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Before and After: My New Master Suite

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I have been saying for years that a master bedroom should be a serene retreat. That likely came after I designed our first bedroom after my husband and I married, in bright red. And I wondered why we could never relax. Rookie mistake for sure! But my new Master Suite is relaxing in every way.

But that wasn’t always the case.  These drab tan walls and beige carpet were neither inspiring nor relaxing when we purchased the home. I needed a plan to transform my master bedroom into a spot for unwinding from our hectic work schedules and chilling with an extra cup of coffee on the weekends. And what was my color of choice for this plan? Pale Blue, of course. It was already the color palette I’d selected for my nearby kitchen, so the bedroom design took off from there.

The pale blue provided the perfect back-drop for the fabulous custom-colored chinoiserie wallpaper from Fromental. And the best part is that this is one of their digital patterns so it’s not only a custom color, it’s a less expensive version of the hand-painted papers. From there, I knew I wanted to use classic black-and-white to give the space a bit of a modern feeling, and I love how my Lucy bed from CR Laine with a black welt and logo embroidery was the perfect place to start. Throw in a few pops of my favorite color, Kelly Green, with my cherished geometric patterned wing chairs and a new hot green velvet on the Paris bench from my CR Laine collection and this space was really coming to life.

But I didn’t stop there, I wanted to bring that same green accent into my bathroom with a lot of timeless black and white finishes. Here’s a peek into that space. Doesn’t it transition beautifully from the bedroom?

I painted the double doors that lead to my bathroom in the same stunning green with fabulous crystal knobs that feel like jewelry. These doors offer a beautiful burst of color and perfectly frame the view into my new bathroom, which is a great thing when a bathroom is beautiful and spa-like. But getting to that result was a process too…

My bathroom before was dark and dreary with a huge party tub surrounded by giant mirrors- just what you want to wake up to every morning, right? Wrong!

Bad finishes like tile and cultured marble, very low cabinets, bad lighting, and the tiny shower made this space extremely dysfunctional.

Still one of the worst design elements (if you can call it that) were these swinging saloon-style doors on the way to the toilet (yee haw!). Calling this room dated was an understatement for sure.

But not anymore! No more scary mirrors surrounding this tub. Everything is black and white and effortlessly chic. My favorite Greek key motif makes an appearance on the floors as a border and down the drapery surrounding my new Kohler VibrAcoustic tub (it plays music, y’all!). Hudson Valley Lighting helped me take this space from dark to bright and beautiful. And there’s even a touch of green on my round ottoman and in the commissioned art by Ashley Saer.

One big problem in the before of this space (besides those bad cultured marble columns, ha! ) was the lack of natural lighting. There was no window in this room at all which made the dark colors feel even darker. This space felt like a dungeon and did little to help start our days on a happy note. Plus look how cramped that shower was with the teeny tiny glass door. You could touch the shower ceiling while standing flat-footed because the ceiling was so low, and if you raised your elbows to wash your hair, it was easy to hit the walls on either side. It was far from luxurious or roomy.

I added this fabulous round window that now fills my bathroom with natural light every day, and it made all the difference in our attitudes and morning routine. And look how much bigger the shower is. We’ve got head room, arm room and a gorgeous sleek design with  beveled white subway tile from Daltile and a frameless glass door. Plus the fancy Kohler pluming with digital controls makes the shower experience feel like a dream. And with a shower head on each side so you stay warm on all sides even in the winter.

I can’t wait to walk you through the other design changes in my new home in my Before and After Series. So check back soon to see what other changes I’ve made!






Shopping Guide: Luxuries for the Bath

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I love making my bathroom feel as pretty and relaxing as a spa or fine hotel. And with all this talk of my two resolutions for the year–finding more joy and loving myself more–my new Kohler Vibracoustic tub has become a big part of my daily existence. Not only does it make millions of tiny relaxing bubbles, my favorite part is that it plays relaxing music of your choice above and below the water for hydrotherapy. It helps me escape a busy day. It’s amazing!!

So needless to say, I am spending more time in my new Master Bath than ever. Now with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I am thinking all things bath related would make a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love.

Here are some of my favorite bath and vanity products that make self-care easier than ever. Wishing you more downtime to be good to yourself this year!

Joyfully yours,




  1. Mullein & Sparrow Cacao Cleanse Bath Salts– These luxurious bath salts made with cacao increase blood flow, in turn, promoting healing and boosting collagen for healthier, softer skin!
  2. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar– A cleansing bar with all of the benefits of Dead Sea mud! Just use morning and night as part of your cleansing process to detoxify, exfoliate, and reveal a new glow!
  3. Nest Fragrances Cashmere Suede Liquid Soap– I love Nest Fragrance products and this Cashmere Suede soap is no exception! A perfect blend of warm cashmere tones mixed with hints of tobacco leaves, black amber, and soft suede are sure to excite you and your guests!
  4. Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View Mirror– A lighted wide-view mirror with adjustable side panels will add ease to your morning make-up routine!
  5. Voluminous Canisters– Who says bathroom storage is boring? Keep extra soap bars, Q tips, cotton balls, or even bath salts in these shapely glass containers!
  6. Diptyque Roses Scented Candle– Sit back and relax to the scent of fresh roses for your next spa night.
  7. Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub– Get an energizing boost in the shower with an energizing coffee scrub from Indonesian Sumatran coffee beans and finely crushed walnuts!
  8. Waterford Crystal Lismore Square Ring Holder– Place rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in this gorgeous crystal ring holder for safe keeping!
  9. Hermés Eau de Mandarine Ambrée Hair and Body Shower Gel– A hair and body formula that mixes the classic, fresh citrus scent with amber to create a lively scent!
  10. AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream– A lightweight cream that will soothe skin with magnolia and peony infusions with the decadent scent of roses!
  11. Short Silk-Trimmed Cashmere Robe– What is more glamorous and cozy than a cashmere robe? A beautiful shawl collared robe with silk trim in a feminine blush tone.
  12. Mercer Bathtub Caddy– Sink back into your tub with a good book and a glass of wine with ease when using your new bathtub caddy with an elegant polished nickel finish!
  13. UGG Classic Luxe Cotton Bath Sheet– Wrap yourself up in these pure cotton bath sheets, which are larger than the typical bath towel!
  14. Tory Burch Bath Soaps, Set of 4– Beautifully wrapped soaps in Tory Burch’s signature prints are filled with beautiful fragrances of peonies, grapefruit, and tuberose!

