Posts Tagged ‘color’

A Birthday Celebration

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Today is my birthday. It isn’t a milestone birthday, but I’ve believe that we should celebrate every day in our lives, especially our birthdays! So today I have a fun lunch and a relaxing spa day planned today with my daughter and a fabulous dinner out tonight with family. It’s going to be perfect!

It just so happens that Paperless Post – the fabulous online and paper stationery company – asked me to tell them what I would do to celebrate my birthday if I could plan a fun soiree! Now that’s a bit of a hard one for me because I love planning parties for other people where I am the hostess, but I am not one to have big birthday party plans when I am the guest of honor. I usually keep my birthday pretty simple. But just for fun if I WAS having a fancy fete, it would be all about the details…

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I am really making it a priority these days to spend more time with my friends – people whose company I truly enjoy. So I would have a small party with a few of my favorite people. And Paperless Post has fantastic online designs for birthday invitations, including the one above that I love which would be ideal. This one is perfect for me with its pattern of dots and its bright pink color! So I would invite friends to enjoy cupcakes and cocktails – two more of my favorite things.

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And any event that I plan has to have fresh flowers! I especially love bright pink peonies, white tulips, and gorgeous lush hydrangeas. Flowers liven up a room with color and style, and they are my favorite form of decoration.

I’m all about little nibbles at a party – in fact, I would probably have hors d’oeuvres instead of dinner most nights if I could get away with it. So my cocktails and cupcakes event would include lots of frosted cupcakes, salty snacks, and deliciously designed appetizers. I’m thinking these Neapolitan cupcakes would be the perfect flavor because my family and I can never agree on our favorite flavor. Some of us love chocolate and others vanilla. So these are the best of both with fabulous strawberry icing on top!

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And to keep the pink color theme going, I would pop the cork on a few bottles of a gorgeous rosé champagne like the one above! After all, it isn’t a celebration without some bubbly!

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And my family is the BEST when it comes to thoughtful and fabulous presents that are chic and colorful. Because a color-lover like me can’t celebrate without bright, fun, and festive details!

Thanks for letting me share my perfect little celebration with you and with Paperless Post! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, be sure to check out the gorgeous designs from Paperless Post that will help you celebrate with those you love, too!







Tobi TV: Adding a Touch of Glam

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I love a room that has a touch of glam. Oh, who am I kidding?! I love a fully glam room, too! But it’s a real balancing act to create a gorgeous room that has just the right touch of glitz without going too far over the top. Think about how glam translates in fashion – it’s really the same idea for interiors!

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Those fab touches can add luxury and style to any room, but how do you keep that glam-quotient right where it needs to be? I’ve got some great tips that I love to use in the interiors I design – so let’s roll the video to see what they are!

Now those are some va-va-voom spaces, right?! That should give you some ideas from small glamorous additions to full-on Hollywood glitz! Let’s review them again:

1. Use sheen and shine, to reflect your glamorous side! Silver and gold metallic tones give a room that luxury, just like your jewelry is the finishing touch for your wardrobe. And remember that mirrors can also put a sparkle into any space!

2. Texture is so important for luxurious looks in a room. Think about velvets, plush chenilles, silks, and satins!

3. Leather is also key to giving a room the look and feel of a luxe life! Try to use leather in exciting colors other than black or brown for a true glam style – like blush, yellow, or lavender!

4. Is there anything more bewitching and glam than a lacquered ceiling? Well maybe snakeskin wallpaper and fur throws! Keeping the colors toned-down and monochromatic helps this mix of moxie stay fun and fabulous.

5. There’s nothing better than jewel tones for a glamorous color palette – especially when they evoke those sparklers that Elizabeth Taylor loved so much: pearls, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, and rubies!

6. If you don’t want to commit to a lacquered ceiling, how about trying a metallic wallpaper up above? Or try sinuous shapes and bright colors to add that captivating charisma to a room!

Don’t you just love a glamorous life? Let me know how you use a little glam in your decor in the comments section below! And I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV!







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

What Is That Color? The Right White

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It’s interesting, but ever since Benjamin Moore named a white as its color of the year, I have had many magazine writers and newspaper reporters contacting me to ask me what my favorite white paint colors are. Most people might assume that I almost never use white paint, since I’m known for working with color, but I actually love white as a nice neutral backdrop for the pops of color I put into a room!

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One of my favorite whites (and I actually have quite a few) is Sherwin-Williams Shoji White. It’s a softer, creamy white that’s warmer, with beige undertones, so it keeps a room feeling cozy. I knew it would work well with the red that I wanted to use in the dining room featured here, and that it would give the room an updated traditional look.

