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Shopping Guide: Luxuries for the Bath

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I love making my bathroom feel as pretty and relaxing as a spa or fine hotel. And with all this talk of my two resolutions for the year–finding more joy and loving myself more–my new Kohler Vibracoustic tub has become a big part of my daily existence. Not only does it make millions of tiny relaxing bubbles, my favorite part is that it plays relaxing music of your choice above and below the water for hydrotherapy. It helps me escape a busy day. It’s amazing!!

So needless to say, I am spending more time in my new Master Bath than ever. Now with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I am thinking all things bath related would make a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love.

Here are some of my favorite bath and vanity products that make self-care easier than ever. Wishing you more downtime to be good to yourself this year!

Joyfully yours,
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  1. Mullein & Sparrow Cacao Cleanse Bath Salts– These luxurious bath salts made with cacao increase blood flow, in turn, promoting healing and boosting collagen for healthier, softer skin!
  2. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar– A cleansing bar with all of the benefits of Dead Sea mud! Just use morning and night as part of your cleansing process to detoxify, exfoliate, and reveal a new glow!
  3. Nest Fragrances Cashmere Suede Liquid Soap– I love Nest Fragrance products and this Cashmere Suede soap is no exception! A perfect blend of warm cashmere tones mixed with hints of tobacco leaves, black amber, and soft suede are sure to excite you and your guests!
  4. Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View Mirror– A lighted wide-view mirror with adjustable side panels will add ease to your morning make-up routine!
  5. Voluminous Canisters– Who says bathroom storage is boring? Keep extra soap bars, Q tips, cotton balls, or even bath salts in these shapely glass containers!
  6. Diptyque Roses Scented Candle– Sit back and relax to the scent of fresh roses for your next spa night.
  7. Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub– Get an energizing boost in the shower with an energizing coffee scrub from Indonesian Sumatran coffee beans and finely crushed walnuts!
  8. Waterford Crystal Lismore Square Ring Holder– Place rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in this gorgeous crystal ring holder for safe keeping!
  9. Hermés Eau de Mandarine Ambrée Hair and Body Shower Gel– A hair and body formula that mixes the classic, fresh citrus scent with amber to create a lively scent!
  10. AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream– A lightweight cream that will soothe skin with magnolia and peony infusions with the decadent scent of roses!
  11. Short Silk-Trimmed Cashmere Robe– What is more glamorous and cozy than a cashmere robe? A beautiful shawl collared robe with silk trim in a feminine blush tone.
  12. Mercer Bathtub Caddy– Sink back into your tub with a good book and a glass of wine with ease when using your new bathtub caddy with an elegant polished nickel finish!
  13. UGG Classic Luxe Cotton Bath Sheet– Wrap yourself up in these pure cotton bath sheets, which are larger than the typical bath towel!
  14. Tory Burch Bath Soaps, Set of 4– Beautifully wrapped soaps in Tory Burch’s signature prints are filled with beautiful fragrances of peonies, grapefruit, and tuberose!

Tobi TV: 4 Ideas for a Spa-Like Bathroom

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As we hit the homestretch for the holidays, we just might need a place to get away from it all – maybe in a spa-like retreat in your own home! Creating a bathroom with that spa-like feel is much more than just picking the right calming paint colors, though. You need to remember luxurious details that take it over the top!

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The bathroom in my Riverside Penthouse project has all the details that make a perfect stress-free getaway, so let’s look at this relaxing retreat!

Calgon, take me away! Let’s take another look at those luxurious bathroom ideas:

  1. Chevron marble for the floor in a master bath is an interesting detail that hits you as soon as you step inside!
  2. Brass and Lucite hardware makes it clear that your bathroom’s vanity is high-style.
  3. Octagon doors give shape and detail that are hallmarks of high-end retreats.
  4. A marble backsplash behind a soaker tub screams luxury. But not too loud, we’re relaxing in here!

A bathroom like this one will wash all your troubles away! Let me know in the comments below how you create a relaxing bathroom retreat!

