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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!







Moving Out!

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It’s finally here! This is the week that I move out of that gorgeous, exasperating, and soon-to-be fabulous home that you see above. Renovations will start next week – which is incredible!

I know I’ve been talking about this “new house” for what seems like forever, but it’s time to get the show on the road. And I can’t wait! I’ve told you how I love the “bones” of this house, but it’s just a functional disaster. With the help of my amazing contractor, we’re about to transform the house into my dream home!


So what do we have in the works? As you can see in my marked-up drawing above, we’re going to gut the kitchen and the master bathroom on the ground floor. We’re also switching the study and the dining room, and transforming that study into a library.


On the second floor, we’re going to redo all of the bathrooms and – this is my favorite part – we’re adding a yoga/workout/massage room! I can’t wait for that!

But this week, it’s all about packing up my house and moving some of it into storage and some of it into a condo that we’re renting during the renovation. Moving can be such a crazy time, but I’ve developed some great systems for packing things up, and I thought I would share them with you here!


Tobi’s Moving Tips

1. Systemize it. This is so key. I not only put room names on every single box (dining room, bedroom, etc.), but then I also number them. That way, I know for sure that I have 15 boxes for the living room and 10 for the guest room. You don’t want to lose a box along the way!

2. Add color. Also consider color coordinating your boxes. It’s easier for the movers if they can quickly see that all the boxes with a yellow stripe go in the kitchen and all the boxes with a black stripe will go in storage.

3. Lists are your friend! Be sure to not only put numbers/room names on each box, but to keep an inventory list of what is in each of the boxes. It never fails that the one thing you’re looking for is in the last box of 30 that you open.

4. Valuable advice. Put your jewelry, expensive objects, important papers, and computers in your own car. Those valuables can (and should) be handled by you rather than a moving company.

5. Use your luggage. Be sure each family member has one suitcase for “immediate need” items like toiletries and a couple of changes of clothing, and use other suitcases to pack up your closet.

6. More is better. Get way more boxes than you think you’ll need. Because you’ll probably use them all – and you can return what you don’t use to most moving companies.

The key to a quick and easy move is to really plan and get organized! So now I’m off to finish packing up before the movers get here! And I probably need more packing tape. Yikes!







A Sneak Peek at My New Collections!

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High Point Market is almost here – so now it’s time to unveil a few of the pieces from my new collections of upholstery and art! These will be debuting April 17-23 at CR Laine’s showroom (310 N. Hamilton, 2nd floor) and Soicher Marin’s showroom (C&D 1B/1C).

My vision for the collections was to provide fashion-forward color and design that speaks to my aesthetic as an interior designer, which is Bright, Bold, and Tailored. I love every single piece and can’t wait to start putting them in my own home, and in my clients’ homes! I think the gorgeous Marguerite Armless Sofa above really makes the statement for my look – with its strapped bolsters, starburst nailhead pattern, and acrylic legs.

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It pairs perfectly with my Inkblot series of art from Soicher Marin, which was so fun to design. You can see all sorts of interesting patterns and shapes in the inkblots, but I promise not to psychoanalyze what you see!

My CR Laine color stories are defined by three “personalities,” from Drama Queen to City Sophisticate to Blushing Beauty. We even designed a fun quiz to help you decide which personality is YOURS! All you have to do is click here to take the quiz – I think I’m definitely a bit of all three.

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Of course you’ll see a lot of shape and pattern in my designs – that is another of my design signatures! In the sketch of the Helen dining chair above, you’ll see my favorite Greek key pattern in the wood of the chair, partnered with a fabulous hexagon fabric in peridot.

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There is a lot of geometry and shape in the Soicher Marin art I’ve designed, too, including a series that offers varying squares of saturated color inspired by the great Josef Albers.

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One of my very favorite pieces – I’m ready to place my order today! – would be the Elle chair in leather and brass, above. CR Laine translated my vision into the style, comfort, and quality that they put into everything they manufacture. It is gorgeous AND comfortable!

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And if you know my interior design at all, you know I love pairing modern art with traditional and transitional furnishings. So I’m thrilled to have several series of graphic designs from Soicher Marin, including the ones above that are formed on a blush background. You’ll definitely see blush as one of my color stories as I love to be on the front of color trends, and blush is the next big thing.

So what do you think? This is just a very small idea of what you could see at the High Point Market, or in a retail store near you later this summer! There are 17 items in my collection for CR Laine, and my series for Soicher Marin is the largest they’ve ever done with a designer, with over 100 pieces!

Come see me at market if you’re in the trade! Both collections will be on display at CR Laine’s showroom on the second floor of 310 N. Hamilton, and we’ll have a big color celebration there on Sunday, April 19 at 4pm. I’ll also be in Soicher Marin’s showroom at 1B/1C in the C&D building on Sunday at 11am, which will be a fun brunch event. Put those on your market schedule, and I’ll see you SOON!








New House Diary: The Heart of a Home

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New House Diary

Today we’re going to do something a little different for New House Diary. I want to talk about the heart of the home – what really transforms a new house into a HOME. You can have all of the most beautiful furnishings and a magazine-worthy design, but a home is only created with those we love, the people and pets who help us make amazing memories and who fill our home with love and joy.

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Many of you have seen photos of my previous house that featured my sweet Harley, a lovely little “fur baby” that wandered into my life 14 years ago, and who sadly left us today. Harley was there for all of my best and most exciting days in our previous homes. She was with me just as I started dating my husband, and we’ve been married for almost 13 years now. And she was there when I had my daughter 9 years ago.

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She was a sweet and gentle soul who just wanted to be loved and to love us back. She really was at the heart of our home, and of our lives. And while we will have celebrations and will create memories in our new home that Harley won’t see, she’ll still be a part of us.

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So goodbye sweet Harley. You will always be the heart of our home.








Which Would You Choose: Exposed Beams or Applied Molding?

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(Design by Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful)

Things are looking up this week in my living room – well, at least we’re looking up for our next decision! That’s right, it’s time to talk about those beams in the ceiling of my living room. I LOVE the look of these painted beams. Very little contrast with the ceiling but they add dimension and interest.

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(Room designed by Anna Lattimore)

I could leave the beams as they are, which is dark like these but not quite as rustic. Or maybe by adding a little paint, or refinishing them with a different stain they could look unique and charming. Either way (painted or stained), exposed beams can add a nice touch of architectural detailing to a living room!


(Jean-Louis Deniot)

Or should I try a different ceiling treatment that’s a bit more elegant, like applied molding? Adding molding in gorgeous patterns adds a tone-on-tone depth and interest to that “fifth wall.” And the beams in my ceiling are decorative, so they are not necessary from a structural standpoint. The painted fretwork option above is SO gorgeous!


(Design by Thomas Pheasant)

And oh how I love this more simple geometric ceiling pattern by design great, Thomas Pheasant! Timeless simplicity at its best.


(Richard Hallberg Interiors)

But I also love the more natural coffered ceiling above, too. The grayish tone could be perfect with the color palette I am leaning towards in this space. So which would you choose – exposed beams or applied molding? Painted or stained? Tell me in the comments section below! As you can see, I have a LOT of decisions to make in this new living room! And pretty soon I will reveal some of my selections for the spaces we have talked about so far!