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4 Ideas for Metropolitan Style

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Modern design enthusiasts may think they will only find “big city” style in places like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. But you can get the chic and sleek look you crave, no matter where you live.

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Right here in Little Rock, Ark., I harnessed that city style for my Riverside Penthouse project, and I’m going to show you exactly how you can use these ideas to give your space a modern look and feel.

That entryway is metro marvelous! Here’s another look at a few tips that will give you a lot of big city style:

  1. Think glam: A velvet and vinyl banquette will definitely add that sophisticated city look to your home. It’s perfect for entertaining or having a few friends over for cocktails.
  2. A gorgeous marbelized wall covering in every shade of blue from cobalt to ink will make your space feel penthouse perfect. And it offers ready-made art, as well!
  3. Black-and-white striped marble floors would make a jailhouse rock – and the high-gloss makes them super-chic.
  4. Blue suede doors would make Elvis proud – add some glass doorknobs and they are definitely fit for a King.

A great city view is a bonus, but even if you live in the suburbs, these tips will help you feel like you’re living large in the big city.

Stay colorful!







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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!







Tobi TV: Adding WOW to Your Entry

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I’m very close to finishing the entry in my new home, which will have gorgeous wainscoting and pediments to highlight the architectural details. And it’s those details that really can take your home’s entry from ho-hum to WOW!


In my former house, I made a big statement in my entry with graphic wallpaper and great art. There are so many ways you can welcome your guests with style – so let’s take a look at a few fun ideas:

See what I mean? Just a few details can really make the entry to your home a fabulous welcome for friends and family. Let’s review those tips one more time:

1. Make an impact right way with color and pattern – use a terrific overscaled wallpaper, or a bright and bold color choice for your walls.

2. Consider scale when you work with art and lamps, you want to have the right scale to make an impact.

3. Accessories can bring in some gorgeous color, either by complementing other pieces, or bringing in a great new hue.

4. The entry is also a great place to show your personality. You can do that through unique items like vintage pieces, original art, or a fantastic keepsake that you picked up on one of your travels.

5. And don’t forget about fresh flowers! They really do welcome your guests with color, an amazing scent, and a touch of the outdoors.

So use these tips to amp up your entry’s design and make a fabulous statement as family and friends enter your home!







Making an Entrance with a Hall Table

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Nothing makes your entrance as grand as a hall table in your home. You can really make a statement with a round table in the center of the space, or a console table against a wall. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that these are just decorative items. A hall table provide a lot of function, too. It can hold a bowl for keys, a lovely basket for your mail, and can welcome guests with fresh flowers or an inviting lamp.

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If you have the space, a hall table can even provide extra seating and a place for drinks or nibble when you’re entertaining.

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If you don’t have a big open entry that allows you to float a center table, you can still use a round hall table in a nook near the stairs, or a rectangular console table against a wall.TF501-55

I love these center hall tables so much that I even designed my own, the Pierce brass table from my collection with Woodbridge Furniture. And stay tuned, I have more consoles and center hall tables coming in April at the High Point Market!

What kind of statement are you making in your entryway? Let me know in the comments section below!