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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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Inspired Design: Craig Ranch Huntington

Happy Thursday everyone! If you caught my segment on GMT last Friday, then you got to see a sneak peek at one of our latest design installations. We featured the family room area of the Huntington Homes model home in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Take a look!

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There is more to see of this gorgeous 4300 square foot one story home, so tour it in person & stay tuned to our blog for more sneak peeks!
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Looking for design inspiration?  Check out my monthly column, Inspired Design, in GrandLuxe magazine.  This month, I’m giving you 4 tips to a healthy home in the new year.  Check it out on page 54 here.

For up to the minute inspired design, follow me on instagram (@designershay & @ibbdesign), twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook.
Happy Designing everyone!
xo
Shay

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2013 Pantone Color of the Year Announced!

Pantone announced this morning that 2013’s color of the year will be Emerald. “A vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” Sounds great to me!

While I personally tend to be more of a bluesy type of girl (crushing on navy, 2010’s Color of the Year turquoise & everything in between), I’m definitely jumping on board with this jewel tone beauty.

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Remember, when I showed you this gorgeous jade cabinet from John Richard that I found at market? I fell so hard for it that I ordered it for my own home. Green definitely made it’s mark at the Fall 2012 High Point Home Furnishings Market.

20121206-101809.jpgDesigners & industry peeps went bananas for this malachite fabric from Robert Allen (seen here at Wesley Hall).

So, how should we implement this beautiful hue into our homes? Is it safe to paint a room this color? I say “Yes!”. Thom Filicia lacquered the walls of the entry of the Kipps Bay Showhouse in a breathtaking emerald green. It was spectacular! Wesley Hall features this stunning display of color on their website.

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In smaller doses or as an accent: Just a few days ago, I posted Kravet’s new ad for Jonathan Adler on instagram as something that is inspiring me right now. I love how Jonathan made a skirt for this console out of an emerald green fabric. The colors in this vignette are so well balanced.

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“It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.” With richly saturated colors like emerald on the scene, I see a very prosperous year ahead!

For more design inspiration find me on instagram (designershay) and on Pinterest & Twitter.

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Sneak Peek at My Joss & Main Curation!

Happy Saturday design devotees!  I’m super excited to share a sneak peek with you at my upcoming “Statement & Style” curation for Joss & Main.  The sale will go live tomorrow 10/28 at 9:00 PM EST.  The curation covers a variety of price points & design aestehtics.  I tried to select a little something for everyone!  Whether you are looking for some finishing touches for your home or you need a fabulous hostess or holiday gift, you’ll want to check out this sale on Joss & Main!  Take a look at a few pieces you will find that will help make a statement & add some style to your abode!

Silver Starburst Mirror
36″ H x 36″ W
Regular Price $297
Statement & Style curation price $170.93

Gold Leaf accent table
26.5″ H x 21″ W x 21″ D
Regular Price $1,005
Statement & Style Curation Price $804

Aqua Indoor/Outdoor Rug
sizes ranging from 2’x3′ to 8’3″x11’6″
prices ranging from $49-$699

Seda France Jardin Chinese Peony 3 wick tin candle
$23.50

Mirror
Overall dimensions: 41.75″ H x 32.75″ D
Regular price $387
Statement & Style Curation Price $235

18×18 Ikat Decorative Pillow
Regular price $135
Statement & Style curation price $112

Stay tuned for more!  The “Statement & Style” curation starts Sunday, October 28th at 9:00 PM EST & goes thru Thursday, November 1st.  Let’s get our shopping on!

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Kravet Blogfest2012 Highlights part 1

Wow! What an amazing week! I had such a blast at Kravet’s Blogfest2012! I’m already ready for next year! I’m not sure how they’ll ever top all of the fun we had. In case you missed it, I recapped all of the excitement yesterday on Good Morning Texas.

I was very excited to have 2 fellow IBB designers along for the ride – Brandy Scott & James “JT” Turner.

We kicked off the festivities by perusing ICFF and came across this insanely cool ping pong table by Akke Functional Art.

