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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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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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Sneak Peek! MillionAir Project by JT

We’re thrilled to have IBB Designer James Turner, a.k.a JT, blogging for us today!  He’s giving us a sneak peek inside a project he is working on for MillionAir.  Let’s see what he’s up to!

I’ve been so lucky to be working on a project for MillionAir in Addison.  They called me and wanted me to warm up the space in their new state of the art hanger.    We’ve done quite a bit, but the one thing that I’ve heard time and time again from the female staff at MillionAir is their love and appreciation of the women’s facility.

Here it is in the before stage.  Honestly, not much to write home about.  Utilitarian and lackluster to say the least.  I can see where it needed a little enhancement with the overall design scheme for the sitting area.

I brought in two fabulous chairs from Jessica Charles in a refined champagne fabric.  The line of the chairs have a very aerodynamic feel, fitting of a Jet.  In addition, we’ve nixed the office “box store” table and in its place added an elegant eglomise chest to house all the little things one needs.  A sophisticated phalaenopsis orchid placed on the chest with a collection of perfumes and we have ourselves one swanky ladies room.

You too can incorporate new things to vamp up your own guest bath.  Maybe you have room for a small table for a floral to sit.  Or perhaps some nice monogrammed towels.  Try replacing the normally boring overhead “bathroom bar” light fixture with something more stylish. Taking the time to dress up your powder bath will really make an impact with your guests.  At IBB Design Fine Furnishings, we have so many things to help make living in style easy!

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Dallas Market

Last night I had a blast gathering at a cocktail party with local design bloggers for the Dallas Market Center’s Sneak Peek at the January home & gift market.
With @DeniseMcGaha20130119-075258.jpgWith Lisa Robison & Kim Turner of Dwell with Dignity20130119-075649.jpg
With fellow Dallas designer Elle Cole20130119-075636.jpgWith celebrity designer & HGTV star @JohnGidding who I’m super excited to say is my co-host for this evenings Arts Awards!

Follow all the fun in store for today & see what we’re discovering at today’s exclusive sneak peek into the Dallas Market! Tune in later tonight to get a backstage look at the Arts Awards!
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Follow hash tag: #DMCSneakPeek & #ArtsAwards

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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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New look! New Style! Master Bath Makeover

I’m in the midst of a dramatic whole house remodel with some of my clients. It’s turning out beautifully. I thought I’d share a little sneak peek with you today on how it’s coming along.

This home was built about 10 years ago. The 12×12 beige tile & shower really needed to go! The faux finish on the walls also really dates the space. Overall, the room feels brown & not up to par with the caliber of their home. The homeowners are ready for a fresh & luxurious update to create a peaceful retreat in their master bath. They also want to change their design style from Old World Traditional to a more transitional look.

What a difference! We carried 9×18 Carrera marble in a staggered brick joint all the way up the wall. It helps elongate the space & give us the illusion of a much larger bathroom. The Carrera marble gives the space a soothing all white feel & the veining in the marble adds a beautiful flowing interest. A free standing tub helps open up the space. We used the same herringbone Carrera marble in the shower pan & to create a rug underneath the tub. A new window designed to give a clean aesthetic & gain privacy will be going in later this week.

All new plumbing from Brizo was installed including the luxurious addition of body sprays. Next, a frameless glass shower will be installed.

We’re not far from the completion of the remodel & the beginning of the furniture installation. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

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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!

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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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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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Sneak Peek: Spring 2011 ~ Fresh Fashionable Fabrics

I just love it when an upholstery line we carry just “gets it”.  Do you know what I mean?  Yesterday, the designers at IBB were all treated to a sneak peek of what we’ll see at market in High Point in April from CR Laine.  If you haven’t taken a look at CR Laine in the last few years, you will be pleasantly surprised with their divine transformation.  They’ve taken fresh to a whole new level & are quickly gaining clout as color trend setters for the industry.

