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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 3

We’re half way there! OMG! We’re halfway there!!!  It seems like we have a lot of details left to complete before Brookie’s room is done & time is ticking!


This was a bit of a slow week for progress in Brookie’s room. Mommy kind of has a lot on her plate right now 😜. I’m prepping to leave for High Point market & then my installation in the Cayman Islands shortly after we get back. There’s a lot of excitement going on at IBB right now with Partners Card right around the corner & everyone rushing to get projects completed before holiday guests arrive.

So what happened this week?

Brookie’s Kate Spade vanity chair from IBB Design arrived 😍

Her nightstands arrived as well.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out & she absolutely loves them 😍

Her pendant lights were also installed over her nightstands.  We’re enjoying turning off all of the lights & just leaving the pendant lights on when we’re reading bedtime stories.


Here’s what is left to do:

  • Install drapery
  • Chest of drawers (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hot pink club chair (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hand painted butterflies around the room
  • Frames for Brooklyn to display her artwork & switch out as she wants (need to source)
  • Monogrammed Bed linens (on order – just waiting on arrival)

Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks at the progress & what I find while I’m at High Point market.  I’ll be back next Thursday with more updates on my sweet girl’s room.

Happy designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 2

Our design plan is starting to take shape & my little princess couldn’t be more excited! Let’s go over a few details going into her room.


1) Two of these pendants will hang over her nightstands on either side of her bed.

2) Brookie asked for a canopy bed so I’ve customized this bed from IBB Design in a hot pink chevron cut. The posts will all be black and the canopy will be a deep pewter.

3) This super cute Kate Spade club chair will sit by her chest of drawers & we’ll accent it with a fun bow pillow design like we did in my daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade room.

4) The wallpaper that inspired the design! As you saw from my first post, her bathroom is covered in this adorable wallpaper. I’m having one of our artists paint large scaled butterflies strategically placed to look as if they’re flying around the bedroom.

5) This will be her chest of drawers & will be done in aqua with black tassels.

6) We carry Michael Aram at our store & I was so excited to find these butterfly knobs to use on her bathroom cabinetry.

7) I’m doing Kate Spade chair as her vanity chair but in a bright aqua.

Alrighty! So now you know a few more details, so let’s discuss what happened this week.

As you might have noticed from the renderings of her room design, my game plan included painting all of her crown, base, doors & trim hot pink.

After sampling several pinks, we loved this fun bright pink. It’s name is very fitting!

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My handsome hubby installed all of her bathroom accessories & cabinet hardware. You may notice that I left the trim around the shutters & the shutters white. Why, you ask?

1) There is a lot going on with the wallpaper so the white gives your eye a place to rest.

2) Never paint your shutters a bold color that will be seen from the exterior of your home. Hot pink most certainly does not jive with the exterior elevation ?

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See how happy my little munchkin is! She is loving her new big girl bed!

There’s a lot more to do! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way & check back in again next Thursday for more updates.

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week One

It’s that time of year again!  I’m very excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge for the third time.  If you’re joining our blog for the first time, you can check out my older daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade inspired bedroom here & our laundry room makeover here.  If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen that we sold our home in January (fully furnished) to a wonderful family relocating to our area & moved into a new home & onto a new project.  We did a pretty expansive remodel taking on the task of updating the 16 year old home.  I fell in love with the architecture, trim work & overall bones of the home but much of the home was very dark.  Unfortunately the previous owners of the home had made a few unfortunate design decisions and those also needed to be addressed.  Seeing as we’re pretty much starting from scratch with furnishings & a blank slate for each room, it looks like I’ll have content for many many more One Room Challenges!

I decided to tackle the bedroom & bathroom of our 5 year old daughter, Brooklyn, for this challenge.  Her room in our previous home was a bunk room.
Our new home has a separate bunk room, so Brookie will be getting a new queen size bed – which she is very excited about & has a very clear vision for what she wants ?.

Here is what her room looked like the day we bought the house.

After experiencing some water damage, the previous owners had replaced all of the upstairs flooring with the faux wood seen here.

As part of the remodel, we installed new hardwood flooring.


