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Design with Meaning

I love it when the magic of design comes together for a client and brings out a deep connection between their life & their home. Today, I’m offering you a sneak peek inside a recent installation for one of my clients. It’s a gorgeous home. It’s been such a treat to work with this family. Her husband is a very talented custom builder & they both have impeccable taste. Our collaboration has brought forth some beautiful fresh results. Below are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone as we were installing some of their wallpapers & drapery treatments. The Designer’s Guild paper we chose for their catering kitchen captured my client’s heart & she couldn’t wait to get it installed. The blue hydrangeas in the bold & colorful floral pattern reminded her of her late mother & she knew she would enjoy spending time in there each day.

View from the catering kitchen looking into the laundry room. You see a small glimpse of the fun Martyn Lawrence Bullard paper we used in there. More on that in another post…
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We used a simple gray linen fabric with a contrasting sky blue band on the Roman shade to compliment the bold wallpaper. 20140604-081005-29405635.jpg
View from the catering kitchen into the main kitchen.20140604-081005-29405356.jpg
The catering kitchen has a built in desk area so we created an upholstered cork backsplash & framed it with a simple nail head design.20140604-081005-29405907.jpg
We carried the pattern into the main kitchen in fabric on a relaxed Roman shade over the kitchen sink window.20140604-081006-29406182.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my project! There’s much more to do so stay tuned for more updates!

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Master Makeover

IBB designer, Shannon Gidney, recently transformed the master bedroom for some of her clients. Take a peek at what the room looked like before.
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The room felt dated & needed a new fresh look!
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Shannon selected great basics like the upholstered bed with tufting & nail heads in a neutral fabric & mirrored nightstands. A pop of orange was brought in with two patterned pillows & one solid on the bed. The bench at the end of the bed allows another opportunity for pattern & offers seating for the space. Fun mirrors and perfectly scaled lamps add the finishing touches to the design.
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Thank you for the sneak peek Shannon! For more design inspiration & sneak peeks, follow us on instagram & like us on Facebook!

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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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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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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…

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Wallcoverings that Wow!

If you have yet to be informed, let me dazzle you with some exciting news… Wallpaper is back & with a vengeance I must say!  I asked my good friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us her take on some simply stylish wall coverings.

Shelly’s take:
I have always had a soft spot for anything Asian. And now, I have discovered the best reason to fawn…the Chinese invented wallpaper!  The first rice wallpapers go back as far as 200 BC!!  The Orient has a unique form of ornamentation. The motifs are often serene and organic. I especially love the subtle suggestion of movement in the two modern patterns below.

In honor of our 2010 Color of the Year’ and this month’s feature, I will delight you with a bit more of turquoise and her cousins… Any powder room becomes exquisite wrapped in a Tiffany-box blue floral like this one above. And can you imagine the pleasure this dogwood  scene would give guests in your dining room?

As much as I adore the traditional elegance of a tried-and-true paper, there is much fun to be had in this medium. Choose any era in modern history and you can have a paper that speaks its language! I grew up with a very chic mother who had our entire home wrapped in the ever-popular 1980s flamestitch! And it’s still HOT!

 

Many of you are nervous to commit, I know, but the pleasure is so beyond what the hesitation is worth! Why wallpaper? It can anchor an entire design scheme- take a little piece that makes you swoon and have your designer build a room around it! Have an architectural element that has you baffled? Disguise it! If you just cannot use the paste, frame a fabulous find and stare at its beauty! Search the web for examples of designer wall coverings. But, find the best and most unique eye candy through your favorite interior designer. Delicious.

 

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Barbara Barry & Goodies from Global Views

I was so excited to receive a sneak peek at Barbara Barry’s  new accessory introductions for Global Views that I had to share it with you all right away!  The elegant line contains ceramics, trays, boxes and other fabulous accessories that depict the timeless sophistication that Ms. Barry is known for.  She has selected an assortment of amazing finishes including laquer, leather & silver leaf detailing.

Script Oval Tray in Ivory

This might be my favorite piece.  I love to add a tray to a room.  They are so versatile.  Display pretty perfume bottles on them in your bathroom or use them to group or organize cell phones, keys, pens & to-do lists.  Bring them out to entertain with when you have a party or use it to serve your sweetie coffee or breakfast in bed.  Set one up in a guest room on a nightstand or dresser with items to make your guests feel welcome (fresh cookies, magazines, bottled water & a toothbrush & toothpaste).

Banded ceramic vase & Polished Tazza in white

You know I love to entertain, so of course I love this vase & footed serving piece.  They have such a fresh clean look.  I can just imagine displaying a fresh bouquet of flowers in the vase & arranging yummy muffins on the serving piece to have coffee with girlfriends.

