4 Tips for Your Holiday Decorating

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I love this time of year! It’s all about family, friends, and fun – and adding a little sparkle to your decor! I have so many people ask me each year for my decorating tips for the holidays, so I thought I’d give you 4 of my best professional tips to get your home into the holiday spirit:

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1. Let your decor dictate your holiday palette. No matter how gorgeous your holiday items are, if they are competing with your room instead of complementing it the effect will be lost. So go for colors that work for you, like pink and black, or turquoise and green. It will be colorful and festive!

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2. Think fresh! Use fresh evergreen boughs, garlands, and wreaths combined with in-season citrus like lemons, tangerines, and oranges. That will give your home a beautiful natural look, and it smells heavenly!

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3. Bring out those collections. The holidays are the perfect time to use your collections of china, nutcrackers, teapots, or figurines. Group them all together to create fun and festive vignettes. I love to use my collections of jadeite for holiday table settings! They’re a unique color, but they really take on a holiday spirit when paired with sparkling silver, china, and glass.

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4. Be playful with your decor. I love to decorate a tree for my daughter each year, and it always includes small toys, trinkets, or costume jewelry to give it a whimsical touch that’s personalized for her.

Use these ideas to make your holiday decor both festive and unique to you! And let me know what you’re favorite ornaments and decor ideas are in the comments section below!

Happy holiday decorating!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and your family a day filled with blessings, joy, and fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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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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