Brookie’s bathroom received a major overhaul.  Here are a few before photos

Here are a few photos in progress during her bathroom remodel.

She wanted butterflies in her room & she loved this wallpaper I found so we decided to use this as the jumping off point for her bathroom & bedroom ?. She is a pink girl at heart but really loves Aqua too so we sampled both colors to select which one we would use on her bathroom vanity.

With the wallpaper being so colorful & busy, I wanted the floors to remain more neutral & classic.  I chose white 12×24 tile & installed it on a staggered brick joint on the floor & a smaller size in the shower.

My girly girl literally would be totally fine with everything being pink!  When I found this hot pink 1×1 mosaic, I had to work it in somehow.  A picture frame centered on the shower wall was the perfect way to add a splash of my sweet girl’s personality without going overboard.

Here’s what her bathroom looks like today.

And a few photos of how her room looks today.

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The Barbie mirror had a few casualties during our movie.  Clearly I need to add fixing that to my “to-do” list.

This is what it’s actually supposed to look like.

And here’s a sneak peek into our game plan:

As you can see, we have a lot to accomplish in just 6 short weeks!  I’ll be back next week with more details of our plan & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks at Brooklyn’s room transformation & check back here every Thursday for updates!

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Week 6: The Big Reveal! Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


What a difference a week makes! A whole lot has happened at casa de Geyer.  We’ve officially moved into our new house & we couldn’t be more excited!

If you’re just joining in on the #oneroomchallenge, I decided to make over our laundry room & mud room.  Many people have asked why I chose these areas to focus on & the answer is really quite simple.  Since the people who bought our previous home bought almost all of our furniture, we’re basically starting from scratch in the new home.  With ORC being a 6 week challenge, I knew with my current client project work load that there was no way I had time to design furnishings & get them ordered & here within the timeframe.  I also knew that the mudroom & laundry rooms were spaces I could pull together in my “spare time” because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.  I’ve tricked out areas like this for many clients and I’ve always wanted these rooms in our home to have a happy cheerful feeling.  Let’s face it, laundry is not my favorite activity in the world but I figured making our laundry room a space that I loved walking into might inspire me to tackle those chores.

So, let’s take a quick look at the before photos again.

 

And here’s what our laundry room & mud room look like today  *All after photos by Dan Piassick*

 

One of my biggest focuses during our makeover was not only to make a colorful laundry room & mud room but to get creative with the organization of all of the daily necessities for these rooms.

I used a blue lacquered tray to organize containers holding detergent pods & clothes pins.  We use these clothes pins to keep socks together in the washer.  They help cut down our mismatched socks & they’re safe in the wash.

I chose a yellow lacquered box to hide our dryer sheets.

The blue lacquered box hides essentials like tide pens, scissors, safety pins, a sewing kit & lint brush.

 

 

Each family member has their own storage baskets in the mud room including our dog Roxy.

And now for a few of my favorite design elements!

Lighting:  I’ve had my eye on the Taylor Burke “Don’t Fret” pendant chandelier for a while now.  I think it turned out perfect in the laundry room!

I selected these brass Barbara Cosgrove sconces to add additional lighting over the lockers & I love the way they look on top of the wallpaper!

I kept the window treatment fairly simple so that it would compliment the wallpaper & not compete with it.  I love the accent of yellow with the Greek key trim tape.

 

The hardware is still one of my favorite selections.  I love how it plays off of the wallpaper.

 

I used two acrylic & brass double robe hooks for each family member to hang their bags in the lockers.

 

I had monogrammed pillows made for each family member to designate their locker area.

I had a blast with the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge!  Since we’re starting from scratch in our new house, you can bet that I’ll be back for more One Room Challenge fun!

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Week 5: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Eek!!! There is officially one week left until the big reveal!  This week has really been a blur as I had two out of town client project installations.  I was really excited to come home & see some progress. (Although my husband is equally as excited and sent me frequent text updates while I was gone ) The transformation of our laundry room & mud room are really starting to take shape.

Drumroll please….

Ta-da!  The wallpaper I’ve been fantasizing about is finally up. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me!


I absolutely love the impact it makes as you walk down the hallway from our family room to the mudroom.


