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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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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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Off to have some fun with Nate Berkus!

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Greetings my fellow design lovers!  I hope you are having a marvelous Monday!  I am writing today’s post from 30,000 feet up in the sky.  I’m off to New York City for a whirl wind trip for the Nate Berkus show. The taping is tomorrow.  He’s invited design bloggers from all over the country to be a part of the taping.  I’m so excited to meet this fabulous group of design devotees & see what he has in store for us.  Many of them I’ve known for quite some time, but have never actually met in real life.  Isn’t it funny how social media can make this such a small world?

Tonight I will be attending the launch party for the amazing new on-line magazine rue founded by Crystal Gentilello & Anne Sage.  Have you checked it out yet?  If you haven’t, you really must head over there & peruse the pages filled with tons of interior eye candy.  The first issue hit the web on September 16th.  rues premiere issue features two of my favorite designers & fellow bloggers, Tobi Fairley & Julia Buckingham Edelmann of Material Girls.  You’ll get an insider’s look at Julia’s magnificent home in Chicago.  She has the most stunning piece in her entry way to graciously greet her guests.  Trust me, you will eat it up!

Also, going on this week in NYC is the New York Design Center’s “What’s New, What’s Next?” event.  This is like a preview “Fashion Week” for the home furnishings & interiors industry.  Designers & manufacturers will be giving us a sneak peek at their new introductions & collections before we can see them at market in High Point in October.  I’ve been chatting Mark Moussa (President of Arteriors) and Erin Davis of Global Views on the plane & they’ve both indicated that this event will be nothing short of fabulous.

I will be tweeting all about what’s happening, so make sure to follow me on twitter.

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Cool Kid’s Spaces & On Magazine

Hey friends!  The new issue of ON Magazine is hot off the press!  This month we’re focusing on the family & I’m talking about designing cool spaces for your kiddos.  I had so much fun on this issue.  The game room featured in the article is my daughter’s & she even makes a cameo in her favorite space.  Vamping up your kid’s rooms is the perfect back to school project!  Click on the photo below to get an up close look at the photos & tips.  Happy designing!

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It’s ON!

I’ve got exciting news my fellow interior design aficionados!  I’m thrilled to announce my editorial debut & partnership with ON magazine.  Now, you’ll be able to get my latest design tips & trends in glossy form in addition to this blog & Good Morning Texas.  Each issue will focus on a different design topic.  This issue highlights different ways & suggestions on how to use decorative trays throughout your home.  Click on the PDF below to get the full scoop!  Let me know what you think & please offer any suggestions for topics that you would like to see me cover in the magazine!

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It’s Nate Day!

Did you know that today is Nate Day?  And, yes I am referring to the uber-fabulous  Nate Berkus, celebrity interior decorator extraordinare.  If you’re active on Twitter, then you may have been alerted to the trending topic #nateday that has all of the design & blogging community in a frenzy.  “How’d he get his own day?”, you may be asking yourself.  No, Oprah didn’t declare it Nate Day.  The Moggit Girls did.  Why?  Is it his infectious smile & energy?  His drool worthy colorful designs?  Well, of course, but it all started with a recent announcement.  The Moggit Girls created such a buzz when they first tweeted about the debut of Nate’s new show premiering in September that they asked fellow design bloggers & tweeters to unite for a day full of Nate Berkus inspired content.  Being a fan of Nate’s, I am, of course, happy to participate.

So, in honor of #nateday, I thought I would share with you the top 5 reasons I can identify with & why I swoon over Nate’s designs.

#1 Contrast:  I absolutely adore the upholstery against the dark painted walls (covered in eco friendly paint company Farrow & Ball’s Off Black) in this room Nate designed alongside Ann Coyle for Elle Rakieten, a producer for the Oprah Winfrey show.

#2 Layering:  I’m a huge fan of layering!  I love to add a powerful punch to a plain sisal rug with a zebra skin rug as shown in the photo above.  Berkus hit the high notes with this one.  Each piece in the room is fabulous in it’s own right, but when joined together they create a beautiful design harmony.  I showed you a similar look  with a pair of green chairs & a fun zebra hair on hide rug on GMT back in March.

#3 Adding Ottomans:  The addition of ottomans or small benches not only allows for extra seating for your guests in a room but also gives you the opportunity to have some design fun!  I love the legs on the ottomans Nate used in this design.  The pop of color on the seat is a deep contrast with the dark rich sofa across from it.

