Julie Dodson Round Top

Kevin Isbell with Julie Dodson at the Round Top Designer Shopping Spree 2016. Photos courtesy of Julie Dodson.

 

Twice a year, 2,000 dealers and over 100,000 shoppers from all over the U.S. flock to Round Top, midway between Austin and Houston, for the Round Top Antiques Fair. It’s a shopping extravaganza showcasing European and American antiques, architectural elements, and collectibles.

Texas’ own designer Julie Dodson hosted a special event at last year’s fall show that was such a success she’s returning for a reprise this year. The Second Annual Designer Dream Spree, to be held September 26-29,  will include shopping the dealers of Round Top, a designer panel discussion on “Exceptional Discoveries,” and an array of social gatherings, from wine tastings to fine dining featuring cuisine prepared by notable Houston chef Travis Lenig.
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Sharon Flatley

All photos: Daniel S. Flatley Photography

For Dallas interior designer Sharon Flatley, a Barbie Dreamhouse began her passion. She got it as a present when she was eight years old and knew then she wanted to design.

Sharon Flatley

Sharon Flatley, ASID, RID

“I immediately set about redecorating the interior and adding cardboard porches to the exterior—I used scraps of fabric to make drapery treatments and made rugs and cardboard furniture to add to the décor,” she said. “I would spend hours looking at catalogues for furniture and cut out the pieces to create ‘roomscapes.’ I guess it was just meant to be.”

Fast forward a few decades, and she’s still creating roomscapes and great design, but on a grander scale with her firm Sharon Flatley Design. She specializes in kitchens and bathrooms, creating classic and timeless spaces.

“If I return to or repeat any design element, it would be just that,” she said. “I want my designs to stand the test of time and in ten years, still look elegant and classic, as well as functional.”

Flatley loves the process, from concept to completion.

“I love the journey along the way and designing and then adapting that design as issues arise either because of time constraints or structural limitations that come up during the project,” she said. “No matter how well planned out a design, there will always be challenges that will need to be addressed along the way.”

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Photography: Dan Piassick

Photography: Dan Piassick

[Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of IBB at Home.]

Embarking upon their retirement years, Steve and Karen Piro enlisted Sanders Custom Homes and IBB Designer Shannon Gidney to help build their dream home.

After Steve’s successful career as President of Asko, Inc., and Karen culminating a 40-year career as the Independent Executive National Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, they were ready to begin a new, exciting phase in their lives and take on the task of designing a new place to call home. They wanted a home that was comfortable, inviting and stylish to enjoy with family and friends.

Shannon worked with Sanders and the Piros on the project for more than a year, selecting all of the interior finishes as well as designing and executing all of the home’s furnishings and drapery. Every last detail was accounted for, so all the Piros had to do was move in their clothing and personal belongings.

“We wanted our home to reflect our personalities and taste, and Shannon accomplished this through her excellent listening and questioning skills. It was nice to work with someone who was so aware of our needs without forcing her agenda. She brought us wonderful ideas and appropriate selections from which to choose. We asked for finishes which would not be dated in a matter of years,” Karen said.

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colors of the year

Artist Wassily Kandinsky once said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” If that’s the case, it’s going to be a beautiful year in 2017 with these colors of the year.

Every year, different paint companies come up with color predictions based on what they’re seeing in the marketplace and our culture. The colors of the year are symbolic, “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude,” according to Pantone.

Let’s take a look at five colors of the year for 2017 and see what we can learn.

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Whyte and company

The Noah sink in Little Red Corvette by Whyte and Company. All photos courtesy of Whyte and Company.

In decades past, colorful sinks dominated trendy design schemes, like baby blue in the bathroom and coral in the kitchen.

But somewhere around the time manufacturers started creating their vessels overseas, color drained from our sinks. We’ve been swimming in a sea of white and stainless steel since then.

Enter Kim Vance and her Dallas startup, Whyte and Company. They’re looking to bring back color into our sinks, and the reception for their products has been enthusiastic.

“We started forming the business in April of this year and did our full proper launch in August in Manhattan,” Vance said. “I also went to High Point Market earlier this year, took some renderings, and met with about 100 people, like House Beautiful and HGTV—everybody went nuts.”

Made of a proprietary composite called Whytestone, these sinks are permeated through with any of 30 available colors, from “Kelly Green” and “Little Red Corvette” to “Silver Sage” and “Tangerine.”

“Four of our colors were developed by nationally recognized designers, one of whom is local, Shay Geyer [of IBB Design Design Fine Furnishings],” Vance said. “She is part of our 2016 Colorista team, and she created the Shay Blue color, a deep cobalt.”

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7 Warm Wood Kitchens

I think we’re all ready for a change of pace, right? If you’re directing that energy toward refreshing your home, Houzz was kind enough to point out to us just what is hot these days. Naturally, we fell through the rabbit hole with these bold and bright new interiors.

Take a look at these beautiful rooms and tell us: What are your favorite trends? How will you refresh and renew your home in 2017?

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Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

Photos: Courtesy of The Hollywood Heights Neighborhood Association and Liz Simmons

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but it’s just as relevant today. Have your own tips? Leave them in the comments!]

Selling your home during the holidays can be easy! The potential buyer base at this time of year is generally serious and ready to seal a deal quickly. It doesn’t have to be tricky to get your home on the market. Just keep it simple.

Jump for a list of tips!

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Things are feeling merry and bright at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco. (Photos: courtesy of IBB)

We’re counting down the days to Christmas by featuring some of our favorite places to shop! This week we’re highlighting IBB Design Fine Furnishings, which has a Frisco showroom that is stocked to the gills with some of our favorite things.

Bold accessories featuring stone accents, bright upholstery that kicks up the drama, and fun prints that show off your wild side are all hallmarks of IBB co-owner Shay Geyer. We love opening up the latest issue of IBB At Home, which has beautiful spread after spread showcasing the trends and tips that can transform any space. But what about something underneath that expertly decorated Christmas tree? They have that, too!

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