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Before and After: A Country-Chic Family Room

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One of my favorite gathering spaces in a home is a family room – especially when there’s plenty of seating for everyone in the family! In my farmhouse project – featured in the April issue of Traditional Home – I wanted my client’s large family to feel right at home in a chic and sophisticated country space.

One of the first elements to go into this gorgeous space were reclaimed beams for the ceiling and big beautiful windows that would take in all of the natural light. I loved working with architect Carolyn Lindsey of Yeary-Lindsey Architects on this project. She helped make these architectural details a reality.

Above is another view of those beams after they got their gorgeous stain application. Against that off-white ceiling, they aren’t just playing a starring role, they are really the star of this room!

The navy and cream palette was highlighted by touches of red, which is also a color I included in the connecting kitchen and breakfast area.

And we built a natural stone fireplace that also helps bring the outdoors in, and adds a chic country style to the room.

Because a big family can also mean lots of games and toys, I also had cabinets built in on either side of the fireplace to help hide any clutter.

What do you think of this big and beautiful family room? I like that it makes a grand statement, but still feels cozy and welcoming for family and friends! Tell me what you think in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

Tobi TV: How to Move Color Through Your Home

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Using color in one room is enough of a challenge, but using color cohesively throughout the home can be a tough proposition for most people!

I love to move color through a home, and I’m going to show you my best tip for doing that AND making each room work together in my farmhouse project that was just featured in Traditional Home. Let’s take a look:

See? It isn’t as hard as you think to have bold color throughout your entire house! Let’s look at how those colors worked together again:

  • First, the master bedroom has rich shades of brown and green.
  • As we move to the dining room, the brown tags along.
  • Then the aqua in the dining room pairs perfectly with the same color in the formal living room.
  • That’s where we picked up the cobalt that then goes into the kitchen, where it’s paired with red.
  • That bold red moves upstairs into the kids’ playroom and their individual bedrooms, too!

Each room works together to create a cohesive color story! Let me know what you think about this bright idea in the comments section below! And don’t miss me talking all about color this month in my Transformation column in Traditional Home in their annual color issue. My column is all about my own home renovation and the way I used color at home for my own family. Click here to see more!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

4 Tips for Falling in Love with Your Business

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Feeling burned out? If you are constantly giving to everyone but yourself, you can start to feel resentment. Believe me, I’ve been there – several times! And over the years I’ve also discovered that there is one sure-fire method to make you fall in love with what you do again. But it may not be what you think.

Because to rediscover that spark, that thing that gives you the passion for what you do, you have to step away. Yep, you read that right. But if you try these 4 steps, I promise you’ll come back to work ready to take it on with new gusto!

  1. Go away. And I mean AWAY. One day could help, but for me to really unwind, it typically takes several days. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money, then at least check out of business mode. Go drive in the country with your windows down and breathe in the fresh air. Take a spin through a museum or a walk in the park. Plan a long weekend at the beach or the lake. Just get out of your office and turn your phone off. Studies show that if you don’t give yourself a break, you’ll never be as creative and effective as you need to be. You really need to recharge your batteries and you can only do that if you step away from your office.  And for me if there is a component of nature involved, my relaxation goes up tremendously!
  2. Breathe deep. You need to relax and get your mojo back, and one of the best ways to do that is through meditation and deep breathing. Don’t believe me? Well the American Medical Association is now talking about big benefits from deep breathing, like elevating your mood, releasing tension, bringing clarity to your thinking, and boosting your immune system. That’s perfect for burnout! Add in meditation to reduce stress and improve concentration and you have a winning combination. And I combine these with yin yoga so not only my mind feels relaxed, but my body feels better too!
  3. Treat yourself well. You are your company’s most important asset, so you should be treating yourself like gold. That means it is critical for you to take time out of your day to exercise – look at it as an investment in your long-term performance. But for you to get the best benefits, find the type of exercise you really like. If you dread it, you are unlikely to keep it up. Plus, you need to take in the right fuel to keep you running like a well-oiled machine. And we are all different with what foods work for our bodies. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I have been trained as a health and wellness coach, they call this bio-individuality. It’s the idea that one person’s food is another person’s poison. So learn which foods and vitamins make you feel best and make them a priority. Taking care of yourself isn’t some new age mumbo-jumbo – a Forbes study showed that CEOs who took time out of their day to exercise and eat right were 30% more inspired and effective at work. So take care of YOU and your take care of your company.
  4. Rethink your priority. That’s right, just one. The idea of priorities (plural) is a somewhat recent change to this word that was made in the US in the 1940s. This word originally meant the ONE most important thing, because you really can’t focus on more than one thing at a time right? So what is your priority? I talked a few weeks ago about the fabulous book Essentialism. To find out what’s most important to you, write down everything you are doing as a function of your job and then really start thinking about what is critical and what is really nonessential. And I mean cut it down to the bone. Multitasking is a myth, so what do you really want to focus on? Getting that clarity, and ridding yourself of things that are holding you back or tying you down will truly make you free! Your passion won’t be pulled in 20 directions, and instead you will get fired up and ready to focus on that one thing that will make the biggest difference.

I’m in my sweet spot of really concentrating on these 4 core ideas right now – and it’s been paying off in a BIG way! I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and I am really feeling the fire again, but not for business as usual. It’s for a new and improved version of my business – one that feeds my family and my soul.

So what do you think? Where have you made changes this year to give you a better, more productive, and happier business and life? And if you haven’t made changes yet, what’s your plan? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: The Green Bedroom Scene

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I’m so excited that my farmhouse project is the cover feature in Traditional Home‘s April issue, on newsstands now! This master bedroom is the room featured on the cover, which is such an honor. So I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase a before-and-after of this room because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a spring green space!

The interesting thing about this project is that it was a completely new build – it was literally an empty field when I first saw it. So we had the exciting opportunity to really make this a dream home for my clients. The views of the surrounding trees and pastures are so amazing that I knew I wanted to bring in the outdoors in with the fabulous Schumacher fabric called Hothouse Flowers in a gorgeous range of greens and brown.

One of my favorite parts of this room, that really brought in that farmhouse feeling in a sophisticated way, is the wood walls, which I painted in gorgeous Sherwin-Williams Creamy.

You can see the reclaimed wood planks from an old barn here before they were painted, and the wall where I placed that beautiful bed from Hickory Chair with the monogrammed pillows.

Here’s the actual cover shot, with the view of that incredible fireplace. And you can see how I mixed in more greens and browns to complement the stunning fabric on the chairs and drapery.

And here’s the “before” shot, obviously before we added in the fireplace surround and mantel that give such a chic touch to the master suite!

So what do you think of this master suite that’s wearin’ the green for St. Patty’s? Let me know in the comments section below! And look for more behind-the-scenes shots of this home in the coming weeks!

xo,