This Hermes inspired sink from Linkasink really caught my eye. I think it would be such an elegant addition to a powder bath!

Next stop was the Kips Bay Show house benefiting the Boys & Girl’s club. It was a scrumptious feast for the eyes with incredible rooms by notable designers like Alexa Hampton & Thom Filicia. One of my favorite rooms featured this stunning tapestry over the sofa.

Alexa Hampton’s bedroom featured richly lacquered walls in “Dragon’s Breath”. The bed was dressed with fabrics from her personal collection with Kravet. I was very excited to see the suzani inspired fabric since we’re getting ready to use it in a client’s dining room.

This chair was so remarkable in person. The contrasting welt cord was the exact shade of the deep bluish purple walls. The apple green silk paired with the creamy white finish and gold leafing was so fresh and made a beautiful statement in the dining room.

This layered vignette was so well pulled together. I think almost every blogger stopped to photograph it.

The weather may have been yucky on Tuesday morning, but we were cheerfully welcomed by these gorgeous pink peonies at Hearst Tower. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at what goes into publishing House Beautiful, Veranda & Elle Decor.

It was such a pleasure to chat with House Beautiful’s editor, Newell Turner. He was so warm & gracious. Newell and the staff at House Beautiful have embraced the digital world and are steering the magazine to become an interactive experience that the reader can enjoy far past the printed pages. They also fully support the blogging world and have realized the benefits of taking cues from design bloggers.

The next stop on our tour was the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House. My favorite space was designed by Michael Tovano. The outdoor space was tres chic! We all gushed over the patterned metal cabana.

We spent some time at the D&D building for much more eye candy & inspiration. This wall of ikat fabrics at Brunschwig & Fils caught my eye. They offer a wonderful selection of richly saturated & fresh colors in ikat prints and many more timeless classics they are so well known for.

We ended the day with a cocktail party at GE Monogram. I honestly had no idea about the detailed customization they offered. One of my favorite things showcased there was these braided leather refrigerator handles. Such a fabulous detail!

On Wednesday, we enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Kravet studios. I’ve done this tour a few times before, but it’s always a treat because you get a sneak peek at all of the fabulous fabrics they’re designing. Look what I spotted at Lee Jofa! It’s coming out soon!

During our trip, we were introduced to a very neat company called GlassyBaby.  Created by 3 time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes, they make artisan hand blown glass votives in an array of gorgeous colors.  “To Lee, they represented “that deep breath that we often forget to take.”  I was very excited to take home one of the turquoise votives.  My apologies to founder Lee Rhodes & glassybaby.  I mistakenly referred to them as “GlassBaby” instead of glassybaby on Good Morning Texas.  Please make sure to check out this wonderful company.  Not only do they make beautiful votives, they have also given back over $850,000 to charities to date.

There’s so much more to share with you! Stay tuned for more photos & details on each of the amazing experiences we had during Blogfest2012.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

xo
Shay

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Bespoke Bench

Good morning design devotess! You’re in for a treat this morning. I’ve asked one of IBB’s designers, Brandy Scott, to blog for us & share some behind the scenes details from one of our recent projects out at Craig Ranch.

I’m so excited to post my first blog with our IBB Design Fine Furnishings followers! Today I want to share one of my favorite recent projects, a custom bench we created for a luxury model townhome in Craig Ranch. You may have seen Shay post it snapshot it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Add some va va voom to your foyer! A bench in the entry is welcoming and sets the design tone for your home. This piece started with Beth and Shay’s vision for a high back bench that was an updated take on a wing chair. We discussed elements of the furniture that we liked best such as straight sides to the wings and the bottom seat deck off the floor with tapered legs to make the bench feel lighter. A single seat cushion and tight back added to its streamlined effect.

Deciding on the correct proportions was important to making the bench an eye catcher! We turned up the volume with an exaggerated seat back height and an overall width that ensured we could avoid seams on the back. To execute the design I did a quick sketch so we could see how all the elements came together and for our fabricator’s reference.

