Archive for September, 2013

Colormixing it Up With an Inspiration Board!

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[This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. You can see their predictions for what color palettes are going to go BIG in the design world in 2014, by following the link at the bottom of this post.]

I always think it’s really fun when I can give you an inside look at some of the behind-the-scenes phases a design project moves through before it comes to life in someone’s home.

And since I recently revealed the before-and-after photos of my own home (the one I just moved from) when I gave everything a MAJOR freshen-up for Ronda Carman’s book, Designers at Home, I thought you might also like to see an inspiration board I created while dreaming up what my Formal Living Room could look like if the color palette was expanded to incorporate the inspiration pieces I told you about in my photostyling post from July!. The inspiration colors on the board are from the Sherwin-Williams “Intrinsic” palette. Sherwin-Williams describes this palette as driven by “embracing and preserving tradition, culture and design, while bringing in new influences.” Right up my alley, don’t you think?!

First, let me remind you how the room was styled to begin with:

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And now have a look at the vision board that spurred my palette transformation!

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You can really feel the fashion inspiration vibe, right?

1. Lee Industries skirted swivel chairs, covered in Schumacher’s Oiseaux et Fleurs pattern 2. Punches of pool blues in accessory choices 3. Barclay Butera Home wing chairs 4. Custom Rug from New River Artisans 5. Christopher Spitzmiller Lamps 6. Jamie Drake Stripe for Schumacher 7. Bungalow 5 Sunburst Mirror

And now for the “After”! You’ve seen this updated, re-imagined take on this space. How does seeing the vision board change your impression of the space? Did I capture the mood?

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As I mentioned, this palette really gives the room a more exciting and playful attitude, and I just love it!

To see the other 2014 Colormix Forecast Palettes, visit Sherwin-Williams’ website, HERE.



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My BIG Move

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Well I’ve been in my new home about 10 days now but I’m far from settled in. During the excitement last week I un-earthed a few of my favorite books and treasures to make this place feel a bit more like home.


But that’s when real life settled in, I went back to work, and today many boxes remain unpacked and artwork is still bubble-wrapped and leaning precariously against many a wall. And might I add, many a wall with unfortunate paint colors.


Plus I haven’t even mentioned the long list of renovations and improvements I intend to make in the coming months including updating or removing the 1960’s paneling in the living room and a complete kitchen remodel just to name a few.


And then there’s the subject of where and how to place all my furniture and the next question…to reupholster or not to reupholster? Or maybe just sprucing some pieces up with new pillows like these geometric beauties above.


Still the good news is this–I’m going to take my time and truly enjoy the process. Slow and steady is my motto for this house. I want to be very mindful of each and every design decision in a way I haven’t done for my own home before. And I know I will find that some things translate perfectly from my old house to the new, and others just won’t work at all. But what a great excuse to mix things up, right?


And the even better news is that I am going to document the entire process right here on the blog. That’s right! The behind-the-scenes, real world design process of this designer’s own home in real time. I’ll even be asking you to weigh in on some of my design decisions. Will you help me out? Should be fun, right?

So here we go friends–let’s get the creative juices flowing. My new house awaits.


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Think Unique! Personalized Gifts for the Holidays

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So, I’ve been a fan of LaPlates for a long time now, because they always have just the thing when what you need is a highly personalized, fun, playful, and colorful gift!


It’s not always easy to think this far ahead, but if you want a one-of-a-kind and personalized surprise under the tree…now’s the time to get shopping!

And THIS WEEK they are also giving away a fully-customized Monogrammed Wedge Pillow, to one lucky winner, which…these are totally adorable, am I right?!

La Plates_Pillow Giveaway

This pillow, valued at $200, is part of their collection that is handmade, piece by piece, designed by your fabric choices.

And you can enter the giveaway, using the rafflecopter, below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can’t wait to see if you win the GIVEAWAY? You can also use the promotional code: PILLOW10 for 10% off any La Plate applique pieces, through 9.29.13.

