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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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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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It’s almost here! Ready to spot some style!

High Point, North Carolina’s Home Furnishings Market is like Fashion Week for interior designers & we are super stoked because it starts this week!  It’s no secret that IBB is not your typical furniture store.  We take 6 of our talented designers to market to hand select the freshest products in the industry to enable our clients to shop the best selection for their homes.

BIG NEWS!

High Point Market has recruited eight home fashion trendsetters to showcase their favorite products and top trends at the April show and in case you haven’t heard yet, I was selected as one!  Yippee!!!  I’m taking this honor rather seriously, as I am bound & determined to uncover some really cool products to offer our clients at IBB & share with you!  As the only designer representing the Lone Star State, you know I’ll be on the hunt to show you some Texas sized style! 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? 

I will be pinning as I walk the show and capturing images of my favorite looks and hot new products to my High Point pin board on Pinterest.  I’ll be competing against 7 other home fashion trendsetters for the coveted title of “Best Style Spotter” & a free trip to the fall market.

GET IN ON THE ACTION! 

You can VOTE!  Simply follow my High Point Market pin board on Pinterest, and generate “likes” and re-pins of my market photos of products to your own Pinterest boards.  I want to know what tickles your design fancy!  Each “like” earns 1 point & each “re-pin” earns 2 points.  Start following my board today!  The Style Spotting begins in just a few days!  Follow all of the fun April 19th-24th.

Happy designing!!

xo
Shay

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Market Recap: That’s Genius! Part One

I just got back to Dallas from furniture market in High Point, North Carolina.  I have TONS to share with you!  I’m trying to play catch up from being gone for a week, so today I will fancy you with something I found at market that I thought was pure genius!  It’s one of those things where you say to yourself, “I can’t believe someone hadn’t already thought of that!”.  I’ve never seen it done before with any of the lines we carry.  If you’ve seen it before, let me know.  It’s such a simple concept, that it could very well already be out there.

It’s a sectional where the chaise lounge can be moved from side to side.  The end of the chaise is an ottoman.  So, if you need the chaise to be on the other side, you just move the ottoman & reverse the cushions.  Talk about form & function!  So clever!  It’s a great investment for those who move around a lot or for those who just like to re-arrange their furniture a lot.  It’s so versatile, that you can configure it to fit almost any room.

It’s usually a challenge to buy sectionals for our store because it’s a gamble that the configuration could fit in a variety of spaces.  This takes the gamble out of it!  So excited to have found this from a line we carry & can’t wait to get it in to our store!

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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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HP Highlights: Innovative Designs for Today’s Lifestyle

We’ve just returned from our buying trip to High Point, North Carolina and I’m happy to report that several furniture manufacturers & designers are really in tune to today’s needs & how people are living.  They’re offering consumers more & more options as well coming up with innovative ways to allow one piece to be used several ways.   We all know that furniture is an investment, so you really need to take your time to select quality, stylish & purposeful pieces for your home.  Take a look at a few of my favorite finds.  These home furnishings are not only multi-functional, they’re also super stylish!

Cocktail Table by Barclay Butera

The cocktail lifts up on hinges to become dining height.  So perfect for those with smaller homes, lofts or apartments that don’t have a true dining area.  Also great for those days when you just want to dine in front of the TV.  Or, how about using it in a game room or media room for popcorn & drinks?  Your guests will get a kick out of it’s double duty!

Fabulous upholstered cocktail by Century.  The mirrored tray slides so you can place it in any position you like.  Plus, this table is H-O-T!!!

This dazzling floor mirror with eglomise details is by Hooker.  Use the crystal knob on the front mirrored panel to open it & reveal a jewelry display large enough to hold all of your necklaces & baubles.

Round cocktail table by Guy Chaddock.

This table also goes from cocktail height to dining height.

This is one of my favorite end tables.  Michael Weiss created it for Vanguard.  It slides right over the seat cushion of your sofa.  It gives you the option of having a spot for your drink, snacks or remote control anywhere you sit on the sofa.

Thomas O’Brien designed this classic coffee table for Hickory Chair.  It’s not a new introduction, but it’s one of my favorites.  I’ve showed it to you before.  The base of the table is slanted at the perfect angle to hold coffee table books or magazines.

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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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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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Light Up Your Life: Part 2

I hope you are busy finding all sorts of wonderful ways to light up your life!  As we discussed previously, lighting is a key element to a well-designed room.  During my recent trip to the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina, I found some marvelous way to add style to your home through great lighting.  Check out some of my favs…

Amber Chandelier from Bella Rosa

How cute is this?  So frilly & girly!  I love the elongated shade.

Pure fabulosity!  I call these the “bubble pendants”.  So many creative ways one could use these!

