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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week Two

It’s week 2 & the nursery plans are well underway. Why do I feel like the clock is ticking 100 times faster than usual? Oh, right!!! We are down 2 weeks with just 4 weeks to go. So much still needs to happen! Oh, and have I mentioned that I’m on a plane to High Point market as we speak? This coming week’s project management will be done remotely for me while I’m in North Carolina. Don’t worry though – I can still crack the whip no matter how far away 😉

Today we’re discussing the design & demo plans. Below is a rendering of my design for the nursery.

Last week, we discussed how this gorgeous Schumacher wallpaper was our jumping off point for the room’s design.

We’re very fortunate to have Fabricut as the fabric sponsor, so we’ve selected some amazing fabrics in our palette for drapery, a treatment over the custom daybed, the swivel rocker & pillows.

All of the tile for the bathroom remodel has been provided by Can we just take a moment to give them the biggest shout out? They have gone above & beyond for our challenge. Their customer service has been amazing and I’m very excited about the products my client is receiving from them to finish out the bathroom. They get a huge gold star for giving us access to the “easy button”.

Back to the design – Let’s chat about the bathroom. We are creating a striped pattern on the floor out of the lavender penny round & the white rectangular ceramic tile.

The white patterned tile on mesh is for the tub surround. I absolutely love the Emtek hardware for the vanity cabinets & other bathroom built-ins! All of the plumbing from Hansgrohe has arrived. The polished nickel faucet is amazing! I cannot wait to see it installed. We also chose a hand held shower wand so bathing the baby will be a breeze!

The tub & sink from have arrived too & our contractor is getting the tub set as we speak. Lots of prep work is happening & the tile work should be starting soon!

Here are a few progress photos of where we’re at now.

The new bathtub is going in!

These will both become new storage areas with adjustable shelving, a dirty clothes hamper & drawers.

The junction boxes for the bathroom sconces are in. They will be set inside the mirror.

Next week I’ll go more in depth on our lighting and furniture selections & of course more progress updates!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram & check out my stories for more sneak peeks, behind the scenes, sponsors, tips & more!

Don’t forget to check out the other featured designers! I am having a blast following all of their projects! So much inspiration! Are you joining as a guest participant? Message me so I can follow along. We’re all in this together, right? Cheers to progress in our makeover journeys!!

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Fall 2018 One Room Challenge: Week One

Here we go! I’m very excited to be taking on another project and participating as a featured designer in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge. If you’re not familiar with the ORC, then click here to learn all about it.

In the midst of planning a whole home remodel with my clients Trey & Bliss Brazil, they discovered they were pregnant with their first child. So – after finding out they were having a little girl, we began designing a nursery for them. Aren’t they just the cutest?!

When I was asked by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home to participate in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, I knew the Brazil’s nursery would be the perfect room for the challenge.

Their North Dallas home was built in the 80’s and has had very little updating done to it.

Are you ready to take a look at some of the before photos? We have many changes that need to be addressed.

So, now you’ve seen the before photos. Let me give you a little glimpse into my game plan for the room.

Below is a rough layout of our furniture plan. We’re designing the nursery to be able to grow with the baby. It will be chic & sophisticated & not at all juvenile. I’ve custom designed a day bed that will go on our focal wall. We’ll pair two nightstands with it flanking either side. We have some stunning sconces from Crystorama going over the nightstands. An acrylic crib will sit directly opposite the day bed.

There’s obviously so much more to share so follow along on my Instagram & Instagram stories for behind the scenes & sneak peeks

Tune in this Thursday at 5:30 Central time as my team & I go LIVE to discuss our ORC project. Feel free to jump in & ask us any design related questions you might have.

Next Wednesday we’ll dive deeper into the design plan and share more of our amazing sponsors for our ORC project.

Be sure to follow the rest of the featured designers along their One Room Challenge journey. I’m so excited to see the projects that everyone is taking on! See the links below to find their blogs. There is some serious talent this season! If you have the itch to join in on the ORC fun, then join us as a guest participant! Guest participants post every Thursday. You can find more info on how to participate & how to link your blog here.

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole Cole

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | SMP Living

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC

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One Room Challenge: Week 5

A few big things happened this week & we are in the home stretch!

The gold leaf wallpaper went in on the back of our bookshelves. I love how it has lightened things up & the glamour it brings to the room.

The motorized drapery went in.  I couldn’t be more excited about it!  We finally have some privacy in here at night & I love the pop of pattern the fabric brings in. The white linen background is a beautiful contrast to the rich black lacquered paneling.

​Check out the motorized shades in action. I’m not sure who’s more excited – me or my hubby!

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Spring 2017:  One Room Challenge Week 2

OMG! What did I get myself in to?  As I sit here writing this post (after 1:00 AM), I’m starting to think I should have chosen our pool bath instead of our study 😬. With all I have on my plate with clients & running a business, it proves very difficult to find time to tackle my own design to-do list. This past week has been a whirlwind. We head to High Point market next week, so I’ve been meeting with clients back to back, checking in on projects, presenting concepts & sourcing.  We’re very fortunate that the area of Dallas we live in is booming. Like crazy big time booming!  There’s no shortage of folks building new homes or looking to remodel. With so many companies relocating here, the real estate market is on fire and so many commercial projects are popping up all around us. It’s definitely an exciting time at IBB Design. With tight deadlines and such a high demand for skilled trades & labor, I’ve spent a great deal of time calling in favors to get projects completed for my clients. This first week of the ORC has definitely been a reality check for me that this room may not be camera ready in six weeks.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty & discuss inspiration, details & timeline.

As you saw last week, the room’s backdrop is high gloss black paneling, white ceiling & brass & acrylic light fixtures.

Now if you know me or follow me on social media, then you know I love color!  Let’s take a look at some inspiration photos for the room’s color palette. I saved these photos a while back & can’t remember the original source, so if you know the designer, let me know so I can credit.

L💙VE all of this fresh color!  Blue, yellow & a small pop of fuchsia – AMEN to all of that!

This inspiration photo really captures the color vibe I’m after.

The art above will go above our fireplace mantle is my inspiration for my room’s palette. It’s a actually an Hermes scarf that my mom gave me as a gift. I’m framing it to turn it into artwork that I can see & enjoy every day. I’m not typically a green person but I’m so drawn to pulling out this stunning malachite that I’m going to step out of my normal comfort zone & go for it as a strong accent in the room 😍.

I’ll be doing motorized drapery in here. The panels will hang on a simple brass traversing rod & the top photo shows the square finial I’m using. I have a little trick up my sleeve with the drapery fabric (more on that later) but this is going to be a super tight turnaround considering all of the elements of the design. The black & brass bar cart (available at IBB Design) will sit to the left of the fireplace with the large scaled gold metal shade lamp on it.

I’m using a glass, chrome & brasssawhorse desk that will float in the center of the room & back to the built in bookshelves. I love this little malachite drink table. I might use it next to the quilted yellow leather chair that I’m using toward the right of the fireplace.

Ok folks! That’s all for today!  Make sure you follow me on Instagram for more sneak peeks and behind the scenes. Easter weekend is almost here!  Enjoy your time with your families.

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 3

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.

So what happened this week?

Brookie’s Kate Spade vanity chair from IBB Design arrived 😍

Her nightstands arrived as well.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out & she absolutely loves them 😍

Her pendant lights were also installed over her nightstands.  We’re enjoying turning off all of the lights & just leaving the pendant lights on when we’re reading bedtime stories.

Here’s what is left to do:

  • Install drapery
  • Chest of drawers (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hot pink club chair (on order – just waiting on arrival)
  • Hand painted butterflies around the room
  • Frames for Brooklyn to display her artwork & switch out as she wants (need to source)
  • Monogrammed Bed linens (on order – just waiting on arrival)

Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks at the progress & what I find while I’m at High Point market.  I’ll be back next Thursday with more updates on my sweet girl’s room.

Happy designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week 2

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.

Happy Designing!

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge: Week One

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!

Happy Designing!!!









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Week 6: The Big Reveal! Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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!

Happy designing everyone!


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Week 5: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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.

Drumroll please….

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!


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Week 4: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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!



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Week 3: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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.

Previous sink:


New Sink:

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.


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Week 2: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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.

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Week One: Spring 2016 One Room Challenge

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.

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Christmas Traditions

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!




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One Room Challenge: The Big Reveal!

Well, the past six weeks have certainly flown by.  My daughter and I have had a blast working on her new room together for the One Room Challenge.  There are many challenges of creating & executing a custom design for a room in just six short weeks.  Lucky for me, I have access to a multitude of resources at IBB.  Even with the best resources, you can still face backorders, items no longer being available & construction delays.  I knew my longest lead time would be the custom daybed from CR Laine (more on that later).  The biggest part of this challenge for me was definitely the balancing act of client work and working on a project in my own home.  This is always a dilemma and the reason that projects at Casa de Geyer usually go to the bottom of the list.  I honestly couldn’t have done it without my amazing contractor, Lonnie Gray, of Lonnie Gray Custom Homes.  I have worked with Lonnie on several client projects and he also worked with us on my mom’s remodel.  Early morning & late night meetings worked out perfectly and he was on top of every detail of my design.  It truly takes a village and he has the most amazing team of craftsman.

I know you’re ready for me to get to the point & start revealing some photos, so let’s get to it!  First of all, I’ve been dying to show you the renderings that I had my friend Jane Gianarelli do for the concept of Jaylie’s room design.



After a few emails & phone calls discussing all of the pieces, design elements & the floor plan, Jane sent over the beautiful renderings for my design for Jaylie’s room.  Rendering is definitely not a strength I possess, so it certainly pays to have talented friends like Jane!

And here is Jaylie’s actual room 🙂  I ended up adding the large scaled polka dots to the four walls in the room at the last minute & I think they really kicked the room up a notch.  James Peck did an awesome job with all of the decorative painting in the room!  Check it out!  Do you notice the fabulous day bed? 🙂  Woohoo!  My friends at CR Laine really came thru for us & got it to us just in time for the big reveal!  We created a gallery wall above the daybed using various prints my daughter selected from Etsy. I had them framed locally along with Kate Spade & Tory Burch shopping bags.


I designed the window treatments to look like boutique store awnings.  We used the black & white polka dot on the inside since it’s visible from many angles in the room.

I had our workroom make a pink euro with grosgrain ribbon, a polka dot sham & a patterned bow shaped pillow for the bedding on the loft bed on top of her closet.  So very Kate Spade, right? 😉


The closet under the loft bed gave her twice the amount of storage that her old closet in her bathroom had!  I think the dressing room style door turned out so cute & will hopefully inspire her to keep this closet neat & tidy 🙂


Inside her closet, she has 2 sections to hang clothes.  One section was divided in half for shirts on the top & jeans & pants on the bottom.  The other section (which you can’t see in this photo) has an area for long hanging and an area for skirts and shorts.  All of the closet rods & shelves are adjustable so we can change them in the future as her storage needs change.  I used peg board across the entire back wall for her to use to hang accessories.


