B by Brandie – Interview with Brandie Gehan

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I met and discovered Brandie Gehan recently at the Dallas Market – Sneak Peek. During market a favorite spot of mine is the Temporaries; the two mile trek usually pays off.  And, this time didn’t disappoint.

As I came around the corner, there was B by Brandie a young spirited tabletop line that matched the creative behind it. I immediately knew I wanted to visit with Brandie to learn more about the story behind her tabletop collection.

On the day of the interview we met in her home, it was vibrant and welcoming – certainly a home where interesting and lively discussions take place. Her young, fresh and modern tabletop line certainly matches Brandie’s aesthetic in fashion and home decor.  Although her style is modern; her values are traditional; from the beginning with the influence from her mother’s love for entertaining at an early age to her daily business dealings with her company today – family is front and center.

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So, dear reader, without further due have a cup of coffee and visit with us for awhile….

Who and what is B by Brandie?

Founded in 2012, B by Brandie, presents high-quality home accessories that add a dash of fashion to the table. The brand’s fusion of distinctive design and modern styling with durability and practicality lends itself to a variety of settings, from traditional dinner parties, modern cocktail gatherings or every day use. With pieces from the brand, consumers can update everyday family dinners with sleek porcelain combinations or take out the bone china for more intimate gatherings. B by Brandie evokes the world of grand entertaining to everyday tableware. Each piece bears the name of renowned party mavens, such as Jackie O., Zelda Fitzgerald, Brooke Astor and more. The brand’s color options and varying patterns can inspire adventurous consumers to showcase their own take on entertaining by creating their own customized place setting while pre-styled suggestions provide an effortless option. “B by Brandie was highly influenced by my mother’s love of entertaining and her well known dinner parties.” With the new collection, I wanted to share my family’s love of gathering an eclectic mix of people for delicious food, lively conversation and a bit of bubbly paired with accessories that add another memorable element.” Each dinnerware piece will be sold individually, enhancing the mix-and-match component.

What were you doing prior to designing a tabletop collection?

I was working in E-Commerce for AT & T. I have always loved to entertain and saw the need for a tabletop line where you didn’t have to buy in sets.

What inspired you to design a collection where you can mix patterns?

The younger demographic uses paper plates for everyday dinnerware without knowing there are options besides how their parents or grandparents purchased tabletop. The model of buying a 10 place setting is not in the vernacular of modern living for the younger demographic; which is expensive to purchase and replace if one piece breaks. I created this line to provide everyday use, flexibility to purchase individual dinnerware, and allow the consumer to use their creativity to mix and match place settings.

What is your favorite tabletop setting that you designed?

The black and white collection; it was my first creation.

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What are three things that update your dinnerware?

1. Personalization (monogramming) 2. New pattern or color 3. Layering your place settings (dinner plate, salad plate and bowl).

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What should he/she splurge on in your collection? Where can they save?

Splurge on the charger; it makes a great impact but you can use it as a dinner plate as well. To save; the salad plate or glassware they are great small additions that are reasonable but make a statement.

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When you were dreaming up your collection, what were your resources of inspiration?

Travel, tearing out pages of shelter magazines, patterns and especially color – I love color. But, I looked for inspiration everywhere I went.

Since you love to travel; What is the place that inspires you most?

Charleston, South Carolina – its easy and beautiful living…especially love the Rainbow Row Houses

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Because you travel to NYC for business, what is one of your favorite neighborhood haunts in the city?

There is a great restaurant on the Upper East Side that changes its name as the seasons change – Park Avenue Summer becomes Park Avenue Autumn becomes Park Avenue Winter

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A key distinction of B by Brandie is practicality. What are a few things that help you balance family and business life?

Time management is key and the support of my family.

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What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?

Spending time with my family, shopping and going to the movies – I love movies; as a child it was one my favorite things to do with my mother.

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Cookies – my favorite are Animal Crackers

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What makes you laugh?

My family, but I always try to find the humor in things I can’t control.

What are you most proud of in your life?

My family – I can go anywhere and be okay; they keep me grounded.

So, what’s next for B by Brandie?

Right now, we are trying out other color palettes to introduce into the line. For the future; We are looking to expand into flatware and eventually small home accessories.

Well, I am certain we will see more fantastic things from B by Brandie and I will be sure to post it here.  Dear reader, I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit and as a special gift to you –  B by Brandie is offering all my readers 20% off purchases until 3/7.  Purchase B by Brandie pieces here and use Discount Code: ELLEBBB at checkout.

Please comment and let me know what collections you love…my favorite is Navy and White. And, for July 4th; I will be snatching up her red, white and blue collection, which will arrive in pretty packaging (see below).

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(Just had to throw this one in….)

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Enjoy!

Modern, Classic & Couture

In the midst of pulling together the soft finishes for a kitchen project; I thought I’d share a ‘go-to’ source with you.  Although a classicist at heart; its always in my nature to throw in a mix of modern to edge things up a bit.

