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Three Easy Steps to Creating Successful Design

Happy Tuesday design devotees! I’m letting IBB Designer, Kevin Wild take over the blog today. He’s offering up some easy tips to kicking off your design projects in 2013. Take it away Kevin…

Anyone who has taken on the challenge of a home design knows that is does not happen over night. Design is a process. You have to start somewhere. “But where?” you ask.
Let’s start off 2013 with a NEW design for you! Here is an easy guide you can use to help you with your starting point.
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Step 1: Starting with “The Basics” is easy! To me the anchor pieces in the room are the sofa, chairs and cocktail table. Before you get too ahead of yourself, be sure to watch out for the #1 most common mistake; being overly matchy-matchy. This is a big no no! When choosing your basics, be sure to play with different shapes and materials. This Hickory Chair sofa and slipper chairs complement each other with soft lines while the Interlude Home cocktail table adds a contrast with an exciting geometric punch.
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Step 2: Adding layers and dimension. Now we are starting to build on the basics. This is where even more character comes into your home! Once again we are utilizing contrasting shapes and adding interest with new textures. I added in a fantastic Thomas Pheasant round side table by Baker Furniture. The soft curve brings a new shape into the room and the wood material brings in warm tones and life. Painting Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray on the wall builds on another layer while contrasting with the gold tones in the stunning John Richard art. There is nothing better than mixing gold and silver tones!
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Step 3: Finishing touches make the room! The finial building block to any room is the accessories. This is where even more texture comes in, not to mention color! I love to bring in colors you see in nature when using floral pieces. Lux Art Silks, John Richard and NDI Floral are great sources for life-like floral designs. In addition to floral, be sure to have a designer cocktail table book or eight! Adding cocktail table books or even books from your travels give guests a sneak peak into your personality. Finally, in the finishing touches stage be sure to have plan window coverings which will add the final layer of softness against otherwise harsh walls.
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Step 4: ENJOY! Sometimes when seeing the different building blocks to a space separately it can be scary and a little overwhelming. As a designer, it is my job to take your style and bring it to life while helping you envision the space every-step of the way. If you have a hard to envisioning, then your first step should be putting a little trust in your designer’s hands! Now that you have all the elements layered on one another, you have a fabulous space to live in!

Happy designing!

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Tip in a Zip: Sofa Cushions

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Many people have a favorite spot to sit in on their sofa.  Over time, you will notice that one side, or that certain “spot” will look smooshed and flattened out.  Rotate your sofa cushions every couple of months to keep them looking plump and fresh. Also, try to avoid down filled sofas.  I know they’re comfy, but they really start looking like a mess within just a few weeks of use.  A sofa with cushions with spring down (foam insert wrapped with layers of down coating) will hold its shape better.  There are also hypo-allergenic options for those who need to stay away from feathers altogether.  Remember, a well made sofa is a good investment.  Do your homework before you purchase!

*Tufted back sofa from Hickory Chair available at IBB Design Fine Furnishings

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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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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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Upholstery 411

Last Friday on GMT, I gave viewers some helpful pointers on things to look for when shopping for upholstery.  I have to give a big shout out to my Twitter friend Carl for suggesting a very helpful pointer to give everyone.  Thanks Carl!  Watch the video here.

Let’s use the photo above & discuss few things to keep in mind concerning cushions when you’re selecting upholstery for your home.

  1. Upholstery Styles:
    Here we have a tight back sofa by Hickory Chair.  A tight back has a very structured & tidy look.  There are no back cushions to fluff.  We added a few throw pillows for comfort & to soften the look.  Decorative pillows are always a great way to add a punch of style.
  2. Cushion Type:
    Multi-cushion box seat:
    Multi cushions are great for durability.  You can flip & fluff them as needed.  This comes in handy when you need to flip a cushion to hide a stain that won’t come out.  A box cushion is shaped like a box & generally finished off with a welt cord.
  3. Chairs:
    Here we have a dark wood frame with upholstered loose “T” cushions also by Hickory Chair.  A “T” cushion simply wraps the arm of a chair or sofa to form a “T”.
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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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Scene Stealer: Sensuous Sofa

Almost every day I see an item or fabulous home furnishing that arrives at IBB & my mind starts rolling on where & how to use it.  So, I’m creating a new section on the blog called “Scene Stealers”.  Let it serve as inspiration to you for your home or interior project.  I’ll start with one uber-fabulous piece that steals the show & give you my “suggested pairings” to create a sensational interior around it.

Today’s scene stealer starts with a sensuous sofa.   I have literally been drooling over this stunning leather sofa by Hancock & Moore ever since I saw their ad featuring it.  Isn’t it just delicious?  I’m not sure what sends my heart racing more; the fabulous shade of teal that gives it an edge or the tufting that gives it a classic feel.   This sexy sofa is what all other sofas should aspire to be ~ a real statement piece.

Suggested Pairings:

How about pillows or even a pair of chairs out of this botanical fabric by Schumacher?  You’ve just kicked your color palette into high gear!  From tangerine to canary, we now have  lots of room to play!

Time to add a casegood.  This French Key secretary by Global Views adds style & workspace to your room.  This piece is perfect for your great room or formal living area.  Depending on how your room is laid out, this could go on a wall opposite the sofa or even angled in a corner.

Brass Fleur de lis wall sconce by Global Views.  Yes!  Brass is back & in a beautiful way!  These sconces are stunning and at 42.5″ tall they have a great large scale.  I’d place one on each side of the secretary in this room.  Or, how about one on either side of a fabulous piece of art above the sofa?