Finally, the finishing details elevate this piece to the next level! A bold stripe in a tone on tone grey and white coordinates with the overall color palette in the house and polished chrome nail heads reinforce the lines of bench. The black and white art surrounding the bench really makes it pop.

So whether it’s a one of kind custom piece designed just for you or a ready made bench, consider seating to welcome your guests to your home with style!

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Sneak Peek Saturday ~ Brooklyn’s Nursery

Well, I must apologize my design devotees!  I’ve been meaning to share Brooklyn’s nursery with you all for quite some time.  She’s 14 months old now & time has just flown by.  Life has been pretty crazy.  I’m still trying to find the groove of balancing life with 2 busy kiddos, time with my hubby & family, running a business & charity work.  Some of you may have already seen shots of Brooklyn’s nursery in ON Magazine & GrandLuxe Magazine.  I’ve also posted a few teasers on facebook & twitter.  But, alas, here are the complete set of shots I had done of her room.

Most of the items in Brooklyn’s nursery are what I originally designed for our oldest daughter, Jaylie when I was pregnant with her 8 years ago.  The crib, chandelier, Barbie mirror & chair & ottoman are new additions.  I had aqua stripes painted on the ceiling because I wanted to add a fabulous ceiling treatment for Brooklyn to gaze at while she laid in her crib.

 

We had the twin bed in Jaylie’s nursery as well.  It’s a must for daddy or mommy to sleep in when Brooklyn is sick or having a rough night!  Big sister Jaylie often begs to sleep in here as well.  It’s so sweet!  The “Brooklyn” art was a baby gift from my good friend Kris Perry.

 

 

My mom, Jaylie & I made the Barbie mirror.  We used a sunburst mirror from IBB & glued the 50th anniversary Barbies on it in the same pose to create visual cohesiveness.

Jaylie loves to read to Brooklyn.  Actually, I’m not sure who enjoys it more.  Brooklyn is just enamored by her big sister!  Keeping books in the nursery is a must!

This is one of my favorite places to snuggle with Brooklyn.  This swivel rocker chair & ottoman by Lee Industries is amazingly comfortable!  I have fallen asleep in it many a time!  I had it upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabrics because I knew it was going to get lots of use & abuse from our family.

My great Aunt Helen hand made this pink velvet bear for Brooklyn.  She made a similar one in pink mohair for Jaylie when she was born.  We keep it up on the changing table, but it’s just for snuggles & looks.  Too precious to play with everyday!

I love Brooklyn’s chandelier from Stray Dog Designs.  I had this design made in a custom size to fit her room just perfectly.  I love how the black & white stripes play with the aqua stripes on the ceiling.  The aqua & apple green finial are just adorable!

I had liners made for the baskets on the changing table out of coordinating fabrics from the nursery bedding.  It’s a great way to conceal all of the necessities we use on a daily basis & add color to the white changing table unit.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into Brooklyn’s nursery!  To all of my momma friends out there ~ Have a wonderful Mother’s Day & I hope you all are pampered & spoiled tomorrow!

*all photos by nathanielphoto.com*

Happy Designing!

xo
Shay

 

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Sneak Peek: Craig Ranch project 2

Happy Saturday design lovers! Remember the Craig Ranch project I showed you a few weeks ago? Well, today’s sneak peek is a 2nd installation we completed for Craig International at the Residences at Grand Lodge out in Craig Ranch. The home sits on the TPC golf course & the views it boasts are amazing! This home seemed to be the favorite amongst the crowd at a recent party out there hosted by Paulette Green. The developer asked that this home be more transitional in design & I must say we were very pleased at how the project turned out.

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Family room (photo by nathanielphoto.com) I love the fresh feel & the pops of color. Notice the designer details like the fabric on the leading edge of the draperies. The fabric is one of my favorites from my fabulous friend Tobi Fairley’s collection thru Hickory Chair.

You’ll be able to see more photos from this project very soon! It’s going to be featured in GrandLuxe magazine’s June Home issue!

