Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

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Here’s wishing you a Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you are spending time with family and friends and taking time to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!

xoxo, Tobi

KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley:Bang For Your Buck!

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I am so excited to bring to you my first blog post in conjunction with my appearances on KATV Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas. If you were able to watch this morning, you saw me talk about current design trends and how to get the most Bang For Your Buck in your home. 

Now I want to show you exactly how you can do these easy projects at home and save lots of money!

Using grosgrain and satin ribbon to embellish decorative items around your home from chairs, to pillows, to linens is a major trend. Here’s how you can do it yourself and make your dollars go farther! 

Go to my blog post Add a Little Energy to Your Pillows… for step-by-step instructions on creating this look on pillows.  It’s so easy and you don’t even have to sew!

I also talked about adding ribbon to napkins… 

Adding ribbon to your napkins is an easy way to add style and elegance to a dinner party.  I used this idea for a table I recently designed for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala in New York City.

Here’s a quick lesson on this easy project:

Cut your ribbon and heat-set fusible tape a little wider than the napkin.


I used fusible tape that has a paper backing.  Heat set the adhesive side to the ribbon.  Once the tape is bonded to the ribbon, peel away the paper backing.  Repeat this step for each length of ribbon.

Iron the ribbon to the napkin, one ribbon at a time.  Make sure the adhesive side is facing down.  Fold the ends under and adhere to the back side of the napkin.

That’s it!  Now is the perfect time to press your napkin if you are planning on a special fold.  We used a fold accomodating a menu card in the gala photo above.

Now let talk about getting bang for your buck with lamps…

Colorful gourd lamps are all the rage in the design world these days. 

The lamps pictured above were $30 flea market finds.  I had them painted (a slightly more punchy shade of orange than their original paint job) and installed new shades.  Check out the before photo…

It’s amazing what a little paint and a new shade will do to a shabby flea market find!  This is what they looked like when I found them.

Want to know how to create inexpensive art with high style?

This designer set of prints provides a dynamic focal point in my family room.  The prints are very detailed and are a virtual scientific study of sea shells.

This morning you heard me talk about a great website called Vintage Printable.  They are a great source for downloadable copyright-free images.  You can create a designer look for less with a printer and a ready-made frame.  These types of images always look spectacular in groupings.

This grouping of giclee prints are hanging in the bedroom at the March of Dimes Energy House I recently designed in Diamonhead near Hot Springs.

Here’s a similar looking image on Vintage Printable.  You could easily create your own grouping from the multiple images on the website.  You can print them on card stock and resize the images to work with the frames you have selected.

I hope all the KATV viewers enjoyed Design Time with Tobi Fairley this morning.  I can’t wait to be back next month with more exciting ideas for your home!  In the meantime, you can subscribe to this blog and get great design information every day.

Good Morning Arkansas

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I am very excited to be doing a series of television spots on KATV Channel 7’s Morning Show, Good Morning Arkansas.  The last Wednesday morning of each month for the next six months, I will be bringing viewers the latest and greatest in interior design basics and the hottest design trends complete with all the steps for creating these sames looks at home.

When designing spaces for my clients, I do what my staff and I refer to as “Design Time”.  This is the very creative time spent in my studio and fabric workroom brainstorming, drawing, selecting and creating each and every detail of my luxury design schemes.

For these fun TV segments which I will refer to as “Design Time with Tobi Fairley”, my hope is to bring a bit of this same creative energy to the viewers and help them to create inspired interior design at home. Each Design Time with Tobi Fairley segment will be highlighted here on my blog and this is where I will get into all the details of these fun and easy Do-it-Yourself projects so that Good Morning Arkansas viewers (and my loyal blog readers) can bring great style to their own spaces without breaking the bank!

Stay tuned for today’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley blog post coming up this afternoon right here.  And if you are in the Good Morning Arkansas viewing area, be sure to catch my five minute segment on the show this morning between 9:00 and 10:00 on KATV Channel 7.

Design Inspiration: Blue and Red

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While designing some new spaces today, I was feeling a little blue…a little blue and red actually. 

Here are some of my favorite blue and red combinations! Enjoy.

School’s Out for Summer

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Tomorrow is my daughter’s last day of school for this year. I will be spending the week at end of year parties, parent-teacher conferences and all the things needed to wrap up school and get ready to head to the pool!

And here on my blog this week, I am going to wrap up a few loose ends as well.  I am taking a week off from the Book Giveaway Series to catch you up and fill you in on some fun things I am working on and bring you a few great blog posts that I have had in the hopper for a while but just haven’t gotten around to posting.

We’ll be back soon with more Giveaways including the gorgeous book by Barry Dixon.

Happy Summer!