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Think Tank is Underway!

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I’m so inspired this morning to be kicking off my first on-the-road training, Tobi’s Think Tank! An exclusive group of 15 amazing and powerful designers is working with me today at the O. Henry Hotel on transforming their core business practices and visions so that they can achieve the success they’ve always dreamed of! They have all carved one day out of their time at High Point Market to buckle down with me and get my no-holds-barred take on what this industry demands!

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I am also so grateful for the support of our amazing sponsors: Madcap Cottage, C.R. Laine, Bernhardt, Kravet, and The Gilded Stag!

This event is sure to make my High Point experience even more dynamic and exciting than usual! I’ll be keeping you posted!

XO,

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p.s. Two quick reminders for you:

#1 If you love my blog, please vote for me in the Lamps Plus Best Home Blog 2013 Contest. Each time you vote (up to 1 time each day) you’ll be entered to win a $500 Shopping Spree at the Lamps Plus online store. Just follow THIS LINK to the contest page.

And #2 time is running out for you to sign up to be a member of my virtual audience for a FREE live training on creativeLIVE. To learn more about how to enroll in my workshop on Using Color in Home Design, CLICK HERE.

To Market, To Market…

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Today, I’m headed to High Point, North Carolina as the festivities for the 2013 Fall Market are getting underway. There are so many amazing things to do and see in the coming week! To learn more about the Market, click HERE.

This week I’m so honored to be Style Spotting at Market for the THIRD time! And I’m in all-star style spotter company. Here’s how you can participate: Keep an eye on the #HPMKT Style Spotter Pinterest boards I’ve linked to (just click through on the image below) and watch all week as the Style Spotters pin their best discoveries on the spot! And offer YOUR feedback on the pins by liking, sharing and commenting-on the items we select that you like the MOST. Votes placed between October 19th and November 1 will all be tallied to determine which of us Style Spotters has her finger on the pulse of what inspires you! It’s going to be lots of fun, and anyone can get involved.

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And just for fun…I found my past market boards for you to peruse and to get you primed to see what great new merchandise we will spot this go round!

Click on this image to see my Fall 2011 picks:

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And this image is linked to my Spring 2012 finds:

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I’m so excited to see what great furnishings and accessories I’ll find at #HPMKT this week!

XO,

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p.s. Two quick reminders for you:

#1 If you love my blog, please vote for me in the Lamps Plus Best Home Blog 2013 Contest. Each time you vote (up to 1 time each day) you’ll be entered to win a $500 Shopping Spree at the Lamps Plus online store. Just follow THIS LINK to the contest page.

And #2 time is running out for you to sign up to be a member of my virtual audience for a FREE live training on creativeLIVE. To learn more about how to enroll in my workshop on Using Color in Home Design, CLICK HERE.

Last Chance to Think Tank with ME at #HPMKT !

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My very first session of Tobi’s Think Tank is just around the corner now, on October 18th! It’s an exciting leap for me because it’s the first time I’ll offer one of my signature trainings, Designer MBA, compressed into a one-day, advanced training, AND it’s the first time ever that I’m taking my show on the road, so to speak, and bringing this event to YOU in Greensboro, NC during the October High Point Market.

This is going to be a very close-up session, with a maximum enrollment of just 15 designers, which means I’ll get to speak individually with each of you about the specific obstacles you’re facing in your businesses. If you know me at all, you know that when it comes to business rehab, no questions are off-limits, and I love to share openly from my own experience and expertise.

But, listen: Of those 15 spaces, there are now just a couple left! 

So, if you’ve ever felt like you aren’t charging what you’re worth…

If you worry that you’re just the best kept secret in your area and want to skyrocket your visiblity…

If you’ve ever been frustrated that you just can’t seem to create productive relationships with your clients…

If you are struggling each month to cover your operating and overhead expenses…

If you’re confused about how to set yourself apart from other designers…

If you’re frustrated that everyone perceives your business as “just a hobby”…

Then Think Tank is the place for you!

Learn more about this high-powered training, including what past attendees have to say, at the event website, HERE.

Think Tank also has a new sponsor, Bernhardt Furniture! Thank you, Bernhardt for supporting the professional growth of designers!

We would like to thank our event sponsors:

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A Calendar Note for LA-Area Design Pros

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I’ve been busy in my workroom this week, and I’m so excited about new ideas for my new home that I am just about jumping up and down! But just because I’m in full-on inspiration mode, I didn’t want you to miss an exciting industry event that’s happening this week!

If you’re a design pro in the Los Angeles area (or needing an impromptu getaway!), definitely don’t miss the kick-off session of WestEdge, a design fair taking place October 3-6th in Santa Monica. My friends Keith Granet and Meg Touborg of The Leaders of Design Council are offering a series of exclusive business seminars that will elevate your business practices in our changing industry. The theme of the event is Taking Care of Business.

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 8.52.07 AM (2) To register, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the entire WestEdge event, visit westedgedesignfair.com.

Jeffrey Alan Marks will be there to set the tone for the evening, and the key presentation topics by Granet and Touborg will be:

“What’s Happening in the MarketPlace: Implications for Design Companies in 2014″

“The Business of Design: Business Insights and Lessons from Leading Designers”

and “So You Think You Want Your Own Product Line…”

I wish I could be there, but I’m excited that such a group of great minds are gathering to consider the major questions in the immediate future of the industry! I hope you can make it.

XO,

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Photostyling Before and After (and After): My Family Room

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IMG_1316Well my daughter successfully started the third grade today. Hard to believe she’s growing up so fast! Thanks for allowing me a day off yesterday while I got her ready. These moments are priceless.

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Now I am back and excited to continue the photostyling tour through my home. Today’s stop…the Family Room (photos by Nancy Nolan).

Many of you have seen a few iterations of this space. And like my bedroom, it has an after and an “after” after.

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Here is how this space looks now after sprucing it up for Ronda’s great book, Designers At Home.

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Typically I think of my photostyling as editing a space. This time, it was about leaving my personality and favorite creature comforts in the space because Ronda’s book was all about living a well-lived life in my own home. So what do I surround myself with to make me most happy?

Well certainly design books. Lots and lots of them. And of course fresh flowers. Tulips are in my top 3 favorite varietals. And who could cozy up without my pups near by. There’s my sweet Harley again (a couple of photos above) cuddled up in the wing chair.

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This image has been making the rounds internationally, recently featured in Canadian House and Home.

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And British Homes and Gardens–there’s Ronda showing it off. How exciting!

IMG_1303The sofa seating area isn’t the only part of the room that I livened up. I also gave a punch of color to my bookcases.

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Inspired by my favorite orange gourd lamps, I thought the white books needed a bit of pizazz!

Here is how this space looked in the Traditional Home spread in 2011 (photos by Werner Straube).

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And here it is back in 2007 when it was featured in At Home in Arkansas sans all the orange.

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So what do you think? Stacks of design books or no books? Orange lamps or white ones? All white bookshelves, or a punch of citrus to spice them up? Which photos are your favorites. I really do want to know.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you love. Now I’m off to help with some third grade homework.

xo,

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p.s. Did you hear my BIG announcement about the all-new Tobi’s Think Tank during High Point Market? Yep, that’s right–I am bringing a fast and furious version of my acclaimed Designer MBA course to High Point so you can get priceless business of design education while you are there for market. After years of requests, it’s the first time I am taking one of my fab events on the road. Want to know more about it? Check out all the details here and get signed up–there are fewer than 10 spots left.