Tobi TV: 4 Tips for Choosing the Right Bed for Your Guest Room

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It’s officially the holiday season this week, so how guest-worthy is your extra bedroom? It’s so important to choose the right size bed for that extra space in your house!

We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, but how much time do you really spend thinking about which bed you should be using? Especially for your guests?

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The size of the bed is so important in home decor. Using the correct bed for each bedroom in your home will help you create gorgeous AND functional spaces. Let’s take a look at some ways to try these beds on for size:

They all look so comfortable! Here’s a recap of those bed size tips.

1. Twin beds function well in guest rooms for all ages and genders.

2. Day beds are perfect for multifunctional spaces like an office/guest room.

3. Queen-size beds are beautiful and make a perfect set for a guest suite. It’s also the most popular size for bedrooms across the country.

4. King beds are not only the most comfy and roomy, they are the perfect way to make a grand statement in a large room. But be sure you have the room for this grand size, or your bedroom will feel crowded.

Bed sizes make all the difference when trying to make the most of your space. Which size do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below and make all your rooms function no matter the size!

Bonne nuit!

xo,

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Make Time for Gratitude

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Now that the holiday season is about to hit full swing, chances are that you will soon be giving and receiving and thanking up a storm! It’s interesting how we can show so much appreciation and gratitude for friends and family, though, and can forget to thank the people we spend an enormous amount of time with. And that’s our employees and our clients!

We all love to feel appreciated for our hard work, and it’s no different for the employees and contract people that you work with. MIT professor Daniel Ariely’s research has shown that employees actually leave jobs more often because they feel undervalued and underappreciated, rather than because of pay issues.

It’s important to remember to thank someone who works for you, to show true gratitude for all the ways they contribute to your company’s success. It can be as simple as telling them what a great job they did on a specific project, to writing a formal note, to giving them a bonus at the end of the year.

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Other important ways to show appreciation include welcoming their ideas, thanking them when appropriate, offer flexibility in their schedules, following through on what you say you’ll do, and celebrating milestones with them. Even just being on time for meetings, keeping your word, and being positive in your work will show respect and appreciation for others.

How important is this? Studies show that when employees don’t feel valued, their enthusiasm and productivity goes down, and the lack of excitement they feel could start to impact your clients and your business. And that is definitely not good.

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Speaking of your clients – how are you showing THEM that you’re thankful for their business? If you want their repeat business, or if you want them to recommend you to others, then you definitely should be sure that they know how much you appreciate and value them. I love to show gratitude to my clients with small gifts, notes, and emails through the design process that let them know how much I love working with them. And at the end of the project, there’s always a little something waiting for them in their homes to say thanks for their business.

It’s so important to practice gratitude every day, for the things we have, and for the people in our lives. So during this holiday season – and throughout the year – be sure you’re telling your “work family” how thankful you are for them, too! Make gratitude part of your business plan today.

Thank you for being here with me – for reading my blog and for commenting! I appreciate each and every one of you!

In gratitude,

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What Is That Color? Grey Matters

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When I design a room, I always start with fabrics. And that was no different in this master bedroom I did a while back for the Hamptons Showhouse, where I was lucky enough to kick things off with a gorgeous orange toile from Duralee! Once I selected the fabric, I knew I wanted to coordinate it with a more masculine print to balance the room. So I went with a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering in a bold geometric. But what paint color could coordinate with all of that boldness?

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I went right to neutral territory with a beautiful grey from Farrow & Ball called Mole’s Breath – isn’t that a great name?! It was perfect for the major wood surfaces in the room, like the mantel and the bookshelves here on one side of the fireplace.

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On the other side of the fireplace, I built in a coffee/wine bar for the home owners, perfect for starting or ending their day! And the grey is such a great complement to the fabrics, patterns, and art in the room! I love grey as a neutral, but what do you think? Is it a go-to color for you? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Shopping Guide: Holiday Decor

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It’s Thanksgiving next week – the official kick-off to our holiday season! So it’s time to start thinking about how you plan to decorate your house for friends, family, and festivities. And I have some fabulous suggestions for you!

Whether you’re trimming the tree, lighting a menorah, or celebrating in your own way, there are gorgeous ornaments and details that will make your home shine a little brighter this holiday season! I’m ready to add these to my own lists today – happy shopping!

xo,

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  1. Faux-Fur White Mink Christmas Tree Skirt– Add a touch of luxe glamour to your decor this holiday season with a fabulous faux-fur tree skirt!
  2. Large Black-Stripe Ball Christmas Ornaments, Set of 3– Black-and white-striped ornaments allow you to combine classic design elements with new, non-traditional style on your Christmas tree!
  3. Hanukkah Napkins, Set of 6– While setting your Hanukkah table, don’t forget to add these beautiful blue cotton napkins with metallic printed wheat stalks and dreidel.
  4. Pendleton 5th Avenue Plaid Throw– Cozy up under a stylish red, blue, and green plaid throw with some hot chocolate while you open up your holiday presents this year.
  5. Mongolian Faux Fur Pillow Cover- Ivory– Toss in a few chic Mongolian faux fur pillows to elevate your decor!
  6. Citrine & 24K Gold Ornament– Natural stones are trending this year, so why not add a few opulent citrine and gold ornaments to bring this look into your holiday style?
  7. French Macaron Christmas Ornaments, 6-Piece Set– I love French macarons! And these bright and colorful treats add an elegant and fun element to your Christmas ornament collection.
  8. Engraved Menorah– This simple, and beautiful Menorah features an engraved relief pattern that is sure to make an elegant statement for your Hanukkah celebration!
  9. Nutcracker Decoration– This red lacquer nutcracker is simple, sophisticated, and ready to add to your home! Nutcrackers are an age-old tradition, but this updated version makes a chic statement.
  10. Snowflake Stocking Holder– Hang your stockings on the mantle with care and a few of these snowflake stocking holders! Mix these silver elements into your decor to take advantage of the metallic trend.
  11. Nest ‘Holiday’ Classic Candle– A simple white and gold candle in a lovely scent combining pomegranate, mandarin, cinnamon, and a little vanilla and amber will make your home smell like the holidays and look gorgeous while doing it!
  12. Set of 2 Embroidered Holiday Guest Towels– A pair of red embroidered guest towels reading “merry” and “joy” will bring holiday style for your Christmas party!
  13. ‘New Molten’ Seder Plate– This gorgeous stainless steel (and dishwasher safe!) Seder plate offers a textured trim surrounding the oval plate that will elevate the table setting for your Hanukkah festivities!
  14. Velvet Christmas Stocking– Velvet is a traditional holiday fabric, updated with fun, non-traditional colors and a monogram!
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Tobi TV: 3 Tips for a Stress-Free Retreat

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I’m known for using bright palettes for my designs, but I also love to use soft colors to create serene rooms that are perfect for a relaxing retreat. These spaces are a great place to recharge, and to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of a busy family life – and that’s especially important during the holidays!

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It could be a bedroom, a study, a library, or even your own yoga room – but we all need a place to get away from the stress of our days. So how can you create your own oasis at home?

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite soft and serene designs!

Don’t you feel calmer already? I know I do! Let’s review those tips for your relaxing room:

  1. Try platinum, icy blues, and mirrored surfaces to create a serene bedroom you may never want to leave!
  2. Pair relaxing colors with classics like black and white. This pairing is surprisingly calming and fabulously chic.
  3. Soft pinks make a great palette for a serene energy like an office or yoga room!

I hope these tips for creating a serene retreat help you make your space spa-like and ready for relaxation! Get those ideas flowing and let me know about your calming rooms in the comments below.

Wishing you a stress-free day!

xo,

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