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Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!






4 Ideas for Metropolitan Style

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Modern design enthusiasts may think they will only find “big city” style in places like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. But you can get the chic and sleek look you crave, no matter where you live.

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Right here in Little Rock, Ark., I harnessed that city style for my Riverside Penthouse project, and I’m going to show you exactly how you can use these ideas to give your space a modern look and feel.

That entryway is metro marvelous! Here’s another look at a few tips that will give you a lot of big city style:

  1. Think glam: A velvet and vinyl banquette will definitely add that sophisticated city look to your home. It’s perfect for entertaining or having a few friends over for cocktails.
  2. A gorgeous marbelized wall covering in every shade of blue from cobalt to ink will make your space feel penthouse perfect. And it offers ready-made art, as well!
  3. Black-and-white striped marble floors would make a jailhouse rock – and the high-gloss makes them super-chic.
  4. Blue suede doors would make Elvis proud – add some glass doorknobs and they are definitely fit for a King.

A great city view is a bonus, but even if you live in the suburbs, these tips will help you feel like you’re living large in the big city.

Stay colorful!







Tobi TV: Top 5 Reasons to Use Blue in Your Home

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A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a brand new blue that scientists have discovered. Blue definitely is America’s favorite color – and now there’s a new hue for us all to obsess over!

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And if you aren’t sure about this classic color, I have 5 good reasons for you to consider blue in your home right now:

Wow! Did that convince you? Let’s review why blue might be the right color choice for you:

  1. Blue is so powerful. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic, or soft and serene.
  2. Layering a variety of shades of blue all in one room makes for a monochromatic space full of depth and interest.
  3. Blue appeals to both men and women.
  4. Blue never really goes out of style. It’s a classic.
  5. Cobalt blue and several other shades from aqua to navy are very trendy right now. For that reason, blue is really classic and a trending color, all at the same time!

So what about you – are you a blue lover? Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite ways to use blue and your favorite shades of it, too. And if you loved this video, please share it with your design-loving friends that just might like blue like you!







A Brand New Blue

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It isn’t every day that scientists discover a new color – but you know my ears perked up when I heard the news! And just like so many things in life, the discovery was a happy accident. Chemists at Oregon State University were actually trying to create new materials for electronics when they realized they’d done something that people have been trying to do for centuries – create the perfect bright blue.

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The blue is very close to what I call cobalt – a color I LOVE to use, as you can see above. The chemists created it by heating manganese oxide and a few other chemicals to over 2,000 degrees F. And the best thing about this new pigment is that it’s so stable that the color will never fade. I can see how fabulous that could be in something like outdoor furniture, which I would love to see in this new blue.

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In fact, that blue outdoor furniture would be the perfect complement to the upholstered doors I created for this penthouse lobby, which also has an entrance to an outdoor patio.

So what do you think about the new blue? Does it make you as happy as it makes me? Let me know in the comments section below!







Everyone’s Favorite Color

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Tomorrow I’ll be at Toms-Price in Chicago, talking about my favorite topic – color! So I thought I’d kick things off today with a look at the world’s favorite color. Yes, I said the world!

For the second year in a row, a survey of thousands of people in 10 countries on four continents showed that blue is still the top pick of all the colors. It’s the favorite among men and women, no matter the age or ethnicity. No wonder I like to use blue in my projects – my clients love it, too!

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So what is it about this color that makes everyone so happy? Psychologists say that it’s because blue is the color that we like to see the most in nature – the blue of the sky and all of the watery blues. It’s also calming and has even been proven to lower blood pressure!

In color psychology, blue brings to mind peace, order, and safety. That explains why it continues to show up on those lists of faves, right? And it really does mean that blue is a perfect color for the home, too. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic or soft and serene. Blue never really goes out of style – it’s a classic!

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So do you use blue in your home? Tell me below where and how you do! And if you would like to join me this week at Toms-Price to get my top tips for working with color in your home, come by the Lincolnshire store tomorrow night at 6pm, or see me at the Wheaton location on Friday at 12pm. Hope to see you there!