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Tobi TV: 5 Ideas to Take Your Rooms from Day to Night

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I love selecting the perfect outfit for events and when I travel, and a look that will take me from daytime meetings to evening parties is a real winner. Planning that perfect room that will take you from day-to-day living into evening entertaining is equally important! It’s smart to think about the function of a room, and the furniture, as you plan your home design.

The living room in my Riverside Penthouse project, featured in Rue Magazine, is another great example of day-to-night design. It’s perfect for the family during the day, but makes a great statement for evening entertaining. Let’s take a look!

Don’t you just love that space? So fun and functional! Let’s recap those tips for a day-to-night room:

  1. Choose a durable sofa that can withstand the kids during the day and adults (with wine!) at night. The velvet sofa in my client’s home withstood 50,000 double-rubs on the durability test, so I know it will work.
  2. Try a great cocktail table that can hold flowers and incidentals in the daytime but will turn into a bar for evening entertaining.
  3. Choose art for your day-to-night space that will look bright and cheerful during the day, but will lean into moody hues when the sun sets.
  4. A soft and durable rug that the kids can play on in the daytime, and is easy to clean after the party at night, is perfect for a transitional space.
  5. Golden lamps will softly glow during the day and will bring the glam at night!

See? It’s just as easy to plan a room design that moves from daytime to night as it is to plan your day-to-evening outfits! Let me know how you use transition and function in your home by leaving me a comment below!

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Big City, Big Sophistication

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Last week, I showed you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty color scheme. This week, we’re heading to a more metropolitan destination with my City Sophisticate group! For these designs, I was inspired by my collections of Jadeite – mint green glassware that I’ve been in love with for years. I also wanted to showcase how fashion-forward it can be when combined with navy and pale blue, with a few touches of lavender thrown in!

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The entry to the CR Laine showroom during High Point Market showed off my new Elle chair – named for my daughter – and the fantastic velvet Stella screens with starburst patterns in nailhead trim! We mixed in a white sofa and one of my favorite ottomans from CR Laine’s own lines to finish off the look, as well as a blue watercolor from my new collection with Soicher Marin.

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Here is that amazing Elle chair again, in leather with brass arms and nailhead trim across the back. CR Laine is known for their attention to every detail and for adding comfort, which took my designs to a whole new level! My daughter was so proud of this chair that she kept asking me what her cut of any sales would be! HA! You can see us trying out the chair here:

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I also introduced a daybed as part of my CR Laine collection – it’s something that I’m always searching for as a designer, and have a lot of trouble finding! I love the blue moire that covers this Sheridan daybed, it reminds me of the faux bois patterns. And this daybed provides a lot of function, too, since it does double duty as seating or as a bed! It’s even designed to take a fitted twin sheet right over the seat cushion.

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The shape on the back of the daybed is one that I love, so I also used it on the back of my new Izzy dining chair! This chair has a deeply padded back that is SO comfortable!

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In the last City Sophisticate area, I went a little to the dark side. Don’t worry! I just mean darker blue – navy to be exact. The walls added great dimension and were the perfect background to the chinoiserie panels that are part of my art collection for Soicher Marin. The Taylor sectional is shown here in a tweed, mixed with animal print and solid pillows. That sectional (and it’s partner sofa) were big sellers during market! I think everyone loved the tufted seat and CR Laine’s comfort quotient. I also designed the velvet wing chairs you see to the left in the photo below. And the vignette was made perfect with the addition of CR Laine’s stunning ottoman and slipper chairs!

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Here is a closer look at the Wells wing chair, with the bigger barrels below the arm and a fabulous embroidered “nonogram,” on the back. That’s a monogram without any initials, in case you were wondering! I love a good wing chair and this is my new fave!

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This was such a fun group, too, and I’m so excited about how it was received! I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company and Barbara Cosgrove, accessories from Times Two Design, rugs from Surya, and tables from Woodbridge.

Next week, I’ll show you the Drama Queen group that will really make a statement! And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!

Meanwhile, have you seen a favorite piece of my new collections yet? Be sure to tell me which one you have to take home in the comments below! These groups will be arriving in retail stores near you in just a few weeks!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Big City Style

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Modern design enthusiasts may think they will only find “big city” style in places like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. But you can get the chic and sleek look you crave, no matter where you live!

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Right here in Little Rock, Ark., I harnessed that city style for my Riverside Penthouse project, and I’m going to show you exactly how you can use these ideas to give your space a modern look and feel!

That entryway is metro marvelous! Here’s another look at a few tips that will give you a lot of big city style:

1. Think glam: A velvet and vinyl banquette will definitely add that sophisticated city look to your home. It’s perfect for entertaining or having a few friends over for cocktails.

2. A gorgeous marbelized wall covering in every shade of blue from cobalt to ink will make your space feel penthouse perfect! And it is ready-made art, as well!

3. Black-and-white striped marble floors would make a jailhouse rock – and the high-gloss makes them super-chic.

4. Blue suede doors would make Elvis proud – add some glass doorknobs and they are definitely fit for a King!

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A great city view is a bonus, but even if you live in the suburbs, these tips will help you feel like you’re living large in the big city! Think YOU are a City Sophisticate? Take my fun color quiz to see if you fit that category – or to see if you’re a Blushing Beauty or a Drama Queen. Just click here, and you’ll also get a sneak peek at my new upholstery collection for CR Laine, debuting in just a little over 2 weeks at the High Point Market!

Stay colorful!

xo,

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Velvet Love–Green or Blue?

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I’m starting to make some BIG decisions about my new home design. I’ll tell you more tomorrow but in the meantime I need you to weigh in on something…

Oh how I love velvet! Yet when it comes to sofas I just can’t decide. Which do you prefer–green velvet or blue? Here are some visuals to help you choose.

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(design by Lily Bunn)

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(design by James Michael Howard via House Beautiful)

So which one did you pick? Leave me a comment below and tell me the color you love most and why.

I can’t wait to hear what you think! You know how I love a good color competition and you just might influence my new home’s color palette with your answer.

xo,

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p.s.  Don’t miss tomorrow’s edition of  New House Diary. I’m going to answer a BIG question many of you have been asking. 🙂