New House Diary: Dining Room Color Palette

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As promised, I am back with the design of my own home. It’s getting very real and I am starting the demolition of this place in just about 6 weeks. So it’s time to really start to dig into my favorite part of the design process (color, pattern, and fabric) for the rooms we haven’t touched on yet. Today I thought I would give you all a sneak peak of my dining room color palette.

I was inspired by some of the colors in my CR Laine showroom debut last month, like the softness of this blush against the bright pop of chartreuse. I love the soft pink with the acidity of the green. But I want to tweak this color combo just a bit in my own home by using rose and yellow!

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I think my dining room should be bright and fun, but still sophisticated, like these amazing yellow lamps from Jan Showers. I will be using these in my dining room for sure! I purchased them a while back and have been waiting to build a room around them. Sort of like that Kohler plumbing commercial where the lady asks to build an entire house around one fabulous faucet. Remember?

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I am going softer in some areas of my home but for the dining room, I’m thinking those fun pops of color I love would look great mixed with a fabulous floral wallpaper! What do you think? I’m excited about the bold yellow in my Riverside Penthouse pictured here, but my yellow will be a bit more lemon mixed with a rosy-pink. And my wallpaper…well it will be more contrasting than this space with a light background. So it may be inspired by this project of mine below but the result will be very different.

Riverside Penthouse Inspiration

Isn’t it great to be inspired by other’s homes but be able to pull inspiration and ideas to create something that is totally YOU?!? It’s especially fun to be designing for my own house. I don’t get to do it very often and I can already imagine myself entertaining in my newly remodeled dining room by Christmas.

I’ll be back next week with more ideas, but for now I need your help deciding how to use these fabulous colors of yellow and pink! Could you embrace pink in your life? What would others in your family think? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are bold enough to have a little pink in your home. Or maybe a lot of it!

xo,

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Big City, Big Sophistication

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Last week, I showed you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty color scheme. This week, we’re heading to a more metropolitan destination with my City Sophisticate group! For these designs, I was inspired by my collections of Jadeite – mint green glassware that I’ve been in love with for years. I also wanted to showcase how fashion-forward it can be when combined with navy and pale blue, with a few touches of lavender thrown in!

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The entry to the CR Laine showroom during High Point Market showed off my new Elle chair – named for my daughter – and the fantastic velvet Stella screens with starburst patterns in nailhead trim! We mixed in a white sofa and one of my favorite ottomans from CR Laine’s own lines to finish off the look, as well as a blue watercolor from my new collection with Soicher Marin.

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Here is that amazing Elle chair again, in leather with brass arms and nailhead trim across the back. CR Laine is known for their attention to every detail and for adding comfort, which took my designs to a whole new level! My daughter was so proud of this chair that she kept asking me what her cut of any sales would be! HA! You can see us trying out the chair here:

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I also introduced a daybed as part of my CR Laine collection – it’s something that I’m always searching for as a designer, and have a lot of trouble finding! I love the blue moire that covers this Sheridan daybed, it reminds me of the faux bois patterns. And this daybed provides a lot of function, too, since it does double duty as seating or as a bed! It’s even designed to take a fitted twin sheet right over the seat cushion.

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The shape on the back of the daybed is one that I love, so I also used it on the back of my new Izzy dining chair! This chair has a deeply padded back that is SO comfortable!

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In the last City Sophisticate area, I went a little to the dark side. Don’t worry! I just mean darker blue – navy to be exact. The walls added great dimension and were the perfect background to the chinoiserie panels that are part of my art collection for Soicher Marin. The Taylor sectional is shown here in a tweed, mixed with animal print and solid pillows. That sectional (and it’s partner sofa) were big sellers during market! I think everyone loved the tufted seat and CR Laine’s comfort quotient. I also designed the velvet wing chairs you see to the left in the photo below. And the vignette was made perfect with the addition of CR Laine’s stunning ottoman and slipper chairs!

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Here is a closer look at the Wells wing chair, with the bigger barrels below the arm and a fabulous embroidered “nonogram,” on the back. That’s a monogram without any initials, in case you were wondering! I love a good wing chair and this is my new fave!

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This was such a fun group, too, and I’m so excited about how it was received! I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company and Barbara Cosgrove, accessories from Times Two Design, rugs from Surya, and tables from Woodbridge.

Next week, I’ll show you the Drama Queen group that will really make a statement! And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!

Meanwhile, have you seen a favorite piece of my new collections yet? Be sure to tell me which one you have to take home in the comments below! These groups will be arriving in retail stores near you in just a few weeks!

xo,

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Tobi TV: The Butler’s Pantry

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Tobi-TV-logo-600x332We can’t all live a life that affords us the luxury of having a butler, but a luxury you CAN afford is a butler’s pantry. Historically, a butler’s pantry is where a butler made quick meals and sandwiches, cleaned silver, and sometimes even slept.

