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Color Coded

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We’ve made it easier than ever to shop for home accessories! You all loved shopping by color for accessories in our warehouse & now we’re color coding the showroom as well! Our back wall is now arranged by color to make finding the perfect finishing touches for your space quick & very easy! Stop in to IBB Design Fine Furnishings & pick up everything you need to get your home pulled together before your holiday guests arrive! We sell right off the floor, so it’s perfect for those of you on a design deadline!

Happy decorating!
xo
Shay

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4th of July Favorites

We love to grill & cook lots of yummy food for our family & friends.  You may want to try one of our favorite 4th of July inspired burgers.  Or, how about whipping up this Tres Leches cake?  It’s always a a real crowd pleaser.  We usually make it for the 4th or our Labor Day BBQ.  It’s fun to decorate it with fresh berries for some fun patriotic color!  For the 4th, we place the strawberries & blueberries in a flag design.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well after each addition. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until whites form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter using a rubber spatula. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the 2 cups heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture over the cake until it wont absorb any more. You may have 1/3 to 1/4 left over. That’s okay.
  5. Combine the whipped cream and sugar, spread over soaked cake and decorate with strawberries & blueberries.  Refrigerate cake until serving.
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Good Old Red, White & Blue

In honor of the 4th of July, let’s talk about some  All-American colors!  Friday on Good Morning Texas, I showed you different ways you could incorporate the classic red, white & blue color palette into your home.  Whether you choose a neutral base & add doses of red, white & blue thru your accessories or you use the fresh colors in larger amounts on your bigger pieces, these colors will help you create a design that will make you feel happy.

Here are a few more of my favorite red, white & blue decor ideas for your home:


Stars & Stripes fabric by Perennials.

I LOVE this room by Suzanne Kasler.  If I owned a lakehouse, I would definitely have a room like this.  It feels so fresh & welcoming.

images from Perennials & Suzanne Kasler

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

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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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New Fabrics for Fall

The temperature is dropping & the kiddos are back in school.  Before you know it, you’ll be sitting in front of your fireplace with a nice cup of hot cocoa.  Fall is here!  I love fall and everything that represents it.  This time of year, I use a home fragrance around my house called Harvest Spice.  It’s a plug in that I fell in love with the year my daughter was born & I’ve used it ever fall ever since.

Fall colors are warm, inviting & cozy.  Schumacher’s line of fall fabrics for 2009 vividly represent the best of fall.  From intricate paisleys to lush palampores (a tree of life design) the collection offers something for everyone.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favs.

Love this bright bold paisley.  I’m also a fan of red & gold together.  Reds & golds seem to offer a timeless tradition for color palettes.  The design of this paisley is based off of an antique pattern.  Bravo Schumacher!  Love it!

I love the muted colors used in this version of the Paisley pattern.  Very soft & subtle.  It doesn’t scream paisley at you.  This fabric would make fabulous draperies or bedding!

I could see this on a pair of carved wood chairs with a rich brown finish or on pillows for a sofa for an added pop of color.

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Wear Red Tomorrow!!!

Join with millions of women, as well as companies, organizations and cities across America on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 6, 2009. By wearing red and making a donation, you’ll help the American Heart Association support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease.

For more information log on to http://www.goredforwomen.org

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Seeing Red…

Want to ensure a restless night’s sleep?  That’s right… I said restless.  Try painting your bedroom walls red.  That should do the trick.  I recently saw a guest bedroom featured in a well known publication with so much red that it looked like a bottle of cherry cough syrup had expoded all over the room.  It made me sick just to look at it.  I can’t imagine actually trying to sleep in that room.  Ok, hopefully you’ve caught on that I’m NOT encouraging you to go paint the walls red.  Paint the town red, YES.  Bedroom walls, NO.  Seriously though, red is a wonderful color & I use it quite frequently in my designs.  However, it has to be used logically.  Red is a stimulating color.  Many color experts say that shades of red stimulate conversation and also appetite.

So, red is a wonderful choice for dining areas, kitchens, etc if you want it on your walls.  One of my favorite dining rooms ever was painted a vibrant bordeaux red by Ralph Lauren.  It also works great as an accent color, which COULD be used in a bedroom.  Think art, bedding, pillows, or even drapery panels. Red is a dominant color and needs to be used in conjunction with less “agressive” colors to stay grounded.  Trust me, red walls in your bedroom may sound like a sexy idea, but it will have you and your significant other seeing red after many sleepless nights.