North Texas Luxury Home Market Grows

North Texas Luxury Home Market Grows


The fall/winter 2018 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine, the luxury-home publication of Ebby Halliday Realtors and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, recently mailed to more than 60,000 luxury homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As the magazine’s market update feature, “Luxury Home Market Spotlight,” points out, the North Texas region’s thriving economy continues to spur growth in luxury home sales.


In the past year, 5.9 percent more homes priced at $800,000 and above have been purchased in the region than during the prior 12 months, according to North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. MLS statistics. Luxury home sales are up 3.6 percent in Dallas County, 12.1 percent in Tarrant County, and down 5.3% in Collin County.


In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 26th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of interesting editorial content, including “Add a Little Sparkle to Your Holiday,” featuring the Jay Strongwater Collection; “At Home with Mayor Betsy Price,” offering a peek inside the favorite room of Fort Worth’s mayor; “Fresh Openings,” showcasing new retailers and restaurants around town; “Houses of Art,” featuring some of the area’s top cultural events of the season; special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties; and LuxeTrends, showcasing a collection of the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves. Also in the fall/winter edition: Partner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares insight into permanent botanicals for your home.


View the digital version of Grand Vie to learn more about the North Texas luxury home market and the extraordinary homes now available at


Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Holiday Décor Tips with IBB Design

You don’t need to change your entire home’s décor to inject the holidays into your space this season. Get in the spirit and transform your space with these quick decorating tips from Shay Geyer, designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings.

1. Use colors that complement the space
Think outside of the traditional red-and-green box when injecting holiday colors into your space. Add metallics for a bit of sparkle, as well as white or muted blues. Mixing and matching different textures and patterns is always a great idea.
2. Utilize things you already have
Use lamps, candle holders, and even winter fruit (hint: pomegranates, oranges) to layer in with garland, ornaments, flowers, pinecones and other holiday elements.
3. Always have enough seating for your guests
With the holidays comes entertaining friends and family, so be sure to have enough seating in your space. Benches, ottomans and decorative pull-up chairs are the perfect way to add additional seating for your guests.
4. Hang a wreath in an unexpected place
Get creative with your holiday wreaths this season and place them in unexpected spots throughout your home. Utilize suction-cup hooks to hang wreaths on bookcases and other glass surfaces. If opting for lit wreaths, be sure to find battery-powered ones to avoid visible cords!
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Insider’s Glance: Grand Vie Fall/Winter Editorial

The fall/winter 2017 issue of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home magazine, Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, recently arrived in more than 60,000 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth.
In addition to featuring some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties, the 24th edition of Grand Vie is brimming with interesting and festive editorial content. Take a look below to learn more about the editorial we’re thrilled to include in this edition.

Holiday Entertaining with the experts from Fearing’s
The experts at Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, are well versed when it comes to entertaining, and have shared their favorite ways to make holiday gatherings special. You’ll find Dean Fearing’s favorite family recipe, entertaining tips, and wine recommendations from the restaurant’s Wine Director, Paul Botamer.


Hot Art — An interview with Michael Aram
Modern, sculptural and breathtaking are all fitting descriptors for Michael Aram’s original fine-art pieces. Working primarily in metal, Aram is celebrated for bridging the gap between artist and artisan. This November, he’ll arrive in Dallas to meet fans at Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center and share the inspiration behind his extraordinary objects. We sat down with Aram to discuss his latest collections, holiday gifting, and what it means to be original.

The Arts Are Calling
Between the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, it can be easy to miss all of the beauty and wonder passing through art houses in Dallas and Fort Worth. Whether it’s seeing a show on date night or wandering gallery halls with your friends, we’ve pulled together a selection of art and culture to get you through the cooler months.

At Home in Santa Fe
The oldest capital city in North America and the oldest European community west of the Mississippi, Santa Fe today is a timeless and charming city of 65,000 residents with a distinctly Southwestern character. Leading real estate blogger Candy Evans shares with us why this city continues to charm her with its abundance of art, food and nature.
Our Feature Presentation: Media Room Design
When planning a media room, there is much to consider beyond audio and projection equipment. IBB Design Fine Furnishings’ Shay Geyer shares with us how to create a media room that you will enjoy for years to come.
Sleep Tight
To help you prepare for a good night’s rest this holiday season, we consulted two local experts: high-end pillow boutique owner Merrimac Dillon and luxury linen boutique owner Joanne Walgren, to show you how to build the perfect bedroom, from pillows to sheets.
Luxury Expansions
Learn more about North Texas’ budding luxury lifestyle destinations, from the Statler Hilton’s redevelopment in downtown Dallas, to Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork.


