Archive for December, 2008

2008:A Year in Review

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2008 has been a wonderful year for me and Tobi Fairley Interior Design.  Please join me in reminiscing about some of the highlights!

The first quarter started off with a bang including large installations, photo shoots, new clients, new employees and all of the detail work that goes along with it!

April was a great month with an Amazing feature of the Morton home in At Home in Arkansas Magazine.

And a multi-page feature in Traditional Home about the popularity of geometrics, that featured 2 of my spaces from the Susan G. Komen 2007 Designer house. This was a beautiful spread!!

This was followed by the cover of Inviting Arkansas Magazine highlighting the St. Vincent Hospital’s IV Party with me as a co-chair for the event.


June rolled in with my home feature and the cover of At Home in Arkansas in their annual designer’s homes issue! I was just the second person ever to grace the cover!!  This was a wonderful surprise!!


October was jam-packed with excitement!!

The Harp Home was featured in the October Builder’s Home issue of At Home, highlighting my partnership with builder Richard Harp and his wife Brandy on their fantastic new home.

And also in October, My work in the 2005 Symphony Designer House girl’s room was featured in Better Homes and Garden’s Dream Bedrooms Magazine!


I received 3 ASID design awards in October, including 2 gold awards and 1 silver. This brings my total to 10 awards, 7 of which are the prestigious Gold Award!!!

Morton Home wins Gold!!

This Retro Project also takes a gold!!

And a silver for the 2007 Susan G. Komen Build for the Cure Designer House.

I launched my new business name, revealed our new logo, website and blog and announced our new location plans at an event in October.

 Little Rock Soiree Magazine named me as the “Best Interior Designer” in their November issue.

And finally in December, I was featured by Design & Decor Magazine in their first annual Women in Design issue.  It was so exciting to be honored as part of the group of eight Amazing Women that included Celerie Kemble, Candice Olson, Roberta Schilling, Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz from Shine Home, Paulette Cole, CEO of ABC Home in NYC, Annie Selke who created Pine Cone Hill, and Carol Gregg, owner of Red Egg.


So for all of these successes, many thanks are in order! Thanks to At Home in Arkansas Magazine for their amazing support of my work! Thanks to Meredith Publishing for including me in such a great Traditional Home issue in April and again in October with Dream Bedrooms! Thanks to Inviting Arkansas Magazine for their wonderful charity promotions, including their superb coverage of St. Vincent’s annual Fundraiser, IV party! Thanks to Little Rock Soiree and their readers for naming be the “Best Interior Designer” in their annual service issue! Thanks to Design & Decor for the amazing honor of being included with 7 other fantastic women in the home furnishings and design industry.  Thanks to my amazing clients who allow me to use my creative talents on their homes and then go through the rigor of having them photographed! Believe me it is not easy! Thanks to my staff for all their hard work in the transition from T. Lamarr Interiors to Tobi Fairley Interior Design. They truly believe in my vision for the company and work hard to help me reach it! And thanks to all my friends and family who give amazing support to me personally and to my business.  As Hillary Clinton said “It takes a village” and I certainly have a “village” behind me every step of the way! And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of you who religiously read my blog each day! It gives me great pleasure to have this as another outlet for my creative thoughts, ideas and energies, and knowing that you are interested in them is what keeps me writing!!!!  I wish  you all the most wonderful New Year.  May 2009 be full of health, happiness and prosperity for us all!!! With love, Tobi

Travel blog: Memphis

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What a treat to get to do a little bit of traveling over the Christmas Holiday!! Just across the Missisippi River from Arkansas is Memphis, my husband’s hometown. So it’s always fun when we get to spend a few days there during this festive time of year!  I love the trolley’s, they remind me of San Fran!

And a trip to the famous Peabody hotel is always in order! My daughter loves seeing the Peabody ducks march out on the red carpet and take a swim in the fountain!!

And we had the added surprise of this year’s giant gingerbread house and choo-choo. These amazing confection creations were started in September by the Peabody Chef to be ready for the holiday season!

And you just can’t make a trip to the city of Memphis without a lunch at the World Famous Rendezvous to partake in their amazing ribs covered in their special dry rub!! It’s a casual affair with plastic utensils and all, just as a good rib joint should be!


And if you are extra hungry, start off with a little “Rendezvous Special”, smoked sausage, ham, and fresh cheddar covered in a little bit of rendevous rub! Delicious!

There’s nothing more relaxing after lunch than a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city!  We loved our horse, Cosmo!

And our Canine Co-pilot, Calvin!

There are many great sites to see, starting with the a view of the ballpark for the Redbirds, the farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals.

More Trolley cars!

And if you are not a rib fan, try Huey’s… you won’t find a better burger! Then walk off your lunch in one of many downtown parks. This one celebrates Jefferson Davis and is home to artifacts dating back to the civil war.

And has views of the Mighty Mississippi in both directions!

After a carriage ride or a stroll, drinks at the fabulous Madison Hotel are a must!

And if weather permits, a visit to the Madison rooftop is most memorable!

And as a perfect end to a fabulous day, I suggest dinner at the Fabulous Felecia Suzanne’s!!

Felecia Suzanne’s wine list is superb and includes many of my favorites like Cakebread and Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnays, David Bruce Pinot Noir, Raymond Estate Reserve Merlot, Cabernets by Paul Hobbs, Cakebread and Ferarri-Carano, and the coup de gras of all Cabernet..Caymus Cellars!! And that’s just the wine list!!

For dinner I recommend starting with either the Wild Gulf Shrimp Sauteed in Tasso Ham Cream Sauce over old fashioned buttermilk cornbread or the Tennessee Bonnie Blue Goat Cheese and Carmelized Sweet Onion Tart with cornmeal crust and pecan pesto.  And if you are a soup lover, the Roasted Butternut and Apple Bisque is divine!!

Entrees of note include the old southern standby, Shrimp and Grits, the Crispy Pecan encrusted Redfish from the Gulf with BBQ Southern Cooked Greens, and my personal favorite the Filet of Beef with Apple-wood smoked Bacon Potato Cake, Maytag Blue Cheese Butter and Port Wine Reduction.

Home for the Holidays

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I so love Christmas at my parents! It makes me feel like a kid again. Partly because my mom does such a beautiful job of preparing her home for her children and grandchildren!  I wanted you to see a little of what I mean.  The living room mantle is magnificent with hundreds of glass ball and ornaments giving it a nostalgic look!!

And she carries the whimsy into other rooms! These jesters add a touch of fun to the dining room decor!

And her tree, nestled in the den, is so homey!! The rustic look of the flocked tree covered in her collection of Santa ornaments is a huge hit with Children and adults alike!

And the Christmas Elves decorating the tree are so much fun! I feel like I am officially in the North Pole!!

Thanks to my mom for creating such a beautiful, warm and cozy place for us all to be together!!! We had a fantastic time this Holiday season.  It will be one I certainly remember for years to come. Here’s hoping you had an equally wonderful Christmas too!

Bluer than Blue!

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Just visited a client yesterday to install her nursery and loved her fun aqua tree so I thought I would share it with you! Have a Very Merry!!!