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.
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!
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 ?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
Merry Christmas design devotees! I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for checking in here daily for design inspiration, events, tips & sneak peeks at our projects. I really enjoy all of the comments and emails that I get from all of you! It’s such a joy to share the creative process with the Designer Detective readers. I have lots of fun things planned for 2013 so make sure to stay tuned!
I hope you all are enjoying your family and having a fabulous time celebrating Jesus’s birthday. We’re having a blast at the Geyer house today. The kiddos are wearing themselves out playing with the goodies that Santa brought. I’m busy preparing to host 20 family members for Christmas dinner. The Christmas music is blaring, we’re cooking & getting all of the tables set for our family celebration.
To follow all of our fun & get inspiration for your holiday entertaining, follow me on Pinterest, instagram (@designershay) & twitter.
Merry Christmas & many blessings for a very prosperous & joyful New Year!
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! It’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”. The 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.Jaylie’s class made gingerbread houses during their Christmas party.I thought it was genius that she used the Hershey’s wrapper to make the snowman’s scarf! She is one creative kiddo!Today 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
Life is busy! People often ask me how I do it all. My answer is always my amazing support system – my family! They’re by my side for all of my successes and always there when I need a shoulder to cry on when I’ve had a bad day. I am so thankful for my family. So, today I’d like to share these very special people with you all.
First of all, God blessed me with the most amazing parents in the world. Not only am I blessed to have them as my mom & dad but I also get to work with them every day. Some may say that they couldn’t work with their parents, but I couldn’t imagine it any other way. My mom started IBB when I was just a toddler and my dad runs our everyday business operations. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to take full advantage of opportunities life presented to me & instilled Christian values and good business ethics to help make me a well rounded person. Also known as “Grammy” & “Big Bob”, they are amazing grandparents to our two girls. We live just two miles from my parents & have family dinners together almost every Sunday (and often many other nights too!). My parents are thrilled to babysit anytime we ask & our girls love to spend time with them. They are so nurturing & supportive not only to me but also to all of our family, friends & staff at IBB. As we say in the South, “They are just GOOD people!”.
My husband. God truly blessed me with an amazing man to partner with in this life. He is thoughtful, caring & an amazing daddy to our girls. Anyone will tell you that he is a good friend, but he is most definitely my best friend. He’s compassionate & always quick to offer someone a hand. When we first met, we used to talk for hours and never run out of anything to say. Even as busy as life with two kids & careers has become, we still enjoy long conversations with plenty to talk about! Brian is so supportive and we really make a great team. We have a blast together. He is so witty & makes me giggle on a daily basis. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s a handsome fella as well! I LOVE this man!
My girls. Words cannot even begin to explain the love I have for our daughters Jaylie (almost 8) and Brooklyn (20 months). They bring so much joy to my life! I love watching them grow up.
Jaylie has the sweetest spirit & is such a wonderful big sister to Brooklyn. She even picked out her name when I was pregnant with Brooklyn. Brian’s nickname for Jaylie is sport, but she’ll always be my princess. She is always thinking of others first. I love that she has become quite the little volunteer & often goes along with mommy to give back to the community thru local charities. She is so determined & driven. She definitely gets her competitive nature from mommy. I can’t wait to see the amazing things she will accomplish when she grows up.
Brooklyn certainly lives up to the fiery red head persona. She’s sassy & independent. Quite frankly, she pretty much skipped the baby phase altogether. Forget about baby toys or baby books. She wants to do play & do whatever big sissy is doing. Her laugh is contagious & she loves to dance & sing. She’s really into hugs & her favorite phrase right now is “I love you”. It melts my heart! Watch out world, God has big plans for this little one!
Our dog Roxy. A.K.A “Roxer Boxer”. We love this dog! At just a little over two years old, she is still in her puppy phase (we’re hoping this ends soon…). She is full of energy & loves to play with the kids. Her greatest fault is that she thinks she is a lap dog & has complete disregard for any personal space – which clearly makes her the ideal snuggle dog! This is really just Roxy’s world & we’re all just living in it 😉
Thank you for allowing me to share my loved ones with you today! They give each day supreme meaning and I am so thankful for each moment with them. I hope you all are enjoying your families during this wonderful week of Thanksgiving & the kick off of the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving being this week, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you all a few of the things I’m thankful for. One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table & have each of our family members & friends say what they are most thankful for.
