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New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design


Tips for a Stylish Family Friendly Design:

1)    Keep your larger pieces neutral to allow you flexibility to switch out your accent colors more easily in the future.

2)    Use an upholstered ottoman as a cocktail table.  This is great for family’s with little ones.  There are no sharp edges for them to get hurt on.  Leather is super durable & you won’t worry when your kids or hubby kick their feet up on it.

3)    Make it unique.  The lamp shades on these lamps can be painted any Benjamin Moore paint color.  It’s a great way to make a statement & bring color into your space.  Feel like changing your accent color in the future?  Just paint the shades to go with your new palette.

4) Play with pattern on your chairs, pillows & accessories.  Polka dots are the latest pattern trend.  We love this sophisticated version on the chairs we’ve used in this vignette.

Get inspired to start your family room makeover today!  Everything featured in our set on GMT on Friday is now in stock at IBB!

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Miss the segment last Friday?  Click here to watch it.  For more design tv, tune in to Good Morning Texas every Friday morning on WFAA channel 8 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

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Designer Entertaining Inspiration

The weekend is here & there’s a good chance you have entertaining on the brain. Half of the fun of entertaining with friends or throwing a party is setting up for it! I love pulling double duty with home furnishings & accessories by using them to help set the stage for a swanky soirée! All you need to add is food, fresh flowers & an organized beverage display & then you’re ready to greet your guests! Here are a few set ups that I have done for myself, clients & events at IBB to gear up for party.

For more design & entertaining inspiration, follow me on instagram and my family’s business IBB Design & don’t miss all of the fun over on Pinterest!

Happy weekend & happy designing!

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Holiday Entertaining Recap

If you follow me on instagram (@designershay), you may have seen all of the fun I was having setting up for the holidays with my family over the last few days.  So, today I thought I’d share a quick recap of a few of our tabletops over Christmas.

I made this Christmas Tree cheese tray for Christmas Eve.  I found the idea on Pinterest & made a few small tweaks.  I used Boursin cheese for the tree “topper” & made a star on top with dried cranberries.  Port cheese, white cheddar & aged Vermont cheddar cheeses are layered between cherry tomatoes and rosemary twigs.  It’s so easy & makes quite the festive presentation!

We gathered in our formal living room after we returned from Christmas Eve candlelight service to have some yummy food & enjoy the eve of Christ’s birth.  Our spread consisted of the Christmas Tree cheese tray, dips, shrimp cocktail, cheese biscuits and veggies.  This has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid.  Now as an adult, it brings me so much joy to go all out to spend quality time together like this with my family.

This was the kids’ table setting for Christmas Day dinner.  The inspiration for this table also came from Pinterest, but I made a few tweaks to this one as well.  We used chocolate covered mint oreos for the eyes, a carrot for the nose, party crackers for the bow tie, dinner & cocktail napkins for the hat & scarf, our casual china for the snowman’s body & head and silverware make up the arms & the brim on the hat.

My daughter Jaylie had so much fun helping me set the table!  We will definitely keep this cute idea in our file for years to come!

For more design inspiration follow me on Pinterest and instagram (@designershay).  Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating!!!


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Holiday Inspiration: Snowmen & Kiddos

Happy Sunday design devotees! I hope you’re enjoying this time off with your family. We have lots of family in town right now & we’re having such a blast! My kiddos are so excited to have their cousins around. Last night we opened a few presents and played the build a snowman game. Jaylie played it during her Christmas party at school & we thought our family would enjoy it too!
20121223-105941.jpgIt’s so fun & easy! All you need is one roll of toilet paper, something for the snowman’s scarf (we used tinsel garland) & a hat for each snowman. We divided up into 3 teams consisting of 1 “snowman” and 2 “builders”.
20121223-110341.jpgThe team that finishes the snowman first, WINS! Our niece Emma’s team won last night! We will definitely be making this a holiday tradition!

After everyone left last night, I was looking through the photos on my phone and noticed we seem to have a snowman theme going on right now.20121223-111426.jpgJaylie’s class made gingerbread houses during their Christmas party.20121223-111531.jpgI thought it was genius that she used the Hershey’s wrapper to make the snowman’s scarf! She is one creative kiddo!20121223-111750.jpgToday I’m playing around with our holiday tablescapes. This is what I’m doing for the kids’ table. I found the idea on Pinterest. I used aqua napkins (instead of the red ones shown in the Pinterest inspiration) to match the color palette in our breakfast nook. I also used mint chocolate covered Oreos instead of gumdrops for the eyes.
Placemat: white construction paper with snowflake stickers
Hat: aqua polka dot dinner napkin & knife for the brim
Scarf: aqua stripe cocktail napkin
Head & body: casual everyday salad & dinner plate
Arms: fork & spoon
Eyes: mint chocolate covered Oreos
Nose: baby carrot

For more holiday inspiration, follow me on Pinterest & find me on Instagram: @designershay

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season!

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Perfect Hostess Gift

The holidays are fast approaching & I’m sure your social calendars are already lit up like a Christmas tree with events to attend & friends & family’s parties to enjoy.  Between kiddos, work & charities, this is a busy busy time of year.  Don’t show up at one of those parties empty handed!  Give the hostess with the mostest a thoughtful token of your appreciation for throwing a celebratory holiday soiree.  I have 3 “Go To” hostess gifts that I prefer to give (& receive!).

1) Fragrant candles:  My favorites are Niven Morgan, Christian Tortu & Trapp.  They are all yummy & come in pretty packaging that need very little (if any) wrapping.

2) A good bottle of wine:  Nothing says thank you like toasting a great party with a group of friends.  Or, if wine is already being served, the hostess can add it to their bar to seve at a later date.  My favorites to take along are Seghesio & Beringer Alluvium.

