Tobi TV: Keeping It Cool – and Custom

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When it’s as hot outside as it is on this August day, I like to focus on ways to keep things cool. And that’s most important in the kitchen, right?

As brand ambassador for Thermador, I love being able to highlight all of the incredible products in their portfolio. I’ve been using their appliances for years in my clients’ kitchens, and their refrigeration units are amazing!

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But more than that, Thermador’s Freedom Collection offers cooks a custom kitchen that reflects how they cook: in the number of appliances, the layout of the space and the overall design style. No longer do you have to have the same old fridge/freezer of the past – now you can style a kitchen in any way you want with built-in modular refrigeration concepts!

Let’s take a look at one of my client’s kitchens and the fabulously cool ideas we designed for her refrigeration:

Wow – that’s a cool kitchen, right? So let’s look at those Top 3 Takeaways again:

1. Thermador allows you to personalize your refrigerator/freezer – this is a real next-generation idea. You can use a differently sized fridge unit from your freezer unit. That way, your kitchen can function the way you want it to!

2. Wine preservation columns are another Thermador innovation that I love. They keep those fabulous wines at just the right temperature, and the glass doors let you show off fine vintages and give easy access to the right bottle you’re searching for.

3. Another “cool” idea I love is Thermador’s specially designed diamond ice maker, which is in all of the Thermador Freedom Collection Freezers. The shape of ice really does make a difference, and this design is meant to allow more ounces of ice in a traditional glass to keep drinks cooler.

It’s so fantastic to have the ability to personalize your kitchen today with ideas like these! What functionality do you want in YOUR kitchen? Tell me in the comments section below. And stay cool out there!

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Tobi TV: Those Little Details

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Good interior design is really in the details – no matter how small! What may seem to some like a tiny part of the room can help give your design personality and flair. Paying attention to detail can take your home from good to amazing!

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So what details should you keep in mind for your interiors? I like to have a combination of furnishings with great details as well as those perfect accessories. Take a look at these elements I used in my new collection for CR Laine:

See how something small can make a BIG impact? Let’s review those ideas:

1) Details like an acrylic foot on a sofa or chaise can add that perfect piece of jewelry to a dressed-up design!

2) When you’re looking at furnishings for your home, notice design elements like a greek key carving along the base of a chair or bench. Those give your room a subtle sophistication.

3) I love fretwork – both on furnishings and in room designs. Look for open-work that’s bold and beautiful!

4) I’ve been covering books in paper for years to add color and interest to a room, but think about spray painting old books to really give a unique touch to your shelves!

5) Nailhead trim is another fantastic design detail on furnishings – I like to use different patterns like starbursts.

6) A gold leaf border around a table’s top is a great way to add some shine to your design!

So remember, it really IS all about they details! They make all the difference!

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Tobi TV: Series of Art

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Hanging a series of art is a great way to fill a large wall or to add interest to a room. I love to use several coordinating pieces together, or even one large piece of art that’s been framed in individual sections.

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But how can you hang a series of art successfully? I’ve put together a list of tips to help you achieve this look like a pro, with a few examples from my art collection with Soicher Marin! Take a look:

See? It’s easy to create fabulous looks with several pieces of art! Let’s recap those tips:

1. You don’t have to hang a series of art in a grid. Consider hanging coordinating pieces in a vertical or horizontal pattern instead.

2. Think about “wrapping” art around a corner – you don’t have to stick to just one wall!

3. Hang a series of art close together – say 2 inches apart – to let the group read as one large piece.

4. Pieces hung in a series don’t have to be all exactly the same. By using the same frames and selecting art in similar color groups, you can mimic the look of a series.

If you have a large wall in your home, or you have that one room that just needs something, consider a series of art to give your space some personality!

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Tobi TV: Take a Seat

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Have you ever had a party and run out of enough seats for your guests? I’m always wishing for that one extra seat! So what’s a hostess to do?

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I like to use furniture that serves more than one purpose – like an ottoman that also works as a coffee table. That really helps your guests to make themselves comfortable in your home anytime. Let’s take a look at a few more of those multifunctional pieces:

See how those little things – like an extra seat – can mean a lot? Let’s recap what we saw:

1. Think about using a great leather bench. They can work at the end of a bed, or in a hallway. And they definitely provide a great place for guests to perch!

2. For CR Laine, I designed small ottomans that fit right under a table. That way they’re out of the way when they aren’t needed, but are easily pulled out for extra seats or surfaces at a party.

3. I also love my little bench ottomans, called Lena. They are a bit like a bench, a bit like an ottoman, and a whole lot of stylish seating!

So remember that the perfect party always includes making your guests comfortable with that great extra seat!

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Tobi TV: Mixing Patterns Like a Pro

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Wow – time flies! I am down to the last two meetings for designing my new fabric collection with Duralee, and then we’ll start preparing for its launch in December! That collection will be full of color and pattern, because as much as I’m crazy about color (and you know I am) I also love to work with pattern! But it can be tricky to mix patterns in a room and have the result look professional and not overwhelming.

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At the recent High Point Market, I showcased a lot of pattern in my new upholstery line with CR Laine. Let’s take a look at the results and I’ll share some of my top tips with you:

See? Pattern play is a LOT of fun if you know how to do it. So let’s review those ideas for mixing it up:

1. It’s important to let one pattern be a star, then you can mix in a smaller-scale pattern as a supporting player, and fill in with color and texture.

2. Menswear patterns with animal prints? Why not! With a coordinating color, you can mix any pattern with panache!

3. Two of my favorite patterns to mix are florals and geometrics – the key again is to use very different scales. So if you use a large floral print, be sure to mix in a geometric that features smaller scale like little diamond shapes.

4. You can really balance the look of a room with pattern. If you think a design like gingham might be too sweet or girly, you can mix in another pattern like a faux bois to bring in a more masculine design for balance.

So which patterns do you love? Start mixing them up and find YOUR perfect combination – and be sure to tell me about your pattern play in the comments below!

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