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Nowadays, even in homes without a butler, butler’s pantries are usually located in transitional spaces between kitchens and dining rooms, and are used as staging areas for serving meals. They usually have countertops, perhaps an additional sink, and storage for tableware, serving platters, table linens, candles, wine, and other things you’ll need to entertain in your dining room.

A butler’s pantry doesn’t have to be huge or take up a lot of space. You can even add this lovely luxury to a corner of your kitchen. Here are my tips for making a butler’s pantry work for you!

Let’s recap those great tips for a butler’s pantry:

1. Make your butler’s pantry pop with colored cabinets like a fun teal or with brass shelving to really shine!

2. Even a small butler’s pantry will look larger with a mirrored back.

3. Marble countertops and great hardware really bring in the luxury for an expensive looking butler’s pantry.

I hope these tips served you well! Let me know in the comments below how you’d serve up this fabulous space in your home!

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New House Diary: I’m Back!

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Ok, so I admit it. I hit a point a couple of months back that I had to put my own house project on the back burner to get my new CR Laine and Soicher Marin collections launched and dig into the last few stages of development of my Duralee fabric line that will be finished in the coming months.

Well if you’ve been watching my social media feeds the last few days you know that my 2 collections have had VERY successful launches at the High Point Market and hopefully you will be seeing them in your local retailers and design shops by summer.

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Working on the design of my area in the CR Laine showroom – now I’m ready to tackle my house!

And the Duralee fabric line is looking like a million bucks! We are in the stage of COLOR!! My favorite part. So I know pretty much what all the woven and print patterns look like and now is the time to add my magic touches of Bright and Bold color to make the collection come to life.

So…with all that progressing perfectly, I am now ready to really turn my attention to my house. And I am just a few weeks out from making MAJOR changes to the structure. We’re talking gutting the kitchen and the bath. So stay tuned – you just may see me wielding a hammer to demo some of my walls in just a few weeks, just like they do on your favorite DIY TV shows!

And while the construction gets into full swing, I’ll get us back on track with making decisions for the rooms we haven’t tackled here on New House Diary. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

So thanks for hanging with me as I work to balance all the parts and pieces of my life. I am so excited it is time for ME to be the client. I can tell you, getting this fabulous home camera-ready is a bit overdue but I know it will all be worth the wait.

I’ll be back next week with more of my decisions and selections and I am going to need a bit more of your help making some final choices. Join me for the process, won’t you?

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I’m Blushing Over These Beauties!

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The High Point Market wrapped last week, and it was an amazing whirlwind! I was so happy to see how well my new CR Laine collection of upholstery was received – the showroom was packed and the orders were being written at lightning speed!

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the market, I know I’ve teased you for weeks about the three color stories that we showcased – Blushing Beauty, City Sophisticate, and Drama Queen – so I thought I would show you each collection. This week, we’ll look at the Blushing Beauty group – featuring the fashion-forward blush color!

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I loved mixing the sweet blush color with the tangy citron, which gave it a nice balance and kept it from going too feminine or “precious.” In the group above, you see the Julianne sofa, the Helen slipper chair, the Lena ottoman, and the Stella screen. I also designed the blush table with gold leaf with a fabulous company called Woodbridge Furniture. It was so much fun to work with them, that I might just have to do it again!

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The Julianne is a Sheraton-style sofa, but unlike the vintage design, this one is super-comfortable! And I love the details here, like the starburst pattern on the nailhead trim of the screen, and the Greek key carvings on the base of both the slipper chair and the ottoman. The art above the sofa is part of my new collection with Soicher Marin, another fabulous partner!

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This bedroom area in the CR Laine showroom was a big hit! We had quite a few people who said they wanted to pick up this vignette and put the whole thing in their own bedrooms at home! The Lucy upholstered bed and the leather Beverly bench are both from my collection with CR Laine, and the art is from my Soicher Marin line. I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to borrow product to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company, the mirror from Mirror Image, rug from Surya, the bedding from Eastern Accents, and the bedside tables from Woodbridge.

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The Lucy is fully upholstered all the way to the floor with no boxing wooden foot, which gives it such a luxurious look! And that blush leather on the Beverly bench was to-die-for!

I loved the Blushing Beauty group in my Tobi Fairley for CR Laine collection, and I am so happy that it was a success at market! I can’t wait to see it in stores in just a few weeks, and in people’s homes! I’m already planning to put these designs in some of my own new projects.

Next week, I’ll show you the City Sophisticate group. And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!

xo,

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