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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!

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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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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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Is your outdoor space IN style?

Decorating your home is no longer contained to the interior.  During the spring & summer months, families spend more & more time outdoors & lounging by the pool.  Are you doing it in style?  Whether you are wanting to add a few fantastic pillows to your existing patio furniture or go for a complete outdoor makeover, you now have more options than ever.  Color, well known designer fabrics, patterns & durability to nature’s elements are the focus of many manufacturers these days.  Take a look at some outdoor options that will having you feeling cool in your own backyard.

Vibrant colors add life to an antique wood bench.
Vibrant colors add life to an antique wood bench.
Spring green, butter yellow & neautral colors make for a calming serene poolside atmosphere.
Spring green, butter yellow & neutral colors make for a calming serene poolside atmosphere.
Swimsuit themed prints add a whimsical flair to this wooden chaise lounge.
Swimsuit themed prints & bright colors add a whimsical flair to this wooden chaise lounge.
Traditional blue prints by Laura Ashley add color to these weather wood framed chaise lounges.
Traditional blue prints by Laura Ashley add color to these weathered wood framed chaise lounges.