Take a peek at some of my favorites being introduced for Spring 2011

Gray is a fabulous neutral & they’re pulling out the punches with this color scheme.  I love the pop of the pinkish honeysuckle  red (2011 Color of the Year).  It brings the traditional floral print to life.  The traditional gray houndstooth accent fabric gets a fresh update by taking on a larger scale in pattern.  Check out the metallic snakeskin print in honeysuckle.  Now this fabric would add some instant glam to your space & really kick it up a notch.  I can see it on some fun small bench ottomans or used to cover a fabulous accent chair.  Instant statement piece.  Oh, and by the way ~ it’s a microfiber!  Yep, that’s right!  Style & durability.  Hello, can you say family friendly fashions for your home?  I told you they “get it”!!!  The fabrics in this scheme will also go with the yummy Sunbrella velvet sofa I showed you on Good Morning Texas last week.


So, last year’s color of the year was turquoise & if you’re a loyal reader of the DD blog, then you know that I am a HUGE fan of turquoise.    I really can’t get enough of the color.  Pairing a lemon or sunny yellow with it creates one of my favorite color combinations.  It just feels so fresh & happy to me.  I’m using  these colors in my family room in my new home.  I love this fabric from CR Laine.  Yes, the pattern is a coral design but this certainly doesn’t mean you have to use it in a beach house.  It would be gorgeous on pillows or a pair of chairs.  How about on the chair below?  Instead of the green on the wood frame, let’s accent it with turquoise.  Did you know that CR Laine will let you pick ANY Benjamin Moore paint color to apply to ANY of their wood frames?  Or, maybe we cover the chair in a turquoise solid & use the the turquoise & yellow coral pattern as the fabric for the loose back pillow.  Talk about options.  My fellow design devotees, we could have some fun here!!!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s sneak peek!  We head to High Point for market in April, so stay tuned for more updates.  Enjoy your weekend design devotees!

*Like what you see & want more?  CR Laine is available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.  Contact one of our designers for more information.

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Sneak Peek: Brooklyn’s Nursery

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is a glimpse into the nursery of our sweet baby girl Brooklyn who is due to arrive any day now.  All of the bedding is what I used in our oldest daughter’s nursery.  I chose to go more funky & not so “baby” in the room so that it would grow with her.  Turquoise, hot pink, bubblegum pink & lime green compose the color story.  I added accents of black & white for some contrast & spunk.  I’m a big fan of vibrant colors & six years later, the fabrics are still fun & fresh.  You don’t have to go this bold or funky in your nursery, but I always say it’s a good idea to plan a room with room to grow.  Using a baby theme or baby specific farbrics may create the need to re-do the baby’s room once they pass the toddler years.  The longevity of your design investment goes right out the window.

I even used the same drapery panels that we had in Jaylie’s nursery.  The windows in our new house are a bit taller, but I was able to let the hem out & they worked beautifully.  The art above the crib was a gift from my friend Kris Perry, an artist I work with a lot.  I love ceiling treatments in baby’s rooms because it gives them something to look at while they’re laying in their crib.  Even though I thought my decorative painter was going to have a heart attack when I told him the plan, I just love how the turquoise stripe turned out.  The inside of the bumper pad is a black & white zebra, so I used a zebra cowhide rug underneath the crib to ground the vivid colors.  I couldn’t find Jaylie’s crib in storage so, the crib (from Young America) is a new addition.  They have so many fun paint finishes to choose from & offer cribs & other kid’s furniture from traditional to more modern in style.

All of the big stuff is done.  We’ve got the room organized & ready for baby.  I’m waiting on a few last designer details like a custom chandelier I’m having made from Stray Dog Designs & a nightstand to go beside the twin bed in the room.  I hope you enjoyed todays’s sneak peek & I can’t wait for precious Brooklyn to get to enjoy it.  When the room is complete, I’ll post the rest of the photos.  Happy weekend everyone!

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Project Renovation: Study Fireplace

Today’s sneak peek  is a look at what has been going on in the study/home office in our new house.  This room is much larger than the one in our previous home.  A coffered ceiling, paneled walls, &  a fireplace are a few of the architectural details I love about this space.  However, it really needed a pick me up in the design area.

Here is the fireplace before.  It’s nice, but not exactly what I would pick if I were building this house today.  It needs a fresh feel.  It seems sort of dated, right?  The marble on the fireplace surround was really too taupe & brown for the vision I had in mind for this room.  Notice the wood paneling.  It’s red oak with lots & lots of grain showing through.  I have a plan for that!

