Posts Tagged ‘Lavender’

Before and After: Dreamy Living Room

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I used bright and bold colors in so many rooms of my fun farmhouse project that I knew I wanted the more formal living room to be a little soft and dreamy. So I toned down the palette with gray, lavender, and of course the aqua that is used throughout the house. The velvets and patterns still pay homage to the farm theme, but it’s a bit more sophisticated with those amazing French doors and the coffered ceiling. And don’t you just love that chandelier made from vintage milk bottles? That’s a nostalgic touch for this family that I knew they would appreciate.

Since this was a new construction project, we were able to add those architectural elements right from the beginning, and they really make that more formal statement in the room.

Here’s another up-close view of that fab ceiling!

The art helped set the tone for the room, with a more subtle and quiet look than some of the other rooms in the home. I used traditional furnishings, too, with updated forms like the sleek cocktail table to keep it from being too formal.

But the surprise in this room is where I hid the television. You can see the inset panel in the wall above where the TV was going to be housed.

In the “after” photo above, the television is hidden behind panels of art that are hinged to swing open! That keeps the TV out of sight until the family is ready to watch it. And aren’t those chairs fun? I love a good wing chair and I spruced these up with new fabric and a kicky lavender color.

What do you think about this serene living room? And what about that hidden TV? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Tobi TV: 5 Ways That Purple Rules

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I’m known for using color – so much so that my brand is Bright, Bold, and Tailored. So let’s look at a room this week that I saturated with a bright and bold color. Purple is such a great color to work with, and I love every hue from luxurious, rich purples like royal and plum to paler shades like lavender and periwinkle.

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Color psychology says that purple stimulates the imagination and spirituality, which made it the ideal color for the study in my Riverside Penthouse project. I know that, for some, working with color can be intimidating, so here are my tips for pulling off purple:

Oh, I so love that color! Let’s recap those tips for purple:

  1. Purple is great for the bold and daring decorator. It can create a dark, cozy place that is perfect for curling up with your favorite book or magazine.
  2. Purple is an ideal color if you’re letting your fabrics lead the way. Pick the perfect purple textiles and go from there!
  3. If you’re inspired by fashions from Europe, then purple is perfect for you! Moody hues like purple and blue create an amazing continental look.
  4. Small spaces can use a rich hue like purple, too! It will create the jewel box effect and turn your space into a gem.
  5. If you’re a movie buff, purple definitely brings the drama!

Talk about stimulating the imagination! These tips should have you ready to paint your world purple! Let me know in the comments below where you like to use purple.

Wishing you a happy, and colorful, New Year!

xo,

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What Is That Color? Lavender Love

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I love designing rooms for kids, to give them a space that’s all their own and makes them feel special! So when I began to create this room for a fabulous little girl, I wanted to be sure it reflected who she was. She likes some feminine things, but she isn’t too girlie, so I knew the decor needed to reflect that. And once I found that fabulous toile on the window treatments, I knew I had a great color palette, too!

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The paint color is Enchant by Sherwin-Williams, and it strikes that perfect balance between soft but not too sweet. And I loved it paired with the black and white combination of complementary colors – that really kept it grounded and sophisticated for this grown-up girl!

So what do you think of this lovely lavender? Would you use purple in one of your rooms? Tell me why or why not in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

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What Is That Color? Hunter Green

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So many things inspire the color palette for a room, from art to fabrics to wallpaper. And wallpaper is exactly where I found the gorgeous hunter green for the painted walls in this penthouse dining room!

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This custom de Gournay wallpaper is just stunning! My client absolutely fell in love with it, and it inspired all the other colors in the room, including the Sherwin-Williams hunter green paint color called Rookwood Sash.

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I love this shade of green, and it was the perfect complement to the wallpaper, so I used it on the other walls in the space. The mix of color and pattern makes this a very fashion-forward dining room, perfect for my hip and chic client!

Do you like hunter green? Where would you use this color in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

What Is That Color? Perfectly Purple…or Is It Pink?

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Balance is one of the key design elements in any successful room – there has to balance of scale, balance in proportion, in pattern, and so much more. I like to have a great balance between masculine and feminine, as well as dark and light. So that led me to a fun color choice for the dining room ceiling in my Riverside Penthouse Project.

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The stunning de Gournay wallpaper was an early design decision for this room – and the client and I loved the deep green background for the pattern. Even though this room has a wall of windows on one side, I didn’t want the room to be too dark and heavy with the rich green. Plus, with such beautiful architectural detailing on the ceiling, I didn’t want it to be overlooked. So I used Sherwin-Williams Wallflower, a pale pinkish-purple shade, to help lighten the room and draw the eye up.

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This gorgeous shade is one that I think of as the palest of orchids, but others see as a soft and sophisticated pink. It was inspired by the color in the blossoms on the wallpaper, and it was the perfect color choice to complement the dark greens, chartreuse, and black lacquer in the room. I repeated a slightly richer shade of orchid in the drapery and custom rug to create a cohesive look. And I love how this perfect shade on the ceiling brings out a bit of color in that fabulous chandelier!

So what do you think about this pop of purple (or do you see pink)? The room is bold, but balanced, and really is one of my favorite color combos!

Colorfully yours,

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