Posts Tagged ‘color’

Tobi TV: Facing Color Fears

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If you have color fears, you’ve come to the right place! Today on Tobi TV, I’m going to teach you how to create a neutral foundation and layer in the color a piece at a time. It’s one of my best secrets for working with color.


It’s called creating a neutral room with a POP of color. And you get to decide if your “pop” is big or small. It all depends on how risky you are. Let’s take a look at what I mean:

See? No need to be afraid of color with tips like that, right? Let’s review them one more time:

1. Start with everything at the core of the room in neutral – walls, curtains, rug and major pieces of upholstery.

2. Then you can layer color into the space in small doses, or even big ones if you prefer.

3. Your room will have longevity because, with most of the furnishings being neutral, these pieces will stand the test of time.

4. If you have color fears, this is the design “Do” for you. It allows you to dip your toe into the scary idea of color.

5. A neutral room with a pop of color is virtually Trend Proof. That’s because only the accents have colors that could be deemed trendy and you can change them out easily if they become dated. Everything else is a classic.

6. And finally, having a room that’s neutral at the base is budget friendly because, with the major pieces being neutral, they are investment pieces. You can keep them a long time, which equals a fantastic return to your bottom line. Then you can change out the accents periodically to stay current. And with only these small additions every few years, you won’t blow your budget.

I hope you liked creating a neutral room with a pop of color. It is a design approach that works for everyone! Now leave me a comment and tell me which benefit  of this design technique resonates with you most.







Before and After: A Welcoming Living Space

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I think it’s a shame when people don’t use every single square inch of their homes. It’s so sad to see a formal dining room or living room just sitting there and rarely used. I’m all about function, so I want to create spaces for my clients that will work for how they live in their homes.

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That was the challenge when I designed this living room for my client – it was a formal space that they just never sat in. As you can see above, it wasn’t really a welcoming space for them. They had some great pieces, but the room was too formal and a few of the furnishings weren’t comfortable. But it was spacious, with a good sofa and stylish white end tables that I wanted to keep in the room.

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As you can see in the “after” photo above, I changed the scale of the art and brought in some sleeker pieces to edit down the “noise” in the space. The big piece of art was the jumping-off point for the palette in the room, which was cool and calming.

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The chairs before had pretty lines but that weren’t inviting. And I opted out of the tchotchkes in the built-ins in favor of stunning blue chinoiserie vases that you can see below.

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The two new chairs are much more comfortable! I also had a rug custom-made to fit the chamfered corners of the room.

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The other side of the room had a pair of chairs that were shapely, but just didn’t have the impact they needed to in this room because they weren’t the right scale.

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The taller wing chairs brought a better balance to the room, as well as a punch of gorgeous cobalt blue. I always love to have a lamp near seating to make it more functional, so I added one to make these great reading chairs.

The result is a room that welcomes the family into the space, and that makes a fabulous impression on guests – especially since this is the first room they see when they enter the house! So what do you think of the new look for this fabulous living room? Let me know in the comments section below!







Shopping Guide: Beach Essentials

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Beach Essentials

I just got back from a fabulous beach vacation in Florida – and it was an amazing week of fun, friends, sand, and surf! That trip inspired me to come up with my list of essentials for the best beach getaway ever.

If you’re headed for the coast, this will give you some great ideas for your packing list. And if you are doing more of a staycation, these summer-inspired items will bring you that feeling of warm sun and ocean breezes!

Happy shopping!







