Archive for November, 2010

The Artwork of Jane Booth

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self portrait Jane Booth

Jane Booth is one of the newest artists to join our gallery. I am so excited to bring you her gorgeous and colorful (and very large!) works of acrylic on canvas.  Jane is from Kansas City and her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as featured in the Kansas Governor’s offices and chambers.  She has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and has studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. She continues her studies in workshops with other well-known artists.

 Canyon Series: Leaving Paria  60 X 62

Jane’s represented by galleries in Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Manhattan, Kansas and Miami, Florida.  She was a recent award winner in the four state River Market juried competition in Kansas City, Missouri, and was selected for the Governor’s Inaugural Book of Notable Kansas.

Field of Sunflowers 46 X 84

When we asked Jane to describe her art process and what goes through her mind while painting, here is what she said:

“A dog’s sense of smell is 100 times more powerful than a human’s.  As he is running along, muscles streaming, nose twitching, to the ground/in the air/to the ground, tail wagging, stopping on a dime, rocketing back to full speed as he locates a trail, a whole dimension available to him, this 100 times capacity to smell.  It provides amazing depth and power and complexity to the simplest experiences.  He’s using his senses entirely, he is entirely his senses.  It’s joyful, it’s intuitive, it is what he’s about”.

“I like to paint like a bird dog runs, bringing a depth of senses to the canvas, using the whole body, intuition engaged.   Painting to express the way moments sound, how hot or cold they are, their softness or roughness, the chaos or peace that is generated.  Expressing how the world touches the senses.  In life, these moments evaporate as they appear. It is a joy to set them on a canvas to consider”.

River 60 X 144

A look inside Jane’s Process:  Raw canvas begins on the floor, paints are thinned and poured, layers of color are pushed into shapes. When dry, the canvas is tacked to a hard surface, and crayons, pastels or pencils are often used to make marks, defining detail, bringing in elements of perspective, discernment, sharper lines and focus.

Fin–Running Over 52×64

Tobi Fairley Gallery is hosting a wine and cheese reception for Jane Booth this Thursday, December 2nd from 6-8pm.  For early viewings, please call Brooke for an appointment at 501-868-9882. 

Swimming Series–Dipping Water from the River 60 x 48

I am truly excited about this show.  Jane is one of the most talented artists I have come across in a long time and now a new favorite of mine. The enormous scale of her works adds to the drama of each piece. The texture of raw canvas is both rugged and sophisticated at the same time.  

Blue Sky 56×60

If you are looking for a stunner to fill a large and important focal point in your home, Jane’s work would be a perfect fit.  If you are a collector of contemporary art, you MUST see Jane’s collection.

I hope to see you at this amazing show and if you live out of state, please contact us for more information on Jane’s paintings.

A New Look to our Websites

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I am thrilled to announce that we have a brand new look to our website.  We launched it last week and hopefully the kinks are out and ready for your review.

Take a look at it and let us know what you think.

We also launched a new version of our InBox Interiors Site last week just in time to be included in the December 2010 issue of House Beautiful as one of 5 Fast and Affordable options for online design.

Check out our new version of InBox with the designs bound in a Look Book. It fits perfectly in your purse or bag to take along on your shopping excursions.

You can see an interactive “flip” version of the Lookbook here.

I hope you like our new sites. We sure do!  Whether you are looking for Full-service interior design or a Do-it-yourself version, we’ve got you covered!!

Contact us today to start your project!!

Weekend “Secret Mission” with the kids…

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My daughter and I often have special mommy-daughter time together at home either at night or on the weekends throughout the year. And just to make each of these occassions seem super-duper special to her, I always call it a “secret mission”.

We have a special routine, menu and activities for these little “secret missions” and it varies just a bit depending on the occasion or time of year. Our secret missions are all about treating ourselves with our very favorite things and sharing them together.

Here are our musts for each secret mission:

1. Our favorite movies with popcorn

 2. soft drink of choice

3.Our PJ’s

4. Cookies and candy

5. Kid-friendly games

For our holiday secret missions that start the day after thanksgiving, we add a few special details to the mission…

A “pallet” of quilts on the floor in front of the fire

A warm dinner before we eat all those sweets. Our favorite? Homemade Chili-mac

Hot Cocoa with fluffy marshmallows

And a holiday flair to our movies, PJ’s, candy, cookies and games.

I hope you will create a Secret Mission with your kids. I promise it will be one of their favorite childhood memories that they will pass down to their kids. 

Now I am off to gather the final details for our Holiday Secret Mission that happens tonight. Shhhhhh!!!! My Niece is visiting so we are especially excited about our top-secret event!


Happy Thanksgiving 2010!!

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 On this Thanksgiving Day I am reflecting on the most beautiful Thanksgiving-inspired blog posts of 2010. Here are a few of my favorites…  

Simply Seleta


House of Turquoise  

Interiors to Inspire via Coco + Kelley


Phoebe Howard Personal Shopper  


 Coco and Kelley Gilded Thanksgiving  


Holidash Thanksgiving DIY  


Sweet Something Design   


Knight Moves Thanksgiving  

I hope that your Thanksgiving Day is spent gathered around a beautiful table and expressing love and gratitude for those special people in your life!  

I am especially grateful for all of you who meet me here on the blog each and every day. Your friendship, love and support mean more than you will ever know.  

Happy Thanksgiving!  

xoxo, Tobi