Posts Tagged ‘kids room’

Tobi TV: 6 Ways to Rev Up with Red

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I’m known for using a lot of bold colors in my interiors, and in my farmhouse project on the cover of April’s issue of Traditional Home, I didn’t hold back! One of the colors that I used, and so many people seem to be afraid of, is bold red. And with America’s memorial day holiday just wrapping up, I love a reason to use a festive shade of red (and white and blue)!

There’s no reason to be afraid of this fabulous revved up color! In this Tip Clip I did for Traditional Home, I’ll give you my six best ideas for where and how to pop this bold color into YOUR home. Let’s take a look:

See what I mean? You don’t have to be afraid of this fabulously bright shade! Let’s review those tips:

1. If you’re nervous about such a bold color, bring in touches of red here and there, like changing out the knobs on your range or in small appliances like a gorgeous stand mixer.

2. Red can add a lot of interest to wake things up, like on stunning chairs in a breakfast room.

3. A kids craft area or playroom is the perfect place to experiment with bright color because it will also stimulate your little ones’ imaginations!

4. I love chic Americana, and it’s a great way to add pops of red, like in the vintage flag I used in my project.

5. Want to make a fashionable va-va-voom statement? Red is the go-to color for that – so I used it in a teen’s room to give it a great personality!

6. You can also tone things down and use a more rustic red in a bedroom. It still makes an impact, but in a quieter way.

So what do you think about my ideas for using red in your home? Do you love this bold color as much as I do? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






Tobi TV: 5 Tips for Fun Kids Rooms with Personality

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Kids’ rooms are some of the most fun spaces to design in a home! I love to fill them with color and character to fit each child’s personality, which also gives them more ownership over their own space.

In my farmhouse project that’s featured in the April issue of Traditional Home, I had a lot of kids’ rooms to choose from! It was a blast to create individual spaces for a range of ages and personalities. In this Tip Clip from Traditional Home, I give you five great tips for designing fun and functional spaces for the children in your life!

Aren’t those fun rooms? Let’s take another look at my tips for creating fun kids’ spaces:

1. I had individual silhouettes created for each child in the family, and then hung the art next to each bedroom door. It was a great way to highlight every child in the family!

2. One young lady has a more tailored style, so I created a preppy room in green and blue to fit her personal look.

3. For a fashionista in the family, I added glamour with an unexpected color mix of purple and red!

4. Rustic touches and a blue and red palette set the perfect stage for an outdoorsy boy.

5. And I designed this little girl’s room in her favorite shade of pink, but kept it from being too sweet by adding in jadeite green!

Using colors, patterns, and ideas that fit each child’s personality gives them a space that’s definitely all their own! Let me know what you think in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: Top 4 Tips to Give Your Kid’s Room a Kick

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It’s back to school time, so this week’s Tobi TV is all about the kiddos. But I love making every day all about them in their own spaces by creating kids’ rooms with “kick,” lots of bright colors and fun! After all, your little ones are special every day. And you’re stimulating little minds with these spaces, while also giving them rooms that will spark their imaginations and allow them to dream!


In my daughter’s most recent bedroom, I used her favorite color at the time. It’s important to give kids a lot of input into what their room looks like, so they really feel at home there. I also gave her a daybed that she could use both for lounging and sleeping, and of course we set up a desk for her homework. In our new home, her room is something more grown-up with brighter colors and hints of her favorite color now…blue!

It’s key to combine function, style, and creativity in a child’s room, so here are some tips that will help you create that perfect space:

Let’s recap those tips that will help you give your kids’ rooms a “kick”:

  1. Use accessories that not only provide color, but also sneak in a little educational value! Use maps, globes, and charts to bring in bold color and bright ideas.
  2. Create an art station with a magnetic chalkboard. Offer bins of chalk, magnetic letters and poetry, as well as fun stencils to spark that creativity!
  3. Design “zones” in the room, for sleeping, lounging, homework, and play. Give your child “ownership” of their room with places for them to hang out with friends, to study, or to just dream!
  4. Function is all-important in a kid’s room, so consider how you’re using each square foot of space. You can fit beds into dormer windows to create more room, or use multifunctional pieces of furniture that can serve more than one purpose. And no matter what – don’t forget lots of storage!