First things first.  The fireplace surround gets rejuvenated with 12×12 Carerra marble tiles.  There is also a credenza opposite the fireplace where I used a slab countertop of the Carrera marble.  It’s already starting to take on a new look.


My original plan for this room was to lacquer the walls in a rich black that read midnight blue when the light hit it.  I consulted several paint professionals & they all talked me out of using it in this room.  Most of them told me that the lacquer would eventually crack on the wood paneling.  Big BOO!  I have used lacquer a million times on furniture, but never on walls.  I was willing to take the risk since it was my own house, but after extensive research on the products available I decided there had to be antoher way to get me the look I was after.  SO, onto Plan B.  I still wanted the walls to have a VERY high gloss almost wet looking appearance.  So, I chose to go with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black in high gloss.  We started with 3 coats of primer.  I wanted to cover up the grain in the red oak as much as possible.

3 coats of primer & 3 coats of Off Black later, I am really starting to dig the new look!  I painted the inset of the coffered ceiling Benjamin Moore’s White Herron & the beams are contrasted in the Off Black.  This effect really highlights the ceiling detail without making the room dark & cave like.  We had all of the floors in the house refinished to a warmer richer brown with more black & less orange red in it.  The paneling still needs the final clear coat on it, but the room is really becoming the chic space I had in mind.

 My husband often works from home & I just love the layout of this room so I want to pull out all the stops in here!  I see this space as a wonderful area to showcase some beautiful design & make it a room we will sit in & enjoy.  There is plenty of room for a sitting area.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect arrangement for that.  I have found a desk that I am dying over (more on that later), but it is clearly not in the budget for this room.  I have an alternative selected & I think it will give us the same look & fit in our budget.  I plan to use Lee Jofa’s Chevron patterned fabric from Oscar de la Renta’s collection for the drapery fabric.  The chevron pattern is on the diagonal & features the midnight blue/rich navy & a slate blue.  The white silk background will create a stunning contrast to the Off Black walls.  Unfortunately, the fabric is backordered until April.  However, good things come to those who wait & I think this is worth waiting for!  I can’t wait to see it all come together!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Project Renovation

Happy Saturday my design devotees!  I apologize for being a little tardy in getting posts up on the blog lately.  Besides being a full time designer & being 8 1/2 months pregnant, I’m also in the midst of a really fun project.  It’s not a client project.  It’s a new home for our family!  We are beyond excited & can’t wait to get settled into it.  We really weren’t even looking.  We just sort of happened upon this house right before Thanksgiving & felt that it was a great investment for our family.  So, we jumped on it!  We closed on it right before Christmas, so for the past month we have been making some changes to make it fit our taste & lifestyle.  We are just a few weeks away from moving in & it’s all starting to come together.

I have lots of fun photos & info to share with you documenting our renovation.  Today I will leave you with a sneak peek at what’s going on in the kitchen.

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Before:  The kitchen was REALLY dark.  Dark trim, dark floors, dark cabinets.  The island did not work well for us at all.  So, it had to go!  It was small & it went from counter to bar height.  We entertain a lot & really wanted a large island that was all counter height.  The sink is also in the island which takes up a lot of space.

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I took this photo yesterday.  The transformation is taking shape!  I wanted a light & fresh feeling for the kitchen.  I painted the kitchen cabinets & all of the crown molding & baseboards Benjamin Moore Cloud White.  I painted the ceiling Benjamin Moore White Herron.  This gave the space an instant face lift!  I selected a light granite with lots of movement.  It has white, cream ,black, gray & a bit of gold veins running through it.  The backsplash is a a mixture of carrera marble and glass tiles lined in a silver foil.  All of our hardware is chrome & I will be putting a stunning antique mirror & chrome chandelier over the island.  I LOVE my new island!  It is 107″ by 60″.  Perfect for entertaining & cooking!  We antiqued it & the entertainment built ins in the family room in black for a pop of contrast.  The wood floors will be getting scraped & stained a deeper darker brown on Monday.

I can’t wait to show you my fabric & furniture plans for the kitchen, nook & family room areas!  For daily updates, you can always follow me on twitter.  I’ve got lots more to show you, so stay tuned!  Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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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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Pretty Swanky Powder Bath

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday comes from a project we recently installed for one of our Dallas clients.  We love to have fun & think outside the box when designing a powder bath.   Powder baths should not be overlooked.  Your guests will inevitably use this space, so why not make it special?  Whether it’s intricate tile designs, wainscoting or a showstopping vanity cabinet like this one, the possibilities are endless!

