Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Before and After: Outdoor Oasis

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I’ve had an amazing response to my new pool and patio that’s featured in the June issue of Traditional Home! And since we’re starting a fabulous long holiday weekend today, I thought I’d show you the before shots of my home’s outdoor area and tell you a little about how I transformed it!

The existing pool and patio had an aggregate concrete surface and crumbling tile surround. It was way beyond time for a renovation, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of this old and battered concrete.

With the help of outdoor living expert David Munsey III of Better Lawns & Gardens, we resurfaced the patio with black-and-white Techo-Bloc Tux Pavers and the pool with black-and-white frost-proof tile from Daltile. The look speaks to my personal style and to the age of the house, which was built in 1968.

Here’s a shot I took of from the sunroom just as they were about to pull up all that concrete. I was so happy to see that old surface go!

As you can see in the before photo above, the sunroom of my house overlooks the outdoor area, so visual flow between indoors and out was especially important. I wanted to take colors and motifs from my interiors to the patio to make the decor look seamless and integrated.

For the outdoor decor, I wanted to have that 1960s glam vibe, like Palm Beach or the Beverly Hills Hotel. To enhance the cabana feel, I added a valance and draperies to the roof overhang.

And you know me, I have to have color! So I added energetic splashes of pink and green, as well as preppy stripes for extra kick. I furnished the patio with pieces from a line of Chinese Chippendale furniture that I designed for Woodbridge Furniture. And the Duralee fabric on the cushions feels like comfy terry cloth, which is great for a pool area!

To make gatherings even more memorable, there’s an outdoor music system, a pink flamingo float (named Frankie, after Frank Sinatra), and a giant chess set. I found chess pieces online that fit perfectly on the checkerboard tile. How fun is that? And I think Brooks Pools did an amazing job on our pool renovation.

Here’s the fabulous landscape designer David Munsey III enjoying my new patio with me – we may never go indoors!

So what do you think about this new outdoor space? Don’t you love being outside in the summer months? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: The Chancellor Suite

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I love to work on commercial projects almost as much as I enjoy residential design! One of my favorites – and a project close to my heart – was the Chancellor Hotel. It’s right in the historic downtown square in Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas, where I attended college not once, but twice.

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When asked by the new owners of the hotel to design two of the luxury suites, The Chancellor Suite and The Old Main Suite, of course I jumped at the chance. Back in the day, I had a design internship in Hospitality Design in Las Vegas for the firm Yates-Silverman, so getting back into the hospitality arena was an exciting return for me.

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Today we’ll look at The Chancellor Suite and in a few weeks I’ll show you The Old Main Suite! For The Chancellor Suite, several hotel rooms from the previous hotel establishment were combined into one luxury suite. The “before” was built several decades ago.

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My goal for this suite was to bring a level of sophistication to Arkansas reminiscent of some of my favorite classic hotels in the U.S., like the Carlyle in New York City, but infusing it with my signature colorful style.

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As you can see, there was a lot of space to work with since this suite had a central living area, and two bedrooms!

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Shades of rich turquoise, charcoal, and gold mixed with classic black-and-white formed my color palette.

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The bedrooms were really a blank slate, so I was able to add luxurious materials and a calming color palette that made them chic and restful, and complemented the nearby living space.

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So what do you think about this hotel renovation? There are so many ideas that would easily translate into your home, too, don’t you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo,

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Shopping Guide: Outdoor Entertaining with Style

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Can you believe that the first day of autumn is only 64 days from today?! Wow! So we’ve got to get that outdoor entertaining in while we can. And I have some great ideas for how to make your next party an amazing al fresco event!

Whether you’re hosting a small dinner or a big family pool party, these colorful accessories and gifts will really make you the talk of the neighborhood!

