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Tobi TV: 4 Tips for a Grand Entrance

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The entry really sets the tone for your entire house! It welcomes your guests and gives them clues for what lies beyond in your home! I love to create bright and bold entries like the one in my office. It features a gorgeous blue sofa from C.R. Laine and a colorful painting by one of my favorite artists, Jane Booth – and you’ll see it in this week’s video.

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In my previous home, I used a daring and graphic wallpaper by F. Schumacher to create a real statement, and to showcase the color story that continued right into my family room. I can’t wait to show you the entrance to my new house, too! Meanwhile, let’s talk about my best tips for designing a welcoming space in your home:

Let’s recap those tips for creating an entry with style:

  1. If you do go bold with your wall color, tone everything else down by using neutral trims and furnishings. Don’t let too many bright colors compete in such a small space.
  2. For two-story entries, consider an overscaled wallpaper. It gives a grand appearance, but brings the scale down to a more normal height. Add in an amazing light fixture and a stair runner, and you’ll have an entry that is full of style!
  3. Using the same color in all of your entry’s furnishings and accessories, like navy with white, gives a coordinated look that is classic and timeless.
  4. If you want to create drama, use a bold and graphic wallcovering. That will definitely set the tone for your stylish home!

Use these tips to design an entry that has a “wow” factor and sets the mood for your guests. Please share this video with your friends, and let me know what you’ve done to create an amazing entry to your home!

Until next time!

xo,

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

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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Tobi TV: 6 Ways to Light Up a Room with a Chandelier

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Every room needs that touch of jewelry, like a stunning chandelier! Whether you choose a brightly colored lantern or a multi-tiered crystal design, a chandelier can really make a splash while it also lights up the room.

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There are so many fabulous designs available today, in every type of material from metal to glass to shells to wood. You’re sure to be able to find something to brighten your home that also fits your style! Let’s look at some of my favorite chandeliers:

Aren’t those gorgeous? Now here are some tips for getting the perfect chandelier for your home:

  1. Look for unique designs or materials, like the cascade of glass balls on the elegant chandelier I chose for my client’s formal dining room.
  2. The traditional Empire style chandelier is very popular, but it’s also a classic that has been around for decades. Look for the timeless design in updated modern shades and materials like turquoise, coral, or even black. It’s the perfect combination of contemporary and traditional.
  3. The right material can make a formal design look more casual, so don’t be afraid to consider a chandelier in a family room, a great room, or any other casual space.
  4. Found the perfect chandelier, but it’s the wrong color? Go bold with a bright new color – you can spray paint an existing fixture to be any color you need – even if it’s crystal! Think out of the box to get the look you want.
  5. An over-scaled light fixture can help make a larger space seem more intimate, so be sure you’re choosing the right scale chandelier for your space.
  6. A chandelier is really one of the places I like to splurge in a room. At least in a couple of important spaces in your home. So spend what you can to get a great look. It will be worth the money!

Use these tips when selecting that perfect chandelier to light up your home! And be sure to pass this video on to anyone you know who is looking for that just-right light fixture or just loves learning new ways to make their home chic and unique.

Until next time!

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: First Impressions

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I love to think about the entrance to a home as the perfect chance to make an amazing first impression on guests and family. This is the first thing most people will see in your home, and you want them to get a good idea of the gorgeous house they’re about to see, right? So no matter if you have a tiny foyer or a grand entryway, you want this space to speak volumes!

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The entry in my client’s house above already had good bones. The front door had gorgeous windows around it and there was a beautiful sweeping staircase. It just needed an update to give them a contemporary look rooted in traditional pieces, something they loved from all the boutique hotels they’ve stayed in around the world.

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And they really wanted that first impression to make a bold statement that showed their style and personality. The one piece from the original space that they did love was the brass light fixture that you can see below.

