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Tobi’s Gifts for Chefs

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I love to cook and bake, particularly with my daughter at the holidays! It’s the perfect time to make something for friends and family to show you care! If you know someone who loves spending time in the kitchen, then I have a list of gifts that will make them smile (and maybe even cook for you!). The Escali Taso measuring bowl, above, is a great example of a gift that looks good and works smart. It gives you precise measurements and weights for those picky recipes! Clever, right?

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Speaking of clever, this Breville Tea Maker is an incredible leap forward for anyone who loves tea. The basket actually moves up and down as it brews, to perfectly steep the tea leaves!

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The Chantal Onyx line of cookware expertly combines steel and copper for pots and pans that work on any stove type, including induction, and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

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The 14-piece set from Kitchen Aid gives you every type of knife a cook could need, all in gorgeous matte stainless.

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Southern Living is known for fabulous cookbooks, and the Farmer’s Market version is no different. It’s full of delicious, and healthy, recipes that make the most of a garden’s bounty.

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Then consider this acacia wood holder to keep that cookbook on just the right page at all times! It’s also priced right since it’s from Target’s Threshold line!

I have even more clever gift ideas for the chef on your list! Just click here to see my pinboard and let’s cook up the perfect present for you to put under the tree!

xo,

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Gifts for Techies

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Tory Burch FitBit bracelet

It’s Cyber Monday- a BIG shopping day online, and a great day to talk about gifts for techies! I hope Santa is reading this blog post because the gift I’ve put on the very top of my list for this holiday season is the Tory Burch FitBit bracelet! It’s a chic and stylish way to hide your FitBit while you keep track of your fitness routine throughout the day. Much better than that rubber bracelet, right?

The tech world is offering a lot of fantastic ideas for gifts this year, and there are quite a few that I have my eye on! Check out my favorite picks for gadgets to give this holiday season:

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Bose SoundTrue headphones look stylish, and deliver fab sound

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The Beats speaker is sleek and small, but gives a lot of volume!

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This bluetooth-enabled Iwerkz foldable keyboard helps you type on smaller devices

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Mighty Purse recharges your phone in style!

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I first saw this Native Pop handset at the awesome 21c hotel! Makes talking and working easy and chic!

Aren’t these tech gifts fun and useful? I have even more ideas on my pinboard – just click here! I’ll bet you might find a few great gifts, and a few things for you!

‘Tis the season! Happy Cyber Monday!

xo,

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Gifts for Home Bodies

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Surya pillow in raspberry and orange

Not only is the home my business as an interior designer, but MY home is my favorite place to be! I love to be there with my daughter and husband - we have so much fun at our new house, and though it’s not quite finished and ready for cooking big dinners for family or entertaining our friends, it will be soon. For now just having a quiet night on our own together is one of our favorite ways to settle in. This weekend when we’re full of Thanksgiving Turkey, we’ll be enjoying a warm fire and admiring our freshly decorated Christmas Tree at home. I might even have a few gifts wrapped and tucked underneath the tree.

Speaking of gifts, some of the best gifts for me – and the ones that I love to give – are for the home, like this bright and bold Surya pillow above! Oh how I love a graphic trellis pattern. Here are more of my favorite things for the home this holiday season that just might be perfect for people on your list:

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Bright blue ramekins from Rachel Ray

There are about a million things I can think to cook in these beauties. Let’s see…individual Sweet Potato Casseroles sound delish! Yes, the recipe with the brown sugar praline topping. And cobalt is still my favorite color this year so it would be delicious on the inside and gorgeous on the outside.

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Greek key patterned vase from Three Hands

Bet you’re surprised I would select something embellished with Greek key…NOT! And this piece is especially great because it’s Greek Key AND blue! A pair of them might look handsome on my new mantle.

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Moscow Mule mug from Mikasa

When my friends come to Little Rock and stay out our fabulous Capital Hotel, they love drinking Moscow Mule’s in traditional copper mugs. Why not have some of these cooper beauties at home so you can have your favorite drink and not even leave the house? We might just have to ask the Capital to share their recipe.

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Juliska dessert plates from Saks

I love all things Juliska. We eat from their whiteware each day at the office. And when Juliska meets a Toile or Transferware look I want to be the first person in line. And if these charming dessert plates are good enough for Saks Fifth Avenue…enough said! 
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I have this VERY Jadeite cake plate in 3 sizes and I have given one like it to lots of people in my life who love to bake. But even if you hate baking and are using this pretty stand to make your favorite bakery cake look impressive, who can resist it’s minty green color. It’s the perfect piece to take your favorite cakes to a new height!

As you can see, I LOVE to select gifts for the home! I have even more ideas on my pinboard – just click here to view it! What are your favorite gifts for home bodies? Tell me in the comments below.

Happy shopping, ya’ll!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Mixing Vintage and New China for the Perfect Tablescape

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It’s time to think about your Thanksgiving tabletop. If you love and collect china like I do, the options are endless for creating a gorgeous and unique look for holidays, special occasions, and every day!