Here’s a little reminder of what it looked like before

It’s amazing what some fresh white paint & a gorgeous large scale patterned wallpaper can do!  We went from dark & dreary to light, bright & fab!

I’m loving all of the details in the mud room.   I’m really looking forward to having a nice organized space for everyone right by the garage door.  Our mornings are usually chaotic so I’m counting on this area to help ease some stress by helping keep everyone prepared & ready for their day.  A mom can dream, right?

The sconces help bring in some much needed additional light in this area.  My handsome hubby has been very hands on with our remodel.  I’m so proud of all of the hard work he has put in.  It’s been so fun spending time putting in sweat equity when we can.  We make a great team!  It usually goes somethings like this – I come up with a wild idea & before I even finish my thought, he’s figuring out how to make it happen. Our contractor really gets a kick out of it!

I’ve had my eye on Taylor Burke Home’s “Don’t fret” pendant for a while now.  When I saw Julianne at High Point market, I told her I had to have it for this project.  She just happened to have this white one in stock & she moved mountains to get it to me in record time.  We debated on whether I should do a fun POC (pop of color) but in the end, I went with the crisp white & I think once my window treatment goes up & my other accents are in that you’ll agree. The chandelier went up yesterday & I absolutely love it! Thank you girlie!



All of the fun details are up next!  Window treatments, cushions & pillows for the mud room, artwork & organization/storage accents.

The big reveal is next week, but make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks & other updates!

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Week 4: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


So this is the week when it feels like there is so much left to be done but nothing.  seems to be happening.  I’m not sweating the small stuff, but so much still needs to happen before the big reveal.  Let’s just keep praying that everything arrives & gets installed on time!

The hardware was installed on the cabinetry & doors and I’m totally loving it!



The sink & faucet are in & I’m very excited about having this large sink area in our laundry room. The faucet has a pull down spout for easy cleaning.


Our gorgeous sconces for our mud room arrived & we’ve decided on the best way to hang them. 
Our wallpaper is here & it’s absolutely amazing! I’m hoping it will go up this weekend! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more sneak peeks!

Hopefully next week I’ll be sharing some amazing progress!

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Week 3: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’ve been away at market for a week & it was fun to come home & see progress being made & even a little surprise from my hubby.  The cabinets and ceiling have all been painted.  I’m really loving all of the fresh “Shay White”!  It feels so cheerful.

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The quartz countertops were installed before I left but they have been covered up.  I just love how they look.  This man made material will be the perfect durable countertop for a room that will get a ton of use!  My hubby remarked at the blue washer & dryer in a few of my inspiration photos & asked if they were on my wish list.  I’m pretty sure my starry eyed “you know it” reply worked some magic on him because I came home to these beauties!  Our new home has an upstairs laundry room as well so he searched & searched until he found an amazing deal so we could put our current washer & dryer in the upstairs laundry room.  He is the king of negotiating and I was very happily surprised by his thoughtful gesture. Thank you honey!


I opted for a larger more modern sink for the laundry room since we use it frequently.  The faucet has arrived & should be getting installed early next week.

Previous sink:

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New Sink:

My hardware samples arrived & I’ve decided to go with this design.

Here’s a sneak peek at the overall scheme.  I love how the hardware plays off of the wallpaper.  The room will be mostly blue & white but I have some fun pops of color planned.  I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for the details.

  

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I’ve had my eye on the “Don’t Fret” chandelier from Taylor Burke Home for quite some time.  I’ve decided to use it in our laundry room so I’ll get to enjoy it every day.

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I fell in love with these ceramic sculpted flowers at market.  I plan on using them somewhere in this space for wall decor.  I think they’ll be a fun accent on the wallpaper.

That’s all for this week’s updates & progress.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram for daily design inspiration, sneak peeks, design tips & project eye candy.

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Week 2: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


I’m continuing to fine tune the details for our laundry room & mud room but my game plan is still far from solid.  Things are very busy at IBB Design with client projects & I’m headed to market in High Point North Carolina today so I’m literally planning this makeover in my sleep at this point.

Here are a few more inspiration photos that depict the look & feel I’m after. 

