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Tobi TV: Clever Kitchens

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In a kitchen, you don’t need a ton of space to make it work for you. In fact, I like to design smaller kitchens to really test my ability to create a fabulous, functional space.

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Because the kitchen is usually the centerpiece of the home, it always becomes a gathering space, doesn’t it? And there are plenty of ways that you can entertain your friends and family in the kitchen without feeling like you’ve run out of room. Let’s look at the great kitchen of one of my favorite clients for a few tips. It’s not a small kitchen, but it’s not huge either and we really packed a lot of great function and detail in this room. Take a look:

Don’t you just love that space? I do! Let’s recap those tips for the kitchen.

1. A custom-built island can be the perfect multi-functional item for prepping, serving, and gathering, even homework!

2. Try panel-front appliances instead of stainless steel or other materials. It looks just like your cabinetry and makes your kitchen look larger.

3. Punch up your neutral kitchen with color, whether from a great range with red knobs or a fabulous green island with a cafe counter top!

Those tips put the fun in functional! How would you create your perfect cooking space? Tell me what you think and leave a comment below!

xo,

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New House Diary: Dining Room Color Palette

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As promised, I am back with the design of my own home. It’s getting very real and I am starting the demolition of this place in just about 6 weeks. So it’s time to really start to dig into my favorite part of the design process (color, pattern, and fabric) for the rooms we haven’t touched on yet. Today I thought I would give you all a sneak peak of my dining room color palette.

I was inspired by some of the colors in my CR Laine showroom debut last month, like the softness of this blush against the bright pop of chartreuse. I love the soft pink with the acidity of the green. But I want to tweak this color combo just a bit in my own home by using rose and yellow!

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I think my dining room should be bright and fun, but still sophisticated, like these amazing yellow lamps from Jan Showers. I will be using these in my dining room for sure! I purchased them a while back and have been waiting to build a room around them. Sort of like that Kohler plumbing commercial where the lady asks to build an entire house around one fabulous faucet. Remember?

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I am going softer in some areas of my home but for the dining room, I’m thinking those fun pops of color I love would look great mixed with a fabulous floral wallpaper! What do you think? I’m excited about the bold yellow in my Riverside Penthouse pictured here, but my yellow will be a bit more lemon mixed with a rosy-pink. And my wallpaper…well it will be more contrasting than this space with a light background. So it may be inspired by this project of mine below but the result will be very different.

Riverside Penthouse Inspiration

Isn’t it great to be inspired by other’s homes but be able to pull inspiration and ideas to create something that is totally YOU?!? It’s especially fun to be designing for my own house. I don’t get to do it very often and I can already imagine myself entertaining in my newly remodeled dining room by Christmas.

I’ll be back next week with more ideas, but for now I need your help deciding how to use these fabulous colors of yellow and pink! Could you embrace pink in your life? What would others in your family think? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are bold enough to have a little pink in your home. Or maybe a lot of it!

xo,

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Tobi TV: The Butler’s Pantry

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Tobi-TV-logo-600x332We can’t all live a life that affords us the luxury of having a butler, but a luxury you CAN afford is a butler’s pantry. Historically, a butler’s pantry is where a butler made quick meals and sandwiches, cleaned silver, and sometimes even slept.

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Nowadays, even in homes without a butler, butler’s pantries are usually located in transitional spaces between kitchens and dining rooms, and are used as staging areas for serving meals. They usually have countertops, perhaps an additional sink, and storage for tableware, serving platters, table linens, candles, wine, and other things you’ll need to entertain in your dining room.

A butler’s pantry doesn’t have to be huge or take up a lot of space. You can even add this lovely luxury to a corner of your kitchen. Here are my tips for making a butler’s pantry work for you!

Let’s recap those great tips for a butler’s pantry:

1. Make your butler’s pantry pop with colored cabinets like a fun teal or with brass shelving to really shine!

2. Even a small butler’s pantry will look larger with a mirrored back.

3. Marble countertops and great hardware really bring in the luxury for an expensive looking butler’s pantry.

I hope these tips served you well! Let me know in the comments below how you’d serve up this fabulous space in your home!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Mixing Vintage and New China for the Perfect Tablescape

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It’s time to think about your Thanksgiving tabletop. If you love and collect china like I do, the options are endless for creating a gorgeous and unique look for holidays, special occasions, and every day!

A few months back I did a segment for my friend P. Allen Smith on his show The Garden Home. It was all about mixing my vintage china with new pieces for a fresh look.

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Take a peek at the video and then let’s recap my tips for becoming the perfect mix-master for your tablescape:

So when prepping for your Thanksgiving or holiday tables, remember these tips:

1. Antique and vintage pieces mix beautifully with brand new china and glassware. Don’t feel like you have to stick to a particular age or style. I use new with old, and expensive with affordable, traditional with sleek.

2. Meaningful pieces from your heritage can add a bit of nostalgia to your table. Pull out grandmother’s pieces or your mom’s wedding china and enjoy the memories they bring to your event or dinner.

3. Mixing pattern and color is acceptable on the table, just like in an interior. The most interesting mix is achieved with a variety of scale, pattern, and color.

4. Tie it all together with a unifying piece. In my video, it’s the floral cup and saucer that makes all the shades of pink and green in the antique, vintage, and new tabletop decor all work seamlessly together. So look for that unifying piece for your table. And don’t overthink it. The unifying piece could even be the linens!

Now tell me, how do you plan to entertaining for the upcoming holiday season? And will you incorporate any vintage pieces and collectibles? I’d love to hear your entertaining ideas and recipes too. And be sure to share this video with those entertainers in your life. It just might inspire them to drag out their collections for a unique tabletop of their own.

Wishing you luck and creativity as you plan your gorgeous Thanksgiving table!

xo,

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Which Would You Choose: Pantry or Cupboards?

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I am a neat freak – I like everything to be organized and in its place. That’s especially true in the kitchen, with all of its small appliances, baking items, pots, pans, spices, and not to mention food! This week I’m trying to decide if my kitchen remodel should include a separate pantry, or just cupboards designed for organizing everything.

A separate pantry is perfect for ingredients and small appliances! It allows you to walk in and see everything at once, and to quickly locate what you’re looking for. It also hides a lot of things you may not want your guests to see, like an extra trash can, your stash of Diet Coke, or maybe even large bins of vegetables.

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On the other hand, there are so many unique ideas for cabinetry now! There are drawers for pot-and-pan storage, special bins for flours and other baking needs, hidden compartments for spice jars and oils, and even great pull-out shelves for small appliances. It also keeps everything in the main kitchen area, which can be handy when you’re searching for the item you need.

And one thing you should know is that unlike new construction where I could have both a walk-in pantry and a great pantry in my kitchen cupboards, a remodel like mine means space is limited. So if I choose a walk-in pantry I am using valuable space that could be in my Master Closet. So which would you choose: A fabulous and roomy pantry with lots of shelves for organized bins and baskets (even if it means a smaller Master Closet or Bath), or specialized cupboards to hide all of the baking, cooking and food things?

Let me know your answer below! I think I’m close on this decision, but I’d still love to hear your suggestion! I may even let you know which I choose in tomorrow’s post… Stay tuned!

xo,

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