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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.

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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Perfect Hostess Gift

The holidays are fast approaching & I’m sure your social calendars are already lit up like a Christmas tree with events to attend & friends & family’s parties to enjoy.  Between kiddos, work & charities, this is a busy busy time of year.  Don’t show up at one of those parties empty handed!  Give the hostess with the mostest a thoughtful token of your appreciation for throwing a celebratory holiday soiree.  I have 3 “Go To” hostess gifts that I prefer to give (& receive!).

1) Fragrant candles:  My favorites are Niven Morgan, Christian Tortu & Trapp.  They are all yummy & come in pretty packaging that need very little (if any) wrapping.

2) A good bottle of wine:  Nothing says thank you like toasting a great party with a group of friends.  Or, if wine is already being served, the hostess can add it to their bar to seve at a later date.  My favorites to take along are Seghesio & Beringer Alluvium.

3)  Cocktail table books:  This is the gift that keeps on giving.  I love giving entertaining or interior design books to my friends & clients.  They will the have tons of eye candy & inspiration wrapped inside a visualicious (that’s my new word!) hardcover book.  Also, the ones with pretty bindings & covers can pull double duty as decor on cocktail tables, bookshelves, nightstands & end tables!  We just got a new shipment in at IBB (pictured left) & our patrons are eating them up!

Happy Party Hopping!

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Christmas Entertaining

A very Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you are having a very blessed day & enjoying some quality time with your family.  This is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love to decorate my house and my friend’s & client’s homes for this joyous season.  I also love to entertain.  We really enjoy cooking in our family, so we often throw get togethers & cocktail parties.  Christmas is no exception.  We recently hosted a Christmas open house at our home for family, friends & clients.  The night was festive and the halls were decked!

My mom & I cooked all of the food.  We had a huge spread of beef tenderloin, shrimp cocktail, dips, stuffed mushrooms, fruits, cheeses & yummy desserts.  I even played bartender & mixed candy cane & tinsel tinis.  The evening was a huge success & we enjoyed sharing in the joys of the holidays with everyone.

Our entry way

Our formal living room.  We set out Chirstmas cookies, peppermint bark & sundried tomato cheese spread & crackers for guests to munch on as they socialized.

The dinner buffet

The dessert buffet in our dining room

Festive Chocolate cake (We bought this one at Central Market)

The Martini bar set up

The candy cane & tinsel tinis.  I wrapped sparkle pipe cleaners around the stems of the tinsel tinis.  Get the candy cane tini recipe here.

Santa Challah bread 🙂


Chair decor for our gameroom chairs (as seen on GMT)

Family room coffee table decor.  I collect vintage Santas.  We had a contest for guests to guess how many Santas we had in the house.  We had a total of 55 including the ornaments on the tree!

Me & my co-host, my wonderful fiance Brian all ready for the party.

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Fan Friendly Family Room

Does your ultimate sports fan need a great place to watch the game?  Do you cringe at the thought of having friends over for the game because your family room looks more like a frat house than a warm inviting space?  Don’t worry!  You CAN have it all!  Just picture it ~  a well-designed room that will have your friends cheering!  It may look something like this…

What does it take to create the perfect place to watch the game in style?  In my opinion, there are three key factors.

1)  A fabulous place for your TV (i.e. a wall unit like shown above, mounted TV with a console underneath, or armoire ( I absolutely LOVE this TV wall unit!  There are plenty of compartments for all of your media equipment and tons of bookshelves to decorate with gorgeous accessories!)

2) Ample comfy seating (think a plush sofa & chairs) Tip ~ Add small stylish bench ottomans for extra seating (see zebra ottomans in above photo).  They can be easily moved around & are so versatile & functional!

3) Add style & color with accessories. (The furnishings in the above photo are very neutral.  We added pops of color with a red throw blanket, red pottery for the coffee table, red pillows for the sofa & other red accessories throughout the TV wall unit.

Click Here to see these tips on Good Morning Texas.