Archive for May, 2011

Fabulous Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s Day is June 19th this year!  Don’t wait until the last minute to find a wonderful gift for your father.  Start now so that you have to time to locate something really fabulous online.  I’ve asked my entire staff to offer their top picks this year for an unforgettable Father’s Day.

“May dad collects pocket squares and loves polka dots.  Barney’s New York has a great navy one from Gitman Vintage and red and navy one from Drakes London.”
BARNEY’S – Gitman Vintage Polka Dot Hankerchief
BARNEY’S – Drakes London Polka Dot Pocket Square 


"Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS"

“The Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS is the perfect tool for dads who spend time on the fairway.”
BEST BUY – Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS



“The Tambour Desk Set from Linley is quite brilliant.  I can’t imagine any father not fancying these solid walnut pieces for his desktop!”
LINLEY – Tambour Desk Set



“Set the temperature on the iGrill and when it reaches the desired temp, it will communicate with your iPhone or iPad when it’t ready.”
CAMBRIA COVE – iGrill by iDevices


 “When in doubt I always order men’s gifts from Orvis… my Southern mamma taught me that!  The Battenkill Large Arbor Trout Reel is great for a father that loves to fish.”
ORVIS – Battenkill Large Arbor Trout Reel




“How practical for a golfing dad!  Everything he needs for his golf game is on standby at all times in the trunk of the car.”
THE GOLF WAREHOUSE – ProActive Sports Trunk It Golf Gear Case



Bart is our only father at TFID.  This year he’s asking for the Meade Instruments Wireless Weather Station with Remote.  “I think it may even come complete with a meteorology degree!”
WEATHERSHACK.COM – Meade Instruments TE923W-M Wireless Weather Station

And don’t forget about the Designer Book Giveaway this Week!!

Designer Book Giveaway! Gosling: Classic Design for Contemporary Interiors

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We started out May with our monthly features revolving around all things British in conjunction with the frenzy of the Royal Wedding.  We’re ending the month with our popular Designer Book Giveaway Series and a great book from English designer Tim Gosling.  Signed by the author, Gosling: Classic Design for Contemporary Interiors profiles the amazing work of this talented designer.  And there’s even a link to the Royal Wedding story – Tim Gosling was the designer behind the public reception rooms at the Goring Hotel.  See later in the post for more info…

Classic craftmanship meets modern styling to create stunning interiors and furniture designed by Tim Gosling. In the book, Stephen Calloway introduces Gosling’s signature design concepts, reviews the design process, and reveals the timeless craftmanship blended with state of the art techniques in Gosling’s furniture.

Gosling Ltd is a luxury bespoke furniture design company whose vision is to combine classical inspiration and exquisite British craftsmanship with ergonomic perfection. These unique pieces of furniture, or whole interior design schemes, are tailored to each individual client’s exact specifications.


These amazing doors with geometric detailing are from a dining room cabinet designed by Gosling.

 The detailing and planning that go into a bespoke Gosling creation are second to none.

You heard all about the Goring Hotel (Catherine Middleton’s choice of accomodation the night before the wedding) in news reports around the world.  You might have wondered what the hotel looked like inside.  Above is the lounge with its gilded ceiling and design by Gosling.

Empty gilded frames on lacquered walls in the Goring Hotel lend a contemporary look to the classical surroundings.

Be sure to leave a comment here on the blog for your chance to win this autographed copy.  We will be accepting entries through Friday 6/3 at noon CST.  If you wish to purchase the book, you can find it on amazon.  And be sure to check out the wonderful world of Gosling on his website.

Sunday Showcase: Trowbridge Gallery

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For this last Sunday in May, I’m traveling across the pond once more for Sunday Showcase.  I’ve been a huge fan of the art sold by Trowbridge Gallery for many years now.  Whether traditional or contemporary, their products are always gorgeous and of the highest quality.

