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Tobi TV: 3 Tips for a Stress-Free Retreat

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I’m known for using bright palettes for my designs, but I also love to use soft colors to create serene rooms that are perfect for a relaxing retreat. These spaces are a great place to recharge, and to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of a busy family life – and that’s especially important during the holidays!

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It could be a bedroom, a study, a library, or even your own yoga room – but we all need a place to get away from the stress of our days. So how can you create your own oasis at home?

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite soft and serene designs!

Don’t you feel calmer already? I know I do! Let’s review those tips for your relaxing room:

  1. Try platinum, icy blues, and mirrored surfaces to create a serene bedroom you may never want to leave!
  2. Pair relaxing colors with classics like black and white. This pairing is surprisingly calming and fabulously chic.
  3. Soft pinks make a great palette for a serene energy like an office or yoga room!

I hope these tips for creating a serene retreat help you make your space spa-like and ready for relaxation! Get those ideas flowing and let me know about your calming rooms in the comments below.

Wishing you a stress-free day!

xo,

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For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

5 Ways to Create a Welcoming Dining Room

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It’s time to start planning your holiday dinners to welcome family and friends to your home. I love this time of year because the formal dining room finally gets its due! It’s a great place for delicious meals, great conversation, laughter, and making memories. That’s what the holidays are all about.

So here are my 5 best tips for creating an inviting dining room for your holidays:

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1. Table it! Selecting the perfect table for your dining room is the biggest decision you can make. You want to offer as many seats as you need, while still leaving enough room for people to move around the room. A round table is great for conversations, and works well in a square dining room. Rectangular tables are fabulous for dinner parties because so many people can fit around them, and they’re great in rooms that are the same shape. For the best of both worlds, consider an oval table! Be sure to leave about 3 feet between the edge of the table and the wall or furniture so chairs can be pulled out easily.

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2. Create conversation space. Place the chairs far enough apart for elbow room, but close enough for great conversation. You want guests to be able to have a great time with those around them without having to shout or to jostle for space. Allow at least 2 feet of space per guest.

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3. Make storage stylish. No one can be comfortable in a cluttered space, so be sure your dining room is free of extra stuff. But make your storage chic, too, and let it display your gorgeous china and silver.

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4. Light it up. Lighting can make, or break, the mood at the perfect dinner party. Use a gorgeous and chic chandelier or pendant to softly light the dinner table, and maybe even some lamps on a nearby console for a brighter evening.

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5. Comfort is king. Having the most gorgeous dining room means nothing if your guests don’t want to sit in the chairs you’ve provided. Make them comfortable with an upholstered seat, and they’ll linger longer at your dinner parties!

Use these 5 tips to get your dining room ready for Thanksgiving dinner and holiday fun! And let me know in the comments section below which holiday meals you most look forward to!

xo,

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Tobi TV: 4 Tips to Heat Up Your Kitchen’s Design

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Kitchens are at the heart of every home. No matter the party or occasion, friends and family always seem to gather in the kitchen. So it’s critical to have a kitchen that functions correctly, that’s beautiful, and that is welcoming! But if you love to cook, like I do, it’s even MORE important to get this hard-working room of your house planned perfectly!

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Being in the kitchen is natural for me and it’s so much fun to design these fabulous and functional spaces for my clients since the kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in the house. So here are my best tips for heating up your kitchen’s design:

Those are really sizzling, aren’t they? Let’s review those tips for creating a kitchen that really cooks:

  1. Be sure your kitchen has plenty of space for storage to hide the clutter that always accumulates here.
  2. Beautiful built-in cabinets keep kitchens organized and leave all the counter space for cooking and food prep.
  3. A kitchen that opens to the breakfast or dining area makes it easy for the cook to stay in the loop while preparing meals. No cook likes to feel left out of the fun and conversation.
  4. A smart banquette and fabulous barstools create all the sitting space you’ll need in the kitchen to enjoy meals and conversation!

How does your kitchen bring the heat? I hope these tips really get your ideas flowing to create a kitchen where everyone will want to gather, and a space that really cooks! Please let me know in the comments below how your kitchen functions for you!

