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C is for Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie:  a form of European decoration imitating techniques and motifs of the Orient; especially fashionable in the late 17th century and revived during the Regency, or as many say ~ a French term meaning “Chinese~esque”

While researching for this blog post, I stumbled upon a blog devoted entirely to Chinoiserie called Chinoiserie Chic. It’s full of all sorts of eye candy featuring “Chinese~esque” designs.  You really should check it out!

Below are a few of my favorite examples of Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie wallpaper adds a playful & colorful touch to a bathroom.  Image via Lonny Magazine.

Another gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper.  Image from Domino Magazine.

Chinoiserie fabric from Thibaut.

Fashion designer Tory Burch’s entryway features a hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper by Gracie.

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Sizzling Summer Colors

The kiddos will soon be out of school & begging to play in the pool all day everyday to beat the heat.  If you’re looking for inspiration for your home’s color palette, why not consider a few sizzling summer colors?  Last week on GMT, we chatted about one of my all time favorite color combinations ~ Turquoise & Tangerine.  It sounds so chic just rolling off your tongue, but when you combine the two hues with crisp whites or other neutrals it instantly satisfies your need for exceptional eye candy.  Whenever I’m around the powerful color duo, I dream of sitting on a beach in the Caribbean drinking a Hibiscus Martini.

Watch the segment here to get a few ideas on incorporating these summer inspired colors into your home.

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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.
selectedfabrics

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…

deskchairbefore

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!
armoirebefore

My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!

wallcolorbefore

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.

guestchairbefore

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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Fresh Take on Turquoise

Yesterday, I introduced you to my fabulous friend & our first guest blogger, Shelly Rosenberg.  Today, she shares her fresh take on the 2010 color of the year featuring our good friend & jewelry designer, Elizabeth Showers.  Enjoy!

Fresh is the new fix in an economy that has us feeling deep blue. Take it up a notch with a hue to good to be true! Who says? Pantone, the Oz of the color wheel, gives Turquoise the title: Color of the Year, 2010! We need vibrant, chin-to-the-sun fun. Let’s walk like Egyptians and embrace this historic tint they honored for it’s restorative and healing power.

Energy is not all it’s got- fashion says it’s hip and haute. Dive into your favorite mags and notice it in the most delicate of porcelain, sleek urban furnishings, punchy textiles and the most exquisite bijoux!

Bling is the thing for our beloved local designer, Elizabeth Showers. Her designs celebrate the most refined version of this gem. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Town & Country and Vogue and is treasured by A-list celebs. In a word, her art is simply stunning. This designer aims to “empower all women to feel beautiful.” Aligned with her trademark logo, The Hope Star, her affair with turquoise offers inspiration to us and integrity to a stone often overlooked.

A sampling of some of the magnificent turquoise jewelry by Elizabeth Showers.

So taken was she that her new ride is now all the rage. Years ahead of the curve, London’s Mini Cooper is fashion forward…In her limited edition, Elizabeth cruises in style. Here, the plucky partner to our featured shade is brown- in yummy shades of chocolate and toffee! Pleasure and sophistication coexist with Elizabeth at the helm.

Check out Elizabeth’s fab jewelry up against the chocolate brown interior with turquoise stitching of her tres chic Mini Cooper!  Can you say hot???!!!

Elizabeth Showers showing off the super cool interior of her Mini Cooper!  This is a girl on top of her trends!

Detailing of the turquoise stitching on her leather interior.

Check out Elizabeth’s blog here.

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Video: How to Use 2010’s Color of the Year

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Terrifically Turquoise

I’ve been geting lots of e-mails about how to use the 2010 color of the year, turquoise, in your home.  So, I thought I would post ideas as I run across them.  I’ll be doing a segment on the fabulous color on GMT this Friday, so make sure & tune in for that as well.

Fabrics:

From light to bright, these shades of the rich color would add a pop of fabulosity to a neutral decor.  Use them for pillows, re-cover a chair, upholster a wall or use them for draperies.

1)  Gabriella by Vervain
2) Bartizan by Lee Jofa
3) Althea Plain by Lee Jofa
4)  Sanibel by Lee Jofa
5) Comora by Lee Jofa

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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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Trend Alert: Turquoise & Tangerine

So, remember when I was telling y’all that my favorite new color combination is turquoise & tangerine?  Well, I’m just ecstatic to report that it was shown all over the fall furniture market in High Point, North Carolina.  From fabrics & upholstery to pillows & accessories, the eye catching color combo well, caught my eye.  Check out just a few of the ways it’s being used…

Fabulous chair from Hickory Chair.  Soft supple aqua chair fabric with a pop of orange in a throw pillow.  Such a luxurious statement!  This also happens to be one of my very favorite chair frames.

Yummy pillows by Dransfield & Ross

Fun paisley print chair from Sam Moore

This hand blown glass was one of my absolute favorite finds at market this fall!  It’s so affordable too!  Look for it at IBB soon!

Large floral print chair by Century.  I love the detail of the contrasting welt cord on the cushion.  Such a fun look for a family room or sun room.

Sleek bench ottomans from Sam Moore paired with a bright tangerine rug.

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Color Trends

Dear Designer Detective,
What are the latest color combinations for home decorating? What combinations do you view as timeless?

~Holly

Dear Holly,
What a great question!  I love talking about color.  My favorite new hot color combination right now is turquoise & tangerine.  It’s even fun to say them together, right?  Various shades or orange and aqua are showing up all over the design world.  I just love the two colors together, but they’re being used solo a lot as well.  Here’s a few examples:

Fall fabrics from Schumacher

Showroom from Global Views featuring orange

Home office @ a Highland Homes model home

Turquoise glass tiles

As far as classics go, you can never go wrong with a neutral color palette.  They can be changed & updated by simply adding sparks of color using pillows, art or small accessories.

neutral sofa with colorful pillows

If you’d like to get really technical concerning color palettes, Pantone is where to get all of the expert information.  They have spent a considerable amount of effort & energy into combining stunning colors to create a trend forecast for 2010 including a sampling of colors that create 4 different color palettes.  See below.

Watch a video here on how the experts from Pantone forecast color trends for home fashions & interiors.