A line that consistently puts a modern twist on tradition is Quadrille.  Certain you have seen their work published in every known shelter magazine; they never go unnoticed and always a classic. I hope this inspires you to put a little Quadrille in your go-to book too:

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Carlo II – Designer: Brian McCarthy – Veranda

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Meloire Reverse Designer: Carolyne Roehm -House Beautiful

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Paradise Garden Designer: David Kleinberg – Architectural Digest

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Wallcovering: San Marco  – House Beautiful

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Draperies: Paradise Background Pillow: Montecito

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Wallcovering: Trellis Background Designer: Tom Scheerer – House Beautiful

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Wallcovering: Ikat – Veranda

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Wallcovering: Climbing Hydrangea – Vogue

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Sofa: Cap Ferrat Designer: Andrew Raquet – Veranda

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 Sofa/Chair Pillows/Wallcovering: Volpi and Persopolis Home: Tory Burch -Vogue

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 Sultan II Designer: Miles Redd – Architectural Digest

(Photo Credit: quadrillefabrics.com)

Let There Be Light!

Please allow me to introduce my friend and colleague, who is just as smart as she is beautiful – Johnna Dobbs, Mastercraft Distribution.  (Photo Credits: Rett Peek and Courtesy of Mastercraft Distribution)

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Johnna and her family make great lamps that are a go-to for major retailers like Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby and T.J. Maxx.  Dear readers, designers and homeowners if want high-end lighting at an affordable price point look to Jonesboro’s Mastercraft Distribution. They are a company that take their lighting very seriously, never compromising on design and quality. If you purchase their lighting I am certain you too will see why they have become a solid go-to source nationwide. Please visit AtHomeArkansas.com to learn more about Johnna and her family’s tradition of lighting that began with her grandfather.

Here are a few of her lamps that would make a great statement piece in your home:

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2014 SNEAK PEEK – DALLAS MARKET

dallasmarketI am delighted to have been asked for the third time to be on the Sneak Peek host committee for the Dallas Market in January. Every year I attend its better than the last and I am sure this year won’t disappoint. This is a great opportunity for bloggers to have an exclusive look behind the scenes at what products are trending and network with manufacturers, showroom managers, fellow bloggers and social media influencers.

Registration is open so be sure to sign up today because there only 20 spots, which sell out fast. As a special thank you they are letting us extend a DISCOUNT to my blogger friends. Regular registration to Sneak Peek is $50, but use promo code HOST2014 at check out to take advantage of the offer for just $40. Not only do you get to have a behind the scenes tour but a portion of the proceeds go towards helping one my favorite charities….Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design.

And, last but not least here are my fabulous co-hosts: Leslie Wood, Hadley Court, Shay Geyer, IBB Design, Kelley Copeland, The Hidden List , Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors  Hillary Walker, Our Style Stories 

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GREEN WITH ENVY

Last year was the year for Green without a doubt.  And, I’m still loving it for 2014. The depth and richness of emerald green is especially inspiring. In the midst of redesigning my formal living room my love for emerald green has become a force and I really love it with blue and white porcelain thrown in the mix.

Here are a few of my favorite interiors and fashion inspirations….

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Tory Burch

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Ralph Lauren

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Phillip Jefferies

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Tory Burch

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Audrey Hepburn

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 Hubert de Givenchy

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Gracie Wallpaper

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Tory Burch

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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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Grace Kelly

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Jeffrey Bilhuber

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Tory Burch

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Sofia Coppola Handbag

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C. Z. Guest – Templeton (love the animal print carpet)

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Anna Wintour

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Vogue, 1965

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7 Fun Ideas to Ring in the New Year

New Year’s is the best time of the year to go a little overboard with glitter and glam….

01  Glitter Party Hats

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02 Simple Balloons

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03 Clock Cupcakes

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04 Mercury Accents

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05 Glitter Eggs

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06 Repurpose Ornaments

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07 Countdown to Ring in the New Year with a glass of Champagne….

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WISHING EVERYONE A PROSPERUS 2014!!!!

Design books for holiday giving

Stylish covers that command attention…

01 Family Tradition at its Best

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02 My Favorite Designer

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03 House of Lauder

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04 Timeless Kasler

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04 Flamboyant Mary

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05 Fifth Avenue…need I say more?

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06 Glamorous Jan

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07 VERANDA ~ epitome of all things beautiful

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08 Best of ELLE DECOR

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09 Tailored Hagan

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10 Best for Last

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The Five

The list of pieces you need in your home with that                      little something extra

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COLOR MY HIDE soft lilac meets nickel.

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ARTERIORS ~ Kelli Lamp

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BE DAZZLED unlike any reflection on your wall.

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BUNGALOW 5 ~ Romano Wall Mirror

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THE GOLD CUFF CHAIR No pillow required.

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CARACOLE ~ Ice Breaker Chair

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THE BRONZE AND WHITE QUATREFOIL TABLE certainly won’t get mistaken for your grandmother’s table.

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GLOBAL VIEWS ~ Quatrefoil Rectangular Table

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THE BLACK FLIRT the look of entitlement, in a day bed.

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KOKET ~ Prive’ Day Bed

West Palm Beach

I love it here!  The sand in between my toes, the blue ocean screaming tranquility and the sun beaming down on my skin with a kiss.  What more could I ask for?  I don’t ever want to return home!
Aside from the glamour of the beach, I love the West Palm Beach decor.  Palm Beach is full of seashells, bright colors and a stanch white accent similar to what is shown in the photo below.  
I have been strolling the seaside and I can’t help but notice the beautiful homes that surround the area…simply glamorous, of course:
The West Palm Beach look is refreshing.  I could see adding in a little flair from one of my favorite fabric places as well – Quadrille Fabrics.  Their materials are amazing and add just the right “pop” to any modern transitional space:
I guess I will have to return home from the glitz and glam of West Palm Beach, but I sure love it here!