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To give them that bold but fashionable look, I used a Nina Campbell wallpaper, and I took it up all the way to the top of the two-story entry, giving them a sweeping entrance that complemented that fabulous staircase.

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We also removed the black flooring and replaced it with a much more sophisticated marble tile, which also took advantage of all the fantastic light from that front door.

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Finally, I added some lovely color with the turquoise glass lamps, and highlighted the subtle gold in the wallpaper with a mirror and a demilune that had the same color in its details. The result is a chic space that says a lot about what guests will see in the rest of the home!

So what do you think about this bef0re-and-after? And are you also inspired by boutique hotels? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Shopping Guide: Game Day Essentials

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If you know me at all, you know that fall in our house is all about football! And this Saturday, my Arkansas Razorbacks are kicking off the season with a big game against Louisiana Tech. My whole family will be there cheering our team on, and that has me in the mood to get a few game day goodies!

Whether you’re tailgating at your team’s stadium, or you’re hosting a party at home to watch the game on TV, I’ve selected some must-have items for you and for the football fan you love! Go Hogs!

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  1. Sports Folding Chair– Gone are the days of those flimsy tailgating chairs! This lightweight fold-up chair offers a side table and storage pockets so you won’t lose your keys, phone, or bottle of water in all of the fun.
  2. Lauren Ralph Lauren Tartan Tech Gloves– Tartan chic and technology ready, a touch sensitive thumb and index finger make these gloves perfect for those cool autumn games!
  3. Prada Bicolor Mini Leather Crossbody Bag– A cute mini leather crossbody bag is a must for all of your game day activities! It’s small size makes it easy to carry from tailgating to the game to the victory party – and you know I like this one in my favorite Arkansas colors!
  4. Burberry Giant Check Cashmere Scarf– Just because it’s football season doesn’t mean you can’t be chic! Bundle up with this luxurious Burberry cashmere scarf in their classic camel check pattern to look fabulous and warm while you cheer on your team.
  5. Tory Burch Collins Leather Strap Watch– Always be on time for kickoff with a gorgeous merlot leather watch from Tory Burch! So beautiful, you won’t just wear it for game day!
  6. Hampshire Plaid Throw Blanket & Carrier– Football nights can get a bit chilly after the sun goes down. Snuggle up under this fabulous plaid throw blanket that’s easy to bring along with its handy leather strap carrier!
  7. Collegiate Arrow Frame– Show off your favorite memories from your alma mater with these fun collegiate themed frames! As you know, I’m an Arkansas Razorbacks fan, but there are plenty of schools to choose from!
  8. Silver Street – Happy Hour Flask– Happy Hour lasts all day long with this cute silver plated flask from Kate Spade!
  9. Tory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses– Football games are an all-day affair, with tailgating starting early and games lasting into the night, so you’ll need a fabulous pair of sunglasses to be all-day chic!
  10. North Face Laney Trench Raincoat– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop the mailman or the most loyal football fan! Bundle up this season in a cool trench style raincoat with a removable hood and waist-defining buckled side tabs!
  11. Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera– Snap a picture of the game winning touchdown or capture tailgating memories with this Nikon Digital Camera.
  12. Monogram Insulated Backpack Cooler– Tired of lugging around those bulky, ugly coolers? Me too! This season, let’s try this easy-to-carry backpack cooler in classic navy. You can even add a monogram, and you know I love a monogram!
  13. Hunter Original Refined Gloss Rain Boots– Rain delays have you feeling the game-day blues? Not anymore with a pair of these glossy Hunter rain boots!
  14. Cashmere Turban-Style Beanie Hat– Don’t let a bad hair day or chilly forecast ruin the football fun! Keep warm and cute in this soft cashmere beanie hat.
  15. ‘Vulcan’ Barbecue Grill & Cooler Trolley– This is a tailgating game changer. The portable grilling station features a steel grill, stainless-steel tools, and an insulated cooler that all fits together on a rolling trolley to easily get you from parking to set up!