Client Projects: A Masculine Space for a Highland Park Dad

A masculine space - what characterizes this unique style and idea?

We just recently completed this gorgeous space for a dad wanting to create a comfortable but masculine household for he and his son in Highland Park.

TCI is here to explain what tips we used for turning this space into a livable, comfy and well styled home for this bachelor pad of two. A father and his son.

1. Color Palette:
Mixing of grays and tans. We feel a color scheme that relates to men are usually 
darker colors but we love to pair them with different shades of neutral tones to 
create its own color palette.

2. Oversized Art:
Instead of "trinket items" or collages we chose to go big or go home. Using one main piece of art in a LARGE way instead of multiple small pieces speaks more to the men.

3. Animal Texture:
We love the modern interpretation of animal skin that is out there in the design world today. This hair on hide patchwork rug was the perfect addition to the space.

A couple sneak peeks from the other rooms in the house!
We completed the son's bedroom and master bedroom as well and love the way they both turned out.

This airplane inspired room gave this little boy all smiles:

The master bedroom is a wonderful statement of color and uniqueness with an 
abstract art piece above the bed. 

We are excited for this bachelor pad to explode with a great design style yet comfortable to live in for this dad and his son.

HOW TO: Make a Large Room Cozy

Without fail, one of the largest design "fads" of today is big, expansive rooms. 
Opening things up, spreading rooms out and keeping them spacious is something many people love and desire. 

But when it comes to these large rooms, many people have a hard time visualizing how to turn a large "empty" room into something warm and inviting.

We've researched high and wide to compile our favorite 4 tips for doing just that. Enjoy 4 of TCI's favorite projects below:

1. Select a Statement Color: 
While keeping things white and airy throughout the space, we love to select one particular hue to bounce around the room.

2. Repeat a Pattern:
Pulling a pattern from a pillow and popping it in the drapery or another piece of furniture helps to bring the room together.

3. Maximize Seating:
Switch up the types of seating from sofas to chairs to benches. This will allow for different seating options as well as grounding the room.

4. Use Thoughtful Details:
Always place unique and special details in the space to make it your own.

Go for Color in the Bathroom!

Go Big and Bold!

Adding color in the bathroom is a fantastic way to show a personality, brighten up a morning routine and go crazy for color!

Ways and Tips to Integrate Color from TCI:

Colored Acrylic Pulls:
This is one of favorite. Bring in colors from around the bathroom in the hardware!

Be Bold with Pattern in Color:
Bringing in color isn't the same until you put a pattern with it. Really honing in on those tiny details will change the whole room

Use a LOT of it!
This rainbow mosaic in an otherwise WHITE room is to die for.

Check out a few of TCI's BRIGHT colored bathrooms an how we brought in the color!

Offsetting a bright orange wall with orange tile patterned in the shower brought a new life to this bathroom.

Tile and Paint Color are perfect complements to each other:
We use the two to bounce off each other and create color stories throughout the space.

Would you like to take a plunge into color with TCI?!

Styling Secrets Part 2: Coffee Table Essentials

Building on our series from earlier in the week on STYLING, we now move onto the next most important table in the room....

The Coffee Table

We've partnered with Chairish to feature a favorite table of theirs while outlining some of our essential items to be built on this gorgeous table.

Items selected above from Houzz Shop HERE

Read on to hear tips on styling a coffee table from around the web as well as TCI's favorite secrets.

1. A Natural Essential:
Something natural can quickly bring energy to a room, just by a simplistic bloom of flowers or touch of greenery

2. A Statement Essential:
This is a way to show your personality. By adding large or small (varying heights) bold pieces you can add interest to the table immediately 

3. A Book Essential:
You've all heard the "coffee table book" phrase and seen that done over and over. But it REALLY is important to bring in color and texture to a table. You can use to to layer, add height to a short piece or interest your guests

4. The Container Essential:
Having something that you can build inside is important to your coffee table ensemble. Whether it's a tray, small box or chest, this piece can be used to display many treasures.

Styling Secrets: Part 1 Buffets and Sideboards

Styling your tables can always be a stump for many people. 
This week we are taking time to share our top styling tips for each type of table :
A Console Table - Buffet and Sideboard
A Cocktail Table - Coffee Tables

Today we start with console tables!

Try any of these 3 tips and you will have an instant updated look in no time.

1. Traditional Transitional Look -
Pair 2 tall buffet lamps on either side and swap out a large vase in the center with season-appropriate fresh flowers

2. Large Scale Art -
Instead of worrying about what to mount above the console, try resting large art on the console and leaning it on the wall behind

3. Functional - 
Many times a console can double as a mini bar. Find a tray you love and display your favorite spirits

Off you go to style the first console table you see!

Outdoor Fabrics Favorite Fan - The Dog

Who is an outdoor fabric's biggest supporter?? PETS!

And of course, my Ozzy just loves the beautiful Sunbrella fabrics in our backyard!
He can't mess them up, and they are basically indestructible ... 
while beautiful all at the same time!
(I think he needs braces....)

Here are a few reasons to pick Sunbrella fabrics for your back porch:

1: Weather Resistant:

2. Durable for Food Stains and Pets:

3. Attractive Prints and Patterns:

4. Drape-able for Outdoor Curtains :

Are you convinced?? Sunbrella is the way to go... inside the house as well!! 
Just ASK US!

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