Archive for March, 2012

Saturday Soccer

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Of all the things people ask me, the question I get most often is “How do you do it all?” Well sometimes I don’t. So this morning instead of bringing you a blog post on something design related, I’ll be a soccer mom at my little one’s game. And believe it or not, being soccer mom is one of my very favorite things (though I’m not getting a mini-van, yet!)

And as one of my wise friends reminded me yesterday…”Your family is the most important thing you have, always take care of their needs first…work will be there when you get back, but they might not”.

So I hope to bring you another blog post later this afternoon, but first and foremost today is special time with my hubby, my pup, and my sweet soccer girl and feeling my toes in that cool morning grass!

Happy Saturday,


Pastels Popping Up Everywhere!

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Last fall I had the great privilege of being a Style Spotter at High Point Market and ended up winning the contest!! I had such a great time walking around, snapping away to capture the latest trends. I was super excited when I was asked to spot some of this spring’s hottest trends for a recent story with High Point. Once again, going back to this 2012’s Pantone color of the year, Tangerine Tango, I spotted pastels being paired with this bold shade everywhere! I especially love this color with a soft lilac!


There’s something very refreshing about this combo. I think because it’s a balanced, yet vivacious mix that won’t overpower your space. Here are a few of my favorite finds from Serena and Lily that could bring this combo into your home.

1. Persimmon Wall Paint   2. Plum/Putty Diamond Throw Pillow  3. Lilac Wall Paint  4. Plum Herringbone Throw  5. Pimento French Ring Sheet Set  6. “Are You That Happy” Painting by Paule Dubois Dupuis  7. Rope Bin Collection – Orange  8. Pumpkin Border Frame Rug


A Fabulous Night with Mrs. Howard + Designer MBA Camp Continues!

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Hi Friends,
I’m about to head off to our second day of Designer MBA Camp, but wanted to give you a quick recap of our fabulous event last night with Phoebe Howard.

Everyone had such a great time at Cobblestone & Vine. At one point, I looked around and there were literally tables of people devouring their copies of The Joy of Decorating!!

It is a beautiful book and I’m so happy Phoebe and her daughter were able to come to Little Rock for a signing. Thanks to At Home in Arkansas for co-hosting this event with us and Cobblestone & Vine!

Like I said, today is day two of my first-ever Designer MBA Camp. Yesterday, we went IN-DEPTH with each camper’s business and had some really honest and open Q&A time. I think all of our campers will agree they walked away with some major building blocks to help them grow their business in 2012!

And…it’s not over yet! There’s still plenty more in store over the course of the next two days. Follow my twitter account (@tobifairley) or #designcamp to see more about what we’re learning.

If you weren’t able to join us for this Designer MBA Camp, we have two more upcoming opportunities for camps and consulting groups.

Our next Design Camp A-Z will be May 16-18. This is a camp for everyone — whether you’ve been a designer for years and want to brush up on your skills or you’ve never designed a room and want to learn the foundation principles.

Sign up before April 15 and get our Early Bird Special —- Only $1,999!!

If you’re looking for more in-depth business coaching, join my Mastermind group.
Our next on-site session will be in June, so there’s still time to sign up and whenever you sign up, you receive a full year of personalized coaching for the next 12 months from that date. Click here to learn more about this opportunity or email to sign up today.

Wish me luck on day 2!!



Essie Color Inspiration

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You know I love color! Maybe, that’s why I’m in love with all of the vibrant colors in Essie’s 2012 spring collection. These little bottles of nail polish go to show that nothing is too small to inspire a big transformation! I love the palette so much that I decided to match each color with some favorite spaces that I’ve spotted recently.

To see more on Essie’s spring collection, click here. To read more about the inspiration photos pictured, click on the corresponding links below.

Color makes me happy? Don’t you agree?



(1. House Beautiful: Kitchen by Gideon Mendelson & Elle Decor: Dining Room by Françoise and Yves Gastou 2. Traditional Home: Living Room by Julie Massucco Kleiner & House Beautiful: Girl’s Room by Allison Paladino 3. Elle Decor: Office by Kelly Wearstler & Drake Design Associates: Bedroom by Jamie Drake 4. House Beautiful: New Orleans Home by Hal Williamson 5. House Beautiful: Bedroom by Smith Hanes & Houzz: Family Room by Heather ODonavan 6. Houzz: Bathroom by Refined LLC & Elle Decor: Paris Apartment by Sabine de Gunzburg)

Tobi’s Tuesday Tip

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Hi Friends,

It’s a super busy week around Tobi Fairley Interior Design and Associates as we are getting ready to welcome our Designer MBA campers tomorrow. My team and I will spend the next 3 days inspiring and educating these other talented and savvy designers on how to seize the day and take their businesses to the next level. I know they can do it and when they leave on Friday, they will know they can too!

I always include some of my favorite quotes in our camp, consulting, and coaching materials for inspiration, so thought I would share one with you today…

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

— Jim Rohn, Motivational Coach

If you followed my goals, plans, and dreams for 2012, you know my main focus this year is Discipline. So my Tuesday tip is this…

You likely already know exactly what you need to know to achieve all your goals and dreams, but you just aren’t practicing them every, single day to get consistent results.

What are those things that you “know” you should be doing but just aren’t? I would love to hear from you. Plus putting things out in the universe keeps you accountable, right? So tell me, which will it be…discipline or regret?