It is Throwback Thursday on the blog today and I have another beauty from the past to show you. A century old Hollywood Hills cottage that is truly something special! The home belongs to designer Tobi Tobin and was first published in House Beautiful, back in 2013. On her quest for updating this charming cottage, Tobin opted for a palette of neutrals, mostly grays, black and whites warmed up with beautiful natural woods and brass details.
¨At its core, my style is all about neutrals. My clients are often artists, and I believe you have to live in a neutral palette in order to be creative. It feeds the soul. I write every night — I even published a novel — so I know that if you live in a loud environment, the volume is on too high to hear your own thoughts. Artists don’t need somebody else’s color; they need a neutral place to create color of their own.¨( Tobi Tobin)
The dining room below is one of my favorite spaces in this home. The raw edge table is in perfect contrast with the delicate lines of the armoire and chandelier. Bamboo shades are used on all the windows for texture and a touch of warmth.
The black kitchen cabinets (bellow) in a glossy finish ground the space and give it glamour. The vertical stripes of the wallpaper trick the eyes and make low ceilings appear soaring. Instead of going for the usual pendant fixture above the sink, Tobin improvised a chandelier from a vintage lamp and a box of crystals. Resourceful and gorgeous, with the million dollar look at only $50!
Who says you can’t hang artwork in your kitchen? A gallery wall above the stove makes cooking more interesting.
In the breakfast room, the designer mixed chairs in different styles to achieve a fun, interesting look. The walls are painted a luminous gray. The bamboo shades and seagrass carpeting bring in the warmth.
In the upstairs bedrooms, Tobin pulled all the stops and proved that you don’t need vibrant hues to create interesting interiors. Pretty wallpapers with delicate patterns envelope the rooms. Furnishings with timeless lines create a great foundation. The accessories make it all feel rich and layered.
I just love those mirrors and the honey-hued twin beds! This is a great example of a kid’s room that you can later transition into a cool guest bedroom.
A comfortable outdoor living space is a must for every Californian home. This one is perfect for lounging or dining alfresco.