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Sneak Peek Saturday: Craig Ranch

For today’s sneak peek Saturday, I wanted to give you a look inside a fun project we just completed out in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The project is a 4,292 sq ft 2 story town home located in a private gated section of Craig Ranch. All of the town homes boast exceptional views of the TPC golf course. For this model, the developer requested a traditional interior that would cater to a discriminating buyer looking for luxury in an elite golfing community.

The finish out of the home had already been completed by the builder. We were very excited to be called in to be the exclusive designers for this project & furnish & accessorize the home from top to bottom.

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Living room

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Jewel tones offer a rich color palette

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End of foyer looking into living/dining area

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Sitting area of one of the guest bedrooms

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Stay tuned because we are installing a second project for Craig Ranch in just a few weeks.  I’m super excited about this one!  It will be a completely different design style & color palette.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy designing!

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Holiday Gift Guide featured in ON Magazine

Hey there design devotees!  Only 10 more days until Christmas!  If you’re looking for a few last minute fabulous gift ideas, then no look no further!  I have something for everyone on your list!  Pick up the latest issue of ON Magazine or click on the photo below to take a look & print it out.  If you see something you just can’t live without, tell Santa to swing by IBB.  Also, tune in to Good Morning Texas THIS Friday to get more great holiday gift ideas!  Happy Shopping!

Click Here to print the Gift Guide

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Gorgeous Gray & Vibrant Amethsyt

Today on Good Morning Texas I featured a beautiful living room with a silvery gray & luscious purple color palette.  Click HERE to watch the segment.  The chairs are covered in a rich patterned velvet and add a definitive style to this space.  The sofa is very tailored and has a tufted seat cushion.  I love that we switched it up a bit by tufting the seat cushion instead of the back of the sofa.  We accessorized the room with a purple blown glass vase, geodes &a pair of fabulous silver rain glass lamps from Interlude.  The rug we chose adds a soft blue green to the color palette.  The playful print on it ties in with the amethyst on the chairs.

Gray is such a yummy neutral.  I really have such an affinity for it.  With it’s popularity these days, we’re seeing the color used in a variety of design styles.  Long gone are the days when the color gray made you think of a cold sterile or industrial space.  I was recently at a taping for the Nate Berkus Show & after the taping he graciously answered questions from the audience filled with design bloggers.  One of the girls asked him his favorite shades of gray paint.  I took a video clip with my iphone while he answered.  Check out what he had to say!

Nate Berkus’s Favorite Gray Paints

Well, I must say that Nate has divine taste because my favorite gray paint just happens to be Benjamin Moore’s Dior Gray as well!  I have used it in several projects.  It seems to be the most perfect shade of gray.  It’s rich & warm and just oozing with style.  I suppose we should expect nothing less when inspired by the uber-chic Christian Dior!  I recently used it in the corporate offices of one of my Dallas clients.

The fabric pictured was one of our accent fabrics.  The sofa in the lobby was a warm souffle color.  I used Benjmain Moore’s Dior Gray (pictured top), Benjamin Moore’s Pewter (pictured center), and Benjamin Moore’s Acadia White (pictured bottom) throughout the corporate offices.  It really turned out brilliantly!

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H is for Hand-painted Finishes

I am just wild about hand painted finishes on furniture.  It’s such a sassy way to liven up a piece to bring color & life into a room.  Hickory Chair will allow you to use any Benjamin Moore color on their pieces.  I fell in love with a hot pink chair that Suzanne Kassler showed at Hickory Chair during April’s furniture market.  Century Furniture will allow you to use any Sherwin Williams paint color to create your own custom piece.  It’s completely up to you on how bold to go, but I love to punch it up a bit to really draw your attention to the piece.  I love mixing finishes to forge a truly unique look  for a client’s home.  Check out some of my favorites below.

This is the one I was telling you about earlier.  How cute is this?!  Linwood Chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair in Benjamin Moore 2081-40 Pink

A bright yellow paint make these ultra-chic  Chippendale chairs scream “Look at me”.  They make the room.  Image from Elle Decor.

Hugo Secretary by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair in Ralph Lauren Polo Blue

Kids rooms are an ideal place for painted finishes.  How fun is this little girl’s room?  The yellow finish really brings this antique piece to life.  Image from Elle Decor.

