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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas design devotees!  I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for checking in here daily for design inspiration, events, tips & sneak peeks at our projects.  I really enjoy all of the comments and emails that I get from all of you!  It’s such a joy to share the creative process with the Designer Detective readers.  I have lots of fun things planned for 2013 so make sure to stay tuned!

I hope you all are enjoying your family and having a fabulous time celebrating Jesus’s birthday.  We’re having a blast at the Geyer house today.  The kiddos are wearing themselves out playing with the goodies that Santa brought.   I’m busy preparing to host 20 family members for Christmas dinner.  The Christmas music is blaring, we’re cooking & getting all of the tables set for our family celebration.

To follow all of our fun & get inspiration for your holiday entertaining, follow me on Pinterest, instagram (@designershay) & twitter.

Merry Christmas & many blessings for a very prosperous & joyful New Year!

xo
Shay

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Idzinechat offers FREE Design Advice TOMORROW Night!

Our last #IDzinechat was so successful that we decided to make this a regular thing!  I am very excited to announce that I am taking over the hosting duties for tomorrow night’s event founded by Wanda Horton & Leslie Carothers.

Designers & consumers unite tomorrow night on twitter to ask questions & get answers ~ for FREE!  That’s right!  Some of the hottest interior designers from around the country will be participating in tomorrow night’s discussion.

It’s simple.  Log in to twitter & search for the hashtag #IDzinechat to follow the chat.  Chime in anytime to ask questions, but make sure all of your tweets contain the hashtag #IDzinechat so that other participants can see your tweets.

Take advantage of this chat to get all of your design dilemmas resolved by a wide range of design professionals.  Looking for a second opinion on your design project?  During the #IDzinechat, you may get advice from multiple design professionals participating who can offer their perspective & help you get the ball rolling!

For more information regarding the #IDzinechat & how you can get in on all of the fun log on to the #IDzinechat blog or follow them on twitter here!

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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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Is your home in tune to social media?

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Talk about being socially savvy & totally with it!  Furniture manufacturer CR Laine has hit the height of uber (or should I say cyber?) creativity.  As part of their new spring line of fabrics, set to debut at April’s High Point Furniture Market,  they are offering a fun new pattern.  An obvious ode to social media giant, Twitter, the pattern is called Twitter Spring.  It features a fun branchy design with bird silhouettes.
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Here’s the patterns they suggest pairing with the fun twitterliscious print.  A soft corduroy called Wuzzy Oatmeal and an awesome geometric called Gather Round the Stone.

Attention powers that be at Twitter headquarters ~ I see a make-over in your future!  And, for all of those hip social media experts, it’s time to integrate some of that social savvyiness into your home.

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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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