Posts Tagged ‘personality’

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: Out-of-the-Box Rooms

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People today want their houses to support the way they live – they don’t want to just fit into the same old box! That’s fun for designers like me because we can be creative with how rooms are used, like turning dining rooms into libraries, or basements into home theaters.

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So think about how you live today – what do you like to do? What hobbies are important to you and your family? And how can your house support that? Let’s take a look at a few of my recent projects for some great ideas out-of-the-box spaces:

Wow! What did you think of that “twirling room”? It’s a fun space, but it serves an important purpose for that family. So let’s recap those ideas:

1. If someone in your family has a sport or activity that’s important to them, switch up a room to help support that. No, that doesn’t mean you want basketballs flying around a tiny extra bedroom, but it could be a trophy room, a room with a putting green, or a studio for yoga or ballet.

2. Rooms for creative hobbies are so much fun! Think about a craft room, an art studio, a recording studio, a writer’s den or anything that works for you and your family members.

3. Outdoor spaces can also support the way you want to live! Have a garage you aren’t using? It could be a potting studio, a kid’s playroom, or a place for your teens to hang out. Or turn your patio into the outdoor kitchen and family room that you’ve always wanted. The sky’s the limit!

I hope this is making you think about your home in a very different way. How would you transform a space in your home into an out-of-the-box space? Tell me in the comments section below!








Tobi TV: Let Your Artwork Inspire You

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I love original artwork! I collect a lot of original art, and I love to use it when I’m designing homes for clients – it actually often inspires my designs. One-of-a-kind pieces really add personality that can’t be recreated in another house or room.

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The key to using original art in your home’s decor is to let it inspire the rest of the room, and to allow the art to be the focal point. It really will give you space that is all your own and is full of personality.

So let’s take a look at some of my top tips for using original art to inspire you:

I’m feeling inspired already! Here is a quick recap of those top tips:

1. In a neutral room, use a brightly colored painting to add that pop! You don’t want to match to the painting, but do use the colors in the art to inspire the palette for the rest of the room.

2. Choose art that has sentimental value for you, or that reminds you of a special moment or person in your life. It will add meaning and emotion to your room!

3. If you have a piece of art that’s by a famous artist, like the painting in my client’s home by Dale Chihuly, hang it front-and-center so it can be enjoyed by your family and your guests.

4. If you’re a collector, edit your art so that pieces will complement each other, and will complement the rest of your decor.

What art or items do you collect? And how can they inspire your home’s design? I hope these tips have you looking at your art in a new way and seeing how each piece can inspire a room’s decor! Please let me know in the comments below how you’re using art in your home!









Tobi TV: Tips to Unify Design Styles

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If your husband overdid it on Cyber Monday last week and bought a HUGE TV (or too many TVs), you may be wondering how exactly you’re going to make that work in your home! Well never fear, I have an expert to help us this week – and she also happens to be a former member of my Mastermind Consulting Group.

Lori May of Lori May Interiors in Atlanta is an amazing designer who appeared on HGTV’s Design Wars – and she was selected as that show’s top designer! Lori has a real knack for unifying design styles in one house.

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For her, that means EVERY person in the home should feel like it’s their space, too. Sometimes that can be difficult, particularly if you have to bring together two very different design styles – or you have to accommodate a big flat-screen TV! Lori’s attention to detail and creative blend of traditional and modern design gives her the perfect eye to mix and match, so she has agreed to share her tips to unify design styles. Let’s take a look:

Aren’t those great ideas? So let’s recap Lori’s tips to unify design styles:

1. Represent everyone. Every family member that lives in the home should have a say. Your family’s home should represent the whole family.

2. Use transitional products. Products that can bridge the gap between traditional and modern make these styles work better together.

3. Compromise! This is the biggie. It can’t be “My way or the highway.” Unifying design styles in your home is all about give and take – Dad gets his recliner, but mom choses the beautiful upholstery.

Lori really brings it all together with these ideas – which should help you unify your home! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your friends. And stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Group, coming to Tobi TV soon!