#4 Sexy Sectionals:  Whether it’s floating in a room (like the one I recently showed you that I designed for a client in California) or hugging a wall, a sectional does not have to be boring or plain.  Even though this sectional is neutral in color, the squared tufted sections make it say “va va va voom”!  This swanky pad in Milan is one of my all time favorite Berkus designs.

#5 Any shade of blue:  I’m always feeling blue!  I’m drawn to pretty much every shade of blue from teal or turquoise to mineral or baby blue.  It’s one of my favorite colors to work with.  Nate livened up his sister’s nearly neutral color palette with the addition of a painted blue chest.  The shade is pure perfection & adds drama & intensity to her home.

HAPPY NATE DAY EVERYONE!

images from Oprah.com, Elle Decor, Glamour, Google

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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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Just call me Mrs Geyer :-)

Hello friends!  I owe you all a super big apology for my absence here on the blog over the last 2 weeks.  You see, some big changes have been occurring in my life recently.  I just got married!  My wonderful husband, Brian, & I dated for nearly 3 years  & he popped the question back in September.  Being a designer combined with my strong willed detail oriented personality, I decided to take on the task of planning & creating our wedding & reception.  I seriously could have used a clone over the last few months!

Planning a wedding can be a full time job in itself, even if it’s a small one like ours was (we had 24 guests).  Add to this my full time job as an interior designer, mommy to my very active sweet five year old, fiance, daughter to the greatest parents on earth,  Good Morning Texas, and active philanthropist & charity involvement… well ~ I hope you can understand why blogging was put on hold for a while.  I typically blog late at night after my daughter goes to bed or early in the morning before she gets up.  However, with the wedding fast approaching & traveling for a  big project I’m working on in California, it seems that there just weren’t enough hours in the day.  But, now I’m back & I’ve got a full schedule of fun things to share with you including the details of our wedding!

We were married in Beaver Creek, Colorado on March 6, 2010 at the Beaver Creek Chapel (see photo).  It was the most wonderful day of my life (next to the birth of my daughter of course!)  My daughter, Jaylie (only 5 years old) gave a toast at the reception (her request) that brought us all to our knees.  My stomach flittered with pride & glee at how grown up and thoughtful her words were.

Brian is such a blessing to my life & my sweet little girl.  We are beyond blessed & so very excited about our new little family & all of the new beginnings.

So stay tuned for lots of fun in the design world & an inside look & behind the scenes details of our winter wedding in Beaver Creek.

xoxo
Shay Geyer
(BTW, Geyer is actually pronounced GEAR)

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Thank you for your patience!

You may have noticed that we had some technical difficulties over the past few days on the blog.  We are in the process of updating & making a few changes to make your experience on the Designer Detective blog better & more interactive.  Don’t be bummed my decor devotees, I have lots of great updates & fun stuff in store for you this week.   I will also be re-posting last week’s content!  I appreciate your patience while we work out a few kinks.  Thank you!

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World’s Tallest Building Opens Today in High Style

Design & architectectural lovers around the world are swooning today as the extraordinarily elegant 160 story (2,625 feet)  Burj Dabai opens today.  The tallest structure in the world.  Can you imagine the views from atop?  Think sensational views of the Arabian Gulf not to mention, well, just about all of Dubai!

The luxury building, designed by American Adrian Smith, boasts an observation deck on floor 124, 900 residences, fine dining on 122, 37 floors of office space, a nightclub, a 160 room hotel & more.  The Y-shaped design was inspired by the native desert flower Hymenocallis. The plan was to construct the world’s tallest structure that would also become an iconic architectural wonder that would entice curious minds from around the globe.  The importance of carrying out Dubai’s rich culture & history was realized as well as creating a unified global identity that would welcome a diverse demographic of visitors and residents.

The indulgent interior design was led by Nada Andric of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Click here to see a slide show of the interior renderings for the building including rich stones & woods, stainless, steel, sexy curves (inspired by cursive Arabic writing) and sleekness.  Over 1,000 works of original art will hang throughout the tower, many commissioned from local artists.  Hand made rugs will adorn the silver travertine floors.

Ready to buy your pad high in the sky?  Not so fast.   Apparently the recession is not on everyone’s mind these days.  Rumor has it that this swanky structure in the clouds is already sold out.  But don’t put your check book down just yet.  You can always book a luxurious vacation remnant of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous & stay in one of their fabulous hotel rooms.

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Happy New Year!

