Archive for July, 2010

Design Camp is Back!!!!

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What an amazing month it has been of Design Camp Classes and FANTASTIC Design Camp guest bloggers! A huge thanks goes out to all who participated including my 26 campers and all the friends who have been so generous with their time to be virtual camp counselors and make this month of “design camping” so much fun!!!!

Because the response to my camp was so overwhelming (we sold out in a week), I’m going to keep it going!

So here’s your chance to get up close and personal with me and learn about all things design.

On Saturday September 18th, I will have a weekend version of my Design Summer Camp. So for all you out-of-towners, or in-towners for that matter, that were wanting to come to camp, we’re giving you a chance.  We will do all 8 hours of the basic camp in a fun-filled day in my gallery and studio.

This one-day intensive course will feature topics like:
• Design 101 – the basics of furniture placement, paints, finishes and more


• Finding Your Inspiration – how to research design blogs, books and magazines and create an inspiration board


• Accessorizing With Style – all about fabrics, soft furnishings and those important finishing touches


• Getting Bang For Your Buck – learn how to decorate without breaking the bank

Price for the Weekend Camp is $500 again and we’ll have good eats and a few treats. We will do a lot of learning and have a lot of fun! Now hurry up and call 501-868-9882 or email info@tobifairley.com today, we have a few spots already filled and space is limited to 25 campers again. If you are coming from out of town, we can answer any questions you have about travel or hotel accomodations.

Then beginning on October 12th, we are going on a Fall camping excursion (back to my gallery and studio of course) with a 6 week in-depth camp.  It will be each tuesday evening through November 16th from 6:00-8:30 pm and will include topics like:

• Design 101 Recap– reviewing the basic principles for creating great design
• Advanced Design Tips – taking your design project to the next level
• Inspiration to Reality – how to sketch, draw and get your creative ideas on paper
• Going Green (And We Don’t Mean the Color) – how to incorporate vintage, antique and eco-friendly finds to create gorgeous décor that’s kind to the earth
• Art Smart – collecting, framing and hanging art to complement your interiors
• Holiday Entertaining With Style – from tabletops to gift wrap, all the details to create truly inspired holiday decor

This course is $750. It’s the same price per session, just 2 weeks longer and will be packed full of informative design tips, DIY projects, homework, contests, yummy food and more. And what you may not know is we have a secret blog that each design camper gets a password to, so in addition to the in-class time, there is a lot of extra communication and information that happens each week between classes.

Want to be a part of this fun, fall design session?  You better hurry! Many of our campers from the Summer camp have already signed up.  This session is also limited to 25 campers so get your seat today! Call us at 501-868-9882 or email info@tobifairley.com to reserve your spot.

I highly recommend you take the basic camp before the Fall session if possible, so you can get up to speed on all my Design 101 tips and topics before we move on to more advanced design skills! But don’t worry if you can’t, Basic Camp is not required before signing up for the Fall session.

Can’t wait to see you in one of my design camps soon! And don’t miss our last Design Summer Camp blog post below from my BFF Molly of Molly’s Paperie.  Happy Camping!

NO EMAIL ALLOWED!!! with Molly’s Paperie

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For our Final Design Summer Camp guest post, today we have my BFF Molly from Molly’s Paperie.  I am anxiously awaiting Molly’s new website and other exciting developments that I can bring to you soon, but in the meantime, she’s joining us here on the blog for a little Camp Inspired letter writing. Take it away, Molly…


Forget Times New Roman in point size 12, spell check and grammar suggestions, connecting with friends and family from camp requires licks of envelopes rather than clicks of a mouse! The medium for communicating in true “camplike” fashion is a message from the past: letter writing.

When is the last time you raced to your mailbox because you were excited to receive something personal? My favorite childhood camp memory was receiving letters from my Mom each evening at dinner. I didn’t know it at the time, but she would have to send letters well before I left for camp just to make sure I had a letter on the first day. So, if I were headed back to camp today, here are the few notes I would take with me to make sure that my letter writing was done in high style:

From Dabney Lee: A classic notecard with a modern twist – the note is backed with classic nautical rope with the envelope lined in orange Chevron. Wouldn’t both of these designs make great fabrics?

From Rock Paper Scissor Luxe: A Camelot inspired take on the classic silhouette. I love that it is paired with a contemporary font – another classic with modern twist.

From Mr.Boddington’s Studio: The grand dame of stationery. The vintage monogram uses the number 3 instead of the Roman numeral III and is paired with one of my favorite patterns and color combinations of all time: hexagon with green and navy.

From Wiley Valentine: No one does better envelopes than Wiley Valentine. This envelope is shown in beet with a worldly pattern. It would definitely stand out among the white envelopes full of bills!

In the world on instant justification and communication via email, Facebook and Twitter, shouldn’t we all practice writing more than 140 characters at a time? Go ahead and make someone’s day – send them a personal note to their mailbox instead of their inbox!

We interrupt this Design Camp post….

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We interrupt our fun Design Camp post to remind you about the AMAZING art show at the Tobi Fairley Gallery tonight.

