The bb Interiors Holiday Gift Guide

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The bb Interiors Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on: December 11th, 2017 by Claudia Beebe

What to buy for everyone on your shopping list

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‘Tis the season for festive music, clinking champagne glasses and last-minute gift shopping. Even if you make a list and check it twice, we all get stumped from time to time on what to buy that hard-to-shop-for BFF. We’ve got you covered: we love this time of year and keep our shop stocked with a hand-picked selection of unique items that make great gifts. Read our Holiday Gift Guide for some inspiration to help you find the perfect gift for…

The friend who has everything

It can be daunting to buy a gift for someone who seems to have it all, but the trick is to give them something they wouldn’t splurge on for themselves. Here are some key pieces we love to gift (and to receive!).
Wooden bowl, intricate statue and throw pillow

A handmade wooden bowl from Andrew Pearce is a thoughtful and versatile gift that can be used to serve at dinner parties or to showcase souvenirs on a coffee table. It’s the perfect gift for the chic design-minded friend whose home is littered with trinkets from her travels, or the hostess extraordinaire who loves to entertain.

If you know your recipient very well, consider surprising them with a unique figurine or statue that you know will complement their existing collection. A statue large or small that suits their style can be a meaningful keepsake. Our selection of eclectic artifacts spans a wide range of finishes and subjects, and our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect piece.

If you have a special message or memory to share, our customized throw pillows are the perfect custom token. As unique as they are comfortable, our accent pillows  are a great way to commemorate a special place, time or memory. They’ll be touched that you took the time to make something just for them.

An acquaintance or distant relative

The holidays can mean a rare reunion with a cousin you last saw at their college graduation or an uncle you only met once. Keeping thoughtful trinkets with broad appeal on hand will ensure you’re prepared for unexpected gifting opportunities.
Glassware, silverware and candle

Simon Pearce glassware in any shape, size or form is a welcome gift for everyone, whether you’re handing out engraved ornaments to all or tucking away an extra trinket to welcome the occasional unexpected guest. Each piece is handcrafted, resulting in unique details that make every creation one of a kind.

For a loved one whose tastes you don’t know well, our large selection of Mariposa tableware and picture frames is a treasure trove of sure-fire crowd-pleasers. A simple, elegant frame is a win for everyone, since it will be customized with an image they love (like the family holiday photo you’ll be taking together).

Semi-consumable, candles are always a welcome addition to even the most robust collection. The elegant scents imbued into Fleur’s glass-encased votives add extra oomph to any room. There’s always a Fleur candle burning in our shop, so stop by, experience the magic—and maybe grab a few for yourself while you’re shopping. We won’t tell.

An essential first impression

As families and friends combine in new ways, holiday events often include important first impressions. Whether you’re meeting a partner’s family, thanking a recent mentor or welcoming new neighbors, there may be someone on your holiday gift list whose style is hard to anticipate. Take this opportunity to give a gift that helps you get to know each other.

stack of books, serving bowls and champagne glass

Party conversation so often returns to reading lists because it’s fun to share authors and titles we love, and thrilling to find a new connection who shares your taste. Decorative books that reflect interests you and their recipient may share can help forge instant, meaningful connections and show tremendous thoughtfulness. We source books from across the country for their color, style and themes, so we guarantee you’ll leave our shop with a unique selection.

Serving trays—plural—are essentials in every home, especially for a host or hostess who may run out of platters during the very party you’re attending. Be the guest that comes to the rescue and shop our wide selection from Juliska and Mariposa for diverse styles that are as fashionable as they are functional.

There’s a tight turnaround between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so a forward-thinking gift to make that midnight toast special is always appreciated. Simon Pearce glassware is an especially thoughtful indulgence. Pair it with your favorite bubbly to impress not only with your thoughtfulness, but also your impeccable taste.


Stop by our showroom to finish your shopping for those hard-to-please holdouts on your list, and grab a treat for yourself while you’re here. Our team of designers is always on hand to help you find the perfect gift to make this holiday season extra special.

Bring Fall Indoors With Glamorous Gourds & More

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Claudia Beebe

Orange Pumpkins Are Passé: Chic Interior Accessories That Bring Autumn Vibes Inside

Less glitzy than Christmas and more subdued than summer’s pops of color, autumn decor is a favorite of ours, packed with warm colors, rich textures and organic themes. In a nod to the harvest season, natural elements dominate fall decor, and for many families, squash, pumpkins and other gourds are an essential seasonal tradition.

Live, freshly harvested and intact gourds should have a lifespan of eight to 12 weeks, but if they’re the centerpiece of your fall decor, you’ll have to cross your fingers at the farmstand each year in the hopes of finding the right size, shape and color for your mantel or tablescape.

That’s why we love seasonal interior accessories that nod to the harvest traditions of autumn, but enjoy an infinite lifespan. Here are some of the ways we bring fall aesthetics into our homes each year.

