Archive for April, 2016

What Is That Color? Sky High

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I love the challenge of creating unusual rooms that fit my clients’ lifestyles. So I was thrilled when one of my clients said that they wanted a “twirling room” for their daughter, who just happens to be a champion baton twirler. They wanted her to have a place at home where she could practice, that would inspire her to reach new heights – literally! So I knew I had to choose the perfect color for a room that would be all about hard work, achievement, and inspiration.

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I chose Sherwin-Williams Silvermist – a great blue-gray color that reminds me of a quiet summer sky. Because the room needed to be so tall to function well, I wanted to emphasize that feeling of openness and space, and have a color that would softly glow in the natural light. I love how the color is reflected in all of the mirrors, too!

So what do you think of this space, and its sky-high color? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






New House Diary: Selections for Fixtures

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Ready or not, I am moving into my house in just 4 days! This has been an amazing process and I can’t wait to get into the new spaces and really enjoy how they function now! Plus it will now be time to really dig into the interior design for my house since we have the “bones” of the house just like we want them. For many of my clients, I finish both of these phases at once, but for my own project, I decided to take the construction and interiors phases separately. It was the only way I could stay sane while running my busy design and consulting businesses AND remodeling while taking care of my family and myself. Whew!

So stay tuned for more inside scoops on how I’m decorating the new home. I expect to complete most of it this summer so I can photograph it all this fall. But this week, before the decorating begins, I want to talk more about the fundamental selections that make my new house function so well – like the hardware and fixtures.

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As you can see from the photo above, they may not look as “sexy” as the fabrics and paint colors, but things like a great tub can really make your house into a fabulous home. I’m actually test-driving my new Kohler VibrAcoustic above, and when I tell you how cool it is, you’ll understand why my smile is so big! This tub uses sound vibration technology that moves the water with sound waves, which can also be combined with airjets for massage. You can even stream your own music through the water with Bluetooth. Isn’t that amazing? Talk about a “Calgon moment” – this tub is going to help me get rid of all my stress from the day. And I especially love a tub that is deep like this one at 22″ because it’s perfect for soaking away stress!

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I also chose Kohler’s Artifacts series for the fixtures on the tub. I love their sleek look, which will really complement the decor in the master bathroom. I also used these fixtures for the master bath’s sinks.

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In the kitchen, I really wanted an apron-front sink, and I found the perfect one with Kohler’s Dickinson design. It’s enameled cast iron and it’s 8 inches deep, so it will really be perfect for the cooking and cleaning up that we’ll be doing in my fab new kitchen. I have always had a double bowl sink in my previous homes, but have admired single-bowl versions in friend’s homes and in magazines. Now that I will have 2 dishwashers and no need to pile up one side of the sink with excess dirty dishes (which makes me crazy anyway!), why not go for the lovely single-bowl option? I will let you know very soon how I like it.

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To accommodate all those pots and pans, I wanted a high gooseneck spout for my faucet in the kitchen and Kohler’s Parq was my first choice! I really like the chic design and (spoiler alert!) chose it in the polished nickel to complement other design selections in the kitchen .

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Another fun fixture selection that I’m excited about is Kohler’s Poise entertainment sink for my wet bar. It’s a stainless steel sink that has a cutting board that fits right over it! This will be perfect for cutting limes, lemons, breads, cheese, and anything else we need when we have friends and family over.

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And in the powder room, we’ll actually have Kohler’s San Souci toilet, which works with just the wave of your hand! Isn’t that cool?  I love this option because it keeps germs at bay for my family and our guests because no one has to touch a handle for flushing the toilet. This is every mom’s dream, especially since this is the bath we use for all our guests visiting our backyard and swimming pool!

Technology has come a long way for the home, and these fixtures are so important for how your home functions for you and your family. Plumbing fixtures may not be the first thing that guests notice when they come into your home, but they make ALL the difference in working for the way you live!

Let me know what you think about these fixture selections in the comments section below, and tell me what types of sinks and hardware you prefer for your home!







Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

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Being a mom is my biggest blessing. And my second biggest blessing is my own mom. I am sandwiched between my two favorite women in the world who happen to look just like each other, only one is 10 years old. I spend amazing quality time with them together on a regular basis. We travel as a trio, we cook together, we shop. They are my life’s biggest joys.

So when it comes to getting my mom a Mother’s Day gift, I work hard to get her something she will really use and enjoy. And that same practical side of me gives my mini-me and my husband a list of things I love to choose from so they can feel confident that I will love what they buy me, too. This is approach is a win-win for us. But if you can’t ever think of the right thing for the moms in your life and they aren’t prone to give you a list, here are a few of my favorite options that might just work for you!

Happy shopping and happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!








  1. Tory Burch Bath Soaps: Give your mom a gift she can enjoy everyday! These fragrant soaps are individually wrapped in beautiful floral paper, so they are perfect for everyday use or decor!
  2. Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask: Let mom relax today with this rejuvenating sleep mask that helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep. What can be better than skin care with no hassle?
  3. Cat Eye Sunglasses: If your mom is anything like mine, she is chic and fun! My mom would love these fabulous cat-eye sunglasses in tortoise shell!
  4. Embossed Leather Journal: As a mother, sometimes you need to just take a moment to yourself to reflect on all of the joyous occasions of motherhood. Keep a record of all of your accomplishments to reflect on when you start to doubt yourself.
  5. Lafco Duchess Peony Candle: The moms in your life will be reminded of you every time they light this fresh, floral candle!
  6. Dior Couture Smoky Palette: Let your mom spice up her make-up routine with the rich hues in Dior’s Couture Smoky Palette in a gorgeous black zippered clutch!
  7. Tory Burch for Fitbit Leather Wrap Bracelet: Being a mom can be quite the work out! Help your mom track her fitness milestones with this chic Fitbit leather wrap bracelet!
  8. Sensor Makeup Mirror: This amazing makeup mirror can sense when you are near it and automatically lights up! The light mimics natural sunlight so your make up can look fresh and natural!
  9. Live Colorfully Body Cream: Pamper mom with this luxuriously hydrating body cream filled with subtle layers of mandarin and water lily!
  10. Dylan Stone Pendant Necklace: This stunning Kendra Scott piece is available in a variety of colors, but I’m showing it off in one of my favorite shades of emerald green! A little bit of bling goes a long way for this mom! (hint, hint)
  11. Gucci High-Gloss Nail Lacquer: Mother’s Day is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a fabulous new manicure in this stunning shade of blush!
  12. Tory Burch Beach Neoprene Cosmetic Case: An easy little carry-all in my favorite shade of green! I always need these little cosmetic cases for lipstick, travel perfume, and other odds and ends that are so much easier to keep track of in this neat little case!
  13. Nike Juvenate Lace Up Sneakers: Add a bit of style to your mom’s workout routine with these funky sneakers in a bold color!
  14. Greek Key Alpaca Wool Throw: My mom, daughter, and I love to snuggle up together to watch movies. This fabulous greek key throw would be an elegant addition to our movie night!
  15. Wide-Brim Fedora Hat: The perfect hat to top off your Mother’s Day brunch outfit, this fun and chic hat will soon become one of your favorite pieces. I know mine has!
  16. Tory Burch Color Block Corssbody Bag: Like any mom, I always need a purse, but it is not always convenient to carry around! This little crossbody bag is just big enough for all of the essentials without any of the hassle!

Tobi TV: The Great TV Debate

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Tobi-TV-logo-600x332In this segment of Tobi TV, we’re talking about the TV.  What to do with it, I mean. Do we hide it, or do we buy the biggest one we can afford and leave it out for all the world to see? Or maybe the best answer lies somewhere in between. And another thing – do we hang  it over the fireplace, install it in a bookcase, or hide it in the trusty (or rusty) old armoire?