A few months back I did a segment for my friend P. Allen Smith on his show The Garden Home. It was all about mixing my vintage china with new pieces for a fresh look.

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Take a peek at the video and then let’s recap my tips for becoming the perfect mix-master for your tablescape:

So when prepping for your Thanksgiving or holiday tables, remember these tips:

1. Antique and vintage pieces mix beautifully with brand new china and glassware. Don’t feel like you have to stick to a particular age or style. I use new with old, and expensive with affordable, traditional with sleek.

2. Meaningful pieces from your heritage can add a bit of nostalgia to your table. Pull out grandmother’s pieces or your mom’s wedding china and enjoy the memories they bring to your event or dinner.

3. Mixing pattern and color is acceptable on the table, just like in an interior. The most interesting mix is achieved with a variety of scale, pattern, and color.

4. Tie it all together with a unifying piece. In my video, it’s the floral cup and saucer that makes all the shades of pink and green in the antique, vintage, and new tabletop decor all work seamlessly together. So look for that unifying piece for your table. And don’t overthink it. The unifying piece could even be the linens!

Now tell me, how do you plan to entertaining for the upcoming holiday season? And will you incorporate any vintage pieces and collectibles? I’d love to hear your entertaining ideas and recipes too. And be sure to share this video with those entertainers in your life. It just might inspire them to drag out their collections for a unique tabletop of their own.

Wishing you luck and creativity as you plan your gorgeous Thanksgiving table!

xo,

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My Holiday List of Favorite Things!

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Places to Go, People to See from Kate Spade

It’s only one week until Thanksgiving, can you believe it? The holiday season is really sneaking up on me! Each holiday, one of the things I love to do is make lists of the perfect gifts for the people in my life – including friends, family, and clients! I search out the best sources and fun unique ideas to make the holidays brighter for the people who are on my gift lists.

This year, I thought it would be fun to bring you some of my favorite things – the go-to gifts that are perfect for anyone on your list! That includes the fantastic new book from Kate Space, Places to Go, People to See, which is part travel guide, part fashion photography, and a whole lot of style!

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T earrings from Tory Burch

I also love jewelry, and the iconic T earrings from Tory Burch are among my favorite things to wear (might have something to do with the initial, right)?. But I also love to give them to others. And this year, Tory Burch is also offering an amazing fretwork necklace that contains a surprise – a solid perfume that smells fantastic!

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Tory Burch solid perfume necklace

I’m also loving the copper and rose gold trend right now and this open-work cuff by Sabine is a gorgeous look in warm metal.

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Sabine Cuff Bracelet

Anyone who knows me knows that I love kelly green – it’s one of my signature colors! So I adore this python embossed clutch in that fab color from GiGi New York!

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GiGi New York

I also love a little bling – who doesn’t during the holidays? This Ted Baker embellished sweater in a gorgeous shade of blue is perfect for those parties and events for the holiday season! I think this color should have been the Patone Color of 2014.

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Ted Baker Embellished Sweater

If smelling great is on your holiday to do list, Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully Scent is fresh and fun all wrapped into one! Not only is the fragrance fantastic, but the packaging is gorgeously bright and bold!

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Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully

Of course I also have some favorite items for the home, too! Not only is home decor my business, it’s my passion – and I’m a real homebody in my personal time, too! I love to curl up with a good book at home by the fire, and these Ralph Lauren throws are perfect for snuggling.

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Cooking is another of my favorite things to do at home, and when there’s a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing is better than this multi-tiered rack from Williams-Sonoma. It saves space and time! It makes my oven a work-a-holic just like me. Ha!

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Williams-Sonoma Baking Rack

This glowing solid copper tray is another fave from Williams-Sonoma – perfect for serving drinks at a Christmas cocktail party! And you look like you are right on trend with all the copper I’ve been seeing at market.

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Williams-Sonoma Solid Copper Tray

This scented candle from Diptyque is a fantastic scent for winter months. My favorite year-round Diptyque scent is Fig, but for the Chilly season of the year, it’s Feu de Bois with the smell of a warm wood fire!

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Diptyque’s Feu de Bois

For the fabulous men in my life, How about great accessories like this handsome plaid scarf or the sophisticated Michael Kors watch!

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Michael Kors Scout Men’s Watch

And of course I can’t forget my favorite holiday gift this year for the kiddos on your list! My daughter is all about shoes (wonder where she got that?!), so these Clarks Snugglehugs boots will be perfect for sledding this year. They’re cozy and fun and go with the great sled she got from Santa last year. And I hear we’re in for a lot of snow in Arkansas this winter, so these will be perfect. Wahooo!

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Clarks Snugglehugs for Girls

So there you have it – my list of favorite gifts for this holiday season! Soon I’ll be telling you what I hope Santa gives me this year. But for now, I hope you found a present or two while you were looking through these photos! If you would like to see MORE of my favorite things, go to my pinboard by clicking here!

What’s on your list for this holiday season? Tell me in the comments what you have planned! Good luck as you count down to the Thanksgiving festivities next week and then on to many Happy Holidays. The New Year is almost here!

xo,

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