The bathroom remodel is everything we had envisioned & more!  We took out her tub to give her a large walk in shower enclosed in frameless glass with brass fittings.  The exclamation mirror is one of my favorite design elements in the bathroom 🙂


Since we added the closet under the loft bed in her room, we turned her original closet into storage for her shoes and drawers for pajamas and tshirts.  I had our decorative painter paint the bow pattern in here and I added the black inset on the cabinetry.  It really makes the brass hardware stand out.

We used her “JG” letters from her old bedroom above a cork board in her desk area.  Since the polka dot Kate Spade desk and bow desk chair were new introductions, it won’t be shipping for a while so we borrowed this desk from another room for the time being.  She had the acrylic desk chair in her previous room as well.  They both actually work perfectly too!



The bonus room at the top of the stairs in her bedroom was turned into a vanity area with more cabinetry for storage for all of her dance and cheer clothes.  I mirrored the cabinetry doors and the back wall to help visually enlarge the space.


I hope you all have enjoyed the Big Reveal of Jaylie’s new Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  She is super excited about how it all came together & all of her new storage.  A HUGE thank you to my friend Dan Piassick for photographing the room & getting these amazing photos to me so quickly!  Thank you all for following along on our journey of the six week One Room Challenge and allowing us to share this project with you.

Check out what the other participants have to share with their reveals!


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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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One Room Challenge: Week 4 update

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another weekly update on my One Room Challenge.

Well, this is about the time that I start getting super giddy during a project. All of my visions are beginning to come to life and we’re so close to completion! It’s all of those little details that start adding up. My daughter couldn’t be more excited that her new room is almost completed!

Right now they’re working on painting her bedroom & bathroom. The bow safety rail for the bunk bed I designed has been installed & I’m so excited with how it turned out. I think it fits our Kate Spade inspiration perfectly 🙂



The bunk & stairs are being painted in high gloss paint in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Seafoam which is a soft aqua. The sliding door to her bathroom will be in Benjamin Moore Jet Black & the trim will be in Decorator’s White. The walls will be in Decorator’s White & all of the casings will be in Jet Black. The dressing room style door to her closet underneath the bunk will also be Jet Black with Decorator’s White trim.


The good news is I found a replacement for the back ordered flush mount chandelier that I was using for her vanity area & bathroom. This was the original.


And this is the replacement. They are already here & will be getting installed early next week 🙂


More good news! In fact, this is really awesome news! I was really worried that the day bed I ordered from CR Laine wasn’t going to make it here on time, but I received word that it is shipping tomorrow & should be at IBB early next week! I need to give my friends at CR Laine a HUGE shout out! They really came thru for me on this & we are so excited to get Jaylie’s day bed installed next week! They’re always a go to source for upholstery in my projects and I know that I can count on them for amazing style, comfort, quality & customer service.


Now for the bad news 🙁 There is a high probability that the plumbing for her bathroom won’t be here in time. Apparently they need every bit of the 6 weeks to make everything. My plumbing rep is doing everything she can to get it here in time but as of now it’s not looking too good. I guess this is the price you pay to get the perfect satin brass finish. Let’s all say a little prayer that the stars align & I’ll be showing off that gorgeous brass plumbing as part of the big reveal!

I also found out today that the hardware I selected for all of her cabinetry is backordered until December 🙁 I am currently scouring all of my sources to find a replacement. Wish me luck!

You can check out what’s happening in all of the other One Room Challenges here. Make sure you’re following me on instagram for more sneak peeks & updates on our ORC progress. Also, did you get a chance to vote for my client’s nursery? I’d be so grateful if you had a minute to spare to vote for the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery” for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month.

If you live in the Dallas area, Partners Card starts THIS Friday! Over 800 retailers are participating in this year’s charitable event for The Family Place & IBB is one of them! Save 20% off of the IBB price on all in stock furniture & accessories 🙂


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Room of the Month Finalist

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We’re very excited to announce that the nursery I designed for the Latham twins has been selected as a finalist for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month 🙂


We are currently in 2nd place & we would love to have your help to secure the win!  Just click here & select the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery”.  It just so happens that today is my client Kristen’s birthday, so what better gift to give her than pulling into the lead?




You can read more about this nursery design in our Fall issue of IBB at Home.  Pick up a copy at IBB today or click here to sign up for your free subscription.

Thank you so much for your support & voting for one of my favorite nursery projects

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One Room Challenge: Week 3 update

We’re starting week 3 which marks the half-way point for the One Room Challenge.  I honestly can’t wait for it to all be done.  This is the point where all of the little details start taking place & even though we’re making progress, those huge significant changes aren’t happening.  All of those little details are so important though so I have to keep reminding myself to take a breath & try not to rush things.  I keep telling my contractor that I love parties so I want to see a huge crowd here every morning ready to go!  We’re on a 6 week deadline folks plus I’m trying to manage this in my “spare” time before and after work on my client’s projects and running IBB 😉  I’m definitely my own worst client.

If you’re following me on instagram, then you know that I pulled the trigger during High Point market on this super cute new desk from Kate Spade for Jaylie’s room.  I’m so excited that we’ll be carrying the new collection at IBB.  Unfortunately since it’s a brand new introduction, it will not be here in time for the big reveal 🙁  But don’t worry!  I’ll definitely be posting updates when it arrives!


I also purchased this adorable bow chair to use as her desk chair but I’m having it upholstered in an aqua fabric.


We’re using inspiration from a few of the Kate Spade stores we’ve been in across the country for some of her room’s design elements.  She’s been a big fan of the brand and wanted her room to look like this for quite some time so I’ve been snapping & collecting photos over the past few years.


We’ll be using this chandelier over the day bed.



And a pair of these sconces in her bathroom & up by her bunk bed.


I had ordered 2 of these flush mount chandeliers but I just received notice that they are back ordered until January 🙁  Yep, that’s right.  Designers are not immune to the words backordered or discontinued.  In fact, if I had a dollar for every time that I’ve heard those words…  I’m trying to decide if I should just wait or if I just need to go ahead and re-select.  The problem is we love this fixture so much that nothing strikes our fancy quite the same way.  This 6 week time frame keeps getting more & more challenging!  I need to take my own advice though.  If you really love something, it’s worth the wait.  I’ll keep you posted on what we decide to do.


The painters started prepping yesterday & will hopefully start painting either today or tomorrow.  I’m having some fun in here playing up all of the trim work we’ve added throughout the room.  I can’t wait to show you all!  We’ll be using Benjamin Moore Jet Black, Blue Seafoam & Decorator’s White.


I think the colors fit pretty perfectly with the inspiration image she told me to base her room off of & all of the fabrics we’ve selected.

The safety railing hasn’t gone it yet.  I’m really hoping that it gets installed today.  I decided to enlarge the scale a bit on the pattern I designed so they had to do some tweaking.  I’m really happy with how all of the trim & paneling has turned out.  I’ll be doing a gallery wall of prints that my daughter selected over her day bed on this wall.


The countertops went in yesterday in her vanity area & bathroom.


I decided to do a sliding door for her bathroom to give her more space inside.  We did this in the bunk room and it really does give you so much more room to not have the door swinging into the space.


That’s it for today’s updates.  I’ll be back next week with more but until then you can always find sneak peeks of what’s going on in my design world here.  And don’t forget to check out the progress of the other One Room Challenge participants here.

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One Room Challenge: Week 2 Update

Last week I revealed that the inspiration for the design scheme and color palette for my One Room Challenge was inspired by Kate Spade.  Let’s talk about function today.  My daughter’s room has many cool features to it but storage is definitely not one of them.  The older she gets, the more storage she needs and there is no better time than now to do something about it.  Her bathroom features a tiny closet that was never really laid out well.  She has an additional small closet in her room but every time I tried to lay out closet rods, we ended up with a ton of wasted space.  I decided to think outside the box to design a concept for her room that would amplify the storage and function better for her tween to teen years.  I found the concept photo below on Pinterest and it was almost exactly the idea of what I had in my head.  Her 15 foot ceilings could easily allow us to do something like this.

So, we came up with the idea of a bunk bed on top of a closet.  We built a bunk room in one of our bedrooms downstairs last year & both of my daughters have really enjoyed using it.  They started installing the bunk/closet on Tuesday & will hopefully have the construction portion of it done tomorrow.  I’ve designed a safety rail to go around the bunk that gives a little nod to our Kate Spade inspiration.  I’m looking forward to seeing it go up.  It’s a huge mess in there right now but our concept is starting to take shape.


On the wall where the JG letters are sitting in this photo, will be a daybed.  This will give her a place to sleep on the nights that she doesn’t want to sleep in the bunk bed as well as a place to read or hang out.  I selected the Sheridan daybed from my friend Tobi Fairley’s collection for CR Laine.


I used COM Sunbrella fabrics as I know that this will get a ton of use & I wanted it to be as durable as possible.  CR Laine is one of my favorite upholstery lines that we carry at IBB.  The comfort is always on point and they offer a wide variety of designer pieces.  I selected a black & white stripe that will run vertically and an aqua contrast welt to highlight the super cute frame.  The acrylic legs will work nicely with other acrylic accents that will be in her room.  A custom piece like this typically takes 6-8 weeks so it will be a long shot since I ordered it at the beginning of this challenge.   I’m crossing my fingers that the stars align & my friends at CR Laine can make it happen for it to be here in time for the reveal.  It’s a tough request since this just happens to be one of the busiest times of the year and there’s this little thing happening in North Carolina right now called market 😉  In an upcoming post, I’ll feature some of the prints Jaylie has selected to hang as a gallery wall above the daybed.

We’re going to do the door to her closet like a dressing room door similar to what is shown here from a Lily Pulitzer dressing room.


This photo was taken prior to the stairs going in & the top of the closet bunk area.  As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make use of every inch of space & amplify her storage so I designed adjustable shelving that will frame the closet door where she can put her books and dance awards and trophies.  She loves to read so this will be very helpful storage for my little book worm!


Her desk will sit on the wall where you see the lighted JG letters hanging.  I have designed some fun treatments that will hang on the large arched window as well as the entrance to her vanity area which is just up the stairs you see in the left of the photo.


I’ve selected the desk below but we might be changing this.  You see, I was privy to a little sneak peek of Kate Spade’s new furniture collection for EJ Victor last week & just went totally bananas over it!  We’ll be carrying it at IBB.  The collection is being introduced this week at High Point market, so make sure you are following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  I’m definitely using a desk chair from the new collection & I’m thinking that a desk I saw is just too perfect for her room and fits the concept and my daughter’s style to a T.  We’ve been sworn to secrecy up until now & I can’t wait to share them with you!  Of course if I decide to go with these options, they will not be here in time for the big reveal so you will have to keep checking in for updates 😉


We turned the small closet located up the little stairs in her room into a dressing/vanity area.  I found the photo below on Pinterest to use for inspiration for that area of her room.


