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Tobi TV: Series of Art

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Hanging a series of art is a great way to fill a large wall or to add interest to a room. I love to use several coordinating pieces together, or even one large piece of art that’s been framed in individual sections.

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But how can you hang a series of art successfully? I’ve put together a list of tips to help you achieve this look like a pro! Take a look:

See? It’s easy to create fabulous looks with several pieces of art! Let’s recap those tips:

1. You don’t have to hang a series of art in a grid. Consider hanging coordinating pieces in a vertical or horizontal pattern instead.

2. Think about “wrapping” art around a corner – you don’t have to stick to just one wall!

3. Hang a series of art close together – say 2 inches apart – to let the group read as one large piece.

4. Pieces hung in a series don’t have to be all exactly the same. By using the same frames and selecting art in similar color groups, you can mimic the look of a series.

If you have a large wall in your home, or you have that one room that just needs something, consider a series of art to give your space some personality!

xo,

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Saturday Thoughts: Writing your way to Success!

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(“Toes in the Sand” is where my big ideas come to life!)

This blog post is a little bit about balance, a little bit about rituals and a little bit about living your dreams with a dose of healthy living mixed in.

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(2015 has made dreams come true with designing 4 Product Lines for amazing partners!)

It’s been a while since I brought you a personal post. In fact it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done much blogging at all. And I miss it. Blogging is one of my favorite ways to express myself, to share design ideas, and to encourage others in business and life. I have been blogging for 7 years now and when it’s not a part of my daily life, I definitely feel a void.

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(Spending time “Shouting from the rooftops” of my love for Thermador Appliances)

Speaking of feeling a void, I feel a bit of a void in my goals for the future. There are a few holes.  This whole year I have been working on “birthing” some new ideas and projects but I have had many exciting design jobs and responsibilities that have kept me from bringing these ideas to life. I know there is a bit of a shift in direction that I need to take (because there always is a shift we need to take to be our best) and I am very excited about these new ideas that I think will take me in the right direction over the next few years of my business and my life. But I am having a hard time finding hours in my days to get these BIG ideas on paper.

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(One of many exciting Client projects in the works this year)

I’ve thankfully been so blessed with more fabulous client projects this year than ever, I’ve been knee-deep in launching 4 licensing collections, I’ve held the 2 most successful and impactful sessions of my Mastermind Consulting program we’ve ever held, I’m thrilled to be the new Brand Ambassador for Thermador because I have loved their products for SO long, and I have continued designing my own home, which those of you who have designed your homes know how hard this is. I think mainly because designers never have time to get to their own projects. It’s the old “Cobbler’s children have no shoes” dilemma. And Yes! We are finally gutting the kitchen and bath. How long have I been saying that, right? And that requires me temporarily moving out of my house soon because it’s about to get really dirty around here when the demolition starts.

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(My CR Laine upholstery debut was a BIG moment this year!)

And yes, all of these things that are happening in my life right now are dreams coming true! But just like I teach in my consulting programs, the time to develop new client relationships is when you have clients, instead of waiting until you have none and try to find some quickly just to pay the bills. The same is true for dreams and ideas. You can’t wait until you have accomplished everything on your list and find yourself feeling lost and directionless to think about the next steps. The best way to keep your momentum going and stay happy and fulfilled is to challenge yourself with thinking about where you are going while you are already happy and fulfilled with your current goals and dreams. It’s not about not enjoying where you are today, it’s more about knowing where you are heading. Because I know from experience, if you don’t have direction, you are going nowhere.

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(One of our most successful Mastermind Sessions yet! It was all about Financials but we had some fun too!)

So what do I do when I need to make things happen? I write. I write my thoughts and feelings in my journal. I fill up legal notebooks of design ideas and creativity. I write blog posts. And just this week I saw this interesting article and study from NPR about the power of writing.

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(My Happy Place. Where is your Happy Place?)

And what do I do when you feel stuck even to the point of writer’s block? I go to the beach! I just spent two glorious weeks there reading, studying and writing and that’s why my ideas are begging to be put on paper. But what about when you have an idea on the “tip of your brain” that you can’t quite get organized or fleshed out and a beach vacation or “your happy place” isn’t in your immediate future. Or when you need to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle? Or when you are designing or dreaming of a creative idea? Do you write? Do you make yourself be disciplined and write even when you feel stuck? That’s what many of the most successful people do. They write no matter what!

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(The “Ellison Cocktail Table” in my Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge Furniture Collection)

It’s funny how I sometimes forget this important practice of writing. When I am engaged in many things, I sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees as far as remembering to write my thoughts down. And ironically when I am in the zone of creating and developing big ideas, it sometimes feels like I fill up enough journal pages of paper that it could make a whole tree. Do you sometimes finding yourself forgetting to do the simple daily rituals and practices that make your life a success? It happens to all of us.

