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With a childhood that involved accompanying her mother to the Dallas Market Center and playing with fabric samples, it seemed inevitable that Shay Geyer would become an interior designer. Though she resisted the idea for a time, she found herself offering to decorate her friends’ dorm rooms and apartments when she was in college. After graduating, Geyer decided to surrender to her innate love of design and join forces with her mother, Beth Rafferty, founder of IBB Design. She hasn’t looked back since.

A veritable force of nature, Geyer has committed to constantly innovating at IBB. In addition to her regular work with clients, she scours fashion magazines to spot trends that will cross over to interiors, created and edited the IBB at Home magazine, regularly takes part in social media panels, appears on the “Good Morning Texas” show, and helped to launch her company’s 40,000 square foot retail space in Frisco. Crediting her team with her ability to wear so many hats, Geyer says, “It really does take a village to make all of this happen, and I don’t take that for granted for one day.” Last year, Geyer worked with her mother to conceptualize yet another idea for their company, a semi-annual event called Day of Design.

It’s going to be a great day of design! It’s an opportunity to pick our brains to get inspiration for your home and to see what’s the latest and greatest in home furnishings, accessories, and interior design

Day of Design is free, open to the public, and features presentations by IBB designers, interactions with vendors, giveaways, and Q&A panels with the designers. The previous event saw 475 attendees from as far away as Arkansas and Louisiana. Geyer says, “My mom had the idea to do an educational event for our clients. It’s a way for them to get to know our designers and also for our designers to provide some knowledge and insight, to answer the questions about design that we always get asked. The more we talked about it, the more we thought it would make sense to get our vendor partners involved, too.”

The upcoming Day of Design will be held at IBB Design’s Frisco store on Saturday, February 24th. In addition to the informative presentations and interactive panels, extra draws for this particular Day of Design include live painting by local artist Kelly O’Neal, furniture giveaways by vendor partners, and the launch of Geyer’s own line of fabrics. Geyer will also be moderating the Q&A panels and giving a talk on Ultra Violet, the Pantone “Color of the Year” for 2018. She calls the tone “a vibrant and bold purple hue” that is “a great accent to be used with other colors, especially jewel tones.”

Other presentations from IBB designers will focus on how to dress a bed, how to accessorize a cocktail table, how to optimize lighting, and how to avoid design mistakes. Of the entire event, Geyer says, “It’s going to be a great day of design! It’s an opportunity to pick our brains to get inspiration for your home and to see what’s the latest and greatest in home furnishings, accessories, and interior design.”

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G LeaJohnathan Motley Named NBA gue Player of the Month

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FRISCO, TX, – Texas Legends center Johnathan Motley was named NBA G League Player of the Month today for the month of January.

Motley (6-10, 230, Baylor) averaged 22.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks in 11 games this month, leading Texas to a league-best 9-2 record. The Houston native set new career highs for himself and season-highs for the team in rebounds with 17 boards in back-to-back games while the team went on a seven-game win streak. Motley had career-highs in assists (6) and steals (6) in the month and tallied eight double-doubles in 11 games, bringing his season total to 17.

Motley has played 26 games with the Legends this season averaging 21.8 points, 10.5 rebounds on a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Texas (20-12) will host the Windy City Bulls Friday at 7:30pm in the first of a back-to-back weekend set. The Legends currently sit at second place in the Western Conference and will face the reigning Austin Spurs (21-12) Saturday at 7:30pm.

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Sterling Frisco Student Apartments Near University of Arkansas Awarded LEED Gold Certification

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HOUSTON, TX–(Marketwired – Apr 15, 2014) – Sterling University Housing, the student housing affiliate of The Dinerstein Companies, is pleased to announce receiving LEED® for Homes Gold certification for its Sterling Frisco apartments near the University of Arkansas. The recent certification makes the off-campus student housing community the newest and largest LEED certified apartments in Fayetteville.

"We are pleased and proud to have earned LEED Gold for Sterling Frisco," says Brian Dinerstein, President of The Dinerstein Companies. "LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to developing green communities that make healthier, sustainable living more accessible to college students. To achieve the rating of Gold is a true achievement for our team."

The eco-friendly off-campus apartments achieve a 17-30 percent energy use reduction with features such as ENERGY STAR windows and kitchen appliances; energy-efficient air conditioning, heating and lighting; and programmable thermostats. Drought tolerant landscaping, low-flow water fixtures and other measures help reach a 25-40 percent reduction of water usage. Sterling Frisco also offers onsite recycling for residents and preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles.