Woohoo!  2010 is here!  I hope you all had a fun & safe New Year’s Eve.  We had a very quiet & lovely evening.  We sipped champagne in the hot tub, watched movies & the Platinum Weddings marathon (the new season premiere is Sunday Jan 3rd & I can’t wait!) & enjoyed being entertained with song & dance by my little princess.  Quality family time is priceless!!!  After a very busy year, it was so nice to just sit & chill.

I’m just thrilled for 2010.  This is going to be a fabulous year!  I’m so excited for all that this year has in store.  It seems like there is already so much on my plate.  I love it!  I can’t wait to share all of it with y’all this year.  I’m working on some exciting new projects with clients that will have me traveling quite a bit more this year (super stoked about this!).   I’ll be sure & fill you in on what’s happening.

I’m getting married this year!  My amazing fiancee & I have been together for almost three years.  He proposed back in September 2009.  My daughter & I could not be more excited about this exciting new beginning.  On New Year’s Eve, my mom, daughter & I spent hours brainstorming ideas for the ceremony & reception. We’re having a small intimate winter wedding.  We have so many fun ideas!  My head is spinning!  One of my favorite daily reads for wedding blogs is www.stylemepretty.com.  I absolutely love it!  If you’re getting married or know someone who is (or just want to see lots of really cool really fabulous weddings), you should check it out!  We will be creating many aspects of the wedding ourselves, so stay tuned for posts about planning, creating & of course the Big Day!  And if you have any marvelous ideas for a winter wedding, please share them with me!!!

My schedule for Good Morning Texas is all set & just like the past 4 years, I’ll be coming into your home live every Friday morning (for those who live out of our viewing area, I will be posting the segments after they air here & here).  We have so many cool shows planned packed with special guests, celebrities, & stunning home interiors!

More fun stuff is in store for you in 2010 on the Designer Detective blog:

*Guest Bloggers:  Starting this year, we will feature guest bloggers on the Designer Detective blog.  I can’t wait to introduce you to our first guest!  She is amazing & I just know that you all will love her!  If you are interested in being a guest blogger for the Designer Detective, shoot me an e-mail at shay@ibbdesign.com.

*GIVEAWAYS!!!  Yep, you read it right!  FREE STUFF!  I gave away an iPod Touch for Christmas & had so much fun that I’ve got an exciting year of giveaways planned for all of the DD loyal readers!  Check the blog daily for updates on all of the giveaways!

*Projects:  Get an insider look into some of my past & current projects, as well projects from other IBB Designers & some of my favorite designer friends from around the world.

*The Best of the BEST!  As you know, my family owns IBB Design Furniture Showroom.  We travel all over the world in serach of the most fabulous home furnishings to offer at our store.  I’ll be blogging about all of the wonderful things we find along the way during the markets we attend.  We also have a few new designers on board this year, so I’ll be introducing them to you as well.

*Recipes:  The purpose of my blog is to help you all live beautifully!  We are major foodies at our house & I LOVE to entertain & create tablescapes.  So, this year I will be sharing many of our favorite recipes with you all.  We have actually started to compile a family cookbook complete with photos of us in the process of cooking the dishes 🙂

*Tips & Trends:  As always, I’ll be staying on top of things & making sure my readers are always on the cutting edge of interior design.  From quick tips to the must-haves for your home, the DD blog will continue to keep you informed.  Have you heard?  The color for 2010 has been announced!  Find out what it is here.

*Networking:  I’m a firm believer in the power of networking.  I love to meet new people & make the connections between like-minded people.   I’ll be introducing you to some extraordinary people I’ve encountered through my profession, charitable work, & community of friends, twitter, facebook, etc. in hopes that our experiences will somehow enrich your lives.

Make sure to follow me on twitter for instant up to the minute updates & be my become my friend & a fan on facebook!

Happy New Year everyone!!!  Best wishes for a fabulous 2010 & the beginning of a prosperous decade!

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2010 Color of the year

I am giddy with excitement today!  Pantone, the global authority on color, announced that 2010’s color of the year is… drum roll please… TURQUOISE!  Can we say YIPPEE!!!???  As I told you previously, my new fav color combo is turquoise & tangerine.  I love, love, love the color turquoise.  I can remember traveling to Santa Fe with my parents as a child & my must have souvenir was always a piece of turquoise jewelry.  The color just makes me happy!  Pantone describes the color as inviting & luminous.  I must say that I undoubtedly agree.

Turquoise had a dominant prescence at the Fall 2009 International Home Furnishings Market.  So, this announcement is really no surprise to me.  In fact, I think I really would have been more shocked if they hadn’t chosen turquoise as the color of the year for 2010.  Here’s a look at a compilation of some of my favorite uses of turquoise in both home interiors and fashion.