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Happy designing!
xo
Shay

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Spotted at Spring Market: Color!

I am very happy to report that color was abundant at the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market. Lots of saturated color! If you follow our work, then you know we (at IBB) are big fans of color! Check out a few of the colorful vignettes that caught my eye during market.

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CR Laine

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Ferguson Copeland

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Hickory Chair

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Wesley Hall

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Century Furniture

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Lilian August

Want more color, eye candy & fabulous finds from market? Then, head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. They’ve extended the voting for best Style Spotter! Voting now ends on May 3rd & the winner will be announced on May 4th. Every re-pin generates 2 points & every like 1 point. So, tell me what you like by commenting, liking & re-pinning. I’m anxious to see your feedback on my little curation of treasures from Spring market!

So whether it’s a pop of color or a room full of vibrant shades, I hope these photos inspire you to liven up your home!
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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Sneak Peek Saturday: Craig Ranch

For today’s sneak peek Saturday, I wanted to give you a look inside a fun project we just completed out in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The project is a 4,292 sq ft 2 story town home located in a private gated section of Craig Ranch. All of the town homes boast exceptional views of the TPC golf course. For this model, the developer requested a traditional interior that would cater to a discriminating buyer looking for luxury in an elite golfing community.

The finish out of the home had already been completed by the builder. We were very excited to be called in to be the exclusive designers for this project & furnish & accessorize the home from top to bottom.

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Living room

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Jewel tones offer a rich color palette

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End of foyer looking into living/dining area

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Sitting area of one of the guest bedrooms

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Stay tuned because we are installing a second project for Craig Ranch in just a few weeks.  I’m super excited about this one!  It will be a completely different design style & color palette.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy designing!

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Go Wild!

Hello my design devotees!  I’m working from home on this dreary Monday Dallas morning.  One of my little princesses is home sick.  I’m sourcing for a couple of different projects I am working on right now & I came across this photo I had saved in my “Style File” on my home computer.  There are so many things I love about this!  For starters, the chest is covered in zebra hair on hide & tricked out with silver nail heads that define this yummy piece.  The top is covered in glass to ensure a safe place to set your accessories, lamps, etc.  The mirror above the chest is so fun & really makes a gorgeous contrasting statement to the mustard yellow wall color.  If mustard yellow walls scare you, you’ll be happy to know that this ensemble would be just as chic on a crisp white wall.  Small infusions of color help tie this chic setting up in a pretty little package.  The turquoise lamp &  sunny yellow gourd vases say “Hello!” with just the right amount of energy to accessorize the space.

Want this look in your home?  Contact an IBB designer today.  All items pictured are available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

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Sneak Peek: Spring 2011 ~ Fresh Fashionable Fabrics

I just love it when an upholstery line we carry just “gets it”.  Do you know what I mean?  Yesterday, the designers at IBB were all treated to a sneak peek of what we’ll see at market in High Point in April from CR Laine.  If you haven’t taken a look at CR Laine in the last few years, you will be pleasantly surprised with their divine transformation.  They’ve taken fresh to a whole new level & are quickly gaining clout as color trend setters for the industry.

Take a peek at some of my favorites being introduced for Spring 2011

Gray is a fabulous neutral & they’re pulling out the punches with this color scheme.  I love the pop of the pinkish honeysuckle  red (2011 Color of the Year).  It brings the traditional floral print to life.  The traditional gray houndstooth accent fabric gets a fresh update by taking on a larger scale in pattern.  Check out the metallic snakeskin print in honeysuckle.  Now this fabric would add some instant glam to your space & really kick it up a notch.  I can see it on some fun small bench ottomans or used to cover a fabulous accent chair.  Instant statement piece.  Oh, and by the way ~ it’s a microfiber!  Yep, that’s right!  Style & durability.  Hello, can you say family friendly fashions for your home?  I told you they “get it”!!!  The fabrics in this scheme will also go with the yummy Sunbrella velvet sofa I showed you on Good Morning Texas last week.