They started putting the cabinets in today and will hopefully finish tomorrow.  They are also in the process of installing her bathroom vanity as well as the built in cabinetry for the closet that is in her bathroom.


I found this Hollywood vanity light mirror to hang above the knee space in her vanity area.  It has plugs built in where she can use her hair dryer & curling iron & the lights can be dimmed.


I have so much more to share with you but I need to run for now.  I’m wrapping up client work for the week today since we are photographing one of our recent penthouse projects this Friday & I’ll be out of the office all day.  Make sure you’re following me & IBB on instagram for sneak peeks.  Part of our IBB design team leaves tomorrow for market, but I’ll be leaving this weekend after I take my girls to see Taylor Swift  🙂

Thank you for letting me share our progress!  We’re having a blast seeing it all come together!  Make sure you check out all of the other participants and their progress here.

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One Room Challenge Week 2: Bathroom update

We’re making progress! Jaylie’s new bathroom tile is all in & we’re so excited about how it turned out!

I used an aqua penny round from tilebar to cover her entire vanity wall & carried it into the shower in horizontal stripes.  The stripes play a big part in her Kate Spade inspired bedroom & bathroom.  The floor & shower are 4×12 carerra marble. I used a staggered brick joint in the shower & a herringbone on the floor.

We decided to take her tub out & give her a frameless glass shower with a bench.  To give her more space in her bathroom, we’re also taking off the original bathroom door & replacing it with a sliding door.  We’ve already taken out the closet door & we’ll be using the two photos below as inspiration for cabinets & organization for this closet inside of her bathroom.  This area will have a cased opening with a center cabinet tower with drawers at the bottom & adjustable shelving on either side.


I’ll be back on Thursday with more of our design  plan for her Kate Spade inspired bedroom.  For daily inspiration & more progress photos follow me on Instagram.

Happy #tileTuesday!

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One Room Challenge Week One


Hey everyone!  It’s been a minute 😉  Things have been crazy busy around IBB & we haven’t been blogging as frequently as we should.  That’s all about to change though because I’ve decided to join in all of the fun of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  I have followed the past challenges on social media & always thought to myself that it would be fun to be a part of the six week makeover challenge.  As an interior designer, projects in my own home usually head toward the bottom of the priority list as my time is devoted to my clients.

After living in our home for five years now, it’s time to freshen up a few more areas.  We remodeled a few rooms & most of the flooring when we first bought our home but budget and time constraints kept me from going all out.  I knew this was a home we would raise our two girls in so I wanted to take risks in the designs and make sure everything was carefully thought out.  I’ve allowed myself to take my time to create spaces that I enjoyed coming home to & made me never want to leave.  Plus, it’s only fair to give my sweet hubby a little breather between projects 😉

For the One Room Challenge, I’m diving in to makeover my 10 year old daughter’s bathroom & bedroom.

Jaylie room before

Her current bedroom is cute, don’t get me wrong.  I designed the scheme in our old house when she was 4 years old & carried it over when we moved into our new house.  She’ll be 11 in December and she has her own style now & we both agree it’s time to create a space that is uniquely her.  The room also just doesn’t function well for her.  There is little to no storage & her closet is tiny.  After our air conditioner leaked thru her bathroom ceiling, we knew we could no longer procrastinate her bathroom remodel.  The One Room Challenge was really the push I needed to “get er done” & move forward with executing our entire plan.  The more I thought about the space & how it would function for her for years to come, the more I brainstormed out-of-the-box ideas to give her more storage and better function.  I’ve got big plans & grand ideas & we couldn’t be more excited!  The demo has begun & there’s no turning back now so stay tuned for progress updates over the next 6 weeks & the big reveal on Thursday, November 12th.

I’ll be back next week to discuss the design plan & progress updates.  For now, I’ll leave you with one small glimpse of our inspiration for her room…

If weekly updates just aren’t enough, then follow me on instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.  Follow along here to see more of the participants in the One Room Challenge.

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Family Photos as Artwork

Happy Tuesday everyone! Things are moving right along with the progress of moving my mom into her new home. You may have had a chance to see a few sneak peeks here. I wanted to share a fun tip with you that I used for my girls’ room at her house.
Their bedroom color palette is hot pink, navy & white. For my mom’s Christmas gift this year, I had photos done of the girls in coordinating outfits and framed them in acrylic with Shutterfly. I love how the frames appear to just float on the wall. Both of my girls love to dance so the tutus were a natural choice for this fun photo shoot with James Edward. I chose to have them shot on a solid white background so the photos would really pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. It’s somewhere between a navy & a cobalt blue & it’s the perfect blue for this scheme.

With a little planning & coordinating, you too can turn your family photos into artwork for your home. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! The draperies are going in this Thursday! Follow the fun on instagram @designershay & @ibbdesign.

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Designer Life Inspiration

IMG_1834.PNGI find inspiration for my designs in all facets of life. Travel, art, friends, family, fabrics you name it. As we’re just now seven days into the New Year, I’m finding different areas of my life colliding when it comes to inspiration. I thrive on inspiration to try to live a better life. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is my go-to daily devotional for my spiritual inspiration. I pour thru Pinterest & instagram posts for healthy recipes and fitness inspiration but I also use it a lot for design inspiration & to share my work with others.



Well, this week I discovered an amazing woman via instagram. It was really an ah-ha moment for me. You see, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer (stage 3C Melanoma) in January of 2013, my whole family vowed to live a healthier life. We made changes but admittedly we never stuck to them for the long haul. The stress of my dad’s illness compiled with regular aspects of life were a lot to handle. Quite frankly, it just felt easier to eat out & cling to the excuse of being too tired or too busy to stick to our workout routine. We lived life in the moment just taking each day at a time cherishing it when he wasn’t in the hospital or getting treatment. After my dad passed in April of 2014, things were still busy. Actually busier. Since then I’ve felt the stress. I haven’t been feeling good & I am just not feeling healthy. I need to make some big changes to implement a healthier lifestyle.

Over the break, I was inspired some of the goals I saw my 10 year old daughter Jaylie setting for herself in order to be a better dancer. We searched instagram together to hunt for healthy recipes and tips. I decided to focus on showing her how to be healthy rather than saying “I want to lose weight” or having any body image related discussion. I’m certainly no expert in this area so I thought it would be fun for us to take on this journey of learning how to be healthy together.

We’ve discovered so many inspiring people out there! Jaylie loves @kinoyoga & has accepted the #bestrongin2015 yoga challenge. I love that! Be strong! Huge shout out to my friend Deborah @madewithom for inspiring her through yoga & introducing us to @kinoyoga.

For me, it really all clicked when I stumbled upon Amber Locke (@rawveganblonde), vegan chef, blogger & artist. She combines 2 of my passions – design & food – into gorgeous works of art. Talk about someone I can identify with. Amber creates intricate patterns using real fruits & vegetables & then photographs them from above. Her work has been commissioned into fashion accessories, wallpaper, magazine & book illustrations & fabrics. Tory Burch, one of my favorite style icons, is a huge fan of hers! She even offers some of her work as giclee prints in her online store
Soak in some of her inspiring art & you’ll see what I mean!
IMG_1837.PNGLocke says, “It’s a joy to use beautiful ingredients and my work aims to showcase their unique qualities, reflect the changing seasons of the year and also be a celebration of healthy living.”

I told you she was inspiring! Let’s celebrate life! No New Year’s resolutions for me. This year is a movement toward being strong. Strong in my faith in God. Strong in the love for my husband, two daughters, my mom, my friends & our staff @ibbdesign. Strong with my choices to eat healthy. Strong with working out regularly. Strong in my commitment to my clients to deliver them design that works for how they live and to allow them to live beautifully. Strong in inspiring others.

I won’t be perfect. Sometimes I might “fall off the wagon”. But, that’s when I’ll look to my family, friends & all of you to help keep me STRONG.

So, here’s to designing your life the way you want to it! Tell me, what is it going to look like?

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New Video: Stylish Family Friendly Design


Tips for a Stylish Family Friendly Design:

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!

For your daily dose of design inspiration, follow us on instagram & facebook!

Miss the segment last Friday?  Click here to watch it.  For more design tv, tune in to Good Morning Texas every Friday morning on WFAA channel 8 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

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Metrie = Architectural Swoon!

I’m very excited about my recent partnership with Metrie!  You see, I’ve got a few renovation projects on my brain and their gorgeous architectural elements have my heart racing!  I was turned on to the company founded in 1926 by a friend and I’ve kept them in my little black book ever since!  However, today you’re in luck because they’ve asked me to share my passion for their products with you all.


They offer an exquisite collection of interior finishes ranging from crown moulding & casing to newel posts & doors.  Their custom millwork is impeccable and they offer all of the designer details to transform your space into something truly remarkable.


You’ll want to start by taking their style quiz here to see which of their products fit your style best!  They were spot on with my result ~ Fashion Forward.  It’s actually the collection I’ve been pining over for my very own master bath & closet renovation.  Here’s what they have to say about it…

“We’ve taken classic designs and added a twist to each one. Simple, yet sophisticated. Classic, yet playful. You can make this collection speak to so many styles. Go with rich sienna brown stains and create a Bistro feel. Evoke a Retro look by finishing the elements with high-contrast primary tones. Each of the three scenes in this collection are transitional, melding traditional and modern – leaving enough room for next year’s hottest trend.”


Nailed it!  All of the design high notes in one collection & this one really sings to me!

Stay tuned for more with Metrie!  I’ve specified them to show up in some of my upcoming designs.

Want more inspiration from Metrie?  Mosey on over to their blog The Finished Space or follow them on twitter @OfficialMetrie

*all photos courtesy of Metrie

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Design with Meaning

I love it when the magic of design comes together for a client and brings out a deep connection between their life & their home. Today, I’m offering you a sneak peek inside a recent installation for one of my clients. It’s a gorgeous home. It’s been such a treat to work with this family. Her husband is a very talented custom builder & they both have impeccable taste. Our collaboration has brought forth some beautiful fresh results. Below are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone as we were installing some of their wallpapers & drapery treatments. The Designer’s Guild paper we chose for their catering kitchen captured my client’s heart & she couldn’t wait to get it installed. The blue hydrangeas in the bold & colorful floral pattern reminded her of her late mother & she knew she would enjoy spending time in there each day.

View from the catering kitchen looking into the laundry room. You see a small glimpse of the fun Martyn Lawrence Bullard paper we used in there. More on that in another post…
We used a simple gray linen fabric with a contrasting sky blue band on the Roman shade to compliment the bold wallpaper. 20140604-081005-29405635.jpg
View from the catering kitchen into the main kitchen.20140604-081005-29405356.jpg
The catering kitchen has a built in desk area so we created an upholstered cork backsplash & framed it with a simple nail head design.20140604-081005-29405907.jpg
We carried the pattern into the main kitchen in fabric on a relaxed Roman shade over the kitchen sink window.20140604-081006-29406182.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my project! There’s much more to do so stay tuned for more updates!

