Tobi TV: Time-Saving Design Tips for Busy Professionals

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Tobi-TV-logo-600x332As part of my new Tobi TV series of tips from my talented group of Mastermind members, I recently asked Rachel Cannon Lewis of Rachel Cannon Lewis Interiors to give me a few great ideas for working families.

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Rachel helps professionals simplify their lives at home through functional design and organization. Her designs are not only chic and gorgeous, but they really do help people streamline their lives! Let’s take a look at her terrific tips:

Here’s a recap of Rachel’s Time-Saving Tips to keep your home running like clockwork:

1. Have a central hub. Build in lockers or storage cubbies, as well as a charging station. That way kids can store their backpacks and devices, making them super-easy to find during the morning rush to school. This also works great for those professionals without kids – you can store your wallet, keys, and bags, and grab them on your way out the door again!

2. Find a very reliable handyman. You don’t have time (and maybe not the expertise) for all of those things that need to be done around the house! So find a trustworthy and reliable handyman and put him on speed dial.

3. Keep your linens organized. Most linen closets are usually a mess and it can drive you crazy (and waste precious time) looking for each piece of a sheet set. So instead, fold your sheets and then store them inside one of the pillow cases, with the other case folded inside, too! Great tip!

I hope you loved these tips from Rachel Cannon Lewis! They are definitely time-savers that I will recommend to my clients. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your busy friends. Plus stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Consulting Group coming to Tobi TV soon!

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Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the Hampton Designer Showhouse, sponsored by Traditional Home. I have had a wonderful time planning and designing the master bedroom and the deck for the house, sponsored by Duralee, and I can’t wait for the big reveal tomorrow.

In fact, I’m going to give all of you a sneak peek right now! As you can see below, I used grays and bright orange to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of the room. And I continued the orange color scheme onto the deck, with help from Mecox and Ballard Design. Big thanks of course to my fabric and furnishings sponsor Duralee, and also to Lexington Home Brands for the stunning chest, Currey & Company for the lamps, Phillip Jeffries for the wallpaper, Merida Studio for the huge rug, Farrow & Ball for the Mole’s Breath paint color on the cabinetry and shelves, and Robin Rice Gallery for art.

Enjoy this early look and let me know what you think! I’m also going to share photos of the other STUNNING rooms that my friends and colleagues have designed for the showhouse on Instagram, so check those out!

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Mastermind Spotlight: Karen Davis

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karen davis headshotToday I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my fabulous Mastermind Members and her gorgeous and fun new website!

After seven years in the business, Karen Davis knew she didn’t want to be “just another interior decorator” and decided it was time to rebrand her business based on her passions and a strong sense of her authentic self. The result is the recently launched Marker Girl, her Houston-area design firm dedicated to creating the “Happy Family Home.”

The name comes from an incident any mother can understand: One day when her daughter was just 2 years old, Karen’s “mommy feeling” kicked in. “When I walked into our family room, I found her doing some decorating of her own with a black Sharpie—on herself and on my ottoman!” Karen laughs: “After that, I made the decision that I should decorate around my family’s lifestyle and work with my clients the same way. I also discovered what a ‘Happy Home’ is about—focusing on time spent together in spaces that are comfortable and make you happy.”

Karen joined my Mastermind program when it began three years ago, and she says that “working with Tobi helped give me the confidence to refocus my business.”

“My biggest takeaway from the program is to be proud of who I am and what I stand for with my brand. Tobi has shown me how to create a more successful business around that brand,” Karen says. “Honestly, if it weren’t for her, there would be no Marker Girl. Tobi was the one who really believed in me when I didn’t believe I could do this myself.”

With her company’s new brand identity in place and her vision more tightly focused, Karen is working to spread the word about Marker Girl and build multiple revenue streams.

Karen says, “I look forward to sharing all that I am doing and learning and connecting with more moms-on-the-go like me who are always looking for ways to improve their life, family and home.”

As a mom myself, I especially love all Karen’s busy mom tips, because this busy, working mom needs all the help I can get!! And something you may not know about me is that I am a Marker Girl too. I wrote on everything as a child including my grandmother’s turquoise ultra-suede chair. Oops!

So if you’re a Marker Girl yourself, or you want family-friendly tips for mom’s on the go, head over and check out the Marker Girl site. And to tide you over until you get there, here are just a couple of Karen’s gorgeous,kid-friendly spaces.

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Happy Humpday to all you Marker Girls and Boys out there! xo,

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Tobi TV: How to Harness the Power of Blue in Your Home

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It’s Tuesday so that means it’s Tobi TV time! In today’s segment we’re talking about the power of blue.

