Self-care Saturday: Gratitude 365 Days of the Year

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gratitudeI believe in gratitude as a practice. I believe in writing down what I’m grateful for daily. Around this time last year I read an article about keeping a gratitude journal numbered sequentially for the entire year, so I started that habit in January. And it’s pretty neat to see that as of August my list includes over 800 things I have been grateful for this year.


I also use gratitude as a tool when I am stressed or anxious about something that I am wishing to come to fruition. By listing all the things I am currently grateful for instead worrying about something that I am hoping to happen, I stay calm and happy. And the great thing is that when I have an attitude of gratitude, it seems like more things I want, fall into place naturally.

good things in life

So on this self-care Saturday, are you willing to adopt a gratitude practice? How many things do you think you can be grateful for between now and the end of the year. I bet you will be surprised. I typically have 10-20 things on my list each day.

gratitude begins

Adopting a gratitude practice brings joy to your life each day. It’s a great form of self-care so give it a try!

Happy Saturday. xo,

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New House Diary: The Breakfast Room

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New House Diary

Hi Everyone! I spent the whole day shooting some really fun video so I’m a bit late to the blog. But the good news is tonight I am getting to have more fun brainstorming my breakfast room. Yes, I still need to decide what kitchen appliances I want, but we can come back to that soon. I’m ready to get out of the kitchen and on to some place different.  Are you with me?

So let’s start with some inspiration photos of some of my very favorite breakfast rooms and eating areas…

breakfast room 1

You know how I love a vinyl banquette. And this delicious green one by Caitlin Morgan Interiors sure does make me happy!

breakfast banquette blue

But there’s something about blue that has really been calling my name. With my hydrangea bushes blooming in my front yard, it just seems like a good idea to bring some blue inside. And that lighting fixture really punches in the blue that I’m thinking. This lovely space is by Lynn Morgan Designs.

AD breakfast room

But this Timothy Corrigan room from Architectural Digest is classic and gorgeous and might be a better layout for my new space. A banquette may be hard to pull off this time. But I sure could use a china hutch to hold lots of my goodies for entertaining.

breakfast room heflin

This project of mine that has been featured everywhere including a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens is still one of my all-time favorite breakfast rooms. That over-scaled Schumacher Damask is probably the reason why.

breakfast room with yellow chairs

These yellow vinyl chairs are like candy for me. And what a nice accent they are to the blue that’s on my mind. This gorgeous space was designed by Palmer Weiss.

breakfast room Veranda

My friend Michelle Workman really nailed this breakfast room that graced the pages of Veranda. Paler shades of blue mixed with black and white, how could you go wrong there?

bearhill eat in kitchen

Then there’s this. My friends at BearHill Interiors designed this beauty and since I’ve also been loving more moody colors, this one seems fresh and exciting.

swope dining

Or I could bring together my yellow vinyl love with the moody hues and get a feel like my project from the April issue of Traditional Home. Whew! This time I really have a lot of great options and they are all so different. So now it’s your turn. Weigh in and tell me which ones you like and which you think look like the best idea for me. I love to hear what you all think that I am thinking. :)

Happy Thursday Friends. All this breakfast talk at night makes me want to have pancakes for dinner!


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Tobi TV: Using Meaningful Decor with P. Allen Smith

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Happy Tuesday Friends. It’s Time for Tobi TV. And this week I’m back with my friend P. Allen Smith and one of the segments for a recent episode of his nationally syndicated TV show Garden Style. 


I loved shooting this episode with Allen last summer not long before I moved from my old house. It’s so much fun seeing many of my favorite things the way they used to be, now that I am finding new ways to use them in my new home. And even my cute Izzy makes an appearance in this video! Take a look…

So here are my Tobi’s Top Tips for Making Your Decor Meaningful:

1. I love an edited room, but sometimes edited can mean sterile. Be sure to bring in and collect things you really love to make your home nurturing and cozy.

2. If you have collections you love, like my Design and Architecture books, keep them out at arms reach so you can really use them. They become a functional accessory.

3. Add pops of color to your decor through other usable and beautiful items like pillows and throws. It’s even better if they mean something to you like my throw from a trip to Scotland and a pillow made from a scarf my friend brought me from Paris.

4. Be sure to use my favorite accessory, flowers. They are especially meaningful when cut from your own garden like my blue hydrangeas.

5. And finally, don’t forget to have a little fun. My Grecian bust was just a Tchotchke until I hung my necklaces on her. Then she had personality. I love this way of showing that I don’t take myself too seriously.

So what do you think? Do you like how I brought meaning and fun to my home? Is this something you can do or already do in your own home? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. And be sure to share this video with your Design and Garden loving friends!

See you next time on Tobi TV! Thanks for watching.


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I’m a Cover Girl with At Home in Arkansas!

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At Home Cover

I’m so excited that my Crestwood project was selected to be the cover feature for the August issue of At Home in Arkansas! This was a fun (and colorful!) design that I did for a family with six kids! I used a lot of blue in various hues, which also caught the eye of one of my favorite blogs, House of Turquoise. See her feature on the Crestwood project here! Thanks to both AHA and House of Turquoise for making me feel like a superstar – a great way to kick off the week!!








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Soulful Sunday: Soulful Silence

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I love this quote. We all spend so much time having an opinion on everything and everybody and we bring so much more stress and toxic energy into our lives in the process. What would it take for you just to not say anything more often than not? Just this morning I was watching an episode of Super Soul Sunday with Deepak Chopra and he said he has learned to never react…ever. And he hasn’t had an argument in his household in over 30 years.

Wouldn’t our lives be so much more peaceful if we kept our comments to ourselves, or even learned not to have an opinion at all on everyone else, their lives and their choices. This is definitely a practice I’ve tried to live by but I think it’s time I take it to another level. What about you? Are you willing to make this sort of change in your life and if so, what do you think it would do for your quality of life?

Something to think about on this Soulful Sunday.






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