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Tobi TV: The Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Today for Tobi TV, I thought I’d share with you the fun video tour of the Hampton Designer Showhouse that recently ran on Open House TV in New York. Click here to watch the video!


What an honor to be featured along with other talented designers from the Showhouse including the fabulous Phoebe Howard. Want to see more? I recorded some fun videos of my own in the house that I will be bringing to Tobi TV soon.

In the meantime if you want to get this look, here are a few Tobi’s Tips…

1. Balance the feminine and the masculine aspects of a space to make it comfortable and appealing to everyone. The handsome grey geometric wallpaper mixed with the pretty orange floral does just that!

2. Afraid of going too bold with your color? Start with a warm neutral like this grey and layer in bright pops like I did with the orange Toile.

3. Tie your whole space together with the artwork like the exquisite abstract in my space courtesy of Birnamwood Gallery in the Hamptons.

So give these tips a try and let me know how they work. And be sure to visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine while you still can. It’s open through September 1st at 5:00pm. And do let me know what you think of my space. Leave me a comment to tell me your favorite parts!

See you next time on Tobi TV! xo,


Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the Hampton Designer Showhouse, sponsored by Traditional Home. I have had a wonderful time planning and designing the master bedroom and the deck for the house, sponsored by Duralee, and I can’t wait for the big reveal tomorrow.

In fact, I’m going to give all of you a sneak peek right now! As you can see below, I used grays and bright orange to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of the room. And I continued the orange color scheme onto the deck, with help from Mecox and Ballard Design. Big thanks of course to my fabric and furnishings sponsor Duralee, and also to Lexington Home Brands for the stunning chest, Currey & Company for the lamps, Phillip Jeffries for the wallpaper, Merida Studio for the huge rug, Farrow & Ball for the Mole’s Breath paint color on the cabinetry and shelves, and Robin Rice Gallery for art.

Enjoy this early look and let me know what you think! I’m also going to share photos of the other STUNNING rooms that my friends and colleagues have designed for the showhouse on Instagram, so check those out!

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Living Room Before and After

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So by now you have probably seen the latest issue of Traditional Home that I happen to be really happy about. And you’ve probably even taken a peek inside the issue at the home I had the pleasure to redesign and decorate. But even with the beautiful “after” photos, what everyone always wants to see is the “before” and it is quite the transformation. There is a lot of house to see and I’ll be bringing it to you over the next few weeks but today let’s take a look at the living room.


The before was spacious, with a good sofa and stylish white end tables. The client wanted to update and soften the space. She was looking for an edited result and I wanted to tweak the scale of the chairs and the art.

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In the “after” I amped up the volume while toning down the noise with a larger but sleek coffee table, several chic upholstered chairs, new pillows, a custom-made rug to fit the chamfered corners of the room, and I opted out of the tchotchkes in the built-ins in favor of the stunning blue chinoiserie vases.


Often the formal living room of  a home isn’t used much, and in this case the before had chairs with pretty lines but that weren’t inviting. I wanted this room (that’s just off the entry and a first impression on guests) to be beautiful, comfortable and functional.

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I pulled a favorite piece from the client’s art collection, purchased because it reminded my clients’ of one of their boys, and used it as the jumping-off point for the new blue color palette. I also wanted it front and center to get the attention it deserved.


The other side of the room housed a pair of chairs that were glamorous in shape but with the high ceilings, I thought didn’t quite have the impact or scale they needed.


Here’s another look at the “before” chairs. I always love to have a lamp near seating to make it more functional, so adding one was on my agenda. Plus, this end of the room was just screaming for a punch of that rich but not-quite-cobalt blue that the artwork introduced.

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Here’s the after with the handsome new blue chairs. I designed the walls, rug, and drapery all in neutral, warm tones similar to the existing sofa we decided to reuse. I wanted the neutral pieces to be the backdrop so the blue elements could really SHINE in this space!


Topping the space off with two metal x-benches in one of my favorite Greek key fabrics by Highland Court was the perfect final touch. And don’t you just love that tone-on-tone rug custom made in cut and loop pile by my friends at New River Artisans?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I recreated this space to fit my clients’ wishes and needs. Look for more before-and-after’s of this great project here on my blog soon.


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By the way, I’m in San Francisco for my third course with creativeLIVE that’s all about function and it starts tomorrow. If you want to improve the function in your home like I did in the space above, join me for my FREE live workshop next Monday-Wednesday. You can register here.

A BIG Give-away and Learning My Tips for Getting Published at High Point Market!

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I know I said that we wouldn’t be able to have our popular Getting Published event this year, but Lexington Home Brands is going to wave their magic wand and host an event at High Point Market that will allow me present to the best of my content from that event!!

At 9am on April 5, at the stunning Lexington Home Brands showroom (just a super-short 10-min shuttle ride from downtown High Point), I will give interior designers tips and ideas for how to get their projects published, including photo styling pointers and how to effectively package projects for submission with key elements that will catch an editor’s eye.


And even better, my special guest for this presentation will be Krissa Rossbund, senior style editor for Traditional Home. We’ll have a straightforward conversation with her about the editorial perspective on publishing design projects, which is timely since we worked together on my project featured in this month’s issue of Traditional Home!

This event is open to ANY and ALL interior designers who are attending the trade-only High Point Market, so I really hope you’ll join me there! I’m so thrilled that Lexington Home Brands is providing this venue for us, and I’m honored to be part of their Destination Design program that brings information and ideas to interior designers to help build their businesses.

Lexington is even adding in a special treat or two for attending designers, including a drawing for a FREE trip (all expenses paid!) to any one of my events in Dallas this year. They are even including spa treatments (which makes me wish I could enter :)!

Mark your calendars for April 5  - and join us for breakfast at 8:30am and my presentation with Krissa Rossbund at 9am. If you have any questions about shuttles, the event, or the drawing, email See you there!


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p.s. If you’re interested in transforming your interior design BUSINESS while you are at the High Point Market, add on a day to attend my Think Tank on April 4! This one-day event at the O.Henry Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., takes the best of my Designer MBA content and distills it down to the best of the information that will completely TRANSFORM how you do business, giving you the tools to make 2014 your BEST YEAR EVER! Just click through here for more information, and sign up today because seating is limited!

I’m a Cover Girl with Traditional Home!!

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I am thrilled to share with you today some very exciting news. I am very grateful to be featured on the cover of the April issue of Traditional Home magazine that hits newsstands and mailboxes across America this week. It is a great honor and if the cover wasn’t enough, Traditional Home felt this beloved project of mine worthy of a whopping 11 pages featured in gorgeous color in their glossy magazine. I finally saw an official copy here at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta where I am speaking today with Traditional Home Editor-in-Chief Ann Maine on the importance of blogging.


So though you may not believe it, I am truly speechless (and that’s rare where I am concerned) and so very appreciative to Ann Maine, Krissa Rossbund, senior design editor, and the entire team at Traditional Home that brought this feature to life. And I also want to thank my photographer extraordinaire Nancy Nolan who has a gift for capturing my interiors like no one can. And finally a HUGE thank you to my clients who allowed me the chance to design such an outstanding project to support their active lifestyle and hopefully add beauty to their daily lives.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And to you my loyal readers, I can’t wait to hear what you think. I happen to think the photos and the copy capture my clients’ personalities and lifestyle perfectly. So by all means, rush out and grab your copy so you can join me in celebrating.


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p.s. If you love this project, stay tuned for before and after features and much more insight on this project and my design process for this home. I can’t wait to share it with you because I have had to keep this lovely home under wraps for quite some time and I am dying to show you all the tiny details. And Thank you again for all your support!