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Guest Posts at Pretty Pink Tulips and The Collected Room

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Hello everyone! I thought you’d be interested in checking out a couple of the guest posts I’ve completed recently.



Don’t miss my guest post over at the Pretty Pink Tulips blog.  It’s all about my holiday style!

 Haute Holiday with Tobi Fairley: Click Here!



I also have a recent guest post  on The Collected Room blog.  I’ve compiled a great list of gifts for “the collector” in your life.  Don’t miss it!

Gifts for Collectors with Tobi Fairley: Click Here!





Have you seen the newest part of  Tobi’s Favorites is a collection of my favorite things.  I’m launching with great paper products for the kitchen and table from a favorite source!  Don’t miss it!




Kathryn Greeley: The Collected Kitchen

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Resident entertaining expert Kathryn Greeley is back this month with some wonderful images that define her idea of “The Collected Kitchen.”  Be sure to check out her great blog The Collected Room and her new book The Collected Tabletop.  – Tobi

Kathryn Greeley – Tabletop and Entertaining Expert

Greetings readers of Tobi’s Blog!  It’s wonderful to be back here this month and share some great kitchens with you.  I love to entertain and it all starts in this room.   The kitchen is the heart of the home  and the command center for any social event. 

I’m known for my “collected” look and today I wanted to show you some fabulous kitchens that reflect that ideal.

I love William Yeoward’s Cotswold kitchen shown in his new book William Yeoward At Home.  I love all the elements:  a window seat, very “unfitted cabinets”, a dresser filled with all of his collections, a scrubbed antique table, an AGA cooker. A perfect example of a lovely collected kitchen!!  And the pantry just between the kitchen and the dining room to store all of ones collectibles!   A comfortable wing chair for reading or relaxing with a cup of tea, etc. 

I have a great love for bespoke Christopher Peacock kitchens- classic white cabinetry, white marble countertops, mixed with dark wood in bar stools, breakfast tables and floors and fabulous antique French copper cookware and epicurean antiques.

I like the look of this “unfitted” kitchen with its soft colors and patterns.  Very much a collected, comfortable look.

The dark floors.  The beautiful cabinetry.  The floor to ceiling display cabinet!  This is the collected look at its finest!

I’ve been blogging all about the kitchen this month on my blog, The Collected Room.  I hope you’ll stop by and take a look!

Happy collecting!


Be sure to check out the new Tobi Fairley Home! On the site you can browse and purchase my fabrics, pillows and lighting!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home


P. Allen Smith: Halloween Blowout!

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This month, resident gardening expert P. Allen Smith takes us on a tour of Halloween festivities at his Moss Mountain Farm. – Tobi

The farm is the perfect place for Halloween festivities!  The clever costumes, the whimsical and often morbid decorating, trick or treating……and, of course my favorite part, the ghouls to mingle with my guests and make them shiver. 


We set up a tent and lined it with farm tables and benches for seating.  Then we added myriad of pumpkins and jack ‘o lanterns, candles and witches hats to adorn the table to delight my guests.


Much to the surprise of the guests, my ghouls arrived by horse drawn wagon, a motley band of vampires and a single, frightening little waif.  I just had to get my picture taken with them even though it may have meant my life!  The pack of ghouls then broke out into the crowd and did their thing!


Later, the guests have their chance to be toured around the farm in horse-drawn style.

Let the party begin!  But enter the tent at your own risk.  Nothing like low candlelight to set the mood.


 A big bonfire and cider made for the perfect end to a fun and festive evening!  Happy Halloween!

From the Garden Home®,


Allen’s Blog 


Be sure to check out the new Tobi Fairley Home!  On the site you can browse and purchase my fabrics, pillows and lighting!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home


Kathryn Greeley: A Fisherman’s Picnic

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For her monthly guest column, our entertaining expert Kathryn Greeley joins us with tips on how to create a great fall picnic! – Tobi


There’s nothing I love more than a fantastic outdoor picnic.  When dining outdoors, one needn’t resign to paper plates and foam cups!  Bring a little of your entertaining sophistication from the dining room to a cozy blanket under a tree. 

Today I thought I would put together a picnic for the upcoming fall season.  Entertain your friends riverside with these ideas that are simple yet elegant.

"Kathryn Greeley"


Antique wicker fishing chairs are the perfect spot to relax in style!  Look for them online and at local flea markets in your area.

An antique wicker fishing creel can also be spotted on your flea market hunts.  What a perfect place to place a bouquet of fall flowers!

Veneer” is an enamelware pattern from Golden Rabbit.  It has the perfect rustic look for an outdoor soiree.

Fishing Fly” is another enamelware pattern from Golden Rabbit that coordinates wonderfully with “Veneer.”

Twigware” from Michael Aram continues the relaxed tone of this outdoor fete.

William Yeoward Collection

William Yeoward’s “Bess Goblets” from the Country Collection are great for a picnic.  For this setting, I’ve chosen the amber color.

Antique wooden dough bowls are great for serving food at a picnic.  They are generally of a generous size.

Quilts are an essential element for a picnic.  The coloring of the fabrics are perfect for a Fall day.  This pattern is called Old Virginia Road.

And don’t forget you can find much more inspiration in my new book The Collected Tabletop!

Autographed copies can be purchased on my website.  Each purchase will include a collectible bookmark.

The Collected Tabletop


P. Allen Smith: Decorating from the Garden

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This month gardening expert P. Allen Smith brings the outdoors in with some great advice on “decorating from the garden.”  Enjoy! – Tobi


The bounty of the season surrounds us during the end of summer and there is every reason to bring it in so we may keep its beauty nearer to us.  As the seasons turn, transform the displays around you to enhance the gardenlike quality of your home.

In early autumn the herbs begin to move inside and take their place along the windowsill.  A veritable herb garden above my kitchen sink allows for regular pruning and the flavoring of our soups and omelets.  

A curious ‘bouquet’ from the Chinaberry tree stirs the curiosity of my guests.  Long lasting in water, these berries slowly turn from green to chartreuse and last longer than most flowers.

Potted ornamental grasses from the local nursery in containers are a surprising and relaxed way to accent a table.  The varied shapes of the gourds add visual interest to a casual combination of seasonal favorites.

These acrylic vases were a great find.  The frosted shade of lime green complements almost any flower hue.  The garden is bursting with end of the season darlings such as wild sunflowers (helianthus), salvias and globe amaranth.  Clustering the vases on a galvanized tray is a simple and easy way to bring attention to the center of a table….whether entertaining inside or out.

From the Garden Home®,


Allen’s Blog