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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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