I’m really digging the idea of a striped rug in the laundry room.  I think it will work great with the wallpaper, so I’m on the hunt for the perfect indoor/outdoor striped blue rug. Speaking of wallpaper, say a prayer that Quadrille can meet my installation deadline.  It’s all hand printed & seeing that we’re on a very tight timeline, it’s going to be cutting it very close to get it installed prior to the big reveal.  I’ll hopefully have confirmation of a delivery date in the next few days.  If they can’t meet my timeline, I may have to consider re-selecting.  I love it so much & it was really my jumping off point so I’m crossing my fingers that it all works out!


I love, love, love the idea of throwing in a pop of yellow so I’m thinking of using one of these trim tapes as a detail on the window treatment above our washer & dryer.


*laundry room in the home of Christine Dovey*

A blue washer & dryer will take center stage underneath our white quartz countertops.

Updates on laundry room progress:
The photos are a bit dark.  The power is currently off in these areas since they are working on re-doing a lot of the electrical.


New LED can lights were installed & a Jbox for a chandelier (which I still need to select).  The ceilings are tall in here so I’m looking for a fun pendant or semi-flush mount.


The cabinetry has all been painted in “Shay White” & the quartz countertops have been installed.

I ordered samples of both of the knobs below to consider for the cabinet hardware.


The mud room needs a bit more planning.  I know I want to use these sconces to hang over the tops of the locker cabinets.


I love the cheerfulness & color in this mud room.  In my mud room, the cabinetry will be white & the wallpaper  will continue into here so I will pull accent color in thru the pillows & cushions on the benches in the lockers.


Mud Room progress update:

The cabinets have been painted & the walls are being prepped for wallpaper. 

It’s starting to come together but there are many details left to finalize.  I’m looking forward to being inspired this week while I’m attending the High Point Home Furnishings market.  Make sure you’re following me on instagram to get more sneak peeks.

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Week One: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge


Here we go again!  Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m diving into this challenge again during one of our busiest times of the year.  We’re designing & installing 3 out of town projects in the next 2 months & we’re juggling several new build jobs and remodels.  Thankfully all of my clients are amazing & instead of being stressed because we’re so busy, we’re having a blast with the diversity of designs we’re working on & seeing them come to life.


You might remember the makeover I did on my daughter’s bedroom during the Fall One Room Challenge.  Well, we’ve sold that house & have bought a new fixer upper & we’re starting all over again.  I’m sure your thinking I’ve lost my mind.  The truth is that the market in Dallas right now is so hot, that we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sell our house.  So, a wonderful new family is moving in.  Their twin daughters will be sharing the Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  We loved the design so much though that we’ll be duplicating it in the bunk room in our new home.

Our new home has an ideal floor plan for our family & great bones but since it’s 16 years old, it’s time to update the finish out & design.  For this challenge, I’m going to work on our laundry room & mud room areas.  Here’s a few photos showing the before of our laundry room.



  
  The house is very dark so I’ll be giving it a face lift & painting all of the dark wood trim, cabinetry & shutters in a fresh white paint that my painter has nicknamed “Shay White”.  It’s a formula we came up with after several of my “go-to” whites either went too white or too blue in our new home.

Here’s a before shot of the mud room area.  The can lights were all out in this area so my photos all turned out dark & unfortunately this is the only one that you can even make out what’s pictured.  I promise to have better progress photos!

Honestly, my game plan right now is not complete.  I’ve fallen in love with this wallpaper, so this will be my jumping off point.  I’ll be using pure white quartz countertops since we’ll most definitely need a scratch & stain resistant surface in this room.


I’m pretty sure I’ll carry the wallpaper into the mud room.  We have built in cabinetry in there with 4 locker areas.  One section will be for my 2 daughters to put their backpacks & dance bags.  My husband & I will use the other section of lockers.  The palette will be blue & white with pops of other accent colors.  I’ll have cushions made for the benches, monogrammed pillows & baskets to designate each person’s locker & some fabulous hardware for the cabinetry & locker hooks.

Here’s a glimpse into one of the laundry rooms that I find inspiring.


I’ll be traveling to High Point for the home furnishings & accessories market next week so I hope to get more inspiration & solidify my game plan.

