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Before and After: My New Master Suite

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I have been saying for years that a master bedroom should be a serene retreat. That likely came after I designed our first bedroom after my husband and I married, in bright red. And I wondered why we could never relax. Rookie mistake for sure! But my new Master Suite is relaxing in every way.

But that wasn’t always the case.  These drab tan walls and beige carpet were neither inspiring nor relaxing when we purchased the home. I needed a plan to transform my master bedroom into a spot for unwinding from our hectic work schedules and chilling with an extra cup of coffee on the weekends. And what was my color of choice for this plan? Pale Blue, of course. It was already the color palette I’d selected for my nearby kitchen, so the bedroom design took off from there.

The pale blue provided the perfect back-drop for the fabulous custom-colored chinoiserie wallpaper from Fromental. And the best part is that this is one of their digital patterns so it’s not only a custom color, it’s a less expensive version of the hand-painted papers. From there, I knew I wanted to use classic black-and-white to give the space a bit of a modern feeling, and I love how my Lucy bed from CR Laine with a black welt and logo embroidery was the perfect place to start. Throw in a few pops of my favorite color, Kelly Green, with my cherished geometric patterned wing chairs and a new hot green velvet on the Paris bench from my CR Laine collection and this space was really coming to life.

But I didn’t stop there, I wanted to bring that same green accent into my bathroom with a lot of timeless black and white finishes. Here’s a peek into that space. Doesn’t it transition beautifully from the bedroom?

I painted the double doors that lead to my bathroom in the same stunning green with fabulous crystal knobs that feel like jewelry. These doors offer a beautiful burst of color and perfectly frame the view into my new bathroom, which is a great thing when a bathroom is beautiful and spa-like. But getting to that result was a process too…

My bathroom before was dark and dreary with a huge party tub surrounded by giant mirrors- just what you want to wake up to every morning, right? Wrong!

Bad finishes like tile and cultured marble, very low cabinets, bad lighting, and the tiny shower made this space extremely dysfunctional.

Still one of the worst design elements (if you can call it that) were these swinging saloon-style doors on the way to the toilet (yee haw!). Calling this room dated was an understatement for sure.

But not anymore! No more scary mirrors surrounding this tub. Everything is black and white and effortlessly chic. My favorite Greek key motif makes an appearance on the floors as a border and down the drapery surrounding my new Kohler VibrAcoustic tub (it plays music, y’all!). Hudson Valley Lighting helped me take this space from dark to bright and beautiful. And there’s even a touch of green on my round ottoman and in the commissioned art by Ashley Saer.

One big problem in the before of this space (besides those bad cultured marble columns, ha! ) was the lack of natural lighting. There was no window in this room at all which made the dark colors feel even darker. This space felt like a dungeon and did little to help start our days on a happy note. Plus look how cramped that shower was with the teeny tiny glass door. You could touch the shower ceiling while standing flat-footed because the ceiling was so low, and if you raised your elbows to wash your hair, it was easy to hit the walls on either side. It was far from luxurious or roomy.

I added this fabulous round window that now fills my bathroom with natural light every day, and it made all the difference in our attitudes and morning routine. And look how much bigger the shower is. We’ve got head room, arm room and a gorgeous sleek design with  beveled white subway tile from Daltile and a frameless glass door. Plus the fancy Kohler pluming with digital controls makes the shower experience feel like a dream. And with a shower head on each side so you stay warm on all sides even in the winter.

I can’t wait to walk you through the other design changes in my new home in my Before and After Series. So check back soon to see what other changes I’ve made!






Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom

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Yesterday you saw the photos of my bedroom and it’s transition from 2007 to the present.

Creating a comfortable, beautiful and restful bedroom retreat can really happen on any budget if you pay attention to the details.

In Designers at Home, Ronda Carman’s goal was to capture the details that designers use in their own homes to live beautiful and well-lived lives. So what does that mean for me particularly in my bedroom, the place in my home where I spend the most time?

Well here are my Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom and a few of my favorite bedroom spaces for inspiration.


(design by Greg Natale)

1. Comfy Carpet or Rug–Having the perfect texture under foot when you step out of bed or step in makes your whole bedroom experience better.

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(design by Bunny Williams)

2. Lighting Control is key–making sure you can go from a dark room just right for getting shut-eye to a room full of natural light is the best of both worlds. That way you can be happy and bright during the day and then perfectly cozy and private at night. Shutters, drapery, shades, or a combination, all help make a variety of light possible.

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3. A Soft Headboard–My bed is for rest, reading, working and more. For that reason a great comfy headboard is exactly what I need for leaning, propping and then a soft surface when I’m sleeping. Don’t you love this dramatic blue tufted version?


(design by Philip Gorrivan)

4. Tuck away your electronics so you can sleep–Nobody gets a good night’s rest with your TV, phone, or other electronics nearby with lights blinking all night long. Having a chest at your bedside to tuck away your phone or other favorite electronics is a perfect solution. And if you have a grommet in the back of your cabinet, you can even keep them plugged in while tucked away so they are perfectly charged when you awake.


(design by Miles Redd)

5. Perfect Pillows–We all have different preferences when it comes to pillows. But not having your type or enough of them can prevent you from getting your best rest. So whether down or poly, natural feathers or hypo-allergenic, king-sized or standard, knowing your pillow preference and how many you like makes for the best bed ever.


(design by Windsor Smith via Veranda Magazine)

 6. Cool Color Palette–I’ve had red bedrooms and I’ve had pale blue and I can truthfully say color psychology is real and a serene and cool color palette makes all the difference for relaxing in your room. So go soft and subtle with colors if you want a respite from the busy world outside.


(design by Tiffany Eastman )

7. Flowers and candles–Small beautiful touches like fresh flowers or a great smelling candle can up the luxury factor in your space. But that doesn’t mean expensive. I even pick up fresh flowers regularly at my local grocery market and have them at my bedside. Bringing nature indoors makes you feel alive, and enjoying fresh scents like lavender can help you relax.


(design by Bunny Williams)

8. Layered Blankets–Being able to control your temperature year round or during the night is imperative for a great night’s sleep. I change out my blankets depending on the time of year–cotton in the summer, wool or cashmere in the winter. But I need at least a light weight blanket on me year round. There’s something about being tucked in that makes me fall asleep and stay that way.


 (design by Nicole Cohen via Rue Magazine)

9. Layered Lighting–I love a bedroom that has ambient lighting like a lamp with a soft bulb, mixed with task lighting for reading a book, and then there is sometimes a need for an overhead light (but with dimmers), like when you are packing your suitcase or making sure you are dressing with 2 of the same colored socks. Layering the lighting in any room, particularly your bedroom, allows the perfect mix of function and comfort.


(design by Mary McDonald)

10. The Perfect Sheets–Oh the sheets! Maybe the most important part of the bedroom (possibly other than a comfy mattress), the sheets are key in your comfort factor. So whether you are a crisp cotton sheet person, one who wants a high-thread count for softness, or like me prefer my SDH Legna Cellulose sheets (they are made from Italian Wood Fiber and Oh so soft!), don’t downplay your sheets. I’ve even gotten high-thread count, super comfy sheets at target before. But our Legna sheets are so good, we often joke about taking them with us when we travel.

I hope these tips help you create your perfect nest right at home and assure you get an amazing night’s sleep! To see more of my favorite bedrooms, follow my Pinterest board called Beautiful Bedrooms.

And if you want to make your guest room just as perfect for those over-night visitors to your home, check out one of my most popular blog posts ever on making an experience special for your guests whether for a holiday, special occasion,  or any time of year.

See you tomorrow with more photos of my home.


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