In addition, the luxury apartment community features upscale amenities including a resort-style salt water pool with pool-side cabanas, a 24-hour fitness center, roof top deck, free tanning center, and multiple study areas with Apple and PC computers. Each furnished apartment is equipped with flat screen TVs in the living room and bedrooms, oversized stackable washer and dryers, and modern finishes.

Located on West Avenue at Maple and Lafayette Street in downtown Fayetteville, Sterling Frisco is adjacent to the U of A campus and the Frisco Trail. This ideal setting makes it possible for students living at Sterling to walk or bike to the university, the popular Dickson Street entertainment district and more. "Sterling Frisco gives our residents a unique opportunity to live, learn, and play within walking distance of the University of Arkansas campus," says Dinerstein.

A 637-bedroom stylish student housing complex, Sterling Frisco offers individual leases by the bed on all-inclusive 1-4 bedroom apartments. With individual leasing, high-quality living is more affordable for college students and each student is only responsible for his or her lease agreement.

According to Dinerstein, preleasing for the Fall 2014 academic year is ahead of last year’s pace and over 50% of the property’s current residents have already renewed for next year. For additional information about Sterling University Housing and to schedule a tour of Sterling Frisco, visit the website at

About Sterling University Housing
Sterling University Housing is a national leader in the development, construction and management of off campus student housing communities. Sterling is an affiliate of The Dinerstein Companies, one of the largest developers of luxury, green apartments in the U.S.

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Klieman credits win to Bohl’s legacy

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North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman argues a call during the FCS championship game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday.

FRISCO, Texas – It’s been four years since Craig Bohl left Frisco in a celebratory mood, coaching North Dakota State to its third straight Division I FCS national title. His legacy wasn’t forgotten on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Current head coach Chris Klieman joined Bohl as NDSU head coaches who have won three national titles after the Bison beat James Madison University 17-13 at Toyota Stadium. When asked about the resiliency and execution of his team in Frisco — the Bison are 6-0 in title games at Toyota Stadium — Klieman made a rare public reference to his former head coach.

“Yeah, you guys will be shocked about this, but I’m going to credit Craig Bohl on that,” Klieman said. “In 2011, it was my first attempt at it. I didn’t know. I was just a defensive backs coach and Craig got us all together and said, ‘You don’t go into this game to compete in it. You go to the game to win it. If not, you’re never going to be remembered.’

“I’ll never forget that staff meeting and him talking to us and saying, ‘You do not go and just be a participant. We all know that but you go and win it.’”

NDSU defeated Sam Houston State 17-6 in 2011. One of the factors players said afterward is they felt physically in better shape than the Bearkats players. It was also at that point when the Bison made the decision to spend money to keep players in Fargo to practice over the Christmas semester break.

“You ask our players, we grind those guys through those three weeks,” said Klieman, who thanked athletic director Matt Larsen and university president Dean Bresciani for giving the program the financial resources to practice during the break.

The athletic department foots the bill for housing and living expenses over the course of the three weeks. This year, after defeating Sam Houston in the semifinals on Dec. 15, the players went right back to practice on Monday to start preparing for the Dukes.

“Everybody else is back home,” said Klieman, in a general reference to title-game teams. “But that’s because we have an administration that allows us to do that.”

It’s a formula that was started by Bohl in 2011, with a strong assist from strength and conditioning coach Jim Kramer. It’s Kramer who designs the fitness plan that allows the players to physically peak for the title game.

“When we get through the semifinal game, we go, OK, winter camp, here we go,” Klieman said. “Those guys know it’s going to be walkthrough after walkthrough after walkthrough and meeting after meeting after meeting. That’s how you hold JMU to 30 rushes for 93 yards and 14 of 32 throwing in the game. It’s because those guys are tired of coach Entz going through rep after rep after rep. We knew what they were going to do.”

Matt Entz is the NDSU defensive coordinator who came aboard in 2014 after most of the Bohl staff left for Wyoming. But in the title game appearances Entz has been a part of, there was a lot of Bohl that was left over in the weeks between the semifinal and title games.

In a perfect world, perhaps NDSU should wear its alternative Harvest helmets permanently and schedule every game after an off week. It’s made for quite the unbeatable combination.

They will go into the 2018 season 11-0 while wearing the green helmets with the yellow corn stalk down the middle. NDSU also maintained its supremacy in playing games after an open week. It has won 27 straight, an accomplishment that dates back to the 2006 season which was the last time the Bison lost after having a bye week. For the record, UC Davis beat the Bison 20-14 in mid-October of 2005 after the Bison had the prior week off.

After that, it was Bohl who formed the fundamentals of what to do on a bye week. And, when it came to the FCS title games, what to do after the semifinal game.

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