 

So, last year’s color of the year was turquoise & if you’re a loyal reader of the DD blog, then you know that I am a HUGE fan of turquoise.    I really can’t get enough of the color.  Pairing a lemon or sunny yellow with it creates one of my favorite color combinations.  It just feels so fresh & happy to me.  I’m using  these colors in my family room in my new home.  I love this fabric from CR Laine.  Yes, the pattern is a coral design but this certainly doesn’t mean you have to use it in a beach house.  It would be gorgeous on pillows or a pair of chairs.  How about on the chair below?  Instead of the green on the wood frame, let’s accent it with turquoise.  Did you know that CR Laine will let you pick ANY Benjamin Moore paint color to apply to ANY of their wood frames?  Or, maybe we cover the chair in a turquoise solid & use the the turquoise & yellow coral pattern as the fabric for the loose back pillow.  Talk about options.  My fellow design devotees, we could have some fun here!!!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s sneak peek!  We head to High Point for market in April, so stay tuned for more updates.  Enjoy your weekend design devotees!

*Like what you see & want more?  CR Laine is available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  Contact one of our designers for more information.

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Project Renovation: Oscarlicious Master Bedroom

That will be the word of the day ~ Oscarlicious!  Why, you ask?   As far as design inspiration goes, I was particularly drawn to two dresses at the 2011 Academy Awards worn by Gwyneth Paltrow & Hilary Swank.   The show stopping designer gowns sum up the modern glamour style I’m seeking to portray in our master bedroom.  They instantly sent me into a creative frenzy when I saw them.

I’ve been planning this dream bedroom of mine in my head for years & I’m finally taking the leap to create it.  Not overdone.  Not heavy.  Simple elegance & sophistication that exudes glamour.  Touches of traditional combined with modern options & fabulous finishes.  I love the metallic effect that both of these dresses offer & the textures of the fabrics are to die for!  The colors are even in the range of the color palette I have chosen for our bedroom.  Platinum, nickel, cream & gold are the stars in the room.  I’ve painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak & our trim color is Benjamin Moore’s Could White.  We have great windows in our sitting area & the room gets fantastic natural light.

So, let me give you a sneak peek at my game plan.

This is the bed I designed for my husband & I.  It is my dream bed!  I have been searching for a bed like this my whole life!  No joke!  I worked with CR Currin ( a line we carry at IBB) to tweak one of their new beds to carry out my vision.  It’s upholstered in a chenille tweed from Kravet.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but there are metallic threads woven into the fabric.  The posts are covered in a smoky antique mirror & the bed is finished in a stunning silver leaf.  The factory sent me a photo of it when it was done.  It is shipping this week & I could not be more excited to get it into our room!

To set off our gorgeous bed, I wanted to find something really spectacular to accent the bed wall.  When I saw this wallpaper from Albert Van Luit, my jaw dropped!  It was just the thing to do this bed justice.  It’s a natural grass cloth wallpaper with a large scaled Damask pattern created by silver & gold leaf.   The texture is delicious.  This has my name written all over it!  It makes a powerful statement, so I’m not covering the entire room in it.  That would be crossing over into the overdone category & that’s not what I’m going for.  It will be a fabulous focal point behind the bed.  It’s brand new to the collection, so it won’t be in until the end of March.  Good things come to those who wait…  I’m dying to get it up in the room!

 

 Lighting for the room will take on a more modern flair.  I love these selections juxtaposed with the Damask wallpaper.  The lamps I’ve chosen are from Global Views & very grand in scale.  They will sit like sculptural art on our nightstands.  The inside of the mercury glass base lights up & shows off it’s illustrious qualities.  It’s simply magnificent.  You can light just the base (romantic ambiance), just the lamp (task lighting), or both at the same time (you get the best of both worlds!).  The chandelier from Fine Art Lamps will hang over our bed.  The photo shows the design of the chandelier.  I’ve ordered it in a silver leaf finish with a translucent mica shade & metal frame.  It will showcase the silver & gold finishes being used in the room in one piece.

