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Coming Soon in Home Decor Trends

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CR Laine

(C.R. Laine’s fabulous showroom at High Point Market)

Every six months, I take a trip to High Point, NC, for the High Point Market – which is like a Fashion Week for the home design arena. It’s a fabulous place to spot the newest products and trends that will be heading to YOUR home in the future! So this week I thought I would give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of this huge show, and tell you about some of the trends I’m seeing for 2015.


(Global Views)

One of the biggest themes I saw was the use of bright metals – especially copper and brass. Copper was very big at the recent European trade shows, and the warm metal really brightened up a lot of designs in High Point, too. I loved this Global Views copper table, inspired by a cuff bracelet. And you can see the brass trend highlighted beautifully in the photo of C.R. Laine’s showroom at the top of the post.


(Caracole “See Write Through Me” Desk)

Lucite is hot-hot-hot right now, and a lot of showrooms were using it in new and different ways. I loved this desk from Caracole that was “spotted” by my friend Shay Geyer of IBB Designs!


(Bungalow 5)

Great graphic prints made eye-popping statements in a lot of showrooms, with terrific patterns like this one from Bungalow 5 that mixes well with a bright lacquered green! If it mixes pattern and color, you know I love it!



And as much as I love bright colors, I also really like the new trend toward softer colors and pastels like blush, cream, lavender, and champagne. This room from Bernhardt is so soft and calming – perfect for a night’s rest!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look behind the scenes at the High Point Market! I’m REALLY looking forward to the next show in April, when I will debut my first furniture collection with C.R. Laine!

Which of these looks are you most excited about for your home? And if you want to see more of the trends from this show, just click through here to my pinboard!










An Inspiring Show and Partner

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Hi, everyone! I’m spending this weekend at the amazing High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings trade show located in North Carolina. And today is a busy day for me! I’m speaking with the editors of Southern Living and Coastal Living today about how designers can get their work published in shelter magazines, and then at 4pm I will be at a fabulous cocktail event with my new partner C.R. Laine!

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I love coming to High Point Market because it’s full of color, style, and inspiration! It is honestly like Fashion Week for those of us in the home world. And this is the first market that I’m also dipping into the exhibitor side of the show!

Next April, I will debut my first upholstered furniture line with C.R. Laine, an absolutely amazing partner! As a start to our partnership, I designed the bistro area in the newly expanded showroom for C.R. Laine on the 2nd floor of 310 N. Hamilton. I went with a striking black-and-white palette, with bright splashes of kelly green in the chairs.

What really sets the sophisticated tone in this space is an amazing new product from Soicher Marin. Wall Couture is a customizable wall covering that is also reusable! I designed the paneled look you see here – and they have hundreds of designs in their High Point Market showroom at C&D, space 1B/1C. Wall Couture can be applied to any smooth or semi-smooth surface, so I may have to try this on some doors and shelves in the future.


I am so excited to embark on this new collaborative and creative partnership with C.R. Laine! It was thrilling to design their new Bistro as our first project together. We will be giving a few of their VIP clients some sneak peeks of the product this market. Exciting, right? And I can’t wait to unveil the designs to all of you next spring!

In the meantime, if you’re at High Point Market stop by and see the new C.R. Laine Bistro and their newly expanded showroom. Also don’t miss Soicher Marin’s Wall Couture – and be sure to notice ALL the artwork in C.R. Laine, because it is expertly created by Soicher Marin.

Until then, I’m off for more inspiration!









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

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Lexington Home Brands' Kensington Place Collection

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!

New House Diary and 1st Find at the Farm

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Hello Friends! I hope you are settling into this new year and you’re getting excited about what the next twelve months will bring to you.

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One of the biggest things on my agenda for 2014 is the design of my new home. We moved in about 3 months ago but I was quite busy late last year and just didn’t have time to get in my design work room and decide what our new home’s design would entail. To be honest I haven’t even totally unpacked or hung anything on the walls.

So the fun starts now and the best part is I am going to bring you along the design process with me and even let you weigh in on some of my decisions. Fun, right?

So every Thursday starting today, I hope you will join me for my new series New House Diary. We’re going to talk home goals, floor plans, paint colors, furniture, kitchen design, closets and so much more. You name it, if it’s in my house we will cover it.

One of my favorite decisions I’ve made about this house is that I am going to take my own sweet time to get it just the way I want it. It’s going to be a process that involves blending old and new, reproductions and antiques, remodeling and repurposing and none of these decisions can happen overnight.


I plan to be more mindful than I have ever been before, filling my home with quality and craftsmanship. I’ll be inspired by some of my favorite things like these vintage grapes a gift from my best friend that remind me of my great-grandmother. Maybe they’ll just be my leaping off place for the whole shebang. What do you think?

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I will blend existing pieces (like these familiar items from my last home) with new products and antiques for a unique mix that represents my family and me and the things most important to us. We will have a “NO FILLER” philosophy. Meaning if it is not something we truly love, it doesn’t get a home in this house. And I will be explaining my motivations for the design each step of the way. Like why that 70’s wood paneling just has to go.

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So for today before I get busy planning what to do with all the things that don’t work in my new home (because although it will do for the moment, you can see my stuff just doesn’t work the same in this house), let me tell you my Tobi’s Top Ten things I DO love about my new digs. Here we go…

1. The lot—it is spacious (almost an acre) on a gorgeous corner with a large front yard and set on the golf course in the back. The land alone was worth buying the house.