Happy holidays!

xo,

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For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

Before and After: The Chancellor Suite

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I love to work on commercial projects almost as much as I enjoy residential design! One of my favorites – and a project close to my heart – was the Chancellor Hotel. It’s right in the historic downtown square in Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas, where I attended college not once, but twice.

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When asked by the new owners of the hotel to design two of the luxury suites, The Chancellor Suite and The Old Main Suite, of course I jumped at the chance. Back in the day, I had a design internship in Hospitality Design in Las Vegas for the firm Yates-Silverman, so getting back into the hospitality arena was an exciting return for me.

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Today we’ll look at The Chancellor Suite and in a few weeks I’ll show you The Old Main Suite! For The Chancellor Suite, several hotel rooms from the previous hotel establishment were combined into one luxury suite. The “before” was built several decades ago.

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My goal for this suite was to bring a level of sophistication to Arkansas reminiscent of some of my favorite classic hotels in the U.S., like the Carlyle in New York City, but infusing it with my signature colorful style.

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As you can see, there was a lot of space to work with since this suite had a central living area, and two bedrooms!

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Shades of rich turquoise, charcoal, and gold mixed with classic black-and-white formed my color palette.

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The bedrooms were really a blank slate, so I was able to add luxurious materials and a calming color palette that made them chic and restful, and complemented the nearby living space.

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So what do you think about this hotel renovation? There are so many ideas that would easily translate into your home, too, don’t you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo,

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Top 5 Cabinetry Styles

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Cabinetry is not only the workhorse of any kitchen or bathroom, but it’s also a key design element in those rooms. Choosing the right color and style can take your kitchen from sleek modern to classic traditional faster than anything else you put into the space. But do you know your crown top from a shaker base? Not to worry, I’ve got a handy guide to the top 5 most popular cabinet styles!

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1. Shaker Base Style. This sleek and simple design is one of the most popular today. It complements any decor and gives a clean look to any kitchen or bath. It’s one of my favorites to use in my projects, too!

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2. Raised Panel Square Top. A raised panel style of cabinet gives a room more of a traditional look – timeless and classic. The raised panels can also have a shape at the top, instead of the squared-off one you see above.

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3. Raised Panel Round Top. Here’s another look at the raised panel design for cabinets, and those on the upper bank have the rounded top, rather than square. This is another of my faves for traditional kitchen design.

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4. Solid Wood No Styling. On the other end of the spectrum, but growing in popularity, is the solid or smooth fronted cabinet. This type of door also gives a nice straightforward look to any room.

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5. Inset Panel Square Top. Panels can also be inset, rather than raised, on cabinet doors and drawers. You’ll see this a lot in bathroom cabinetry, and it’s different from the Shaker style because it has an inset groove where the panel is set into the frame.

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And if those styles don’t float your boat, there are five other designs you can see above that can give you everything from a super-formal look to a more Mission or Craftsman design. But remember, just because one is more popular than another doesn’t mean you have to use it – choose the one that fits your personality and your decor!

What’s your favorite style for cabinetry? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Before and After: The Spa Life

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A master bathroom should really be an oasis, a place to wash away the cares of the day, or to get you ready for the day in a relaxing atmosphere. I love to create spa-like bathrooms for my clients to give them that calming space!

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One of my clients really needed that redo in their master bath. As you can see above, it was dark and dated, with a lot of brown tones in the cabinetry, the wallpaper, and the counters. It had a totally ’80s feel that made it seem dreary and out-of-date.

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We reworked the floorplan to take advantage of the windows in the room, and that really made a huge difference! Especially when I also made the color palette lighter and brighter, too.

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The original shower, above, was an awkward shape, and it had more of the heavy tile with those brown tones that weighed the room down.

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I added a touch of those beautiful spa colors in the new tiles, creating a fun stripe on the shower walls. And, as you can see below, we also made a bit of an outline around the floor with the same color.

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And of course every master needs dual sinks, and I also wanted to give them much more counter space and storage. The result, below, is a great counterpoint (pardon the pun!) to the lighter colors in the room.

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So what do you think of the spa-inspired bathroom I created for my clients? What is a must-have in your master bath? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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