Posts Tagged ‘Entry’

Before and After: My New Foyer

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Let’s start from the beginning, or rather, the entry. I didn’t change too much about the exterior of my home in our recent renovation, but I did alter the front door in a big way. Formerly a single door with out-of-date sidelights, I wanted double doors for a more grand entrance. Additionally, I wanted glass doors to let the light shine through, but also solid doors for privacy. Why not have both, right? So I added both- double glass doors with a pair of solid doors behind them. All dressed up with gorgeous polished nickel hardware and glass doorknobs.

For the interior, I knew I wanted my entry to make a big statement, and these dated brown walls and lackluster paneling weren’t cutting it. I wanted something fresh, but also classic.

And what can be more classic than black-and-white? You’ll recognize this chest from my entry in my previous home; I just can’t part with it! This fabulous grey and white labyrinth wallpaper from Cole & Son provides a dramatic backdrop for my original art collection with pops of pink!

The flooring before was strange fragments of marble with no rhyme or reason in shape or size. And that chandelier put off essentially zero light.  I needed to start almost from scratch to brighten up this space and make it current. I also wanted to add some architectural interest to the room. So I beefed up the wainscoting and added those gorgeous pediments over the doorways leading to both the dining room and the study.

The new pediment adds interest over the cased openings, and you can see that I removed the doors closing off the dining room for better flow. That drab, boring chandelier has been replaced by my stunning Rothesay lantern in glossy black, which matches the shiny new checkerboard marble floors by Emser tile. And  black and white goes from the ground floor to the second floor by way of my custom New River Artisans stair runner- a design from my new collection!

I’m so thrilled to get to walk you all through my new home, one room at a time. Join me here more this month to see the dramatic before and after’s of every room in my home, plus see all of the details we couldn’t show you in the magazine. But first, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the renovation of the entry. It’s quite the change, isn’t it?

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Before and After: Making an Entrance

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I love a good entrance, especially one that makes a fabulous first impression! The entry to a home is like an appetizer for the gorgeous rooms you’re about to see. So in my farmhouse project, recently featured in Traditional Home, I wanted to set the tone here for the rest of the home. This is a farmhouse, but it’s a chic one that’s family friendly, too. That’s why I did a checkerboard pattern on the entry floor instead of a rug – it’s a gorgeous design, but it’s also easier with kids running in and out all day.

This house was a new build, so I was able to add a lot of the traditional elements you might see in a much-older Southern farmhouse, like the molding details, and the fun oval window on the stairs. I love the shape, and it adds so much light.

And here is also where I started using the lovely aqua that you see throughout this home. It not only envelopes the front door, but it’s also painted on the ceiling of the front porch. A blue color on the porch ceiling is a big tradition in the South!

You can see here how I also introduced subtle farmhouse details, like gingham on the chair and stair runner, a traditional balustrade, and a vintage wooden horse.

This corner right behind the door will give guests a view into the dining room, too, so I wanted to give it a bit of punch and also tie the entry into the adjoining room’s decor.

I did that by introducing the chocolate brown that’s another signature color in this home’s palette. And I used a fabulous painting of an old farmhouse with a tin roof as a nod to the history of this family and their own modern-day farm.

What do you think of this fun entrance? And what does your home’s entry say to visitors? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Tobi TV: 4 Tips for a Grand Entrance

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The entry really sets the tone for your entire house! It welcomes your guests and gives them clues for what lies beyond in your home! I love to create bright and bold entries like the one in my office. It features a gorgeous blue sofa from C.R. Laine and a colorful painting by one of my favorite artists, Jane Booth – and you’ll see it in this week’s video.

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In my previous home, I used a daring and graphic wallpaper by F. Schumacher to create a real statement, and to showcase the color story that continued right into my family room. I can’t wait to show you the entrance to my new house, too! Meanwhile, let’s talk about my best tips for designing a welcoming space in your home:

Let’s recap those tips for creating an entry with style:

  1. If you do go bold with your wall color, tone everything else down by using neutral trims and furnishings. Don’t let too many bright colors compete in such a small space.
  2. For two-story entries, consider an overscaled wallpaper. It gives a grand appearance, but brings the scale down to a more normal height. Add in an amazing light fixture and a stair runner, and you’ll have an entry that is full of style!
  3. Using the same color in all of your entry’s furnishings and accessories, like navy with white, gives a coordinated look that is classic and timeless.
  4. If you want to create drama, use a bold and graphic wallcovering. That will definitely set the tone for your stylish home!

Use these tips to design an entry that has a “wow” factor and sets the mood for your guests. Please share this video with your friends, and let me know what you’ve done to create an amazing entry to your home!

Until next time!

xo,

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

Before and After: First Impressions

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I love to think about the entrance to a home as the perfect chance to make an amazing first impression on guests and family. This is the first thing most people will see in your home, and you want them to get a good idea of the gorgeous house they’re about to see, right? So no matter if you have a tiny foyer or a grand entryway, you want this space to speak volumes!

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The entry in my client’s house above already had good bones. The front door had gorgeous windows around it and there was a beautiful sweeping staircase. It just needed an update to give them a contemporary look rooted in traditional pieces, something they loved from all the boutique hotels they’ve stayed in around the world.

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And they really wanted that first impression to make a bold statement that showed their style and personality. The one piece from the original space that they did love was the brass light fixture that you can see below.

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To give them that bold but fashionable look, I used a Nina Campbell wallpaper, and I took it up all the way to the top of the two-story entry, giving them a sweeping entrance that complemented that fabulous staircase.

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We also removed the black flooring and replaced it with a much more sophisticated marble tile, which also took advantage of all the fantastic light from that front door.

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Finally, I added some lovely color with the turquoise glass lamps, and highlighted the subtle gold in the wallpaper with a mirror and a demilune that had the same color in its details. The result is a chic space that says a lot about what guests will see in the rest of the home!

So what do you think about this bef0re-and-after? And are you also inspired by boutique hotels? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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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!

xo,

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