I hope you enjoyed today’s sneak peek into my house!  I can’t wait to share the room with you when I get it all done.  Mixing finishes in a room can give you a brilliant interior.  You just have to find the balance.  Get inspired & go make your room Oscarlicious!

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Project Renovation: Study Fireplace

Today’s sneak peek  is a look at what has been going on in the study/home office in our new house.  This room is much larger than the one in our previous home.  A coffered ceiling, paneled walls, &  a fireplace are a few of the architectural details I love about this space.  However, it really needed a pick me up in the design area.

Here is the fireplace before.  It’s nice, but not exactly what I would pick if I were building this house today.  It needs a fresh feel.  It seems sort of dated, right?  The marble on the fireplace surround was really too taupe & brown for the vision I had in mind for this room.  Notice the wood paneling.  It’s red oak with lots & lots of grain showing through.  I have a plan for that!

First things first.  The fireplace surround gets rejuvenated with 12×12 Carerra marble tiles.  There is also a credenza opposite the fireplace where I used a slab countertop of the Carrera marble.  It’s already starting to take on a new look.

 

My original plan for this room was to lacquer the walls in a rich black that read midnight blue when the light hit it.  I consulted several paint professionals & they all talked me out of using it in this room.  Most of them told me that the lacquer would eventually crack on the wood paneling.  Big BOO!  I have used lacquer a million times on furniture, but never on walls.  I was willing to take the risk since it was my own house, but after extensive research on the products available I decided there had to be antoher way to get me the look I was after.  SO, onto Plan B.  I still wanted the walls to have a VERY high gloss almost wet looking appearance.  So, I chose to go with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black in high gloss.  We started with 3 coats of primer.  I wanted to cover up the grain in the red oak as much as possible.

3 coats of primer & 3 coats of Off Black later, I am really starting to dig the new look!  I painted the inset of the coffered ceiling Benjamin Moore’s White Herron & the beams are contrasted in the Off Black.  This effect really highlights the ceiling detail without making the room dark & cave like.  We had all of the floors in the house refinished to a warmer richer brown with more black & less orange red in it.  The paneling still needs the final clear coat on it, but the room is really becoming the chic space I had in mind.

 My husband often works from home & I just love the layout of this room so I want to pull out all the stops in here!  I see this space as a wonderful area to showcase some beautiful design & make it a room we will sit in & enjoy.  There is plenty of room for a sitting area.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect arrangement for that.  I have found a desk that I am dying over (more on that later), but it is clearly not in the budget for this room.  I have an alternative selected & I think it will give us the same look & fit in our budget.  I plan to use Lee Jofa’s Chevron patterned fabric from Oscar de la Renta’s collection for the drapery fabric.  The chevron pattern is on the diagonal & features the midnight blue/rich navy & a slate blue.  The white silk background will create a stunning contrast to the Off Black walls.  Unfortunately, the fabric is backordered until April.  However, good things come to those who wait & I think this is worth waiting for!  I can’t wait to see it all come together!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Dreaming of Spring Renewal

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Freezing is more like it.  Much of the country is facing fierce winter storms.  Many in Dallas & surrounding suburbs have been snowed in since Monday night & the kiddos are enjoying almost an entire week off due to arctic temperatures & impossible road conditions.  We’ve had plenty to keep ourselves busy around here though since we just moved into our new house this weekend.  However, cabin fever is really starting to set in with me.

I’m dreaming of the sensory pleasantries of spring.  Bright colors, fresh flowers blooming & temperatures that call for margaritas on the patio.  Spring is a time for renewal.  One project that is on my to-do list is to make over our patio furniture.  When I bought it, I played it safe with neutral fabrics because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted out there & I had to get seating asap because we really enjoy our patio time during the warmer months in Dallas.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with neutral.  I’ve loved these chairs since day one.  But, if you’re looking for an area to experiment with pops of color, an outdoor space is perfect!  Nature’s beautiful colors found in plants, flowers & trees will help balance strong colors outdoors.

