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!

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IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s own Shay Geyer will lead a Feb. 25 workshop on how to add Pantone’s color of the year to your home.

Many were perplexed when Pantone announced that the 2017 color of the year was “Greenery” — how on earth do you add such a bold, lively, and by all means bright shade to home decor?

But for IBB Design Fine Furnishing’s Shay Geyer, it was a green light to inspiration. She’s found just the right balance for every style in adding this verdant color to rooms, and she wants to show you how.

You can learn how to make “Greenery” your personal color of the year in Shay’s noon presentation during the store’s “Day of Design” workshops this Saturday, Feb. 25. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., IBB Design staffers will host demonstrations on a bevy of subjects, as well as featuring some of the best vendors in the industry. They daylong event is open to the public, so do stop in!

We wanted to get a few advance tips from Shay about applying “Greenery” to our rooms and beyond …

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The tasteful Kenneth Pressley estate at 1708 Byron Nelson Pkwy. in Colleyville is a golf course property with incredible views. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Even on the hottest summer day, North Texans have an evening when outdoor living is enjoyable. This is especially true if you’re lucky enough to have a home with superb outdoor spaces.

We’ve found five outstanding Ebby Halliday properties on the market now that elevate outdoor living to an art. You’ll find everything from infinity-edge swimming pools and cool cabanas, to gourmet outdoor kitchens and cozy fireplaces. They have everything you need and want to make the most of outdoor living.

“These five properties represent some of the finest homes in our extensive portfolio, both in terms of outside amenities and quality of the properties,” said Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “One of the reasons these homeowners chose to list with us is Ebby Halliday Realtors has wide-ranging experience marketing and selling these kind of luxury properties and letting buyers know about the amazing features they offer.”

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The master bathroom at Kevin and Brad Twitty’s house. They transformed a 1970’s ranch into an elegant, fun space with original character and modern looks and function.

Have you ever wondered if interior designers live in homes as fabulous as the ones they create?

One of our favorite designers, Kevin Twitty of IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco, is giving us a sneak peek into his soon-to-be-listed house, and showing us before-and-after photos of the 1970s ranch he and his partner Brad bought three years ago. As you can see, Kevin and Brad have made exactly the kind of stylish, elegant, fun space you would expect of one of most creative designers in Dallas and his significant other.kevin twitty BEFORE living roomLocated at 9701 Vista Oaks Dr., this is a 3,314-square-foot home in Town Creek, near Royal Lane and Abrams Road (located in Richardson ISD). The couple made a conscience effort to enhance the charm that was already in the home by preserving original stonework and natural cedar in the great room atrium, master bath atrium, and covered outdoor patio.

“It’s amazing how the home’s original character can looks so fresh when you modernize the elements around it,” Kevin said.

Their partnership was perfect for creating this space—Kevin is an interior designer and very much about the creative inspiration; Brad is a project manager at an IT consulting firm and focused on the function side of things. Together, they made magic in this renovation.

This property will be listed Wednesday by Ray Mach of Raymond Leon & Associates for $524,900, and there is an open house Sunday, April 24, from 12 – 2 p.m.

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Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

There’s nothing we love more than a great deal, unless of course we can grab a bargain and help a wonderful cause at the same time. Both will be possible when Dwell With Dignity hosts their annual Thrift Studio at the Dallas Design District April 8 through May 7.

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to a Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

We fell in love with this organization when they decorated a new home for a Shared Housing family in December. No detail was missed, including stocking the pantry, Christmas trees for the kids, and this Lifestylist’s favorite — they got the family a double stroller after researching to make sure that it fit on public transportation. What a difference they made in this young family’s life, and shopping at the Thrift Studio will make it possible for them to help other families like this one. Their goal is to do over 18 homes a year, and considering how much “sweat equity” they invest in each home, that takes a lot of volunteers and generous sponsors.

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We love Shay Geyer’s signature, colorful style, and the founder of IBB Design Fine Furnishings in Frisco is sooooo close to making the top 10 in Traditional Home‘s “New Trads: Rising Stars of Design” competition. You can vote for Shay right here once a day through Tuesday, March 15!

Serenity, The Woodward Project, by Classic Urban Homes. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

“Serenity House” by Classic Urban Homes. They are one of the 2016 Best of Houzz winners. Photo: Barrett Woodward Photography

It’s no secret that North Texas is home to some seriously talented home construction and design pros. So when Houzz announced their 2016 award winners, it was no surprise to see Dallas-Fort Worth professionals making a huge splash.

The awards are based on an annual survey and analysis of more than 35 million monthly Houzz users, and are awarded in three categories: design, customer service, and photography. Design winners can boast photos of their work were among the most popular on the site.

Customer service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received in 2015, as well as a firm’s interaction with the public on the site.  Both awards have stiff competition, with about 35 million active homebuilding, remodeling, and design professionals on the site.

We’ve rounded up ten 2016 Houzz winners for your viewing pleasure. Take some time to let your eyes delight in their work!

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Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Photo: Michael Hunter Photography

The emergence of the open floorplan as a home design standard means more eyes than ever are on our kitchens. Design and function evolve every year, and we’ve asked some of the top Dallas interior designers to dish on 2016 kitchen trends for us.

They say the overall vibe for this year is crisp and uncluttered, with the warmth of wood floors and accents. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos to show these trends in action. It’s going to be a beautiful year!

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