Archive for April, 2009

Off to the Big Apple

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I am off early in the morning with my husband to the Big Apple.  I am so excited about spending a couple of days with my friends Ronda Carman of All the best blog , New York designer Amanda Nisbet and several other great friends from the design industry.  I will report back on all about my exciting adventures next week, but for now I will just direct you over to Ronda’s blog to see her synopsis of the trip.  Other than a couple of minor details, I will be on a similar schedule including Vincente and Ronda’s breakfast and Amanda’s cocktail party.

So here’s wishing a fabulous weekend to all of you! I will see you all next week! xoxo Tobi

Renew, Refresh, Repurpose

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I am very excited to share with you the May cover of At Home in Arkansas Magazine, their annual “before and after” issue!!! This project, the childhood home of Actor Clark Duke, has been a labor of love for my staff and me.  This is the third project on which I have collaborated with Clark’s mom, Angela including their lakehouse (also an At Home Cover in July 2007) and Clark’s Los Angeles Condo.

I look forward to sharing with you the before and after photos in an upcoming post but in the meantime, check out the At Home in Arkansas website  starting this Friday, May 1st, for more details. And just for a little added excitement, here are a few more gorgeous shots of the mid-century home below.


7 Fabulous Years!

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Thanks to my hubby for putting up with me for 7 years! And believe me…they have been 7 years packed with building a business, a blog, a family, a life, a career, and a marriage.  Not easy tasks! Happy Anniversary to us!

I am traveling home from High Point today and will be back later this week with exciting finds and events from market!

Entrepreneur of the Year

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As many of you already know, I had the great honor of being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” a couple of weeks ago by the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas where I received my MBA.  Though I have been proud of the many design awards I have received in the past, nothing feels better than being recognized for my business success!

Also receiving awards that night were Lee Bodenhamer, lifetime acheivement award, Matt Schupp, pay it forward award, and Steven Hinds, alumni outstanding service award. Pictured above from the left is Mr. Bodenhamer, Matt Schupp, Dan Worrell, Dean of the Walton College, me and Steven Hinds.

My parents and my grandmother were very proud to be a part of the evening!

Mom and Dad’s anniversary was that night…43 year of marriage!

One of my designers, Lauren, and Junior Designer, Nicki, were in Fayetteville with me working on a client project and were excited to be part of my big night!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to High Point I go!

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Well it’s that time again…Market Time! I am leaving on a jet plane this morning heading over to North Carolina for 4 days! These will be 4 busy days packed with Fun and hard work! I am having dinners with Furniture Reps, Cocktail parties with designers and magazine editors, and of course my lecture at the New River Artisans Showroom on “Taking our Vitals” (see sidebar for more details).  I am thrilled to be sharing with peers and industry professionals what I find “Vital” to staying competitive in this economic climate and the design industry of today.

I hope to see several of you at the New River Event! The photo above is from my last lecture where my good friend Tim Schelfe came to support me! Please promise to introduce your selves so I can put faces to the names who leave comments on my blog each week! I hope to have some video clips of my talk too and will look forward to adding those to the blog at some point so those of you who can’t be with me can still hear the exciting things I have to share!!