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Wall Treatments: In or Out?

I’m often asked about how I feel about accent walls and wall treatments. Should people use them or not? Yes! I am a fan of accents & wall treatments. I actually have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to wall treatments. Of course, how they are applied and interpreted in a design is very important to the overall success of a room. Whether its paint, wallpaper or that you upholster your walls, wall treatments can be a beautiful way to take your room’s design to the next level. Here are a few ways we’ve used wall treatments in our designs.
Master Bedroom: Large scale pattern painted on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point.
Kid’s bedroom: We took the dot pattern we used on the bed skirt & bedding & blew up the scale to create a fun feature wall behind the bed.
Master bedroom: To create contrast behind the white upholstered bed, we painted the wall a deep gray. Then, we painted a fretwork outline to define the wall.
Kid’s room in progress: We upholstered the bed wall in a super cute embroidered “I love you” fabric in navy & white and painted the rest of the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

Do you have a Pinterest account? If not, you should consider getting one! It’s a fabulous tool to use for inspiration & stay on top of trends & what’s hot in design. I also love it for great recipes, fashion, crafts & so much more! Speaking of trends, make sure you also follow my board for the High Point Home Furnishings Fall 2013 Style Spotter contest. From October 17th – 24th I’ll be pinning my top 25 favorite finds from market along with eight other of the country’s top designers. Find out more here..


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Style Spotter Rewind

TGIF design devotees!  I have a BIG announcement for you all!  I’m so excited to have been invited back to be a part of the Style Spotters program ~ Style Spotters Rewind ~ for the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market!  I’ll be one of nine designers from across the country that will be curating our favorite finds from the Fall market & pinning them on the Style Spotter board on Pinterest.  This group of fab ladies have all been Style Spotters before, so this will definitely make for a fierce competition to find the best products that the market has to offer!


What this means for you:
By following all of the fun on Pinterest, you will get a first hand look at all of the hottest products from the Fall 2013 High Point Home Furnishings Market.  We do all of the work & you get to enjoy all of the eye candy on your computer or tablet right from your comfy home!

How you can participate:
This is a competition, so every point counts!  Vote for your favorite Style Spotter by liking & re-pinning what we find.

SO, if you don’t already have one, then go set up your Pinterest account today! It’s one of my favorite places to get inspiration not only for interior design, but for fashion, cooking & so much more.  I promise you will fall in love with it!  Find me on Pinterest & let’s get inspired together!

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Embrace Color!


Don’t be afraid of color!  Have no fear, bring in the color for fresh and fun cheer!!

You see vibrant colors and room combinations all the time and may find yourself saying, “Wow! This is way too contemporary or loud!” Finding that balance and sophisticated way of pulling in color can be a challenge and tend to make you shy away. Embrace it, go for it!


Use color in coffee table books stacked on an end table or centrally located on the cocktail table.   Have some fresh flowers cut and simply stemmed in a pretty vase.  Fresh flowers in a room will always bring a smile to your face!

Pull in a few, or even a single fun and colorful pillow on your sofa or chair. Remember, a little goes a long way so those few simple elements can transition a room from flat to fun in a matter of minutes!!


Feeling even more adventurous?   Opt for a bold piece of artwork with color or a shade of paint to brighten up a wall.  A great piece of art can really set a room off.  In an all neutral setting, a bold colorful piece of art could serve as the stand out element to create a WOW factor!


So, embrace color & take a risk.  Whether a small pop or a bold powerful statment, just remember to have fun & surround yourself with things you love!

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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!


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Color Coded


We’ve made it easier than ever to shop for home accessories! You all loved shopping by color for accessories in our warehouse & now we’re color coding the showroom as well! Our back wall is now arranged by color to make finding the perfect finishing touches for your space quick & very easy! Stop in to IBB Design Fine Furnishings & pick up everything you need to get your home pulled together before your holiday guests arrive! We sell right off the floor, so it’s perfect for those of you on a design deadline!

Happy decorating!

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Thanksgiving Gratitude: My Family

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.


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Thanksgiving Week of Gratitude


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!

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Fine art on a tight budget

If you’re like me, you love art! Art can be a jumping off point to start a room or the finishing touch that ties your whole look together. Unfortunately my taste in art doesn’t always fit my budget. While I have attended fine art auctions on behalf of clients in the past, I certainly won’t be in the position to bid on a Van Gogh or Picasso for myself any time soon.

So what’s a girl to do? The next best thing to an original piece of artwork is a giclee or a reproduction. And, you’re in luck! I’ve selected two of my all time favorite paintings to be a part of my “Statement & Style” curation going on now through November 1st over at Joss and Main.

The Dream” by Pablo Picasso
Framed hand painted reproduction
Regular price $158
“Statement & Style” curation price $88.95

Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh
Framed hand painted reproduction (comes with certificate of authenticity)
Regular Price $579
“Statement & Style” curation price $229.95

Items in the curation are selling out fast, so jump on over to Joss & Main to take a look and get a little “Statement & Style” for your own home!

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Sneak Peek at My Joss & Main Curation!

Happy Saturday design devotees!  I’m super excited to share a sneak peek with you at my upcoming “Statement & Style” curation for Joss & Main.  The sale will go live tomorrow 10/28 at 9:00 PM EST.  The curation covers a variety of price points & design aestehtics.  I tried to select a little something for everyone!  Whether you are looking for some finishing touches for your home or you need a fabulous hostess or holiday gift, you’ll want to check out this sale on Joss & Main!  Take a look at a few pieces you will find that will help make a statement & add some style to your abode!

Silver Starburst Mirror
36″ H x 36″ W
Regular Price $297
Statement & Style curation price $170.93

Gold Leaf accent table
26.5″ H x 21″ W x 21″ D
Regular Price $1,005
Statement & Style Curation Price $804

Aqua Indoor/Outdoor Rug
sizes ranging from 2’x3′ to 8’3″x11’6″
prices ranging from $49-$699

Seda France Jardin Chinese Peony 3 wick tin candle

Overall dimensions: 41.75″ H x 32.75″ D
Regular price $387
Statement & Style Curation Price $235

18×18 Ikat Decorative Pillow
Regular price $135
Statement & Style curation price $112

Stay tuned for more!  The “Statement & Style” curation starts Sunday, October 28th at 9:00 PM EST & goes thru Thursday, November 1st.  Let’s get our shopping on!

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Fall Market 2012 Showstopper

There were many spectacular pieces at the Fall 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market, but this one takes the cake. My jaw literally dropped when I turned the corner in the John Richard showroom and spotted this beauty!

Jade 2 door cabinet by John Richard

Up close detail of the amazing craftsmanship & dazzling beauty of this piece.

This is a brand new introduction, so it won’t be available for 4-5 months, but I assure you – it’s worth the wait! I have a spot in mind for it in my own home ;-). Available through IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

Tune in to Good Morning Texas this morning to see more of our fabulous finds from Fall 2012 market. I’ll be recapping a few of my favorites!

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Ahead of the curve

We had a fabulous first day at the High Point Home Furnishings market. I was super excited to walk into several showrooms today & see one of our favorite color palettes featured – turquoise & tangerine! Also known as the IBB company colors ;-). IBB was ahead of the curve in regard to this color palette! So fresh & inspiring! Check out a few of my favorite vignettes from today featuring this yummy color combo.

Wesley Hall

CR Laine

CR Laine

Century Furniture

Century Furniture

Make sure to follow me on Pinterest, twitter & instagram for up to the minute fabulous finds from this fall’s market!

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Kravet Blogfest2012 Highlights part 1

Wow! What an amazing week! I had such a blast at Kravet’s Blogfest2012! I’m already ready for next year! I’m not sure how they’ll ever top all of the fun we had. In case you missed it, I recapped all of the excitement yesterday on Good Morning Texas.

I was very excited to have 2 fellow IBB designers along for the ride – Brandy Scott & James “JT” Turner.

We kicked off the festivities by perusing ICFF and came across this insanely cool ping pong table by Akke Functional Art.

This Hermes inspired sink from Linkasink really caught my eye. I think it would be such an elegant addition to a powder bath!

Next stop was the Kips Bay Show house benefiting the Boys & Girl’s club. It was a scrumptious feast for the eyes with incredible rooms by notable designers like Alexa Hampton & Thom Filicia. One of my favorite rooms featured this stunning tapestry over the sofa.

Alexa Hampton’s bedroom featured richly lacquered walls in “Dragon’s Breath”. The bed was dressed with fabrics from her personal collection with Kravet. I was very excited to see the suzani inspired fabric since we’re getting ready to use it in a client’s dining room.

This chair was so remarkable in person. The contrasting welt cord was the exact shade of the deep bluish purple walls. The apple green silk paired with the creamy white finish and gold leafing was so fresh and made a beautiful statement in the dining room.

This layered vignette was so well pulled together. I think almost every blogger stopped to photograph it.

The weather may have been yucky on Tuesday morning, but we were cheerfully welcomed by these gorgeous pink peonies at Hearst Tower. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at what goes into publishing House Beautiful, Veranda & Elle Decor.

It was such a pleasure to chat with House Beautiful’s editor, Newell Turner. He was so warm & gracious. Newell and the staff at House Beautiful have embraced the digital world and are steering the magazine to become an interactive experience that the reader can enjoy far past the printed pages. They also fully support the blogging world and have realized the benefits of taking cues from design bloggers.

The next stop on our tour was the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House. My favorite space was designed by Michael Tovano. The outdoor space was tres chic! We all gushed over the patterned metal cabana.

We spent some time at the D&D building for much more eye candy & inspiration. This wall of ikat fabrics at Brunschwig & Fils caught my eye. They offer a wonderful selection of richly saturated & fresh colors in ikat prints and many more timeless classics they are so well known for.

We ended the day with a cocktail party at GE Monogram. I honestly had no idea about the detailed customization they offered. One of my favorite things showcased there was these braided leather refrigerator handles. Such a fabulous detail!

On Wednesday, we enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Kravet studios. I’ve done this tour a few times before, but it’s always a treat because you get a sneak peek at all of the fabulous fabrics they’re designing. Look what I spotted at Lee Jofa! It’s coming out soon!

During our trip, we were introduced to a very neat company called GlassyBaby.  Created by 3 time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes, they make artisan hand blown glass votives in an array of gorgeous colors.  “To Lee, they represented “that deep breath that we often forget to take.”  I was very excited to take home one of the turquoise votives.  My apologies to founder Lee Rhodes & glassybaby.  I mistakenly referred to them as “GlassBaby” instead of glassybaby on Good Morning Texas.  Please make sure to check out this wonderful company.  Not only do they make beautiful votives, they have also given back over $850,000 to charities to date.

