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A Big Reveal for the New Year…

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So, you know how when you know about a surprise long before the surprise it’s really hard to keep it under your hat?

And, you know how it sort of makes you feel a little bit better just to tell someone “I know something exciting that you don’t know yet!”?

Well, I just can’t resist dangling this one:

I have a very BIG REVEAL to share with you on January 1. So, if you like that sort of thing…stay tuned!

Keeping happy secrets is so hard!


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Shop My One Kings Lane Sale, Today Through Saturday!

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I’m so excited that today is the launch of my fourth Tastemaker Tag Sale with One King’s Lane! Not sure what that means? Imagine being able to shop my personal collection of furnishings and accessories for just 72 hours. You’ll find items that I’ve handpicked and ordered custom for staging, photo shoots, and MORE. Let me give you a sneak peek of what you’ll find on my sale this week.

By now you’re probably pretty familiar with my formal living room. But now you can purchase some key pieces that will give your own space the same mood of feminine power and grace:


Remember this bold guest bedroom? Now you can get the look!



And on the sale you’ll find some dramatic pieces that will help you recreate this warm and playful design, from my former family room:


famrmoklThere are also some gorgeous and functional furniture pieces that will serve your family beautifully, like this hydraulic table that can be coffee or cocktail height, depending on what you need at the time. Perfect for families who do a lot of entertaining!



And check out some of the hot black and white items and then pair them with a color punch!



I just know that everyone will find something to LOVE! So go shop NOW, before the goodies are all gone!


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Tobi’s Top Ten Design Books for Holiday 2013

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I love books. I really love design books. I collect them. And in the publishing industry, like in the movie industry, the holiday season is the BIG release time for the best design books of the year. Just last week I was on my monthly segment of Good Morning Arkansas with many of my favorite design books for the season. Here’s the segment…

And today I am thrilled to bring you my favorite design books for gift giving this holiday season. So in no particular order because I own and adore each of these titles, here are my 10 favorite this year…

Alexa Hampton’s new book is exquisite and charming just like Alexa. But it’s also a fabulous how to–really a design encyclopedia including photos of Alexa’s favorite furniture styles outlined for you.


Aerin Lauder is today’s most chic style maven. An accomplished entrepreneur in her own right, Aerin is the granddaughter of cosmetic giant Estee Lauder. Today Aerin has her own cosmetic company and has crossed over into the home category with great success. This book tells you about her family history, her childhood and how she lives today. Aerin’s book is a must have!


Recently named to the exclusive AD 100 list, Architectural Digest’s list of the top 100 designers and architects in the World, Dallas-based designer Jan Showers’ follow up to her gorgeous book Glamorous Rooms is her latest book, Glamours Retreats. You won’t want to miss the fabulous destinations she’s designed for her new book. They are certainly Glamorous!!


Old is the new “new”. And blogger, contributing magazine editor and design historian Jennifer Boles has created an iconic design catalog that is a must for every design library. From Acrylic to Chinoiserie all the way to the letter Z, Jennifer defines design terms, collections and styles to help you be your own decorator or be educated when you hire one.


I featured Suzanne’s book just a couple of weeks ago and I am still day dreaming about this gorgeous book. I have found amazing inspiration for my own home from this book and since I’ve been in several of Suzanne’s projects that are featured in Timeless Style, it’s really fun to see it in print.


Remix, written by my friend, blogger and product designer Jeanine Hays and her husband Brian Mason is a fresh, diverse and exciting look at infusing family, culture, heritage and collections into your home particularly based on her African-American heritage. I love this book!


California designer Suzanne Tucker brings handsome, interesting, exquisite and cosmopolitan spaces to her latest book, the Romance of Design. Suzanne does Traditional like no one else, infused with her California aesthetic for a sophisticated but not stuffy result. These spaces make me want to visit them in person.

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Candle magnate Howard Slatkin brings his VERY ornate aesthetic to his new book Fifth Avenue Style. And whether this look is your taste or not, the fabulous thing about this gorgeous monograph is that Howard really focuses on the hard working rooms of the home–the silver closet, the pantry, the flower room if you are lucky enough to have one and of course the space where he stores his candles. I adore the floor plan rendering on the inside cover (reminiscent of a Clue game board), before and after shots, details and scrapbook-style inspiration pages that help you get into the mind of this talented designer and understand his process.


Brian J. McCarthy, also a new addition to the AD 100 list, has a stunning new book that is truly a mouth-watering collection of Brian’s most gorgeous work. This is eye-candy in it’s best form.


And as I mentioned Monday, the new book called House Beautiful Color, the Perfect Shade for Every Room, not only includes my work, but has a plethora of gorgeous design projects, perfect paint colors with names and items numbers, and hundreds of tips for making color work for you.

So you can’t go wrong with any of these gorgeous books for yourself or the designer or design lover in your life this holiday season. Of if you are like me, I suggest adding them all to your collection.

Happy Shopping Y’all!


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Soulful Sunday: All I want for Christmas is Peace

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The year is almost done. I’m tired of planning and pushing and performing. I am ready to go with the flow. I am open to what comes.


My heart and my gut know what’s right for me. So trust is what I am going to do. Will you?


And I know that to have all I want, I need to give thanks for all I have.


And to fulfill my purpose, I need to spend more time in my sweet spot.


And I have no doubt that what will be will be. I am not in control so I might as well sit back and enjoy the ride.


And speak less so I can truly hear my calling.


So I can find calm in the midst of life no matter how busy things get.


And can have the resilience to ignore the mind and only hear the soul.


I can hear it most when I am at rest. Surrounded by the people and the pets and the things that I love.


And that rest starts today.


Happy December Y’all. All I want for Christmas is peace…on Earth and in life. I know my peace begins with me. Wishing you inner peace this holiday season.


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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!

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