3)  Cocktail table books:  This is the gift that keeps on giving.  I love giving entertaining or interior design books to my friends & clients.  They will the have tons of eye candy & inspiration wrapped inside a visualicious (that’s my new word!) hardcover book.  Also, the ones with pretty bindings & covers can pull double duty as decor on cocktail tables, bookshelves, nightstands & end tables!  We just got a new shipment in at IBB (pictured left) & our patrons are eating them up!

Happy Party Hopping!

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4th of July Favorites

We love to grill & cook lots of yummy food for our family & friends.  You may want to try one of our favorite 4th of July inspired burgers.  Or, how about whipping up this Tres Leches cake?  It’s always a a real crowd pleaser.  We usually make it for the 4th or our Labor Day BBQ.  It’s fun to decorate it with fresh berries for some fun patriotic color!  For the 4th, we place the strawberries & blueberries in a flag design.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well after each addition. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until whites form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter using a rubber spatula. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the 2 cups heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture over the cake until it wont absorb any more. You may have 1/3 to 1/4 left over. That’s okay.
  5. Combine the whipped cream and sugar, spread over soaked cake and decorate with strawberries & blueberries.  Refrigerate cake until serving.
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Party for a Princess

Birthdays are a big deal at our house.  My sweet little princess recently turned five and she had her mind made up months before the big day that she wanted to have a Cinderella party.  We had a blast planning out all of the details.  She invited all of her girl friends to come dressed as their favorite princess and join her for a tea party.

Tables setting for the tea party:  I used scrap book paper for the place mats.  The girls all sipped sparkling grape juice or lemonade out of the Cinderella glasses (from the Disney Store) which they all got to take home as part of their party favors.   Mini pizza bites, mini corny dogs and assorted finger sandwiches were on the menu.  A fruit bouquet served as the centerpiece for each table.  It turned out to be a fun way to get them to eat the healthy stuff too ;-).

My mom, my little princess & I in front of the buffet.  Assorted finger sandwiches, ants on a log, fresh fruit, chips, sparkling grape juice & pink lemonade.

Instead of a cake this year, the princess wanted to do cupcakes.  Our favorite place for cupcakes is the Cupcakery (you have to try their Southern Belle ~ OMG!  You will think you have died & gone to Heaven!  It’s a red velvet cupcake).  For the party, we had them make chocolate & vanilla dusted with light blue sparkle edible glitter.  I found the cupcake stand on-line here.  I  adorned it myself by spray painting it blue, adding ribbon and of course a little bling.  The Cinderella mini cake is from Kroger.  I had them add some edible glitter to the skirt of the cake as well.

After lunch, the girls headed up to play on Jaylie’s stage in the gameroom as they anticipated the arrival of our special guest.

Cinderella is here!

Time for all of the princesses to take a ride around the neighborhood in Cinderella’s carriage!

The party was absolutely magical.  The princesses didn’t want the fun to end.  “One more ride in the carriage…. ppplllleeeaasssee!!!!”

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Christmas Entertaining

A very Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you are having a very blessed day & enjoying some quality time with your family.  This is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love to decorate my house and my friend’s & client’s homes for this joyous season.  I also love to entertain.  We really enjoy cooking in our family, so we often throw get togethers & cocktail parties.  Christmas is no exception.  We recently hosted a Christmas open house at our home for family, friends & clients.  The night was festive and the halls were decked!

My mom & I cooked all of the food.  We had a huge spread of beef tenderloin, shrimp cocktail, dips, stuffed mushrooms, fruits, cheeses & yummy desserts.  I even played bartender & mixed candy cane & tinsel tinis.  The evening was a huge success & we enjoyed sharing in the joys of the holidays with everyone.

Our entry way

Our formal living room.  We set out Chirstmas cookies, peppermint bark & sundried tomato cheese spread & crackers for guests to munch on as they socialized.

The dinner buffet

The dessert buffet in our dining room

Festive Chocolate cake (We bought this one at Central Market)

The Martini bar set up

The candy cane & tinsel tinis.  I wrapped sparkle pipe cleaners around the stems of the tinsel tinis.  Get the candy cane tini recipe here.

Santa Challah bread 🙂


Chair decor for our gameroom chairs (as seen on GMT)

Family room coffee table decor.  I collect vintage Santas.  We had a contest for guests to guess how many Santas we had in the house.  We had a total of 55 including the ornaments on the tree!

Me & my co-host, my wonderful fiance Brian all ready for the party.

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Fan Friendly Family Room

Does your ultimate sports fan need a great place to watch the game?  Do you cringe at the thought of having friends over for the game because your family room looks more like a frat house than a warm inviting space?  Don’t worry!  You CAN have it all!  Just picture it ~  a well-designed room that will have your friends cheering!  It may look something like this…

What does it take to create the perfect place to watch the game in style?  In my opinion, there are three key factors.

1)  A fabulous place for your TV (i.e. a wall unit like shown above, mounted TV with a console underneath, or armoire ( I absolutely LOVE this TV wall unit!  There are plenty of compartments for all of your media equipment and tons of bookshelves to decorate with gorgeous accessories!)

2) Ample comfy seating (think a plush sofa & chairs) Tip ~ Add small stylish bench ottomans for extra seating (see zebra ottomans in above photo).  They can be easily moved around & are so versatile & functional!

3) Add style & color with accessories. (The furnishings in the above photo are very neutral.  We added pops of color with a red throw blanket, red pottery for the coffee table, red pillows for the sofa & other red accessories throughout the TV wall unit.

Click Here to see these tips on Good Morning Texas.