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Before and After: The Spa Life

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A master bathroom should really be an oasis, a place to wash away the cares of the day, or to get you ready for the day in a relaxing atmosphere. I love to create spa-like bathrooms for my clients to give them that calming space!

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One of my clients really needed that redo in their master bath. As you can see above, it was dark and dated, with a lot of brown tones in the cabinetry, the wallpaper, and the counters. It had a totally ’80s feel that made it seem dreary and out-of-date.

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We reworked the floorplan to take advantage of the windows in the room, and that really made a huge difference! Especially when I also made the color palette lighter and brighter, too.

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The original shower, above, was an awkward shape, and it had more of the heavy tile with those brown tones that weighed the room down.

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I added a touch of those beautiful spa colors in the new tiles, creating a fun stripe on the shower walls. And, as you can see below, we also made a bit of an outline around the floor with the same color.

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And of course every master needs dual sinks, and I also wanted to give them much more counter space and storage. The result, below, is a great counterpoint (pardon the pun!) to the lighter colors in the room.

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So what do you think of the spa-inspired bathroom I created for my clients? What is a must-have in your master bath? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

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!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Before and After: A Welcoming Living Space

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I think it’s a shame when people don’t use every single square inch of their homes. It’s so sad to see a formal dining room or living room just sitting there and rarely used. I’m all about function, so I want to create spaces for my clients that will work for how they live in their homes.

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That was the challenge when I designed this living room for my client – it was a formal space that they just never sat in. As you can see above, it wasn’t really a welcoming space for them. They had some great pieces, but the room was too formal and a few of the furnishings weren’t comfortable. But it was spacious, with a good sofa and stylish white end tables that I wanted to keep in the room.

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As you can see in the “after” photo above, I changed the scale of the art and brought in some sleeker pieces to edit down the “noise” in the space. The big piece of art was the jumping-off point for the palette in the room, which was cool and calming.

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The chairs before had pretty lines but that weren’t inviting. And I opted out of the tchotchkes in the built-ins in favor of stunning blue chinoiserie vases that you can see below.

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The two new chairs are much more comfortable! I also had a rug custom-made to fit the chamfered corners of the room.

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The other side of the room had a pair of chairs that were shapely, but just didn’t have the impact they needed to in this room because they weren’t the right scale.

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The taller wing chairs brought a better balance to the room, as well as a punch of gorgeous cobalt blue. I always love to have a lamp near seating to make it more functional, so I added one to make these great reading chairs.

The result is a room that welcomes the family into the space, and that makes a fabulous impression on guests – especially since this is the first room they see when they enter the house! So what do you think of the new look for this fabulous living room? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

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!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Bonus Room to Beautiful Bedroom

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A few weeks ago, I talked about transforming a basement, and how all that extra space can be turned into a gorgeous and functional space. Many of you also may have that extra space in an upper floor, like in a “bonus room” or a big room over the garage. Sometimes those can just be a catch-all for extra furniture, and storage for things we aren’t using at the moment. And that’s exactly what happened for a client of mine.

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They had a big space on an upper floor that was kind of a kids’ playroom, and kind of a storage area. And like a lot of my design clients, they had a turning point in their lives that was pushing them towards using this space for something else! Their daughter was getting older and was ready for her own “big girl” room – and I wanted to give her one that was fun and worked for her!

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Like I do with all of my clients’ children, I sat down with her and talked about what her favorite activities were, what colors she really liked, and what she wanted to have that was special in her room. That way, we could take this room that was full of odd angles and blank walls and really give her something amazing!

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She loves purple and pink – so I made sure I gave her plenty of both, along with playful florals that weren’t too “little girl.” I wanted this room to grow with her and I included a few more sophisticated things, like the stools at the end of the bed. And of course all that white fabric is treated so she didn’t have to worry about spills and stains.

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And for this fun nook on the other side of the room, I wanted to give her a little sitting area where she could sit and read, hang out with friends, or just play!

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There’s also a homework station, and lots of storage for all of her toys, books, and clothing! It’s organized and fun at the same time.

So what do you think of this transformation from bonus space to bright bedroom? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature