Posts Tagged ‘Black’

Before and After: Outdoor Oasis

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I’ve had an amazing response to my new pool and patio that’s featured in the June issue of Traditional Home! And since we’re starting a fabulous long holiday weekend today, I thought I’d show you the before shots of my home’s outdoor area and tell you a little about how I transformed it!

The existing pool and patio had an aggregate concrete surface and crumbling tile surround. It was way beyond time for a renovation, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of this old and battered concrete.

With the help of outdoor living expert David Munsey III of Better Lawns & Gardens, we resurfaced the patio with black-and-white Techo-Bloc Tux Pavers and the pool with black-and-white frost-proof tile from Daltile. The look speaks to my personal style and to the age of the house, which was built in 1968.

Here’s a shot I took of from the sunroom just as they were about to pull up all that concrete. I was so happy to see that old surface go!

As you can see in the before photo above, the sunroom of my house overlooks the outdoor area, so visual flow between indoors and out was especially important. I wanted to take colors and motifs from my interiors to the patio to make the decor look seamless and integrated.

For the outdoor decor, I wanted to have that 1960s glam vibe, like Palm Beach or the Beverly Hills Hotel. To enhance the cabana feel, I added a valance and draperies to the roof overhang.

And you know me, I have to have color! So I added energetic splashes of pink and green, as well as preppy stripes for extra kick. I furnished the patio with pieces from a line of Chinese Chippendale furniture that I designed for Woodbridge Furniture. And the Duralee fabric on the cushions feels like comfy terry cloth, which is great for a pool area!

To make gatherings even more memorable, there’s an outdoor music system, a pink flamingo float (named Frankie, after Frank Sinatra), and a giant chess set. I found chess pieces online that fit perfectly on the checkerboard tile. How fun is that? And I think Brooks Pools did an amazing job on our pool renovation.

Here’s the fabulous landscape designer David Munsey III enjoying my new patio with me – we may never go indoors!

So what do you think about this new outdoor space? Don’t you love being outside in the summer months? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Beautiful B&B

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There’s an amazing new bed and breakfast in High Point, N.C.! It’s called Pandora’s Manor and it’s owned by one of my favorite companies, Eastern Accents. They asked me and 5 other interior designers to revamp the bedrooms in the historic home, and given my love of traditional homes, I couldn’t wait to redesign my space!

Before we got started, the rooms had some amazing details that you see in so many historic homes, like the wood floors and a marble fireplace – I love a fireplace in a bedroom! But, also like a lot of older homes, things also looked a bit dated as families moved in and out and as tastes and trends changed.

One thing I knew I wanted to add was a WOW factor, but I still wanted to keep the traditional elements that I love so much. So I added wainscoting to the bottom of the walls, but gave those walls a more modern look with a deep black paint on the upper half. Then I layered in a bright yellow fabric in the draperies and upholstery, all from fabrics that are in my own collection for Duralee.

The room before was a little cramped with older furniture and upholstery, and I wanted to add glamour and a more modern look with my design for this bedroom.

My new Tilly chair for CR Laine really has that vintage look with a modern twist that I was searching for, so it was the perfect fit. And I was lucky enough to also be able to use pieces from my collections of art for Soicher Marin and tables and a desk from Woodbridge Furniture.

There is an attached bathroom for each of the bedrooms, so I also pulled in some of the design elements and colors from the bedroom into the bath.

I love a bold graphic wallpaper, and this black-and-white pattern was a perfect complement to the bedroom’s decor. I also used the same drapery fabric and Greek key detailing that you can see on the bedroom windows.

The final result was a room that guests will love, featuring a big luxurious bed with fabulous Eastern Accents linens to lounge in! I was so honored to be given this project, and I even wrote a letter to the guests who will stay here in the coming years.

The designers who were involved in the home with me are Alexa Hampton, Barclay Butera, Celerie Kemble, Thom Filicia, and Madcap Cottage – here we all are on the steps of Pandora’s Manor in our special Eastern Accents PJs! To see their rooms and to learn more about the home, click here to read the feature on Traditional Home‘s website!

If you’re in High Point, N.C., for the upcoming High Point Market, be sure to stop in and tour this gorgeous B&B. It’s a great place to stay, with an amazing staff!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

What Is That Color? Lavender Love

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I love designing rooms for kids, to give them a space that’s all their own and makes them feel special! So when I began to create this room for a fabulous little girl, I wanted to be sure it reflected who she was. She likes some feminine things, but she isn’t too girlie, so I knew the decor needed to reflect that. And once I found that fabulous toile on the window treatments, I knew I had a great color palette, too!

