My Holiday List of Favorite Things!

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Places to Go, People to See from Kate Spade

It’s only one week until Thanksgiving, can you believe it? The holiday season is really sneaking up on me! Each holiday, one of the things I love to do is make lists of the perfect gifts for the people in my life – including friends, family, and clients! I search out the best sources and fun unique ideas to make the holidays brighter for the people who are on my gift lists.

This year, I thought it would be fun to bring you some of my favorite things – the go-to gifts that are perfect for anyone on your list! That includes the fantastic new book from Kate Space, Places to Go, People to See, which is part travel guide, part fashion photography, and a whole lot of style!


T earrings from Tory Burch

I also love jewelry, and the iconic T earrings from Tory Burch are among my favorite things to wear (might have something to do with the initial, right)?. But I also love to give them to others. And this year, Tory Burch is also offering an amazing fretwork necklace that contains a surprise – a solid perfume that smells fantastic!


Tory Burch solid perfume necklace

I’m also loving the copper and rose gold trend right now and this open-work cuff by Sabine is a gorgeous look in warm metal.

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Sabine Cuff Bracelet

Anyone who knows me knows that I love kelly green – it’s one of my signature colors! So I adore this python embossed clutch in that fab color from GiGi New York!

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GiGi New York

I also love a little bling – who doesn’t during the holidays? This Ted Baker embellished sweater in a gorgeous shade of blue is perfect for those parties and events for the holiday season! I think this color should have been the Patone Color of 2014.

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Ted Baker Embellished Sweater

If smelling great is on your holiday to do list, Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully Scent is fresh and fun all wrapped into one! Not only is the fragrance fantastic, but the packaging is gorgeously bright and bold!

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Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully

Of course I also have some favorite items for the home, too! Not only is home decor my business, it’s my passion – and I’m a real homebody in my personal time, too! I love to curl up with a good book at home by the fire, and these Ralph Lauren throws are perfect for snuggling.

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Throws

Cooking is another of my favorite things to do at home, and when there’s a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing is better than this multi-tiered rack from Williams-Sonoma. It saves space and time! It makes my oven a work-a-holic just like me. Ha!


Williams-Sonoma Baking Rack

This glowing solid copper tray is another fave from Williams-Sonoma – perfect for serving drinks at a Christmas cocktail party! And you look like you are right on trend with all the copper I’ve been seeing at market.


Williams-Sonoma Solid Copper Tray

This scented candle from Diptyque is a fantastic scent for winter months. My favorite year-round Diptyque scent is Fig, but for the Chilly season of the year, it’s Feu de Bois with the smell of a warm wood fire!


Diptyque’s Feu de Bois

For the fabulous men in my life, How about great accessories like this handsome plaid scarf or the sophisticated Michael Kors watch!

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Michael Kors Scout Men’s Watch

And of course I can’t forget my favorite holiday gift this year for the kiddos on your list! My daughter is all about shoes (wonder where she got that?!), so these Clarks Snugglehugs boots will be perfect for sledding this year. They’re cozy and fun and go with the great sled she got from Santa last year. And I hear we’re in for a lot of snow in Arkansas this winter, so these will be perfect. Wahooo!

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Clarks Snugglehugs for Girls

So there you have it – my list of favorite gifts for this holiday season! Soon I’ll be telling you what I hope Santa gives me this year. But for now, I hope you found a present or two while you were looking through these photos! If you would like to see MORE of my favorite things, go to my pinboard by clicking here!

What’s on your list for this holiday season? Tell me in the comments what you have planned! Good luck as you count down to the Thanksgiving festivities next week and then on to many Happy Holidays. The New Year is almost here!









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Coming Soon in Home Decor Trends

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CR Laine

(C.R. Laine’s fabulous showroom at High Point Market)

Every six months, I take a trip to High Point, NC, for the High Point Market – which is like a Fashion Week for the home design arena. It’s a fabulous place to spot the newest products and trends that will be heading to YOUR home in the future! So this week I thought I would give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of this huge show, and tell you about some of the trends I’m seeing for 2015.


(Global Views)

One of the biggest themes I saw was the use of bright metals – especially copper and brass. Copper was very big at the recent European trade shows, and the warm metal really brightened up a lot of designs in High Point, too. I loved this Global Views copper table, inspired by a cuff bracelet. And you can see the brass trend highlighted beautifully in the photo of C.R. Laine’s showroom at the top of the post.


(Caracole “See Write Through Me” Desk)

Lucite is hot-hot-hot right now, and a lot of showrooms were using it in new and different ways. I loved this desk from Caracole that was “spotted” by my friend Shay Geyer of IBB Designs!


(Bungalow 5)

Great graphic prints made eye-popping statements in a lot of showrooms, with terrific patterns like this one from Bungalow 5 that mixes well with a bright lacquered green! If it mixes pattern and color, you know I love it!



