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Three Easy Steps to Creating Successful Design

Happy Tuesday design devotees! I’m letting IBB Designer, Kevin Wild take over the blog today. He’s offering up some easy tips to kicking off your design projects in 2013. Take it away Kevin…

Anyone who has taken on the challenge of a home design knows that is does not happen over night. Design is a process. You have to start somewhere. “But where?” you ask.
Let’s start off 2013 with a NEW design for you! Here is an easy guide you can use to help you with your starting point.
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Step 1: Starting with “The Basics” is easy! To me the anchor pieces in the room are the sofa, chairs and cocktail table. Before you get too ahead of yourself, be sure to watch out for the #1 most common mistake; being overly matchy-matchy. This is a big no no! When choosing your basics, be sure to play with different shapes and materials. This Hickory Chair sofa and slipper chairs complement each other with soft lines while the Interlude Home cocktail table adds a contrast with an exciting geometric punch.
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Step 2: Adding layers and dimension. Now we are starting to build on the basics. This is where even more character comes into your home! Once again we are utilizing contrasting shapes and adding interest with new textures. I added in a fantastic Thomas Pheasant round side table by Baker Furniture. The soft curve brings a new shape into the room and the wood material brings in warm tones and life. Painting Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray on the wall builds on another layer while contrasting with the gold tones in the stunning John Richard art. There is nothing better than mixing gold and silver tones!
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Step 3: Finishing touches make the room! The finial building block to any room is the accessories. This is where even more texture comes in, not to mention color! I love to bring in colors you see in nature when using floral pieces. Lux Art Silks, John Richard and NDI Floral are great sources for life-like floral designs. In addition to floral, be sure to have a designer cocktail table book or eight! Adding cocktail table books or even books from your travels give guests a sneak peak into your personality. Finally, in the finishing touches stage be sure to have plan window coverings which will add the final layer of softness against otherwise harsh walls.
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Step 4: ENJOY! Sometimes when seeing the different building blocks to a space separately it can be scary and a little overwhelming. As a designer, it is my job to take your style and bring it to life while helping you envision the space every-step of the way. If you have a hard to envisioning, then your first step should be putting a little trust in your designer’s hands! Now that you have all the elements layered on one another, you have a fabulous space to live in!

Happy designing!

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Last day to vote!

Well my friends, the fun is almost over.  I’ve had such a blast pinning all of my fabulous finds for the Style Spotter contest

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Spotted at Spring Market: Color!

I am very happy to report that color was abundant at the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market. Lots of saturated color! If you follow our work, then you know we (at IBB) are big fans of color! Check out a few of the colorful vignettes that caught my eye during market.

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CR Laine

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Ferguson Copeland

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Hickory Chair

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Wesley Hall

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Lilly Pulitzer

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Century Furniture

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Lilian August

Want more color, eye candy & fabulous finds from market? Then, head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. They’ve extended the voting for best Style Spotter! Voting now ends on May 3rd & the winner will be announced on May 4th. Every re-pin generates 2 points & every like 1 point. So, tell me what you like by commenting, liking & re-pinning. I’m anxious to see your feedback on my little curation of treasures from Spring market!

So whether it’s a pop of color or a room full of vibrant shades, I hope these photos inspire you to liven up your home!
Happy Designing!
xo
Shay

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Tip in a Zip: Sofa Cushions

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Many people have a favorite spot to sit in on their sofa.  Over time, you will notice that one side, or that certain “spot” will look smooshed and flattened out.  Rotate your sofa cushions every couple of months to keep them looking plump and fresh. Also, try to avoid down filled sofas.  I know they’re comfy, but they really start looking like a mess within just a few weeks of use.  A sofa with cushions with spring down (foam insert wrapped with layers of down coating) will hold its shape better.  There are also hypo-allergenic options for those who need to stay away from feathers altogether.  Remember, a well made sofa is a good investment.  Do your homework before you purchase!

