Friday, January 27, 2012

IDS 2012: Pre-Show Part III ~ Tommy Smythe

You all know I love Tommy for his many talents, his sense of humor, and his amazing work.  He will be joining many design experts including Mark Challen, Suzanne Dimma, and Arren Williams to flip pancakes at the Designer Pancake Breakfast at IDS 12 on Saturday morning at 10am.

On Sunday, Tommy will team up with Mark Challen at 1:30pm to share his wisdoms on "Small Space, Big Ideas".  They will also be handing out special gifts sponsored by Para Paints.

image via IDS 12

If you are still sitting on the fence about hitting IDS 12 on Sunday, check out the list of design celebrity speakers: meet Lynda Reeves and Marilyn Denis on "Find Your Style without Losing Your Cool" at 12pm, as well as Brian Gluckstein and Suzanne Dimma on "Design Solutions" at 3pm.

image via IDS 12

image via IDS 12

To prepare yourself to be inspired by all these creative talents, check out this stunning home designed by Tommy that was featured on the January 2012 Issue of House & Home.  I was totally blown away by Tommy's use of colors, patterns, his attention to details, and how Tommy ingeniously balances Hollywood glam with Victorian charm.

Talking about being the trend setter, Tommy'd already designed the spaces with hits of "Tangerine Tango" and how perfect the orange accents against the rich royal blue.  This may well be my Fall/Winter 2012 color direction.  Love the use of wallpaper at back of the bookshelves for added texture, interest, and color.  Did you see those insanely high baseboards?  Tommy I'm in Heaven!

Here is Tommy's Signature black & white kitchen with a dynamite lantern!  I love the use of black and white, and how these two colors are tied together beautifully through the use of grey.  Brass handles and knobs are used throughout the kitchen (including accents on the range hood) and wow, what a lantern!  Love the pops of red in other accessories including the trio of black lacquered bowls and the handles on the professional grade stove.

The geometric patterns on the floor is to die for.  If you are looking for a similar pattern but not ready to commit to install it as flooring, why not consider this wallpaper from Cole & Son? If you have been a big fan of Tommy since Design Inc, you would know that Tommy is an "Art Moderne" fan.  Here, Tommy used a number of Art Deco chandeliers for a touch of glamour and unexpected twist to this Victorian home.

Speaking of unexpected twist, how often you do see a red tufted sofa in velvet, floor to ceiling of subway tile in grey grouts, a second life rug, and a polished pewter chandelier all in one room?  And this is not a living room, it's the casual breakfast room!  Now I'm seriously jealous of the homeowners.

Again, love the use of wallpaper as backdrop inside the hutch.  The use of black on the side tables, the coffee table, and the hutch ties the color scheme back to the kitchen, as well as grounding an otherwise bright white space.

Lots of patterns have been injected throughout the home.  These bold patterns and colors may seem daring at first but they share the same level of intensity and energy, which acts as the bond that holds the entire house together.  I love that Tommy painted the front door and a pair of interior french doors in black.  The black adds grandeur and presence to the space, especially for that important first impression.

Oh the library!  What's not to love about this space? Jet black high gloss walls, brass candle chandelier, vintage leather occasional chair, this is every man's dream!  To jazz up the delicious grey and cream bedroom, Tommy selected Kelly green as accent on a pair of stately table lamps and a few toss pillows.

What a stunningly beautiful home and man, Tommy is such an incredible designer.  Suzanne also did an amazing job at this special interview with Tommy.  I look forward to seeing Tommy and the talented design experts from House & Home, as well as Brain and Arren at IDS 2012!  

Get your ticket now, you won't want to miss it!   


  1. IDS sounds amazing and I love this write-up you did Tommy Smythe. He's had my design heart since "Sarah's House".

  2. Would love to see Tommy tomorrow morning, but I know I'll sleep in and miss the breakfast. Have fun!!

  3. Great write-up and coverage Tim! Looking forward to the next posting!! :) Norm

  4. Tim, I read the article and saw the photos before, but your descriptions made it come to life even more! Great blog about our lovable Tommy's work. Thanks.