  1. Ted Baker Round Dial Leather Strap Watch– This beautiful floral face watch is perfect for any beach outfit, from day to night!
  2. ‘St. Tropez’ Beach Umbrella– Going on vacation should be fabulous and relaxing! So why not add some glamour to your beach trip with a floral printed umbrella, complete with fringe trim?
  3. kate spade new york Water Bottle– Whether you like to tan, make sand castles, or surf the waves, it is important to drink plenty of water when you are out there in the sun all day. Ditch the ugly disposable water bottles for these cute Kate Spade containers!
  4. ‘Wish You Were Here’ Floppy Sun Hat– Maybe your best friend couldn’t make the beach trip this year, so snap a quick pic for her in your new sun hat! This embroidered hat keeps you cool in the shade and lets her know you miss her.
  5. Giant Inflatable Flamingo– Let your beach crew know you are ready to fla-mingle this summer with this awesome flamingo inflatable – perfect for floating around the beach or pool in style!
  6. Sunnylife Underwater Camera– Capture all your favorite beach-time memories without fear of the water with this underwater camera. You can even snap a few shots under the water!
  7. Sunnylife Beach Blanket– Lie back and relax with this beautiful striped beach blanket. These fun summery stripes will match any swimsuit!
  8. Ray-Ban Round Clubmaster Sunglasses– Beach trips are the best excuse for new sunnies! This pair of round club masters from Ray-Ban are chic for lounging on the beach or playing in the sand.
  9. ‘Ringer’ Flip Flop– Time to kick off your high heels and dig your toes in the sand. Grab these cute and comfy flip flops and get to the beach!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Gimme Some Leg Palm Beach Tote– Pack up all your beach essentials in this fun tote that you won’t want to leave behind.
  11. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face/Body– Sun protection is no joke, and this SPF 50 from Shiseido features WetForce technology, so it becomes even more effective when exposed to water!
  12. Bicolor Tunic Swim Cover Up– This easy and breezy cover-up in bright summer color blocks is great for running up to the restaurant for a quick bite before heading back down to the water!
  13. Sunnylife Beach Seat– Maybe you like to sit right at the water’s edge with a good book and your toes in the sand – me too! That’s why I always need a cute and easy-to-carry beach chair.
  14. Lulu DK for Matouk Pineapple Beach Towel– This cool pineapple beach towel is sure to turn heads when you spread it out in the sand!

Tobi TV: 5 Ways to Groove Up Your Game Room

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Today on Tobi TV, we’re getting groovy with game rooms. I had a little fun with this family game room, from the psychedelic lacquer paint to the Jonathan Adler sconces. And I had even more fun with today’s video. I even channeled a little Austin Powers!


In this great family space, I added storage, style, and swivel chairs that put the “fun” back into functional! And since it’s July 5, I am giving you my 5 best tips for creating your own hip hangout!

See how I took that room from not-so-fun to neat-o?! Let’s review:

1. To make an edgy paint color work in your space, use funky fabrics as a jumping off point. Fabrics can really support a unique color scheme.

2. Just because a space is fun doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be functional. In this room I used 2 sectionals for ample seating and 2 storage ottomans for holding games, blankets, and other necessities.

3. Groovy lighting can set the tone for a room that is really rad. The Jonathan Adler sconces I used make this room super cool.

4. A game table is a must for any game room but it doesn’t have to be boring. Go bold like I did by adding in a graphic pattern with the chairs.

5. Finally a snack or beverage bar works great in a game room for serving your favorite snacks. To be able to sit at the bar but still join in the game room conversation or watch TV, use swivel stools. They’ll make your guests say “yeah, baby”!

So what do you think? Are you ready to create a space in your house worthy of Austin Powers? This one is quite groovy, but still chic and sophisticated, which I think is the perfect mix. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!







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

What Is That Color? A Patriotic Palette

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I love that patriotic palette of red, white, and blue – they are perfect colors for summer! Each one gives a room a different energy, so as we head into the holiday weekend for the Fourth, I thought it would be fun to show you my favorite rooms I’ve designed in each flag-waving color.

First up is the hallway above, in Sherwin-Williams Tomato Red. The color was inspired by the fabric on the chairs in the entry and in the dining room – and I love the way it energizes the space!

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On the opposite end of the energy scale is this cool, clean, and calm white room. I designed this dining room to be an edited and crisp space, so Sherwin-Williams Shoji White was the perfect white for that goal. It really makes the red pop in the room, doesn’t it?

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To round out our red-white-and-blue salute, this bedroom is one of my favorite blue spaces. It’s a chic and serene bedroom that includes this little desk nook. Sherwin-Williams Krypton was the perfect blue for this dreamy getaway!

So what do you think of my favorite flag-hued rooms? I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at red, white, and blue, and I wish you and your family a fun Fourth weekend!