The work of Lisa Lala is a must see!! Join us for wine and cheese from 6-8pm at the Tobi Fairley Gallery 5507 Ranch Drive Suite 103, Little Rock, AR 72223.

And don’t be late, Lisa has never had a show where 100% of her work didn’t sell out.  I think her piece More Often (shown above) is evidence of why.

Now back to our fun Fort Building blog post with Shelterpop below.

xoxo, Tobi

Fort Building 101 with ShelterPop

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Can’t get away this summer? Take a peek inside our money-is-no-object dream fort and get inspired to build your own.

We lust over glamping, we dream of yurts and we strive to one day be as easy-breezy-chic as the gals in Anne’s camping fashion post. But we’ll be honest: Here at ShelterPop, we are gals that like air conditioning. And guest towels. And pizza delivery.

So we’re taking on one of our fave ways to bring the outdoors in: Fort building!

Recently, my friend Sareen gathered friends on a hectic, humid weekend for the ultimate retreat, the adult fort. Yes, the mechanics of it are the same as your old standby childhood fort — sheets jerry-rigged with sofa cushions and chairs to make a hut filled with your favorite toys — but we swear the appeal is pretty timeless.

We could all use an escape at the end of a long day and if there isn’t time to drive out to the country, this mini-break could be just the breather you need. (Bonus: While being in the fort, you likely won’t glance at all the things around the house that are stressing you out.  Dishes? Out of sight. Bills on the counter? Can’t see ‘em!)  Of course, this is design summer camp, so we can’t help but dream up a slightly lovelier mood board for the next fort-building session (no offense to the floral sheets here). We pulled out all the stops to create a just-for-fun, money-is-no-object dream fort. And oh boy, now it’s the only place we want to be…

Prop up sofa cushions for walls and drape Confetti sheets by PLOVER Organic to make a ceiling that’s all at once festive and ethereal.  Plop down on poufs from Missoni through Unica Home, Etsy shop Mookah and cozy up with pillows from Jonathan Adler and CB2.  A shaggy flokati rug in a jazzy color makes a perfect base (Thanks, PB Teen!), and you’ll keep things handsomely lit with this little wonder lamp from IKEA.

Now that you’re inside: What do you do? Bring in games to make everyone crack up like Loaded Questions, Table Topics, or just make a quick trip to the newsstand to pick up all the mags you’ve been dying to read. (Our picks: House Beautiful, Town & Country, ELLE DECOR, Real Simple and Country Living.  Don’t forget to rip out pages with inspiration for future forts.

Fun fact: Any calories consumed inside a fort don’t actually count. So sip on refreshing and yummy vanilla seltzer in bright monogrammed glasses in between bites of too delicious Stuffed Artisan Cannolis (in S’Mores flavor, no less). And make sure to keep crumbs off the rug by eating over this stunning Gien France tray from Bloomingdales. Looking for a meal to wash down that dessert?  Slice Pizza off the terrifically brilliant Pizza Slice Plate from Fishs Eddy hits the spot.  And because remember, we’re all in close proximity here, keep the fort stocked with bubblegum.

The only thing we’re missing is music, but we’ll leave that up to you campers to decide. What tunes would you blast through here? And tell us what else you’d bring to your fort!  Thanks so much for having us Tobi…we’d invite you to our fort anytime!
xox the gals at ShelterPop

KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley: Fabric Pairings

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It was another great morning for Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas!  Today I talked about fabric pairings.  Hopefully, you were inspired to do a little mixing and matching in your own home.  Don’t be afraid to mix pattern.  Here’s a recap of this morning’s segment:

A gorgeous toile pattern in lilac and black starts off the color story in my own daughter’s room.  A patttern like this would likely be your first fabric selection and you would build your design scheme from there.  A striped fabric featuring lilac, violet and chartreuse add a little linear geometry to the mix and tie together all of the common colors.  A solid chartreuse  fabric repeats a color in the stripe and would likely cover one of the larger pieces in your room.

The second set of fabrics are from my own family room.  Again, I used the same solid chartreuse fabric in this room.  This helps to create flow from room to room.  The sofa is covered in a solid black.  The chairs in the room are tan.  A table is skirted in the solid chartreuse.  A black and white damask pattern is used on other chairs as well as the drapery.  Throw pillows in a black,tan and chartreuse stripe tie all of these colors together.

To add a little excitement to the color story a bit of orange was injected into the room.  A simple solid linen and a graphic print  add just enough pop.  The nice open scale of the orange print prevents it from competing with the tighter black and white fabric.

The best advice that I can give is to really cherish the effect fabrics have in your home.  Chosen and paired nicely, you too can create a dramatic color story with fabrics!

To get more design advice like this, join us for an upcoming Design Camp Session.  We are offering a weekend version of our Design Camp Basics on Saturday, September 18th from 9am to 5pm and our 6 week Fall Session with more advanced design lessons will be every Tuesday between October 12th through November 16th from 6 to 8pm.  Space is limited so call us at 501-868-9882 or email us at info@tobifairley.com . Our last Camp sold out in just 7 days!!!!

And don’t miss today’s Design Camp Virtual Counselor interview with San Francisco Interior Designer Scot Meacham Wood.

See you next month on Design Time!