistication that Ms. Barry is known for.  She has selected an assortment of amazing finishes including laquer, leather & silver leaf detailing.

Script Oval Tray in Ivory

This might be my favorite piece.  I love to add a tray to a room.  They are so versatile.  Display pretty perfume bottles on them in your bathroom or use them to group or organize cell phones, keys, pens & to-do lists.  Bring them out to entertain with when you have a party or use it to serve your sweetie coffee or breakfast in bed.  Set one up in a guest room on a nightstand or dresser with items to make your guests feel welcome (fresh cookies, magazines, bottled water & a toothbrush & toothpaste).

Banded ceramic vase & Polished Tazza in white

You know I love to entertain, so of course I love this vase & footed serving piece.  They have such a fresh clean look.  I can just imagine displaying a fresh bouquet of flowers in the vase & arranging yummy muffins on the serving piece to have coffee with girlfriends.

Luxe Organizer in Ivory laquer

This sleek set of laquered boxes offer both form & fuction.  Perfectly sized to conceal pens, pencils, keys, or jewelry this should be on everyone’s “must have” list.

Global Views is one of my absolute favorite home accessory lines.  They also happen to be one of my favorite showrooms to visit at market.  I can’t wait to see them this weekend when we embark on our bi-annual shopping spree in North Carolina for home furnishings & accessories for IBB.  Market is like fashion week for the interior design industry.  I’m like a kid in a candy store there.  By the end of the trip, my head is usually spinning from all of the fabulous finds that caught my eye.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow me on Twitter to get instant updates & see all the great things I found at market next week!  http://www.twitter.com/designershay

AND, if you’re a designer & you’ll be at market, you won’t want to miss our Tweetup at Global Views on Sunday, April 18th.  Click here for details & to RSVP.

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A sofa that swings

The weather in Dallas in absolutely gorgeous right now!  Aside from the wind, I have been dreaming up ways to try to do my job poolside.

Springtime usually gets us all in the mood for home improvement projects, especially those outdoor projects.  My list continues to grow.  It got me thinking… is your outdoor space IN style?

I took the  photo above in my parent’s pool cabana.  It showcases one of my all time favorite outdoor elements.  I call it the swinging sofa.  It’s a deep outdoor sofa that is made to function like a classic porch swing.  It’s perfect for lounging & reading a book or taking a nap or just to sit & swing!  It’s hung from the cedar beams of the cabana.  My daughter’s favorite design element is the lady bug print pillows out of sunbrella fabric.  We often pile on it to sit & talk or watch TV.  Ahhhh, so comfy,  relaxing & peaceful!

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Glamorous Gray!

You read it right!  Gray does not have to mean boring, drab or dreary!  Gray is actually quite the glamorous neutral.  It serves as a wonderful back drop for colors that pop like a sunny yellow or feminine lavender.  I also loves shades of blue like aqua with gray.  Picture it with Hermes orange.  I’m using that color combination for a client in Dallas right now.

I featured a swanky sitting area of gray & yellow on GMT last Friday & created quite a buzz about the hot neutral.  Watch the video here.

Make no mistake, gray is certainly hot on the scene right now, but it’s a timeless neutral that has been used in interior design for generations.  It’s always been a favorite especially amongst those who love the look of Hollywood Glamor.

Benjamin Moore makes two of my favorite shades of gray to use.  Wickham Gray will lightly wash your walls with a subtle yet fresh gray.  Dior Gray,  on the other hand, will give you instant drama with a rich blue undertone.  It’s simply stunning.  I actually walked into my friend Shelly’s house recently only to discover that her master bedroom is painted in this stylish gray.  I’ve also specified it for an upcoming project for a client’s office.

So, my fellow design devotees, I encourage you to embrace this neutral color & get glamorous!

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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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Picking the Perfect Coffee Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What’s a Welt Cord?

Dear Designer Detective,

I often hear you refer to a welt cord when pointing out things on the furniture you showcase on Good Morning Texas.  What exactly is a welt cord?

