Archive for November, 2011

KATV: Design Time with Tobi Fairley

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Ruby & Turquoise:

The Season’s Hottest Color Story

This morning on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas, I showed the season’s hottest color duo – Ruby & Turquoise!  I love having fun at the holidays; especially with color.  This year why not stray from the traditional red and green?  The photo above demonstrates one of the affordable ways to add a little color impact to your holiday decor.  Using apothecary jars you might already have around the house, fill them with color coordinated candies to add a fun punch of color!

An easy, affordable way to dress up your apothecary jars is with labels.  All you need is a bit of satin ribbon, paper and markers.  Get creative with the label’s shape and color selections.  You can write any word that evokes the holiday spirit for you!

A super easy way to add impact to your holiday look – wrap all those presents under your tree in paper and ribbon than continue your color story.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes!  Here, I’ve paired red houndstooth paper with turquoise satin ribbon.

Finally, why not add some great holiday pillows from Tobi Fairley Home?  Pictured is Saint Nick in Ruby and Turquoise.  This jolly silhouette is printed on linen.  I paired this with a custom color of my Edinburgh fabric.

You can watch the segment for yourself right here…




I hope all the viewers enjoyed my holiday decorating tips on Good Morning Arkansas this morning.  See you next month!

Happy Holidays!



Saint Nick – A fresh new look for a jolly old soul!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home to view the new Saint Nick pillows just in time for your holiday decorating! Three beautiful colorways available as well as left and right facing options.


Design Camp A to Z

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Hi Friends,

Just a couple of weeks ago I conducted my first ever 3-day Design Camp and I have to tell you it was AMAZING!  I  haven’t done a recap like this in a while after one of my camps.  But I was just so excited after having almost 40 women in last week from all across the US and Canada, that I just had to bring you my thoughts on it all.

I am seeing great blog posts pop up all over the web already like this one from Linda and her follow up post here.  And this several part series from Jennifer that will give you lots of insight into my Design Camp lessons.  And one more from Heather here. So I won’t reiterate the take-aways here. I hope you will join us yourself to get the full experience of my teachings and ideas and my passion for design. Writing about it just can’t do it justice! But today I want to tell you more about the experience camp brought this session which has left me on a high ever since.

We took everything up a notch for Design Camp A to Z with the all-inclusive accommodations including stretch hummer limos (yes one of them is Barbie pink…I’m all about color right?!?)

And we had a fun night of shopping with our sponsor Cobblestone & Vine and a surprise opportunity to meet designer Annie Selke of Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert fame. And those were just the “extras”.

In this first ever three-day camp, we covered so much ground in the 26 steps of my all-new A to Z design process that I sent everyone home on design overload.  But believe me they weren’t complaining. In fact, nobody wanted to leave.

In our Friday morning wrap-up session, every camper stated what their biggest take-away from the camp was and it was so fun to hear all the different opinions.  I am most thrilled that almost every person in camp had a different idea resonate with them.  One camper even said “I’ve died and gone to Heaven!” while another broke out into the song “I’ve had the time of my life” from Dirty Dancing!

I just can’t say enough about how great this camp was for the campers and for me.  I leave each camp inspired as much by the campers as they are by me but this camp seemed to have an extra special dynamic.  Maybe it was because the group was the largest we have ever had for a camp so there were so many different fun ideas and personalities.  Maybe it was because we had longer to bond and become friends (and the two nights of cocktail parties helped with that!). Or maybe it was because so many of the campers brought a friend so they felt comfy and secure having their best buddies along and ultimately enjoyed themselves more by sharing the experience with someone special.

Whatever the case, it was a real pleasure for us all…the campers, my staff and me!

And the good news…we are doing it all over again in January! So if you want to be a part of a special 3 day, all-inclusive Tobi Fairley Design Camp experience with like-minded people from all over the country and beyond and me, then hurry and sign up today!  I can hardly wait to meet you and be inspired by you too!

Take a look at where Design Camp A to Z campers traveled from to attend Design Camp in Little Rock…

Our November camp brought campers from states including California, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusettes, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas and more. We even had a camper from Canada and I can’t wait to see which states join us in January!