I’ll be back next week with more design details & progress photos.  In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.

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Christmas Traditions


Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  We have several family traditions during the holidays.  I’m planning our menu & tablescapes today so I was looking back thru old photos & thought I’d share a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season.

This was last year’s tablescape.  I love to mix & match my china & crystal. The water glasses were my maternal grandmother’s. My girls both really get into helping decorate & set the table.  Last year we even got a little festive with our ice cream & turned them into snowmen.  My daughter Jaylie is in charge of the kids’ table.  Every year we come up with a fun design out of paper plates.  Last year we decided on a reindeer theme.      

 The year before we did a snowman theme.  On Christmas Eve, we go to candlelight services at our church & then come home & have lots of appetizers as we open up Christmas presents.  I found this Christmas tree cheese tray idea on Pinterest a few years ago & we do it every year.  Just add sprigs of Rosemary between each kind of cubed cheese. The topper is Boursin cheese with cranberries on top in the shape of a star. After we eat & open gifts, we bake a birthday cake for Jesus :-). This is my favorite tradition with my girls!   

  
On Christmas morning, I make themed pancakes for everyone.  Last year we did Rudolph pancakes. 
Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite Christmad traditions!  I can’t wait for the week ahead!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas week & cheers to slowing down & enjoying time with your family!

  

  

 

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One Room Challenge Week One

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Hey everyone!  It’s been a minute 😉  Things have been crazy busy around IBB & we haven’t been blogging as frequently as we should.  That’s all about to change though because I’ve decided to join in all of the fun of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  I have followed the past challenges on social media & always thought to myself that it would be fun to be a part of the six week makeover challenge.  As an interior designer, projects in my own home usually head toward the bottom of the priority list as my time is devoted to my clients.

After living in our home for five years now, it’s time to freshen up a few more areas.  We remodeled a few rooms & most of the flooring when we first bought our home but budget and time constraints kept me from going all out.  I knew this was a home we would raise our two girls in so I wanted to take risks in the designs and make sure everything was carefully thought out.  I’ve allowed myself to take my time to create spaces that I enjoyed coming home to & made me never want to leave.  Plus, it’s only fair to give my sweet hubby a little breather between projects 😉

For the One Room Challenge, I’m diving in to makeover my 10 year old daughter’s bathroom & bedroom.

Jaylie room before

Her current bedroom is cute, don’t get me wrong.  I designed the scheme in our old house when she was 4 years old & carried it over when we moved into our new house.  She’ll be 11 in December and she has her own style now & we both agree it’s time to create a space that is uniquely her.  The room also just doesn’t function well for her.  There is little to no storage & her closet is tiny.  After our air conditioner leaked thru her bathroom ceiling, we knew we could no longer procrastinate her bathroom remodel.  The One Room Challenge was really the push I needed to “get er done” & move forward with executing our entire plan.  The more I thought about the space & how it would function for her for years to come, the more I brainstormed out-of-the-box ideas to give her more storage and better function.  I’ve got big plans & grand ideas & we couldn’t be more excited!  The demo has begun & there’s no turning back now so stay tuned for progress updates over the next 6 weeks & the big reveal on Thursday, November 12th.

I’ll be back next week to discuss the design plan & progress updates.  For now, I’ll leave you with one small glimpse of our inspiration for her room…
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If weekly updates just aren’t enough, then follow me on instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.  Follow along here to see more of the participants in the One Room Challenge.

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Dallas Market

Last night I had a blast gathering at a cocktail party with local design bloggers for the Dallas Market Center’s Sneak Peek at the January home & gift market.
With @DeniseMcGaha20130119-075258.jpgWith Lisa Robison & Kim Turner of Dwell with Dignity20130119-075649.jpg
With fellow Dallas designer Elle Cole20130119-075636.jpgWith celebrity designer & HGTV star @JohnGidding who I’m super excited to say is my co-host for this evenings Arts Awards!

Follow all the fun in store for today & see what we’re discovering at today’s exclusive sneak peek into the Dallas Market! Tune in later tonight to get a backstage look at the Arts Awards!
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Twitter: @designershay
Follow hash tag: #DMCSneakPeek & #ArtsAwards

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Thank You! ~ My anonymous friend!

