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Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom

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Yesterday you saw the photos of my bedroom and it’s transition from 2007 to the present.

Creating a comfortable, beautiful and restful bedroom retreat can really happen on any budget if you pay attention to the details.

In Designers at Home, Ronda Carman’s goal was to capture the details that designers use in their own homes to live beautiful and well-lived lives. So what does that mean for me particularly in my bedroom, the place in my home where I spend the most time?

Well here are my Tobi’s Top Ten Tips for Creating the Perfect Bedroom and a few of my favorite bedroom spaces for inspiration.


(design by Greg Natale)

1. Comfy Carpet or Rug–Having the perfect texture under foot when you step out of bed or step in makes your whole bedroom experience better.

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(design by Bunny Williams)

2. Lighting Control is key–making sure you can go from a dark room just right for getting shut-eye to a room full of natural light is the best of both worlds. That way you can be happy and bright during the day and then perfectly cozy and private at night. Shutters, drapery, shades, or a combination, all help make a variety of light possible.

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3. A Soft Headboard–My bed is for rest, reading, working and more. For that reason a great comfy headboard is exactly what I need for leaning, propping and then a soft surface when I’m sleeping. Don’t you love this dramatic blue tufted version?


(design by Philip Gorrivan)

4. Tuck away your electronics so you can sleep–Nobody gets a good night’s rest with your TV, phone, or other electronics nearby with lights blinking all night long. Having a chest at your bedside to tuck away your phone or other favorite electronics is a perfect solution. And if you have a grommet in the back of your cabinet, you can even keep them plugged in while tucked away so they are perfectly charged when you awake.


(design by Miles Redd)

5. Perfect Pillows–We all have different preferences when it comes to pillows. But not having your type or enough of them can prevent you from getting your best rest. So whether down or poly, natural feathers or hypo-allergenic, king-sized or standard, knowing your pillow preference and how many you like makes for the best bed ever.


(design by Windsor Smith via Veranda Magazine)

 6. Cool Color Palette–I’ve had red bedrooms and I’ve had pale blue and I can truthfully say color psychology is real and a serene and cool color palette makes all the difference for relaxing in your room. So go soft and subtle with colors if you want a respite from the busy world outside.


(design by Tiffany Eastman )

7. Flowers and candles–Small beautiful touches like fresh flowers or a great smelling candle can up the luxury factor in your space. But that doesn’t mean expensive. I even pick up fresh flowers regularly at my local grocery market and have them at my bedside. Bringing nature indoors makes you feel alive, and enjoying fresh scents like lavender can help you relax.


(design by Bunny Williams)

8. Layered Blankets–Being able to control your temperature year round or during the night is imperative for a great night’s sleep. I change out my blankets depending on the time of year–cotton in the summer, wool or cashmere in the winter. But I need at least a light weight blanket on me year round. There’s something about being tucked in that makes me fall asleep and stay that way.


 (design by Nicole Cohen via Rue Magazine)

9. Layered Lighting–I love a bedroom that has ambient lighting like a lamp with a soft bulb, mixed with task lighting for reading a book, and then there is sometimes a need for an overhead light (but with dimmers), like when you are packing your suitcase or making sure you are dressing with 2 of the same colored socks. Layering the lighting in any room, particularly your bedroom, allows the perfect mix of function and comfort.


(design by Mary McDonald)

10. The Perfect Sheets–Oh the sheets! Maybe the most important part of the bedroom (possibly other than a comfy mattress), the sheets are key in your comfort factor. So whether you are a crisp cotton sheet person, one who wants a high-thread count for softness, or like me prefer my SDH Legna Cellulose sheets (they are made from Italian Wood Fiber and Oh so soft!), don’t downplay your sheets. I’ve even gotten high-thread count, super comfy sheets at target before. But our Legna sheets are so good, we often joke about taking them with us when we travel.

I hope these tips help you create your perfect nest right at home and assure you get an amazing night’s sleep! To see more of my favorite bedrooms, follow my Pinterest board called Beautiful Bedrooms.