I love this modern Century furniture console in orange.  The cobalt blue lamp & fantastic art tie the look together in a gorgeous little package.  Excuse the image quality ~ I took this photo with my iphone at market.

The bright Wisteria turns this ordinary console into something extraordinary & makes a stylish first impression in this entryway.  Image from Elle Decor.

How stunning is this color palette?  The coral console grounds the room & plays beautifully off of the deep turquoise wall.  Image from Elle Decor.

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G is for Greek Key

The Greek Key is H-O-T in interiors!  From fabrics to furnishings, I am definitely a huge fan of the classic design.  One of my favorite furniture pieces is the Cypress cocktail table by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair (pictured left ~ bottom left of photo).  Today, I’ve asked my uber-stylish friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us a little insight into some delicious designs featuring the chic motif.

Shelly’s take on the Greek Key…

Designing is pure joy. I just love the limitless options that we have to choose from. Although many interior designers have a trademark look, I pride myself on collaborating with each unique client and creating their own style. However, there are some classic motifs that I find myself relying on time and again, regardless of replicating a historical genre or redesigning an abode into a super sleek mod pod. My favorite of all time is Greek Key, a meandering deign of lines, graphically and repetitively folding into it self.

Despite its name, the ancient Greeks were not the only civilization to discover this geometrically based design. Similar patterns have been found in the region that is now Vietnam and also in the Native American Hopi culture. This versatile motif can also change shape. We are most familiar with the square or T configuration. But there are also “keys” that resemble waves on the sea and even triangles.

Almost like a maze, this crisp design draws us in and guides our eye along the shape it traces. It looks so elegant on the leading edge of draperies, like I have in my own master bedroom. The charcoal and ivory trim add a masculine balance to an otherwise feminine boudoir.  It also looks regal along the bottom of a silk lampshade. You can affix your own Roman border to a simple, store-bought shade, adding a smart sophistication.  There are so many fabulous options through your interior designer. Another option I use in a pinch is M&J Trimmings of New York.

Other designers before me have inspired my own work with Greek Key. Local trend-setter, Jan Showers, mimics the lines of fantastic antique chairs by sewing black ribbon onto the ivory linen upholstery in a key style. Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta adorns his delicious cased goods with Greek Key hardware in his collection for Century Furniture (available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings). The one pictured left, in apple green is divine!

Thank you so much Shelly for sharing some fabulous design inspirations with us featuring the Greek Key!

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Yummy Yellow & Gorgeous Gray!

You may remember that last year’s color of the year was Mimosa, a warm sunny shade of yellow.  At IBB, we love color.  There’s nothing better than seeing neutrals come alive with beautiful pops of color.  Yellow can instantly make a home feel bright & welcoming.

The color combo of yellow paired with the very chic neutral gray is quickly catching on as one of the most sought after color palettes.  Our model team executed the gorgeous duo on a recent project in Houston, led by IBB designer Susan Neff.  Take a peek inside the family room…

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The tufted ottoman coffee table is by Aidan Gray.  I love the shelf at the bottom that allows for extra storage for books, magazines, or a basket to hide your remotes.  Pillows with yellow & gray prints make a splash on the sofa & wing chairs.

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The neutral stone gray wing back chairs are by Century.   The art over the fireplace may be my absolute favorite part of the room.  It brings so much life & color to the space & really draws your eye up.

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We used a lively yellow & gray print from Duralee on the drapery panels which were designed by our drapery designer Gilda Wood.  The breakfast table is also by Aidan Gray.

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Fancy Word Friday: Case Goods

If you’re around a professional designer for any period of time, chances are you will probably hear them use the term “case goods”.  This industry term refers to home furnishings that are made primarily out of wood.  Think end tables, armoires, consoles & cocktail tables.

Here are a few of my favorite case goods:

New Gotham City Table in Ivory by Global Views

Thompson Side Table by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair

Raffles Cocktail Table by Century furniture.  You may remember me showing this to you for my 4th of July segment on GMT.

Morgan Media cabinet by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair featuring a hydraulic lift that can accommodate a TV up to 42″.

Game table by Larry Laslo for Ferguson Copeland.