*Tufted back sofa from Hickory Chair available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings

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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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F is for Finial

Finial:   an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, lamp, spire or gable, or used as decoration at the ends of drapery rods

Can you say fabulous???!!!  Hand blown glass drapery rod finials from the M/K Collection featuring finishes in rusted steel, copper and gold leaf, and verdigris.

Copper Finials are part of the intricate architecture of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Custom drapery hardware & finials  by NR Designs

Knole sofa by Hickory Chair featuring “egg” finials

Decorative finials finish off the posts on the gorgeous Belle upholstered bed by Hickory Chair.

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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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Nail Head Know How

Have you ever looked at an amazing piece of furniture & wondered to yourself “How did they make that?”.    We all drool over & daydream about where to put the gorgeous pieces we find for our home, but have you ever stopped to think about the countless hours that go into designing & building these works of art?  Quality furniture manufacturers like Hickory Chair may be making their product lines in a factory, but don’t be fooled.  These pieces are far from machine made.  When it comes to unsurpassed hand craftsmanship, they pay careful attention to every detail of their stunning home furnishings.    That’s right.  In 2010, you can still find beautifully crafted pieces made right here in the USA.  I had the privlege of being invited to tour the Hickory Chair factory in North Carolina recently and my love for their quality fine furnishings has been more than re-affirmed.  I am a huge fan of the well run furniture manufacturer.  In a time when many other companies are outsourcing overseas and cutting corners to cut costs, Hickory Chair remains true to their brand and to their people.  It was amazing to see the passion & pride ignited in their employees & craftsman as we met & chatted with them on how Hickory Chair produces their stylish line of  upholstery & casegoods.

One technique in particular left me in awe as well as many others in our tour group.  It was one gentlemen’s flawless application of nail head detail.  I chatted with him about the nailhead design on Thomas O’Brien’s new upholstered bookcase (which just happened to be my favorite piece from Hickory Chair from Spring market).  The bookcase’s design incorporates 3800 nailheads.  I stood in awe as I watched this young man deliver each nail head with complete precision by hand and by memory.  I shot a short video of him at work on the piece.  Warning:  Watching this video may spark a new appreciation for fine furniture inside you.  (The finished upholstered bookcase is pictured on the left)

 Nail head design implemented by hand

You can find the Thomas O’Brien upholstered bookcase & other fine furnishings by Hickory Chair here.

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Have it Your Way

Who do you turn to when you need custom upholstery that not only looks hot, but is also comfy & cozy?  On a project I recently completed for a client in California, I turned to Hickory Chair.    Their Made to Measure program allows your clients to truly “Have it Your Way”.  It also gives designers an opportunity to put their personal spin on HC’s pieces.  My young &  hip client, who is a 6’10” NBA player, requested an edgy contemporary yet comfortable feel.  When you are 6’10”, standard size sofas & chairs just don’t work, but as a designer you must also be mindful of the size & scale of the home.  So, I sat down with my friends at Hickory Chair & designed a sensational Made to Measure sectional that showcased all of the details my client wanted.

Since the sectional would “float” in the family room, the back had to be interesting.  We dressed the frame in black Vacona leather & tufted the back using a subtle square pattern (click the photo to enlarge for a better view of the tufting).  (Hickory Chair was kind enough to forward me these photos from the factory before the sectional shipped.  My client could not wait to see it!)

The sectional ended up being 9×12 with a custom depth & height to accomodate my client’s stature.  The seat cushions were covered in a graphite flannel.  We used a COM Ralph Lauren cashmere for the accent pillows.  My client is not a big fan of pattern or color, so the house is layered in shades of black, taupe, gray & cream.  It turned out remarkably sophisticated & chic.

Hickory Chair has invited me to attend a program they are presenting, so I am heading to North Carolina this weekend.  So, if you don’t already, make sure to follow me on facebook & twitter to get a behind the scenes experience of our time at HC & lots of eye candy!