I returned to my office this morning after a busy whirlwind trip to High Point for furniture market & was pleasantly surprised to find a little gift on my desk.  Inside were these adroable little baby shoes!  The note was just signed “fan of the Designer Detective”.  At first I thought it was my husband being creatively sneaky, but he swears it wasn’t him.  So, I wanted to give a big hug & shout out to my anonymous friend & blog reader & say THANK YOU!  That was really too kind of you to think of me & send a little gift for my growing bundle of joy.  Such a treat to be greeted with it this morning!

PS ~ I would love it if you would shoot me an e-mail to reveal yourself so that I could send you a “proper” thank you note.

xoxo
The Designer Detective

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Fabric 101 ~ A Lesson in Durability

For today’s post, I’ve asked my good friends & fabric experts over at Kravet to give us a lesson in what makes a fabric durable.  Selecting the right fabrics & know where to place them in your home is very important.  So, sit back, grab & pen & pad & a cup of coffee (or your favorite cocktail ~ it is Friday…) and get ready to gain some great knowledge on fabrics!

FABRIC DURABILITY

 

When selecting fabric for upholstery, one of the most important considerations is durability. Is the piece going to live in a high traffic area? Kids? Pets? You want to get the most out of your investment and make sure the fabric will hold up through the years.

High traffic pieces such as family room chairs and sofas need durable, tightly woven fabrics that are easy to clean.   Many designers are choosing indoor/outdoor fabrics for high traffic areas because they are highly durable, UV friendly and bleach cleanable. Outdoor fabrics have come a long way from their stiff, waxy roots and are available in a range of sophisticated patterns and textures.   If the fabric is not specified for outdoor use, it can be treated with products such as Crypton or Nanotex for similar protection and durability.

Fine silks and linens are beautiful and luxurious, and they work best in a more decorative capacity such as a formal living room.

When shopping for fabrics, it is common to see durability ratings in terms such as “15,000 double rubs.” This refers to a popular abrasion test conducted by the Wyzenbeek machine to evaluate fabric strength.   The Wyzenbeek machine determines how many double rubs (considered one complete motion forth and back) a sample of fabric can withstand before tearing.   Heavy-duty fabrics suitable for commercial use rate at 30,000 double rubs or more and residential fabrics rate at 15,000 double rubs, which is considered average.   You can test a fabric yourself using your fingernail to rub a fabric sample several times to see if the yarns shift or the fabric marks.

Another important thing to look for in a durable fabric is a balanced weave, meaning all yarns in the fabric are about the same size and strength. These fabrics will wear better than ones with heavy yarns in one direction and thin yarns in the other. A twill weave resists wear and shows soil less than a plain weave of similar quality.  Latex backing can be applied to loosely woven fabrics to help stabilize them, ensuring longer wear.

Flat-surfaced fabrics like damask, brocade and satin show the effects of abrasion because the long yarns on the surface are subject to wear. Pile fabrics like frieze, plush and velvet withstand abrasion quite well if they are made of wool and linen with a high density of fiber. Velvets are somewhat susceptible to marking, so if you want to use velvet in a high traffic area, it’s best to select a poly blend with a tightly woven W weave.

There are many things to consider when investing in a beautiful fabric for your home, and durability is one of them. Understanding how different fabrics react to wear and tear will help you make an informed decision for your home and your family that you will enjoy for years to come!

I’d like to give a huge thank you to Kravet for the wonderful info they’ve provided to pass on to my readers!  I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  xoxo Shay

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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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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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Never a dull day!

Hello design friends!  I apologize for being MIA over the last week or so.   After I returned from furniture market in North Carolina, I hopped right back on a plane to go install my client’s home in California.  I’m back in Dallas now (at least for the time being) & wouldn’t you know it ~ I got a terrible sinus infection in the midst of trying to play catch up back at our showroom.  So, please excuse my tardiness in sharing all of my exciting adventures & finds with you.

I have so much to catch you all up on, but it will have to wait for now.  I need to follow up on current projects  & put the finishing touches on an event we’re hosting here at IBB for STAR Children’s Charities next week.   So exciting!  Don’t go far though, because next week will be full of lots of fun on my blog including a guest post from my fabulous friend Shelly Rosenberg.

