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Book Review: From Classic to Contemporary by Cullman and Kravis

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You all know how much I love design books. I can’t get enough of them! I even have a new library in my recently renovated home where my collection of design and architecture books live and they are alphabetized so I can get my hands on the perfect book at a moments notice.

I love to scour design books to find new inspiration, to fill my weekends lingering on innovation and creativity and I use books in all of my designs as accessories for a collected look that’s functional too!

Today I’m excited to share From Classic to Contemporary a new design book that is sure to become one of my favorites. This is the third book by the distinguished design firm Cullman and Kravis; you might recognize them from the 2017 AD100 list! This amazing firm out of New York City focuses on mixing traditional interiors with contemporary art to create fabulous interiors, which are comfortable without being overly formal. And friends, if you love color like me, then you will LOVE their work.

As you can tell from the cover, this book is a collection of their most extraordinary designs. Throughout the book, you will see several traditional design elements such as detailed crown molding, ornate antiques, and elegant chandeliers. These classic components are contrasted by contemporary art with clean lines to give these spaces a fresh look that is right up my alley!

Here’s just a little sneak peak at what’s inside the book! I love this study in bright sky blue and bold red. The traditional carpet introduces all of the colors that are echoed in the beautiful bulls eye art above the sofa. Yes, please!

And is there anything more chic than an all-white living room? Cullman and Kravis add pops of color in the art mixed with the metallic elements in the art and coffee tables for sophisticated style. I love the exposed wood backs on the settees to mix in a more natural element. This design is more modern than the previous study space, but carries out the idea of a formally comfortable space.

And I’m in love with this kitchen! The octagon motif on the ceiling, the crisp white cabinets, and the serene green accents are fabulous! It features all of the modern appliance luxuries for anyone who loves to cook while maintaining a cozy aesthetic with dark wood floors and exposed hinges.

I’m already feeling so inspired and cooking up some fresh ideas for a few upcoming projects! What do you think? If you want to get a better look at these interiors and the rest of Cullman and Kravis’ amazing designs, get your copy of their book (or gift it to the design lovers on your list this holiday season) here- From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis






Tobi TV: 6 Ideas for Fabulous Architectural Details

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If you’re working on a new build or a major renovation of your house, adding fabulous architectural details can not only help you get the bones of your home right, it can add a lot of value to the house!

My project in the April issue of Traditional Home was a brand new build, so we had a great opportunity to work with the architect and contractor to bring in some terrific features and ideas to complement and enhance the farmhouse design. If you’re interested in adding special details in your home, consider these ideas:

Isn’t that a beautiful home? Let’s review those ideas for adding architectural details:

1. Reclaimed beams are a great environmentally-friendly idea, but they also add a stunning look to a room!

2. Creating a checkerboard pattern (or other pattern) with different wood tones creates a floor so gorgeous that you don’t even need to cover it with a rug. It’s pretty and tidy!

3. I used old barnwood in the master bedroom, but ran it horizontally on the walls to be a bit more modern and painted it with a creamy tone to really enhance the farmhouse style!

4. Paneled doorways and a coffered ceiling added luxe design details in the formal living room and around the home.

5. For a little whimsy, I used the “silhouette” of a baluster to turn this stair railing into a fun architectural feature instead of typical stair style.

6. In the entry, the architect suggested an oval window and I loved it! Adding panel molding not dresses it up with more character and makes the home feel like it’s old and charming.

As famed architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe once said, “God is in the details” and I agree it’s the details that make a difference when you’re designing a home. What architectural features are your favorites? Let me know in the comments section below!







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!







All-American Architecture with Laura Casey

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Thanks so much to Tobi for including me as one of her All American guest bloggers! Architecture is one of my favorite subjects, so I picked the top ten American architectural landmarks that I think are truly significant to setting a foundation for different periods of influential architecture.

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia was designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.

One of our nation’s most recognizable structures is The Capitol in Washington D.C., designed by Benjamin Latrobe in 1811.


Trinity Church in New York City displays characteristics of true Gothic Revival style in America. (Richard Upjohn, 1846)

My all time favorite building is The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is a landmark building which combines many different architectural time periods due to extensions and modifications over the years. The original architect in 1871 was Calvert Vaux and his collaborator Jacob Wrey Mould, but others contributed to its present state. It now shows off the distinctive Beaux-Arts look on Fifth Ave. I love the Met for its classical look in structure, heavy stone, French empire windows and proportional architecture. When we lived in New York I would often go for a walk in the Met and combine it with a trip through Central Park.

The Chrysler Building, also in New York, is another famous and significant building. It is often overshadowed by the Empire State Building, but the Chrysler Building is built in true Art Deco style . Designed by William Van Allen in 1930, this building was the tallest in the city for a short eleven months.

Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pennsylvania (built in 1937) is arguably the most recognizable of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential projects.

Lever House in NYC was completed in 1952 for British soap company Lever Brothers and was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. This building is a glass box international-style skyscraper based on the design principles of Ludwig Mies can der Rohe.

A staple of 20th century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggeheim Museum (built in 1959) is one of New York City’s most famous structures.

The Sears Tower in Chicago (officially renamed Willis Tower in 2009) was completed in 1973 and was the tallest building in the world for 25 years (surpassed by Petronas Towers in Malaysia). It was designed by SOM’s architect Bruce Graham and engineer Fazlur Khan in a “bundled tube” structure.

Frank Ghery has defined modern American architecture and no other building of his exemplifies this more than the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which opened its doors in 2003.

Let us know what is your favorite American structure!
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post on American architecture. Thanks for having me Tobi!

Image Credits: University of Virginia, Daily Caller, Old Custom House NYC, Digital Archive of American Architecture (+ guggenheim images too), Guggenheim Museum, Architectural Estates, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, The New York Times, Wallpaper Blog, the Culturalist.

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