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Off to have some fun with Nate Berkus!

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Greetings my fellow design lovers!  I hope you are having a marvelous Monday!  I am writing today’s post from 30,000 feet up in the sky.  I’m off to New York City for a whirl wind trip for the Nate Berkus show. The taping is tomorrow.  He’s invited design bloggers from all over the country to be a part of the taping.  I’m so excited to meet this fabulous group of design devotees & see what he has in store for us.  Many of them I’ve known for quite some time, but have never actually met in real life.  Isn’t it funny how social media can make this such a small world?

Tonight I will be attending the launch party for the amazing new on-line magazine rue founded by Crystal Gentilello & Anne Sage.  Have you checked it out yet?  If you haven’t, you really must head over there & peruse the pages filled with tons of interior eye candy.  The first issue hit the web on September 16th.  rues premiere issue features two of my favorite designers & fellow bloggers, Tobi Fairley & Julia Buckingham Edelmann of Material Girls.  You’ll get an insider’s look at Julia’s magnificent home in Chicago.  She has the most stunning piece in her entry way to graciously greet her guests.  Trust me, you will eat it up!

Also, going on this week in NYC is the New York Design Center’s “What’s New, What’s Next?” event.  This is like a preview “Fashion Week” for the home furnishings & interiors industry.  Designers & manufacturers will be giving us a sneak peek at their new introductions & collections before we can see them at market in High Point in October.  I’ve been chatting Mark Moussa (President of Arteriors) and Erin Davis of Global Views on the plane & they’ve both indicated that this event will be nothing short of fabulous.

I will be tweeting all about what’s happening, so make sure to follow me on twitter.

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Happy New Year!

Woohoo!  2010 is here!  I hope you all had a fun & safe New Year’s Eve.  We had a very quiet & lovely evening.  We sipped champagne in the hot tub, watched movies & the Platinum Weddings marathon (the new season premiere is Sunday Jan 3rd & I can’t wait!) & enjoyed being entertained with song & dance by my little princess.  Quality family time is priceless!!!  After a very busy year, it was so nice to just sit & chill.

I’m just thrilled for 2010.  This is going to be a fabulous year!  I’m so excited for all that this year has in store.  It seems like there is already so much on my plate.  I love it!  I can’t wait to share all of it with y’all this year.  I’m working on some exciting new projects with clients that will have me traveling quite a bit more this year (super stoked about this!).   I’ll be sure & fill you in on what’s happening.

I’m getting married this year!  My amazing fiancee & I have been together for almost three years.  He proposed back in September 2009.  My daughter & I could not be more excited about this exciting new beginning.  On New Year’s Eve, my mom, daughter & I spent hours brainstorming ideas for the ceremony & reception. We’re having a small intimate winter wedding.  We have so many fun ideas!  My head is spinning!  One of my favorite daily reads for wedding blogs is www.stylemepretty.com.  I absolutely love it!  If you’re getting married or know someone who is (or just want to see lots of really cool really fabulous weddings), you should check it out!  We will be creating many aspects of the wedding ourselves, so stay tuned for posts about planning, creating & of course the Big Day!  And if you have any marvelous ideas for a winter wedding, please share them with me!!!

My schedule for Good Morning Texas is all set & just like the past 4 years, I’ll be coming into your home live every Friday morning (for those who live out of our viewing area, I will be posting the segments after they air here & here).  We have so many cool shows planned packed with special guests, celebrities, & stunning home interiors!

More fun stuff is in store for you in 2010 on the Designer Detective blog:

*Guest Bloggers:  Starting this year, we will feature guest bloggers on the Designer Detective blog.  I can’t wait to introduce you to our first guest!  She is amazing & I just know that you all will love her!  If you are interested in being a guest blogger for the Designer Detective, shoot me an e-mail at shay@ibbdesign.com.

*GIVEAWAYS!!!  Yep, you read it right!  FREE STUFF!  I gave away an iPod Touch for Christmas & had so much fun that I’ve got an exciting year of giveaways planned for all of the DD loyal readers!  Check the blog daily for updates on all of the giveaways!

*Projects:  Get an insider look into some of my past & current projects, as well projects from other IBB Designers & some of my favorite designer friends from around the world.

*The Best of the BEST!  As you know, my family owns IBB Design Furniture Showroom.  We travel all over the world in serach of the most fabulous home furnishings to offer at our store.  I’ll be blogging about all of the wonderful things we find along the way during the markets we attend.  We also have a few new designers on board this year, so I’ll be introducing them to you as well.

*Recipes:  The purpose of my blog is to help you all live beautifully!  We are major foodies at our house & I LOVE to entertain & create tablescapes.  So, this year I will be sharing many of our favorite recipes with you all.  We have actually started to compile a family cookbook complete with photos of us in the process of cooking the dishes 🙂

*Tips & Trends:  As always, I’ll be staying on top of things & making sure my readers are always on the cutting edge of interior design.  From quick tips to the must-haves for your home, the DD blog will continue to keep you informed.  Have you heard?  The color for 2010 has been announced!  Find out what it is here.

