Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Tobi ‘Hearts’ Traditional Home

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I LOVE Valentine’s Day! And I really really love Traditional Home magazine! How do those two things go together? Well this weekend I am taking over Traditional Home’s Instagram account, starting at 5pm today!

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I love celebrations of any kind, but Valentine’s Day is truly one of my very favorite holidays. In fact, each year I send Valentine’s Day cards instead of Christmas cards – it’s more fun to surprise people with a little token in the middle of a cold February. My cards usually feature my sweet little girl, too, and this weekend I’ll be celebrating with her, I’m sure with lots of flowers, hearts, and sweet treats.

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So follow along with me all weekend as I share the LOVE on Traditional Home’s Instagram account! I promise we’ll have fun!








Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!


p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!



Day 14: Guest Post: Valentine’s Floral Favorites from P. Allen Smith

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Today, I’m thrilled to share a guest post from my good friend — food, garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith. After you see all these beauties, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to check out P. Allen’s latest venture, his new eHow Home Channel. It’s the latest way he’s sharing his brilliant home and garden tips and ideas. He’s also nearing the finish line on a eco-friendly home that was built in just 150 days! You can watch the progress online as they put on the finishing touches. I hope you enjoy these gorgeous seasonal bouquets! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo, Tobi


Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! As a part of Tobi’s 29 Days of Love, I thought I would take this opportunity to share several floral ideas I love. These are not only great ideas for today’s holiday, but for any gathering this season. I hope you enjoy!

Pretty pink Camellia blossoms, which I picked fresh from the garden, create a lovely Valentine’s Day cachepot.

White and pink Amaryllis in porcelain cachepots covered with sheet moss makes a unique Valentine offering. In a mild climate the gift will last forever if the bulbs are replanted in the garden at a later date.

Pink Ranunculus, red tulips and blush colored roses in a wire egg basket are a perfect treat for “My Valentine.”

I love to mix freshly picked Japanese Magnolia ‘Royal Star’ and Black Hellebore blossoms. Put them in a Venetian glass budvase to dress a table set for a Valentine’s Day dinner.

A gold transferware tureen becomes a container for an array of ‘Ice Follies’ Daffodils, ‘Erlicheer’ & ‘Silver Chimes’ Narcissus with accents of Summer Snowflakes that I picked early this Valentine’s Day morning.

I think that vibrant ‘Temple of Beauty’ tulips in a glass container professes true love.

‘Pink Impression’ and ‘Apricot Impression’ tulips brighten up a French tin vase for a whimsical Valentine bouquet.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
P. Allen Smith