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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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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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Scene Stealer: Sensuous Sofa

Almost every day I see an item or fabulous home furnishing that arrives at IBB & my mind starts rolling on where & how to use it.  So, I’m creating a new section on the blog called “Scene Stealers”.  Let it serve as inspiration to you for your home or interior project.  I’ll start with one uber-fabulous piece that steals the show & give you my “suggested pairings” to create a sensational interior around it.

Today’s scene stealer starts with a sensuous sofa.   I have literally been drooling over this stunning leather sofa by Hancock & Moore ever since I saw their ad featuring it.  Isn’t it just delicious?  I’m not sure what sends my heart racing more; the fabulous shade of teal that gives it an edge or the tufting that gives it a classic feel.   This sexy sofa is what all other sofas should aspire to be ~ a real statement piece.

Suggested Pairings:

How about pillows or even a pair of chairs out of this botanical fabric by Schumacher?  You’ve just kicked your color palette into high gear!  From tangerine to canary, we now have  lots of room to play!

Time to add a casegood.  This French Key secretary by Global Views adds style & workspace to your room.  This piece is perfect for your great room or formal living area.  Depending on how your room is laid out, this could go on a wall opposite the sofa or even angled in a corner.

Brass Fleur de lis wall sconce by Global Views.  Yes!  Brass is back & in a beautiful way!  These sconces are stunning and at 42.5″ tall they have a great large scale.  I’d place one on each side of the secretary in this room.  Or, how about one on either side of a fabulous piece of art above the sofa?

Let’s add a fun chair to sit with the secretary.  This is one of my absolute favorites.  It’s the Alexandra chair from Hickory Chair.  I don’t mind mixing finishes, so I think the chippy white finish would work great.  However, if you want to go darker use a similar dark oak finish to that of the secretary.  If you want to play with one of my favorite color combinations, I suggest using one of Kravet’s fabrics for the chair back & cushion.  The top linen fabric is 27591 – 12.  The bottom Damask pattern is 24205.24.

Voila!  Now, you have a few key pieces to begin to make your room into something quite remarkable.

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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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4 Tips to Start A Bedroom Makeover

Last week I featured my 4 tips to start your bedroom makeover on GMT.  You can watch it here. I figured you may like to have a little additional eye candy to help inspire you.

Tip #1
Start with a fabulous bed!

This stunning upholstered bed is one I designed & made for a client.  It’s graceful curves, tufting and nail head trim detail make it a real statement piece for their bedroom.

Monochromatic beauty from the pages of Elle Decor.  Every fabulous bed deserves a fabulous bench.

Check out this hottie ~  a luscious red velvet headboard.  I always love a red, black & white color scheme.  This one is executed so well because they let the showstopping red headboard stand on it’s own with only a few smaller doses of red in the bedroom.  This allows the black & white to balance the rest of the room.

I’m a sucker for a great iron canopy bed.  I had one very similar to this one in college.  I also had sheer drapery panels hanging from each of the posts.  It makes your room feel like a quaint little getaway.  This bedroom could easily fit right into my home.

Tip #2
Don’t skimp ~ get yourself some magnificent bedding!

Gorgeous bedding by Alessandra

I love the idea of using drapery to frame a bed.  It’s just so romantic.

Another stunning bedroom featured in Elle Decor.  They layering of the different hues of blue has a tremendous effect.  The cool crisp linens are so calming and peaceful.

Tip #3
Lighting is key!

Add color to your bedroom through the use of lovely lamps like this orange beauty.

I love putting chandeliers in bedrooms.  This piece is perfect for all of you lovers of contemporary design out there.

The gorgeous chandelier in this bedroom is the perfect compliment to the rest of the regal setting.  So classic and luxurious!

Tip #4
Select great nightstands! Remember ~ they don’t always have to match.

I heart these vintage suitcases stacked on top of each other to create a bedside table.  Muy fabuloso!

