Posts Tagged ‘color’

Instagram Inspiration: Behind the Scenes with Duralee

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I love the national ad that Duralee produced for my new licensed fabric collection! It’s just hitting now and the fabrics have only been available for a few weeks, and it’s been amazing to see the reaction to them! But that one fabulous shot above takes an awful lot of work behind the scenes – so I thought I’d give you a look at what it took to get to that final photo.

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The amazing Meri and Allison from Duralee helped develop the direction and look of the ad, and we used my fabrics to create a ton of pillows, drapery, table linens, and more.

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We even found a fabulous antique settee to cover in my Rivers faux bois velvet, which you can see above. It worked perfectly at the historic Terry Mansion in downtown Little Rock.

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You can see above how we used my fabrics for everything from napkins to placemats to tablecloths to cushions for the wicker seat in this shot.

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I was able to include a series of my art from the Tobi Fairley for Soicher Marin collection in the perfect shades of pink!

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And I even had a gorgeous skirt created from the cobalt version of my Isabella fabric. You can see me wearing it above as my fabulous photographer Nancy Nolan sets up that final shot you see in the ad.

It was two crazy-busy days – including torrential downpours – but the results are amazing! I hope you’ve enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look. Let me know what you think about the fabrics in the comments section below!







New House Diary: The Home Stretch

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New House Diary

As designers, we always try to have the best communication with our clients, especially when we’re close to move-in day. Because despite all the organization, lists, and hard work, there are always a million little details that have to be in place before a job is finished. And sometimes those details can make you crazy. I had to remember that last week as we hit the home stretch for my own new home’s remodel – because last week was move-in day for me, as you can see by the tower of boxes that was built in my dining room!


This week, I’m absolutely thrilled to be in my house, even with a punch list to complete and kinks to be worked out! But last week, just as on any job like this, there were a million little things that had me running and had my phone pinging constantly with questions. That’s just the nature of a big job like this. Here are a few of the details that came up:

1. Should the master bathroom shower digital interface be just on the interior of the shower, or one on the interior and exterior? Yep…this important plumbing decision was delayed due to receiving the wrong interface to begin with but we had wired pulled in both areas, so two interfaces or one?

2. One of the master bathroom sinks went missing in the warehouse, so we had to track down a new one. Again, last minute plumbing issue that one would hope would have been done weeks ahead of move-in, but you know how things don’t always go as planned.

3. Finding all the mounting brackets and supply elbows for the plumbing. Who knew there could be so many bits and pieces?

4. One of the kitchen pendants was missing a glass diffuser for the last minute hanging of light fixtures and another diffuser was broken in shipping for my daughter’s closet.

5. Which rooms needed custom-colored outlets/switch plates, which ones needed regular white, and finally which ones needed acrylic when the walls have wallpaper. I had told electrician and contractor previously I would deal with this after move-in because I just couldn’t take one more decision a few weeks ago.

6. The wrong shower door hardware was shipped for the guest bath and a shower door pull color had been overlooked. Polished nickel was the answer but until mid-week, I didn’t know this was a question. Ha!

7. And then finding the specific outlets that I wanted in some rooms – the kind that include USB ports (these are so handy).


And there were a lot more questions too! Sounds silly, but those things have to be decided, and sometimes on the fly! And as much as we would like all these things all complete and tidied up weeks before move-in, that is often not realistic. I had a whole new appreciation for my clients pushing me to get moved into their home because I was so ready to get out of my temporary condo living.

And I am traveling this week to teach my Designer MBA course in Atlanta, so last week was really the only time I could take a full week and get moved out of our condo and into the house and all unpacked and organized. So I moved in with the house “ready or not” which had me making more last minute construction decisions than I would have liked, but it all worked out.

Add to that trying to coordinate the movers, get my daughter to school and back, keep the dog from running out the door with all the subcontractors coming in, and getting the house all unpacked and livable. Whew! Many of you can imagine the sometimes-controlled chaos we went through last week.

BUT  the good news is – I’m in my new house!! I’ll be sharing a lot of sneak peeks on Instagram over the coming weeks, and I’ll keep sharing some of my selections here with you, too. I can’t wait to share the complete house with you, but that will have to wait for a special publication that will be out after Christmas. I know, it’s hard to wait. But as I learned last week, it is SO worth it!







Making the Most of Stripes on Your Walls

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Stripes are always a classic motif – in fashion and in homes! I love using stripes to add a lot of interest to a room, so I wanted to give you a few quick and easy ideas for your own walls. First, as you can see in the bedroom I designed above, consider painting stripes in different shades of the same color. That adds a nice tone-on-tone effect that’s soothing to the eye.

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You can also use wallpaper, like I did in the bathroom above, for a super-precise placement of lines. I also like using thinner stripes like the ones above – they are chic and sophisticated with great contrast in white and grey.

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To mix things up, take the stripes horizontal on your walls! You can do this with wallpaper or with paint to give your room a fun look. In this powder room, I used tile and paint for the stripes, which created a cohesive look that functions well in a bathroom.