~Tina D.
McKinney, TX

Dear Tina,

Great question!  A welt cord is simply a fabric covered cord that follows the seam of a chair cushion, sofa cushion, or pillows.  A welt cord helps give upholstery a more finished tailored look.  The two types of welt cords are a self-welt & a contrasting welt.  A self welt is when the cord is done out of the same fabric.  A welt cord that is done out of a different fabric is called a contrasting welt cord.  Contrasting welt cords add lots of style & pop to your upholstery.  I just love to use them!
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On this Sherrill chair, we used a contrasting welt cord out of a rich chocolate brown velvet.

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On this Century sofa, we’ve used a contrasting welt cord out of the same leather used on the frame of the sofa.

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Got Questions???

I’ve got answers!!!  I will be answering viewer questions on an upcoming GMT segment.  Post your questions here on the Designer Detective  blog now!  If your question is used on the show, you’ll get a $100 gift certificate to IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Bathtime Fun!

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from a super fun project I’m working on right now.  We’re converting this vintage claw foot bathtub into a fun reading area for the family’s kiddos.  The adjoining bedroom is being set up as an uber-cool playroom.   Since the bathtub will never be used for its genuine purpose, we felt conflicted to let something so fun just lie there useless.  So, I had an artist paint the exterior of the tub in a British flag motif & we’re making a huge comfy cushion to line the interior of the bathtub.  Finally, we’ll add lots of plush pillows to ensure lots of comfort for hours of lounging & reading in a totally cool space.  I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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White Hot!

Today on Good Morning Texas, I featured a sofa by Century that has everyone around IBB white hot!  With style that seems to channel Chanel, this beauty will have you swooning when you see it in person.  The hand painted white chairs & leather cocktail ottoman are also by Century.

Watch the video for the segment here.

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Just call me Mrs Geyer :-)

Hello friends!  I owe you all a super big apology for my absence here on the blog over the last 2 weeks.  You see, some big changes have been occurring in my life recently.  I just got married!  My wonderful husband, Brian, & I dated for nearly 3 years  & he popped the question back in September.  Being a designer combined with my strong willed detail oriented personality, I decided to take on the task of planning & creating our wedding & reception.  I seriously could have used a clone over the last few months!

Planning a wedding can be a full time job in itself, even if it’s a small one like ours was (we had 24 guests).  Add to this my full time job as an interior designer, mommy to my very active sweet five year old, fiance, daughter to the greatest parents on earth,  Good Morning Texas, and active philanthropist & charity involvement… well ~ I hope you can understand why blogging was put on hold for a while.  I typically blog late at night after my daughter goes to bed or early in the morning before she gets up.  However, with the wedding fast approaching & traveling for a  big project I’m working on in California, it seems that there just weren’t enough hours in the day.  But, now I’m back & I’ve got a full schedule of fun things to share with you including the details of our wedding!

We were married in Beaver Creek, Colorado on March 6, 2010 at the Beaver Creek Chapel (see photo).  It was the most wonderful day of my life (next to the birth of my daughter of course!)  My daughter, Jaylie (only 5 years old) gave a toast at the reception (her request) that brought us all to our knees.  My stomach flittered with pride & glee at how grown up and thoughtful her words were.

Brian is such a blessing to my life & my sweet little girl.  We are beyond blessed & so very excited about our new little family & all of the new beginnings.

So stay tuned for lots of fun in the design world & an inside look & behind the scenes details of our winter wedding in Beaver Creek.

xoxo
Shay Geyer
(BTW, Geyer is actually pronounced GEAR)

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Posh Pillows

Remember, my 2 P’s tip to instantly update your home?  Paint & Pillows!  Well, I just have to share this new pillow line I came across last week at the Dallas Market.  It’s called Square Feathers.  The hand sewn works of art are made from high quality linen, jute & fleece.  Ron’s signature design is the unexpected combination of jute & fleece.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the very charming creative force behind these fabulous pillows, Ron McIntyre.  What’s even better is that he’s a Texas boy ~ located in the heart of Austin, Texas.  I put him on the spot & had him record a quick video tip for using his pillows for all of my readers to enjoy.

Ron even has an amazing coffee table book out full of eye candy for the pillow lovers.  You can get it on Amazon here.  His collection is vibrant & very chic.  He has even implemented the ever so popular bird trend into a few of his designs.  Take a look at some of his marvelous masterpieces & let me know what you think.