Of all the questions I’m asked on the topic of interior design, this one comes up a LOT! And I personally am a fan of embracing the “exposed” TV. They are a big part of our daily lives and we just don’t seem to go to the trouble to cover them up every day, even when we have that option. I do have some tips for dealing with the TV in your decor, though, so let’s take a look!

We have a LOT of TVs in our home, so I use those tips myself. Let’s review them again:

1. Just roll with it. If you are watching TV every single day, you aren’t likely to go to any trouble to put it away, right? So let it be. And go simple with decorating around it. You don’t want it to start to look like the proverbial “lipstick on a pig” because you tried too hard to decorate it or cover it up.

2. If your mantel is low enough for a comfortable viewing height, and placing the TV there helps it to be visible and functional in the space, then by all means do it. But don’t try to force your TV over the mantel when it’s really too high, just because you think this placement fits the current trends. Function should always be first.

3. TVs aren’t going away anytime soon, but armoires certainly have. If you are a traditionalist when it comes to your interiors and you just aren’t comfortable with the TV being exposed, look for stylish and up-to-date cabinets or a credenza with a TV lift so it can be out of sight when you want it to be, and easily lift up for viewing. Or have your local cabinet shop build one for you that perfectly fits your TV and your room. Let that armoire go!

Now tell me, is the TV a bone of contention in your household? Do you want to cover it up but others in your house just aren’t for that? Or have you come up with a clever compromise so every in the house is happy, at least where the TV is concerned? Either way, leave me a comment and let me know how the “Great TV Debate” works out in your home.







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

What Are You Afraid Of?

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It’s hard to take a leap and try something new, or to launch a new idea, company, or product. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself, and your ideas, out there for the world to judge and evaluate. But when your concept or service is a really good one, it’s so worth it!

So many of us are afraid of failure, that our companies won’t make it or that the idea that we think is fabulous might not strike a chord with anyone else. But a lot of people are afraid of success, too. It’s that thought that we shouldn’t “get our hopes up,” or that believing that something great can’t happen for us and we’ll just be disappointed if we think it will. It can be paralyzing and can keep so many from taking a leap in their careers.

This is such a common feeling that there are therapists and books that specialize in helping people see that they should never fear success. Fear of success can make people feel that if their idea does hit big, then people might accuse them of “selling out” or becoming someone else that isn’t authentic.


People who fear success also might feel guilty about having so much, when others don’t. Or they think that they don’t really deserve to be successful. And there’s even a worry that if you do find success, then you’ll have to almost compete with yourself to keep sustaining or passing that success with even more great ideas, money, or projects. Whatever it is that causes it, fear of success can stop you in your tracks, and make you quit before you even get started.

These types of fears can make really keep you from reaching your goals. You actually get in your own way and you can find yourself procrastinating, or letting that “mean girl” in your head tell you that you aren’t worth it.

So what can you do if you’re caught in this fear cycle? First, just like with fear of failure,  you have got to let go of worrying about what others think about you! Why in the world would you hold yourself back because of what someone might say or think? I can promise you that people will talk anyway, and they are entitled to their opinions but you don’t have to hear them!  There are “negative Nellys” out there who are going to knock people down no matter what. Don’t let them keep you from what you deserve.


You also need to recognize that you’re worth the time and trouble you have to go through to reach a goal. You really are! Stop all the negative talk in your head, let go of whatever leftover insecurities you have from the past (easier said than done I know but there are books and people out there to help you overcome this), and tell yourself that YOU are worth whatever it takes to find success. And if you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your family. This is about you and them – and nobody else!

Recognize when you’re using these types of excuses to keep from taking the steps you need to take and to get closer to your goal. It’s easy to stick to familiar patterns, even if they aren’t good for us and our business, because they’re what we’re used to and they are comfortable.

Snap out of those harmful routines! Stop putting excuses in your way and move closer to your goal. You deserve success, and you are worth the time it takes to get there. Don’t let fear hold you back!