Posts Tagged ‘Yellow’

Before and After: A Bright Family Room

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I love working with a client who isn’t afraid of color, and who embraces the idea of bold patterns and color combinations! This client’s family room was already making a strong statement, since it was wrapped in a dramatic red from top to bottom.

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However, the deep red really darkened the room and was too much contrast against the white trim. Another tricky part of about the before (above) was an error that a lot of people make in their rooms, which is that the rug is too small for the space. And a small rug has a way of dictating your furniture placement, so that oftentimes people are only using a small portion of the room. That was definitely the case in this room where two sofas were floating in the middle of the space and seating was VERY limited.

Now we have a sectional, two lounge chairs, a large round ottoman, a wing chair, two banquettes (one with a game table) and some floating ottomans. Talk about a place to entertain friends and family!

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In the After photo above, a lighter and more neutral paint brings fabulous light into the room, and acts as great backdrop for the bold jewel-toned colors of the upholstery and the art. And a fun patterned rug now fills the space nicely!

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Before, the furniture was all either sitting in the center of the room as I mentioned, or was pushed to the corners and walls. It didn’t use the space well and it actually made the room seem smaller. And the clients are avid art collectors and their pieces didn’t show up at all in the dark red room. Now the art is what really brings this space to life!

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The reworked room seems much bigger with the new furniture layout, and I added two fabulous banquettes flanking the fireplace to create a great reading nook on the left and a dining or game area with a table on the right. In the finished design, my clients still had the color and “wow factor” that they wanted, but in a lighter and more cohesive look!

So what do you think of this colorful before-and-after? Let me know in the comments section below! Isn’t that acid yellow ceiling a kick? I love how it draws the eye up!

Look for more before-and-afters in the coming weeks!









What Is That Color? Bold Yellow!

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My brand is bright, bold, and tailored, and I think this room’s color really lives up to that! It’s Sherwin-Williams 6395 Alchemy, which is a bright acid yellow. It’s also a bold choice to wrap a room entirely in this color.


But what I really like is that this room I designed still looks tailored with the addition of black, white, and grey to the yellow.


It’s also the perfect color for a family room because yellow is energizing and cheerful!


So how do you feel about this bright and bold color choice? And have you wrapped a room in color like this before? Let me know in the comments below!

Colorfully yours,







Tobi TV: Rooms for Any Personality

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As an interior designer, I really think the best style for any home is one that reflects your personality and who you are! I love to work closely with my clients to make sure that every room in their home is a special reflection of them – what they like, where they’ve been, what their personal style is.

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It isn’t hard to do that in your own home, too! You just need to use patterns, colors, and items that really mean something to you and to members of your family. In this week’s video, I give you some tips for exactly how you can create those rooms that speak to you!

Wow! Do you see how you can use color, pattern, and detail to reflect who you are? Let’s look at those ideas one more time:

1. If you have a specific culture or ethnicity that’s part of your heritage, be sure you use any colors or patterns that are significant to you and will reflect that heritage. You want to show who you are with style and flair!

2. Patterns can also give clues to your personality, like using gingham and floral together for a traditional and nostalgic look.

3. If you have a favorite color, use it! There is no right or wrong color in design. If it makes you happy, it’s the right color for you.

4. If you’re a fashionista, flaunt your style! Go glam, make it retro, or use sleek European decor to show your fashion sense.

5. And if you want a serene space to help you escape from the world outside, use texture and color to create that calming retreat!

Using your background, your personality, and your favorite things really helps create a home that is uniquely yours! Tell me in the comments section below what you use in your home to show your personality!







New House Diary: Dining Room Color Palette

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As promised, I am back with the design of my own home. It’s getting very real and I am starting the demolition of this place in just about 6 weeks. So it’s time to really start to dig into my favorite part of the design process (color, pattern, and fabric) for the rooms we haven’t touched on yet. Today I thought I would give you all a sneak peak of my dining room color palette.