Luxe Organizer in Ivory laquer

This sleek set of laquered boxes offer both form & fuction.  Perfectly sized to conceal pens, pencils, keys, or jewelry this should be on everyone’s “must have” list.

Global Views is one of my absolute favorite home accessory lines.  They also happen to be one of my favorite showrooms to visit at market.  I can’t wait to see them this weekend when we embark on our bi-annual shopping spree in North Carolina for home furnishings & accessories for IBB.  Market is like fashion week for the interior design industry.  I’m like a kid in a candy store there.  By the end of the trip, my head is usually spinning from all of the fabulous finds that caught my eye.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow me on Twitter to get instant updates & see all the great things I found at market next week!  http://www.twitter.com/designershay

AND, if you’re a designer & you’ll be at market, you won’t want to miss our Tweetup at Global Views on Sunday, April 18th.  Click here for details & to RSVP.

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Glamorous Gray!

You read it right!  Gray does not have to mean boring, drab or dreary!  Gray is actually quite the glamorous neutral.  It serves as a wonderful back drop for colors that pop like a sunny yellow or feminine lavender.  I also loves shades of blue like aqua with gray.  Picture it with Hermes orange.  I’m using that color combination for a client in Dallas right now.

I featured a swanky sitting area of gray & yellow on GMT last Friday & created quite a buzz about the hot neutral.  Watch the video here.

Make no mistake, gray is certainly hot on the scene right now, but it’s a timeless neutral that has been used in interior design for generations.  It’s always been a favorite especially amongst those who love the look of Hollywood Glamor.

Benjamin Moore makes two of my favorite shades of gray to use.  Wickham Gray will lightly wash your walls with a subtle yet fresh gray.  Dior Gray,  on the other hand, will give you instant drama with a rich blue undertone.  It’s simply stunning.  I actually walked into my friend Shelly’s house recently only to discover that her master bedroom is painted in this stylish gray.  I’ve also specified it for an upcoming project for a client’s office.

So, my fellow design devotees, I encourage you to embrace this neutral color & get glamorous!

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Mini Make-over

It’s time for a make-over!  It’s a mini project for me.  I’ve finally had it!   My office at IBB is in major need of some TLC.  You see, we’ve been at our current location for more than five years now.  I was pregnant with my daughter & super busy at the time of the move, so I decided to put the task of “officially” designing my office space off for a later date.  Well, five years later, things are still super busy around here (Praise God!)  & my walls are still bare (with the exception of a print of the new studios I was given when I started at Good Morning Texas).  My desk chair is oh-so-comfy, but a MAJOR eye sore!  My guest chairs for clients & other business guests are pretty, but they’re just not me.

Last weekend while I was up here working on a client project, I finally reached my boiling point.  Part of creating inspiring interiors, I believe, is surrounding ourselves with things we find inspiring.  My office, where I spend a great deal of time each day, falls very short of awe inspiring.

I whipped out some fabric books & my Benjamin Moore paint deck & picked out some fabulosity for my new digs.  I wanted something fun, girly, young & hip.  I will be using hints of fuschia (because I love pink & I think my fiance would kill me if I ever tried to use pink in the home we’ll soon be sharing!)  I’ll be re-covering my desk chair & the guest chairs, painting the walls, adding some art & lighting & switching out the big bulky armoire for a sleek mirrored console.  I’ll be keeping my desk unit (even though I probably should eventually update that too) because I love it’s functionality & quite frankly I just don’t want to spend the money right now.  I’ll be tackling this in stages (in my spare time:  note to self; find spare time! ~ LOL!) so I will post the after pictures when it’s complete.  For now,  check out the color palette as well as some before photos below.
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These are the fabrics I’ve selected.  Since you haven’t heard me shut up about my excitement that turquoise is the 2010 color of the year, are you even surprised that I’d be using it in my own surroundings?  I’m contrasting it with the rich midnight blue velvet.  I’ll be pulling in hints of my favorite color pink through the fuchsia in the stripe fabric as well as some accessories.  I”ll show you & explain where everything is going in the After post when the room is complete.  Gotta let the reveal be a surprise…

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Desk chair before
I know, I know.  Hideous, right?  I use that cozy turquoise throw everyday ( It’s always so dang cold in my office! ), but it actually helps disguise my ugly desk chair too ~ LOL!
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My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!

