Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!


But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.


The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.


The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.


And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.


So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!







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3 Responses to Before and After: Updated and Edited

  1. DIANE Dyhan says:

    Dear Tobi,
    I love every detail; the art, lamps, lucite, and soft colors. If this was a boutique hotel I would definitely want to book it for a month. If it was by a beach all the better!

  2. Nanette says:

    Everything is beautiful, I absolutely love the gorgeous console table with white lamps! ?

  3. ingrid says:

    Just found your blog– after reading your lovely post on Patina farm. I love the work you did with the living room here. I am trying to find a similar fireplace, would you care to share who made it?
    Thanks in advance, Ingrid