Tobi TV: Top 5 Ways to Use Bold Color

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Today we’re talking COLOR – it’s my signature and what I’m known for! I love using bold hues in my home and in my clients’ homes, but I know some people are nervous about using color.

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So this week on Tobi TV, let’s look at some of my favorite colorful projects and then I’ll give you my best tips for using color with success! Let’s get started:

Those were colorful rooms, right? You can have the same result with color if you follow these tips:

  1. Use a neutral background, like in my living room. Although you see a lot of my signature kelly green in that room, if you look closely you’ll notice that the walls and major pieces are actually neutrals and the color is layered in. I also added some nice blue tones to balance the room.
  2. Consider using varying shades of one color to saturate a room, like the many hues of blue I used in my client’s family room. That tone-on-tone approach creates a restful room with a lot of color.
  3. Add your favorite punch of color to a room by painting pieces, like chairs or side tables or frames. You can select the perfect color for your room without having to search high and low for an item in that color.
  4. Paint the back wall of bookshelves to add an unexpected bit of color, and consider using accessories on those shelves that are all in a single color.
  5. Don’t forget about color in the outdoor spaces! You can use bold hues like coral and turquoise to create a sophisticated outdoor room.

I hope these tips will give you the confidence to go bold with color! It’s my favorite way to give a home a lot of personality! Let me know in the comments below how you like to color your world!

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5 Reasons to Look Ahead to 2017

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I am a major planner – I love to make lists and set steps to help me reach my goals. And there’s nothing I like to do more than to start thinking about what I want to accomplish next. If you’re the type of person who thinks that’s crazy, or you don’t know why in the world you should start thinking about 2017 right now, I have 5 good reasons for you to start your planning for the new year!

1. The payoff. What you set in motion now will start making money for you in 2017! It’s like that quote that says that the future depends on what you do today – it’s so true. Marketing and PR that you start now can garner press for you in the spring. Business outreach that you put into motion today can pay off with customers in 2017. But it won’t happen if you don’t start the process as soon as possible.

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2. Set a new course. Where are your weak spots right now in your business? Where do you need help? You may want to retool your brand, or add services to your menu, or expand your revenue streams. Think of the top 3 things that you want to change or add, and start organizing a new strategy to get you to those goals. Just writing that down will help you define your path to more success and a better business in 2017.

3. Saving for a big idea. For those new ideas you’ve defined for your business, will you need money to invest to make them happen? Now is the time to start setting aside funds for any money you’ll need next year! Having these next few months to put aside some cash will really come in handy for next year’s plans.

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4. Organize your calendar. I know you’re probably super-busy just trying to get through each day right now, much less the rest of this year. But I promise that if you pull out a 2017 calendar and take the time to map out a few things, you’re going to have a better and more organized year than ever before! I plan any business trips that I want to take – like to markets or events – so I can figure them into my budgeting process. I also like to set aside my vacation now, so it’s locked in and can’t be moved! And I start really defining a marketing and promotions calendar for the blog, social media, and other marketing. It makes creating all that content so much easier and quicker when we do that. Be sure to include any holidays and special events that you want to hook onto for promotions. Like World Interiors Day on May 27 in 2017!

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5. Set the tone for inspiration. Make 2017 your most inspired and creative year ever! I do this in several ways, but the most important is to set my theme for the year through a word or phrase. This is a great way to remind yourself through the year of what you want to accomplish. This year my word was FOCUS, and I have kept that in the back of my mind through the last 9 months. What will your word or theme be? And remember to set aside time (see the calendar above) to refresh your skills – to read, create, and learn!

Use these 5 ideas to prepare for your best year ever in 2017! Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and tell me how you’re getting ready for the new year!

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PS: Need help setting goals or getting your finances in order for a fabulous 2017? Come join me at my Designer MBA event in Dallas Nov. 2-3 and we can work together to transform your business! You will learn how to charge what you’re worth, how to attract the ideal client for your company, how to schedule your time, and the best way to market your business. Learn more by clicking here!