And as much as I love bright colors, I also really like the new trend toward softer colors and pastels like blush, cream, lavender, and champagne. This room from Bernhardt is so soft and calming – perfect for a night’s rest!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look behind the scenes at the High Point Market! I’m REALLY looking forward to the next show in April, when I will debut my first furniture collection with C.R. Laine!

Which of these looks are you most excited about for your home? And if you want to see more of the trends from this show, just click through here to my pinboard!










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New House Diary: Living Room Walls

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New House Diary

I told you that today we would take a look at the scary paneling in my living room – and it’s the type of paneling that SO many homes from the ’60s and ’70s have! You know what I mean, dark brown and often not really “wood.” Here is a “before” shot of my living room that shows you what I’m going to have to work with:


Well there you go – that shows you how bad it is right now. So you may be thinking that I’m not a fan of paneling, but that’s absolutely not true! I’m just not a fan of the old school dark paneling like this. I do want to have a paneled room, just more updated, and I have found some amazing inspiration photos to get me started!

This is a favorite room of mine – other than that rustic mantel, which won’t work for my design for this room. I love the painted panels on the walls!

Russian Design Interior(From New England Home) 

You saw this photo yesterday for the rug discussion, and the whole room is so amazing to me! This is the type of wood paneling I could live with!

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(Shon Parker Design for Atlanta House and Home)

Suzanne Kasler is a genius at designing the perfect wood paneling, and I love the way she used stained wood in a horizontal pattern on these walls for Blackberry Farm!

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(Suzanne Kasler from Architectural Digest)

Suzanne also did a more traditional look that I love in the Adamsleigh Showhouse for Traditional Home.


(Suzanne Kasler in Traditional Home)

So you can see that I have some amazing ideas and inspirations for that tired old paneling in my living room! Now it’s just a matter of narrowing down whether I’ll use wood, stained wood, or painted paneling, but I’m excited to get started!

What do you think of my inspiration? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to unveiling the new look to you!











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Which Would You Choose: Sisal, Soft Carpet, or Both?

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Todd Romano Patterned sisal

(Interior Design by Todd Romano)

Now that we’re in the living room, I have two issues to talk about – paneling and the floor. I can’t even think about the paneling yet (you’ll see what I’m talking about tomorrow in New House Diary), but trust me, it’s scary! So let’s talk about something much more pleasant and look at the floor.

The choice I have here is whether I should go with sisal or a soft carpet or rug – or maybe I should even use both. There are so many fabulous choices out there, and both materials offer great patterns and colors. With sisal or seagrass, you have an eco-friendly fiber that is great for people with allergies, and it’s naturally stain resistant.

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(Photo from Architectural Digest)

But sometimes sisal can feel a little scratchy on bare feet, and my daughter loves to dance in the living room without her shoes on, so that’s something to think about. Wool and nylon rugs are much softer underfoot, and if you have a thick enough pile, they are fabulously luxurious when you’re walking on them.

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(Interior design by Shon Parker, from Atlanta House and Home)

There are even some rug makers who are now using combinations of wool and sisal to create a hybrid rug that holds up better to pets and heavy traffic. They are softer, but also give you a harder-wearing surface.

Another option is to use a large sisal room-sized rug or carpet, and then layer a gorgeous wool or wool-blend rug on top. My friend Suzanne Kasler is a genius at this and I really like how it looks. The sisal also “holds” onto the rug, keeping it from slipping as you walk on it.

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(Interior design by J. Randall Powers, in Architectural Digest)

So much to think about! So which would you choose? Would you go with the hard-working sisal, the softer rug/carpet, or would you layer the two? Let me know in the comments below which option you like best! And stay tuned, because tomorrow we’re going to take a look at that scary paneling…








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Tobi TV: Tips to Add Value to Your Home

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It’s time to get those houses ready for the holidays! But once the holidays are over, your house can look like a wreck – and that’s where this episode of Tobi TV comes in! This week, I’m bringing you another great set of tips from one of my Mastermind Consulting Group members! Each of the members has a terrific niche that gives them a unique viewpoint – and Kathleen DiPaolo of Kathleen DiPaolo Designs in Costa Mesa, Calif., is known as a “Property Solver.”

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Having flipped more than 300 houses (wow!), Kathleen knows just how to solve the problems of a “tired,” well-loved home and how to really work with the “bones” to create lovely interiors. So today on Tobi TV, Kathleen is going to share her top three tips for how YOU can add value to your home. Let’s take a look:

See what I mean? She has GREAT ideas for adding value to your home! Let’s recap those smart tips:

1. Get the clutter out! Clutter encloses a space. You add usable square footage when you clear out the junk. It can make your home look like you remodeled just by doing some editing!

2. Make repairs. Fix that leaky faucet. Paint the wall with the chipped paint in the kitchen. It gives your home a new look and keeps the questions like “What’s behind that chipped paint wall?” at bay.

3. Paint! A fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Everyone wants a fresh-looking house because a fresh-looking house looks like a NEW house, which gives a home value.

I really love these tips from Kathleen and I hope you do too! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your friends who want to add value to their homes! Stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Consulting Group, coming to Tobi TV soon!









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