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Did you know Blue is America’s favorite color? Well there’s a reason (or a few) that makes this classic color SO popular. Take a look…

So here are a few of my Tobi’s Top Tips for why blue might be the right color choice for you:

1. Blue is so powerful. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic or soft and serene.

2. Layering a variety of shades of blue all in one room makes for a monochromatic space full of depth and interest.

3. Blue appeals to both men and women.

4. Blue never really goes out of style. It’s a classic.

5. Cobalt Blue and several other shades of blue from Aqua to Navy are very trendy right now.For that reason, blue is really classic and trendy all at the same time!

So what about you…are you a blue lover? Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite ways to use blue and your favorite shades of it, too. And if you loved this video, please share it with your design-loving friends that just might like blue like you!

Happy Tobi TV Tuesday, Y’all!

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Soulful Sunday: Joy…Food for the Body, Mind and Soul

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It’s so interesting that no matter how hard any of us try, the idea of balance still escapes us. I think that’s because even though we make progress, there is really no such thing as true balance. No such thing as 50-50. Our lives are always in flux.

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I’ve talked about this before but I think it’s worth talking about again. Because even when we think we have tackled something, whether it be our health regimens and diets, yoga and meditation, quality time with family, getting our business in a good and profitable place–nothing stays the same. They are either moving forward in progress or back sliding and this cha cha can be super frustrating.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could get something “fixed” and it would stay that way? But that is just not reality. So we spend time working a little over here and then a little over there and wherever we aren’t focusing our attention we can be 100% certain that those areas of our lives are falling apart. Or at least they are not staying the same, they are losing ground.

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It’s impossible to focus on more than a few things at once. So you have to make some decisions. What is on your short list? Family, Work, Health, Spirituality, Charity, Friends–they can’t all be a major focus at the same time. And yes, all these things are important. But I think you have to pick a few that you are going to focus on and understand that you can’t be perfect in the others when they aren’t in the top 2-3 spots. Because 2, maybe 3 things are all that can share your time if you are going to do them well. That is why most of us are being mediocre at a lot of things in our lives instead of really great at a couple. And we often think (or even know) that we have no choice. We can’t focus on only our health and our job if we are parents, how would our children survive right?

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But it doesn’t do you any good to beat yourself up when  you have Work, Family and Friends in the top 3 spots for summer and your health and fitness falls off the wagon a bit. Or if you commit to a summer of quality time with your kids and getting in shape but your work suffers some. We are all doing the best we can. And dwelling on the areas that we don’t have time to commit to right now, only keep us from enjoying the areas that we are committed to.

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Now just so you know, I’m preaching to the choir today. I am the very person who is currently committed to work and family and walking daily, but I haven’t been on the top of my game when it comes to my diet. And so what have I been thinking about? Of course it’s been the 5-10 pounds that I have put back on this year instead of celebrating the 25-30 I have kept off for two years now. And the more I focus on this, the more I seem to sabotage my diet and in the process my family and work too. I’ve found that I sometimes even undermine my focus on my family when I decide to punish them and me (if even subconsciously) by making myself go exercise again while missing out on family experiences that I can never get back. I didn’t gain 5 pounds in a day and one walk won’t make it go away, but one night making memories with my family could sustain me for a lifetime.

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It’s called self-sabotaging. Or as my health coach calls it “Withholding love from myself”. I’m taking the joy away from my days by thinking of what I am NOT accomplishing instead of reveling in the things that I am. The mind or more accurately the ego has a way of doing this. My mom has said for years that I am just like my dad and when I am working I am wishing I was playing and when I am playing I feel like I need to be working.  Isn’t that really ridiculous?! Life is about enjoying the moment in the moment.

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So how have I been overcoming these self-defeating habits as of late? With these thoughts…

1. At the end of my life will my family and in particularly my daughter base her happiness and memories based on how much I weighed during her childhood? Of course not. She will remember if I was filled with joy and was present with her making amazing memories (no matter my size) that she can hold onto for a lifetime. Now of course I want to be healthy so I can run and bike and play with her, but I am and 5-10 pounds on a scale doesn’t make this not so.  Isn’t it great how kids have a way of loving us unconditionally even when we can’t love ourselves that way.

2. When obsessing over the work I’m not getting done or my house not getting remodeled quickly enough, do I actually stop the progress or at least slow it down? YES! I believe what we focus on is what persists and if I am focusing on delays and issues at work and with my remodel will those continue? Likely. So if I relax will it all fall into place? Who knows? But there’s a good chance it will. And even if it continues to be slow going, I’d rather be relaxed and enjoying life in the process. The time will pass either way and it will be much more pleasant if I’m not stressed.

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So at the end of the day, we can’t be everything to everyone including ourselves. And yes, we know this. It’s logical. But we all seem to forget it on a regular basis. And the more we relax the better life goes, the healthier we are, our weight has a way of taking care of itself in a good way, and other things seem to fall into place. So on this Soulful Sunday, I hope you choose joy. If today were your last, it wouldn’t matter what size you were or how many things you checked off your to do list. It would matter if you laughed and loved and made joy-filled memories with those most important to you!

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Happy Sunday Y’all! xo,

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