Peter Arnold “Tulips” in Beveled Mirror Frames


Vintage Beach Scenes in White Wedge Frames


St Kitts Shells in Silver Leaf Mirror Frames


Matthew Moore Fruit in Sloped Bevelled Mirror Frames



Bessa Orange Flowers in Silver Leaf Mirror Frames

I hope this look at the work Trowbridge Gallery has been inspiring.  What would look good in your home?  Enjoy your Sunday!


Memorial Day Shopping? Visit our Sponsors

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone! I hope you are resting and relaxing with your friends and family this weekend while paying tribute to all those who have served to protect our great country.

And if your idea of Memorial Day relaxing means surfing the internet, please take a minute to visit our Sponsors…

TheBusiness of Design Conference early bird special ends on May 31st. Designers and Decorators, now’s your chance to sign up for a conference that I have been attending for the last 6 years. I have taken away so many nuggets (and some amazing friends and contacts) from these conferences that have helped shape my business. In fact it was a David Shepherd conference in 2007 where I first learned about blogging.  So don’t miss this great opportunity to hone your business skills and learn how to be more profitable in the year ahead. And if you are interested in knowing the inside secrets to appealing to the luxury market, you might want to sign-up for the LEO track at the Business of Design Conference.  This special version of the BOD called LEO, Luxury Experience Option, is lead by Steve Nobel and will take an select group of conference attendees through an agenda that combines the best parts of BOD with some exlusive mastermind sessions just for the LEO participants.  The LEO is limited to 20 designers and the last I heard, it was over half filled.  If you want to join me and other designers working in this elite level of the market, apply for the LEO when you sign up for the conference. Be sure and visit the BOD site and sign up today before the special pricing ends.

Now if you are spending your weekend planning for a Disney vacation, you MUST visit our sponsor Small World Big Fun.  If you saw my post yesterday on Cindy Minor and Small World Big Fun, then you know I wouldn’t even think about planning a Disney trip without Cindy’s help. If you missed my 2 recent Traveling Designer posts on At Home in Arkansas’ blog, then you must read about my trips on the Disney Dream and to Disney World, all orchestrated by the organized and efficient Cindy Minor who knows all the insider-secrets for the perfect Disney vacations. You can visit her site this weekend and request a quote for the trip you have in mind.  Or if you need to do Disney on a budget, just email Cindy and she will do her best to help you get the most for your money.  Happy Disney Travels!

If I were you, I would spend my weekend oogling the offerings at Swank Lighting.  I adore Swank’s lamps as you can tell by looking at my portfolio. Their gorgeous vintage Venetian glass lamps were featured in the entry of my project in House Beautiful last year. And I am excited to say that I will be using more Swank lamps in my upcoming room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.  So take a moment this weekend and visit Swank’s website so you can see all the beautiful creations that would make the perfect addition for your home or a client’s. I assure you, everything they have is very “Swanky”!

Need some accessories, pillows and finishing touches to go with those Swank Lamps? Well you just might find them at the adorable online Shop Ten 25.  Abbe Fenimore, Dallas designer and the shop’s owner and curator, has an eye for style.  In Shop Ten 25, you will find so many things that you can’t live without.  Some of my favorites? The hoards of great pillows at awesome prices, and chic geometric patterned  but lightweight cotton throws, perfect for cuddling up with a good book this summer. There is something for everyone at Shop Ten 25, so don’t miss it!

Thinking about starting a design project? How about getting my Tobi Fairley look but at a great price? Well head on over to my InBox Interiors website and  purchase the room of your choice.  Then in just 6-8 weeks, we will send you your gorgeous design in a box.  This fun design collaboration all unfolds between our email inbox and yours, culminating in the design of your dreams.  We are excited to work with you, so sign up today!


And last, but certainly not least…if you are planning your summer parties this weekend, then you must call Molly’s Paperie to order the perfect invitations.  Whether it’s a back-yard BBQ, your July 4th picnic, or your kiddo’s swimming party, Molly’s has the perfect paper for your event.  Visit their Facebook page to see the latest and greatest of what Molly’s Paperie has to offer.

