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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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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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Pinterest: Pinterest.com/designershay
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IBBDesignFineFurnishings
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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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Holiday Entertaining Recap

If you follow me on instagram (@designershay), you may have seen all of the fun I was having setting up for the holidays with my family over the last few days.  So, today I thought I’d share a quick recap of a few of our tabletops over Christmas.

I made this Christmas Tree cheese tray for Christmas Eve.  I found the idea on Pinterest & made a few small tweaks.  I used Boursin cheese for the tree “topper” & made a star on top with dried cranberries.  Port cheese, white cheddar & aged Vermont cheddar cheeses are layered between cherry tomatoes and rosemary twigs.  It’s so easy & makes quite the festive presentation!

We gathered in our formal living room after we returned from Christmas Eve candlelight service to have some yummy food & enjoy the eve of Christ’s birth.  Our spread consisted of the Christmas Tree cheese tray, dips, shrimp cocktail, cheese biscuits and veggies.  This has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid.  Now as an adult, it brings me so much joy to go all out to spend quality time together like this with my family.

This was the kids’ table setting for Christmas Day dinner.  The inspiration for this table also came from Pinterest, but I made a few tweaks to this one as well.  We used chocolate covered mint oreos for the eyes, a carrot for the nose, party crackers for the bow tie, dinner & cocktail napkins for the hat & scarf, our casual china for the snowman’s body & head and silverware make up the arms & the brim on the hat.

My daughter Jaylie had so much fun helping me set the table!  We will definitely keep this cute idea in our file for years to come!

For more design inspiration follow me on Pinterest and instagram (@designershay).  Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating!!!

xo
Shay

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas design devotees!  I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for checking in here daily for design inspiration, events, tips & sneak peeks at our projects.  I really enjoy all of the comments and emails that I get from all of you!  It’s such a joy to share the creative process with the Designer Detective readers.  I have lots of fun things planned for 2013 so make sure to stay tuned!

I hope you all are enjoying your family and having a fabulous time celebrating Jesus’s birthday.  We’re having a blast at the Geyer house today.  The kiddos are wearing themselves out playing with the goodies that Santa brought.   I’m busy preparing to host 20 family members for Christmas dinner.  The Christmas music is blaring, we’re cooking & getting all of the tables set for our family celebration.

To follow all of our fun & get inspiration for your holiday entertaining, follow me on Pinterest, instagram (@designershay) & twitter.

Merry Christmas & many blessings for a very prosperous & joyful New Year!

xo
Shay

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Congratulations Traci!


Remember the Style Spotter contest I participated in during the High Point Home Furnishings Spring market? Well, I didn’t win but I’m very pleased to announce that my sweet friend Traci Zeller from North Carolina did! Traci & I met years ago at Hickory Chair’s blogger event. Congratulations Traci! She did an amazing job highlighting some beautiful things during market. I ran into her at Baker & we both spotted pieces from Thomas Pheasant’s collection. Even though I didn’t win the competition, the chairs I spotted from CR Laine were the most re-pinned product in the competition. Congratulations CR Laine! The showroom looked amazing! Thank you to everyone who liked & re-pinned! And, thank you again to Cheminne from the High Point Market Authority for selecting me to participate as a Style Spotter!

Happy Designing!
xo
Shay

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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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Show-off Shoe Cabinet

I’ve been having so much fun uncovering the coolest products in home furnishings to share with you all as a Style Spotter for the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market.  You may remember the Pinterest contest I told you about earlier that I’m participating in as a Style Spotter this week.  So, my super stylish followers, I have something majorly swoon worthy to share with you!

It’s the Show-off Shoe cabinet by Lilly Pulitzer.  This is for the girl who doesn’t have enough closet space or someone who simply wants a sassy way to organize their shoes.  Come on, don’t your Manolos & Louboutins deserve a gorgeous space to live?

Isn’t it fabulous?  I think my good friend, Tina (a.k.a the shoe snob) would approve!  Let me know what you think.

Curious to see what else I found at spring market?  Mosey on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest for more home furnishing fabulosity!  You still have 2 more days to vote so like & re-pin away to your heart’s content!  I’d love to see your comments & feedback!

Happy Designing!

xo
Shay

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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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Selected as Pinterest Style Spotter

The High Point Market recruited eight home fashion trendsetters to showcase their favorite products and top trends at the April show and I was selected to be one of those.
What does this mean? I’ll be pinning as I walk the show, and capture images of my favorite looks and on-trend products. I will list the exhibitor’s name and showroom number as I pin.  QR codes and URLs will also be given for these featured exhibitors.

You can be involved, too! Just vote for me as your favorite Style Spotter, by simply following me on Pinterest, and generating “likes” or by re-pinning my market photos to your own Pinterest boards. At the end of Market, the most popular Style Spotter pinboard will win a free trip to the October High Point Market!
Help me out by pinning away! After all, I am shopping for you…