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Book Review: An Eye for Beauty by Beth Webb

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It’s time for holiday shopping to commence and thankfully it’s that time of year when many gorgeous design and architecture books hit stores. I am excited to tell you about the new (and first) book by amazing Atlanta Interior Design Beth Webb and it would make a fabulous stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the design lovers on your list. This book brilliantly highlights her designs as “Rooms That Speak to the Senses”, one of the keystones of Beth’s design philosophy. Evident on the beautiful glossy pages, is that Beth creates homes that evoke timeless style while speaking to the five senses. Throughout this glorious oversized book, Beth walks you through how each design element, both tangible and visible, add to the overall aesthetic of the space as well as the well-being and evolution of those living there. This concept so resonates with my focus on well-being and self care and Beth’s work on these lovely pages gave me a whole new appreciation for softer palettes and layered textures.

Beth is a master with a neutral color palette, blending natural elements that are warm and inviting. Can you imagine sitting in this living room looking out of the beautiful wood double doors to that gorgeous greenery beyond? The mix of texture is so rich and delicious and is such a seamless transition to nature and the outdoors. One couldn’t help but be well and vibrant in Beth’s creations.

I also love how original art is used in Beth’s work throughout the book to infuse spaces with such calm color and unique style! Her rooms provide the perfect backdrop to display carefully curated collections, like this pretty grouping of plates. All of Beth’s designs focus on chic neutral or soft color palettes with meticulously layered textures to keep the space comfortable and natural, while able to withstand the tolls of everyday life.

I’ve known Beth personally for many years, and now with her first book, I’m very excited for you to see more of her work that spans from Atlanta to Costa Rica. I think you will fall in love with her designs as much as I have. Pick up a copy of her book, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms that Speak to the Senses, here for you or the design enthusiast on your shopping list!







Tobi’s Top Ten Design Books for Holiday 2013

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I love books. I really love design books. I collect them. And in the publishing industry, like in the movie industry, the holiday season is the BIG release time for the best design books of the year. Just last week I was on my monthly segment of Good Morning Arkansas with many of my favorite design books for the season. Here’s the segment…

And today I am thrilled to bring you my favorite design books for gift giving this holiday season. So in no particular order because I own and adore each of these titles, here are my 10 favorite this year…

Alexa Hampton’s new book is exquisite and charming just like Alexa. But it’s also a fabulous how to–really a design encyclopedia including photos of Alexa’s favorite furniture styles outlined for you.


Aerin Lauder is today’s most chic style maven. An accomplished entrepreneur in her own right, Aerin is the granddaughter of cosmetic giant Estee Lauder. Today Aerin has her own cosmetic company and has crossed over into the home category with great success. This book tells you about her family history, her childhood and how she lives today. Aerin’s book is a must have!


Recently named to the exclusive AD 100 list, Architectural Digest’s list of the top 100 designers and architects in the World, Dallas-based designer Jan Showers’ follow up to her gorgeous book Glamorous Rooms is her latest book, Glamours Retreats. You won’t want to miss the fabulous destinations she’s designed for her new book. They are certainly Glamorous!!


Old is the new “new”. And blogger, contributing magazine editor and design historian Jennifer Boles has created an iconic design catalog that is a must for every design library. From Acrylic to Chinoiserie all the way to the letter Z, Jennifer defines design terms, collections and styles to help you be your own decorator or be educated when you hire one.


I featured Suzanne’s book just a couple of weeks ago and I am still day dreaming about this gorgeous book. I have found amazing inspiration for my own home from this book and since I’ve been in several of Suzanne’s projects that are featured in Timeless Style, it’s really fun to see it in print.


Remix, written by my friend, blogger and product designer Jeanine Hays and her husband Brian Mason is a fresh, diverse and exciting look at infusing family, culture, heritage and collections into your home particularly based on her African-American heritage. I love this book!


California designer Suzanne Tucker brings handsome, interesting, exquisite and cosmopolitan spaces to her latest book, the Romance of Design. Suzanne does Traditional like no one else, infused with her California aesthetic for a sophisticated but not stuffy result. These spaces make me want to visit them in person.

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Candle magnate Howard Slatkin brings his VERY ornate aesthetic to his new book Fifth Avenue Style. And whether this look is your taste or not, the fabulous thing about this gorgeous monograph is that Howard really focuses on the hard working rooms of the home–the silver closet, the pantry, the flower room if you are lucky enough to have one and of course the space where he stores his candles. I adore the floor plan rendering on the inside cover (reminiscent of a Clue game board), before and after shots, details and scrapbook-style inspiration pages that help you get into the mind of this talented designer and understand his process.


Brian J. McCarthy, also a new addition to the AD 100 list, has a stunning new book that is truly a mouth-watering collection of Brian’s most gorgeous work. This is eye-candy in it’s best form.


And as I mentioned Monday, the new book called House Beautiful Color, the Perfect Shade for Every Room, not only includes my work, but has a plethora of gorgeous design projects, perfect paint colors with names and items numbers, and hundreds of tips for making color work for you.

So you can’t go wrong with any of these gorgeous books for yourself or the designer or design lover in your life this holiday season. Of if you are like me, I suggest adding them all to your collection.

Happy Shopping Y’all!


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House Beautiful Color:The Perfect Shade for Every Room

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hbx-color-book-mdn-1Who knew that House Beautiful came out with a fabulous book on color? It hit bookstores on October 1, 2013 while I was having a crazy busy travel schedule and didn’t get the news.


But even more exciting for me than just owning this gorgeous volume on color with amazing how to’s for incorporating all colors into your home in a big way or as accents, is the fact that when I opened the book I found two of my rooms featured inside. One a gorgeous and shiny double page spread right at the front.


There are so many things to love about this book like the inclusion of many of the best paint colors featured in House Beautiful’s monthly column on paint from top designers. The book is broken into sections by color and runs the gamut from blue to green to yellow and red and even pink and purple. And there’s a fun feature with each color way incorporating products and helping you pair colors well together.

So be sure not to miss this fun new book on color. And I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of my other favorite books that make the perfect Holiday gift.

Happy Reading! xo,

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P.S. Want more on color from House Beautiful and Me? You may have seen mention in the latest issue of HB of this cool resource. Consider buying my How to Use Color in Home Design course where I partnered with House Beautiful Magazine and CreativeLIVE to bring you an in-depth, 3 day course full of everything you need to know to add color to your home with success. You can buy it here on sale for $99.00 (regularly $149.00) as all CreativeLIVE courses are on sale through New Year’s for their holiday special.

P.P.S Plus I’m teaching 2 more courses with CreativeLIVE and House Beautiful in January on What’s your Home Design Personality, all about finding your design style, and in March Function Driven Interior Design, which is all about making your space, big or small, really work for you! So you can sign up to watch those courses for free when they run live or you can go ahead and buy all 3 of my courses with House Beautiful for your virtual library during the CreativeLIVE Holiday sale for a bundled price of $249.00 (regularly $297.00). Plus you can even apply to be in my studio audience live in San Francisco for the January and March courses. So Join me in San Francisco for some design fun. Hope to see you there!