How cool is this?  They used a small ottoman with a silver tray on top to create a nightstand.  I also love the combination of pink, black & white.  This looks like a room I would create for my daughter for her teenage years.  I think I would do a fabric Roman shade instead of the woven wood window treatment.

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Birthday Wishlist: Day 9

Fun with neutrals.

Who says a neutral color palette has to be boring?  This birthday wish is for all of those scared to commit to color.  I wish for you to take a few risks & select a few fun prints to liven up your space.  Like these great geometric prints shown on a white sofa by Hickory Chair.  It gives you that added pop that tells you to take notice of this well designed room.

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Birthday Wishlist: Day 8

A beautiful bedside table.

A bedside table can help make or break a bedroom.  I often like to mix & match.  However, when you find something really fabulous, I say go for two!  Take these fabulous options by Hickory Chair for example.  The first one is their reed & ribbon chest.  It’s just stunning.  Hickory Chair offers this piece in a variety of wood & hand painted finishes.  The second is the Normandy chest.   I love the scallopped top & antique feel.  I’m getting ready to show these to a client as options on either side of an iron bed for a guest bedroom.  I’m specifying a parchment finish with gold leaf detailing.  SO excited to see which one they pick & how it turns out!  I will keep you posted.

Reed & Ribbon Chest by Hickory Chair

Normandy Chest by Hickory Chair

Hickory Chair is available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.  Contact an IBB designer for details.

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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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Amazed by Alexa

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of getting a VIP tour of Hickory Chair during their blogger breakfast.  One of the highlights was getting to hear Alexa Hampton discuss her designer collection of furnishings for the company.  Her style, as well as her energetic personality is infectious.  She has such passion & enthusiasm for this collection she has designed for Hickory Chair.  I could have listened to her describe her pieces for hours.  As the daughter of renowned designer, Mark Hampton, it is no surprise Alexa has such an extensive knowledge of the design industry.  Her inspiration comes from many facets of her life including a passion for antiques, encounters with friends & family & worldly travels.

Her collection is sexy and sophisticated.  It’s not just eye catching, it’s also comfortable.  Alexa explained the lengthy process of perfecting the pieces for her collection and how they re-worked each piece until it was functional, stylish & cozy.  The options in her collection are endless.  That’s what Hickory Chair is known for.  They’ll customize any piece to fit your desires.

Alexa is known for her reflection of classicism.  She joked that when she was pregnant with her twins, that Thomas O’Brien teased her.  He asked if she was going to name them “Neo & Classical” to which she quickly retorted, “No, Vintage & Modern”.  See, I told you she was spunky!  She emphasized her goal to design pieces that would speak to both men & women.  Scale is a huge priority to her.  The room burst into laughter when Alexa referred to what she calls a “chofa”, or a sofa that is so horribly out of scale that it takes away from the beauty of a room’s tall ceilings.

The collection embodies detail and perfect balance.  The use of geometry, fluted feet on some of the chairs, and functionality of each piece are astounding.

Here are a few highlights from the tour & some of my favorite pieces from Alexa Hampton.

Kicking off the tour of Alexa’s collection

Alexa describing my absolute favorite piece from her line!  How sexy is this?  Such a statement!  Definite WOW factor!

Up close & personal ~ This chair is bringin sexy back!

Upholstered bed featuring one of Alexa’s fabrics by Kravet.

My new nickname for this Egyptian revival chair is “The Boyfriend Chair” since Alexa pointed out that it was named after a former ex-boyfriend.  I love the sides & arms of this chair.  Hickory Chair has it set up at the end of a wonderful canopy bed.

The Mark desk.  Named after her late father, Mark Hampton.  Alexa says this desk “epitomizes her hopes & dreams for the collection”.  Considering it’s fabulosity, her future looks very bright.

In the presence of design greatness… Alexa Hampton & I at Hickory Chair.

For more information regarding purchasing pieces from Alexa Hampton collection for Hickory Chair contact an IBB Design Furniture Showroom designer.

