Posts Tagged ‘seating’

Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

Tobi TV: 3 of the Best Things About Wing Chairs

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One of my favorite furniture designs ever is the wing chair, or wing-back chair. The chair design is an older one – featuring an upholstered arm chair with “wings” on the back that seem to enclose the person sitting in the chair. Back in the day, that design helped hold heat in for people sitting near a fireplace.

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Today, modern wing chairs are really versatile pieces that transcend a particular style, and they can definitely make a room look complete. I use them a lot for my clients, in my own home, and I’ve even designed a few for my collection with CR Laine!

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite spaces with wing chairs:

I’m already excited to create more designs with wing chairs! Here are some of the best things about wing chairs:

1. Wing chairs can be traditional and stately or modern with fantastic fabrics!

2. The perfect wing chair hugs you and makes a great place to get cozy with your favorite books and magazines.

3. A traditional wing chair can be updated with geometric patterns and contemporary colors.

What are your favorite wing chair designs? And how do you use them to make your home soar? Please let me know in the comments below how you’re “winging it” in your home!

xo,

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Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!

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But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.

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The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.

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The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.

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And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.

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So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!

xo,

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The Perfect Outdoor Room

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When designing outdoor rooms – like patios, screened porches, lanais, and kitchens – most people don’t realize that the same design guidelines for indoor rooms should apply! You want to make your family and friends feel just as comfortable in a chic space outside as they are inside your home. So I’ve put together a few rules of thumb to remember.

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1. Offer a lot of great seating – both in the shade and in the sun. Just like in your home, your guests will need seating that fits the event. So be sure you have fab loungers for sitting in the sun, comfy seats for eating and talking, and of course some umbrellas to cover them when they’ve had enough sun.

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2. Height matters. If the chairs in your dining room weren’t the right height for the table, your guests wouldn’t be comfortable eating there, right? So you need to be sure any stools or seats outside are just the right height for the table or counter.

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3. Lighting is key. I like to have the right light on hand in any area of the home – and the same rule applies outside. You want to provide great light for tasks like preparing food, or to allow your guests to linger over drinks with you and other friends on warm summer nights.

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4. Make them relax. Having a lot of pillows on your seating lets guests get comfortable and enjoy themselves. They can pop these great outdoor pillows behind their backs or use them for propping up their arms. Either way, these pillows look great, and make your guests feel great!

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5. The natural look. If you had a dinner party indoors, you would definitely want to use fresh flowers on the table, right? So do the same outside! Cut some lovely stems from your own backyard, or use purchased flowers that complement the decor. Either way, a bouquet creates a welcoming look.

Use these ideas to create your own oasis outdoors – and start planning those summer parties!

Warmly yours,

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Tobi TV: Pull Up a Seat

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In our rushed and busy modern lives, we are using our rooms for much more than what they were originally designed for, and the same goes for dining tables, which are now a place for much more than eating. Families today are using those tables for homework, crafts, board games, entertaining, and conversation.

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This new way of using our tables means that the seating really shouldn’t just be the same wood dining chair all the time – there are a lot of options out there to fit how you’re using your table and your room! Let’s take a look:

Now you can see all the amazing options there are out there to help you find the perfect seat for your table. I’ll review those one more time for you:

1. An armless sofa can offer you the perfect comfortable spot to sit at the table – in fact, you could sit here and talk all night! And because it doesn’t have arms, it’s easy to slide in and out of.

2. Another super-comfortable option is to use small sofa at a dining table, provided that the seat is at the right height. It will welcome guests, or make game night even more fun.

3. If you love to entertain, you really do need to have comfortable chairs at your dining room table. Consider chairs that are upholstered on the seat and back.

4. You can even custom-create a banquette with an upholstered back and storage in the seat. This is a great option for people with kids! Just be sure to fabric-treat any upholstery.

5. A bench can be a great seat at table, and you can refinish an old one or build one into the room. Either way, it gives you great extra seating for kids, espcially when they’re doing crafts or playing board games.

Think about all of your seating options to help you make the most of your tables and your rooms!

xo,

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