There’s so much more to share with you! Stay tuned for more photos & details on each of the amazing experiences we had during Blogfest2012.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!


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Spotted at market: Lighting

Yesterday, I shared my top 5 lighting picks that were featured in Residential Lighting magazine’s High Point market recap video. Today, I’m going to treat you to a pictorial feast of some of the fabulous lighting I found during spring market!

Orange gourd lamp from Bungalow 5

Wall sconce from Currey & Co

Greek key lamp from Worlds Away

Mirror wall sconce from Regina Andrews

Mercury glass lamp from Jamie Young

Crystal cage chandelier from Regina Andrews

Hot pink chandelier from Currey & Co

Floor lamp by John Richard

Contemporary indoor/outdoor sconces from Fine Art Lamps

Turquoise ball pendant from Worlds Away

Chandelier by John Richard

Mercury glass lamp by John Richard

Gold metal lamp by Worlds Away

To check out more of my spring market finds, you can follow me on Pinterest or check out my Style Spotter board.

Happy designing!

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Bespoke Bench

Good morning design devotess! You’re in for a treat this morning. I’ve asked one of IBB’s designers, Brandy Scott, to blog for us & share some behind the scenes details from one of our recent projects out at Craig Ranch.

I’m so excited to post my first blog with our IBB Design Fine Furnishings followers! Today I want to share one of my favorite recent projects, a custom bench we created for a luxury model townhome in Craig Ranch. You may have seen Shay post it snapshot it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Add some va va voom to your foyer! A bench in the entry is welcoming and sets the design tone for your home. This piece started with Beth and Shay’s vision for a high back bench that was an updated take on a wing chair. We discussed elements of the furniture that we liked best such as straight sides to the wings and the bottom seat deck off the floor with tapered legs to make the bench feel lighter. A single seat cushion and tight back added to its streamlined effect.

Deciding on the correct proportions was important to making the bench an eye catcher! We turned up the volume with an exaggerated seat back height and an overall width that ensured we could avoid seams on the back. To execute the design I did a quick sketch so we could see how all the elements came together and for our fabricator’s reference.

Finally, the finishing details elevate this piece to the next level! A bold stripe in a tone on tone grey and white coordinates with the overall color palette in the house and polished chrome nail heads reinforce the lines of bench. The black and white art surrounding the bench really makes it pop.

So whether it’s a one of kind custom piece designed just for you or a ready made bench, consider seating to welcome your guests to your home with style!



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Sneak Peek Saturday ~ Brooklyn’s Nursery

Well, I must apologize my design devotees!  I’ve been meaning to share Brooklyn’s nursery with you all for quite some time.  She’s 14 months old now & time has just flown by.  Life has been pretty crazy.  I’m still trying to find the groove of balancing life with 2 busy kiddos, time with my hubby & family, running a business & charity work.  Some of you may have already seen shots of Brooklyn’s nursery in ON Magazine & GrandLuxe Magazine.  I’ve also posted a few teasers on facebook & twitter.  But, alas, here are the complete set of shots I had done of her room.

Most of the items in Brooklyn’s nursery are what I originally designed for our oldest daughter, Jaylie when I was pregnant with her 8 years ago.  The crib, chandelier, Barbie mirror & chair & ottoman are new additions.  I had aqua stripes painted on the ceiling because I wanted to add a fabulous ceiling treatment for Brooklyn to gaze at while she laid in her crib.


We had the twin bed in Jaylie’s nursery as well.  It’s a must for daddy or mommy to sleep in when Brooklyn is sick or having a rough night!  Big sister Jaylie often begs to sleep in here as well.  It’s so sweet!  The “Brooklyn” art was a baby gift from my good friend Kris Perry.



My mom, Jaylie & I made the Barbie mirror.  We used a sunburst mirror from IBB & glued the 50th anniversary Barbies on it in the same pose to create visual cohesiveness.

Jaylie loves to read to Brooklyn.  Actually, I’m not sure who enjoys it more.  Brooklyn is just enamored by her big sister!  Keeping books in the nursery is a must!

This is one of my favorite places to snuggle with Brooklyn.  This swivel rocker chair & ottoman by Lee Industries is amazingly comfortable!  I have fallen asleep in it many a time!  I had it upholstered in indoor/outdoor fabrics because I knew it was going to get lots of use & abuse from our family.

My great Aunt Helen hand made this pink velvet bear for Brooklyn.  She made a similar one in pink mohair for Jaylie when she was born.  We keep it up on the changing table, but it’s just for snuggles & looks.  Too precious to play with everyday!

I love Brooklyn’s chandelier from Stray Dog Designs.  I had this design made in a custom size to fit her room just perfectly.  I love how the black & white stripes play with the aqua stripes on the ceiling.  The aqua & apple green finial are just adorable!

I had liners made for the baskets on the changing table out of coordinating fabrics from the nursery bedding.  It’s a great way to conceal all of the necessities we use on a daily basis & add color to the white changing table unit.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into Brooklyn’s nursery!  To all of my momma friends out there ~ Have a wonderful Mother’s Day & I hope you all are pampered & spoiled tomorrow!

*all photos by*

Happy Designing!



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Sneak Peek: Craig Ranch project 2

Happy Saturday design lovers! Remember the Craig Ranch project I showed you a few weeks ago? Well, today’s sneak peek is a 2nd installation we completed for Craig International at the Residences at Grand Lodge out in Craig Ranch. The home sits on the TPC golf course & the views it boasts are amazing! This home seemed to be the favorite amongst the crowd at a recent party out there hosted by Paulette Green. The developer asked that this home be more transitional in design & I must say we were very pleased at how the project turned out.

Family room (photo by I love the fresh feel & the pops of color. Notice the designer details like the fabric on the leading edge of the draperies. The fabric is one of my favorites from my fabulous friend Tobi Fairley’s collection thru Hickory Chair.

You’ll be able to see more photos from this project very soon! It’s going to be featured in GrandLuxe magazine’s June Home issue!

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

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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Style Spotted: Thom Filicia

One of my favorite stops at market is Vanguard Furniture. I love the fresh design aesthetic of their furnishings. They have several designer collaborations, but I’m particularly fond of Thom Filicia’s collection. And yes, he is as charming in real life as he is on tv. I met him for the first time a few years ago & every time I see him he always takes the time to catch up & ask me how my family is & to see pictures of my kiddos. He also personally walks Vanguard guests thru his collection describing each piece along the way. It’s always such a treat! Take a look at some of my favorites from Thom & Vanguard.

Thom & I with his console with upholstered inset panels. I loved this piece so much that I spotted it on the Style Spotter contest for the High Point Home Furnishings Market on Pinterest.




Want more eye candy & inspiration from the Spring 2012 market? Head on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest. The voting has been extended until May 3rd so make sure to like, re-pin & comment! The winner will be announced Friday, May 4th.

Happy designing!

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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.

CR Laine

Ferguson Copeland

Hickory Chair

Wesley Hall

Lilly Pulitzer

Century Furniture

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!

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Show-off Shoe Cabinet

I’ve been having so much fun uncovering the coolest products in home furnishings to share with you all as a Style Spotter for the Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings market.  You may remember the Pinterest contest I told you about earlier that I’m participating in as a Style Spotter this week.  So, my super stylish followers, I have something majorly swoon worthy to share with you!

It’s the Show-off Shoe cabinet by Lilly Pulitzer.  This is for the girl who doesn’t have enough closet space or someone who simply wants a sassy way to organize their shoes.  Come on, don’t your Manolos & Louboutins deserve a gorgeous space to live?

Isn’t it fabulous?  I think my good friend, Tina (a.k.a the shoe snob) would approve!  Let me know what you think.

Curious to see what else I found at spring market?  Mosey on over to my Style Spotter board on Pinterest for more home furnishing fabulosity!  You still have 2 more days to vote so like & re-pin away to your heart’s content!  I’d love to see your comments & feedback!

Happy Designing!


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It’s almost here! Ready to spot some style!

High Point, North Carolina’s Home Furnishings Market is like Fashion Week for interior designers & we are super stoked because it starts this week!  It’s no secret that IBB is not your typical furniture store.  We take 6 of our talented designers to market to hand select the freshest products in the industry to enable our clients to shop the best selection for their homes.


High Point Market has recruited eight home fashion trendsetters to showcase their favorite products and top trends at the April show and in case you haven’t heard yet, I was selected as one!  Yippee!!!  I’m taking this honor rather seriously, as I am bound & determined to uncover some really cool products to offer our clients at IBB & share with you!  As the only designer representing the Lone Star State, you know I’ll be on the hunt to show you some Texas sized style! 


I will be pinning as I walk the show and capturing images of my favorite looks and hot new products to my High Point pin board on Pinterest.  I’ll be competing against 7 other home fashion trendsetters for the coveted title of “Best Style Spotter” & a free trip to the fall market.


You can VOTE!  Simply follow my High Point Market pin board on Pinterest, and generate “likes” and re-pins of my market photos of products to your own Pinterest boards.  I want to know what tickles your design fancy!  Each “like” earns 1 point & each “re-pin” earns 2 points.  Start following my board today!  The Style Spotting begins in just a few days!  Follow all of the fun April 19th-24th.

Happy designing!!


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Sneak Peek Saturday: Craig Ranch

For today’s sneak peek Saturday, I wanted to give you a look inside a fun project we just completed out in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The project is a 4,292 sq ft 2 story town home located in a private gated section of Craig Ranch. All of the town homes boast exceptional views of the TPC golf course. For this model, the developer requested a traditional interior that would cater to a discriminating buyer looking for luxury in an elite golfing community.

The finish out of the home had already been completed by the builder. We were very excited to be called in to be the exclusive designers for this project & furnish & accessorize the home from top to bottom.

Living room

Jewel tones offer a rich color palette

End of foyer looking into living/dining area

Sitting area of one of the guest bedrooms

For more information on the interior design of this home or to incorporate this look into your own home, contact one of IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s talented designers. To schedule a tour of this home or for more information regarding the purchase of this home, contact the office Paulette Green with Ebby Halliday.

Stay tuned because we are installing a second project for Craig Ranch in just a few weeks.  I’m super excited about this one!  It will be a completely different design style & color palette.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy designing!

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Thank you Material Girls!

I just have to give a quick shout out & HUGE thank you to my fabulous friend Emily Johnston of Material Girls for the post on IBB she featured earlier.

Check out the post here.

IBB LOVES Material Girls! Thank you Emily for the post & being a loyal IBB client to help fulfill your designs for your client’s homes! xo

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Hostess with the Mostest!

It’s New Year’s Eve & there is a good chance that you are entertaining or hosting a swanky soiree this evening. Want to impress your dinner guests? Step away from the “matchy matchy” & glam up your dining room by selecting some fab host & hostess chairs to mix in with your side chairs. Here are a few of my favorites… Best photoshop online teaches and courses jonly our site!

