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Win One of My Icons Collection Designs from Lamps Plus!

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I’m thrilled to have my designs featured as part of the exclusive Icons Collections from Lamps Plus! The Icons Collection is comprised of designers who were asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

Here’s a look at my Bamboo Trellis design:

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I really like the classics when it comes to design motifs, but then giving them a more modern twist. For this shade design, I took inspiration from the trellis work on vintage bamboo furniture, and then made it a little bolder and more updated.

The pattern is also customizable in the Lamps Plus Design Your Own feature, which gives you the ability to select the pattern, color, and base. You can create any look to fit your room!

To make this even more fun, Lamps Plus is launching an exciting sweepstakes where you can win one of five Icons Collection table lamps. Enter to win here. After you’ve entered, you can earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your chances of winning.

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See the entire Tobi Fairley collection and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes! Good luck!







Decorate Fearlessly

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I am very excited to share with you today a brand new Susanna Salk book called Decorate Fearlessly. The subtitle is “Using Whimsy, Confidence, and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces”.

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And I am thrilled to be featured in the book twice! Once for my bookcase in my family room in my last home.

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And then a spread of my living room with those fabulous green chairs.

So rush over to get your copy of Decorate Fearlessly. It is 256 pages of gorgeous and daring interiors with Susanna’s how-to commentary and quotes from all the designers on how they decorate fearlessly.

Happy Monday! Be Fearless.


Self-Care Saturday: Finding the Answer or Letting It Find You

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Not long ago I heard something that really resonated with me. No, it actually made me really happy.  I can’t remember the source but I am sure it was one of the many self-help guides, books, or mentors that I follow. Whatever the case here was the message…

If you are at the question, then you are almost at the answer. I loved this thought.  And of course I WOULD love it, because I am a positive thinker. I like to see the bright side — the silver lining.


It was so encouraging to realize that if I was at a point where something was bothering me, or weighing on me, then it was because it was almost time for me to know what to do about it. I would soon have the answer.

For those of you who are in pain over what do to about a challenging situation, who have been trying to get healthy or lose weight, who are contemplating a big change or a major life decision, the good news is that help is on its way. And in fact it’s almost here.


So just relax a bit and chances are that the lightbulb with come on all by itself. Just go with the flow and don’t force the issue. Let your answer find you — it’s much more fun that way. And since it’s Self-Care Saturday, relaxing is the perfect thing to do today. I’m doing a bit of relaxing myself. I’m in the California Wine Country today with my hubby and my sweet girl for Spring Break. The weather is fab and life is good.

See you all soon!


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Watercolor Blue Dots…Hot or Not?

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I’m crazy about this Blue Watercolor Wallpaper by Photowall.


And I even think the look is sort of fun for nails.

What do you think…is a plethora of blue dots Hot or Not? I’m going with HOT but leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Happy Hump Day!

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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!