Fabulous accent pillow in indoor/outdoor fabric by Trina Turk for Schumacher

 Fabric by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher

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NYC Design Trip: Day 1

Well, I’m back in New York.  It seems I can’t get enough of this city lately.  This week I’m here studying under the fabulous Steve Nobel with a lovely group of 9 other interior designers from across the country.  Tonight we had a chance to meet, greet, & treat.  We socialized for a bit & met each respective designer & briefly discussed our hometowns & backgrounds.  Then we were off to our treat.  The treat was getting to go to the Christie’s Postwar Contemporary Art Sale.  Let me tell you, this was a treat indeed!  There were 47 lots and they all sold for a pretty penny.  We all sat watching in amazement at the numbers that rolled in on each one of these fabulous works of art.

Reflection (What does your soul look like) by Peter Doig
Sold for $9,000,000.00
For more information on the piece click here.

The group at Christie’s

Window @ Christie’s featuring a Picasso

Stopping @ Rockefeller Center to admire on our way to dinner

Ice Skating @ Rockefeller Center

After Christies, we headed to dinner @ Revel

One of the yummy dinners served @ our table.  Presentation was so unique!

This Texas girl has gotta have her steak 😉  Again, excellent presentation & the taste did not disappoint!  Fabulous selection for dinner Steve!

Back to the hotel

Night night y’all.  Fun-filled jam packed day of design tomorrow!  Stay tuned 🙂

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One Design Competition

In honor of Maitland-Smith’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, they are hosting the “One Design Competition”.  The contest is open to designers & consumers.  It’s super easy to enter.  Just log on to their website, create your very own signature Maitland-Smith masterpiece & click submit.  Choose from 500 silhouettes and then customize your piece by mixing & matching finishes & materials.  Here’s a chance to create that very special something that you’ve been searching for to complete your home!

Winners will be chosen in 4 different categories; Best Designer Submission, Best Dealer Submission, Best Consumer Submission & Website Vote Winner.  The winner will have the honor of having their signature design built & shipped to them at no charge.  How cool is that?!  Winners willl also be extended an invitation to an exclusive cocktail party highlighting the winners of the One Design Competition during the April 2010 High Point Market.

For more details & official rules, click here.

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Amazed by Alexa

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of getting a VIP tour of Hickory Chair during their blogger breakfast.  One of the highlights was getting to hear Alexa Hampton discuss her designer collection of furnishings for the company.  Her style, as well as her energetic personality is infectious.  She has such passion & enthusiasm for this collection she has designed for Hickory Chair.  I could have listened to her describe her pieces for hours.  As the daughter of renowned designer, Mark Hampton, it is no surprise Alexa has such an extensive knowledge of the design industry.  Her inspiration comes from many facets of her life including a passion for antiques, encounters with friends & family & worldly travels.

Her collection is sexy and sophisticated.  It’s not just eye catching, it’s also comfortable.  Alexa explained the lengthy process of perfecting the pieces for her collection and how they re-worked each piece until it was functional, stylish & cozy.  The options in her collection are endless.  That’s what Hickory Chair is known for.  They’ll customize any piece to fit your desires.

Alexa is known for her reflection of classicism.  She joked that when she was pregnant with her twins, that Thomas O’Brien teased her.  He asked if she was going to name them “Neo & Classical” to which she quickly retorted, “No, Vintage & Modern”.  See, I told you she was spunky!  She emphasized her goal to design pieces that would speak to both men & women.  Scale is a huge priority to her.  The room burst into laughter when Alexa referred to what she calls a “chofa”, or a sofa that is so horribly out of scale that it takes away from the beauty of a room’s tall ceilings.

The collection embodies detail and perfect balance.  The use of geometry, fluted feet on some of the chairs, and functionality of each piece are astounding.

Here are a few highlights from the tour & some of my favorite pieces from Alexa Hampton.

Kicking off the tour of Alexa’s collection

Alexa describing my absolute favorite piece from her line!  How sexy is this?  Such a statement!  Definite WOW factor!

Up close & personal ~ This chair is bringin sexy back!

Upholstered bed featuring one of Alexa’s fabrics by Kravet.

My new nickname for this Egyptian revival chair is “The Boyfriend Chair” since Alexa pointed out that it was named after a former ex-boyfriend.  I love the sides & arms of this chair.  Hickory Chair has it set up at the end of a wonderful canopy bed.

