Sneak Peek: IBB Design Fine Furnishings Invites You to Meet The Designers

Want to find out what inspires the talented designers of IBB? Read about them below and then meet them in person on June 17!

While we love it when a designer comes in and whip our homes into very stylish shape, sometimes we just want to pick their brains. What’s the method behind it all? And when it comes to interiors, personality is everything. Wouldn’t you want to meet the people you might put in charge of your most personal spaces?

Well, here’s your chance. IBB Design Fine Furnishings is hosting a “Meet the Designers” open house on June 17, where you can see some beautiful vignettes and learn more about these professionals and their inspired design. Wine and beer will be served throughout the day, and food will be available from Easy Slider, with dessert options from Trailercakes, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres from 2 to 6 p.m. The first 250 guests at the event, hosted at IBB’s showroom at 5798 Genesis Court in Frisco, will receive a swag bag.

Today we’re offering you a sneak peek of the talented interior designers and their take on decor, straight from the experts themselves. Read on for four engaging Q&As with the designers of IBB Design Fine Furnishings!


Jory Gattis

What is the inspiration behind your vignette?

I grew up watching Frasier and was always obsessed with his amazing Seattle condo. Still 20-something years later, this space barely feels dated and that’s primarily because it’s filled with beautiful classic pieces, minus that duct-tape-covered recliner. This space was very much inspired by that same timeless aesthetic that really is built around a handful of beautiful pieces that are given the space to shine. It would function just as wonderfully for a cocktail party of 20 with general conversation and break-off areas as it would for a night in with a brandy and a classic novel!

Any color or accessory that you absolutely had to include?

In this instance, I very intentionally kept the palate 100 percent neutral so that the focus was really built around the artwork and the other beautiful things that fill the space.

What are some challenging colors/textures/shapes you worked to include in your vignette?

I really wanted to have a blend of clean classic lines with very contemporary splashes. I also wanted to have a very clean aesthetic without letting the space feel at all cold. A thoughtful combination of textiles, tones and patterns blended all of these components together while keeping the feel very inviting.

How does your vignette speak to your personality?

This space really speaks to the energy I try to present to the world each day. It’s warm, inviting, classic and timeless; but it’s also just a little bizarre!


Lauren Macnak

What is the inspiration behind your vignette?

Inspired by a vibrant traditional history, I wanted to bring rich textures and a classic aesthetic with bold fresh pops of color.  

Any color or accessory that you absolutely had to include?

A traditional Pakistani rug with hot pink was a MUST have!

What are some challenging colors/textures/shapes you worked to include in your vignette?

Layering dark charcoals and deep tones while still highlighting the details in the pieces was the biggest challenge.

How does your vignette speak to your personality?

Design should always be interesting and hopefully a little unconventional! Shown by my deep-seated love of the traditional, modernized with bold colors, my vignette reflects not only my personality but my personal living space. A space that makes you feel alive and at home when you walk in the door.  


Michael Reese

What is the inspiration behind your vignette?

For my vignette inspiration, I happened across this very large scaled floral wallpaper, it speaks to my love of traditional and European aesthetics, and because of its oversized scale it felt really fun and fresh!

Any color or accessory that you absolutely had to include?

I love the backdrop of soft, but deeper neutral as a wall color for my rooms. In this vignette it allows the wallpaper to be the star of the show — offering creams, pinks, greens, and blues to add color and interest.

What are some challenging colors/textures/shapes you worked to include in your vignette?

The challenging part of this room is keeping the traditional aspects I love, and balancing it with more modern pieces to keep it fresh and new feeling.

How does your vignette speak to your personality?

The fun part of designing the vignettes for this event is the ability to choose exactly what we want! This room is “me” because I love it when old meets new — formal meets relaxed, but always with whimsy and refinement!


Susan Medlin

What is the inspiration behind your vignette?

I love to entertain at home – nothing is better than good friends, food, and wine! I was inspired to create a dream dining room that is perfect for hosting dinner parties.

Any color or accessory that you absolutely had to include?

Teal is my favorite go-to color! It really works with just about anything.

What are some challenging colors/textures/shapes you worked to include in your vignette?

I wanted to showcase various dining room seating options in a cohesive way. My vignette will feature a settee, two host chairs, and side chairs.

How does your vignette speak to your personality?

I love playing with varying fabric combinations!  My style in design is showing a beautiful mix of colors and patterns.