Vibrant Rose bud pillows from Square Feathers liven up a white chaise lounge.  Notice Ron’s fab coffee table book at the edge of the chaise.

One of the most popular pillows from Square Feathers is their monogram pillow shown in the upper left of the photo.  The collection also offers designs featuring kid friendly designs incorporating puppies & fun frogs.  This wall also showcases some of my favs including the floral & cherry blossom designs.

My guest bedroom at my house has a Parisian flair, so I know exactly where I could use the Eiffel Tower pillow.  The pillow next to it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn & who doesn’t love her???  The bottom shelf features the Rose Bud pillow in a cool blue with contrasting neutral khaki rose buds.  Switch out the rose buds to one of the 15 colors offered to compliment any color palette!

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Video: How to Use 2010’s Color of the Year

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Happy New Year!

Woohoo!  2010 is here!  I hope you all had a fun & safe New Year’s Eve.  We had a very quiet & lovely evening.  We sipped champagne in the hot tub, watched movies & the Platinum Weddings marathon (the new season premiere is Sunday Jan 3rd & I can’t wait!) & enjoyed being entertained with song & dance by my little princess.  Quality family time is priceless!!!  After a very busy year, it was so nice to just sit & chill.

I’m just thrilled for 2010.  This is going to be a fabulous year!  I’m so excited for all that this year has in store.  It seems like there is already so much on my plate.  I love it!  I can’t wait to share all of it with y’all this year.  I’m working on some exciting new projects with clients that will have me traveling quite a bit more this year (super stoked about this!).   I’ll be sure & fill you in on what’s happening.

I’m getting married this year!  My amazing fiancee & I have been together for almost three years.  He proposed back in September 2009.  My daughter & I could not be more excited about this exciting new beginning.  On New Year’s Eve, my mom, daughter & I spent hours brainstorming ideas for the ceremony & reception. We’re having a small intimate winter wedding.  We have so many fun ideas!  My head is spinning!  One of my favorite daily reads for wedding blogs is www.stylemepretty.com.  I absolutely love it!  If you’re getting married or know someone who is (or just want to see lots of really cool really fabulous weddings), you should check it out!  We will be creating many aspects of the wedding ourselves, so stay tuned for posts about planning, creating & of course the Big Day!  And if you have any marvelous ideas for a winter wedding, please share them with me!!!

My schedule for Good Morning Texas is all set & just like the past 4 years, I’ll be coming into your home live every Friday morning (for those who live out of our viewing area, I will be posting the segments after they air here & here).  We have so many cool shows planned packed with special guests, celebrities, & stunning home interiors!

More fun stuff is in store for you in 2010 on the Designer Detective blog:

*Guest Bloggers:  Starting this year, we will feature guest bloggers on the Designer Detective blog.  I can’t wait to introduce you to our first guest!  She is amazing & I just know that you all will love her!  If you are interested in being a guest blogger for the Designer Detective, shoot me an e-mail at shay@ibbdesign.com.

*GIVEAWAYS!!!  Yep, you read it right!  FREE STUFF!  I gave away an iPod Touch for Christmas & had so much fun that I’ve got an exciting year of giveaways planned for all of the DD loyal readers!  Check the blog daily for updates on all of the giveaways!

*Projects:  Get an insider look into some of my past & current projects, as well projects from other IBB Designers & some of my favorite designer friends from around the world.

*The Best of the BEST!  As you know, my family owns IBB Design Furniture Showroom.  We travel all over the world in serach of the most fabulous home furnishings to offer at our store.  I’ll be blogging about all of the wonderful things we find along the way during the markets we attend.  We also have a few new designers on board this year, so I’ll be introducing them to you as well.

*Recipes:  The purpose of my blog is to help you all live beautifully!  We are major foodies at our house & I LOVE to entertain & create tablescapes.  So, this year I will be sharing many of our favorite recipes with you all.  We have actually started to compile a family cookbook complete with photos of us in the process of cooking the dishes 🙂

*Tips & Trends:  As always, I’ll be staying on top of things & making sure my readers are always on the cutting edge of interior design.  From quick tips to the must-haves for your home, the DD blog will continue to keep you informed.  Have you heard?  The color for 2010 has been announced!  Find out what it is here.