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Speaking of tile, you can always create fabulous stripes and lines on your walls with tile. This works in bathrooms and in kitchens, and there are no limits to what you can create with tile!

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You know I like to call the ceiling the fifth wall, and stripes definitely work there, too! I painted bold black-and-white lines on this cabana ceiling to create the feeling of being under a gorgeous tent. I’ve also used wallpaper on the ceiling to showcase fabulous stripes.

So as you can see, stripes of any size and color can really make your room’s design pop! Do you like this lined look? Let me know in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: Chic Organizing Ideas

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I love it when everything has a place in my house – when it’s neat and tidy without any clutter. But organized doesn’t always mean chic, and many of you want spaces that are organized so they work for you but are also sophisticated and gorgeous.


So on today’s Tobi TV, I’m bringing you my tips for savvy storage solutions that help your space look chic in the process. Let’s take a look:

What do you think of those fun organizing ideas? We’ll review them one more time:

1. Boxes are beautiful, at least the patterned and fabric-covered versions from the big-box organizing stores. Be sure to use these pretty containers to keep the outside looking great even if under the lid it’s mass chaos.

2. Bowls, or at least gorgeous decorative or fine-art versions, make the perfect catch-all. Keep them on tables near where you enter your home to catch your keys, mail, and phone. And place them in those spots that seem to collect everything, like the kitchen counter. They will look pretty when empty but they’re great for corralling all your loose items.

3. Baskets are ideal, whether tucked in a cabinet or shelf, or standing alone on the floor or table. They’re great for holding magazines, toys, even toiletries. There’s almost nothing that a basket can’t control. So use them to keep your clutter to a minimum.

4. Drawers are easy to access and hold a lot of “stuff.” In my design workroom, the drawer fronts are plexi-glass so I can see what’s inside, all organized by color. You could try this trick in a craft-room or, if you are very tidy, in your kitchen. It’s great to hide things away but to still be able to have a peek at what’s inside without even opening the drawer.

I hope you love these tips for making your space more organized, functional, and beautiful, too! Tell me your tidying-up ideas in the comments section below!

Happy Organizing!







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

Must Read Business Books

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I love to read! I have my Kindle out on every trip and at just about every free moment. And my go-to books are almost always selections that are empowering and about business, or about personal growth. I’m asked so often about my favorite business books and there are so many that it’s hard to name just a few. Plus each year as I read new books, I add more and more to my list of favorites.

But just in case you’ve missed reading any of these, I thought I’d give you a list of a few of my “must reads”. Let’s take a look.

Start with Why,
by Simon Sinek. This is a book that I refer to constantly in my courses and live events. It gets right to the core of each one of us by asking a simple question: Why? Why do you want to go to work? Why do you want to own your own business? Why do you get out of bed every day? The answer can’t just be money – it has to be deeper than that. There has to be a passion, a deep reason that we each decided to do what we’re doing. If you recognize what your “why” is, and you keep that constantly as your focus, you will succeed!

weWorth Every Penny, by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck. This isn’t a book that you just go through once and then put on a shelf – it’s the type that you’ll refer to over and over again. It lays out exactly how you can (and should!) charge what you’re worth. And it focuses on the idea that you should never compete on price, but instead should offer something unique and make your customer service completely over-the-top and consistent. A must-read for any small business owner.


Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. There’s a reason why this book by Facebook’s COO got so much attention – it’s a game changer for women in business. Sandberg reminds women that we need to lean in instead of pulling back in business, that we need to stop thinking it’s wrong to be outspoken, aggressive, as powerful (or more) than men. And she says that women must raise our expectations of what we can achieve! This is an honest and straightforward book that redefines what and who women can be in the business world.


Rising Strong, by Brene Brown. You may not think of this as a traditional business book, but for me, it really is. Brown writes about failure in a different way than most books and blogs have. She not only recognizes that each one of us has failed, but that we will fail again soon. But it’s how we react AFTER failing that’s the key, she believes. She points out that we all have to be brave to fail – that we have to have the courage to try something new before we can fail at all.  Once we see that, it takes the fear out of failure and shows us we can “rise strong.”


The 10x Rule, by Grant Cardone. I’ve used Cardone’s “massive action” approach to really propel my own business, so I know it works. The idea is that you should apply 10 times the effort to whatever your goal is. You have to move beyond normal action to separate yourself and your company from everyone else! You must set big goals – 10 times bigger – and then increase your amount of action and effort to get there. Most people settle for less, and that’s why they don’t achieve their dreams.


The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. I’ve talked a lot on this blog about confidence – I really believe that it’s a problem for so many in business, and it’s really holding people back from getting what they want–particularly women. This is a practical guide that tells women how we can up our confidence quotient through less people pleasing and perfectionism and by taking more action and risks, and by failing. Because through all of that, you learn that you can survive, and thrive!

What are your favorite business books? What do you read that inspires and empowers you? Let me know in the comments section below – I’m always looking for something to read!