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Tobi TV: Clever Kitchens

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In a kitchen, you don’t need a ton of space to make it work for you. In fact, I like to design smaller kitchens to really test my ability to create a fabulous, functional space.

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Because the kitchen is usually the centerpiece of the home, it always becomes a gathering space, doesn’t it? And there are plenty of ways that you can entertain your friends and family in the kitchen without feeling like you’ve run out of room. Let’s look at the great kitchen of one of my favorite clients for a few tips. It’s not a small kitchen, but it’s not huge either and we really packed a lot of great function and detail in this room. Take a look:

Don’t you just love that space? I do! Let’s recap those tips for the kitchen.

1. A custom-built island can be the perfect multi-functional item for prepping, serving, and gathering, even homework!

2. Try panel-front appliances instead of stainless steel or other materials. It looks just like your cabinetry and makes your kitchen look larger.

3. Punch up your neutral kitchen with color, whether from a great range with red knobs or a fabulous green island with a cafe counter top!

Those tips put the fun in functional! How would you create your perfect cooking space? Tell me what you think and leave a comment below!

xo,

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A Little Color Talk with ElleDecor.com

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You know I love pink. I used a blush shade all over my new CR Laine collection and I’m planning Pink and Yellow in my new Dining Room. But not everyone can embrace this lovely hue. Can you?

Today I got to weigh in on pink and few other colors that often get a bad rap in this fun article at ElleDecor.com called “6 Paint Colors You Only Think You Hate“.

Enjoy and Happy Holiday Weekend! xo,

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Tobi TV: Bring the Light

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Do you know what one thing makes any room in your house look better? Natural light! I love to have windows that will let that sun flow into a room. Add in some neutral colors, and you can completely transform a space!

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For this particular project of mine, it had been a little while since the first time we designed the home originally, and not only had trends and times changed, but the way my clients live had changed, too! So how did I “bring the light” into this master bedroom? Let’s take a look:

What a transformation! So what did I do to revamp this home?

1. After gutting the original bedroom, we put in an extra window which really gave the room more light!

2. I added pilasters to give a bit of grandeur to space and to frame the windows and add more architectural interest.

3. When you let the light in – both with windows and with beautiful light colors in the room – it can make a space look twice the size it really is!

4. Rethinking how you’re using your square footage allows you to lighten up the floor plan and give the room better flow and function.

How is the natural light in YOUR space? It really is one of the best ways to update your room, so let me know in the comments where you are letting the light in!

xo,

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Bring the Drama!

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So far, I’ve shown you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty and City Sophisticate color schemes. Now it’s time to bring the drama with my bold and bright Drama Queen group! I’m known for color, and these bold splashes of orange, magenta, and green were probably what most people envisioned my collection would be.

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I also love to mix patterns, so this area showcased stripes, faux bois, and Greek key to put even more POW into the display! My Taylor sofa was actually low-key here (remember it as a sectional in tweed?), and the fabulous CR Laine swivel chair and ottoman highlighted the color story of orange and magenta. Love that stripe on the chair! And the simple circle of black on a white ground in the art is also mine – from my Soicher Marin collection.

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I also love anything with function, so I designed the fully-upholstered Tobin table so an ottoman can tuck right up under it. Then you can pull it out when you need extra seating for guests. And there is that great starburst pattern in nailhead on the side of Tobin, like it was on those gorgeous Stella screens.

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Can you believe that’s my Wells wing chair again? You saw it last week in the City Sophisticate group in that luscious mint velvet with an embroidered nonogram on the back. Here it takes on a whole new personality in a grey and orange Greek key patterned fabric with pale grey legs. It really pulls out the color in the Soicher Marin art I designed, too.

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Speaking of drama, these Alexander chairs really make a grand entrance, don’t they? That magenta fabric was so fabulous against the Greek key pattern on the back of each chair. And in the background you can see one of the most popular pieces from my new Soicher Marin collection, the huge pink wash art that’s propped against the wall. The blue version of that art was a top seller, too!

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My Marguerite armless sofa really is one of my favorites in the whole collection! The orange wool was a big hit, and was the perfect background for the starburst nailhead trim and those fantastic acrylic legs. The bolster is strapped and can be removed, or moved on the sofa so you have an armrest wherever you need it. Another fantastic thing about this piece is that it is sized for dining – so you can use it as a banquette, too! The orange inkblots on the wall are part of my Soicher Marin collection, and they are available in orange or black. I love the name: What Do You See?

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Last, but certainly not least when it comes to the DRAMA quotient, is the Hampton chaise, which was a HUGE hit at market! It was also a great place to collapse after a long day in the showroom – especially on that soft snakeskin velvet in platinum, which I named Hissy Fit! These are built for snuggling and are incredibly comfortable. My favorite comment about these from the entire market was that someone thought they should be called the Binge Watching Chaise because you would be comfortable in them for a whole weekend of Netflix!

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So did that group bring the drama, or what?! I have to say that working with CR Laine and Soicher Marin was far from a drama, though! They are dream partners and really did make a dream come true for me. And again, I’m so appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like Woodbridge, Tritter Feefer, Currey & Company, Barbara Cosgrove, Times Two Design, Colleen & Company, Mirror Image, Chelsea House, and Surya.

Did you see any that were favorites for you? If you are interested in anything you’ve seen here, just go to CR Laine’s website here, or Soicher Marin’s site here. And leave me a comment below to tell me what you think about my new collections! Can’t wait to show you even more in October! WHEW!

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Tobi TV: Comfort and Style

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Creating spaces that are full of style, but are also comfortable, can be a challenge for designers. If your home has kids and pets, that makes it doubly difficult. So what if you want style and design, but you want your family to feel at home and like they can relax and really put their feet up?

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That’s a dilemma, right?  Should you choose comfort over style, or style over comfort? Neither! In the video below, I gave my client the best of both worlds with fabulous color and overall comfort. Let’s take a look at how you can do that, too:

Who wouldn’t want to hang out in that family room? Let’s recap those tips for combining comfort and style:

1. Use warm colors like a rich red to create warmth and comfort, and trendy colors like turquoise to give you high style.

2. Tie it all together with a fabric or pattern that has both colors.

3. Lighting is essential to creating a comfortable space. Natural light and overhead lighting are great but a lamp with a dimmer switch will adjust to whatever you need for your comfort!

4. If you must have a TV (and let’s be honest, most of us must!), incorporate it into the design so it feels like a part of your comfortable and stylish space.

Try using some of these tips to design your perfect family room or any room of the house! Leave me a comment and let me know which of these tips really resonate with you!

xo,

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