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HP Highlights: Innovative Designs for Today’s Lifestyle

We’ve just returned from our buying trip to High Point, North Carolina and I’m happy to report that several furniture manufacturers & designers are really in tune to today’s needs & how people are living.  They’re offering consumers more & more options as well coming up with innovative ways to allow one piece to be used several ways.   We all know that furniture is an investment, so you really need to take your time to select quality, stylish & purposeful pieces for your home.  Take a look at a few of my favorite finds.  These home furnishings are not only multi-functional, they’re also super stylish!

Cocktail Table by Barclay Butera

The cocktail lifts up on hinges to become dining height.  So perfect for those with smaller homes, lofts or apartments that don’t have a true dining area.  Also great for those days when you just want to dine in front of the TV.  Or, how about using it in a game room or media room for popcorn & drinks?  Your guests will get a kick out of it’s double duty!

Fabulous upholstered cocktail by Century.  The mirrored tray slides so you can place it in any position you like.  Plus, this table is H-O-T!!!

This dazzling floor mirror with eglomise details is by Hooker.  Use the crystal knob on the front mirrored panel to open it & reveal a jewelry display large enough to hold all of your necklaces & baubles.

Round cocktail table by Guy Chaddock.

This table also goes from cocktail height to dining height.

This is one of my favorite end tables.  Michael Weiss created it for Vanguard.  It slides right over the seat cushion of your sofa.  It gives you the option of having a spot for your drink, snacks or remote control anywhere you sit on the sofa.

Thomas O’Brien designed this classic coffee table for Hickory Chair.  It’s not a new introduction, but it’s one of my favorites.  I’ve showed it to you before.  The base of the table is slanted at the perfect angle to hold coffee table books or magazines.

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A Fabric That Rocks!

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the Beatles, you probably instantly recognize the iconic group pictured on this fabric.  It’s the photo from the back cover of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This fabric caught my eye not once, but twice during visits to two different showrooms at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market earlier this week.

Century used it in a contemporary setting.  They used the Beatles print for the back of this bench seat & contrasted it with black leather & a coordinating linen.   The scheme is a blend of contrasting neutrals and textures.  They paired it with a white lacquered end table, a fun black geometric screen & large round end table with a chrome pedestal base.  The round table is arranged in front of the bench to serve as a small dining table.  You could even use two of them in front of the bench to create a lounge feeling in a game room, media room, or hip home office or study.

Over at Vanguard, they took a more traditional approach.  The same fabric in primary colors covers a cocktail ottoman with leather, nail head trim & an exposed wood base.  An ottoman like this could add spunk in front of a gameroom or media room sofa.  Or, if someone in your house is a huge Beatles fan or memorabilia collector, this would be perfect addition to a study with book or display cases housing their collection.

I have a lot more fun finds from market to come, so stay tuned!

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Ottomans

Look what just came in to IBB for one of my clients!  I’m a huge fan of adding small benches & ottomans to a room.  They give you additional seating & can also be a fun way to add some style through great fabrics.  Today’s sneak peek is from a project I am working on in California.  The home belongs to a young hip single man who requested the home be done in layers of neutrals.  We’re primarily using taupes, blacks, shades of white & gray.

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The X bench by Century.  I’m using two of these on either side of a fireplace in the formal living room with some very cool art above each one.  The chrome base will add a sleek look  to the room.  The cushions are made out of a rich velvet stripe by Barclay Butera for Kravet.  I am a HUGE fan of Barclay’s fabrics!  I’m using several of them for this project.

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This is one of my all time  favorite ottomans.  It’s by Hickory Chair.  I’m using two of these at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom.  The cushions are out of a soft supple gray velvet.  The bottom fabric is out of a small herringbone print in gray & white.  I added chrome nail heads to highlight the beautiful shape of the ottomans.

I’ll be installing the home in a few months, so stay tuned to see a few of the finished shots of the home!

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Picking the Perfect Coffee Table

Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few quick tips for choosing the perfect coffee table for your room.  It’s important that you select a coffee table for your home that not only has form & function, but also makes a statement in the room.  Watch the segment here.

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Rectangular leather tray coffee table (pictured left) by John Richard.  4 upholstered bunching ottomans by Design Guild.  Both available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

Tips for selecting the perfect coffee table
1.  The standard height for a coffee table  is 17”-19”  (Contemporary designs often use lower tables.)