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I also continued with that same paint color into the entry for the trim and the ceiling, giving the rooms great continuity. You can really see the warmth of this white in the photo above.

For some reason, white can really be a difficult color for people to choose. It could be because it is the most reflective paint color, so it reacts more to light sources than many other color choices. If you go with a white that has too many blue undertones, the room can seem cold and stark. If you go too muddy, the room could look too dark or dingy. So some of my other favorite go-to whites, in case you’re looking for some that really work, are C2’s America’s Cup and Sherwin-Williams Antique White. I used Antique White in my previous house – it’s creamy and rich, and (big hint!) you may see that C2 color turning up in my new house really soon!

What white paint colors have you used that you love? Let me know in the comments section below!






New House Diary: My Daughter’s Room

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New House Diary

When I started thinking about the new decor for my daughter’s bedroom, I realized this room would be more of a transition than just moving into a remodeled house. This year – and I almost hate to say it – my daughter officially becomes a “tween.” Yikes! So this room needs to be more grown-up, and ready to move her into her teen years. That’s both scary and exciting – probably for both of us!

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So we put a lot of thought into the layout and design of her new bedroom. And I say “we” because I always believe that everyone in the house – kids included – should have input on their spaces! After all, they’ll spend a lot of time there and they should be inspired and happy in those rooms! My daughter needed a room that would be a fun “hang out” for her and her friends, where she can study, and where she can read and be on her own. So there will be lots of storage and seating, including a fantastic window seat that can also serve as an extra bed for sleepovers. Extra-special surprise? There’s another twin bed that pulls out underneath for yet another sleeping space for friends!

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I love the nook we designed above – it will also be great for studying, reading, and just hanging out. In my original design, there were built-in shelves inside the window seat on either side but as is often the case in remodels, when we got into the “as built” space and got final measurements, these had to go. But that’s ok because the bigger priority for me are the great storage closets on each end of this wall. When we were temporarily living in this home before we moved out to remodel, I noticed these 2 corners of the room were where everything my daughter owned seemed to pile up. From games to stuffed animals to arts and crafts, these 2 corners were the catch-all areas and now all that stuff will be perfectly organized in these closets. One side will even have a desk top inside the closet (they are deep closets) for her die-cut crafting machine and all her supplies. Plus in the bed nook,  I made sure to add plug-ins too, for her laptop, phone, iPad, or any other electronic that comes along in her teen years that she wants to use in this space!

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And on the other side of the room, we also have a built-in homework station, with a desk, bulletin board, storage, and plenty of plugs for her computer and printer. We’ve also planned to add a lot of color here inside the shelves up top. Which leads me to color for the room – being my child, you know this will be a colorful space! She really loves the cooler blue/green colors like aqua and cobalt, which are great for a room that needs to also be restful. But we’ll also punch it up with coral, which she really loves with aqua. And – just like her mom – she is VERY opinionated about the actual shades of each color. She knows just what she wants!

I can’t wait to show you the finished room – and the rest of the house – later this year! Have you designed a room for your kids? What did you include, and what did your kids want in their rooms? Let me know in the comments section below!







A Return to Traditional

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The “new traditional” look has been popular for quite a while now, with traditional silhouettes and designs softened with sleeker lines. Part of that influence came from the craze for midcentury modern looks, with their clean styling. But I’m seeing a return to true traditional design in furniture and interiors!

Part of it is a renewed interest in the art and craft of creating a piece of furniture – so there are more wood finishes coming to the market than painted pieces. And people love the nostalgia of an artisan look, like the turned legs and brass claw with acrylic ball in my London table above from Woodbridge Furniture. It’s a also a drop-leaf table, which is a very traditional look seen in many antiques. But it really fits today’s lifestyle, with people wanting furniture that can serve a lot of purposes, like a console table when the leaves are “dropped,” and a dining table when they’re up.


Attention to detail is also important for traditional design. In my Brunell table for Woodbridge (above), I took inspiration from Dorothy Draper and her love of shape and form. She called herself an “anti-minimalist,” and loved gold leaf detail and lucite.


This return to traditional isn’t about the stuffy, dark furniture that some people think about when they hear the word “traditional.” It’s more a celebration of the art of traditional design, like the deep tufting and gorgeous nailhead created by the craftsmen at CR Laine for my Aana ottoman. There is a real art to expertly upholstering a design in leather like that!

What do you think about traditional design – both in interiors and furnishings? Let me know in the comments section below! I look forward to showing you more of my traditional designs coming up for the April High Point Market!