Archive for January, 2012

Ask Tobi: Add Color with Accessories

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Q: Hi Tobi, I love the color you always manage to incorporate in your projects. I would like to bring some color into my home, but need to start small and be mindful of my budget. Do you have any suggestions for ways I could do this?

Thank you,

Chrissy; Nashville, TN

A: Hi Chrissy! Thanks for writing in to the blog. This is such a great question, because so many people want to either add color or just freshen their rooms without spending a fortune. One great way to do this is with accessories.

There are tons of great accessory and home furnishing stores to try. I often shop online and have found that Shop Ten 25 has a great selection of accessories and art to spice up any room.

Here are a few of their latest trends that I’m loving:

I could see these blue glass vases brightening a coffee table or a bookcase. And you will be right on trend selecting this hobnail pattern reminiscent of great antique milkglass.

If you have an ottoman, make it serve two purposes by adding a lacquered tray, like the one shown here. Allowing your bench to serve as a side table will give you added function and incorporating these great shades of yellow and peacock blue will give your room that perfect pop of color it needs.

Changing out or adding a piece of art is also one of the best ways to update any space and infuse a little color. Choosing an abstract piece, like this one from Texas-based artist Mary Lee, can set the tone for bringing in other accessories in these lovely shades of aqua and chartreuse. It might just be that perfect jumping off point to define your room’s style.

I hope these three ideas have been helpful and that you will find just what you need for your space!  Don’t miss all the other great finds at Shop Ten 25. Thanks again for writing to us!




Designer Mailbag: Call for Submissions

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It’s back! Today, I’m so happy to announce another Designer Mailbag!

In case you aren’t familiar, Designer Mailbag is your chance to get exclusive design advice from me, and even receive a gift from one of our fabulous sponsors. It’s good stuff, so trust me you won’t want to miss this. I helped our last lucky winner by offering this sketch as a solution to give her living room a relaxed, yet refined style.

 Today I am looking for submissions for a room that will be revealed in a post next month. All you have to do to sign up is send us a picture and a brief description of your design dilemma. If you’re selected, I will send you a sketch with a design solution and suggest a few items that can help you solve your dilemma. And, as I said one of our generous sponsors will even give you a free piece that we’ve preselected and used in the design to help get the ball rolling for you. This month’s sponsor is Oomph! They have so many amazing tables, pillows and chairs in bright, happy colors. I can’t wait to see what we come up with!

Please send all entries to with “Designer Mailbag” in the subject line. All entries must be received by Friday, February 3.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Good luck!!


Color Confidential: Top Tips with At Home In Arkansas Magazine

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It’s that time again! Today my second Color Confidential with At Home in Arkansas magazine goes live on their blog. This month I’m helping a reader who loves pink, but isn’t sure how to incorporate it into her home’s palette. As a fellow pink lover, I was excited to hear from her.

I’ll be sharing some great tips for using pink in your home, as well as showing you some of my favorite spaces that incorporate pink — like this darling girl’s room. I hope you’ll head over to At Home‘s site to check it out!




Design Resource: Dering Hall

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Remember when the phonebook was your go-to resource tool? Thankfully, the digital world has cured that! These days there are tons of ways to find just what you need with a few clicks.

One of the best new resources for design is Dering Hall. If you aren’t familiar with the site, it’s an online storefront for the nation’s hottest and most-sought-after designers and artisans. The thing I like most about it is you get access to all the latest products and services in one convenient, easy-to-browse location.

Designers have their own pages or “storefronts” that not only allow you to see their work, but also gives you contact info, links to their work and any products they have available for sale. Here’s what my current page on their site looks like:

They also allow you to follow designers and see when they’ve added new products or services, which can be a huge time saver when you’re on a hunt for the latest in lighting, furniture or anything really!

You can browse by state if you want to find designers in your area. Or if you’re looking for a specific product, you can also shop by categories and, for example, see all the available lighting options. You can even narrow it down by selecting categories like modern or traditional (see the options below). Don’t you love it when things are this simple?

Starting this spring they will also have featured sales with curated selections and products from your favorite designers.

Whew – as you can see the benefits go on and on… If you aren’t familiar with it, now is definitely the time to check it out!

Happy Shopping!



Kathryn Greeley Visits Arkansas

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This week, I am thrilled to have my good friend Kathryn Greeley of Kathryn Greeley Designs in town for a visit. Since the September launch of her book, The Collected Tabletop, she has been a busy lady with book signings and interviews, including a spot on the Martha Stewart radio show,twice!

Her trip to Arkansas won’t be all play either (although I’m sure we’ll manage to have a good time along the way!). Kathryn will be attending my Design Camp this week to share tips on collecting with our campers. This morning, she’ll also be sharing more about her book on the Bob Steel radio show. Then, just a little later she’ll be appearing on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas, where she’ll talk about her new stationery line with SanLori and share a favorite recipe. If you’re not able to tune in here in Arkansas, not to worry — you can view the show on KATV’s site later today.

I especially hope that you will join us for two other events where you will have the chance to meet Kathryn in person and talk with her about her passion for collecting.

The first is a book signing in Little Rock at one of my favorite shops, Cobblestone & Vine. This gathering is also a celebration for the launch of the stationery line, which is called “The Chestnut Cottage Collection,” in reference to Kathryn’s home in North Carolina. I hope you’ll make plans to join us this Wednesday from 2 – 6 p.m. at the West Little Rock location of Cobblestone & Vine to meet Kathryn in person and get your own signed copy of The Collected Tabletop.

Finally, the second opportunity is truly a do-not-miss event. Kathryn will be presenting a guided antiques tour through the central Arkansas area this Saturday, January 21. We’ll start in Keo at Morris Antiques and work our way back to Little Rock and I-40 Antique Mall. I am so excited to join her on this tour and hope to see all of you there as we search for treasures to add to our collections! You can sign up for the tour by emailing Did I mention we’ll be lunching at the famous Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets? I can almost taste the pie now! You can read more about the tour in Kathyrn’s recent blog post.

Hope to see you at one of these events!