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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!







Tobi TV: Color Trends for 2016

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I’m known for working with color, so I get a lot of questions about what colors to use, what trends I see coming, and what the next “hot hue” is going to be! I get so much of my color inspiration from fashion, and New York Fashion Week wrapped up just a week ago. There were amazing looks on the runways that really gave me some great color cues.

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I actually think it’s too difficult to choose just one color that’s going to lead the way in 2016 – and Pantone must have had the same issue since it chose two colors for the first time in its history. But I do see some definite trends growing in importance this year. Let’s take a look!

1. I really love the colors of ’80s fashion, like hunter green and camel. I think this year is the year of redefining that color palette for the home, and I really like the balance of masculine and feminine you can create with the look.

2. As I said in last week’s blog post, black-and-white combos are all the rage and will really be hot in the home this year, especially when combined with pops of color like yellow.

3. Speaking of yellow, that’s a color that will definitely shine this year in home decor!

4. I’m also a big fan of jewel tones like teal and amethyst – look for them to replace some of the pastels that have been popular in the past.

5. I also think bright fuchsia will be a fun addition this year. This isn’t hot pink, but a deeper and more complex color.

6. Orange is coming back strong, which makes me happy because it’s one of my favorite colors. I really love it paired with blue.

7. Pantone selected Rose Quartz as one of its top colors for 2016, and I happen to agree. I’ve been using this color for a while, and I think it’s fantastic – although I call it blush.

What do you think of my color predictions? What colors do you see hitting home in 2016? Let me know in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: Chic Chinoiserie

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Okay, first of all, what is chinoiserie? It’s a classic design motif from the 18th century, and how people of that time interpreted Asian art and ceramics. It was actually a way to get away from the more Greek and Roman influences that were so popular then, and instead focus on romanticized ideas of nature and landscapes.

So in this traditional design idea, you see a lot of flowers, butterflies, vines, birds, pagodas, and dragons. And although toile patterns have been around centuries longer, a lot of chinoiserie patterns can also be called toiles. Either way, the patterns are often seen in traditional interiors, but there are some fabulous updates happening now with new colorways!


So what should you look for in chinoiserie, and how can you use the patterns in your own home? Let’s take a look at contemporary chinoiserie that can add chic touches to your decor:

Now you see why I love to use chinoiserie in the interiors I design! Here’s a review of what we saw:

1. In the most classic versions of chinoiserie, you’ll find birds, blooms, and butterflies. I love how today’s patterns, like in a Fromental wallpaper, give a twist to tradition with updated colors like a fabulous hunter green.

2. There’s nothing more perfectly chinoiserie than a pattern of dragons and mums! Look for the traditional Asian dragons with the serpent-like bodies to really give you a bold look.

3. I love a Ming jar pattern that showcases the iconic ceramics. It’s made even more bold and beautiful in new colors like teal and yellow.

4. In a twist on toile, look for chinoiseries that are more pastoral, like the pattern I found that mixes Asian bamboos with island influences.

Use these ideas and patterns to bring that perfect piece or traditional design into your home! I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV.







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