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One of my all time favorite coffee tables!  This eglomise stunner is by John Richard.  I especially love the shape & legs on this table.

2.  Positioning your coffee table:
Place at least 18” away from your chairs or sofa ~ you want it to be within reach but you need to have enough clearance to easily walk by without feeling like the space is cramped.

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I love this leather ottoman coffee table by Century.  The nail head detail is to die for!  The tufting & rich chocolate leather invite your guests to kick up their feet & relax.  Do you remember seeing this on GMT recently?

Determine what size & shape is best for your room.  Ask yourself these questions:

1.  Will the coffee table align with a pair of chairs, a sofa or a sectional?
2.  What shape works best for my room/furniture layout?  Do I need a round, square, rectangular, or irregular shaped coffee table?  Rounds & squares work well with sectionals.  Use an oval shaped coffee table when a rectangular would work, but the space is a bit cramped.  The rounded edges help you gain a few extra inches & open up the space.
3.  What surface do I prefer?  Wood top, glass top, stone top, or upholstered?  Glass & other transparent tops can make a smaller room feel bigger.  An upholstered coffee table can help create a more laid back feel that will invite your guests to kick their feet up.
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This glass top rectangular beauty is by Century.  Using a glass or transparent top can help open up a room.  Rectangles align well with sofas.  A good rule of thumb is to have your coffee table be 1/2 to 2/3 the size of your sofa.  This helps create visual proportion & allows access to the coffee table from each seat on the sofa.

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What’s a Welt Cord?

Dear Designer Detective,

I often hear you refer to a welt cord when pointing out things on the furniture you showcase on Good Morning Texas.  What exactly is a welt cord?

~Tina D.
McKinney, TX

Dear Tina,

Great question!  A welt cord is simply a fabric covered cord that follows the seam of a chair cushion, sofa cushion, or pillows.  A welt cord helps give upholstery a more finished tailored look.  The two types of welt cords are a self-welt & a contrasting welt.  A self welt is when the cord is done out of the same fabric.  A welt cord that is done out of a different fabric is called a contrasting welt cord.  Contrasting welt cords add lots of style & pop to your upholstery.  I just love to use them!
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On this Sherrill chair, we used a contrasting welt cord out of a rich chocolate brown velvet.

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On this Century sofa, we’ve used a contrasting welt cord out of the same leather used on the frame of the sofa.

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White Hot!

Today on Good Morning Texas, I featured a sofa by Century that has everyone around IBB white hot!  With style that seems to channel Chanel, this beauty will have you swooning when you see it in person.  The hand painted white chairs & leather cocktail ottoman are also by Century.

Watch the video for the segment here.

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Video: Create a cozy look for your home

Greetings design lovers!  It’s still winter time & there’s nothing better than a cozy environment during the cold winter months.  Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few pointers to help you create a warm interior for your home.  I showcased a yummy sofa from Century in a leather/fabric combination, a rustic (yet sleek) coffee table from Henredon, & two different chair options to help bring the look together.  The whole setting makes me want to escape to the mountains in Aspen or Vail!

Click Here to watch the segment.

Have a fabulous & cozy weekend everyone!

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Looking for Durable Fabrics?

Shay,
I watched a show on GMT (quite awhile ago now) where you showed a sofa upholstered in a “new” leather like material.   I think you said that it would be very durable.  Can you tell me what it was called and a little more about it.  Also if you have used it & whether your customers/clients have been satisfied.

Thanks.
Mary – Arlington, TX

Dear Mary,
Thank you so much for your question!  I get questions about how to find durable fabrics all of the time.  It’s an issue on most people’s minds.    The leather like material you are referring to is called Brisa.  It is a unique man made polyurethane fabric with a specially designed ventilation system that allows it to breathe.  The textile manufacturer, Gulf Fabrics,  simulates the look & feel of natural leather by creating a discreet grain pattern.  With over 200,00 double rubs, Brisa is known for it’s high durability.  That’s more than 30% more durable than what is required to be considered a “heavy duty” durable fabric.  It comes in a wide array of wonderful designer colors.  Here are a few of my favs:

Presently, Century Furniture is the only furniture manufacturer who is using Brisa.  We have had several of their pieces in Brisa at IBB. I have heard only great feedback so far from clients.  It’s as soft & supple as a really high grade quality leather.  One of my clients, who bought a sofa with the cushions covered in Brisa, says that their dog gets up on it all of the time & they haven’t had any issues.  They also have 3 kids, so durability was a huge priority for them.

