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Kicking off the Holidays with Rue Magazine

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Well Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to start trimming the tree. Thankfully Rue Daily, the online companion to the fabulous digital magazine Rue, asked me to share my favorite tips for amping up the volume on your holiday color palette.

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So head over to Rue Daily and hear my tips and tricks for making your holiday decor anything but boring this year.

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And if you are almost ready to really step out of the typical and traditional holiday color palette, maybe my ideas will help you take the leap.

Happy Decorating Y’all!

xo,
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A Beautiful Table and A Grateful Heart

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It’s here again. My favorite holiday. One of my favorite days of the year–Thanksgiving. And as I prepare to spend the day with my family and enjoy a delicious meal at a beautifully designed table, counting my many blessings and giving thanks, I find myself a bit more introspective that normal.

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Life has been going at a break-neck speed. And I have a lot to share with you about my personal and business journeys that I just can’t seem to get out of my head and onto this blog. But as with all my life successes and challenges, I promise to share these with you when I am able. I have NO doubt there are some major lessons from which we can all learn.

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But for today, one more day, I am going to keep my focus on the things that are most important to me including making memories with those I love while we have the chance.

So Happy Thanksgiving friends. My mind may be full of deep thoughts, but my heart is FULL of gratitude and one of the things I am most grateful for is you.

Wishing you a safe and happy day full of laughter and love! Oh and turkey too.

xo,

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Time to Deck the Halls!

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Can you feel it? Now that Halloween is over, holiday decorating season really is just around the corner! I am on my way to New York City as we speak. It’s my favorite city to visit with the holiday season upon us. Maybe I’ll even have a bit of time for some shopping.  And here’s something else to get you in the spirit…I just received my Southern Living Christmas Special Edition; have a peek:

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Yes, that’s my home! Or my last home at least in all it’s blue holiday glory. And let me tell you: this special Southern Living Holiday issue is FULL of amazing ideas for your home this holiday season as well as some heavenly-looking recipes: YUM!.

Loving these pillows? Check out my entire holiday collection over at Tobi Fairley Home! We introduced some new designs this year. They could give you just the kick you need for your holiday decor.

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And what a fun shot of my entry. Don’t you love the boxwood? Oh, and are you noticing the Cobalt blue on my tree above? What an exciting color trend! A trendy color is a fun way to spice up your home for the holidays.

Definitely pick up this special issue to get LOTS more inspiration for decking your halls!

Xo,

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p.s. Still looking for more information on the hottest trends I saw at High Point Market like that Cobalt blue? Head on over to Williams-Sonoma Marketplace and read my trend report article!

 

Think Unique! Personalized Gifts for the Holidays

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So, I’ve been a fan of LaPlates for a long time now, because they always have just the thing when what you need is a highly personalized, fun, playful, and colorful gift!

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It’s not always easy to think this far ahead, but if you want a one-of-a-kind and personalized surprise under the tree…now’s the time to get shopping!

And THIS WEEK they are also giving away a fully-customized Monogrammed Wedge Pillow, to one lucky winner, which…these are totally adorable, am I right?!

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This pillow, valued at $200, is part of their collection that is handmade, piece by piece, designed by your fabric choices.

And you can enter the giveaway, using the rafflecopter, below:
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Can’t wait to see if you win the GIVEAWAY? You can also use the promotional code: PILLOW10 for 10% off any La Plate applique pieces, through 9.29.13.

Here are some ideas of how the pillows can be customized:

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And, if you’re shopping for that applique discount, check out these items:

See? There’s just no end to the fun you can have when you can customize AND personalize! Good luck on the Wedge Pillow giveaway!

XO,

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Keeping Promises to Yourself

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Hi Everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend like I did and if you are a mom…Happy belated Mother’s Day. I spent some precious time with my daughter this weekend planting flowers on the patio and getting our outdoor spaces up to snuff. And then we spent almost every other waking (and a few sleeping) moments outside enjoying our handiwork from our loungers under the umbrella, in the hammock, or dining in our outdoor dining space. Our garden is really a place where my whole family replenishes so we are grateful for this time of year and the chance to be outdoors.

And while I was out “digging in the dirt” and reviving some of my house plants from their long winter’s nap indoors, I had an epiphany. I realized that the years that my houseplants aren’t thriving from their winter experience, neither am I. What I mean is this: if I am too busy to care for my plants (some of them almost 20 years old) then I am also too busy to take care of me.

And although I have gotten healthy over the last two years, it is still a really slippery slope when I get off-track of caring for myself so that I can care for everyone else during the really busy periods in my life. And caring for myself doesn’t mean just staying slim. Through the last 3 VERY busy months, I’ve been pretty much in control of my weight, but not my health. So now my diet is full of junk again, even though it may not be over my calorie count. And my back, hamstrings, and hips are a disaster from falling off my yoga regime. And my stress level has been high again because I haven’t been doing my cardio regularly to get all those toxic thoughts and energy out. In other words, I wasn’t keeping my promises to my houseplants or to myself.

Which reminds me of a great idea that was mentioned in a recent business conference I went to. The speaker said something profound. He said, “What would happen in your life if you just kept all the promises you made to yourself?” WOW!! Did you hear that? “If you just kept all the promises you made to YOURSELF.” Not to other people which we tend to be more accountable to, but if we only changed one thing and did what we told ourselves we were going to do.

This is HUGE, people!!!! We spend years creating our own self-doubt and insecurities and then top it off with poor health, bad backs, and diseases because we do not keep promises to ourselves. And we lose trust and faith in our abilities to accomplish things because we no longer believe our own thoughts, because we are constantly NOT doing what we tell ourselves we are going to. LIGHTBULB!!!!

I think changing this one habit this year could actually make you become the person you want to be. And I think becoming extremely careful with what we say we want to do, if we really have no intention of doing it, which is the all-important second important part of this equation.

So to start you and I both off on a great note this Monday, let’s do this together. Let’s make a list of all the things that we keep telling ourselves we are going to do. Then let’s pick three of them and actually keep our promises. And for now, let’s let all the others go. It takes baby steps to make a new habit, but I think if we can start having faith in ourselves again, and can see that we REALLY can do what we say, that our whole lives will start to change.

Are you game? Join me today. What are your 3 promises you will start keeping right now? Leave me a comment if you are willing. I think if we put it out to the Universe it’s not only keeping a promise to ourselves, it’s keeping a promise to each other.

Here are my three:

1. Keep my yoga practice at least 3 times a week NO MATTER WHAT!

2. Be true to a healthy, not just low calorie diet, even when I am busy.

3. Put my “Tobi Time” in the schedule for relaxing and replenishing first and sticking to it with no exceptions, even when I have more work to do than I can possibly accomplish that week.

Now tell me…What are your three promises? Tell me and write them down and post them at your desk, on your mirror and everywhere else they can help you keep your promises.

I am excited to walk this path with you.

xo,

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