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This shows off the wall color before.  I’ll be changing it to a bright white for a cheery update and to bring some life into my office.  I have no windows in here, so I’m ready for a light bright feel.  As of now, I’ve selected Benjamin Moore white dove.  I’ll be painting a test sample this weekend.

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I’ll be recovering these chairs & adding some cool detailing to give them a fun playful update.

If I’m feeling a little frisky, I will probably chronicle this makeover via twitter, so make sure you follow me here.

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Style with leather???

Dear Designer Detective,

We are looking to purchase a new sofa for our family room.  My husband refuses to have anything but a leather sofa.  I really want the room to feel like we took the time to decorate it.  I have hit a wall on how to make a leather sofa look stylish.  Help!!!

– Katrina B.
Rockwall, TX

Dear Katrina,
No worries!!!  Leather furniture does not have to be boring.  In fact, you can find some of the swankiest & stylish furniture pieces crafted from leather.  It’s also four times more durable than most fabrics.  Your family room can & will look stylish.  There are a million different options other than just buying a brown leather sofa.  It’s all in knowing your options & how you put it together.  Take a look at few of these super stylish options for leather seating.

This sofa features a hair on hide and leather combination. What a statement piece!
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.  The pattern on the leather on the outside of the frame is to die for!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
I'm green with envy! I could see this sofa in a loft or swanky boutique hotel. So much style & the beautiful shade of jade make this piece a showstopper!
I am green with envy!  So much style & the perfect shade of jade make this a real showstopper!  Perfect for the more transitional or contemporary home.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nailhead trim adds a nice decorative touch.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nail head trim adds a nice decorative touch.

These are just a small sampling of the endless options you have when creating a fabulous leather sofa.  Of course, you can put just about any leather on any frame and truly customize it for your personal taste & needs.  Hope this helps.  Happy leather sofa shopping 🙂

– Shay Sampson, a.k.a. The Designer Detective

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Nail it with Nail heads!

Add some pazazz to your furniture & nail the look you want.  Sorry for the pun.  I just couldn’t resist 😉

A technique once used out of necessity is making a huge comeback in a very sophisticated stylish way.  Nail heads can really liven up a Plain Jane sofa, chair and other accessories.   They date back to the period of 1560-1643 and the advent of French Country Style during the reign of Louis XIII.  The Os de Mouton chair marked the introduction of nail head trim

A nail head is a decorative accent that is used to embellish upholstered furniture & even some case goods.  They can accentuate the style of the piece and is usually used on arms and rails.  Nail heads are most commonly used with leather-upholstered furniture, particularly leather sofas, chairs and ottomans.

Ideas for how & when to use:

  • *can be used to add accents, decoration, or “jewelry” for your furniture
  • *when re-upholstering your own furniture to add a finished look and to hide staples or imperfections
  • *nail heads come in many designs, sizes and finishes ~ plain to ornate, polished brass or brushed nickel
  • *can be found at hardware stores and home centers
  • *nail heads must be hammered in one by one by using a tack hammer
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Not Your Grandma’s Cocktail…

No, it’s not 5:00 and time for cocktail hour.  Sigh.  However, when it is… you better have this to set your drink on!  This beautifully finished round cocktail table by Hickory Chair is where form meets function.  The sleek base doubles as storage for your magazines or coffee table books.  Looking to update your look into today’s time & fashions?  Try this on for some style.

Available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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Out with the old & in with the new!

Happy New Year everyone!  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get your design projects underway!  Hopefully you have completed the daunting task of taking down all of your holiday decorations.  It’s always so much more fun to put them up, isn’t it?  Do you find that with all of your decorations down, there are many empty spaces & blank walls to fill?  Well, don’t fret!  You’re not alone!  Let’s tackle your design projects together!

I hope you will join me this year & stay interactive in the Designer Detective community.  I would love to hear about your design dilemmas, current projects & your fabulous feedback!

Let’s make 2009 a stylish year for you & your home!  Happy New Year & Happy Decorating!!!

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Wild with Style!

I just cannot get enough of animal prints!  I think it’s just one of those things I will never get sick of.  I love the way they add drama to an otherwise boring color palette.  Zebra is one of my favs.  I used 2 huge tufted back chairs from Sherrill out of zebra in my family room.  The high contrast between the black & white is so simple, yet it does wonders for a blah room.  Many of you are wondering how much is too much animal print?  While I’ve seen rooms successfully carried out using a variety of colors & variations of differnet animal prints, I would say stick to one or two items per room of any bold print.  Too much could get confusing and very busy for the eye.  In the photo above, we’re showcasing several ways to use zebra.  I wouldn’t suggest using all of these pieces in one room, but one or two could help bring out your wild side 😉