kimberlee paige hanson – principal
kimberlee’s love for aesthetic began when she was a young girl in texas designing bedroom furniture and a tree house for her stepfather to build. moving to new jersey at 16, she took a part time job at pottery barn which developed into a nine year career, financed her education, and allowed her to open daft, a hip clothing and furniture boutique.

kimberlee’s next venture in 1997 led her to manhattan’s upper west side where she opened hudson dry goods, an eclectic home furnishings mecca. hdg instantly became a neighborhood staple and destination for all new yorkers. kimberlee built the business while simultaneously gutting and renovating her first investment property, a spacious four-family victorian, giving her plenty of space to play and explore her craft. kimberlee opened a second hdg downtown near union square in 2000. the following year, she left the company to open chipped cup, a café and gallery that allowed her to pursue freelance design.

over the next couple of years, she divided her time between work in nyc and exploring northern california with her dogs and friends. in 2003 she purchased an east village duplex which she and darren promptly gutted. the ensuing restoration led to the inception of ibd. the next few years provided numerous outlets for kimberlee’s creative energies, a challenging yet rewarding chapter in her story.

darren nathaniel irving
darren picked up his first tools building sets for theater in high school. graduating from carnegie mellon with a bfa in drama, he realized his passion for creativity was much more tangible than the theater life. after a couple of years working in high-end interior restoration, darren met kimberlee while customizing furniture for her uptown home furnishings store. their partnership evolved into larger design and custom work, took them to california and back, and established the foundation for ibd.

spencer kielley jacobsen
spencer was drawn into carpentry and design as early as high school. he elected to spend his free time working toward multiple carpentry certifications as well as having a part time job with an electrician. the excitement of working with lighting in spaces intrigued him as well. in the summer of 2010 he accepted an internship position with ibd and at summers end we welcomed him onto our team as a full time member. since then, things have progressed organically as spencer has developed and honed his craft. he is the face of ibd at the brooklyn flea on the weekends where he sells our unique and creative pieces of furniture each week
bliss “the cha” griffin “the loo” nutmeg “monkey”
on an antique buying trip to atlanta, georgia in 1997, kimberlee and bliss found one another. she is the business’ namesake as well as a source of constant inspiration. while she is no longer with us, her spirit is ever-present. griffin emigrated from the south shortly after bliss and the two quickly became inseparable. he was the most special blue boy and we know they are together now frolicking about at the rainbow bridge.

nutmeg joined the ibd team in 2006 and is currently acting cfo.