The Mark desk.  Named after her late father, Mark Hampton.  Alexa says this desk “epitomizes her hopes & dreams for the collection”.  Considering it’s fabulosity, her future looks very bright.

In the presence of design greatness… Alexa Hampton & I at Hickory Chair.

For more information regarding purchasing pieces from Alexa Hampton collection for Hickory Chair contact an IBB Design Furniture Showroom designer.

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Style and Substance

I am super excited to share a fabulous new book with you!  It’s called Style And Substance, The Best of Elle Decor.  If you want style inspiration for your home, this is where to find it.  The book is loaded with images from the archives of Elle Decor.  Can we say Yippee???!!!  This is your chance to get up close & personal with the fabulous homes that have been featured in the chic magazine.  Consider it your VIP or backstage pass to some never seen before photos of these luxurious abodes.  I was more than excited to get my copy signed by the author extraordinare herself, Margaret Russell tonight at the Elle Decor party in High Point, North Carolina.  I haven’t been able to put it down all night.  The photography & rooms featured are just amazing!  Not only is it full of stunning imagery, but it also makes quite a statement on a cocktail table.  My friends, take note; this is the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for this holiday season.

You can get a copy for yourself (and your friends) here.

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Hickory Chair = Instant Gratification

Well, instant gratification when it comes to custom upholstery that is…

This is really great news my fellow design lovers!  One of my fav furniture makers, Hickory Chair,  has developed a plan to get you the goods asap.  No more waiting months & months to receive all of the goodies we (designers & furniture stores) are shown at furniture market in High Point North Carolina.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with “market”, let me put it like this; it’s like Fashion Week for the design industry!  I’m literally counting down the days until I depart for High Point this weekend.

So how fast is fast?  To quote Hickory Chair, “Our employees examined the process and have created a process where we can ship new upholstered pieces in just 2 weeks from market. We can ship new wood introductions in just 4 weeks from market.”  Can you say awesome?!  Most furniture makers & manufacturers quote anywhere from 8-12 weeks on upholstered items.  To say I am giddy with excitement would be an understatement.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the International Home Furnishings Market live from High Point North Carolina.  For some SERIOUS instant gratification, make sure you follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/designershay.

Accent chair ~ Just one of the beautful pieces on the IBB showroom floor right now from Hickory Chair.

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Lovely Lee Jofa

So, I happened upon this stunning new fabric by Lee Jofa the other day while pulling fabrics for a client…

I instantly fell in love with all of the rich jewel tones and the gorgeous pattern.  My mind was racing with ideas of where & how I could use this insanely fabulous fabric.  Master bedroom drapery panels or bedding?  OMG, this would be awesome in a family room because of it’s bright happy color palette & eye catching pattern.  So many options!!!  SO, in true Designer Detective form, I whisked out my trusty iphone to snap a photo because I just HAD to share this with all of you.  It’s funny how something so fresh, new & lovely can get a designer’s heart racing!

I quickly uploaded the photo to twitter to share with the world!  This morning @LeeJofa sent me this in a mention via twitter

LOVE IT!  They’re running this as one of their new ad campaigns.  Watch out people!  We have a hit on our hands!  This fabric single handedly contains all of the “It” colors that the design world is raving about right now ~ Apple green, tangerine & jewel amethyst purple!  Beautifully done!

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IBB Design Fine Furnishings

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5798 Genesis Court
Frisco, TX 75034

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Unveiling John-Richard

Drum roll please…

It’s here!  I’m so excited to share a sneak peek at our exclusive John-Richard Gallery now at IBB Design Furniture Showroom!  If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know John-Richard before, allow me to indulge you.

John-Richard was originally founded in 1980 as a wall art & decor business. They are hands down one of my very favorite home furnishings lines.  I have several of their pieces in my own home.  Today, they have expanded the business to include lighting, mirrors, accessories, botanicals, accent furniture, case goods, & upholstery.  They are known for their unique look to the furniture market crafted by cutting edge finishes, materials & other resources to manufacturer their goods. Their elegant sophistication is functional for today’s home, however their new designs are implemented with the idea of becoming tomorrow’s family treasures.

Take a sneak peek at the gallery inside IBB…

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On Magazine Feature

I am so excited to have been chosen as one of a handful of Dallas designers to be featured in a spread in On Magazine.  They asked us to where to find our favorite designs & cool things to create our favorite rooms.

