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One Room Challenge: Week 5 Update

Now we’re starting to see some major progress!  My daughter’s room is really beginning to come together.  We’re in the home stretch with just one week left now.

All of the lighting was installed this week.  Our favorite fixture by far is the acrylic and brass sputnik chandelier that will hang over her day bed.


This is a view from her top bunk looking down.  The polka dots on the four walls of her room were a last minute add on.  I kept thinking the walls needed something & decided the polka dots were the perfect way to go.  We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the large scaled pattern really takes the room’s design to the next level.


The sconces on the top bunk were also installed this week.  They will be perfect for when she’s reading at night before she goes to bed.

The switch to turn the sconces on & off is right by the head of her bunk.  If you look closely, you’ll notice that the plugs we used have two electrical outlets and two USB outlets.  I specify these outlets in all of my remodeling projects.  They are so convenient and allow you to plug in electrical items and still have room to charge your phone or other devices.

This view of the room shows more of the painting that was finished this week.  The cased openings & doors were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black with white trim on the doors.


The frameless glass shower was also installed this week.  The brass fittings are the perfect compliment to the brass lighting & hardware in the room.  I’m dying for the gorgeous Newport Brass plumbing to get installed.  It’s supposed to arrive tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!  We’re really down to the wire!

I love how all of the painting turned out in her bathroom.  The black detailing on the cabinets is one of my favorite design elements.


I picked up the bow motif in her shoe & accessory closet & had this pattern painted on the wall.  I had the back of the shoe racks mirrored to open up the space.  This was her originally tiny closet inside her bathroom.  By taking off the door & adding the built ins for shoes, drawers for clothing & adjustable shelves for toiletries & towels,  we’ve given her much more functional storage for her room.


James Peck from Kidz Digz does work on so many of our projects.  In fact IBB has worked with he and his wife for over 20 years on various murals, custom finishes & paint treatments and specialty finishes for cabinetry.


He’s always up for whatever challenge I throw his way.  The stripes I had him do in Jaylie’s vanity/dressing area turned out so fabulous!  He just loves it when I use the word stripes and ceilings in the same sentence 😉


The cabinetry hardware was installed today.  I bought all of our hardware and plumbing from Nob Hill.  My girl Jannette over there is a rock star!  I use her for all of my client work.  I must say that she really came thru for me this time.  The original hardware I selected was backordered until December.  She exhausted every resource & found these beauties.  I actually love it even more than our original!


Here’s a look at the dressing room door to the closet under her bunk.  All of her hanging clothes will go in here.  We’ll use the surrounding bookcase for her dance and school awards, her many books  (she LOVES to read!) and mementos she has collected so far in life.  We’ll also incorporate some accessories that she has selected to tie in her color palette and Kate Spade theme.


Paint touch ups and the final clean will happen tomorrow.  I’m installing her furniture, hanging art & mirrors this weekend.  Guess what?!  Remember how I was worried that her day bed wouldn’t make it on time?  Well, IT’S HERE!  YIPPEE!!!!  CR Laine REALLY came thru & it so adorable!  I’m really looking forward to showing it to you in the big reveal next week!  I’m praying the plumbing goes in Friday or Saturday.

For sneak peeks and more design eye candy, make sure you’re following me on instagram.  Make sure you check out everyone else’s progress in the One Room Challenge here as well.


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Design Sneak Peek: For the Dog Lovers!

Greetings my design devotees!  I apologize for being MIA from the blog for a while.  I need a clone right now!  I am wrapping up several projects so that my clients may enjoy their newly designed & furnished homes before the holidays.  I wanted to leave you with a little sneak peek of a project we recently completed at IBB.  It’s a home that features one of my favorite kid’s bedrooms.  The room has a dog motif & is done in vivid colors contrasted with white.  I love the large circles on the wall behind the bed.  It reminds me of the Twister game.  It’s actually a larger scaled version of one of the fabrics in the room.  The room is in the Huntington Model Home is Prosper, TX.  So, feel free to go take a look at it in person.  This model is definitely one of my very favorite recent projects!

Have a fabulous weekend & Happy Designing!

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books, cocktail table books, design books, Entertaining, Holidays, hostess, hostess gift, interior deisgn, party, party gift, Shay's Favs!, Uncategorized

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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Back to School, Century Furniture, chair, chest, design, Designer Dictionary, Designer Friends, fabric, Greek, Greek Key, guest blog, Hickory Chair, interior deisgn, Mariette Himes Gomez, Oscar de la Renta, Shelly Rosenberg, Suzanne Kasler, Uncategorized

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!