When it comes to outdoor fabrics, color is usually offered in abundance.  I’m particularly smitten with the famous fashion designer Trina Turk’s line for Schumacher.  Ever since the launch of her collection, the amazing patterns and vivid colors have danced their way through my imagination and onto my wish list.  With the huge success of her first collection, it’s no surprise that fans across the world were giddy with the recent announcement of her second collection.  Check it out here.

The chairs & granite fire pit table are from OW Lee, a line we carry at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  They are beyond comfy & we often sit out there for hours hanging out with our friends watching the kids play.  Other than giving the boring beige a fresh new vibe, the chairs really don’t need recovering.  They have held up substantially over the years.  But, alas, it is time to breathe new life into these chairs & give our a backyard the fun pop of color it deserves.

So, here is the game plan.  Turquoise, cobalt blue & citron will set the tone for the color palette.  Fun patterns will create a playful experience in our outdoor setting.  And, finally, those fabulous fabrics from Trina Turk will work their way into my home.  Yippee!  Here are my selections from her collection.

I’m going to kick it up a notch with some contrasting fabrics for the welt cords & buttons on the tufting.  The fabrics are ordered.  I can wait to get them over to my upholsterer & see how it all turns out.  Stay tuned for updates!

**Important Tip!  When having outdoor furniture recovered you must not only be mindful that the fabrics are outdoor friendly, but also the thread used to sew the fabrics together.  Regular thread will rot very quickly in the outdoor elements & your beautifully recovered pieces will soon be in shambles!**

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Project Renovation: Playroom

You may remember that in our current house I designed a stage for our daughter to dance & sing on.  It’s provided us hours of entertainment & created quite the budding little popstar.  SO, naturally I had to come up with a way to incorporate it into our new house.  We’ve got another little girl on the way & Jaylie has promised, as part of her big sister duties, to teach Brooklyn how to fully utilize the dance stage!  It’s still a work in progress, but check out the progression of this project below. (Click on photos to enlarge)

During renovation:  There was a built in desk, closet & a half wall that overlooked the back staircase in this area before.  We tore out the built in desk & covered up the half wall.  We learned very quickly that this was going to be a hazard with the kiddos & decided it had to go!  When we first went to look at the house, Jaylie sat up on the desk & leaned over dangling & peering over the back staircase.  No bueno!  Unfortunately, when we went to take the closet out, we discovered that the left front side of it consisted of 3 support beams that were part of a load bearing wall.  The closet had to stay.  Mama was not super excited about this.  We had to come up with a plan to conceal it in the design.

During renovation:  I enlisted the help of my handy contractor, who also built the last stage, to tackle this one too.  I love how I can just throw my ideas at him & we formulate a way to turn it into something really cool.  Because of the layout of the room, this stage will be in the shape of a triangle instead of a baseball diamond like the last stage.

Mural Day 1:
You would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when I sat around with the artist (Kris Perry) & muralist  (Dewayne Sheppard) I work with.  The energy & excitement were infectious as we bounced ideas off of each other to create the perfect stage backdrop for the Geyer girls.  Did you notice the load bearing problem closet?  We left one side of it open & added some can lights in the ceiling.  We are going to place hooks inside for the girls to hang costumes on & make it a “secret backstage dressing room”.  We’re concealing it by incorporating the angles of the walls into the mural.

Mural in Progress:
The mural theme is based off of a compilation of scenes from the nutcracker (Jaylie’s favorite ballet).  Bright colors, dancing ballerinas, candies & sweets & a palatial setting will set the tone.  I think Dewayne may be as excited about this project as Jaylie is.  He keeps coming up with more fun ideas to incorporate into the scene.  I just can’t wait to see the finished project!

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Video: See the Color of the Year in Action!

We’re kicking off the new year with some bold color!  Friday on Good Morning Texas, I unveiled the color of the year for 2011 and showed a few ways you could incorporate it into your space.  Check out the segment here.  So, are you ready to get down with honeysuckle?  What do you think of Pantone’s choice for the 2011 color of the year?