Here’s a few more facts about Brisa:

  1. Clinically proven to be more resistant to temperature changes than vinyl & leather.
  2. Stays cooler than genuine leather in warm weather situations.
  3. Resists cold weather stiffening & cracking.
  4. Exceeds 200,000 double rubs
  5. Cleans effortlessly with soap & water.
  6. Most stains can be lifted with with alcohol-based solutions Fantastik or Formula 409
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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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A place to set your drink…

You absolutely MUST have one of these in your home!  They call it a “Martini Table”, a swanky name for a small occasional table.  It seems that it may have also gotten its name from the shape.  Most martini tables have long slender stem like bases with a small top.  They’re made to service one chair or one end of a small sofa or settee.  I’ve seen them in a myriad of designs from eglomaise and other mirrored surfaces to steel or wood (like the one pictured).  They are uber-functional!  Just about every furniture manufacturer offers at least one style .

I love the idea of using a table like this in your formal living area, family, room or study.  Actually, you could use it just about anywhere you need a place to set your drink.  When there is not enough space to use a standard end table, this is the perfect solution!

Gotta have it!!!

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GMT October 31, 2008

Today on Good Morning Texas, we’re dining in style!  I’m setting up a gorgeous dining table & chairs by Century.  This is one of my favorite dining ensembles.  The table is to die for!  With the leaf in, you can easily seat 8 or 10.  I love the height & the curved back of the chairs.  They’re covered in this sumptuous cinnamon & pumpkin fabric.  For a centerpiece I’m using some gold hand blown glass hurricanes, some left over pumpkin colored fabric, and fresh flowers in a pumpkin vase.  All we need now are some guests & great conversation & we’re ready to Dine In Style!!!

Steps to Dining In Style:

    1. Find a fabulous dining table & chairs
    2. Find a console, china cabinet, buffet, or side table to use for serving & storage of fine china & linens.
    3. A chandelier can make or break the room.  This is your chance to set the tone for the room.  Do you want glamour with crystals or something more rustic?
    4. Once you have the fabulous table & other major furniture pieces, you need to finish off the room with accessories, a nice rug, and some draperies to tie in your color palette.
    5. Don’t forget art or a great mirror above your dining console.
    6. Don’t forget the centerpiece!  Hurricanes, silk florals, & pottery can make a great statement on your table!
    7. For holidays, use a festive fresh floral centerpiece & candles.

Click here to watch the segment…

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CAN’T MISS TV!

Tune in, TiVo, & get your bootie in front of the TV to watch GMT this Friday Oct 24th!  You are NOT going to want to miss this!  I’m kicking off a 6 week design extravaganza on Home Entertaining (everything you need to know to get your home ready for guests for the holidays or whenever!)  & I’ve got a VERY special celebrity guest joining me!  Drum roll please…

It’s Lisa Garza from the Food Network’s hit show Next Food Network Star!!! Isn’t she just fabulous!  I am SOOOOOOO super excited!  Lisa will be doing a cooking segment live from one of our client’s homes!  I got  a sneak peek at the recipe & it looks yummy yummy!  We are MAJOR foodies & Food Network junkies at the Sampson household, so I feel a little star struck!  I can’t wait to meet her!

My design segment will feature a tour of the kitchen/nook area of this stunning home built with home entertaining in mind!  This is TRULY a gourmet kitchen complete with every appliance possible.  It’s designed with gathering around the cook in mind with not a single detail left out.  Wait until you see the wonderful finish out of the home from the cast stone vent hood over the stove top to the Italian Fresco walls, this home is a designer knock-out!  The kitchen/nook offer amazing views of the incredible backyard resort featuring arched stone columns and groin vault ceiling with hand forged wrought iron fixtures.  I will also offer some of my favorite tips for getting your home ready for a party!

Tune in to Good Morning Texas this Friday to WFAA Channel 8 at 9:00 AM!