*Networking:  I’m a firm believer in the power of networking.  I love to meet new people & make the connections between like-minded people.   I’ll be introducing you to some extraordinary people I’ve encountered through my profession, charitable work, & community of friends, twitter, facebook, etc. in hopes that our experiences will somehow enrich your lives.

Make sure to follow me on twitter for instant up to the minute updates & be my become my friend & a fan on facebook!

Happy New Year everyone!!!  Best wishes for a fabulous 2010 & the beginning of a prosperous decade!

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Video: Makeover for the Holidays!

Good morning friends!  I know many of you are probably running around crazy like me trying to get last minute Christmas & Holiday shopping done!  How about putting a room makeover on your list?  I know there are a few rooms in my house that I want to work on 😉

Last week on GMT, I featured a ideas for a game room makeover.  Here’s a link to the segment.  I hope it inspires you!  Maybe Santa has a makeover in store for you 🙂  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xoxo
Happy Decorating!

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Finding the perfect Fabrics

Kravet, one of my very favorite “go to” fabric lines had a wonderful post today on their blog about selecting the right fabrics for upholstery.  Even as a design professional, I found the knowledge & advice they provided in the blog post to be very valuable.  It’s a worthwhile read for anyone thinking about or in the process of selecting new or re-covering upholstery in their home.  Read their post on upholstery fabric tips here.

Kravet has an extensive library of fabrics to choose from.  They really do have something for everyone at just about every price point.  You may remember me telling you about their new KravetSmart program featuring a more cost conscious approach.

They are also very well known for their ingenious collaborations with interior designers such as Candice Olson, Barclay Butera, Alexa Hampton, Barbara Barry, Calvin Klein & many more.

However, the pièce de résistance for me is their Guaranteed in Stock books.  These books are a lifeline for me when I’m trying to meet a quick deadline for clients.  Case in point ~ I had a rather distressing moment at my own home last week.  Upon “fluffing” my formal living room in preparation for dinner party guests, I discovered that my sweet sweet dog had decided to make my living room chairs her daily place of resting, licking paws & other doggy propensities.  The cushions were in shambles 🙁  With our holiday party less than 2 weeks away, I had to think fast!  I went straight to one of Kravet’s guaranteed in stock books that contained my home’s color palette & selected the perfect material to begin the resurrection of my beautiful chairs.  I had the farbic in hand 3 days later.  My amazing upholsterer will have them back to me on Thursday, leaving me 2 days to spare until our party.  Whew!  Looks like Sassy (my sweet sweet dog) is giving me living room chairs for Christmas 😉

Finding the perfect fabrics can take time.  Follow the advice of professionals in the design industry or work with a professional designer to help you find fantastic fabrics for your home.

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2010 Color of the year

I am giddy with excitement today!  Pantone, the global authority on color, announced that 2010’s color of the year is… drum roll please… TURQUOISE!  Can we say YIPPEE!!!???  As I told you previously, my new fav color combo is turquoise & tangerine.  I love, love, love the color turquoise.  I can remember traveling to Santa Fe with my parents as a child & my must have souvenir was always a piece of turquoise jewelry.  The color just makes me happy!  Pantone describes the color as inviting & luminous.  I must say that I undoubtedly agree.

Turquoise had a dominant prescence at the Fall 2009 International Home Furnishings Market.  So, this announcement is really no surprise to me.  In fact, I think I really would have been more shocked if they hadn’t chosen turquoise as the color of the year for 2010.  Here’s a look at a compilation of some of my favorite uses of turquoise in both home interiors and fashion.

Fabulous accent pillow in indoor/outdoor fabric by Trina Turk for Schumacher

 Fabric by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher

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Style and Substance

I am super excited to share a fabulous new book with you!  It’s called Style And Substance, The Best of Elle Decor.  If you want style inspiration for your home, this is where to find it.  The book is loaded with images from the archives of Elle Decor.  Can we say Yippee???!!!  This is your chance to get up close & personal with the fabulous homes that have been featured in the chic magazine.  Consider it your VIP or backstage pass to some never seen before photos of these luxurious abodes.  I was more than excited to get my copy signed by the author extraordinare herself, Margaret Russell tonight at the Elle Decor party in High Point, North Carolina.  I haven’t been able to put it down all night.  The photography & rooms featured are just amazing!  Not only is it full of stunning imagery, but it also makes quite a statement on a cocktail table.  My friends, take note; this is the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for this holiday season.