Here’s what I said:
My favorite designs can be found right in our showroom. We sell right off of the floor, so our vignettes are constantly evolving. With a large staff of talented designers, our showroom is a creative collaboration of a multitude of design styles showcased in the vignettes throughout the store. I love this bedroom vignette because of the fresh purple paired with the spunky tangerine. The bed makes quite a statement on its own. However, I’d have to say that my favorite thing here is the square white & orange bench ottomans that add a stylish yet functional “pop” at the end of the bed.”

Here’s a sneak peak at the featured spread for their July 2009 issue (they put me right at the front of the article :-).

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Please Vote for IBB!!!

IBB Design Furniture Showroom has been nominated as one of the best furniture stores by WFAA’s A List Awards.  We are so thrilled!  Help us win this prestigious title!  Vote today & make sure to tell your friends & family to go vote as well!

Follow, or cut & paste this link:
http://alist.wfaa.com/ibb-design-furniture-showroom/biz/297792

OR:
Log on to www.wfaa.com/alist
Look for the shopping category & then click on furniture
Look for IBB Design Furniture Showroom & click on Vote
You will have to register to have your vote count

THANK YOU so much for your support!!!

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Fashion Collides

Schumacher has done it again!  Style icon and fabulous fashion designer Trina Turk has crossed over into home furnishings.  Could we be more excited?  Wait… it gets better.  Her collection of fabrics are all indoor/outdoor.  So, not only will the inside of your home be stylin, but so will the outside!  Take a gander…

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Viewer Questions Answered!

Have a design dilemma or topic you need help with?  Need some fresh ideas, paint or fabric advice, or just want to be up to date on current design trends?  Need an opinion on your latest design project?  Here’s your chance!  Write in to the Designer Detective.  All next week we’ll be focusing on questions asked by you!  Check in daily to find out what design dilemma we’re solving for that day.

Then, tune in to Good Morning Texas on Friday, February 20th to see the design dilemmas and practical solutions discussed on live television!

I can’t wait to hear from you!  Happy decorating everyone!

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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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Yellow Fever

Yellow is so energizing & happy that I’m just bursting while writing this post.  Doesn’t yellow make you happy just thinking about it?  Think sunflowers, mimosas, baby chickies, a warm sunny day…

Yellow can do so much for the soul and with hundreds of variations of the shade, it can be worked into just about any home.  My bedroom growing up as a kid was yellow, blue & white.  I LOVED it!  My room was always so bright & happy.  Because of it’s balancing and harmonious properties, yellow can be combined with so many colors to make a lovely color palette.  (blue & yellow, orange & yellow, green & yellow, black & yellow, chocolate brown & yellow, the possibilities are endless)

You may remember, back in December, that Pantone announced Mimosa (a warm sexy shade of yellow) as the color of the year for 2009.

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Open your eyes & you’ll notice that yellow is just about everywhere these days.  Kate Hudson is wearing a fun, flirty yellow dress on the February cover of Elle.  Michelle Obama wowed crowds in a stunning Isabel Toledo “lemongrass” yellow suit for the Inauguration yesterday.

As home fashions often mirror runway fashions, yellow is popping up in furnishings and fabrics all over the world.  On a recent fabric hunting spree, I came across a wide range of gorgeous yellow fabrics.  From traditional styles to contemporary, the cheery color is making a big impact.

A sampling of yellow from my recent fabric hunting spree

So, cheers to Pantone for choosing such a celebratory color like Mimosa for the color of the year.  Now, pop the bubbly & go make your home happy!

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Waves of Blue

Expert color forecasters are saying that blue is here to stay.  Take note.  The mineral and ice blues that were oh-so-popular last year are getting cozy with some warmer deeper blue hues.  So, you can’t go wrong with blue!  The experts are saying that a wide range of blues will dominate color palettes this year.  Keep your eyes open to rich hues with purple undertones.  Color theorists say that the color blue can have soothing healing qualities and invite calmness into our lives.  Now, who couldn’t use some of that?

Deep blues can be paired beautifully with a variety of colors to create drama & contrast.  Just check out this swanky fabric on the chair pictured to the left.  The fun pattern is brought to life by the contrast of blue & butter yellow.  See these chairs in person at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

The possibilities for cool combos are endless; navy & tangerine, mineral blue & cream, royal blue & kelly green, blueberry & vanilla, sky blue & terra cotta, the good ole red, white & blue … the list goes on & on.

There aren’t many shades of blue that I don’t like.  My favorite football team, The Dallas Cowboys, sport a regal navy & icy silver combo.  Whereas, my home is filled with soft mineral & ice blue.  So, when considering new colors for your home, give blue a chance.  It’s a classic.