The vanity counter top & “X” design on the front are actually made from compressed gemstones.  It is simply stunning in person.  We used an elegant glass bowl for the sink in order to not detract from the beauty of the vanity cabinet.

The real pièce de résistance is that the gemstone design illuminates with the flip of a light switch.  Can you say a-ma-zing!!!!????  We fell in love with it the minute we saw it!  A huge thank you to Landon Smith from Elegant Additions for helping us with this custom vanity as well as many of the other fabulous pieces pf eye candy throughout the house.

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Jet Set Style

Having been in business for over 30 years now, IBB has designed quite a diverse range of projects for our clients.  Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is a look inside of a private jet we designed for a client.  From the fabrics & the finishes to the custom seating for 12 passengers, we had a blast creating this space designed for style in the sky.  Take a peek…

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Designer Nursery

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from IBB designer Shannon Gidney.  Shannon is just weeks away from delivering her first child, a baby girl.  We are all so excited & can’t wait until baby Morgan arrives!  This sweet nursery is layered in creams, chocolate brown & turquoise.  A few antique touches, like a rocker Shannon found, help give the room a vintage feeling.  The drapery fabric is from Kravet.  It’s also used on the top of the ottoman & again in the crib bedding.  There are lots of more fun details to share with you like an amazing hand crafted dresser & fun little touches Shannon created to let her sweet little angel always know how much she is adored.  Congratulations John & Shannon!

Stay tuned for more nursery details & updates on Morgan’s arrival.  You can contact Shannon here. or 214-618-6630

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Sneak Peek Saturday: MINT Dentistry

Today’s sneak peek is from my client Dr. Harrison’s new dental practice, MINT Dentistry.  His main priority was to create a hip relaxing environment that didn’t feel cold and sterile like most dentist & doctor’s offices.  We decided to play off of his logo & practice name MINT and use green as part of our color palette.  We used furnishings with straight lines and sleek details.  The coffee table with cool chrome legs is by Vanguard.  The sofa, also by Vanguard is covered in a rich chocolate brown velvet with a green pinstripe.  The office is now open & they’re off to a great start.  We’re wrapping up a few loose ends including a textured wall in the lobby that looks like cork.    It’s absolutely amazing!  Enjoy this sneak peek & stay tuned for more details.  Or, better yet, go visit Dr. Harrison yourself & tell him I sent you!

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Ottomans

Look what just came in to IBB for one of my clients!  I’m a huge fan of adding small benches & ottomans to a room.  They give you additional seating & can also be a fun way to add some style through great fabrics.  Today’s sneak peek is from a project I am working on in California.  The home belongs to a young hip single man who requested the home be done in layers of neutrals.  We’re primarily using taupes, blacks, shades of white & gray.


The X bench by Century.  I’m using two of these on either side of a fireplace in the formal living room with some very cool art above each one.  The chrome base will add a sleek look  to the room.  The cushions are made out of a rich velvet stripe by Barclay Butera for Kravet.  I am a HUGE fan of Barclay’s fabrics!  I’m using several of them for this project.


This is one of my all time  favorite ottomans.  It’s by Hickory Chair.  I’m using two of these at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom.  The cushions are out of a soft supple gray velvet.  The bottom fabric is out of a small herringbone print in gray & white.  I added chrome nail heads to highlight the beautiful shape of the ottomans.

I’ll be installing the home in a few months, so stay tuned to see a few of the finished shots of the home!

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Sneak Peek Saturday: Bathtime Fun!

Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from a super fun project I’m working on right now.  We’re converting this vintage claw foot bathtub into a fun reading area for the family’s kiddos.  The adjoining bedroom is being set up as an uber-cool playroom.   Since the bathtub will never be used for its genuine purpose, we felt conflicted to let something so fun just lie there useless.  So, I had an artist paint the exterior of the tub in a British flag motif & we’re making a huge comfy cushion to line the interior of the bathtub.  Finally, we’ll add lots of plush pillows to ensure lots of comfort for hours of lounging & reading in a totally cool space.  I can’t wait to show you the finished product!