Archive for March, 2011

Camping at a Higher Elevation

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Are you ready to tackle the next level?  Are you wanting to take your design skills to a higher elevation?  Are you ready to reach the summit? 

Elle Decor, Tobi Fairley Design Camp

Good news!  The next Advanced Session of Tobi Fairley Design Camp will be held on May 13-14,2011.

This camp will feature a special segment on Friday evening covering the essentials of setting the perfect table.  I’ll be dining with my campers at three tables I have designed for various events and magazine photoshoots.

We’ll also be covering some great interior design essentials like kitchen planning and design.  Have you ever wanted the perfect kitchen in your home?  I’ll be teaching you all the steps to get there!

Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Kitchen, Remodel

Have you attended Advanced Design Camp previously?  This advanced camp is completely new!  Each season we offer a different advanced camp with exciting new course content. 

Haven’t attended Basic Design Camp?  No worries.  Many of our novice campers have attended the Advanced Camp before returning to take the Basic Camp. 

Head on over to the all-new TOBI FAIRLEY DESIGN CAMP website to learn more information and get registered! Ready to sign up? Click the schedule tab and pay by paypal under the advanced camp info.


Second Image above from Elle Decor 

KATV Good Morning Arkansas: The Look for Le$$

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This morning I shared with you “The Look for Le$$” on Good Morning Arkansas.  This is all about recreating a designer look without the designer price tag.  Here are the items I shared during Design Time with Tobi Fairley:


The Designer Lamp: Robert Abbey Double Gourd Lamp $280.00

The Look for Le$$ Lamp: Target Mix & Match Tear Drop Lamp & Shade $33.99


The Designer Pillow: Kuk May Hand Embroidered Pillow $285.00

The Look for Le$$ Pillow: Target Luxury Damask Decorative Pillow $32.99


The Designer Framed Art: Willow Green Framed Geometric Cutout $150.00

The Look for Le$$ Framed Art: Target Monochromatic Framed Print $49.99

Here are my top tips for finding great deals on designer looks:

  • Target is very on trend with their home decor selections.  They even have collections by fabulous designers.
  • Stores like TJ Maxx have new inventory almost daily and you never know what treasure you may find!
  • Become a savvy web shopper.  Learn how to do a thorough “shopping search” on sites like google and yahoo.  This is the easiest way to find great bargains! 

Tobi Fairley Design Camp

Congratulations to our two KATV/Tobi Fairley Design Camp Giveaway winners!

Tammy Dixon of Searcy, Arkansas, has won free tuition to an upcoming Design Camp!

Linda Tabor of Monticello, Arkansas, has won a complimentary “Room Rescue Plan” that will be revealed here on the blog.

Congratulations ladies!


I also talked about my online design service called InBox Interiors this morning.  If you want high style on a budget, InBox may be the perfect solution for you!  InBox lets you set the budget and implement a Tobi Fairley design plan on your own at the pace that works for you. 

 As an InBox Interiors client, you’ll receive a beautiful box that includes everything you need to put together the room of your dreams.  I’ve included everything you need to pull it all together!

The highlight of your InBox design is the “Look Book.”  We have a hardcover book professionally printed that includes plans, elevations, design selections, installation notes and a spreadsheet with all the pricing.

Also included is the Swatchbook.  This contains actual samples of paints, fabrics and window coverings so you can touch and admire the actual finishes that will adorn your room.

Head on over to the InBox Interiors website and find all the information you need to get started today.  You can even pay for your room online with PayPal.  And, if you have any additional questions, we’re just an email away!


Design Time with Tobi Fairley Tomorrow Morning!

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It’s time for another fun installment of Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV Channel 7’s Good Morning Arkansas.  Tomorrow morning during the 9 ‘o clock hour I’ll be presenting “The Look for Le$$.”

During this segment, I’ll be showing you how to create stylish designer-style interiors without the high price.  If you want bang for your buck, you don’t want to miss this segment!