And if you want to make your guest room just as perfect for those over-night visitors to your home, check out one of my most popular blog posts ever on making an experience special for your guests whether for a holiday, special occasion,  or any time of year.

See you tomorrow with more photos of my home.


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New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine

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Hi Friends,

Thanks so much for your patience with my lack of blogging of late. I have been so busy with travel during September and October, that I just can’t seem to get to everything.

But I didn’t want to wait another minute to tell you about the amazing Showhouse that I am participating in with Traditional Home Magazine. It is in New York City on the upper East side (63rd and 5th Avenue to be exact) and it’s called Holiday House. I am so honored to have designed Traditional Home’s sponsored room and to be in a showhouse with the likes of Design Greats Eric Cohler, Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Vincente Wolf and many more big names in the design industry.

The Opening Gala for Holiday House was last night and what a great party it was! Beginning today, the house is open for tours daily and believe me- it is one showhouse you won’t want to miss.

Holiday House is an interesting concept in which designers create rooms based on a holiday theme. Now not all the “holidays” are the traditional ones.  Mine, in fact, is called Spring Forward and it is in celebration of the time each Spring when we “Spring Forward”, but it is also a play on words as the room concept is built around being “Fashion Forward”.

In my space you will find all sorts of fashion references and couture detailing beginning with my classic color palette (for both fashion and interiors) of black and white inspired by the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering that graces my space and is magnified by these chic paintings by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Oh, and did you notice my black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection?

Other details like grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels, contrast welting on my channel-back banquettes, and the sexy curves of my Hickory Chair slipper chairs all bring to mind a feminine fashionista.

In fact all my gorgeous furniture is from Hickory Chair and what a pleasure it was to work with them once again on a successful show house!

And to top it all off, my delicate chandeliers from Canopy Designs and these TO DIE FOR vintage Murano Emerald lamps from Swank lighting are the “jewelry” of my design.

And for those of you who are a fan of Dunes and Duchess, you won’t want to miss how great their double sconces look flanking my fireplace. I think it is the best I have seen these beauties look yet (if I say so myself!) And don’t miss seeing my GORGEOUS black natural fiber Cortina rug from Merida Meridian. It’s Yummy!

I’d like to thank all these amazing vendors that worked with me including Holiday House sponsors’ Pratt and Lambert Paints and NDI.  And a big thank you to Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Michael Savoia, Personal Touch Movers, Freddy and Sandy from Creative Strategies, Traditional Home Magazine and the Holiday House staff and volunteers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all these great partners.

So if you are in the New York area or will be between now and  November 18th, you MUST go see the Holiday House. And the best news is that it benefits such a great cause, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a cause that is very close to my family because my husband’s mom died of breast cancer before I had the pleasure of knowing her. I also have a young friend (who is only 29 and a former member of my design team) who is currently fighting breast cancer. So PLEASE take the time to see this gorgeous designer showhouse and help this very important cause!

I look forward to hearing what you all think of my “Spring Forward” design. And I will be back soon with many more exciting blog posts because I have SO much to tell you that has been happening over the last few weeks and months.

Oh and speaking of exciting things…If you are in the New York area or will be there next week, please come have breakfast and hear me speak at Astra in the D & D building with Traditional Home and design celebs Philip Gorrivan, Patrik Lonn, Anne Foster Maxwell of Tilton Fenwick, Gideon Mendelson and blogger and author Ronda Carman of All the Best blog,along with the Scottish Textile Industry.

One of the things I haven’t had time to get you up to speed on is the FANTASTIC trip that I took with Traditional Home and these amazing designers to Scotland in June.  I will be bringing you an inside look at my trip to Scotland here on the blog very soon, but you won’t want to miss hearing all about our amazing experience touring Scottish Textile mills first hand on Tuesday, October 30th at 10am.

And as an added bonus, see the chairs each of us designed using Scottish Textiles and great frames from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. (Hint: Mine is both Scottish and perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! #thinkpinktartan)

So as you can see, New York is the place to be over the next week and I hope to see you there!!