If you would like to see some of my favorite recipes, click through here for my top picks on Pinterest! And you can see the finished results of my cooking here on Instagram!

Bon Appetit!

xo,

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For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

6 Things That Add Personality To Your Home

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The one thing that I want for all of my clients is to design a space that really fits their personalities – that is a showcase for who they are. We can do that with the colors, patterns, and styles that they love, but nothing adds a uniqueness to a room more than things that really are personal to the people living there! So here are my top 6 tips to help you add that personality to your home!

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1. Original art. Art is a very subjective thing – one person viewing it can feel completely different about than another person who’s also looking at it. That’s what makes it personal! If you love a piece of original art – no matter who did it or how much it costs – then you should use it in your decor. Sometimes that piece of art can be the jumping-off point for the color palette of the room, too, like in the space I designed above. And remember, you can also use other forms of art, like sculptures, textile art, and more.

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2. Things that you collect. I absolutely love my collections of jadeite and glass grapes – they mean a lot to me. If you collect something that you love, then show it off. Grouping those items together can make a style statement all their own, so think about clever ways to display those collections you love.

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3. Books and more books. I read a lot – and I have a lot of books to prove it! I display my books on tables and shelves, and they really add color and a uniqueness to a space. But don’t just buy a bunch of books to put out in your home. Only choose titles that you really want to read – that’s the only way to show who YOU are and what you love!

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4. Things from your travels. There’s nothing that will take you right back to that fabulous getaway than a memento or something that you purchased from a local artisan! Showcase that piece of Venetian glass, or the woven baskets from that small village – they are so much better than some mass-produced knick knack for adding your stamp to a room.

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5. Custom creations. I create custom looks all the time for my clients, like bespoke sofas or a one-of-a-kind finish on the walls. There won’t be another one like it in their neighborhood, that’s for sure! So consider how you can create something that’s all yours – like the silhouettes I designed above of my client’s children.

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6. A dash of fun. Consider this your permission to go a little crazy! Try something new and experiment with the fun factor. A little whimsy goes a long way in adding personality, that’s why I created a simple black border and a fun wall pattern in this little girl’s nursery. It’s fun, and it’s different!

Adding personality to your spaces not only makes them unique, but it’s magical to live in rooms that are filled with things that make you happy, or that remind you of a trip or someone you love! What do you think? What would you add to your home to make it your own? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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7 Ways to Design Wonderful Window Seats

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As designers, we’re sometimes confronted with architectural details of a home that either can’t be changed, or that the owner doesn’t want to change. So we learn how to make the most of what we have. One of those architectural issues is what to do with a dormer window – they look awesome on the outside, but give you a sliver of a space on the inside. Here are my tips for making the most of these small nooks with functional window seats:

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1. Create a desk area. Flip the idea of a window seat on its head and put a desk into the nook like I did in the girl’s room I designed above! It creates a great space for homework, and with a great view to boot.

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2. Design a reading nook. I love how my friend and fellow designer Jenny Tamplin used a lot of pattern and pillows to make a comfy and stylish seat on her landing, perfect for curling up with a good book.

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3. Give it a hidden talent. It’s great to have an extra place to sit, but storage is even better, especially in a bedroom. I love to add drawers to that extra space under a window!

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4. Work it. By adding a small table in front of this window seat, I created a little work space for a preteen girl. She’s also got storage and plugs, perfect for working on her iPad or listening to music on her phone.

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5. Check out. If you have a larger window space, considering adding shelves, lighting, and a lot of comfort for your own personal home library, like I did in the photo above!

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6. Sleep on it. Or if you have the space, tuck a bed into the window area, like I did in this boy’s room! The bonus for this space was it opened up a lot of room for a desk and other furnishings when I didn’t have to try to fit a bed in the room, too.

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7. Add even MORE seating. In the nursery above, I tucked storage ottomans under the window seat, perfect for storing toys, and for giving visiting family members even more places to park.

So what do you think of these window seat ideas? Do you have a great idea for that space? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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