Archive for April, 2012

Last Call for Design Camp A to Z Early Birds!!

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Don’t forget the Early Bird special for my next Design Camp A to Z ends tomorrow, May 1, at midnight. This special will save you $400 off the ticket price — which is like getting your lodging for free!

May 16-18

Tobi Fairley Studio

Little Rock, AR

Don’t miss this three-day, all-inclusive, fun-filled camp. Whether you’re a design professional, someone who’s looking for skills that can help with a DIY remodel or simply just love all things home, this is the camp for you. I’ll walk you through my 26-step design process and offer hands-on help for your own project.

Learn more at

Hope to see you soon!!

It’s 8:07 on a Monday Morning…

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It’s 8:07 on a Monday morning and what am I doing?? Working, of course!

I’m excited to get back into all the projects that have been progressing while I’ve been on my travels. There’s so much to do, I even need two Starbucks to get me through!

And speaking of travels, I’ll be sharing more info about my recent trips to Marrakech, High Point and Chicago soon.

Have a great week!



Mother’s Day Goes Bold

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Mother’s Day is just two weeks away!! So, naturally, now is the time to choose the perfect gifts for all of the special mamas in your life.  As a mom, I’ll tell you that the best Mother’s Day gift is one that will make her feel appreciated and loved for who she is.

I have one other shopping suggestion to you this year: as you consider what kinds of things your mom would enjoy and what gifts would show her how grateful you are for all she does, don’t be afraid to go BOLD. Every mother–not just color lovers like me–are ready for a fresh splash of color this time of year. Below are some of my favorite picks to brighten her day.

1. biltmore® floppy hat / 2. Tory Burch ‘Robinson’ Nylon Tablet Sleeve / 3. boardwalk flip-flops in bloomsbury blue / 4. Melody mid-length voile bathrobe / 5. mini-dress nightgown in tangerine / 6. Lagos Fluted Station Caviar™ Rope Bracelet / 7. Essie’s Geranium nail polish

Since I really keep my office staff on their toes…I’m inviting them to join me, along with my mom and daughter, to have Mother’s Day pedicures! What a treat!!

I know you, too, will find just the right way to make it a special day.



Weekend Wow: Pretty Pantry

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Change is good, right?? Well, we are mixing things up a bit here on the blog and bringing you a few new series, including Weekend Wow. Every month, I’ll share some small crafty or DIY-like project that I’ve enjoyed creating recently. The best part? It’s something that didn’t take me forever — in fact each project only takes a weekend’s time (or less!). Let me know what you think about the first one! xo, Tobi

Life is generally pretty great in our office. We all get along, we enjoy lunches together and we get A LOT done! We did have one small (and rather unsightly) problem at TFID  though… an out-of-control, mess-and-a-half, growing-mountain-of-groceries pantry. Trust me, it was bad. If I had a before shot, I would not publish it. I mean, who knew eight girls could create such chaos in a pantry?

We ignored the problem for a while until my dear, sweet mother, Bebe, realized we needed help and made an emergency trip to The Container Store. Praise the Lord! She came back from the shopping excursion with super durable and stylish baskets — one for each of us. Now, being the creative type I couldn’t stop there. Crafting soon ensued as we all thought of ways to personalize our baskets, finally settling on individual name tags.

We took to our scrap fabric and each of us found a piece that was “her.” Our house mother–ahem, office manager–Margaret, made tags and we each spent a few minutes crafting these labels to personalize our bins.

Pretty cute, huh?

Here’s mine…

When we were all finished the organized display looked a little something like this…

Now all that’s left to wonder is how long it will stay like this!!

Happy Crafting!
– Tobi

Fabulous Friday Finds — Kid Trends: Navy & Pool

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Continuing in my current color fascination–navy and pool(!), I was browsing a few of my favorite go-to sources for kids’ rooms and was wowed with all of the fabulous items following suit! All of the hot items below were spotted at Serena and Lily, Pottery Barn Teen, and Stray Dog Designs (Stray Dog doesn’t claim to be a kid’s resource, but their whimsical designs seem to find their way into my kid-room projects every time!).

1. Turquoise Moroccan Leather Pouf by Serena & Lily  2. Leaf Medallion Lurex Rug by PB Teen  3. Funky Faux Bois Mirror Round in Bahaman Sea Blue by Stray Dog Designs  4. Navy Spade Pillow by Serena & Lily  5. Benjamin Moore Natura Artic Blue by PB Teen  6. Benjamin Moore Natura Down Pour Blue by PB Teen  7. Vince and Vincent Lamp in Bahaman Sea Blue by Stray Dog Designs  8. Celeste Sphere in Bahaman Sea Blue by Stray Dog Designs  9. Cushy Sleeper Sofa in Navy by PB Teen  10. Shaggy Tee Mat in Pool by PB Teen  11. Peyton Organic Sheet Set by PB Teen  12. Navy Paint by Serena & Lily  13. Paper Mache Tulip Table in Bahaman Sea Blue by Stray Dog Designs  14. Stripe Ooh La La Armchair in Stripe Pool by PB Teen  15. Navy Gobi Embroidered Sheet Set by Serena & Lily

Happy Friday everyone!



p.s. Kids rooms are so lively! I thought you might like to see a few more examples of the work I’ve done for my youngest clients 🙂