*Networking:  I’m a firm believer in the power of networking.  I love to meet new people & make the connections between like-minded people.   I’ll be introducing you to some extraordinary people I’ve encountered through my profession, charitable work, & community of friends, twitter, facebook, etc. in hopes that our experiences will somehow enrich your lives.

Make sure to follow me on twitter for instant up to the minute updates & be my become my friend & a fan on facebook!

Happy New Year everyone!!!  Best wishes for a fabulous 2010 & the beginning of a prosperous decade!

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I got that Boom Boom Pow!

For that boom boom pow, you need to head on over to the Standard Hotel in New York City in the ultra-hip newly re-invented Meat Packing District.  I stayed there on a recent trip with some fellow interior designers to the city.  I’ve heard so much buzz about it since returning home, that I thought I’d share my experience, particularly what happens on the 18th floor.

This is the reason I named this post “I got that Boom Boom Pow”.  The hotel features a VERY trendy, uber-exclusive & celebrity packed nightclub on it’s 18th floor called “The Boom Boom Room”.  Some critics have dubbed it the new “Studio 54”.  That’s how chic it is.  Madonna, Jude Law, Lindsay Lohan, Donna Karen, Tory Bruch, Calvin Klein & Bon Jovi were just a few of the big name celebs who attended their grand opening.

Jesus Luz & Madonna at the opening
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Dorothea & Jon Bon Jovi at the opening
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Tory Burch at the opening
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We had all been dying to get in to check out the swanky establishment.  For the celebs?  For the drinks?  No, no!  As designers, we had heard the interior finish out of the bar was absolutely to die for.  We just wanted to take a peek.  The bouncer at the door apparently didn’t care about our eagerness to check out the architecture.  “Are you on the list?” he asked.  “Um, no.  We’re hotel guests & we’d like to check out the design” we say with a smile.  Denied.  (at least for the time being…)

As fate would have it, we met Tyson Beckford (who was one of the coolest celebs I’ve ever met! For being one of the most famous male super models, he was insanely personable & very cool to talk with!) during our dinner at Bagatelle (you must dine there when in NYC!) & then ran into him again on his way to the Boom Boom Room.  He asked us if we were going & with a look of defeat, we explained what happend.  He told us to come with him.  Seconds later, we were in the elevator with Tyson & his crew on our way up to get our very own  glimpse of what we had heard so much about.

A-maz-ing!!!  The scene & be seen bar boasts floor to ceiling windows which offer 360 degree views of NYC as well as the Hudson River.  The rumors were confirmed… the architecture & finish out WERE to die for!  It had a very “Rat Pack” feel to me.  It’s mid-century modern meets old Hollywood.  From the upholstered private booths to the stunning main bar, there was plenty of eye candy even without all of the celebs to fill the joint.  Enough said.  I’ll share the rest of my experience with photos.

Shelly & I with our gracious host, Tyson Beckford

Tyson introduced us to his friend Jazz from the Black Eyed Peas
The Boom Boom Pow was in the Boom Boom Room 😉

I told you the architecture was spectacular!
This is the main bar area.


Bartenders hard at work amongst the gorgeous setting

I love the outfits the cocktail waitresses wear!
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SO, if you live in NYC or plan to visit soon, make sure to stop at the Standard Hotel & try to get your very own glimpse of the Boom Boom Room.

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NYC Design Trip: Day 1

Well, I’m back in New York.  It seems I can’t get enough of this city lately.  This week I’m here studying under the fabulous Steve Nobel with a lovely group of 9 other interior designers from across the country.  Tonight we had a chance to meet, greet, & treat.  We socialized for a bit & met each respective designer & briefly discussed our hometowns & backgrounds.  Then we were off to our treat.  The treat was getting to go to the Christie’s Postwar Contemporary Art Sale.  Let me tell you, this was a treat indeed!  There were 47 lots and they all sold for a pretty penny.  We all sat watching in amazement at the numbers that rolled in on each one of these fabulous works of art.

Reflection (What does your soul look like) by Peter Doig
Sold for $9,000,000.00
For more information on the piece click here.

The group at Christie’s

Window @ Christie’s featuring a Picasso

Stopping @ Rockefeller Center to admire on our way to dinner

Ice Skating @ Rockefeller Center

After Christies, we headed to dinner @ Revel

One of the yummy dinners served @ our table.  Presentation was so unique!

This Texas girl has gotta have her steak 😉  Again, excellent presentation & the taste did not disappoint!  Fabulous selection for dinner Steve!

Back to the hotel

Night night y’all.  Fun-filled jam packed day of design tomorrow!  Stay tuned 🙂