Or maybe you don’t forget, but you are afraid to write things down? Does that make them “Too Real” for you? Is it scary that you may have to actually hold yourself accountable to your wildest dreams if they are on paper? Or are you insecure about writing because you think you aren’t good at it and you over-analyze and judge yourself and your thoughts when you put them on paper?

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(Dreaming of my future to the sound of the Waves and then writing it down makes it happen.)

Well think of it this way. You could be holding yourself back from your business success including becoming financially free. You could be keeping yourself from being your most healthy and happy and best version of you. And you could be letting time pass you by and you could be finally living the life you only dream about.

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So give writing a try. I am off to write about my gratitude for all that has happened this year. And I am off to write about my big ideas, my home design, and my progress on The Whole 30 because I am on day 7 of 30 days to resetting my healthy lifestyle. And it doesn’t hurt that I will be relaxing by my pool while I write and enjoying this gorgeous day. What can you do to make yourself take up this powerful practice of writing? It works for me and I believe it will work for you too.

Happy Saturday!

xo,
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Tobi TV: Mixing Classic Furniture and Modern Art

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One of my favorite things to do as an interior designer is mix classic and modern styles – especially with furniture and art. Modern art keeps any traditional setting from getting too formal or stuffy, and the classic furniture lets the art really play a starring role.

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At the recent High Point Market, I used classic forms to create my new collection of updated upholstery for CR Laine, which mixed perfectly with my new line of modern artwork for Soicher Marin! So how can you mix up this magic in your own home? Let’s take a look at some ideas:

That’s a perfect balance of classic and contemporary! Let’s review those tips again:

1. Contemporary art can jazz up any room, especially when it has a classic look like a Sheraton-style sofa to play a supporting role.

2. If you have a feminine and curvy form on your furniture, like on my Lucy bed, consider using bold modern art like black brushstrokes to add a balancing touch.

3. A camelback sofa is a timeless design form, and when mixed with a watery blue modern print it creates a very dynamic duo.

4. In some cases, you may want the classic look to be the star of the show, like in this Greek bust. So give it a great understudy like these very simple black-and-white characters.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing two distinct design styles – you’ll end up with a look that’s all your own!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Behind the Scenes

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We’re going to do something little different this week on Tobi TV! Normally I give you some great decorating tips right from one of my projects and in the actual room.

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But I know how much you love before-and-after shots of the homes I design, so this time we’re going to look at the process I went through to design this great dining room for one of my favorite clients! Let’s head behind the scenes and look at how it all started, and where we ended up!

Wow! What a difference, right? Let’s talk about a few of the things we did to take this dining room from dated to dynamite:

1. In home design, we sometimes encounter those strange little spaces that make a room a little awkward. Don’t be afraid to straighten out those odd walls and openings by working with a contractor.

2. You can give a boring wall a lot of interest by using details like applied molding.

3. Layers of neutrals from white to cream offer dimension and sophistication. And when you add a pop of color like red, it really makes a statement!

4. Use accessories to pick up complementary colors in your fabrics, like a touch of eggplant in the art that highlights the deep purple in the upholstered chairs.

5. I love to hang art within the borders of panel molding – it looks sleek and chic!

So what do you think about the before and the after for this dining room? I love the result and I know my client is happy with what we did.

What would you change about your dining room? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Mixing Color with Style

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This week, we’re in the CR Laine showroom at the recent High Point Market where I launched my new Tobi Fairley upholstery collection, and a line of art with Soicher Marin! I’m known for color, so you know I brought bright combinations into my new product designs, too.

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So many people, though, are intimidated about working with color. I have people tell me all the time that they’re worried they will choose the wrong color, or that they aren’t sure how to mix colors for a stylish look. Well today I’m going to bring you some tips and ideas that will help you banish those color fears and start embracing the bright side!

Let’s take a look at some combinations that really up the style quotient:

Bright and bold, right? See how easy it is to make color really work for you? Let’s review those tips:

1. Don’t know where to start with complementary colors? Go to the color wheel you remember from school! Once you have a color you like, choose a supporting color that is on the opposite side of that wheel.

2. Mix light and dark together – it’s what makes black and white such a classic duo! Think about using one dark color, like navy, with a paler hue like mint green.

3. You know how sweet and sour can taste good together? Try a tangy bright citrus color like chartreuse with a sweeter flavor like pink – the result will be delicious!

4. Also think about analogous colors, or those that are right next to each other on the color wheel, like lavender and sky blue. Because they are neighbors, they tend to play well together!

Use these bright ideas to really kick your color combos up a notch! And let me know which colors are your faves in the comments section below!

xo,

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