So, for the time being I will leave you with a little teaser to entice you to come back & read up on my latest adventures…

No, this is not something I normally keep in my designer’s tool kit.  However, I did use this ever-so- handy forklift to get my client’s absolutely favorite piece into his home during my installation in California.  It’s never a dull day in the design world!  Stay tuned for details…

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A sofa that swings

The weather in Dallas in absolutely gorgeous right now!  Aside from the wind, I have been dreaming up ways to try to do my job poolside.

Springtime usually gets us all in the mood for home improvement projects, especially those outdoor projects.  My list continues to grow.  It got me thinking… is your outdoor space IN style?

I took the  photo above in my parent’s pool cabana.  It showcases one of my all time favorite outdoor elements.  I call it the swinging sofa.  It’s a deep outdoor sofa that is made to function like a classic porch swing.  It’s perfect for lounging & reading a book or taking a nap or just to sit & swing!  It’s hung from the cedar beams of the cabana.  My daughter’s favorite design element is the lady bug print pillows out of sunbrella fabric.  We often pile on it to sit & talk or watch TV.  Ahhhh, so comfy,  relaxing & peaceful!

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Upholstery 411

Last Friday on GMT, I gave viewers some helpful pointers on things to look for when shopping for upholstery.  I have to give a big shout out to my Twitter friend Carl for suggesting a very helpful pointer to give everyone.  Thanks Carl!  Watch the video here.

Let’s use the photo above & discuss few things to keep in mind concerning cushions when you’re selecting upholstery for your home.

  1. Upholstery Styles:
    Here we have a tight back sofa by Hickory Chair.  A tight back has a very structured & tidy look.  There are no back cushions to fluff.  We added a few throw pillows for comfort & to soften the look.  Decorative pillows are always a great way to add a punch of style.
  2. Cushion Type:
    Multi-cushion box seat:
    Multi cushions are great for durability.  You can flip & fluff them as needed.  This comes in handy when you need to flip a cushion to hide a stain that won’t come out.  A box cushion is shaped like a box & generally finished off with a welt cord.
  3. Chairs:
    Here we have a dark wood frame with upholstered loose “T” cushions also by Hickory Chair.  A “T” cushion simply wraps the arm of a chair or sofa to form a “T”.
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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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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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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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Finding the perfect Fabrics

Kravet, one of my very favorite “go to” fabric lines had a wonderful post today on their blog about selecting the right fabrics for upholstery.  Even as a design professional, I found the knowledge & advice they provided in the blog post to be very valuable.  It’s a worthwhile read for anyone thinking about or in the process of selecting new or re-covering upholstery in their home.  Read their post on upholstery fabric tips here.

Kravet has an extensive library of fabrics to choose from.  They really do have something for everyone at just about every price point.  You may remember me telling you about their new KravetSmart program featuring a more cost conscious approach.

They are also very well known for their ingenious collaborations with interior designers such as Candice Olson, Barclay Butera, Alexa Hampton, Barbara Barry, Calvin Klein & many more.

However, the pièce de résistance for me is their Guaranteed in Stock books.  These books are a lifeline for me when I’m trying to meet a quick deadline for clients.  Case in point ~ I had a rather distressing moment at my own home last week.  Upon “fluffing” my formal living room in preparation for dinner party guests, I discovered that my sweet sweet dog had decided to make my living room chairs her daily place of resting, licking paws & other doggy propensities.  The cushions were in shambles 🙁  With our holiday party less than 2 weeks away, I had to think fast!  I went straight to one of Kravet’s guaranteed in stock books that contained my home’s color palette & selected the perfect material to begin the resurrection of my beautiful chairs.  I had the farbic in hand 3 days later.  My amazing upholsterer will have them back to me on Thursday, leaving me 2 days to spare until our party.  Whew!  Looks like Sassy (my sweet sweet dog) is giving me living room chairs for Christmas 😉

Finding the perfect fabrics can take time.  Follow the advice of professionals in the design industry or work with a professional designer to help you find fantastic fabrics for your home.