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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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Questions Anyone???

Hey fellow design lovers!  I need your help!  I am working on an upcoming Good Morning Texas segment where we will feature viewer questions.  Here’s your chance for some free design advice!  Shoot me an e-mail shay@ibbdesign.com or just post your questions here.  We will post the questions & answers here on the Designer Detective blog & also answer as many as we can on Good Morning Texas.  So, ask away!

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

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Updating Brass Fixtures

Dear Shay,

I love your GMT segments and I am using Jim Morgan from IBB to recover a chair and ottoman for me. I have a very large brass foyer chandelier, I once heard you say that brass can be updated..do you have a source for that?

I would be so grateful,

-Debbie C.
Richardson

Dear Debbie,

I have a fabulous artist that I use all of the time.  She updated two light fixtures in my house for me.  Her name is Kris Perry.  I have some of her other work posted here. She will need to take a look at it & let you know what can be done.  Thank you so much for your question & Happy Decorating!

Shay

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Out with the old & in with the new!

Happy New Year everyone!  Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get your design projects underway!  Hopefully you have completed the daunting task of taking down all of your holiday decorations.  It’s always so much more fun to put them up, isn’t it?  Do you find that with all of your decorations down, there are many empty spaces & blank walls to fill?  Well, don’t fret!  You’re not alone!  Let’s tackle your design projects together!

I hope you will join me this year & stay interactive in the Designer Detective community.  I would love to hear about your design dilemmas, current projects & your fabulous feedback!

Let’s make 2009 a stylish year for you & your home!  Happy New Year & Happy Decorating!!!