Growing up Shay developed a natural flair for design by studying her mother Beth Rafferty, IBB Design Fine Furnishings’ founder and highly-regarded interior designer. An only child, she frequented the Dallas Design Center with her mom as a child and fondly remembers creating outfits for her dolls and matching bedding out of the fabric samples her mom had gathered for projects.
Designing professionally since 2001, Shay’s passion for interiors and interior products makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Inspired by traveling, the arts, family and friends. She considers each day an opportunity to learn and grow from experiences to enrich her life as a designer. Whether starting from scratch or giving new life to existing pieces, Shay’s goal in design is to create an inviting atmosphere that reflects the personal taste of each client. Her projects are often regarded as “livable luxe” in which she infuses unique elements and statement pieces that still offer comfortable family friendly living. Her portfolio ranges from commercial spaces including projects for dentists and major corporations to residential projects around the country including high rises and sprawling estates. Shay’s vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients that trust her not only with their primary homes, but also vacation homes around the world.
Shay has been the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. She is the editor of IBB Design’s custom quarterly magazine, IBB at Home, and regularly contributes to Ebby Halliday’s GRAND VIE magazine. Social media plays a large part in her daily design lifestyle. She has served on several social media panels including Kravet’s social media tour and Blogfest. Shay has been a “Style Spotter” for High Point Home Furnishings Market three years in a row and was a part of Dallas Market Center’s Blogger Sneak Peek host committee. House Beautiful, Modern Luxury Dallas, The Dallas Morning News, PaperCity, Interiors Texas, Dallas Style & Design and other print publications have featured Shay’s design work.
Over the course of Shay’s career, she has received many honors including being named one of the “Top 200 Influencers in the U.S. Home Design Industry for 2017” by FIXR, selected as a Traditional Home 2017 Showhouse Designer, a Colorista for Whyte & Company’s line of custom sinks, Fashion Group International of Dallas’ (FGI of Dallas) Rising Star in Interior Design in 2013, and one of the Top 15 Best Designers in Dallas by Build Direct. She has served as the emcee for Jeff Lewis’ keynote at Dallas Market Center’s 2015 Total Home & Gift Market, Design Campus Speaker in Austin and Atlanta in 2014, emcee for FGI of Dallas’ Rising Stars Awards in 2015, among others.
Shay is a member of the International Furnishings & Design Association and the Accessories Resource Team. She is very active in her community currently serving on the Dwell with Dignity Advisory Board and has served as a designer for their Thrift Studio fundraiser in 2014 and 2016. Shay is a two-time chair of the Celebrity Waiter Gala benefiting Family Gateway, has co-chaired the Mad Hatters Tea Party benefiting the Dallas Arboretum, as well as co-chaired the Red Cross Mardi Gras Ball. In addition to volunteering for a variety of worthy nonprofits, Shay and her team at IBB Design host a kick-off party for Partners Card benefiting The Family Place each year.
Shay is nominated for best interior designer for the 2017 ARTS Awards, an industry award program celebrating excellence in the home industry.
She lives in Frisco with her husband and two girls and Roxy, their family Boxer. She loves entertaining and cooking for family and friends in her free time.