2. The layout. My neighborhood (which is our neighborhood of choice) was developed in the 60’s and 70’s initially and most of the houses are traditional two story with 8 foot ceilings and the master suite upstairs. But not this one. We have a spacious Master suite on the main level and our Living Room and Sunroom both have 9 foot ceilings which is a bonus.  With large spacious rooms, about 1000 extra feet than our last house, and great traffic flow, this house is perfect for the entertaining and social lifestyle my family and I love.

3. The pool—a 30 year old concrete beauty, my vision for it is reminiscent of some of my favorite old Hollywood hotels like the Beverly Hills Hotel. I can already see us sipping cocktails lying on chic black and white loungers, can’t you?


4. My daughter’s room. Basically a second master suite but upstairs, this room is the perfect place for my young lady to grow for many years. It’s spacious with an en suite bath and a sizable closet. What more could my little glamour girl ask for?

5. Can you say sleeping porch? Or at least it will be once I screen it in and spruce it up. I can‘t wait to spend many Spring and Fall days here relaxing, reading and napping with a view of the pool and the golf course.

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6. My yoga and meditation room aka the second guest room. Yep, my new massage table is right at home in this space and I can’t wait to make it a serene retreat for keeping my mind and body healthy without leaving my house.

7. The oversized garage—what a convenience after squeezing into our last one for 7 years. My hubby and I have plenty of room for our cars plus lots of great additional storage. A real luxury.

8. And speaking of storage…how about not one but two walk-in attics. Yep, no more climbing a wobbly ladder carrying arm-fulls of stuff. It’s just opening a door and walking right in to my easy-to-organize dreamy attics these days. What a relief!

9. The gorgeous colonial exterior. Yes, I need to tweak the scale of the architectural details a bit, but that’s the easy part. The overall style is classic, beautiful and timeless.


10. And finally it may sound silly, but I LOVE my hot water spout at the kitchen sink. Not a convenience that I would have thought to include but when I make my daily cup of tea in less than a minute, it’s a real treat. Though the kitchen needs a major over-hall, this is one little feature that will make an appearance post renovation.

So there you have it. My favorite things about this new place we call home. Now it’s decision time. I’m off to start designing. Meet me back here next week for another edition of New House Diary and see what revelations I’ve had.

Oh and by the way, I may just find some FABULOUS antiques for my new abode next week in Atlanta during 1st Find at the Farm. Don’t know what that is?

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Well maybe it’s because you’re still in full-on holiday mode, or maybe you’re already back in the swing of things and missed our announcement, but today I want to give you a little reminder that next week, on January 7th, you’re invited to join me at the Antique & Design Center’s very first Atlanta Antique show: 1st Find at the Farm. I will be speaking on how to work with antiques for interiors that look fresh and timeless, just like my new house. I’ll be speaking and then touring and then dining, and YOU can join me for the whole event! And you can see in person whether I find any antiques for my new home design. Or even help me pick some out.


Here’s how to get a MOOve on and join me at what is sure to be a glamorous, fabulous, and fun evening:

Interested and excited, but missed all of the details in my first announcement about the event? CLICK HERE.

Ready to help me look for finds for my new house? To buy your ticket for my talk plus a shopping tour and dinner with me, SIGN UP HERE.

If you’re an antique hound and a designer who’s ready to hit this new event just before Atlanta Market, learn more about 1st Find at the Farm and the amazing antique dealers who will be showing their goods. Just CLICK HERE.


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Oh, and I haven’t forgotten our resolutions and dreams. They are still on their way, so hang with me. We’re going to jumpstart this year over the coming days and weeks together. Thanks for allowing me a moment for a few dreams about my house. 😉


Talking Antiques at 1st Find at the Farm

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Olivier Fleury

Olivier Fleury

So: You love great design. But. Have you really explored the wonderful world of antiques? Antiques are such an amazing way to add texture and depth to your designs.

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Art & Antique Hunter

If you’ve been to the Antique & Design Center of High Point during your treks to High Point Market in the past few years, then you already know it is the number one place to go for forward-focused design, gorgeous antique furnishings and fabulous art.


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And, now, the Antique & Design Center is launching an exciting new event to kick off their debut at the Atlanta Market this January 7-8th! It’s called 1st Find at the Farm, and I am truly honored to be the featured presenter at such a highly-anticipated event!

If you love design–and you love antiques–but aren’t quite sure how to bring all that love together, please join me at 1st Find at the Farm on January 7th. That afternoon, I’m going to be speaking on a topic that I hope will really reinvigorate your designs and give you a fresh perspective on mixing pieces of different ages–and with different histories–in your work. My presentation is called “Finding Inspiration in the Mix: Layering Antiques Into Your Design for a Fresh Look.”

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Following the lecture, you’ll also get a chance to walk through the show with me, and afterward we will get to rave about our favorite finds over a private dinner. This part of the show (my presentation, tour and dinner) is RSVP-only, so grab a ticket before it sells out!

And the setting for this show is going to be truly spectacular! Imagine: Many of the top antique dealers in the U.S. showcasing their most stunning pieces out on the rolling hills of the Broder Family farm, just minutes from downtown Atlanta. Talk about “Finding Inspiration in the Mix,” try this country/city combo to break you out of your rut! Good music + good food + gorgeous setting + great design = perfect combination!

The whole thing promises to be 100% AMAZING, and you definitely don’t want to miss it! To purchase your ticket in advance–and to get all of the event details–visit the event website.


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