A little glitz.  A little glam.  A whole lotta style.  Love the shape of the shade.  Makes me feel all sparkley just looking at it!

This is totally on my wish list!  It’s a chandelier inside a floor lamp!  One of my very favorite finds at High Point this year.  My wish is to one day place this beside a beautiful baby grand piano in my home.

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One Design Competition

In honor of Maitland-Smith’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, they are hosting the “One Design Competition”.  The contest is open to designers & consumers.  It’s super easy to enter.  Just log on to their website, create your very own signature Maitland-Smith masterpiece & click submit.  Choose from 500 silhouettes and then customize your piece by mixing & matching finishes & materials.  Here’s a chance to create that very special something that you’ve been searching for to complete your home!

Winners will be chosen in 4 different categories; Best Designer Submission, Best Dealer Submission, Best Consumer Submission & Website Vote Winner.  The winner will have the honor of having their signature design built & shipped to them at no charge.  How cool is that?!  Winners willl also be extended an invitation to an exclusive cocktail party highlighting the winners of the One Design Competition during the April 2010 High Point Market.

For more details & official rules, click here.

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Trend Alert: Turquoise & Tangerine

So, remember when I was telling y’all that my favorite new color combination is turquoise & tangerine?  Well, I’m just ecstatic to report that it was shown all over the fall furniture market in High Point, North Carolina.  From fabrics & upholstery to pillows & accessories, the eye catching color combo well, caught my eye.  Check out just a few of the ways it’s being used…

Fabulous chair from Hickory Chair.  Soft supple aqua chair fabric with a pop of orange in a throw pillow.  Such a luxurious statement!  This also happens to be one of my very favorite chair frames.

Yummy pillows by Dransfield & Ross

Fun paisley print chair from Sam Moore

This hand blown glass was one of my absolute favorite finds at market this fall!  It’s so affordable too!  Look for it at IBB soon!

Large floral print chair by Century.  I love the detail of the contrasting welt cord on the cushion.  Such a fun look for a family room or sun room.

Sleek bench ottomans from Sam Moore paired with a bright tangerine rug.

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Amazed by Alexa

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of getting a VIP tour of Hickory Chair during their blogger breakfast.  One of the highlights was getting to hear Alexa Hampton discuss her designer collection of furnishings for the company.  Her style, as well as her energetic personality is infectious.  She has such passion & enthusiasm for this collection she has designed for Hickory Chair.  I could have listened to her describe her pieces for hours.  As the daughter of renowned designer, Mark Hampton, it is no surprise Alexa has such an extensive knowledge of the design industry.  Her inspiration comes from many facets of her life including a passion for antiques, encounters with friends & family & worldly travels.

Her collection is sexy and sophisticated.  It’s not just eye catching, it’s also comfortable.  Alexa explained the lengthy process of perfecting the pieces for her collection and how they re-worked each piece until it was functional, stylish & cozy.  The options in her collection are endless.  That’s what Hickory Chair is known for.  They’ll customize any piece to fit your desires.

Alexa is known for her reflection of classicism.  She joked that when she was pregnant with her twins, that Thomas O’Brien teased her.  He asked if she was going to name them “Neo & Classical” to which she quickly retorted, “No, Vintage & Modern”.  See, I told you she was spunky!  She emphasized her goal to design pieces that would speak to both men & women.  Scale is a huge priority to her.  The room burst into laughter when Alexa referred to what she calls a “chofa”, or a sofa that is so horribly out of scale that it takes away from the beauty of a room’s tall ceilings.

The collection embodies detail and perfect balance.  The use of geometry, fluted feet on some of the chairs, and functionality of each piece are astounding.

Here are a few highlights from the tour & some of my favorite pieces from Alexa Hampton.

Kicking off the tour of Alexa’s collection

Alexa describing my absolute favorite piece from her line!  How sexy is this?  Such a statement!  Definite WOW factor!

Up close & personal ~ This chair is bringin sexy back!

Upholstered bed featuring one of Alexa’s fabrics by Kravet.

My new nickname for this Egyptian revival chair is “The Boyfriend Chair” since Alexa pointed out that it was named after a former ex-boyfriend.  I love the sides & arms of this chair.  Hickory Chair has it set up at the end of a wonderful canopy bed.

The Mark desk.  Named after her late father, Mark Hampton.  Alexa says this desk “epitomizes her hopes & dreams for the collection”.  Considering it’s fabulosity, her future looks very bright.

In the presence of design greatness… Alexa Hampton & I at Hickory Chair.

For more information regarding purchasing pieces from Alexa Hampton collection for Hickory Chair contact an IBB Design Furniture Showroom designer.

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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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Hickory Chair = Instant Gratification

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

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

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

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

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