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Before and After: Divine Dining Room

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So many of my clients who travel find their inspiration in their favorite boutique hotels, where things are usually a bit more glam than they are at home. My clients in this before-and-after project definitely loved those fabulous getaways, and they really wanted to have a chic dining room where they could entertain guests in style.

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The dining room we started with was very formal, with a lot of details and ornamentation. I wanted to go more luxe and less fussy in the new design.

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The room also had a grand scale, so it was definitely large enough for a long table for 10. The tufted wall and ultra-glam light fixture added those chic details from the finest four-star boutique hotels!

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There was also an odd inset area in one wall of the room before, with a slab of marble serving as a sideboard. I wanted to use that space in a new and more sophisticated way.

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I had a banquette built into the wall, offering a sitting area for pre-dinner cocktails or conversations over coffee. And there’s hidden storage right beneath that chic seat. The draperies and luxurious materials take this space from ho-hum to va-va-voom!

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So what do you think of this divine dining room? And what luxe looks would you love to have in your own home? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Fall Color Palettes

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Our senses are so important to us – a color can remind us of a favorite dress when we were little, or a scent can take us right to a cherished holiday. I love creating those moods in the homes I design, where color is key to how a room “feels” to my clients. And since fall is at the top of many people’s lists of favorite seasons, it’s no wonder that fall palettes are popular. Let’s look at a few color choices that can bring those crisp autumn days into your home, especially since fall starts tomorrow:

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When most people talk about why they love the fall season, those bright autumn leaves are right at the top of the list. Who doesn’t love deep reds, warm oranges, and crisp whites? To keep those stronger colors from overwhelming your room, consider using them in fabric details. And then mix in lots of white to balance the mood.

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I love a good chocolate brown – it’s such a warm color, especially when it’s mixed with a deep gold like in this room. Popping in that touch of turquoise keeps things fresh and gives you a more unexpected color combination.

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Here’s another chocolately room, but this time it goes a bit more preppy with navy and kelly green. This makes me think of collegiate colors, which is perfect for the back-to-school fall season. You can get this color on your walls with Sherwin-Williams Porpoise.

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Speaking of collegiate, you know I love football, so any colors that remind me of my Razorbacks are going to be fan favorites with me! This red isn’t quite Razorback red, but it’s a great rusty red for fall palettes. I love it combined with a wheat and a creamy white.

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This palette reminds me of a walk through the woods on a late-fall day. I love the muted gold, peacock, and moss – it makes this a cozy and elegant space.

So what do you think of my fall palette roundup? What colors do you love from the autumn season? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy fall, y’all!

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Tobi TV: 5 Tips for a Stylish Home Office

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I love working in my own stylish office space – it keeps me creative and organized at the same time! It is so key to have a room that really works for you, whether you have an office outside your home, a dedicated room for a home office, or you’re using part of another room like a bedroom or family room.

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In my own office, I keep my work room organized with patterned boxes, lots of shelving and drawers, and a system that helps keep everything right at hand. So here are my best tips for creating a stylish office that really works for YOU:

See how just a few simple tips and tricks can give you an office area that will keep you motivated with style? Let’s recap those tips here:

  1. Add stylish details to your office, like a great fretwork pattern. Keep that pattern going through items like fabrics, furnishings, and accessories to create a coordinated look.
  2. In double-duty rooms, be sure to take advantage of multipurpose pieces of furniture. For example, a desk can also serve as a bedside table.
  3. No matter where your office is located, be sure you have plenty of storage. Keep things organized with gorgeous colored boxes and files that fit your design personality.
  4. Kick things up a bit with fun office products, like a bright blue stapler or a cherry red pencil holder. Even your desk accessories should have style!
  5. Keep color in mind when designing your office space. Reds and yellows are stimulating colors, but if your office is in a guest room, that may not work for a restful space for guests.

Use these tips to create a stylish workspace in your home or office! And be sure to share this video with your friends and coworkers.

Now let’s get back to work!

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

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