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Dreaming of Spring Renewal

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Freezing is more like it.  Much of the country is facing fierce winter storms.  Many in Dallas & surrounding suburbs have been snowed in since Monday night & the kiddos are enjoying almost an entire week off due to arctic temperatures & impossible road conditions.  We’ve had plenty to keep ourselves busy around here though since we just moved into our new house this weekend.  However, cabin fever is really starting to set in with me.

I’m dreaming of the sensory pleasantries of spring.  Bright colors, fresh flowers blooming & temperatures that call for margaritas on the patio.  Spring is a time for renewal.  One project that is on my to-do list is to make over our patio furniture.  When I bought it, I played it safe with neutral fabrics because I just wasn’t sure what I wanted out there & I had to get seating asap because we really enjoy our patio time during the warmer months in Dallas.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with neutral.  I’ve loved these chairs since day one.  But, if you’re looking for an area to experiment with pops of color, an outdoor space is perfect!  Nature’s beautiful colors found in plants, flowers & trees will help balance strong colors outdoors.

When it comes to outdoor fabrics, color is usually offered in abundance.  I’m particularly smitten with the famous fashion designer Trina Turk’s line for Schumacher.  Ever since the launch of her collection, the amazing patterns and vivid colors have danced their way through my imagination and onto my wish list.  With the huge success of her first collection, it’s no surprise that fans across the world were giddy with the recent announcement of her second collection.  Check it out here.

The chairs & granite fire pit table are from OW Lee, a line we carry at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  They are beyond comfy & we often sit out there for hours hanging out with our friends watching the kids play.  Other than giving the boring beige a fresh new vibe, the chairs really don’t need recovering.  They have held up substantially over the years.  But, alas, it is time to breathe new life into these chairs & give our a backyard the fun pop of color it deserves.

So, here is the game plan.  Turquoise, cobalt blue & citron will set the tone for the color palette.  Fun patterns will create a playful experience in our outdoor setting.  And, finally, those fabulous fabrics from Trina Turk will work their way into my home.  Yippee!  Here are my selections from her collection.

I’m going to kick it up a notch with some contrasting fabrics for the welt cords & buttons on the tufting.  The fabrics are ordered.  I can wait to get them over to my upholsterer & see how it all turns out.  Stay tuned for updates!

**Important Tip!  When having outdoor furniture recovered you must not only be mindful that the fabrics are outdoor friendly, but also the thread used to sew the fabrics together.  Regular thread will rot very quickly in the outdoor elements & your beautifully recovered pieces will soon be in shambles!**

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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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New Fabrics for Fall

The temperature is dropping & the kiddos are back in school.  Before you know it, you’ll be sitting in front of your fireplace with a nice cup of hot cocoa.  Fall is here!  I love fall and everything that represents it.  This time of year, I use a home fragrance around my house called Harvest Spice.  It’s a plug in that I fell in love with the year my daughter was born & I’ve used it ever fall ever since.

Fall colors are warm, inviting & cozy.  Schumacher’s line of fall fabrics for 2009 vividly represent the best of fall.  From intricate paisleys to lush palampores (a tree of life design) the collection offers something for everyone.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favs.

Love this bright bold paisley.  I’m also a fan of red & gold together.  Reds & golds seem to offer a timeless tradition for color palettes.  The design of this paisley is based off of an antique pattern.  Bravo Schumacher!  Love it!

I love the muted colors used in this version of the Paisley pattern.  Very soft & subtle.  It doesn’t scream paisley at you.  This fabric would make fabulous draperies or bedding!

I could see this on a pair of carved wood chairs with a rich brown finish or on pillows for a sofa for an added pop of color.

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Is your outdoor space IN style?

Decorating your home is no longer contained to the interior.  During the spring & summer months, families spend more & more time outdoors & lounging by the pool.  Are you doing it in style?  Whether you are wanting to add a few fantastic pillows to your existing patio furniture or go for a complete outdoor makeover, you now have more options than ever.  Color, well known designer fabrics, patterns & durability to nature’s elements are the focus of many manufacturers these days.  Take a look at some outdoor options that will having you feeling cool in your own backyard.

Vibrant colors add life to an antique wood bench.
Vibrant colors add life to an antique wood bench.
Spring green, butter yellow & neautral colors make for a calming serene poolside atmosphere.
Spring green, butter yellow & neutral colors make for a calming serene poolside atmosphere.
Swimsuit themed prints add a whimsical flair to this wooden chaise lounge.
Swimsuit themed prints & bright colors add a whimsical flair to this wooden chaise lounge.
Traditional blue prints by Laura Ashley add color to these weather wood framed chaise lounges.
Traditional blue prints by Laura Ashley add color to these weathered wood framed chaise lounges.
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Fashion Collides

Schumacher has done it again!  Style icon and fabulous fashion designer Trina Turk has crossed over into home furnishings.  Could we be more excited?  Wait… it gets better.  Her collection of fabrics are all indoor/outdoor.  So, not only will the inside of your home be stylin, but so will the outside!  Take a gander…

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Fabulous Fall Fabrics!

Fall inspires beautiful colors and gorgeous fabrics containing them!  Schumacher has some of the prettiest new fabrics out in their Fall 2008 line.  Check them out! They’re known for their classic and innovative designs and this season’s line is no exception.  I love the combination of blue & orange.  They pair so perfectly together.  What’s even better about their line is that they are environmentally conscious and committed to producing green fabrics.  Go Schumacher!!!

Hot House Flowers 174031 – Spark may be my absolute favorite from the line.  They’ve used it on a pillow in the ad to the left.  I can’t wait to use it!