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Before and After: My Dining Room

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I love entertaining and hosting dinner parties for my friends and family. It gives me a chance to serve up some of my favorite meals, try new recipes, and show them my new dining room. And now that it’s Christmas season, this room has really gotten a lot of use.

But enough about entertaining, let’s talk about my dining room decor. I love creating unique color combinations for my clients and my own home. So when deciding on my new dining space, I went with a bit of an unconventional color scheme that I think really paid off.

So before I show you the finished product, let’s look at what this space started out as. The previous owner used this room as a study instead of a dining room, but its long, rectangular shape lends itself to my large oval dining table much better. And while I love the 90’s hunter green that is making a comeback in interior design, this shade didn’t hit the mark for my family and me! It made the room extremely dark and dreary.

I lightened the entire space with fresh pink and bright yellow floral wallpaper topped with a soft petal pink ceiling! I couldn’t resist the drama of that Clarke & Clarke wallpaper and pulling out those pops of yellow with the Jan Showers lamps and the silk drapery panels that are sort of yellow and sort of Chartreuse. There’s even a tiny splash of chartreuse bordering my gray “Logo Grand” rug from my line with New River Artisans!

This before shot towards the foyer shows the old french doors that I removed to make the dining room feel more inviting as guests entered our house. The doors seemed to say “keep out” to me and my dining room is one of the main spaces I want my guests to feel welcome and at home.

And as I said before, this room was super dark but not only because of the paint. There is only one window in this room, on the front of the house, but I had a solution for more natural light. See that dark corner below?

Well, it now is the home of a fabulous upholstered door with an oval window that allows natural light to flood in from the kitchen and the sunroom on the back of the house. Interestingly, when I opened up the wall to add the door, there was a header there already, indicating that there had been a door here previously and someone decided to close it up. 

Isn’t that pale blue upholstered door with polished nickel nails super chic? And here are a few more lovely views of this space from other angles…

For me, no detail is too small when setting the perfect tablescape, or when it comes to designing a home for you and your family! And I feel the same way about designing the perfect home full of gorgeous design and lots of love for my own family.

And I try equally hard when entertaining guests.

So I hope you love this decor and entertaining inspiration.  I’m off to get my tables ready for my Christmas guests. But stay tuned for the next blog post in my Before & After series coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Guide: Thanksgiving in my New Home

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As you all know, I love to host my family and friends for dinner parties, and Thanksgiving is no exception! I’m so excited that I am finally able to share my newly renovated home with all of you, especially my dining room and breakfast room with Thanksgiving being next week! I love my yellow and pink floral wallpaper and pink velvet chairs, and I can mix in my different china collections. If my new dining room has you inspired to take your Thanksgiving in a bolder and more colorful direction, here are a few pieces that I think will give you the same look!

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  1. Lizzie Table Runner in Mineral: You could say that I’ve been dreaming up this color scheme since I started designing my fabric line! My Lizzie fabric in mineral features the same bold yellow and pinks as my dining room wallpaper.
  2. Geo Placecard Holders: I love adding personal touches to each setting, like a hand written placecard in one of these beautiful geometric holders. They come in an assortment so there is some added interest to your table!
  3. Gold Bamboo Serving Spoon: I love the bamboo motif on the handle of this beautiful 24K gold-plated serving spoon for all of our side dishes in timeless style!
  4. “Bamboo” Serving Bowl: Taking another cue from the bamboo motif and the natural floral elements in my dining room, this white ceramic serving bowl will be a beautiful addition to the table to hold different side dishes!
  5. ‘La Cite’ Pitcher: Let’s bring back cocktail hour with a glamorous glass pitcher with a 24K gold design! Or fill it with water or iced-tea to relieve you from having to fill everyone’s glass and enjoy your meal!
  6. Cape Recycled Glassware: These lovely glasses are handcrafted in Africa from 100% recycled glass with the slightest tint of green to go with the floral designs! Being eco-friendly and chic make this glassware set a must!
  7. Bamboo Salt & Pepper Shakers: Beauty is in the details and these salt and pepper shakers with a bamboo motif are certainly no exception!
  8. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glassware Collection: These bubbly Old Fashioned glasses are the right mix of whimsy and classy with a gold rim!
  9. Tobi Fairley Tommye Napkins in Buttercup: If you can’t tell, I’ve been dreaming about this dining room color scheme long before it became a reality! My Tommye leopard print in bright Buttercup yellow pair perfectly with the fun floral table runner!
  10. Jadeite Pedestal Server: I love collecting vintage tableware, especially jadeite. I can’t wait to serve some of the amazing desserts my daughter and I will bake on these gorgeous pedestal servers!
  11. Gilt-Edge Shell Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are really like the jewelry for your dining table, so why shouldn’t they be fabulous? Adorned with rose quartz and brass these feminine rings will pop against the bright yellow napkins!
  12. Pink Brushstroke Dinnerware: This dinnerware set is pretty in pink and ready for dinner! Both dishwasher and microwave safe and large enough to hold the generous portions of Thanksgiving, your hubby won’t even notice the slightly feminine tone!
  13. Torta Gold-Plated Cake Server: This stunning crystal handle and 24K gold-plated stainless steel cake server may have my guests reaching for dessert first!
  14. kate spade new york Malmo Gold 5 Piece Place Setting: The essentials are key to a good tablescape, starting with your flatware! This set in a fashionable gold finish will add a dose of chic style to your place settings!

Before and After: Outdoor Oasis

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I’ve had an amazing response to my new pool and patio that’s featured in the June issue of Traditional Home! And since we’re starting a fabulous long holiday weekend today, I thought I’d show you the before shots of my home’s outdoor area and tell you a little about how I transformed it!

The existing pool and patio had an aggregate concrete surface and crumbling tile surround. It was way beyond time for a renovation, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of this old and battered concrete.

With the help of outdoor living expert David Munsey III of Better Lawns & Gardens, we resurfaced the patio with black-and-white Techo-Bloc Tux Pavers and the pool with black-and-white frost-proof tile from Daltile. The look speaks to my personal style and to the age of the house, which was built in 1968.

Here’s a shot I took of from the sunroom just as they were about to pull up all that concrete. I was so happy to see that old surface go!

As you can see in the before photo above, the sunroom of my house overlooks the outdoor area, so visual flow between indoors and out was especially important. I wanted to take colors and motifs from my interiors to the patio to make the decor look seamless and integrated.

For the outdoor decor, I wanted to have that 1960s glam vibe, like Palm Beach or the Beverly Hills Hotel. To enhance the cabana feel, I added a valance and draperies to the roof overhang.

And you know me, I have to have color! So I added energetic splashes of pink and green, as well as preppy stripes for extra kick. I furnished the patio with pieces from a line of Chinese Chippendale furniture that I designed for Woodbridge Furniture. And the Duralee fabric on the cushions feels like comfy terry cloth, which is great for a pool area!

To make gatherings even more memorable, there’s an outdoor music system, a pink flamingo float (named Frankie, after Frank Sinatra), and a giant chess set. I found chess pieces online that fit perfectly on the checkerboard tile. How fun is that? And I think Brooks Pools did an amazing job on our pool renovation.

Here’s the fabulous landscape designer David Munsey III enjoying my new patio with me – we may never go indoors!

So what do you think about this new outdoor space? Don’t you love being outside in the summer months? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

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!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

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,

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