Which Would You Choose: TV in the Living Room, or Not?

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A few weeks ago, I asked all of you whether I should have a television in the breakfast room or not – and did I ever hear from you! That’s probably one of the most hot-button topics I’ve ever had on Which Would You Choose! Having TVs in rooms other than the living room or family room does have its drawbacks, but this week I want to know what you think about TVs in the living room itself.

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If you have seen the previous photos of my living room, you know my husband already has a very large TV ready to go, so I’m a bit stuck in this room. On the other hand, I have designed a serene and sleek look for the living room, and a big TV doesn’t really fit into my plan. I have some ideas for hiding the television that might work – or I could move the television into a different room altogether.

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So what would you do? Would you keep the TV in the living room? And if you did, would you camouflage it? And how would you do that? I’m looking for some great ideas here, so please tell me what you would do in the comments area below!

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Help me make my serene living room dream a reality! Thanks for your help!










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Tobi TV: Tips to Unify Design Styles

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If your husband overdid it on Cyber Monday last week and bought a HUGE TV (or too many TVs), you may be wondering how exactly you’re going to make that work in your home! Well never fear, I have an expert to help us this week – and she also happens to be a former member of my Mastermind Consulting Group.

Lori May of Lori May Interiors in Atlanta is an amazing designer who appeared on HGTV’s Design Wars - and she was selected as that show’s top designer! Lori has a real knack for unifying design styles in one house.

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For her, that means EVERY person in the home should feel like it’s their space, too. Sometimes that can be difficult, particularly if you have to bring together two very different design styles – or you have to accommodate a big flat-screen TV! Lori’s attention to detail and creative blend of traditional and modern design gives her the perfect eye to mix and match, so she has agreed to share her tips to unify design styles. Let’s take a look:

Aren’t those great ideas? So let’s recap Lori’s tips to unify design styles:

1. Represent everyone. Every family member that lives in the home should have a say. Your family’s home should represent the whole family.

2. Use transitional products. Products that can bridge the gap between traditional and modern make these styles work better together.

3. Compromise! This is the biggie. It can’t be “My way or the highway.” Unifying design styles in your home is all about give and take – Dad gets his recliner, but mom choses the beautiful upholstery.

Lori really brings it all together with these ideas – which should help you unify your home! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your friends. And stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Group, coming to Tobi TV soon!









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Gifts for Fashionistas

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If you know anything about me at all, you know I have a passion for fashion! So today I thought I’d put together a fun gift list for anyone in your life who is a fashionista, too. Any fashion expert will tell you that a number-one staple in your wardrobe should be a trench coat, and I love the sleek stylish design from Tory Burch above, with its patent leather trim. Click through the caption link to get your own!


Banana Republic LBD

Another key piece in any fashionista’s wardrobe has to be the Little Black Dress, and I’m crazy for this version from Banana Republic! It comes in an easy ponte fabric that is no-muss no-fuss.


Raoul Mouret skirt

For a brighter look, I love this Raoul Mouret gold skirt from Lord & Taylor – it’s a colorful and slightly edgier look that will shine in the winter months that are coming!


Skirt from JOA

Piperlime has a jacquard brocade skirt that is gorgeous and sophisticated! It would be perfect for any holiday party on your list.

And here are a few fashion items that would be great stocking stuffers for a fashionista:


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Sunglasses from Warby Parker


Compact from Henri Bendeln

Texting gloves from Old Navy

Need even more ideas? Visit my Gifts for Fashionistas pinboard here! Happy shopping, ya’ll!









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New House Diary: The Heart of a Home

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Today we’re going to do something a little different for New House Diary. I want to talk about the heart of the home – what really transforms a new house into a HOME. You can have all of the most beautiful furnishings and a magazine-worthy design, but a home is only created with those we love, the people and pets who help us make amazing memories and who fill our home with love and joy.

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Many of you have seen photos of my previous house that featured my sweet Harley, a lovely little “fur baby” that wandered into my life 14 years ago, and who sadly left us today. Harley was there for all of my best and most exciting days in our previous homes. She was with me just as I started dating my husband, and we’ve been married for almost 13 years now. And she was there when I had my daughter 9 years ago.

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She was a sweet and gentle soul who just wanted to be loved and to love us back. She really was at the heart of our home, and of our lives. And while we will have celebrations and will create memories in our new home that Harley won’t see, she’ll still be a part of us.

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So goodbye sweet Harley. You will always be the heart of our home.








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Which Would You Choose: Covered Books or Book Jackets?

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134 This week, I would like to give you a choice about something in YOUR home! Usually on Wednesdays I ask you to help me make up my mind on a design detail for my new house – which hopefully will be ready to unveil some time in the new year!

But this week, I’m curious about which you would choose in your own home: books that are covered to coordinate with the decor of the room, or leaving books in their usual book jackets. I already know which one I will choose for my living room, but I also know it’s a controversial choice.


I prefer to design my bookshelves as part of the overall composition of the space - so covering the books is not a trend for me, it’s something I like to do to keep the design continuity going in the room! I do get that it isn’t a look for everyone. Many people like to pull books off the shelves to read them at a moment’s notice, and that’s harder to do when you can’t see the titles of any of the books!


But I like to keep the books that I want to read – and I am a BIG reader – closer at hand. So when we get to another room in my house you’ll see that there I’ll have all of my books uncovered. In the living room for my new house, though, I want the space to be sleek, serene, restful. So in this room, I’m probably going to have many books on the shelves covered in white paper to keep that mood.

So what would YOU choose in your own home? I would love to “uncover” both sides of this question! Let me know in the comments below!









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