Let’s add a fun chair to sit with the secretary.  This is one of my absolute favorites.  It’s the Alexandra chair from Hickory Chair.  I don’t mind mixing finishes, so I think the chippy white finish would work great.  However, if you want to go darker use a similar dark oak finish to that of the secretary.  If you want to play with one of my favorite color combinations, I suggest using one of Kravet’s fabrics for the chair back & cushion.  The top linen fabric is 27591 – 12.  The bottom Damask pattern is 24205.24.

Voila!  Now, you have a few key pieces to begin to make your room into something quite remarkable.

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What’s a Welt Cord?

Dear Designer Detective,

I often hear you refer to a welt cord when pointing out things on the furniture you showcase on Good Morning Texas.  What exactly is a welt cord?

~Tina D.
McKinney, TX

Dear Tina,

Great question!  A welt cord is simply a fabric covered cord that follows the seam of a chair cushion, sofa cushion, or pillows.  A welt cord helps give upholstery a more finished tailored look.  The two types of welt cords are a self-welt & a contrasting welt.  A self welt is when the cord is done out of the same fabric.  A welt cord that is done out of a different fabric is called a contrasting welt cord.  Contrasting welt cords add lots of style & pop to your upholstery.  I just love to use them!
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On this Sherrill chair, we used a contrasting welt cord out of a rich chocolate brown velvet.

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On this Century sofa, we’ve used a contrasting welt cord out of the same leather used on the frame of the sofa.

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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: Create a cozy look for your home

Greetings design lovers!  It’s still winter time & there’s nothing better than a cozy environment during the cold winter months.  Today on Good Morning Texas, I gave a few pointers to help you create a warm interior for your home.  I showcased a yummy sofa from Century in a leather/fabric combination, a rustic (yet sleek) coffee table from Henredon, & two different chair options to help bring the look together.  The whole setting makes me want to escape to the mountains in Aspen or Vail!

Click Here to watch the segment.

Have a fabulous & cozy weekend everyone!

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Birthday Wishlist: Day 9

Fun with neutrals.

Who says a neutral color palette has to be boring?  This birthday wish is for all of those scared to commit to color.  I wish for you to take a few risks & select a few fun prints to liven up your space.  Like these great geometric prints shown on a white sofa by Hickory Chair.  It gives you that added pop that tells you to take notice of this well designed room.

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Style with leather???

Dear Designer Detective,

We are looking to purchase a new sofa for our family room.  My husband refuses to have anything but a leather sofa.  I really want the room to feel like we took the time to decorate it.  I have hit a wall on how to make a leather sofa look stylish.  Help!!!

– Katrina B.
Rockwall, TX

Dear Katrina,
No worries!!!  Leather furniture does not have to be boring.  In fact, you can find some of the swankiest & stylish furniture pieces crafted from leather.  It’s also four times more durable than most fabrics.  Your family room can & will look stylish.  There are a million different options other than just buying a brown leather sofa.  It’s all in knowing your options & how you put it together.  Take a look at few of these super stylish options for leather seating.

This sofa features a hair on hide and leather combination. What a statement piece!
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.
I love the straight lines & the tall back of this tone on tone leather sofa.  The pattern on the leather on the outside of the frame is to die for!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
Hello gorgeous! Red plush coushions & a carved wood frame ~ yes please!
I'm green with envy! I could see this sofa in a loft or swanky boutique hotel. So much style & the beautiful shade of jade make this piece a showstopper!
I am green with envy!  So much style & the perfect shade of jade make this a real showstopper!  Perfect for the more transitional or contemporary home.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nailhead trim adds a nice decorative touch.
Love the mustard gold color on this sofa. The cushions are so plush, inviting, & comfy. Nail head trim adds a nice decorative touch.

These are just a small sampling of the endless options you have when creating a fabulous leather sofa.  Of course, you can put just about any leather on any frame and truly customize it for your personal taste & needs.  Hope this helps.  Happy leather sofa shopping 🙂

– Shay Sampson, a.k.a. The Designer Detective

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Find your style ~ Traditional

I recently featured a series on Good Morning Texas in helping viewers find their design style.  I decided to put this series together after seeing that 15% of the people polled on my blog had no clue what their design style was.  If you have no idea what your style is, how do you shop for your home?  You’ve got to know what your style is!  Otherwise, you will be making huge costly mistakes when making purchases in furniture & accessories for your home.

Click here to watch the GMT segment on Traditional Design.

If your design style is traditional, you will look for the following:

Characteristics of Traditional design:

  • the largest of the style categories with a dozen or so sub-categories
  • more conservative, sometimes more formal
  • elegant details
  • comfortable & classic
  • graceful carved curves
  • rich color palettes
  • dark polished woods such as cherry or mahogany
  • think wingback chairs, damask, paisley, or floral patterns
  • A familiar look because it’s the most popular design style amongst Americans & Europeans

A few examples of Traditional style furniture & accessories:

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Nail it with Nail heads!

Add some pazazz to your furniture & nail the look you want.  Sorry for the pun.  I just couldn’t resist 😉

A technique once used out of necessity is making a huge comeback in a very sophisticated stylish way.  Nail heads can really liven up a Plain Jane sofa, chair and other accessories.   They date back to the period of 1560-1643 and the advent of French Country Style during the reign of Louis XIII.  The Os de Mouton chair marked the introduction of nail head trim

A nail head is a decorative accent that is used to embellish upholstered furniture & even some case goods.  They can accentuate the style of the piece and is usually used on arms and rails.  Nail heads are most commonly used with leather-upholstered furniture, particularly leather sofas, chairs and ottomans.

Ideas for how & when to use:

  • *can be used to add accents, decoration, or “jewelry” for your furniture
  • *when re-upholstering your own furniture to add a finished look and to hide staples or imperfections
  • *nail heads come in many designs, sizes and finishes ~ plain to ornate, polished brass or brushed nickel
  • *can be found at hardware stores and home centers
  • *nail heads must be hammered in one by one by using a tack hammer