Photostyling Before and After (and After): My Family Room

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IMG_1316Well my daughter successfully started the third grade today. Hard to believe she’s growing up so fast! Thanks for allowing me a day off yesterday while I got her ready. These moments are priceless.


Now I am back and excited to continue the photostyling tour through my home. Today’s stop…the Family Room (photos by Nancy Nolan).

Many of you have seen a few iterations of this space. And like my bedroom, it has an after and an “after” after.


Here is how this space looks now after sprucing it up for Ronda’s great book, Designers At Home.


Typically I think of my photostyling as editing a space. This time, it was about leaving my personality and favorite creature comforts in the space because Ronda’s book was all about living a well-lived life in my own home. So what do I surround myself with to make me most happy?

Well certainly design books. Lots and lots of them. And of course fresh flowers. Tulips are in my top 3 favorite varietals. And who could cozy up without my pups near by. There’s my sweet Harley again (a couple of photos above) cuddled up in the wing chair.

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This image has been making the rounds internationally, recently featured in Canadian House and Home.


And British Homes and Gardens–there’s Ronda showing it off. How exciting!

IMG_1303The sofa seating area isn’t the only part of the room that I livened up. I also gave a punch of color to my bookcases.


Inspired by my favorite orange gourd lamps, I thought the white books needed a bit of pizazz!

Here is how this space looked in the Traditional Home spread in 2011 (photos by Werner Straube).

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And here it is back in 2007 when it was featured in At Home in Arkansas sans all the orange.





So what do you think? Stacks of design books or no books? Orange lamps or white ones? All white bookshelves, or a punch of citrus to spice them up? Which photos are your favorites. I really do want to know.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you love. Now I’m off to help with some third grade homework.


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10 Responses to Photostyling Before and After (and After): My Family Room

  1. Kate Luella says:

    such amazing attention to detail, its almost too perfect… 🙂 I wish my place looked like that, maybe oneday…

  2. Jacqueline Holley says:

    Really inspiring – love the orange!

  3. Franki Parde says:

    The current is cracker jack!! So fresh! franki

  4. Karen Albert says:

    The image showing most of the living room, after,after. Love the Deep navy sofa with the Sea Life prints; the orange accessories! Fabulous. All of the design books on the table are amazing!

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  5. Hickory Chair is honored to be part of your home! We made the 4756-55 Wing Chairs in the print and the 3276-70 Klismos Table right here in our Hickory, NC workroom! Thanks Tobi!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Love the “after, after” look with all the orange – gorgeous. But…. Why not use the bookcases as bookcases and store the design books? The white and orange book covers look great, but is this best use of the space?

  7. Diane says:

    Love all the pops of orange…it really brought an already beautiful room to life. Thanks for sharing your home with all of us

  8. This nicest part of all of these designs is that they are all you!! Your home is so warm and welcoming! If those walls could talk!!!

  9. paige ward says:

    This room was the inspiration for my den renovation. I just received the bird prints from your Joss & Main sale & they look fab in my Tobi inspired room!
    Love the oranges!

  10. mide42 says:

    Nice nice nice, so lovely and thanks for showing us your room, please can I get tips on how to setup a standard livingroom with color matching and curtain colors.