A Peek Behind the Door

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen a couple of sneak peeks behind the door of my new house! I want to show you everything, but I have something cooking that will offer a grander reveal in a few months. It’s hard to keep all of it under wraps, though, because I love living in the new house – with gorgeous details like these stunning doors in my signature kelly green!

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And of course I’m using blue – another of my favorite colors. I love how it’s mixed with the green hues in this stunning wallpaper from Fromental.

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The wet bar, with an amazing counter from Cosentino and sink from Kohler, turned out even better than I thought it would! We’ve been mixing up some fun summer cocktails in here.

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And I may have surprised a few of you with the lovely combination of yellows and pinks in this room, with a Jan Showers lamp and Clark and Clark wallpaper. Can’t wait to give you the full reveal on this room. In fact, I can’t wait to give you a full tour of the whole home!

Meanwhile, keep checking my Instagram feed for a few more looks behind the door – I can’t help myself!

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Shopping Guide: Outdoor Entertaining with Style

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Can you believe that the first day of autumn is only 64 days from today?! Wow! So we’ve got to get that outdoor entertaining in while we can. And I have some great ideas for how to make your next party an amazing al fresco event!

Whether you’re hosting a small dinner or a big family pool party, these colorful accessories and gifts will really make you the talk of the neighborhood!

Happy Summer!

xo,

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  1. Double Glass Beverage Dispenser– Why just offer one signature drink when you can serve two? These stacking drink dispensers take up the space of one with the ability to serve multiple flavors.
  2. Ceramic Lantern & All-Weather Flameless Candle– Neither rain nor wind can blow out these flameless candles! Drop them into a beautiful ceramic lantern to add a pop of color to your pool party decor.
  3. Copper Hammered Beverage Tub– Bring your love for metal accents outdoors with this copper beverage tub! Fill it with ice and your favorite drinks to refresh your guests.
  4. Outdoor Printed Suzani Pillow– Breathe new life into your outdoor decor with a few pillows, like this beautiful floral medallion print in melon and navy!
  5. Tasmin Blue Chinoiserie Outdoor Wing Chair– I love creating rooms in my outdoor design! This chinoiserie wing chair is the perfect statement piece, just in time for a pool party!
  6. Swingasan Cushion– Do your kids like to hang outside? Let them hang, literally, in this fun swinging chair!
  7. Moscow Mule Copper Mug– Serve up some Moscow Mules, one of my favorite drinks, in the perfect copper mug! Simple and elegant, these mugs will elevate your cocktail hour.
  8. Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set– If you’re the chef for your pool party, this Himalayan salt plate is perfect for grilling to gently add flavor and to tenderize!
  9. Green Garden Stool– Garden stools are a great way to add color and extra seating to your design!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Ceramic Coasters– Serve up your summer cocktails on these fun, colorful coasters from Lilly Pulitzer!
  11. Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Beverage Bucket– Casual party? Great! Add some ice and all of your drinks into this brightly patterned Lilly Pulitzer beverage bucket that can later be packed away easily for your next shindig!
  12. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Melamine– I’m in love with this chic and durable dinnerware with a lovely blue and yellow pattern!
  13. Geometric Twist Indoor/Outdoor Rug– Bring the indoors outside with this fabulous geometric print rug!
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Tobi TV: 4 Ways to Get Sentimental in Design

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How often do you or your client want to design a room around something sentimental, whether its grandmother’s china hutch or your wedding china? In today’s Tobi TV segment, we’re talking about how to do just that!

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Even interior design pros love using cherished items as a jumping-off point for a room. These family heirlooms or collected pieces can be a perfect inspiration for a room’s design. Take a look at this dining room where I used the client’s favorite china to the lead the way for the dining room design:

So here are my Top Tips for Creating a Room Around a Sentimental Object:

  1. Be strategic when pulling out the colors and finishes from the inspiration piece that are the best fit for your home. In this instance, I chose to highlight the blue instead of pink, since the home was a family with 2 young boys and the client wanted a space that was a bit more masculine.
  2. I also leaned towards blue because it’s a traditional and timeless color, so I used it throughout the space and even throughout the home – it will also give the design longevity.
  3. When it came to metal finishes, I took cues from the china’s gold accents and replicated that in the lamp bases and the starburst mirror.
  4.  And finally for this young family, I didn’t want the traditional china to lead to a room that was fit for a grandmother just yet, so I included a few simple and clean-lined pieces of furniture so that the room’s result was sophisticated and not stodgy. It really appeals to all ages.

So what do you think? Can you take this approach to using your favorite heirlooms and collectibles as a jumping off point for your design schemes? Leave me a comment and let me know how you have used or will use these ideas in your projects.

Happy Decorating!

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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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You ARE Your Brand

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When you’re a business owner, you know you need to focus on your company’s brand. So you spend a lot of time crafting it and ensuring that it is a fabulous representation of your niche and your company. But there’s one part of branding you may not be considering: your personal brand.

When you own a small company – or even a large company, for that matter – your personal brand is a parallel to your company’s brand. And it is really just as important. They have to complement each other, and they certainly can’t be in opposition.

So what do I mean by that? You have to review and consider every way in which you’re communicating with the outside world to be absolutely sure that those “touch points” enhance your business’s brand, and doesn’t do anything to hurt it. That includes your personal social media, your photos, your LinkedIn profile, and any other way that you appear online.

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Here’s an example: You’ve built your business brand professionally and you’re really proud of how it represents what you want to achieve with your company. But your profile photo on your personal Facebook page is one of your dog. Or you just made a comment on a friend’s post that is hilarious to you, but kinda inappropriate. Those things can definitely impact your business’s brand.

I can hear you saying: “But Tobi, my social media accounts are private! I should be able to say and do what I want there.” Ah, but nothing is private about social media. Anything that you post can be found and seen by others. Social media is community-based – think of it like being outside in your neighborhood or town. That photo that in the past you would have shown in a photo album to just close friends and family is now being plastered on a billboard downtown. That’s what social media is really all about. And even if you told only your friends and family where the billboard is, it would still be out in public and could be seen by others.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t be “you,” online. But you have to think more about having a personal brand that’s like the one you would present at a networking party. Still fun, still very much your personality, but still appropriate. Remember that every comment or tweet, every photo and post, can have an impact on how people think of you – and how they think of your business.

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People want to deal with companies on a personal level today – they want to feel like they have a relationship with brands, so you’re even more fused with your company brand than ever before. That’s another reason why your company’s niche must be fully authentic to you personally.

So if your company branding says that you love working with children, and you’re then posting online in your personal accounts about how you can’t stand being seated next to kids in a restaurant, you aren’t going to appear authentic or believable to clients who might see that.

I know the idea of focusing on your personal brand as a parallel to your professional brand can be tough for some of you. But making them complementary to each other will really only enhance the relationships you want to build with your customers – as much as the ones you want to build with family and friends!

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What Is That Color? The Stroke of Midnight

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I often talk about how people need to remember the “fifth wall” when designing a room – and of course I’m talking about the ceiling! You can create drama and surprise by adding color and pattern to the ceiling of any room. So I loved doing just that when I painted my client’s ceiling in a deep midnight lacquer.

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The deep blue looks like the night sky in this glam master bedroom, especially when it’s paired with that stunning star-like chandelier, designed by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey! For that night-time hue, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Navy in high gloss. It has such great depth and dimension, especially at night with soft lights in the room.

So what do you think of this dramatic ceiling? Is it something you would try in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

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