Winter Hygge
When the weather cools down and holidays are on the horizon, the craving for comfy, cozy living increases tenfold. Enter the Danish concept of hygge that emphasizes comfort and delight through enjoying simple things. Inspired by the Danes, we’ve curated a selection of warm tones and soft textures will add a relaxed, welcoming vibe to your home this season.


We believe you’ll love the fall/winter 2017 edition of Grand Vie as much as we loved putting it together for you! See it all now at

10 Ways to Refresh and Renew This Spring

10 Ways to Refresh and Renew This Spring



When you think of springtime, brightly colored flowers, sunny days, and lush foliage likely fill your thoughts. It’s the time of year that signifies renewal – and the perfect time to tackle making over your home.


In the new spring edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury home publication, Shay Geyer, owner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, provides some timely tips for a spring makeover of your home.


*  Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year and the perfect nod to spring for your home’s décor.  A “fresh and zesty yellow-green,” this color can be used as an accent to bring a neutral palette to life or paired with other lively colors for a dynamic interior.


10 Ways to Refresh and Renew This Spring


*  Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room. Choose a happy hue that brings new life into your room and puts a smile on your face. Brighter, more-saturated hues work best as accents and shades of white offer a crisp backdrop for artwork and fabrics to steal the show.


*  Wallpaper is more of a commitment than paint, but it allows you to bring in bold patterns and cheerful color that will fill your space with happiness all year long.  Good news: Removable, peel-and-stick wallpapers are now available.


*  Add accent pillows in a bright floral pattern or botanical print to your sofa or chairs for an instant update. Butterflies, birds and cherry blossoms are other popular spring motifs that work beautifully as accents in a home.


10 Ways to Refresh and Renew This Spring


*  Punchy pastels are on trend right now. Think of ballet pinks and aquas but kicked up a notch in saturation. These colors are anything but soft and can add a cheerful accent to your space when used in accessories.


*  Drapery panels not only dress your windows but they soften a wall by layering in fabric. Choose a solid in sunny yellow or sky blue or opt for a floral pattern for a touch of springtime influence. If you’re shy about pattern and color, select a sheer fabric for drapery panels to evoke a light and airy feeling.


*  Layer in the texture. Use a grass-cloth wallpaper or a tile that emulates wood to bring the outdoors inside your home.


10 Ways to Renew and Refresh


*  Add scented candles and diffusers throughout your home. Fragrances like fresh peony, lavender thyme and gardenia will fill your rooms with the sweet smells of spring.


*  Add floral and greenery arrangements to bring a room to life. Whether fresh or faux, a floral arrangement instantly makes a room happy. When selecting a silk arrangement, the more lifelike the better. Use the arrangements on an end table, console or coffee table for a pop of color.


*  Get organized. Edit your rooms and get rid of clutter. Incorporate baskets into your bookshelves to keep things neat and tidy. Use decorative boxes on your cocktail table to store remotes and electronic devices.


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PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Piassick







How to Dress the Perfect Bed (+ IBB Day of Design)


Have you ever wondered what gives hotel beds the edge on luxury and comfort? Well, now you can find out.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, Frisco-based IBB Design Fine Furnishings is hosting a Day of Design open to the public.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy sips and bites, and learn about a variety of design topics from IBB’s talented team of designers. The schedule includes presentations on how to decorate a bookshelf, add depth to your interiors, and more! Guests will even get to take home one of IBB’s signature giveaway bags.
As a sneak peek into the event, IBB Designer Michael Reese gave us tips on how to dress the perfect bed!
Read below to learn a few of his tricks, and mark your calendar for Feb. 25 to learn more.
IBB Day of Design

*Pick the best sheets

It’s important to dress your bed with a good foundation — bedsheets. If you’re unsure about what sheets are right for you, read here!
*Don’t skimp on pillow inserts
What you fill your pillows and duvet covert with can make a world of a difference. Down fills give you the best look, but if you’re allergic, a soft alternative will suffice.
With decorative pillows, start small in the front and work backward with a variety of sizes.
*Layer, layer, layer!
Layering will give you the overall luxurious look and feel. Try to layer with sheets, a coverlet, a duvet, and a variety of pillows. You can even add a foot quilt or throw for a final touch.
Want to learn more about creating a sophisticated and inviting bed? Reese will present at 11 a.m. during the event.
For a complete schedule of design seminars, click here.


