Posts Tagged ‘Master Bedroom’

Before and After: The Green Bedroom Scene

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I’m so excited that my farmhouse project is the cover feature in Traditional Home‘s April issue, on newsstands now! This master bedroom is the room featured on the cover, which is such an honor. So I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase a before-and-after of this room because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a spring green space!

The interesting thing about this project is that it was a completely new build – it was literally an empty field when I first saw it. So we had the exciting opportunity to really make this a dream home for my clients. The views of the surrounding trees and pastures are so amazing that I knew I wanted to bring in the outdoors in with the fabulous Schumacher fabric called Hothouse Flowers in a gorgeous range of greens and brown.

One of my favorite parts of this room, that really brought in that farmhouse feeling in a sophisticated way, is the wood walls, which I painted in gorgeous Sherwin-Williams Creamy.

You can see the reclaimed wood planks from an old barn here before they were painted, and the wall where I placed that beautiful bed from Hickory Chair with the monogrammed pillows.

Here’s the actual cover shot, with the view of that incredible fireplace. And you can see how I mixed in more greens and browns to complement the stunning fabric on the chairs and drapery.

And here’s the “before” shot, obviously before we added in the fireplace surround and mantel that give such a chic touch to the master suite!

So what do you think of this master suite that’s wearin’ the green for St. Patty’s? Let me know in the comments section below! And look for more behind-the-scenes shots of this home in the coming weeks!







The Rise of the “Snore Room”

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Couples who have been together for a certain amount of time will recognize this issue: One of them snores and the other can’t sleep. It is such a common problem that doctors say that 70% or more of couples spend at least one night a month sleeping in separate rooms. That’s probably been an issue since sleep was invented, but what’s new about this is that the banished half of the couple is getting tired of having to sleep in a guest room or on the sofa.

Today, architects and designers are being asked to create second masters – not for guests, but so each half of the couple has an equally lovely and personal room to sleep in. In fact, says requests for some form of a second “master sleeping room” in its house plans has gone up over 35%. Wow! It’s becoming much more acceptable as people realize the importance of sleep for health, and that sleeping alone doesn’t mean intimacy has to suffer.

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So what do these new home designs look like? They could be a sitting area off the master (above) that can also be used for reading and relaxing, or can include a daybed or another full bed. My friend Alex Papachristidis says he’s been asked for these rooms so often that he’s come up with his own term for them: The Snoratorium. I love that!

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Another design that I’m seeing a lot in architectural plans is a master suite that includes two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. This allows the couple to have a private space just for the two of them, and still be able to separate the snorer from the snoree when it’s time for sleep. The one above is great because it also has a sitting area where the couple can enjoy a quiet time together with wine or coffee.

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And then there’s the dual master suite, like in the home above. You can find thousands of house plans online with this set up, and a lot of people request it for guests and visiting family, or even for in-law spaces. But I suspect quite a few of these homes are also being used as “snore rooms,” don’t you?

So what do you think of the “snore room” trend? Do you have an issue with sleeping because of a snorer in your house? Let me know in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: 5 Ways to Balance Masculine and Feminine Design

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I love to design rooms that are balanced, whether that’s balancing scale, proportion, or the details that can make a room too “girly” or too “manly.” Many of my clients want that balance of masculine and feminine in their master suite, so it feels like a room they will both love.

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If you can perfect that balance then, no matter which you prefer, you can find something to love in the room. Here are my top 5 tips for achieving that great balance:

What do you think? Do you see how the room is more cohesive because of those ideas? Let’s review them:

  1. Use the color palette to achieve both design ideas. Here, I wrapped the room in masculine shades of gray from the lighter linen color to the darker charcoal. And then I popped in a bit of a more feminine orange with the sherbet colored toile.
  2. Pattern and texture help mix the feminine and the masculine. In this room, the handsome textured solids and geometrics like the grasscloth wallcovering lean towards the masculine, and then the floral toile in a linen texture blends in a bit more feminine sensibility.
  3. Shape and form are a great way to bring in both the yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy in a space. The glamorous curves of the overscaled wing chairs and the shapely and tall headboard are more feminine, and the sleek and simple lines of the sofa, the ottoman, and other straight-lined pieces in the room bring the masculine in, too.
  4. Don’t forget art as a way to mix both ideas into your space. The abstract art in this room is decidedly more masculine, while the flowers and feminine figure in the photography certainly lean more feminine.
  5. And finally, use a statement piece or two to sway the emotion and feeling of a space one way or the other on the masculine-feminine scale. The smart and tailored orange chest definitely gives a masculine punch to the room.

I hope you loved these design ideas for making any master bedroom work for anyone and everyone who uses it! And I hope you’ll share this video with all your design-loving friends who may need help designing for more than one person in their space. Do leave me a comment and let me know what tips I’ve given here resonated with you, or if you have any other great ideas for making a master bedroom, or any room, fit the needs of all who use it.







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

Tobi TV: 5 Tips to Create the Perfect Master Suite

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The perfect master suite offers an oasis from the stress and craziness of our everyday lives! With the right elements and design, it can help you recharge your batteries and get much-needed rest.


I have 5 no-fail tips for creating that perfect master suite, so let’s take a look! 

See how easy it is to create your own getaway right at home? Let’s review those tips:

1. Balance the masculine and feminine in a space. It’s like bringing in the Yin and the Yang and making everyone feel at home in the room.

2. Place the bed opposite from the entrance to the room if you can. It makes for a more grand impression when entering the space.

3. If space allows, create a cozy sitting area in your master suite. It’s the perfect quiet space to read the newspaper or your favorite book and enjoy a cup of coffee.

4. A TV is a must for many in their master suite. If you can recess it into the wall for a seamless transition, the TV adds enjoyment but doesn’t interrupt the serene feeling you’ve created.

5. I always love to put a desk in a master suite. It’s a great place to write thank-you notes and work on your laptop. A desk in a master suite can be both functional and beautiful, and it reminds me of my favorite boutique hotels.

What is a design detail that you have to have in your master suite? Leave me a comment below and let me know! For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!



Before and After: A Sophisticated Bedroom

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A master bedroom really should be a retreat – the perfect getaway for rest and relaxation. So when I started the redesign on my clients’ bedroom, I knew that we not only needed to give it a more modern and sophisticated update, but we also needed to make it a more relaxing room.

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I love natural light, but as you can see in the “before” photo above, this room was almost too bright. There were no window coverings to help darken the room for a great night’s sleep. The neutral walls, ceiling and carpet just bounced that light around, creating a too-bright effect. So I knew I needed to soften the light in the room, and to give the room a palette that would be serene and sophisticated.

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The combination of taupe, grays, and plums really gave the master bedroom a chic sense of calm. And new furnishings and accessories really amped up the style quotient, giving this room a fabulous and more modern update.

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And while my clients loved having extra seating in this bedroom, the old sofa they were using just didn’t work for them.

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I gave them two fantastic and comfortable chairs, with a shared ottoman that could work as both an extra table, or a place to rest their feet after a long day.

So what do you think of this Before and After? Didn’t it create a more relaxing retreat? Let me know in the comments section below! And if you want to see the Luxury Spa Bathroom that is part of this lovely Master Suite, you can Find it here.







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