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Tobi TV: Mixing the Masculine and the Feminine in Your Bedroom

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Today is the day we dismantle our lovely room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. It has been such a successful Showhouse and an honor to be a part of this event. I am especially grateful to Traditional Home magazine and Duralee Fabrics for the opportunity to create a gorgeous design in the Hamptons with them this summer! And though I hate to see it go, I am happy we have gorgeous photos and videos of this space so we can continue to use it for sharing my favorite design tips and ideas to design lovers like you. So in honor of this space, let’s take a look at it again for today’s segment of Tobi TV.

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One of the key ideas in my Hampton’s master bedroom was a mix of the feminine and the masculine all in one space. That way, no matter which you prefer, you can find something to love in this room. This approach is perfect for a room like a Master Suite where there are often 2 people who might have 2 distinct ideas for design, living there together. So first lets take a look at the video…

And now, a recap of my Tobi’s Top Tips for Bringing Masculine and Feminine together in your space…

1. Use the color palette to achieve both of these ideas. Here I wrapped the room in masculine shades of gray from the lighter linen color to the darker charcoal. And then I popped in a bit of a more feminine orange with the sherbet colored toile.

2. Pattern and texture help mix the feminine and the masculine. Here the handsome textured solids and geometrics like the grasscloth wallcovering lean towards the masculine, and then the floral toile in a linen texture blends in a bit more feminine sensibility.

3. Shape and form are a great way to bring in both the yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy in a space. The glamorous curves of the overscaled wing chairs and the shapely and tall headboard are more feminine, and the sleek and simple lines of the sofa, the ottoman, and other straight-lined pieces in the room bring the masculine in, too.

4. Don’t forget art as a way to mix both ideas into your space. The abstract art in this room is decidedly more masculine, while the flowers and feminine figure in the photography certainly lean more feminine.

5. And finally, use a statement piece or two to sway the emotion and feeling of a space one way or the other on the masculine-feminine scale. The smart and tailored orange chest definitely gives a masculine punch to the room.

I hope you loved these design ideas for making any master bedroom work for anyone and everyone who uses it! And I hope you’ll share this video with all your design-loving friends who may need help designing for more than one person in their space. Do leave me a comment and let me know what tips I’ve given here resonated with you, or if you have any other great ideas for making a master bedroom, or any room, fit the needs of all who use it.

I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV! Happy Tuesday and Happy September!


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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!