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Dwell With Dignity’s Thrift Studio

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(Spring 2014 Dwell with Dignity vignette by Designer

and DWD board member Jan Showers)

So many of us take our homes and our lifestyles for granted. But for many people, having a lovely place to live that will support their physical and mental well-being is the least thing on their mind. They are just trying to survive.

Thankfully, there is an amazing organization based in Dallas, Texas called Dwell with Dignity. It’s a non-profit that creates beautiful environments for families to not just survive but thrive. Their motto is to “Help families escape homelessness and poverty through design, one household at a time.” And I am thrilled that I have been asked to be the Honorary Chair of Dwell with Dignity’s signature fundraiser Thrift Studio.

But before we talk about that, I want you to know that Dwell with Dignity is starting to open chapters in other cities with their first expansion being Atlanta. The photos below are from their launch project there a few months ago with design help from Celebrity names like Brian Patrick Flynn and Kerry Howard.

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(Design by Brian Patrick Flynn)

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(Design by Kerry Howard)

The exciting news is that Dwell with Dignity hopes to open more chapters across the country soon with help from supporters like you and me.


(Denise McGaha in her Thrift Studio Vignette for Fall 2014)

So how can we support this worthy cause? Well this is Dwell with Dignity’s Fifth Anniversary so it’s a BIG year for them. And I couldn’t be more honored to help bring awareness to the amazing cause by chairing their signature fundraising event, Thrift Studio. The event is this Thursday. And if you don’t know what Thrift Studio is, it’s a Design-Lovers Dream with vignettes (mock rooms) created by several talented Dallas-area Designers like my friend Denise McGaha. Designers partner with local showrooms and vendors including some of my favorites like David Sutherland, ID Collection and Peacock Alley for gorgeous and dramatic results. Plus all the fabulous interior furnishings and decorations in the vignettes are for sale at CRAZY good prices with proceeds supporting Dwell with Dignity Projects.


So I hope you will join me this Thursday night in Dallas at Thrift Studio. You can buy tickets here. Be sure to get there early because it’s literally a shopping frenzy and you won’t want to miss out on many gorgeous finds for your home!

See you there! xo,








My New Collaboration with C.R. Laine Furniture

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I know it’s Tuesday and I know you are expecting my latest episode of Tobi TV but today I have bigger news! I am thrilled to announce that I have a VERY exciting partnership with one of my favorite upholstery companies, C.R. Laine. I will be creating a furniture collection to launch in April 2015 at the High Point Furniture Market with this amazing family-owned company that is based in Hickory, North Carolina.

My friends at the Editor at Large captured all the details about our unique collaboration perfectly, so you can read all about it here including an interview with me. And even though we have to wait until April for my collection to debut, I have been helping C.R. Laine redesign their “Bistro” in their High Point showroom so if you are a designer, come by and see their newly expanded showroom, their new cafe and say hello at market this October!  C.R. Laine and I look forward to seeing you there soon.

And for all you design-lovers out there who love my design style, I’ll be bringing you sneak peeks of our collaboration in the coming months.  And look for my C.R. Laine upholstery collection coming to retailers near you by Summer 2015.


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P.S. I’ll be back with another episode of Tobi TV really soon. But check back here tomorrow for a BIG giveaway! You’re going to love it.

Americana Playroom

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On this memorial day as we remember all those brave souls who died for our freedom, I thought I would get in the Americana spirit with a project you may not have seen.


This playful playroom all decked out in Americana Red, White and Blue is part of the house recently featured in Traditional Home, but this room didn’t make the magazine spread so I thought I’d give you a peek.

How fun it would be to honor our great country with Patriotic colors in your home all year long, right? And it was especially fun for me to use lots of my Tobi Fairley Home Fabrics custom colored to create this boyish look.


Happy Memorial Day Friends. I hope you spend some time remembering the sacrifice many have made so we can live an amazing life here in America.


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My Colorful Designs Go Global

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While I’m in High Point teaching my Think Tank event and attending the High Point Market, I thought it would be fun to show you a bit of “worldly” design news, too. I have no idea what this Hungarian magazine says about me and my design work, but I’m sure glad they did.  How fun to be on the cover of this international publication with an 8-page spread inside.


I just think the layout is so pretty that I had to share it with you.


It’s fun to see how they highlighted all the aqua in my home instead of focusing on the green that’s usually the focal point of this project.


And my sweet pup Harley made not one but two shots in the spread. She’s an international doggie model.


I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun press as much as I enjoyed receiving it. And if any of you know what this article says about me, you’ll have to translate.

Happy Weekend, friends!



p.s. I want to say a BIG thank you to our Think Tank sponsors Duralee, CR Laine, Currey & Company, Bernhardt, and Studio Webware. We couldn’t put on this life-changing business event for designers without the help of these great companies.

Getting Functional with Better Homes and Gardens

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I’m thrilled to be featured in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens. One of my most popular projects to date is showcased in a 3-page article highlighting all the great details of this spacious kitchen.


I was challenged with making this space function for a busy family and to also keep clutter tucked in the perfect places. Even the base of this banquette in the eating area has extra storage. And I used kid-friendly fabrics by covering the chairs and bench seat in vinyl so it could be wiped clean. The slip-covered barstool covers in the kitchen can be popped in the washing machine to tidy them up.


I hope you will pick up an issue and check it out. I hear the spread is only in select issues, so hopefully it’s in yours. You can also visit the BHG website in April to see it there, too.


In the meantime, if adding function to your home is a top priority like it was for my client project above, I am telling you my step-by-step approach to function-driven design in my 3-day FREE workshop with creativeLIVE and House Beautiful starting TOMORROW. We were supposed to start on March 24, but we’ve postponed the start date to March 25, and it will run through March 27. Please mark your calendars!


It’s going to be great fun and I’m evening going to be designing on the fly on a cool digital tablet taking viewer questions and design dilemmas. So if you want to be a part of the fun and functional FREE workshop, go here to register and join us.

Happy Monday!


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