Warm Hues

While we’d love to redecorate our homes for each season, quarterly paint jobs and reupholstery treatments just aren’t worth the headache. But you can still bring warm, autumnal hues indoors—shades of burnt orange, rich chocolate browns and muted reds like burgundy and wine—by rotating your accents. Switch a summery coral or royal blue throw for a deeper colored blanket on a neutral-colored armchair or sofa. Swap out silver accent accessories for golds. Your mantel and dining table are two surfaces where you have the most room to get creative and playful with the tableaus you create: make a bold statement here that can speak for your whole room.

Warm Hues

Immortal Organics

We love the look of harvest fruits like pumpkins and squash, and they make wonderful exterior decorations all autumn long. But in an elegantly appointed interior, there are more sophisticated upgrades available. One of our favorites is Hot Skwash by Daria, a unique line of plush nature-inspired figurines available in a wide range of colors, fabrics and sizes. With a palette as diverse as nature and luxe accents including feathers, Swarovski crystals and intricate beadwork, Hot Skwash table decor is an elevated version of a mini-pumpkin tableau for a one-of-a-kind tablescape.

As an exclusive retailer of Simon Pearce glassware, we are also fortunate to have access to the line’s stunning collection of autumnal-inspired artifacts, which include the glittering pumpkin, willow pumpkin, glass gourd and glass acorn. Like all Simon Pearce glassware, these handcrafted, crystal-clear sculptures will reflect any environment where you stage them, capturing and throwing light so that everything around each piece glitters. In a season that can frequently be gloomy and overcast, they’re the perfect addition to bring more light into any room.

Immortal Organics

Just in time for your home’s fall refresh, we’re hosting a trunk show with Hot Skwash this month. Come by our showroom at 600 S. 1st St. in Geneva to shop the exquisite collection alongside complementary gems from Simon Pearce.


Why, How and When To Reupholster Furniture?

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by BB Interiors

Why, How and When To Reupholster Furniture?

Decide Whether To Redo or Buy New Using Claudia’s Tried-and-True Reupholstery Checklist

Reupholstering furniture can work miracles, making something old, new, or something drab, fab. But removing and replacing the fabric on a piece of furniture can be complicated and expensive. Between fabric and labor prices, reupholstering a chair will save you—at most—15 to 20 percent off the price of buying new. That’s why it’s important to make sure the choice to reupholster a piece is the right one. When a client comes to us with a couch, chair or ottoman that needs some love, we follow this checklist to decide if they should fix it or ditch it.

Why Should You Reupholster?

Reupholstery is like hitting the “reset” button on a piece of furniture you may like, but that just isn’t perfect. Maybe the fabric is dated, it doesn’t match the room, or it has seen better days. Over time, it may have become uncomfortable to sit on. Reupholstering isn’t just swapping out the top layer of fabric: it involves stripping your furniture down to its original frame and rebuilding it nearly from scratch. The piece’s webbing, springs and stuffing will be inspected, repaired and, if needed, replaced. Most noticeably, the fabric will be swapped with a new pattern and material of your choosing. The shape and style can also be customized with the addition of buttons, tufting and new finishing.

When Should You Reupholster?

There is only one circumstance where we advise a client to reupholster, no matter what: if the piece has sentimental value and you love it for its history or emotional significance. If it was your grandfather’s armchair, or the rocker where your mother cradled you and where you plan to nurse your baby, no replacement will ever suffice. Beyond that, there are two other factors to consider when deciding whether it’s better to reupholster or replace.

  • Does the piece have good bones?
  • When you first glance at a piece of furniture, the fabric is often all you notice. But when you’re considering reupholstery, the material hardly matters: what’s important is the quality and character of the components that are under and around the upholstery. Consider the visible parts of the furniture’s frame and its structure. Do you like the legs? The arms? The overall shape and size of the chair, couch or ottoman? If everything is right except the fabric, reupholstery may be the right choice.
  • Does the piece fit the room well? The most beautiful couch in the world isn’t right if it doesn’t fit the layout of the room where it will live. The process of choosing furniture to fill a space can be especially painstaking because the size and shape of a room is unchangeable, no matter how many times you shake up the style. If you’ve already found the perfect L-shaped or U-shaped couch for your the unique layout of your family room, but you’ve fallen out of love with its pattern or color, you don’t have to start at square one: reupholstery will allow you to keep that perfect fit while getting an otherwise new piece of furniture.

How Should You Reupholster?

There are very few circumstances where reupholstery is a job you can or should tackle yourself. Any piece of high-quality furniture has more going on beneath the surface than you’d expect, and the chances of making an irreparable mistake are too high to be worth the risk. If you’re swapping the fabric around a simple foam cushion on an Ikea bench — have at it. Otherwise, seek a professional’s help. At bb interiors, we work with a dedicated team of experts on reupholstery projects, and our Geneva showroom offers a selection of over 2,700 swatch books so you can see, touch and compare a selection of fabrics to find the right pattern and material for your new favorite furniture. We’ll help you make that piece you like into something you love! Let bb interiors help you start your redecorating journey today.