Which Would You Choose: Roman Shades or Drapery?

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One of my favorite parts of any design project is deciding on the window treatments! They really help set the tone for the room, and they play an important functional role, too.


So this week I want you to help me decide between using full draperies on my living room windows, or using roman shades. I really like the look of both of them! Drapery panels add a sophisticated touch to a room, and they have the added benefit of blocking the light. Since we’ll be watching TV in this room quite often (yes, we’re going to have a TV here), then that will be important.


But I also like the sleek look of roman shades, and the living room design I have in mind is definitely sleeker and very serene. Roman shades can also cover the windows perfectly, although they don’t usually block as much light as my double-faced draperies do.


So which would you choose: draperies or a roman shade? Let me know in the comments below! I would also LOVE to know what window treatments you have on your living room windows, and why!









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Tobi TV: Using Color with Confidence

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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 green 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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Tobi’s Gifts for Chefs

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I love to cook and bake, particularly with my daughter at the holidays! It’s the perfect time to make something for friends and family to show you care! If you know someone who loves spending time in the kitchen, then I have a list of gifts that will make them smile (and maybe even cook for you!). The Escali Taso measuring bowl, above, is a great example of a gift that looks good and works smart. It gives you precise measurements and weights for those picky recipes! Clever, right?


Speaking of clever, this Breville Tea Maker is an incredible leap forward for anyone who loves tea. The basket actually moves up and down as it brews, to perfectly steep the tea leaves!


The Chantal Onyx line of cookware expertly combines steel and copper for pots and pans that work on any stove type, including induction, and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.


The 14-piece set from Kitchen Aid gives you every type of knife a cook could need, all in gorgeous matte stainless.


Southern Living is known for fabulous cookbooks, and the Farmer’s Market version is no different. It’s full of delicious, and healthy, recipes that make the most of a garden’s bounty.


Then consider this acacia wood holder to keep that cookbook on just the right page at all times! It’s also priced right since it’s from Target’s Threshold line!

I have even more clever gift ideas for the chef on your list! Just click here to see my pinboard and let’s cook up the perfect present for you to put under the tree!









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Which Would You Choose: TV in the Living Room, or Not?

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A few weeks ago, I asked all of you whether I should have a television in the breakfast room or not – and did I ever hear from you! That’s probably one of the most hot-button topics I’ve ever had on Which Would You Choose! Having TVs in rooms other than the living room or family room does have its drawbacks, but this week I want to know what you think about TVs in the living room itself.

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If you have seen the previous photos of my living room, you know my husband already has a very large TV ready to go, so I’m a bit stuck in this room. On the other hand, I have designed a serene and sleek look for the living room, and a big TV doesn’t really fit into my plan. I have some ideas for hiding the television that might work – or I could move the television into a different room altogether.

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So what would you do? Would you keep the TV in the living room? And if you did, would you camouflage it? And how would you do that? I’m looking for some great ideas here, so please tell me what you would do in the comments area below!

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Help me make my serene living room dream a reality! Thanks for your help!










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Tobi TV: Tips to Unify Design Styles

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If your husband overdid it on Cyber Monday last week and bought a HUGE TV (or too many TVs), you may be wondering how exactly you’re going to make that work in your home! Well never fear, I have an expert to help us this week – and she also happens to be a former member of my Mastermind Consulting Group.

Lori May of Lori May Interiors in Atlanta is an amazing designer who appeared on HGTV’s Design Wars - and she was selected as that show’s top designer! Lori has a real knack for unifying design styles in one house.

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For her, that means EVERY person in the home should feel like it’s their space, too. Sometimes that can be difficult, particularly if you have to bring together two very different design styles – or you have to accommodate a big flat-screen TV! Lori’s attention to detail and creative blend of traditional and modern design gives her the perfect eye to mix and match, so she has agreed to share her tips to unify design styles. Let’s take a look:

Aren’t those great ideas? So let’s recap Lori’s tips to unify design styles:

1. Represent everyone. Every family member that lives in the home should have a say. Your family’s home should represent the whole family.

2. Use transitional products. Products that can bridge the gap between traditional and modern make these styles work better together.

3. Compromise! This is the biggie. It can’t be “My way or the highway.” Unifying design styles in your home is all about give and take – Dad gets his recliner, but mom choses the beautiful upholstery.

Lori really brings it all together with these ideas – which should help you unify your home! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your friends. And stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Group, coming to Tobi TV soon!









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