Happy Summer!

xo,

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  1. Double Glass Beverage Dispenser– Why just offer one signature drink when you can serve two? These stacking drink dispensers take up the space of one with the ability to serve multiple flavors.
  2. Ceramic Lantern & All-Weather Flameless Candle– Neither rain nor wind can blow out these flameless candles! Drop them into a beautiful ceramic lantern to add a pop of color to your pool party decor.
  3. Copper Hammered Beverage Tub– Bring your love for metal accents outdoors with this copper beverage tub! Fill it with ice and your favorite drinks to refresh your guests.
  4. Outdoor Printed Suzani Pillow– Breathe new life into your outdoor decor with a few pillows, like this beautiful floral medallion print in melon and navy!
  5. Tasmin Blue Chinoiserie Outdoor Wing Chair– I love creating rooms in my outdoor design! This chinoiserie wing chair is the perfect statement piece, just in time for a pool party!
  6. Swingasan Cushion– Do your kids like to hang outside? Let them hang, literally, in this fun swinging chair!
  7. Moscow Mule Copper Mug– Serve up some Moscow Mules, one of my favorite drinks, in the perfect copper mug! Simple and elegant, these mugs will elevate your cocktail hour.
  8. Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set– If you’re the chef for your pool party, this Himalayan salt plate is perfect for grilling to gently add flavor and to tenderize!
  9. Green Garden Stool– Garden stools are a great way to add color and extra seating to your design!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Ceramic Coasters– Serve up your summer cocktails on these fun, colorful coasters from Lilly Pulitzer!
  11. Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Beverage Bucket– Casual party? Great! Add some ice and all of your drinks into this brightly patterned Lilly Pulitzer beverage bucket that can later be packed away easily for your next shindig!
  12. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Melamine– I’m in love with this chic and durable dinnerware with a lovely blue and yellow pattern!
  13. Geometric Twist Indoor/Outdoor Rug– Bring the indoors outside with this fabulous geometric print rug!

The Perfect Outdoor Room

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When designing outdoor rooms – like patios, screened porches, lanais, and kitchens – most people don’t realize that the same design guidelines for indoor rooms should apply! You want to make your family and friends feel just as comfortable in a chic space outside as they are inside your home. So I’ve put together a few rules of thumb to remember.

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1. Offer a lot of great seating – both in the shade and in the sun. Just like in your home, your guests will need seating that fits the event. So be sure you have fab loungers for sitting in the sun, comfy seats for eating and talking, and of course some umbrellas to cover them when they’ve had enough sun.

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2. Height matters. If the chairs in your dining room weren’t the right height for the table, your guests wouldn’t be comfortable eating there, right? So you need to be sure any stools or seats outside are just the right height for the table or counter.

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3. Lighting is key. I like to have the right light on hand in any area of the home – and the same rule applies outside. You want to provide great light for tasks like preparing food, or to allow your guests to linger over drinks with you and other friends on warm summer nights.

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4. Make them relax. Having a lot of pillows on your seating lets guests get comfortable and enjoy themselves. They can pop these great outdoor pillows behind their backs or use them for propping up their arms. Either way, these pillows look great, and make your guests feel great!

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5. The natural look. If you had a dinner party indoors, you would definitely want to use fresh flowers on the table, right? So do the same outside! Cut some lovely stems from your own backyard, or use purchased flowers that complement the decor. Either way, a bouquet creates a welcoming look.

Use these ideas to create your own oasis outdoors – and start planning those summer parties!

Warmly yours,

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Tobi TV: Why I Love Banquettes

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I know I talk about function all the time, but I really do believe that if your home doesn’t work for you, then no amount of design is going to help it! So this week I want to talk about one of my favorite functional pieces for the home – banquettes.

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Banquettes are such a great seating option, whether it’s in a kitchen, a breakfast area, or the dining room. they add a lot of flexibility and style. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites and why they work:

See what I mean? You get a lot of work out of one small seat when you use a banquette! Let’s review:

1. Take advantage of a nook or curved window in your kitchen or breakfast room to recess your seating or connect it to the end of your bar or island. It will help you maximize your floor space.

2. Use leather, vinyl, or vinyl-coated linens or cottons to cover your banquette so it can be easily wiped clean after meals and spills.

3. Use the space below the banquette as additional storage for linens, serving platters – anything that needs a home in your kitchen. It’s especially handy for things you only need to access occasionally.

So what do you think – do you see a banquette in your future? I love them and if you include one in your home, I think you will, too! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about dining on a beautiful banquette.

Happy dining!

xo,

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