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Making Room, How to Style Built In's!

Elizabeth Tobin


It's time to talk built ins. We've installed built ins in many different projects and whether they're constructed around an entertainment system or keeping order in a busy family's mudroom, I'm a firm believer that the style should serve a purpose! More than ever I've been seeing gorgeous bookshelves filled with too many sculptural trinkets that may work well for a photo but don't necessarily reflect the clients needs. It's all about mixing it up! You don't ever want to ignore the clients lifestyle for the sake of styling. There's a way to marry the worlds and use your clients interests as a styling tool!

Here's some spaces where we styled floor to ceiling with practicality, play, and purpose in mind!

Family Rooms!

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It's true, framed pictures can certainly make a space more personal, and they're a great element for styling. Balancing family portraits with the art of our clients mothers gouache paintings in this family room was a fun way to work familiar colors in the heart of the familys home.


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Mudrooms are the area of the home that definitely get the most foot traffic. So whether they're a drop off for shoes and bags or sports equipment, stylish organization is key! In the top photo we kept it simple and used the bench as an opportunity to bring in some texture through pillows from SYD+SAM!

Living Rooms!

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Don't get me wrong, I love a great shelfie, but if you're client is an avid reader or book collector, show that off! Styling a bookshelf completely with books does not have to be unruly. Its a perfect opportunity to let the books bring in pops of color to the space without steering the eye away from the design.

What is your favorite way to play with built-in styling? Comment below!

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Breaking My Own Rules, Bathroom Sconces!

Elizabeth Tobin

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While designing the bathroom on our main level of living in the new house - I realized I have to do something I never like to which is use an over the mirror sconce! Ugh, the horror! This isn’t to say I haven’t done it before, I have. Sometimes it’s all how the room works.

The reasons I prefer a pair of sconces on either side of the mirror is that it gives a much warmer feel to the room (less commercial feeling). It also gives great light for those putting on makeup, shaving or just fixing your hair. Goodbye to all those bad shadows created by over the mirror sconces! But in this space our vanity is pretty close to the tub and I don’t love the idea or look of a sconce beside the mirror and jammed right up next to the shower curtain. So alas, I am going to use an over the mirror sconce.

There are some pretty great looking sconces out there so while I don’t love the look there are so many great options to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites along with links so if you find yourself in the same situation as me you can click right through and buy!


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Lighting Roundup!

Elizabeth Tobin


I fell in love with lighting in my time studying at Lorenze de Medici - The Italian International institute in Florence. But it has been in the field that I've learned just how trans-formative lighting can be to a space. From table lamps and sconces, to chandeliers there are so many elements of the right lighting choice that make a room feel full. I pulled few of my lighting favorites from past and current projects to show off not only their diversity but just how they enhance the style of a room.


Understanding lighting is to also know that there is tons of it out there. Decisiveness, a keen eye, and a great sense spacial understanding are really important factors when presenting options to your clients. The pictures below are two examples of how the same floor lamp in different styles worked in two very different spaces. On the left we installed this lamp in a traditional study with dark wood features. The right was a transitional living space that had a much more modern feel. Follow us on Instagram for more inspiring install shots and an inside look at our recent projects!


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