Day 1: Faith I am most thankful for my faith & relationship with God. I accepted Christ when I was 13 years old & not a day goes by that I don’t share my life & give glory to my Father. I believe that everything in life is part of God’s divine plan – even something as small as sharing this blog post with you.
My faith in God gets me through each day. His word brings me comfort, confidence & joy. If I’m having a bad day (or even a good one & just need a reminder), I rely on my favorite verse.
During this time of Thanksgiving, I thank God that we have a healthy family, a roof over our heads, plenty of food to eat and wonderful friends to share it all with.
Thank you my friends for letting me share this with you today! ❌⭕ Shay
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!
Today on Good Morning Texas I brought in a fabulous hammered metal dining table all set & ready to go for a sweet Halloween Soiree! Watch the segment here. I created the napkin ties, place cards, treat tags, & Happy Halloween labels with the help from my fabulous friend & amazing graphic designer Wendy. The tags & labels can all be printed out from your home computer. I printed them all on card stock, but they can also be printed on sticky labels. Check out all of the details below to create this fun “Candy Corn” themed tabletop for your party this weekend!
The place mats were made from Halloween scrapbook paper glued onto black card stock. Use a festive ribbon, like my trick or treat candy corn ribbon to tie on the “Bone Appetit” napkin ties.
Make your own coordinating vases. 1) use a large vegetable or small coffee can 2) wrap scrapbook paper around the can & finish off with some festive ribbon 3) place a piece of floral foam in the bottom 4) arrange your favorite yellow & orange flowers in each can
Orange soda bottles bring lots of great color to the table. To make them more festive 1) wash off the original labels with soap & hot water 2) download & print my “Happy Halloween” labels 3) wrap the bottle with a strip of coordinating ribbon or scrapbook paper 4) glue the “Happy Halloween” label on top
Caramel apples are a great favor to give your guests at a Halloween party. It’s a sweet treat to end the night & you can easily make them yourself or buy them already made. My absolute favorite place to get caramel apples is from Mrs. Prindables. They are to die for yummy & so beautiful. The presentation is amazing. They also work great for hostess gifts!
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!
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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
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.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
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.
Combine the whipped cream and sugar, spread over soaked cake and decorate with strawberries & blueberries. Refrigerate cake until serving.
In honor of the 4th of July, let’s talk about some All-American colors! Friday on Good Morning Texas, I showed you different ways you could incorporate the classic red, white & blue color palette into your home. Whether you choose a neutral base & add doses of red, white & blue thru your accessories or you use the fresh colors in larger amounts on your bigger pieces, these colors will help you create a design that will make you feel happy.
Here are a few more of my favorite red, white & blue decor ideas for your home:
Wishing all of my mommy friends a wonderful Mother’s Day. I hope your day is sweet, that you get pampered & you get spoiled beyond belief with lots of extra hugs & kisses. Butterfly kisses with my little princess are my favorite! I read earlier this week that the most requested Mother’s Day gift was to get a nap. Sounds good to me! Here’s to some R & R and quality time for yourself as well as with your loved ones.
Enter to win this new contest sponsored by IBB Design Furniture Showroom! It’s so easy & one lucky winner will receive a $500 Gift Certificate to IBB! How cool is that? Here’s the skinny:
The holidays are fast approaching & life can get pretty crazy this time of year. Take some time to refelct on your family time & tell us about it! You could win big! Simply e-mail at least one photo of your family in action at the dining table. Tell us about what happens at your dining table & explain your photo. Does the dog beg for scraps? Do your kids set the table? Do you talk about politics or just about everyday life? Do you eat there every night or just special occasions? Does your family prefer the formal or casual dining area of your home? Do you cook, or order take out? Any special traditions? Do the kids use the table for crafts or homework?
All entries will be entered into a drawing. One winner will be drawn from submitted entries to win a $500 gift certificate to IBB. A second “Viewer’s Choice” prize will be awarded for the most creative entry. The Viewer’s Choice winner will win a $300 gift certificate to IBB.
Multiple entries are permitted. All entries must be submitted by Monday, November 17th. Voting for the Viewer’s Choice award will take place November 17th-20th. Viewers can vote for their favorite entry on the Designer Detective blog. Winners will be announed live on Good Morning Texas on Friday, November 21st.
Check out www.ibbdesign.com for more on official rules & entry information. Good luck!