New House Diary: Selections for Fixtures

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New House Diary

Ready or not, I am moving into my house in just 4 days! This has been an amazing process and I can’t wait to get into the new spaces and really enjoy how they function now! Plus it will now be time to really dig into the interior design for my house since we have the “bones” of the house just like we want them. For many of my clients, I finish both of these phases at once, but for my own project, I decided to take the construction and interiors phases separately. It was the only way I could stay sane while running my busy design and consulting businesses AND remodeling while taking care of my family and myself. Whew!

So stay tuned for more inside scoops on how I’m decorating the new home. I expect to complete most of it this summer so I can photograph it all this fall. But this week, before the decorating begins, I want to talk more about the fundamental selections that make my new house function so well – like the hardware and fixtures.

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As you can see from the photo above, they may not look as “sexy” as the fabrics and paint colors, but things like a great tub can really make your house into a fabulous home. I’m actually test-driving my new Kohler VibrAcoustic above, and when I tell you how cool it is, you’ll understand why my smile is so big! This tub uses sound vibration technology that moves the water with sound waves, which can also be combined with airjets for massage. You can even stream your own music through the water with Bluetooth. Isn’t that amazing? Talk about a “Calgon moment” – this tub is going to help me get rid of all my stress from the day. And I especially love a tub that is deep like this one at 22″ because it’s perfect for soaking away stress!

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I also chose Kohler’s Artifacts series for the fixtures on the tub. I love their sleek look, which will really complement the decor in the master bathroom. I also used these fixtures for the master bath’s sinks.

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In the kitchen, I really wanted an apron-front sink, and I found the perfect one with Kohler’s Dickinson design. It’s enameled cast iron and it’s 8 inches deep, so it will really be perfect for the cooking and cleaning up that we’ll be doing in my fab new kitchen. I have always had a double bowl sink in my previous homes, but have admired single-bowl versions in friend’s homes and in magazines. Now that I will have 2 dishwashers and no need to pile up one side of the sink with excess dirty dishes (which makes me crazy anyway!), why not go for the lovely single-bowl option? I will let you know very soon how I like it.

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To accommodate all those pots and pans, I wanted a high gooseneck spout for my faucet in the kitchen and Kohler’s Parq was my first choice! I really like the chic design and (spoiler alert!) chose it in the polished nickel to complement other design selections in the kitchen .

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Another fun fixture selection that I’m excited about is Kohler’s Poise entertainment sink for my wet bar. It’s a stainless steel sink that has a cutting board that fits right over it! This will be perfect for cutting limes, lemons, breads, cheese, and anything else we need when we have friends and family over.

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And in the powder room, we’ll actually have Kohler’s San Souci toilet, which works with just the wave of your hand! Isn’t that cool?  I love this option because it keeps germs at bay for my family and our guests because no one has to touch a handle for flushing the toilet. This is every mom’s dream, especially since this is the bath we use for all our guests visiting our backyard and swimming pool!

Technology has come a long way for the home, and these fixtures are so important for how your home functions for you and your family. Plumbing fixtures may not be the first thing that guests notice when they come into your home, but they make ALL the difference in working for the way you live!

Let me know what you think about these fixture selections in the comments section below, and tell me what types of sinks and hardware you prefer for your home!







Fabulous Friday Finds: Retro Kitchen

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I guess the saying still rings true…what once was old is now new!

As I mentioned yesterday, last month I was in Chicago to be a keynote speaker at Vision12, the International Window Coverings Expo, which was held in conjunction with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Many of the latest products in kitchen and bath design are showcased at KBIS. There were so many great new trends; however, my eye was drawn to the retro-inspired kitchen products. One of my favorite new products featured at the show was the enameled cast iron sink from Kohler. Nothing says durable and built-to-last like cast iron! Plus, perhaps it’s because I’m from the South, but something about cast iron leads me to thinking of home-cooked meals and slow food and all the trends of days gone by that are reemerging.

Look at this huge assortment of different colors they come in!

I also really like the colorful knobs on this Wolf Gas Range.The large double-oven and griddle would be perfect for cooking for a crowd.

Of course, what could be more vintage than this Retro Refrigerator by The Big Chill?

Decorating with small appliances is also a great way to get the retro look in a kitchen without making a huge time or money investment. I love this green drink mixer from Waring! Doesn’t it remind you of an old soda fountain?? I can taste the milkshakes now.



This red espresso maker from Espressione is another illustration of a way to add a small appliance to the kitchen to get the fun retro look.


What do you think about these retro kitchen applications? Would you update your kitchen with these cool classics?

Let me know what you think!
xo, Tobi