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Before and After: A Blend of Old and New

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Sometimes life throws you a curveball when you least expect it. And that’s exactly what happened to one of my projects right in the middle of our design process. My clients had inherited a lovely house from the husband’s grandmother, full of antiques and memories. There were a lot of things that he wanted to keep for sentimental reasons, but he and his family also wanted the house to feel modern and updated for their children — someplace they could live in for a long time.

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The original dining room, above, was one of those rooms that had some stunning pieces. A few of them just needed to be refinished or recovered, but they were beautiful. And here comes the curveball – a few weeks after we had removed the antiques that he and his family wanted to keep, the house caught fire due to some old electrical work in the sunroom.

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The good news is that we had removed so many precious things. But the bad news is that the gorgeous millwork and wallcoverings in the dining room above were completely destroyed.

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As you can see, what the fire didn’t damage, smoke and water definitely ruined. It was sad, but we were thrilled that we’d saved so many wonderful pieces that meant so much to my client’s family.

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I wanted to not only blend the old and new in a seamless way, but I also wanted to give them a bright and happy color palette for the room, making it a place of celebration and family once again. So I used a gorgeous Schumacher trellis wallpaper and painted the ceiling in Enchant from Sherwin-Williams.

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The result is a room that glows, and a great gathering place for friends and family! So what do you think about this transformation? And how do you blend your family heirlooms into your modern lifestyle? Let me know in the comments section below!







A Peek Behind the Door

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen a couple of sneak peeks behind the door of my new house! I want to show you everything, but I have something cooking that will offer a grander reveal in a few months. It’s hard to keep all of it under wraps, though, because I love living in the new house – with gorgeous details like these stunning doors in my signature kelly green!

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And of course I’m using blue – another of my favorite colors. I love how it’s mixed with the green hues in this stunning wallpaper from Fromental.

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The wet bar, with an amazing counter from Cosentino and sink from Kohler, turned out even better than I thought it would! We’ve been mixing up some fun summer cocktails in here.

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And I may have surprised a few of you with the lovely combination of yellows and pinks in this room, with a Jan Showers lamp and Clark and Clark wallpaper. Can’t wait to give you the full reveal on this room. In fact, I can’t wait to give you a full tour of the whole home!

Meanwhile, keep checking my Instagram feed for a few more looks behind the door – I can’t help myself!







Before and After: Light and Bright Nursery

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People often turn to interior designers when there is a big occasion in their lives – like having a little one moving into her own room. And when my clients asked me to turn a little-used upstairs room into a light and bright nursery, I jumped at the chance!

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As you can see in the photos above and below, this space was one of those catch-all rooms that we all have in our homes. It was partly a guest room and partly a storage area.

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It wasn’t really used a lot, and the color was more than a little off-putting. That deep-dark brown wasn’t doing anybody any favors. And it sure wasn’t right for a sweet little girl’s room! It made this room so dark, even though it has a big window.

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So of course I lightened and brightened the color palette, using a lot of the black and white that psychologists say is so good for babies’ growing minds. I even outlined the angles of the room to make it more interesting graphically. And then I popped in some sunny yellows and greens to add fun and whimsy.

What do you think of the transformation? Would you try outlining your room with a bold stripe like I did? Let me know in the comments section below!







What Is That Color? Vibrant Periwinkle

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Nothing creates glamour like saturating a room with color – yes, all one color on the trim, ceiling, walls, cabinetry, and shelves! This is a great design look that works best on smaller contained rooms, like this study, or in a powder room or library. What really took this room for my Riverside Penthouse project to the next bold level was the high gloss finish I added, along with color-matched upholstery!

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So what is this color that looks purple in some light and blue in others? It’s a periwinkle hue by Sherwin-Williams and it has the perfect name – Mesmerize! I absolutely drenched the study in this gorgeous color and added in touches of yellow, the complementary color for periwinkle. The great effect that all this color has is to make the room both sophisticated and cozy at the same time, a perfect result for my fashion-forward clients!

What do you think of this bright and bold color choice? Would you go all-in with one color like this? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






New House Diary: Dining Room Color Palette

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New House Diary

I am now less than a month from moving back into our house after all the renovations! After months of design, construction, and selections, the day will soon be here. I am pinching myself just thinking about it.

And as much as I would like to show you every single detail as soon as we move in, I won’t be able to do that. That may surprise many of you who’ve taken this New House journey with me, but when you’re a designer doing your own home, you want to eventually have that house published and if things go according to plans, you’ll see the big reveal before long in a glossy, colorful spread!

But that’s not the only reason I can’t show you the big reveal just yet. The main reason is because though the construction phase will soon be finished, that doesn’t mean that the design is complete. Next comes possibly my favorite part – the furnishings, drapery, and decorating. Plus some tweaks that can only come together once I am living in and really understanding how our newly redesigned home will work for us.

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S0 not to worry, I’ll still be able to show you design updates and “teasers” from my home like the one above for quite some time. And get ready, they are about to get really fun! Most of the “pretty” stuff will be happening in these last 30 days to the structure and with the decorating. Yes, settle in friends, we still have a few months on this journey before my masterpiece is complete!

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But for now, let’s take a peek at how the dining room is coming along. Here’s the updated view from the entry into that space. And that ceiling gives you a big color hint. That lovely pink on the ceiling is the fabulous paint from C2 called Belle’s Nose, from my friend Barry Dixon’s collection! Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s going to give the room a lovely glow.

But don’t start thinking this room is going to be too sweet. In typical Tobi style, there will soon be fabulous bold floral wallpaper in the dining room in richer shades of pink, yellow and charcoal gray. It’s a fashion-forward color scheme that is sophisticated and chic! And my beautiful new Jan Showers canary yellow lamps, will be the perfect POP in the space.

My husband isn’t quite sure what to think of the pink ceiling yet, but I certainly am – I love it! What do you think about the use of pink in the home and in particular the dining room? Does my color choice surprise you? Let me know in the comments section below!