Archive for October, 2011

Boo Y’all!!

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Today I’m feeling inspired by one of the most festive holidays of the year–Halloween.  

We typically associate Black and Orange with pumpkins, costumes and decorations, but I am inspired to use these two bold colors for more than just the Fall holiday!!

Chinoiserie Living Room

Fabulous stair runner and accent at base moulding! Pinterest

Original Artwork by Amanda Talley

Oversized painted horns are a great focal point! Pinterest 

Eilene Kathryn Boyd Living Room with punch of fuschia  to black and orange, Decorpad

 Chic console table accessorized with black and orange, Unknown

Fall Wedding,


Cobblestone Street,  Unknown


Painted Front Door, Apartment Therapy

Charcoal and Orange Living Room, Lonny


Happy trick-or-treating to all of you and your little superheroes and princesses!!



 P.S. Don’t forget about the High Point Market Style Spotters contest on Pinterest!  I put together my top stylish picks while at market last week.  I’d love your support in winning this contest.  Just head over and click “like” and “repin” the selections so my images will win!  Thanks!

Tobi’s Style Spotter Pinterest Board

Sunday Showcase: Kravet Carpets

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It’s another chilly morning here in Little Rock, so today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite companies for not only fabrics but custom rugs and carpets! Kravet Carpets combines the talent of artisans from around the world who use centuries-old techniques as well as incorporating the latest in eco-friendly materials.  

Tufts by Kravet Carpet features designs from tastemakers Barbara Barry and Barclay Butera!  Their patterns and colors are designed to coordinate with their signature fabrics, too! 


 Estate Geometrics by Barclay Butera

 Graceful by Barbara Barry


Kravet also features a “build-your-rug” option and collaborates with Windsor Smith! Using eleven designs and more than 36 color combinations, you can create a perfectly customized rug for you home!


Eternity Link by Windsor Smith


Kravet also has hundreds of carpets and rugs that you can be fully customized!  If you don’t have time to wait on a custom one, they have lots of in stock options for you to choose from!!

Zevra, Modern Collection

 Enjoy your Sunday! Tobi




Ask Tobi

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I have about 6 different sets of china consisting of 3-5 pieces each of mixed and matched place settings. My question – is it approaite to set a dining table with the mixed matched sets?



Thanks for the question Sandra! For your question I decided to defer to my great friend Kathryn Greeley. She’s a tabletop expert and the author of the new book The Collected Tabletop. She also has a great blog, The Collected Room.

Kathryn Greeley, Tabletop and Entertaining Expert

Hi Sandra! I am so glad you’ve shown an interest in your own “collected tabletop.” And thank you Tobi for letting me join in on your wonderful “Ask Tobi” series.

Absolutely, I love mixing patterns on a table. There are endless opportunities with different patterns! I would start with the dinner plates. If you have six different dinner plates, go ahead and set each placesetting with a different pattern. If you have matching salads or bread and butters, team those up with the matching dinner plates. If there is a common color in the six sets, pull that color out for placemats or a tablecloth, and napkins. If you have an appropriate size serving piece in any of the patterns, you might want to use that for flowers for your centerpiece. And if you have a variety of cups or bowls, that would be great for serving coffee and/or dessert by the fire or on the porch! When collecting and mixing patterns, I always recommend combining patterns that all have a common color or pattern-something that gives the collection unity.




 “10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started a Design Business”

My latest design business article is now live on Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace.  I’m sharing some valuable insights into my experiences in business.  Even if you work in another field, some of these tips could be applied to your business.  Read the article here…


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Kathryn Greeley: The Collected Kitchen

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Resident entertaining expert Kathryn Greeley is back this month with some wonderful images that define her idea of “The Collected Kitchen.”  Be sure to check out her great blog The Collected Room and her new book The Collected Tabletop.  – Tobi

Kathryn Greeley – Tabletop and Entertaining Expert

Greetings readers of Tobi’s Blog!  It’s wonderful to be back here this month and share some great kitchens with you.  I love to entertain and it all starts in this room.   The kitchen is the heart of the home  and the command center for any social event. 

I’m known for my “collected” look and today I wanted to show you some fabulous kitchens that reflect that ideal.

I love William Yeoward’s Cotswold kitchen shown in his new book William Yeoward At Home.  I love all the elements:  a window seat, very “unfitted cabinets”, a dresser filled with all of his collections, a scrubbed antique table, an AGA cooker. A perfect example of a lovely collected kitchen!!  And the pantry just between the kitchen and the dining room to store all of ones collectibles!   A comfortable wing chair for reading or relaxing with a cup of tea, etc. 

I have a great love for bespoke Christopher Peacock kitchens- classic white cabinetry, white marble countertops, mixed with dark wood in bar stools, breakfast tables and floors and fabulous antique French copper cookware and epicurean antiques.

I like the look of this “unfitted” kitchen with its soft colors and patterns.  Very much a collected, comfortable look.

The dark floors.  The beautiful cabinetry.  The floor to ceiling display cabinet!  This is the collected look at its finest!

I’ve been blogging all about the kitchen this month on my blog, The Collected Room.  I hope you’ll stop by and take a look!

Happy collecting!


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P. Allen Smith: Halloween Blowout!

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This month, resident gardening expert P. Allen Smith takes us on a tour of Halloween festivities at his Moss Mountain Farm. – Tobi

The farm is the perfect place for Halloween festivities!  The clever costumes, the whimsical and often morbid decorating, trick or treating……and, of course my favorite part, the ghouls to mingle with my guests and make them shiver. 


We set up a tent and lined it with farm tables and benches for seating.  Then we added myriad of pumpkins and jack ‘o lanterns, candles and witches hats to adorn the table to delight my guests.


Much to the surprise of the guests, my ghouls arrived by horse drawn wagon, a motley band of vampires and a single, frightening little waif.  I just had to get my picture taken with them even though it may have meant my life!  The pack of ghouls then broke out into the crowd and did their thing!


Later, the guests have their chance to be toured around the farm in horse-drawn style.

Let the party begin!  But enter the tent at your own risk.  Nothing like low candlelight to set the mood.


 A big bonfire and cider made for the perfect end to a fun and festive evening!  Happy Halloween!

From the Garden Home®,


Allen’s Blog 


Be sure to check out the new Tobi Fairley Home!  On the site you can browse and purchase my fabrics, pillows and lighting!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home