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The paint color is Enchant by Sherwin-Williams, and it strikes that perfect balance between soft but not too sweet. And I loved it paired with the black and white combination of complementary colors – that really kept it grounded and sophisticated for this grown-up girl!

So what do you think of this lovely lavender? Would you use purple in one of your rooms? Tell me why or why not in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

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Shopping Guide: Holiday Decor

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It’s Thanksgiving next week – the official kick-off to our holiday season! So it’s time to start thinking about how you plan to decorate your house for friends, family, and festivities. And I have some fabulous suggestions for you!

Whether you’re trimming the tree, lighting a menorah, or celebrating in your own way, there are gorgeous ornaments and details that will make your home shine a little brighter this holiday season! I’m ready to add these to my own lists today – happy shopping!

xo,

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  1. Faux-Fur White Mink Christmas Tree Skirt– Add a touch of luxe glamour to your decor this holiday season with a fabulous faux-fur tree skirt!
  2. Large Black-Stripe Ball Christmas Ornaments, Set of 3– Black-and white-striped ornaments allow you to combine classic design elements with new, non-traditional style on your Christmas tree!
  3. Hanukkah Napkins, Set of 6– While setting your Hanukkah table, don’t forget to add these beautiful blue cotton napkins with metallic printed wheat stalks and dreidel.
  4. Pendleton 5th Avenue Plaid Throw– Cozy up under a stylish red, blue, and green plaid throw with some hot chocolate while you open up your holiday presents this year.
  5. Mongolian Faux Fur Pillow Cover- Ivory– Toss in a few chic Mongolian faux fur pillows to elevate your decor!
  6. Citrine & 24K Gold Ornament– Natural stones are trending this year, so why not add a few opulent citrine and gold ornaments to bring this look into your holiday style?
  7. French Macaron Christmas Ornaments, 6-Piece Set– I love French macarons! And these bright and colorful treats add an elegant and fun element to your Christmas ornament collection.
  8. Engraved Menorah– This simple, and beautiful Menorah features an engraved relief pattern that is sure to make an elegant statement for your Hanukkah celebration!
  9. Nutcracker Decoration– This red lacquer nutcracker is simple, sophisticated, and ready to add to your home! Nutcrackers are an age-old tradition, but this updated version makes a chic statement.
  10. Snowflake Stocking Holder– Hang your stockings on the mantle with care and a few of these snowflake stocking holders! Mix these silver elements into your decor to take advantage of the metallic trend.
  11. Nest ‘Holiday’ Classic Candle– A simple white and gold candle in a lovely scent combining pomegranate, mandarin, cinnamon, and a little vanilla and amber will make your home smell like the holidays and look gorgeous while doing it!
  12. Set of 2 Embroidered Holiday Guest Towels– A pair of red embroidered guest towels reading “merry” and “joy” will bring holiday style for your Christmas party!
  13. ‘New Molten’ Seder Plate– This gorgeous stainless steel (and dishwasher safe!) Seder plate offers a textured trim surrounding the oval plate that will elevate the table setting for your Hanukkah festivities!
  14. Velvet Christmas Stocking– Velvet is a traditional holiday fabric, updated with fun, non-traditional colors and a monogram!

Tobi TV: 5 Ideas for Using Black and White in Your Home

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Which two colors have ALWAYS stood the test of time, no matter the decade or the design style? That’s right – it’s black and white!

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Together, they are really a dynamic duo. Black and white are two of my favorite colors – they are classic, traditional, and timeless. You can never go wrong with these two, whether it’s in your wardrobe or in your home!

So how can you use black and white in your interior? Let’s look at a few of my projects, and I’ll give you some ideas!

Wow! Are you ready to jump onto the black-and-white bandwagon? Here are things to consider:

  1. Consider a large-scale wallpaper in black and white! It will really make an impression, and will add amazing visual interest to your room.
  2. Black and white is perfect in a graphic or geometric pattern. Use it with bright splashes of another color, like coral or green. After all, black and white go with everything!
  3. White and black furniture is also a classic look – put these colors on classic forms and your room will be completely timeless, and will have a bit of that Dorothy Draper look!
  4. The dynamic black and white duo is perfect in the great outdoors. Consider large cabana stripes for a pattern on awnings, fabrics, or even a porch ceiling.
  5. Black and white isn’t just for grown-ups. Pair it with pale pink, pale green, or even fire engine red for a kids’ room. Psychologists say graphic patterns in black and white are great for stimulating little minds, so you can even use these two classic colors in a nursery like I did for my daughter!

I hope these tips for using black and white have helped you! Do you have the two in any of YOUR rooms? If so, tell me in the comments below how you use them in your home!

If you’ve never used them, consider black and white in your next room makeover! The classic look will be perfect in your home for years to come!

xo,

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