Blenheim Skirted Host chair from Ferguson Copeland

Martin Host Chair with loose cushion by Hickory Chair

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Go Wild!

Hello my design devotees!  I’m working from home on this dreary Monday Dallas morning.  One of my little princesses is home sick.  I’m sourcing for a couple of different projects I am working on right now & I came across this photo I had saved in my “Style File” on my home computer.  There are so many things I love about this!  For starters, the chest is covered in zebra hair on hide & tricked out with silver nail heads that define this yummy piece.  The top is covered in glass to ensure a safe place to set your accessories, lamps, etc.  The mirror above the chest is so fun & really makes a gorgeous contrasting statement to the mustard yellow wall color.  If mustard yellow walls scare you, you’ll be happy to know that this ensemble would be just as chic on a crisp white wall.  Small infusions of color help tie this chic setting up in a pretty little package.  The turquoise lamp &  sunny yellow gourd vases say “Hello!” with just the right amount of energy to accessorize the space.

Want this look in your home?  Contact an IBB designer today.  All items pictured are available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

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Brooklyn Sage Geyer

Happy Tuesday my design friends!  Life is very busy over here at the Geyer household.  Brooklyn Sage Geyer was born on March 8th & was 7 pounds 1 ounce & 19 inches.  She is officially one week old today!  We love her more & more every day.  Big Sis Jaylie is taking her sisterly duties very seriously.  She loves to read & sing to Brooklyn.  Life is great as a family of four!

I want to thank all of my friends in the blogosphere, twitter, & facebook for all of the kind well wishes & gifts over the last week.  We feel so loved!

Gotta dish some shout outs!

Flowers from my friends at CR Laine (one of my favorite upholstery lines that we carry at IBB)  Thank you!

I was super excited to receive this gift from my fabulous Twitter friend Julie Bova. The Guna Pod, an infant sleep sack, is the creation of her sister & we absolutely love it!  Thanks Julie!

I especially want to give a huge shout out to my amazing mom who came over & filled our house with loads of gorgeous fresh flowers to welcome home baby Brooklyn!  It was such a treat!  There is just something about fresh flowers around the house that instantly puts a smile on your face!

I’ve got lots to share with you over the coming weeks as I recover from my c-section and enjoy some time off with my sweet baby girl.  Stay tuned for guest bloggers, more sneak peeks from the new Geyer casa & other IBB projects & a fun makeover!

Happy designing!


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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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2011 is Tickled Pink!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably already know that the 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle.  I announced it after receiving the press release from Pantone back in December.  The reddish pink hue was selected by Pantone, the global authority on color, as the “It” color for 2011.  While I think the color is fabulous, I think it has it’s limitations when it comes to interior design. Although, I could see interior designer Jonathan Adler having some fun with this color.   It’s vibrant & it’s bold.  I foresee this being more of an accent color than a color one would want to live with in abundance.  I think my husband would straight up give me the *side eye* if I told him we were painting any room in our house this color or using this color for our family room sofa fabric.  That wouldn’t fly in my house & certainly not in most of my clients homes.

Where it could work in abundance:
1) Teenage girl’s room
2) A fun vibrant nursery
3) In the home of a very creative person with a playful side that most likely lives alone
4) a very chic & girly closet (see Barbie’s closet below)

jonathan adler, honeysuckle, 2011 color of the year, pink, pink interiors Colors to pair Honeysuckle with:
1) Gray ~ any shade of gray would be breathtaking with the color!  Gray is a fabulous neutral and can definitely take on the task of grounding this “look at me” shade of pink.
2) White ~ for a fresh approach, contrast this color with a bright white.  Honeysuckle would really “POP” against a white like Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White or Gardenia.
3) Turquoise ~ The color of the year for 2010!  This 2 colors would be fabulous together!
4) Black ~ Black would also act as a grounding color for Honeysuckle

Where to use it as an accent:
1) Art
2) Pillows
3) a rug
4) lamp

Check out Honeysuckle in action in some of these interiors!


image from Elle Decor

Barbie’s closet in the real life Barbie Dream House in Malibu.  Interior Design by Jonathan Adler

Barbie’s Malibu outdoor living area ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

So, what do you think?  Is honeysuckle a good fit for your home or a better fit for your wardrobe?

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Holiday Gift Guide featured in ON Magazine

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!

Click Here to print the Gift Guide

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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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Halloween Tabletop

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

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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!

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Happy Halloween my friends!

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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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Makeover Magic in just a few hours!

Last Friday around 8:00 AM, I received an SOS e-mail from a long time client & friend that they were in need of a quick makeover for their formal living room & master bedroom.  I am used to getting requests like this around this time of year.  Many clients are eager to get their homes vamped up before their season of holiday soirees begin.  She wanted to know if we could meet around 1:00 to pull some things together to have delivered asap.  Here’s where, as a designer, having access to 40,000 square feet of home furnishings & accessories with over 300 different lines at your fingertips really comes in handy!  We’ve been working on their home for some time now, so I was in familiar territory.  In the formal living room, we were going to utilize their existing sofa, a piece of art, coffee table, a pair of chairs & a chest.  Everything else needed to be filled in.  The room boasts 30 foot ceilings & a magnificent cast stone fireplace.  Floor to ceiling windows showcase the family’s stunning backyard oasis.  I accepted the challenge & scurried back to my office after finishing GMT to get started on the project.

Above are a few of the pieces I came up with.  We met at 1:00 to discuss everything & had the truck loaded & ready to deliver by 3:00.  Project makeover was in full effect!  The eglomise consoles were selected to flank the fireplace with the impressive 87″ circle mirrors hanging above each one.  The jewel tone striped chairs have a stunning back (which you will see as you enter the home) & will face the windows for guests to enjoy the views.  The large drum table was picked to take center stage in the large foyer of the home.  By 5:30, the truck was unloaded & the family had a stunning new formal living room.  We will be hanging the mirrors this afternoon & are waiting on a few pieces that we decided to special order.  I love it when a project comes together so quickly.  It’s that glorious feeling of instant gratification.  Or, as I like to call it ~ a magical makeover!

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Nursery Inspiration

After a weekend of nesting like crazy (I organized & cleaned out 3 closets!)  & my little “bump” growing bigger by the day, I am definitely in full baby mode these days.  We are very excited to be having another little girl.  I love to design kids rooms & nurseries.  It’s a great area to let the imagination run wild & to let your creativity flow.  I will be sharing much more with you about my nursery in the coming months, but for now, I thought I’d leave you with a few of the nurseries we have done over the years at IBB Design.

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We have worked with a fabulous artist for over 20 years in many of our designs.  She did all of the murals in the nurseries above.  Check out her company here!

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What’s Your Cocktail Style?

Cocktail tables, that is.  My design philosophy is that your home needs to be a personal reflection of who you are.  So, for today’s segment on Good Morning Texas, I came up with a fun way to help you determine the perfect cocktail table for you by what your cocktail of choice is.  Watch the segment here.

Rustic & ready for game day!  This leather upholstered cocktail ottoman comes with a built in game board & chess & checkers game pieces.  Sports enthusiasts can kick up their feet on the durable leather and sit back & relax.  Game table center can be used to set food or drinks or for countless hours of fun during family game night.

Glamorous and sophisticated, this mirrored top cocktail table says “Look at me”.  For the stylish woman or man (or family!) who likes an updated traditional look with clean lines and metal finishes.

This glass top cocktail table is made from an antique flour bin & has a wrought iron base & handles on the sides.  The look is vintage and has an aged feel just like a fine wine!

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Market Recap: That’s Genius! Part One

I just got back to Dallas from furniture market in High Point, North Carolina.  I have TONS to share with you!  I’m trying to play catch up from being gone for a week, so today I will fancy you with something I found at market that I thought was pure genius!  It’s one of those things where you say to yourself, “I can’t believe someone hadn’t already thought of that!”.  I’ve never seen it done before with any of the lines we carry.  If you’ve seen it before, let me know.  It’s such a simple concept, that it could very well already be out there.

It’s a sectional where the chaise lounge can be moved from side to side.  The end of the chaise is an ottoman.  So, if you need the chaise to be on the other side, you just move the ottoman & reverse the cushions.  Talk about form & function!  So clever!  It’s a great investment for those who move around a lot or for those who just like to re-arrange their furniture a lot.  It’s so versatile, that you can configure it to fit almost any room.

It’s usually a challenge to buy sectionals for our store because it’s a gamble that the configuration could fit in a variety of spaces.  This takes the gamble out of it!  So excited to have found this from a line we carry & can’t wait to get it in to our store!

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Thank You! ~ My anonymous friend!

I returned to my office this morning after a busy whirlwind trip to High Point for furniture market & was pleasantly surprised to find a little gift on my desk.  Inside were these adroable little baby shoes!  The note was just signed “fan of the Designer Detective”.  At first I thought it was my husband being creatively sneaky, but he swears it wasn’t him.  So, I wanted to give a big hug & shout out to my anonymous friend & blog reader & say THANK YOU!  That was really too kind of you to think of me & send a little gift for my growing bundle of joy.  Such a treat to be greeted with it this morning!

PS ~ I would love it if you would shoot me an e-mail to reveal yourself so that I could send you a “proper” thank you note.

The Designer Detective

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Think Pink!

Breast cancer, thinkpink, pink, Century, pink chairsAs many of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  I’ve long been a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I think Nancy Brinker is such a class act & greatly admire what she has done to fight breast cancer.  The subject also hits much closer to home for me.  My aunt is a two time breast cancer survivor and is currently in remission.  I truly admire her not only her own personal battle against breast cancer, but also her tenacity to raise money for Susan G Komen.

I recently came across the trending topics #projectpink & #thinkpink on twitter.  Every time you TWEET using the #projectpink hash tag through October 18th, PUMA will donate $1 to the winning Project Pink charity, up to a maximum of $25,000.  How awesome is that?!  So, what are you waiting for?  Go get your tweet on!!!    Click here for more information. #thinkpink is the hashtag the design blogging community has been using in an effort to raise money to help eradicate breast cancer.  See the pink posts from some of my fellow friends & design bloggers IFD Blog, Wanda S Horton,  & Cynthia Mason.

So, in honor of breast cancer awareness month & #thinkpink, the following is a brief compilation of some of my favorite pink interior goodies & inspirations.  Pink also just happens to be my favorite color, so this post is really not much of a stretch for me.  I would love to work some more pink into my home, but unless it’s our kid’s rooms (which of course have pink in them since we have a little girl & another baby girl on the way) my husband would kill me!  So, for now I will dazzle myself & the rest of you design lovers with some fab pink interior & fashion designs!

Click here to make a donation on-line.

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Checkberry by Glidden Paint graces the walls of this chic dining room by Suzanne Kasler.

The pink & very girly “Eloise Suite” designed by Betsy Johnson for the New York’s Plaza Hotel.  Image from Elle.

