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Sunday Showcase: Shades of Light

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Do you shop Shades of Light?? I have fallen in love with them and often use them in our InBox Interiors projects and the homes of our full-service design clients. They have a such a huge variety of awesome finds — everything from lighting to rugs to furniture. As you know,  color and pattern are two of my favorite things. Lucky for me, that’s just what Shades of Light is all about!

Here are just a few of my favorite offerings from them:

This aqua and lime leopard rug could really add a punch to a neutral room.

I’m head-over-heels for these juicy Pop Modern Ceramic Table Lamps, which happen to be a Shades of Light exclusive!! They work for almost any space.

How about these colorful dining chairs?! The Cafe Colors Dining Chairs come in six sassy colors – what fun!

Head on over to Shades of Light and pick out your favorite finds! I’m certain you’ll find a few.. or fifty!

xo, Tobi

Sunday Showcase: Barry Dixon

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Little Rock is in for a treat: Barry Dixon is coming to town! He’s going to be speaking and signing books tomorrow at a fundraiser luncheon, hosted by the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas. Barry is probably the nicest guy I know–one of my absolute favorite people–and an amazingly gifted designer. Though he has traveled the world, he has family in this area (especially Northeast AR) and he claims his Southern roots.

His design style is informed by this association (he is the epitome of the Southern gentleman), but the breadth of his travels give his interiors a global inflection that is truly unique. He has been a great inspiration to me throughout my own career; in fact, one entire showhouse he designed for Traditional Home was featured in an issue that I treasured as my bible of design for years!

Barry is a multi-faceted designer with his own collections of fabric and trim, furniture, rugs, and more. Let’s have a look:

1. Three examples from Barry’s fabric collection with Vervain / 2. Barry’s Albemarle Dining Chair / 3. The gorgeous Hakam Table

Learn more about the beautiful things Barry’s doing at his website, and join me in welcoming him to my hometown. I’ll be sure to follow up and let you know all about the event.



Sunday Showcase: Mottega Lamps

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Confession: here at TFID we are slightly – er, okay majorly – OBSESSED with Mottega lamps. If you’re not already familiar with this fabulous, innovative company (which was created by Mark Moussa who also happens to be the creator of Arteriors Home!), allow me introduce you to one of the best ideas in lighting history!

This highlight from House Beautiful in 2011 is a great illustration of what Mottega is all about — configuration! On Mottega’s user-friendly website, you can mix and match lamp “anatomy” and colors until your heart is content! It’s like Legos for grown-ups. Ha!

There’s truly something for everyone, and the possible combinations are endless!

Some like it with gloss… (photo source: Apartment Therapy)

… and some like it with glass!

Here’s a few configurations I put together for you as a little demo:

Cool, right? So head on over to the Mottega Configurator and design the lamp of your dreams!



Sunday Showcase: Dunes and Duchess

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Lately I’ve been fortunate enough to soak up some sun and relaxation! I got to spend a few days poolside with my family on a recent trip to Arizona and another fun day at the river when I returned to Arkansas. The combo reminded me of all the things I love about the sun and water…and a great line that celebrates this type of lifestyle with beautiful pieces.

Dunes and Duchess is the brainchild of photographer Michael Partenio and stylist Stacy Kunstel and I must say they are a talented duo!


So many of these designs remind me of a beachside cottage! It’s truly this pair’s expertise and I’m loving these fresh new pieces that are just out for spring and summer…

Where can you find Dunes & Duchess? Retailers around the nation carry the line, including Barneys. See the full list at You can also send purchase inquiries to

Hope you’re soaking up some sun this weekend!



Sunday Showcase: Susanna Salk and a Brand New Book!

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Happy Sunday!

Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing Susanna Salk‘s new book with you.

Be Your Own Decorator is her latest inspiring book and I couldn’t be more excited to be included in it. The book features 75 of the World’s top interior designers and their tips for creating livable rooms that make a statement. What an honor to be included in that list!!! Here’s a piece of my work, along with a quote, that she shared with readers.


Susanna’s talent never ceases to amaze me from her earlier work with Elle Decor to House and Garden and her ever-popular columns, blogs, tv appearances and, of course, books! Susanna is a regular on NBC’s the Today show sharing Design Ideas. And her books are some of my favorites in our industry! She is truly a talent and I’m honored to be a part of her latest book.

Happy Reading!