Here are some ideas of how the pillows can be customized:

La Plates_WEDGE corduroy La Plates_WEDGE pique La Plates_WEDGE seersucker

And, if you’re shopping for that applique discount, check out these items:

See? There’s just no end to the fun you can have when you can customize AND personalize! Good luck on the Wedge Pillow giveaway!


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More Lamp Lovin’ and Two Giveaway Winners!

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We have not just one but TWO lucky lamp winners of our Lamps Plus sponsored giveaway! Congratulations Carole and Becky; check your email inboxes for messages from my team! I know you will both love your new Lamps Plus gourd lamp, and if you find a perfect spot for it, snap a photo and show us how you used it!

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And since there’s no end to all of the lamp love, I thought I would share with you even MORE lamps from my own design work through the years! I hope this gets you inspired to head on over to and get to shopping for your own perfect lamp!

Design by Tobi Fairley

Design by Tobi Fairley

Design by Tobi Fairley

Design by Tobi Fairley

See what a difference a lamp makes?! Thank you Lamps Plus for a very fun giveaway, and happy shopping everyone!


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Think Smarter About Your Trip to High Point Market!

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If you’re an interior design pro, you already know that one of the smartest things you can do to keep your work looking fresh and inspired and to forge strong industry connections is to make the trek twice each year to High Point Market in High Point, NC. There you can SEE all of the newest offerings by leading furnishings manufacturers and you can BE SEEN by many of the key movers and shakers in the business.

Beautiful Bed #mrandmrshoward #sherrillfurniture #hpmkt

Each trip to High Point requires a significant investment of time, energy, and money, but personally I’ve always found that it’s an investment that pays for itself many times over. One thing I’ve learned from many years of attending this amazing market is to maximize the time I have and direct my efforts toward finding key new product, maintaining the strong relationships I’ve built with fellow designers from across the country, and initiating new relationships that could bring me closer to my own business goals.

So this approach that I’ve developed to how I think about High Point market led me this year to the bright idea (if I do say so myself) of giving other design professionals the chance to even further maximize their investment by attending one of my signature trainings for one of the days that they are in High Point. This is the Tobi’s Think Tank idea that I’ve shared with you before, and I think it could really give you the chance to really up your ROI on your High Point Trip!

Table love #bernhardt #hpmkt

Here’s what I have planned:

On Friday, October 18th, I’ll host a full day of intensive training in the business of design for just 15 designers (the first who register). The content of this training will be my transformative Designer MBA content distilled into the most powerful points and core content so that you can return to your firm and TAKE ACTION! To learn more about the key topics we will cover, CLICK HERE.

The reason this opportunity is way too good to pass-up is that not only will you NOT have to incur any travel expenses to attend (since you’ll already be staying in High Point for the market!) but you’ll get lots of personal attention from me, since the group is going to be limited to 15 participants. I’ll be able to take more of your questions and give more specific feedback, because there won’t be 40 of us working together.

More Greek Chic at Hickory White #hpmkt

There’s a really exciting BONUS package for those of you who attend, too. Because this is my very first time offering this event at Market, I’m celebrating by giving away some FREE content that will give your business a major boost. The package includes:

1) Tobi’s Top Tips for Navigating High Point Market

2) A FREE Telecall on PR Strategy that Will Expose Your Brand

3) An All-New Action Map for Success, Tobi’s roadmap for your best year of business EVER!

The excitement and motivation surrounding Market events is really rubbing-off on Think Tank, and we have some very exciting key sponsors helping to make it possible! New to the sponsor circle are C.R. Laine and Kravet, and they are joining Madcap Cottage and The Gilded Stag.

I am so excited to finally be bringing one of my trainings “on the road” and directly to you! Ready to sign up?! Learn more about our day AND get the scoop on a special offer I’m making to past Design Camp attendees over on the EVENT PAGE.


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p. s. If you’ve enjoyed these images from my past adventures at market, see more like them on my Pinterest board: My Market Finds!

p. p. s. I have randomly selected our Lamps Plus lamp giveaway winners, and I’ll be filling you in on that tomorrow!