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Hickory Chair = Instant Gratification

Well, instant gratification when it comes to custom upholstery that is…

This is really great news my fellow design lovers!  One of my fav furniture makers, Hickory Chair,  has developed a plan to get you the goods asap.  No more waiting months & months to receive all of the goodies we (designers & furniture stores) are shown at furniture market in High Point North Carolina.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with “market”, let me put it like this; it’s like Fashion Week for the design industry!  I’m literally counting down the days until I depart for High Point this weekend.

So how fast is fast?  To quote Hickory Chair, “Our employees examined the process and have created a process where we can ship new upholstered pieces in just 2 weeks from market. We can ship new wood introductions in just 4 weeks from market.”  Can you say awesome?!  Most furniture makers & manufacturers quote anywhere from 8-12 weeks on upholstered items.  To say I am giddy with excitement would be an understatement.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the International Home Furnishings Market live from High Point North Carolina.  For some SERIOUS instant gratification, make sure you follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/designershay.

Accent chair ~ Just one of the beautful pieces on the IBB showroom floor right now from Hickory Chair.

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Means to an end…

Looking for a fabulous finish to a stylish sofa or a great pair of chairs?  Read on to get the perfect ending…

Square

Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair
Neoclassical End table by Hickory Chair

Round

round lamp table by Hickory Chair
round lamp table by Hickory Chair

Gold & Metal

Square gold, metal & glass by Hickory White

Regal

John Richard End Table
John Richard End Table

Smaller Scaled

John Richard Black Laquer End Table
John Richard Black Laquer End Table

Mirrored

John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table
John Richard Eglomise Lamp Table

Now for the really sweet ending; You can find ALL of these fabulous end tables at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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Not Your Grandma’s Cocktail…

No, it’s not 5:00 and time for cocktail hour.  Sigh.  However, when it is… you better have this to set your drink on!  This beautifully finished round cocktail table by Hickory Chair is where form meets function.  The sleek base doubles as storage for your magazines or coffee table books.  Looking to update your look into today’s time & fashions?  Try this on for some style.

Available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

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Secret Office…

Today’s Design Dilemma:
Dear Shay,

I need to create a home office, but I don’t have an actual room to use.  We just need a place to pay bills & place a laptop.  How can I create an “office space” in our home?

-Melanie R.

Melanie,
No worries!  Why don’t you try adding a secretary?  No, not a person!  Although, who wouldn’t want that?  I’m referring to a secretary like the one pictured to the left.  You’ll get the office function without taking up much space.  The best part about a secretary piece is that you can conceal all of your “office clutter” by simply closing the drop down desk portion.  A secretary offers all of the functions of a desk in a more compact environment.

This secretary is by Hickory Chair.  It’s so simple and sophisticated.  It could easily be incorporated into your family room, bedroom, or even a wide hallway.  The white finish is so fresh & could work seamlessly with almost any style.  The clean straight lines, ample storage & stylish look make this a fabulous choice for an impromptu home office!  Happy decorating!

-Shay

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Eye Catching Table

I love this table!  This fantastic end table by Hickory Chair offers not only gorgeous style, but also superb functionality.  It’s actually a French bar cart.  The two tiered design features a top tray covered in eglomise miror (which means to take a glass panel & paint a picture on the  back of it that shows through).

Picture it anywhere in your home.  The table is on casters, so if you’re feeling fickle, simply move it into another room for a whole new look.  I’m a little biased about the fabulosity of this piece.  I actually have it in my family room.  It’s nestled in a corner between my sofa and a recliner.  The size is perfect because it offers a generous amount of space and easy access to the sofa & the recliner.  I’ve even used it at parties as an actual bar cart.  It was perfect at the end of a buffet to display a crystal ice bucket and a collection of fine liquors for guests to fix their drinks.

There is one left in stock right now on the floor of our showroom at IBB.  I highly suggest this piece to add some style and great function to your room & a perfect addition for your holiday parties!