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Fall Flavored Before & After

Fall is one of my favorite times of year for many reasons.  1) Fall & Spring give us the most beautiful weather here in Dallas 2) My birthday is in November!  3) I love all of the colors associated with the season including fun Halloween colors & the warmer colors that make us think of Thanksgiving & spending time with loved ones

Shades of green, orange, red & yellow fill the world around us this time of year.  Fall represents beautiful changes taking place.  The leaves begin to change colors & remind us that summer is over & a new season is upon us.  Just as in nature, we experience different seasons in our lives.    Many times those seasons bring about a desire for change in regards to how we live.   For many people, this sparks an interest in improving their homes.  Whether it’s big or small,  making changes to your home can be quite exciting.  A fresh coat of paint in a fabulous new shade or an amazing pair of lamps can make a room feel brand new.  Remodeling or completely re-furnishing a room can make you feel like you have an entirely new home.  Design projects and transformations are revitalizing.

I recently worked with a client to give her home a makeover inspired by a wonderful new beginning in her life.  Some of the interior changes were very big & while others were more simple, they were all dramatic.  The fresh new feeling that now greets her guests with a warm welcome is remarkable.  In the dining room, you will see one of our more simple changes.  On the left, you see the dining chairs before.  Originally, the outside & inside back of the chairs were covered in a tapestry fabric with a brown background.  We wanted to lighten up the room to bring new life to it.  I chose a stunning foliage patterned fabric from Lee Jofa to re-cover the inside & outside back of the chairs.  We decided to keep the seat in the red leather.  The result was a lighter more airy feel in the dining room.  The fabric is so fresh & vivid as compared to the previous tapestry that just sort of died in the room.

Enjoy this cool & gorgeous weather & Happy Fall y’all!!!

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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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Cool Kid’s Spaces & On Magazine

Hey friends!  The new issue of ON Magazine is hot off the press!  This month we’re focusing on the family & I’m talking about designing cool spaces for your kiddos.  I had so much fun on this issue.  The game room featured in the article is my daughter’s & she even makes a cameo in her favorite space.  Vamping up your kid’s rooms is the perfect back to school project!  Click on the photo below to get an up close look at the photos & tips.  Happy designing!

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It’s ON!

I’ve got exciting news my fellow interior design aficionados!  I’m thrilled to announce my editorial debut & partnership with ON magazine.  Now, you’ll be able to get my latest design tips & trends in glossy form in addition to this blog & Good Morning Texas.  Each issue will focus on a different design topic.  This issue highlights different ways & suggestions on how to use decorative trays throughout your home.  Click on the PDF below to get the full scoop!  Let me know what you think & please offer any suggestions for topics that you would like to see me cover in the magazine!


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It’s Nate Day!

Did you know that today is Nate Day?  And, yes I am referring to the uber-fabulous  Nate Berkus, celebrity interior decorator extraordinare.  If you’re active on Twitter, then you may have been alerted to the trending topic #nateday that has all of the design & blogging community in a frenzy.  “How’d he get his own day?”, you may be asking yourself.  No, Oprah didn’t declare it Nate Day.  The Moggit Girls did.  Why?  Is it his infectious smile & energy?  His drool worthy colorful designs?  Well, of course, but it all started with a recent announcement.  The Moggit Girls created such a buzz when they first tweeted about the debut of Nate’s new show premiering in September that they asked fellow design bloggers & tweeters to unite for a day full of Nate Berkus inspired content.  Being a fan of Nate’s, I am, of course, happy to participate.

So, in honor of #nateday, I thought I would share with you the top 5 reasons I can identify with & why I swoon over Nate’s designs.

#1 Contrast:  I absolutely adore the upholstery against the dark painted walls (covered in eco friendly paint company Farrow & Ball’s Off Black) in this room Nate designed alongside Ann Coyle for Elle Rakieten, a producer for the Oprah Winfrey show.

#2 Layering:  I’m a huge fan of layering!  I love to add a powerful punch to a plain sisal rug with a zebra skin rug as shown in the photo above.  Berkus hit the high notes with this one.  Each piece in the room is fabulous in it’s own right, but when joined together they create a beautiful design harmony.  I showed you a similar look  with a pair of green chairs & a fun zebra hair on hide rug on GMT back in March.

#3 Adding Ottomans:  The addition of ottomans or small benches not only allows for extra seating for your guests in a room but also gives you the opportunity to have some design fun!  I love the legs on the ottomans Nate used in this design.  The pop of color on the seat is a deep contrast with the dark rich sofa across from it.

#4 Sexy Sectionals:  Whether it’s floating in a room (like the one I recently showed you that I designed for a client in California) or hugging a wall, a sectional does not have to be boring or plain.  Even though this sectional is neutral in color, the squared tufted sections make it say “va va va voom”!  This swanky pad in Milan is one of my all time favorite Berkus designs.

#5 Any shade of blue:  I’m always feeling blue!  I’m drawn to pretty much every shade of blue from teal or turquoise to mineral or baby blue.  It’s one of my favorite colors to work with.  Nate livened up his sister’s nearly neutral color palette with the addition of a painted blue chest.  The shade is pure perfection & adds drama & intensity to her home.


images from, Elle Decor, Glamour, Google

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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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Sizzling Summer Colors

The kiddos will soon be out of school & begging to play in the pool all day everyday to beat the heat.  If you’re looking for inspiration for your home’s color palette, why not consider a few sizzling summer colors?  Last week on GMT, we chatted about one of my all time favorite color combinations ~ Turquoise & Tangerine.  It sounds so chic just rolling off your tongue, but when you combine the two hues with crisp whites or other neutrals it instantly satisfies your need for exceptional eye candy.  Whenever I’m around the powerful color duo, I dream of sitting on a beach in the Caribbean drinking a Hibiscus Martini.

Watch the segment here to get a few ideas on incorporating these summer inspired colors into your home.

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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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A Fabric That Rocks!

Even if you’re not a huge fan of the Beatles, you probably instantly recognize the iconic group pictured on this fabric.  It’s the photo from the back cover of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This fabric caught my eye not once, but twice during visits to two different showrooms at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market earlier this week.

Century used it in a contemporary setting.  They used the Beatles print for the back of this bench seat & contrasted it with black leather & a coordinating linen.   The scheme is a blend of contrasting neutrals and textures.  They paired it with a white lacquered end table, a fun black geometric screen & large round end table with a chrome pedestal base.  The round table is arranged in front of the bench to serve as a small dining table.  You could even use two of them in front of the bench to create a lounge feeling in a game room, media room, or hip home office or study.

Over at Vanguard, they took a more traditional approach.  The same fabric in primary colors covers a cocktail ottoman with leather, nail head trim & an exposed wood base.  An ottoman like this could add spunk in front of a gameroom or media room sofa.  Or, if someone in your house is a huge Beatles fan or memorabilia collector, this would be perfect addition to a study with book or display cases housing their collection.

I have a lot more fun finds from market to come, so stay tuned!

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Barbara Barry & Goodies from Global Views

I was so excited to receive a sneak peek at Barbara Barry’s  new accessory introductions for Global Views that I had to share it with you all right away!  The elegant line contains ceramics, trays, boxes and other fabulous accessories that depict the timeless sophistication that Ms. Barry is known for.  She has selected an assortment of amazing finishes including laquer, leather & silver leaf detailing.

Script Oval Tray in Ivory

This might be my favorite piece.  I love to add a tray to a room.  They are so versatile.  Display pretty perfume bottles on them in your bathroom or use them to group or organize cell phones, keys, pens & to-do lists.  Bring them out to entertain with when you have a party or use it to serve your sweetie coffee or breakfast in bed.  Set one up in a guest room on a nightstand or dresser with items to make your guests feel welcome (fresh cookies, magazines, bottled water & a toothbrush & toothpaste).

Banded ceramic vase & Polished Tazza in white

You know I love to entertain, so of course I love this vase & footed serving piece.  They have such a fresh clean look.  I can just imagine displaying a fresh bouquet of flowers in the vase & arranging yummy muffins on the serving piece to have coffee with girlfriends.

Luxe Organizer in Ivory laquer

This sleek set of laquered boxes offer both form & fuction.  Perfectly sized to conceal pens, pencils, keys, or jewelry this should be on everyone’s “must have” list.

Global Views is one of my absolute favorite home accessory lines.  They also happen to be one of my favorite showrooms to visit at market.  I can’t wait to see them this weekend when we embark on our bi-annual shopping spree in North Carolina for home furnishings & accessories for IBB.  Market is like fashion week for the interior design industry.  I’m like a kid in a candy store there.  By the end of the trip, my head is usually spinning from all of the fabulous finds that caught my eye.

If you aren’t already, make sure to follow me on Twitter to get instant updates & see all the great things I found at market next week!

AND, if you’re a designer & you’ll be at market, you won’t want to miss our Tweetup at Global Views on Sunday, April 18th.  Click here for details & to RSVP.

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A sofa that swings

The weather in Dallas in absolutely gorgeous right now!  Aside from the wind, I have been dreaming up ways to try to do my job poolside.

Springtime usually gets us all in the mood for home improvement projects, especially those outdoor projects.  My list continues to grow.  It got me thinking… is your outdoor space IN style?

I took the  photo above in my parent’s pool cabana.  It showcases one of my all time favorite outdoor elements.  I call it the swinging sofa.  It’s a deep outdoor sofa that is made to function like a classic porch swing.  It’s perfect for lounging & reading a book or taking a nap or just to sit & swing!  It’s hung from the cedar beams of the cabana.  My daughter’s favorite design element is the lady bug print pillows out of sunbrella fabric.  We often pile on it to sit & talk or watch TV.  Ahhhh, so comfy,  relaxing & peaceful!


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White Hot!

Today on Good Morning Texas, I featured a sofa by Century that has everyone around IBB white hot!  With style that seems to channel Chanel, this beauty will have you swooning when you see it in person.  The hand painted white chairs & leather cocktail ottoman are also by Century.

Watch the video for the segment here.

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Video: My top 5 favorite chairs right now!

If you’re looking for that special something to liven up your decor, a fabulous chair or pair of chairs can easily do the trick!  I recently highlighted my top 5 favorite chairs of the moment for Good Morning Texas.

Watch the video here.

Favorite Chair #1

This leather & hair on hide upholstered chair with antique brass nailhead trim would work wonderfully in a study featuring a rich warm brown color palette.

Favorite Chair #2

I LOVE this jewel tone beauty from John Richard!  The rich colors paired with gold leaf detail make this chair such a luxurious treat!  This has been a very popular chair at IBB.

Favorite Chair #3

Now, you all know that I am a sucker when it comes to a fabulous piece featuring eglomise!  So, it’s no wonder this stylish number (again from John Richard) made my list of faves!

