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I am an accidental author and a seasoned interior designer. I've created this blog to journal.. my progress in writing my series of books The Design Directory and to share some of my super top.. secret trade tips and sources.

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  • My Favorite Rugs - Feizy Rugs
    on Feb 6, 2016
    I am in Love with Feizy Rugs!  Valentines Day is just around the corner and I am getting in the mood.  Here are just a few of the rugs that I am in love with from Feizy Rugs.  It is so hard to pick favorites because I have so many. &nb...
    on May 3, 2015
    Finding the perfect fabric to fit your needs can be difficult these days with back orders, shortages, and dropped patterns. You’ve probably seen that many designers are beginning to create their own fabrics and soft furnishing products. If you have...
  • Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas
    on Nov 20, 2014
      With only a week until the big day we thought you could use some quick & easy Thanksgiving table setting ideas.  Exercise your creativity and use the resources you have on hand to put some of these lovely ideas into action to create...
  • on Sep 30, 2014
    I've been hard at work creating new patterns and products for a reboot of The Jackie Von Tobel Collection for Spring 2015.  We will have a whole new website and a new line up of gorgeous fabrics for you to go crazy with!  I can't wait to sh...
  • DESIGN EXPERT STATUS ~ Who Really Qualifies?
    on Sep 21, 2014
      Over the past couple of years as we have worked hard to redefine the design industry and carve out new niches and business models  an alarming trend has emerged.  Individuals of questionable levels of design education, experience,...
  • Upholstery Nail Heads - The Ultimate Source Guide
    on Sep 18, 2014
        Decorative Nail heads are one of the oldest forms of decoration used in the construction of furniture.  Dating back as far as to the Iron Age, craftsman have created a decorative head to the lowly nail to make it beautiful.&#...
  • Why Interior Designers Matter: We are a Vital Part of the Economy
    on Sep 2, 2014
    on Aug 4, 2014
      Anne Spiro Since the moment, a few years ago, when Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis hit the scene, the trellis pattern has become a staple for most soft furnishings vendors.  Intersecting lines have intertwined in an unending var...
  • High Fashion Takes on Home Design Motifs
    on Jul 22, 2014
      I am thoroughly obsessed with the new Sicilia collection by Dolce and Gabbana!  It is a stunning take on handcrafted Italian tile designs and traditional Majolica patterns.   As we all know home décor often follows fashion t...
  • Dolce Gabbana Takes on Traditional Home Design Motifs
    on Jul 22, 2014
    I am thoroughly obsessed with the new Sicilia collection by Dolce Gabbana!  It is a stunning take on handcrafted Italian tile designs and traditional Majolica patterns.   As we all know home décor often follows fashion trends but this...
  • My new quilt fabric collection ~ Sweet Things
    on Jun 19, 2014
      Sweet Things is my newest collection of quilt fabric for Northcott.  It’s a fun collection of luscious pastries, cupcakes, candies, and delectable edibles that is perfect for celebrating life's special moments.  The talented...
  • Are You Ready to Profit Through Your Own Signature Products?
    on Jun 1, 2014
    Today  I’m thrilled to be able to share more in depth info on my fantastic new class on designing and selling your own line of signature products which I will be teaching along with my partner in crime Deb Barrett at the Atalanta’s Mart a...
  • Soft Design Lab Live kicks off at the Atlanta Gift Market
    on May 22, 2014
      Are you planning on attending the Atlanta Gift Market, July 7 – 15,  or do you live in the Atlanta area?  If so don’t miss Jackie and Deb’s fantastic classes at The Deco Zone. First up is our class on designing and produci...
  • Chinoiserie Takes High Point by Storm
    on May 14, 2014
      Global Views Classic design motifs and genres are making a big comeback and Chinoiserie is at the forefront of this movement.  If you‘ve followed me for any length of time you will know that it is probably my favorite historical elem...
  • The Greek Key Makes a Bold Statement at High Point
    on Apr 23, 2014
      The classic Greek Key motif has burst upon the scene this Spring at High Point market in such a comprehensive way that it seems like all the manufacturers got together and decided that this was “the year” for the classic design element...
  • Are You Ready for Spring?
    on Mar 19, 2014
      I’m getting in the mood for Spring with a few new JVT product samples arriving from my licensing partners in the Studio this week.   Get well and Encouragement cards from my Tea Time and Neon Garden collections for Divinity. ...
  • Anyone Can Learn to Draw
    on Mar 14, 2014
    I had the pleasure of teaching a private session yesterday of my Anyone Can Draw class to the fabulous design team at Colours Inc. in Las Vegas.  Over the past 25 years my good friend Leslie Parraguirre has built Colours into one of the premier...
  • Who are the Best Design Bloggers?
    on Mar 6, 2014
      The best design bloggers are ones who work hard at improving their message, content, and voice by taking the medium of blogging into new directions and stepping out of the lines.  The beautiful stage setting designed by Currey &...
  • on Feb 17, 2014
    Here is a preview of my new collection of quilt fabric for Northcott.  I think it would make a really cute Easter dress for a little one!  Click here to see it online.
  • New JVT Dinnerware from Keller Charles
    on Jan 16, 2014
    My new dinnerware collection from Keller Charles has made it's debut at the Atlanta Gift Market and I love how it turned out.Each collection starts out as a group of art that I paint that is ready to be modified for lot's of different types of produc...