Use these tips to kick your kids’ rooms up a notch! And let me know what ideas you love to use in your children’s spaces. Also, be sure to share this video with your friends who have kids, too!

Happy decorating with your kiddos!







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

Before and After: Bonus Room to Beautiful Bedroom

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A few weeks ago, I talked about transforming a basement, and how all that extra space can be turned into a gorgeous and functional space. Many of you also may have that extra space in an upper floor, like in a “bonus room” or a big room over the garage. Sometimes those can just be a catch-all for extra furniture, and storage for things we aren’t using at the moment. And that’s exactly what happened for a client of mine.

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They had a big space on an upper floor that was kind of a kids’ playroom, and kind of a storage area. And like a lot of my design clients, they had a turning point in their lives that was pushing them towards using this space for something else! Their daughter was getting older and was ready for her own “big girl” room – and I wanted to give her one that was fun and worked for her!

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Like I do with all of my clients’ children, I sat down with her and talked about what her favorite activities were, what colors she really liked, and what she wanted to have that was special in her room. That way, we could take this room that was full of odd angles and blank walls and really give her something amazing!

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She loves purple and pink – so I made sure I gave her plenty of both, along with playful florals that weren’t too “little girl.” I wanted this room to grow with her and I included a few more sophisticated things, like the stools at the end of the bed. And of course all that white fabric is treated so she didn’t have to worry about spills and stains.

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And for this fun nook on the other side of the room, I wanted to give her a little sitting area where she could sit and read, hang out with friends, or just play!

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There’s also a homework station, and lots of storage for all of her toys, books, and clothing! It’s organized and fun at the same time.

So what do you think of this transformation from bonus space to bright bedroom? Let me know in the comments section below!







New House Diary: My Daughter’s Room

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New House Diary

When I started thinking about the new decor for my daughter’s bedroom, I realized this room would be more of a transition than just moving into a remodeled house. This year – and I almost hate to say it – my daughter officially becomes a “tween.” Yikes! So this room needs to be more grown-up, and ready to move her into her teen years. That’s both scary and exciting – probably for both of us!

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So we put a lot of thought into the layout and design of her new bedroom. And I say “we” because I always believe that everyone in the house – kids included – should have input on their spaces! After all, they’ll spend a lot of time there and they should be inspired and happy in those rooms! My daughter needed a room that would be a fun “hang out” for her and her friends, where she can study, and where she can read and be on her own. So there will be lots of storage and seating, including a fantastic window seat that can also serve as an extra bed for sleepovers. Extra-special surprise? There’s another twin bed that pulls out underneath for yet another sleeping space for friends!

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I love the nook we designed above – it will also be great for studying, reading, and just hanging out. In my original design, there were built-in shelves inside the window seat on either side but as is often the case in remodels, when we got into the “as built” space and got final measurements, these had to go. But that’s ok because the bigger priority for me are the great storage closets on each end of this wall. When we were temporarily living in this home before we moved out to remodel, I noticed these 2 corners of the room were where everything my daughter owned seemed to pile up. From games to stuffed animals to arts and crafts, these 2 corners were the catch-all areas and now all that stuff will be perfectly organized in these closets. One side will even have a desk top inside the closet (they are deep closets) for her die-cut crafting machine and all her supplies. Plus in the bed nook,  I made sure to add plug-ins too, for her laptop, phone, iPad, or any other electronic that comes along in her teen years that she wants to use in this space!

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And on the other side of the room, we also have a built-in homework station, with a desk, bulletin board, storage, and plenty of plugs for her computer and printer. We’ve also planned to add a lot of color here inside the shelves up top. Which leads me to color for the room – being my child, you know this will be a colorful space! She really loves the cooler blue/green colors like aqua and cobalt, which are great for a room that needs to also be restful. But we’ll also punch it up with coral, which she really loves with aqua. And – just like her mom – she is VERY opinionated about the actual shades of each color. She knows just what she wants!

I can’t wait to show you the finished room – and the rest of the house – later this year! Have you designed a room for your kids? What did you include, and what did your kids want in their rooms? Let me know in the comments section below!