What Is That Color? Bold Yellow!

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My brand is bright, bold, and tailored, and I think this room’s color really lives up to that! It’s Sherwin-Williams 6395 Alchemy, which is a bright acid yellow. It’s also a bold choice to wrap a room entirely in this color.


But what I really like is that this room I designed still looks tailored with the addition of black, white, and grey to the yellow.


It’s also the perfect color for a family room because yellow is energizing and cheerful!


So how do you feel about this bright and bold color choice? And have you wrapped a room in color like this before? Let me know in the comments below!

Colorfully yours,







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New House Diary: Master Bedroom Floor Plan

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New House Diary

Last week I showed you a little sneak peek of the demolition going on in the master bathroom and closet areas of my house. I am really excited to create a master suite that will function SO much better than what we had before! Although I’m not making any significant changes to the floor plan of the bedroom itself, this week I’m going to show you how I plan to rearrange the layout so it works better for us.

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The layout above shows the room as it is now. See that teeny, tiny closet? I have big plans for that space!

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Above is the layout I’m working towards with my new furnishings. I’m going to add better functionality by changing the way the door opens to the room from the rest of the house. And I’m going to use a desk as one of the bedside tables. I love to work in this room, so that will give me a great place to get things done.

In the photo above, you can see notes I’ve given my contractor, and where I’ve layered in a few more ideas. I plan to use that tiny closet for storage, but not for clothes. It’s where all those things that end up on my bedside table and the floor nearby will soon live in an organized fashion. And, just like with my clients, I’m going to use a few furniture pieces that I already have and love, like a dresser that is currently in my guest bedroom. But I’m also going to add some fantastic new items from my CR Laine and Woodbridge collections! And remember the green chairs that were my inspiration piece from last week? Now you can see the placement for them.

Next week I’ll give you some insight into the entire color palette, in addition to my signature kelly green that’s on those chairs.

Does your master bedroom function for you? What would you do differently today if you could? Let me know in the comments section below!







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Check Mate with SMW Home

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I am absolutely mad about plaid, and there is nobody who does plaid better in the home world than my friend Scot Meacham Wood. He has just launched his new SMW Home collection of textiles, pillows, throws, and accessories, all featuring his signature looks of tartans, tweeds, and tatersalls!


The fabrics are manufactured in Scotland in factories that have been in business since the 1700s, and the patterns are everything from traditional to slightly punk – with updated colors that are anything but staid!


Scot is a Southerner, like me, and in the South we have strong roots in the UK, which makes many of us committed Anglophiles! But Scot does that modern English gentleman look like no one else, so I’m really excited to see his fabulous fabrics and Victorian-inspired products!

He’s hitting just at the right time, too, as plaid is touted as a HUGE look in fashion for fall and winter. But does it really ever go out of style in the home? No way! As an example, here’s a room I created that combined plaid bedding with a leopard print rug:

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Are you mad about plaid? How do you plan to bring it into YOUR home?







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Tobi TV: Rooms for Any Personality

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As an interior designer, I really think the best style for any home is one that reflects your personality and who you are! I love to work closely with my clients to make sure that every room in their home is a special reflection of them – what they like, where they’ve been, what their personal style is.

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It isn’t hard to do that in your own home, too! You just need to use patterns, colors, and items that really mean something to you and to members of your family. In this week’s video, I give you some tips for exactly how you can create those rooms that speak to you!

Wow! Do you see how you can use color, pattern, and detail to reflect who you are? Let’s look at those ideas one more time:

1. If you have a specific culture or ethnicity that’s part of your heritage, be sure you use any colors or patterns that are significant to you and will reflect that heritage. You want to show who you are with style and flair!

2. Patterns can also give clues to your personality, like using gingham and floral together for a traditional and nostalgic look.

3. If you have a favorite color, use it! There is no right or wrong color in design. If it makes you happy, it’s the right color for you.

4. If you’re a fashionista, flaunt your style! Go glam, make it retro, or use sleek European decor to show your fashion sense.

5. And if you want a serene space to help you escape from the world outside, use texture and color to create that calming retreat!

Using your background, your personality, and your favorite things really helps create a home that is uniquely yours! Tell me in the comments section below what you use in your home to show your personality!







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Designers: Transform Your Business, and Earn CEUs!

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Too many interior designers are struggling with the business of running their companies – it’s a common issue for people who are creatives! We have the design vision and the skills to create stunning rooms, but too often we don’t understand, or want to keep up with, the financial and strategic planning side of our businesses. Does that describe YOU?

Let me help you! My Designer MBA course is the deep-dive business education that has completely transformed design companies across the country! Taking place Nov. 10-11 in Dallas at the historic Stoneleigh Hotel, this two-day live event will give interior designers like you the tools and confidence you need to professionalize your processes and to sell your services with rock-solid confidence. And for the first time, I’m now able to offer .8 CEUs for completing the course. That’s almost all you need for a full two-year recertification!

I have an accounting degree and an MBA, in addition to my interior design degree, and I have years of experience in coaching and teaching other designers how to improve and refine their businesses for maximum success! There are hundreds and hundreds of designers who have turned their businesses around with me – and I want that same success for you!

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 4.01.54 PMWhat separates Designer MBA from any other business course or event is that I am also in the interior design trenches every single day. I know how hard it can be – and I have developed Designer MBA to answer all of the pain points you can have as a designer. I’ll teach you to:

  • Charge what you’re worth
  • Get your financial house in order
  • Attract your ideal client
  • Market your business like a pro

Here’s what a few of our Designer MBA customers have to say about the course:

“Since attending Tobi’s event, I had a 500% increase in profits! What Tobi will spoon-feed you is a roadmap to making money.” Mara Malcolm

“Tobi is so generous with her time and her knowledge. I walked in frightened about the future of my business. I walked out a confident designer! I have the tools to restructure, and I am rebuilding for success.” Alison Johnston

“I would have paid twice as much for the results I have already reaped!” Suzy Watkins

“After returning from Designer MBA, everything has changed in my business for the better. I have been sprinting just to keep up with everything happening. Now my time is not wasted running around, but in meeting new, quality clients and closing the largest contracts ever!” Kim Layne Gonzalez

Let me give YOU the same results! Join me at Designer MBA! Learn more by clicking here.

Stop leaving money on the table, and start feeling empowered!







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