So now you are equipped with all sorts of shopping experiences for the weekend.  Whether you are wanting to better your business, plan a family vacation, decorate your home, or throw a great party, our sponsors are here to help. 

Happy Memorial Day and Happy Shopping!

xo, Tobi

Our New Sponsor:Small World Big Fun

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We are so excited to welcome a new sponsor here on Tobi’s Blog! If you have seen my last two Traveling Designer posts on At Home in Arkansas’ blog, then you know all about my recent trips on the Disney Dream and to Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida.


But what you might not know is that my trips were absolutely stress-free thanks to Cindy Minor from Small World Big Fun.  I think Cindy is the world’s greatest expert on Disney World (other than maybe her business partner Viv) and that’s probably because she is a travel agent extraordinaire specializing in ONLY Disney vacations. My family and I were able to hang out with Mickey and Minnie on our trips, without a worry in the world.

If it weren’t for Cindy, I wouldn’t have known all the secrets to making our Disney vacations a perfect fit for my family and our personalities and preferences.  Cindy is super-duper organized (which I love) and she asked all the right questions to know exactly which hotels, restaurants, and attractions would suit us best. She even finds out if you are an early bird or a night owl so she can help you take advantage of the “Extra Magic Hours” which are extended hours for the parks offered to only guests staying in one of the Disney Resort Hotels.  I promise you, with Cindy’s help, there is no T not crossed and no I not dotted when planning your Disney trip.

If you are even thinking about a Disney vacation, it is NEVER too early to contact Small World Big Fun.  Many of the special events and attractions like dining with the Disney Princesses in Cinderella’s Castle, require reservations 6 months in advance. But as long as you give Cindy a call, you don’t have to worry about those reservations or any others.  She takes care of EVERYTHING!


And if you need to do Disney on a budget, Cindy and Viv know all the best deals, special rates and tips on how to make your money and meal plans work for you. She might even squeeze in a great character dinner and still fit your price point.  Small World Big Fun often gets better rates than you can find by spending hours scouring the Internet, and they save you all that research time too.  You can just tell them your price range and they work hard to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.

I have found Cindy’s recommendations to be spot-on.  We let her know what type of hotels we love, what sort of food we eat, and the price ranges we were comfortable with for both.  What we got in return was a comprehensive travel planning guide with all the details for hotels and restaurants that fit our criteria.

Once you decide which choices you like, Cindy books everything (other than your airfare) and sends you an updated packet with all your confirmations and itineraries. But that’s not all that’s in Cindy’s packets. They also include extensive tips and suggestions for packing, what to wear depending on the season, what to pack in an overnight bag until you get your bags delivered on the cruise so you are prepared for any activity, bag tags and vouchers for your cruise, how to use fast passes at the parks, tips on stroller rentals, rain gear ideas, the best times and locations for character meet and greets, and so much more.

With Cindy’s packet, we were perfectly prepared with instructions for boarding and departing the cruise, tips on how to avoid long lines on the aqua duck, what shows and activities she recommends on the cruise, and ideas for departing the boat in various ports or when we might rather stay on the ship.


And the best part about Cindy’s recommendations is that they are totally authentic. Cindy has experienced each and every one of her tips herself, so she knows first hand what she likes and what she doesn’t and how she might best advise her clients.  Cindy sailed on the inaugural cruise on the Dream and she frequents the parks, so she stays up to date on the latest and greatest happenings including what to avoid or which areas and attractions are closed for renovations.

Obviously, I wouldn’t plan a Disney vacation without Cindy and Small World Big Fun. She has made two trips in two years, the perfect experience for my family and she will do the same for you. Give Cindy a call or email for more information on planning the ideal Disney vacation for you.  And if you forget how to contact her, just come back here to our homepage and click the Small World, Big Fun Ad in our sidebar to be directed to the web page and get started planning your trip. You can also stay up to date on more Small World Big Fun ideas and specials by following their blog, plus hear great testimonials and more tips on their Facebook page

Here’s wishing you a magical time on your next Disney trip.  I promise, if you let Cindy take care of all the details, it will be one of the most magical vacations of your life.