IBB Design Hosts 3-Day Labor Day Sale

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IBB Design Fine Furnishings
 will host a Labor Day Sale beginning Friday, Sept. 2 and ending Monday, Sept. 5 (closed Sunday, Sep. 4).


Enjoy 50 to 90 percent off warehouse items and special markdowns throughout the showroom.


Follow @IBBDesign on Instagram for special sneak peeks of sale items.


Sale Hours

Friday, Sept. 210 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 310 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – CLOSED

Monday, Sept. 510 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Not to be combined with any other promotion or discount. Warehouse sale items are final – no exceptions.

Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis

Outdoor living is huge in Dallas-Fort Worth. Taking the time to design a thoughtful and beautiful space will pay off when it comes time to sell your home.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Color Palette

In North Texas, outdoor living areas are extensions of our homes. To create flow from the interior of your home to its exterior, tie the color palette together. You can opt to use one color from inside your home or continue the entire scheme.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


If you love color, punch those hues up a bit in your backyard for brighter contrast with the natural elements and landscaping. If you prefer that your pool or landscaping take center stage, use a more neutral palette for your home’s outdoor furnishings.


Furniture layout

Many backyards are segmented into areas. Yours may have a cabana or lounging area, an outdoor kitchen and dining space, and seating near the pool. When designing your layout, think about how you will utilize each of these spaces.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Do you want chairs to swivel, providing multiple views of the yard, or change direction depending on TV viewing or conversation? Either way, be sure to provide plenty of space to maneuver around your furnishings so you and your guests may easily transition from one area to another.




Ask your landscape architect or pool builder for a set of plans in ¼-inch scale so your designer can help you properly place the furnishings for your backyard resort. If possible, complete your furniture-space planning prior to construction so your designer can offer suggestions for tweaking your decking or sitting areas to accommodate the furnishings you want to include.


Form and Function

In addition to assisting with colors and layout, a designer can help you work through decisions and recommend brands that will withstand the Texas summer heat. It’s imperative that you use outdoor fabrics and cushions. Woven fabrics are typically the most durable and will have less fading from the sun.


Designing and Furnishing Your Backyard Oasis


Your outdoor furnishings should not only look fabulous, but feel fabulous, too. Since you’ll most likely be spending many hours on weekends and evenings sitting in these spaces, comfort should be a top priority.


This article appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine. To view the magazine, click here.


Shay Geyer, partner and designer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings, has passion for interiors and interior products that makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Her vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients who trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country. Shay has served as the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. Her design segments may be seen on the show every Friday morning. To contact Shay, e-mail


Pool, cabana and landscape design by AquaTerra Outdoors


Outdoor furnishings and design by Shay Geyer. @designershay, IBB Design Fine Furnishings,


Photography by Dan Piassick

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: IBB Design Fine Furnishings – Winter

As colder weather approaches, so do the holiday parties and get-togethers with friends and family. While it would be nice to have the perfectly planned holiday – ideal gifts for party hosts, stunning holiday décor and indulgent homemade creations – who has the time? So, we’ve rounded up some of Dallas’ best businesses to offer tips, tricks and suggestions on how to prepare for that perfect holiday season.


This week, Shay Geyer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings shows you ways to inject the feeling of winter into your home and provides a gift guide that is sure to impress.



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Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: IBB Design Fine Furnishings

Fall weather is usually a welcome change after the dog days of summer. But, that first drop in temperature is also a subtle reminder that it’s time to start thinking about preparation. While it would be nice to have the perfectly planned holiday – ideal gifts for party hosts, stunning holiday décor and indulgent homemade creations – who has the time? So, we’ve rounded up some of Dallas’ best businesses to offer tips, tricks and suggestions on how to prepare for that perfect holiday season.


This week, Shay Geyer of IBB Design Fine Furnishings shows you ways to inject the feeling of fall into your home. Yes, despite our warm temperatures, fall has arrived in North Texas.



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