You can get a copy for yourself (and your friends) here.

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Questions Anyone???

Hey fellow design lovers!  I need your help!  I am working on an upcoming Good Morning Texas segment where we will feature viewer questions.  Here’s your chance for some free design advice!  Shoot me an e-mail shay@ibbdesign.com or just post your questions here.  We will post the questions & answers here on the Designer Detective blog & also answer as many as we can on Good Morning Texas.  So, ask away!

I can’t wait to hear from you!  Happy decorating!!

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Gorgeous Green

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

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

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

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

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

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Paint app for your iphone

O happy day!!!  O happy day!!!  Check this out!  OMG, I am having a blast playing around with my latest iphone app.  Paint selection just got a little easier thanks to Benjamin Moore.  That right.  You guessed it.  They have actually created an app that helps you select paints from their line to use in your home or next design project.  It’s super easy to use & best of all, wait for it…..  IT’S FREE!!!

There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the accuracy of the helpful paint selection tool.  The arguement is that the colors you see on your iphone screen or computer are not compatible to real life.  Thus, making it nearly impossible to select color correct hues for your project.

I’ve played around with it for a week or so now & I’d have to say that overall I’m really excited about it.  It sure beats flipping thru a paint deck.  I captured photos of a few fabrics with my iphone & then used them in the Benjamin Moore app to help select a few paint options.  I’m already pretty familiar with their line of paints, so choosing from their suggestions was not difficult for me.  Even with the app, I still feel strongly that you should ALWAYS sample at least 3 options.  Paint looks remarkably different in your room than it does on a paint chip, or in today’s technology advanced world ~ an iphone app.  My vote ~ thumbs up!!!

The Benjamin Moore iphone app ben® Color Capture™ is available in the itunes store.

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Style with leather???

Dear Designer Detective,

We are looking to purchase a new sofa for our family room.  My husband refuses to have anything but a leather sofa.  I really want the room to feel like we took the time to decorate it.  I have hit a wall on how to make a leather sofa look stylish.  Help!!!

– Katrina B.
Rockwall, TX

Dear Katrina,
No worries!!!  Leather furniture does not have to be boring.  In fact, you can find some of the swankiest & stylish furniture pieces crafted from leather.  It’s also four times more durable than most fabrics.  Your family room can & will look stylish.  There are a million different options other than just buying a brown leather sofa.  It’s all in knowing your options & how you put it together.  Take a look at few of these super stylish options for leather seating.

This sofa features a hair on hide and leather combination. What a statement piece!
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.  The pattern on the leather on the outside of the frame is to die for!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
I'm green with envy! I could see this sofa in a loft or swanky boutique hotel. So much style & the beautiful shade of jade make this piece a showstopper!
I am green with envy!  So much style & the perfect shade of jade make this a real showstopper!  Perfect for the more transitional or contemporary home.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nailhead trim adds a nice decorative touch.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nail head trim adds a nice decorative touch.

These are just a small sampling of the endless options you have when creating a fabulous leather sofa.  Of course, you can put just about any leather on any frame and truly customize it for your personal taste & needs.  Hope this helps.  Happy leather sofa shopping 🙂

– Shay Sampson, a.k.a. The Designer Detective

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On Magazine Feature

I am so excited to have been chosen as one of a handful of Dallas designers to be featured in a spread in On Magazine.  They asked us to where to find our favorite designs & cool things to create our favorite rooms.

Here’s what I said:
My favorite designs can be found right in our showroom. We sell right off of the floor, so our vignettes are constantly evolving. With a large staff of talented designers, our showroom is a creative collaboration of a multitude of design styles showcased in the vignettes throughout the store. I love this bedroom vignette because of the fresh purple paired with the spunky tangerine. The bed makes quite a statement on its own. However, I’d have to say that my favorite thing here is the square