I’ll also be announcing the winners of the Design Camp contest!  If you entered KATV’s contest for a chance to win free tuition to a Tobi Fairley Design Camp, be sure to tune in tomorrow morning.  I’m so excited to announce the winners.  We’ve had a ton of great entries and I can’t wait to have one lucky viewer at Design Camp.  See you in the morning!

MyMarket: High Point Market

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It’s almost time for High Point Market!  I always get so excited this time of year.  Not only do I get to see all the fabulous new creations from all the exhibitors, I get to reconnect with with many great friends!  Designers, bloggers, manufacturers.  High Point is ground zero in my universe. 


Spring Market is happening April 2-7 this year.  As part of my visit to High Point, I will be participating in the MyMarket video series.  Six market constituents (exhibitor/retailer/student/interior designer/blogger/Market representative) will video record a “day in the life of their market.”  I’m honored to be participating as the Interior Designer.  I’ll be taking you all over market to see my favorite showrooms and people.  The video will go live on April 6.  Stay tuned to my blog for the link! 

While I’m in High Point, I’m also participating in “Marketing Yourself by Design.”  This event is co-Sponsored by ASID and Editor at Large.

I will be part of an in-depth experience where our panel of experts will provide pointers and tips for marketing yourself online through blogging, email outreach, social media, and more. Other panelists include Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan from Apartment Therapy; Michelle Adams of Lonny Magazine; Brian Patrick Flynn author of Décor Demon; and Margot Austin editor of Canada’s Style at Home.

Following the one-hour presentation, sign up for 15-minute intensive tutoring sessions that put you one-on-one with nationally acclaimed bloggers and online gurus like me along with Jeanine Hayes of Afro Chic; Marisa Marcantonio of  StyleBeat; and Brian Patrick Flynn of Décor Demon.

The presentation is open to all, but tutoring sessions are limited and open on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Panel takes place 12:00 p.m. Noon. 
Tutorials take place 1:00-2:30 p.m.
100 High Restaurant, Showplace West
High Point, NC

If you’re headed to High Point, I hope to see you there!

Sunday Showcase: Dorothy Draper by Kindel Furniture

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Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

Dorothy Draper was an amazing American decorator who I truly admire. Dorothy’s use of grand scale, bold color and geometric forms has greatly influenced my design style.  Her designs are still en vogue decades after her sumptuous interiors were completed.  I truly love the Dorothy Draper Collection by Kindel Furniture. Created with the great Carlton Varney, Dorothy’s protoge, the collection is a perfect representation of Dorothy’s unique style. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The España Bunching Chest in Ocean with White Accents is sublime. I have a pair of these in the entry of my art gallery and wish I could take them home.


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The Draper Console & Curio originally designed for the Greenbrier Hotel was inspired by the Chinese Chippendale movement. I love how you can change the color of the back or cover it in wallpaper!


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The American Baroque Mirroris another collection piece inspired by a Greenbrier design. Does this ever make a statement?


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The Café Side Chairis gorgeous with its French-inspired cabriole legs! And this beauty comes in orange too.


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The fretwork end panels of the Trellis Writing Table are a signature of Draper style.  This handsome desk is one of my top picks from the collection.

Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

You could sit pretty on the Camellia House Bench. I recently used two of these for a client at the foot of  twin beds and they look fabulous!

I think Kindel describes the collection best:
“From the 1930’s to the 1960’s, Dorothy Draper was the most famous decorator in America. A pioneering businesswoman and expert colorist, she used her trademark cabbage-rose chintz and neo-baroque plasterwork to create innovative and dramatic interiors for apartment houses, hotels, restaurants, theaters, department stores and private homes.  The Dorothy Draper Collection, is a collaboration with Carleton Varney, the current president and owner of Dorothy Draper and Co. in New York. This collection is versatile in its offerings of painted and wood finishes. The articles of furniture are reproductions adaptations and inspirations from the Draper’s corporate design work at such institutions as The Greenbrier Hotel, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hampshire House.  The world of Dorothy Draper is one that combines old-world glamour with a current lifestyle and a wink of reverence for the past.”

So to add a little glamour to your interiors, try one of Dorothy’s pieces. You will be glad you did.

Happy Sunday!