Favorite Chair #4

The color of the year for 2010 is turquoise, but how about a richer deep teal for a pop of color?  Use these comfy chairs to add style to a family room, study or swanky sitting area.

The embroidered branch pattern on this Sherrill chair is to die for!  We contrasted the outside of the frame with a sumptuous chocolate brown velvet & then added some additional eye candy by using polished nickel nail head trim to finish off the look.

**All of the above chairs are available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom**

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Mini Make-over

It’s time for a make-over!  It’s a mini project for me.  I’ve finally had it!   My office at IBB is in major need of some TLC.  You see, we’ve been at our current location for more than five years now.  I was pregnant with my daughter & super busy at the time of the move, so I decided to put the task of “officially” designing my office space off for a later date.  Well, five years later, things are still super busy around here (Praise God!)  & my walls are still bare (with the exception of a print of the new studios I was given when I started at Good Morning Texas).  My desk chair is oh-so-comfy, but a MAJOR eye sore!  My guest chairs for clients & other business guests are pretty, but they’re just not me.

Last weekend while I was up here working on a client project, I finally reached my boiling point.  Part of creating inspiring interiors, I believe, is surrounding ourselves with things we find inspiring.  My office, where I spend a great deal of time each day, falls very short of awe inspiring.

I whipped out some fabric books & my Benjamin Moore paint deck & picked out some fabulosity for my new digs.  I wanted something fun, girly, young & hip.  I will be using hints of fuschia (because I love pink & I think my fiance would kill me if I ever tried to use pink in the home we’ll soon be sharing!)  I’ll be re-covering my desk chair & the guest chairs, painting the walls, adding some art & lighting & switching out the big bulky armoire for a sleek mirrored console.  I’ll be keeping my desk unit (even though I probably should eventually update that too) because I love it’s functionality & quite frankly I just don’t want to spend the money right now.  I’ll be tackling this in stages (in my spare time:  note to self; find spare time! ~ LOL!) so I will post the after pictures when it’s complete.  For now,  check out the color palette as well as some before photos below.

These are the fabrics I’ve selected.  Since you haven’t heard me shut up about my excitement that turquoise is the 2010 color of the year, are you even surprised that I’d be using it in my own surroundings?  I’m contrasting it with the rich midnight blue velvet.  I’ll be pulling in hints of my favorite color pink through the fuchsia in the stripe fabric as well as some accessories.  I”ll show you & explain where everything is going in the After post when the room is complete.  Gotta let the reveal be a surprise…


Desk chair before
I know, I know.  Hideous, right?  I use that cozy turquoise throw everyday ( It’s always so dang cold in my office! ), but it actually helps disguise my ugly desk chair too ~ LOL!

My chunky clunky armoire is getting the boot.  It’s really just serving as a storage unit for JUNK!  Hasta la vista baby!


This shows off the wall color before.  I’ll be changing it to a bright white for a cheery update and to bring some life into my office.  I have no windows in here, so I’m ready for a light bright feel.  As of now, I’ve selected Benjamin Moore white dove.  I’ll be painting a test sample this weekend.


I’ll be recovering these chairs & adding some cool detailing to give them a fun playful update.

If I’m feeling a little frisky, I will probably chronicle this makeover via twitter, so make sure you follow me here.

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Fresh Take on Turquoise

Yesterday, I introduced you to my fabulous friend & our first guest blogger, Shelly Rosenberg.  Today, she shares her fresh take on the 2010 color of the year featuring our good friend & jewelry designer, Elizabeth Showers.  Enjoy!

Fresh is the new fix in an economy that has us feeling deep blue. Take it up a notch with a hue to good to be true! Who says? Pantone, the Oz of the color wheel, gives Turquoise the title: Color of the Year, 2010! We need vibrant, chin-to-the-sun fun. Let’s walk like Egyptians and embrace this historic tint they honored for it’s restorative and healing power.

Energy is not all it’s got- fashion says it’s hip and haute. Dive into your favorite mags and notice it in the most delicate of porcelain, sleek urban furnishings, punchy textiles and the most exquisite bijoux!

Bling is the thing for our beloved local designer, Elizabeth Showers. Her designs celebrate the most refined version of this gem. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, Town & Country and Vogue and is treasured by A-list celebs. In a word, her art is simply stunning. This designer aims to “empower all women to feel beautiful.” Aligned with her trademark logo, The Hope Star, her affair with turquoise offers inspiration to us and integrity to a stone often overlooked.

A sampling of some of the magnificent turquoise jewelry by Elizabeth Showers.

So taken was she that her new ride is now all the rage. Years ahead of the curve, London’s Mini Cooper is fashion forward…In her limited edition, Elizabeth cruises in style. Here, the plucky partner to our featured shade is brown- in yummy shades of chocolate and toffee! Pleasure and sophistication coexist with Elizabeth at the helm.

Check out Elizabeth’s fab jewelry up against the chocolate brown interior with turquoise stitching of her tres chic Mini Cooper!  Can you say hot???!!!

Elizabeth Showers showing off the super cool interior of her Mini Cooper!  This is a girl on top of her trends!

Detailing of the turquoise stitching on her leather interior.

Check out Elizabeth’s blog here.

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Designer Style: Turquoise

Kelly Wearstler is simply one of my very favorite interior designers.  Known for her bold use of color, her designs have received accolades and much admiration from across the globe.  I’ve followed her work for quite some time.  One of my favorite projects by Kelly is the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.  If you ever visit, make this your place to stay!

Read up!  Kelly has previously released 2 books, Modern Glamour &  Domicilium Decoratus.  Her latest book, Hue (debuted in November 2009), reflects many of her noteworthy projects displaying her courageous (and may I say well executed) use of color.

Kelly’s designs are inspiring & intoxicating.  Since we’re chatting so much lately about the 2010 color of the year, turquoise, I thought I’d share a few photos from her projects highlighting various uses of the shade.

Whether used in a small or large way, the impact is HUGE.  Take a look for yourself.

A rich hue added in a desk chair.

Possibly my favorite interpretation of the color.  This notable photo is from the interiors of the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.

Turquoise stones adorn a decorative box from her exclusive line of home accessories for Bergdorf Goodman.

I love the turquoise & blue stripe on this modern sofa.

The drapes & sectional are sensational!

Another fabulous photo of the Viceroy in Miami.

A sampling of her fabrics for Groundworks by Lee Jofa.

Check out that turquoise sofa!  I LOVE the combination with the yellow.  So striking!

Kelly showing off one of the most fabulous chairs ever!  The chair is encrusted with oodles of gorgeous stones.  It looks like a piece of jewelry.  You can sit on it yourself if you visit the Viceroy in Miami.

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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  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

*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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Christmas Entertaining

A very Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope you are having a very blessed day & enjoying some quality time with your family.  This is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love to decorate my house and my friend’s & client’s homes for this joyous season.  I also love to entertain.  We really enjoy cooking in our family, so we often throw get togethers & cocktail parties.  Christmas is no exception.  We recently hosted a Christmas open house at our home for family, friends & clients.  The night was festive and the halls were decked!

My mom & I cooked all of the food.  We had a huge spread of beef tenderloin, shrimp cocktail, dips, stuffed mushrooms, fruits, cheeses & yummy desserts.  I even played bartender & mixed candy cane & tinsel tinis.  The evening was a huge success & we enjoyed sharing in the joys of the holidays with everyone.

Our entry way

Our formal living room.  We set out Chirstmas cookies, peppermint bark & sundried tomato cheese spread & crackers for guests to munch on as they socialized.

The dinner buffet

The dessert buffet in our dining room

Festive Chocolate cake (We bought this one at Central Market)

The Martini bar set up

The candy cane & tinsel tinis.  I wrapped sparkle pipe cleaners around the stems of the tinsel tinis.  Get the candy cane tini recipe here.

Santa Challah bread 🙂


Chair decor for our gameroom chairs (as seen on GMT)

Family room coffee table decor.  I collect vintage Santas.  We had a contest for guests to guess how many Santas we had in the house.  We had a total of 55 including the ornaments on the tree!

Me & my co-host, my wonderful fiance Brian all ready for the party.

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Video: Holiday Tabletop Ideas

Christmas is just days away!  Are your tabletops ready for the big celebration?  If not, check out last Friday’s GMT segment for some ideas to set your tables in style for the holidays.  Whether you’re setting up for a buffet or just need some inspiration for your dining table, I’m here to help!

Watch the segment here.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Video: Makeover for the Holidays!

Good morning friends!  I know many of you are probably running around crazy like me trying to get last minute Christmas & Holiday shopping done!  How about putting a room makeover on your list?  I know there are a few rooms in my house that I want to work on 😉

Last week on GMT, I featured a ideas for a game room makeover.  Here’s a link to the segment.  I hope it inspires you!  Maybe Santa has a makeover in store for you 🙂  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Happy Decorating!

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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

Dorothea & Jon Bon Jovi at the opening

Tory Burch at the opening

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!

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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Christmas Favs: Candles

One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is all of the wonderful scents associated with it.  Evergreen trees, homemade & fresh baked goodies from the kitchen and cinnamon & spice are just a few of my favorites.  Years ago, my mom stumbled upon a fragrant candle that has become one of our family’s must-haves during the holidays.  The creator of these intoxicating perfumed candles is a company called Christian Tortu, also a famous French floral designer.  If you know me, you know that I’m completely ga-ga for anything French!  Forets is the scent we love most from the candle line.  It fills your house with the fresh scent of Christmas trees.  It has such a fresh distinguished scent.  The bouquet includes notes of forest flowers & pine.  Burning these candles always put me in such a cheery mood that you’ll often find me burning them not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.  One of our IBB clients actually orders them by the caseload.  She can’t get enough of them!  Another reason to order by the caseload is that they are imported from France.  Due to customs and red tape import procedures,  they obviously take a bit longer to get than domestic products.  We often sell out our shipments as soon as they come thru our doors.  If you had smellivision on your computer, you’d be in Heaven right now.  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Bada Bling!

Hello all of you glamorous people out there!  It’s no secret that a touch of bling can instantly make a girl swoon.  Let’s face it, from T-shirts, iPhone covers, jewelry, business card holders & even pacifiers bling is everywhere we look these days.  I must say I’m big time into the trend.  If it sparkles, it’s me.  Of course we must choose our pieces carefully to ensure we don’t over do it.  Bling must be done tastefully.

For those of you who just can’t get enough or those who are looking to add a little sparkle to your home or office, look no further!  I was recently introduced to a company called VR Crystal Design that has the skills to bring bling to your home.  I’ve had a chance to peruse their work & I must say that it is spectacular.  From flat screen TV frames, to bathroom basins & backsplashes, their designs all have that WOW factor.  This new crystallized interior product line is made with real Swarovski crystals.  Pure luxury.  Think of it as jewelry for your home.  Take a look at a sampling of their work & let me know what you think.  Could your home use some bling?

Flat Screen TV frame

bathroom sink basin