Posts Tagged ‘design’

Before and After: The Green Bedroom Scene

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I’m so excited that my farmhouse project is the cover feature in Traditional Home‘s April issue, on newsstands now! This master bedroom is the room featured on the cover, which is such an honor. So I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase a before-and-after of this room because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a spring green space!

The interesting thing about this project is that it was a completely new build – it was literally an empty field when I first saw it. So we had the exciting opportunity to really make this a dream home for my clients. The views of the surrounding trees and pastures are so amazing that I knew I wanted to bring in the outdoors in with the fabulous Schumacher fabric called Hothouse Flowers in a gorgeous range of greens and brown.

One of my favorite parts of this room, that really brought in that farmhouse feeling in a sophisticated way, is the wood walls, which I painted in gorgeous Sherwin-Williams Creamy.

You can see the reclaimed wood planks from an old barn here before they were painted, and the wall where I placed that beautiful bed from Hickory Chair with the monogrammed pillows.

Here’s the actual cover shot, with the view of that incredible fireplace. And you can see how I mixed in more greens and browns to complement the stunning fabric on the chairs and drapery.

And here’s the “before” shot, obviously before we added in the fireplace surround and mantel that give such a chic touch to the master suite!

So what do you think of this master suite that’s wearin’ the green for St. Patty’s? Let me know in the comments section below! And look for more behind-the-scenes shots of this home in the coming weeks!







My Project on the Cover of Traditional Home!

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I am so happy to share some exciting news with you: My project is featured on the cover of the April issue of Traditional Home that hits newsstands and mailboxes across America this week! It’s such an honor and I am so thankful to Ann Maine, Krissa Rossbund and the entire Traditional Home team, especially because they also gave the project 10 pages inside!

It really means so much to me to have the cover on this issue, since it’s one of the last to have the stamp of Ann Maine, who is retiring as editor in chief of Traditional Home. She has been such a mentor and huge influence on me, and I wish her well as she moves into a new chapter of her life!

In the coming weeks, I’ll bring you more inside looks at this luxe farmhouse project, including before-and-afters! If you see the article, let me know what you think. It’s definitely one of my faves!







Being Smart with Art

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There’s one part of a room’s decor that is critical to setting the mood and enhancing the design – the art! I love to select art that fits the mood of a room and my client’s personality. And using original art as often as possible also keeps the design unique and personal.

I love to support emerging artists and Minted is one great resource for those artists online! And yes, you may think of Minted more for their stationery. I know – I love that, too. They have been making my annual Valentine’s card (which I do instead of Christmas) for the last several years, and the designs and quality are amazing.

But now, I can choose Minted not just for my personal stationery needs, but for my design work because they now have a terrific trade program for interior designers. Minted has original art by hundreds of independent artists and they offer the pieces in limited-edition runs. But you’re also able to customize the size, colorway, and framing on many pieces. You can even commission completely original art!

And I recently used this amazing service to get the absolutely perfect piece for my daughter’s room. She is my little baker and her favorite quote is by Julia Child. She was so excited when Minted already had it in their line in the Typography collection. And being able to get it in the color and size we needed made it the perfect finishing touch for her room.

If you aren’t a designer that’s eligible for their trade program, you can still find incredible paintings, drawings and photographs on Minted here. They’ll even give you styling tips and ideas for hanging art! It’s like having your own gallery expert on hand.

Do you love original and limited-edition art as much as I do? And how do you use art in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!









Tobi TV: 5 Fashion Tips for Your Kitchen

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I can hear some of you saying: “Fashion tips for the kitchen?! Have you been hitting the eggnog, Tobi?” But you really can dress up your kitchen with fashion ideas! I find a lot of inspiration on runways, even for rooms like the kitchen where you can take your look from haute couture to haute cuisine.


The key to designing a fashion-forward and glamorous kitchen is to make the space feel luxurious and expensive while adding in some unexpected features that make it ahead of it’s time. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite haute kitchens!

Can you see why I love this kitchen? Let’s recap what really makes the design so fashionable:

  1. Don’t be afraid to embrace Carrara marble countertops for a glamorous kitchen. Nothing is more beautiful, especially with a matching backsplash.
  2. Tired of white kitchens? Try a shade of gray for your cabinetry and brass hardware for a fashion-forward look.
  3. A sleek induction cooktop with a mirrored finish will add some high-tech shine to your haute couture kitchen.
  4. Brass is back and really packs a punch for a glamorous kitchen! Try adding brass with a vent hood, hardware, or pendant lighting over the island.
  5. Add something unexpected to your kitchen, like a library ladder to get to those hard-to-reach cabinets, or think about out-of-the-box ideas for seating.

Details really will pump up the glamour, so try these tips to make your kitchen runway ready. Let me know in the comments below how you are inspired by fashion in your home!







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

Instagram Inspiration: Style Spotted

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Lam Bespoke - Elle

I absolutely love designing furniture! I’ve always created custom looks for my clients, but having the chance to develop new pieces for great partners like CR Laine and Woodbridge, is like being a kid in a candy store! But the best part is when I see what other people do with my designs – what colors they use and what fabrics they choose. Like the great spotted leopard look on my Elle chair from CR Laine, above, that’s on the retail floor of Lam Bespoke in Houston!

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I was also so honored to see that designer Ashley Gilbreath used my Marguerite armless sofa from CR Laine for her room in the Southern Living 50th Anniversary Idea House. I salute that navy color, Ashley!

Once a Tree Furniture - Taylor

Check out the sophisticated modern vignette that Once a Tree in Canada created with my Taylor sectional from CR Laine, above! I’m ready to sit down and enjoy a cocktail in this chic setting!

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And I absolutely LOVE the fabric that Dana Merrill chose for my Alexander chair from CR Laine – it looks amazing in her client’s dining area!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported me and my partners by using our designs in your stores and projects! It really is a dream come true.