Sign up today and take advantage of the Bring A Friend for Free and the Early Bird Special of $1999.00.  These specials will be going away by the end of the year so don’t miss out!

Want Santa to bring you Design Camp Tuition this year? It’s the perfect Christmas gift, so tell your loved ones to call or send us an email us to purchase your camp tuition and we will sign you up and send a Design Camp Gift Card beautifully wrapped with your name on it!

I look forward to seeing many of you in our January camp which is just 6 weeks away!

And to all of you who joined me in November and all of our previous camps this year…Thank You! I am grateful to know you and to be inspired by you and I hope to see you again real soon.  xoxo, Tobi

Visit the Design Camp website HERE!


Entertaining Extra: Blue & White Tablescape

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This month’s Entertaining Feature shows a beautiful tablescape by designer Kathryn Greeley. I find blue-and-white ware to be great year round and with a few additions you can create a table worthy of any winter gathering.  Here’s my take of a tablescape using classic blue and white.

1. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Placemat 2.Williams- Sonoma Venezia Wooden Charger 3. Johnson Brothers Willow Blue China 4. West Elm Smoked Glassware 5. Williams- Sonoma Laguiole Flatware 6. Pottery Barn Wood Baluster Pie Server 7. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Napkin 8. Custom Tablecloth made with fabric from Inside Fabric Plaid Fabric

Happy Dining! -Tobi

Sunday Showcase: Bungalow 5

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After much needed time with family and friends for Thanksgiving, I am taking time to relax and post about one of my favorite furniture, lighting and accessory companies –Bungalow 5!  They are always adding new and fun pieces that add that perfect punch of classic and contemporary to any room.  If you’re in the market for lacquer, mirrored, or even a rustic wood finish–they have what you are looking for! 

They have many classicly-inspired pieces in their collection.  Delft Lamp in Dark Blue,  Calista MirrorMarie 6-Drawer Dresser, and Mina Double Gourd Vases



For a more sleek and contemporary room, maybe try the Pink Baluster Lamp, Gray Laquered Odom Console, Beveled Glass William Mirror,  and the Cerused Gray Oak Alexa Chair!


They have lots of great storage pieces for your bedroom like the  Cerused Oak Niagara 3-Drawer Chest and the White Lacquer and Walnut Veneer Piedmont Display Case!  I’ve paired a few extras with this nightstand like this Green Bamboo Lamp and a framed Butterfly Print (which comes in a great series of 4!).


I hope you’ve enjoyed my teaser of what all Bungalow 5 has to offer!! I encourage you to take a trip over to their website and check out their great LampsLacquered Furniture and Storage Pieces!!




Ask Tobi

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My husband and I recently bought our first sofa and chair.  Together we had been searching for a long time.  We settled on the Pauline Sofa and chair from Z Gallerie.  With the excitement of that purchase, the missing piece seems to be a rug.  I’ve never purchased a rug before and I feel overwhelmed.  Please help!
Andrea, Dallas, Texas



Thanks for writing me with your question!  I’ve got a few great suggestions to bring a punch of color and pattern into your space.

Your sofa from Z Gallerie has a straightforward look.  Transitional and neutral.  This gives us lots of room to work with when selecting a rug and accessories.

I love bold graphics and color.  This smashing “Terrene” rug from Shop Ten 25 could really set the tone for fantastic color story in your room.  You’ll probably want to go with the 8×10 size.  A rug thats too small really won’t give your room what it needs.  My advice is to select the largest rug your room will accomodate.  Getting your furniture to sit on top of the rug instead of “hanging off” is ideal.

Don’t forget about accenting your sofa with some color!  These orange linen beauties from Lacefield Designs with twill tape would look great!

Here’s a peek at what your room could look like.  I hope this helps!

Saint Nick – A fresh new look for a jolly old soul!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home to view the new Saint Nick pillows just in time for your holiday decorating! Three beautiful colorways available as well as left and right facing options.