I was inspired by some of the colors in my CR Laine showroom debut last month, like the softness of this blush against the bright pop of chartreuse. I love the soft pink with the acidity of the green. But I want to tweak this color combo just a bit in my own home by using rose and yellow!

CR Laine Showroom Inspiration

I think my dining room should be bright and fun, but still sophisticated, like these amazing yellow lamps from Jan Showers. I will be using these in my dining room for sure! I purchased them a while back and have been waiting to build a room around them. Sort of like that Kohler plumbing commercial where the lady asks to build an entire house around one fabulous faucet. Remember?

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I am going softer in some areas of my home but for the dining room, I’m thinking those fun pops of color I love would look great mixed with a fabulous floral wallpaper! What do you think? I’m excited about the bold yellow in my Riverside Penthouse pictured here, but my yellow will be a bit more lemon mixed with a rosy-pink. And my wallpaper…well it will be more contrasting than this space with a light background. So it may be inspired by this project of mine below but the result will be very different.

Riverside Penthouse Inspiration

Isn’t it great to be inspired by other’s homes but be able to pull inspiration and ideas to create something that is totally YOU?!? It’s especially fun to be designing for my own house. I don’t get to do it very often and I can already imagine myself entertaining in my newly remodeled dining room by Christmas.

I’ll be back next week with more ideas, but for now I need your help deciding how to use these fabulous colors of yellow and pink! Could you embrace pink in your life? What would others in your family think? Leave me a comment and let me know if you are bold enough to have a little pink in your home. Or maybe a lot of it!








New House Diary: Dining Room Inspiration

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It’s Thursday so that means it’s time for New House Diary. We have covered the details of the living room from top to bottom and I am thrilled with where it’s heading. Let’s move on to one of my other favorite rooms in the house…the dining room.


If you recall, I am moving the dining room to what the previous owner had as a large office/study. It will seat more people and be more functional. But more on that in another post soon. Today let’s look at a few of my favorite dining rooms for inspiration.

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First of all, I am planning on re-using my existing dining chairs from my last dining room. I just love them! And although I hate to get rid of the crewel, I am ready for a new look. So these will be recovered for the new space. I often use the same classic shapes, forms, patterns, and colors in my work but the combination, application, and architecture make these go-to items look completely different.

I don’t plan to abandon my favorite signature details in my own home so lets look at how I have used similar things in a variety of inspiring dining rooms with remarkably different results. A few of these favorite ideas will likely show up in my own home.

Penthouse dining

This dining room I did for a client’s penthouse is going viral on Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram at this very moment and it’s featured in the current Winter 2015 Rue Magazine color issue. The thing I love about it as inspiration for my new dining room is the wallpaper. I am interested in using a bold floral in my own home, but for all 4 walls instead of just one as I did here. I also love the pop of yellow in this chic space. And I am thinking about pairing yellow with PINK!

crestwood dining

Here’s another big floral dining room that I designed and there’s that yellow popping up again. This time it’s a little more golden. And mixed with chocolate brown, rich turquoise, and more traditional furnishings, it’s a far cry from the space above. Isn’t it interesting that I can use the same colors and some signature details like large floral prints over and over, but depending on the colors and the patterns they look nothing alike?

southern traditional dining

And here is another bold wallpaper in one of my dining room designs. This time it’s geometric. Recognize those chairs?  They are the same chairs that I have in my own home but looking TOTALLY different in the polka dot. I don’t use the same furniture pieces too often for clients, but when they are the perfect piece, then why not?!?! And these chartreuse drapes have a lot in common with the yellow ones above but certainly more of an acidic tone. Here’s a lavender ceiling that is akin to the pinky-lavender one in the penthouse above. But both are SO different.  One simple and traditional, the other glamorous and dramatic.

So don’t be surprised to see some yellow and pink in my new dining room. What I pair it with may surprise you, though! And a large floral wallpaper is a definite yes! Now to decide which one. I have a few in mind so stay tuned…