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(Drumroll, Please…) I’m Announcing Exciting Guests for Design A to Z and a Special Offer for You!!

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I’m about to burst with excitement, because I’ve been sitting on a BIG surprise! As you may know, my next 3-day session of Design A to Z begins on November 7th (that’s just three weeks away!), and we have the most incredible line-up of special guests ever in the history of Camp Tobi Fairley!! Yes, I said “guests,” as in more than one special guest.

If you read this blog, chances are you love design (some of you probably eat, sleep, and breathe design!), and if you love design, it just doesn’t get better than practical training in creating gorgeous interiors AND schmoozing with the design elite at the same time.

And what has me extra excited about the guests we’re hosting for Design A to Z next month is that they are all dear, dear friends of mine.  So, without further ado, our superstar presenters…(ready for that drumroll now):

Yes, Amanda Nisbet is coming! In case you don’t know about the stunning work of my sweet friend Amanda Nisbet, she’s an interior designer who creates interiors with lots of energy that feel fresh and cleverly-layered.

She’s a very busy lady, with her own line of textiles (available through Holland & Sherry showrooms, Harbinger (L.A.), Travis (ATL), and Tigger Hall (Australia)), a lighting collection with The Urban Electric Co., and two rug collections (!!!), so we’re honored that she’s taking the time to join us. She’s received a TON of attention around her signature aesthetic, including publication in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, Coastal Living, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah At Home! There’s been a boost in the buzz lately surrounding the release of her beautiful new book,  Dazzling Design.

You. Want. This. Book. Believe me, you do. And…if you join me for Design A to Z, you will receive a signed copy as a GIFT from me!! You all know I’m wild about giving gifts, and this is my special, secret (oops!) gift to each and every camper for our upcoming session.

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself…that’s plenty of excitement for a three-day event, think AGAIN! We will be joined by another fellow designer and friend, whose work I admire: Scot Meacham Wood!

You probably already follow Scot’s wildly popular blog, The Adventures of Tartan Scot. He is a man whose cosmopolitan sensibilities have led him to a signature style that he calls “gracious.” I just love that description of life-inspired interiors, so insightful! He’s a tartan lover, a runner, and he collects antique china. I’ve asked him to speak specifically about his technique of choosing finishes for a room, so that things stay layered and diverse without getting distracting and chaotic (this is a topic I’m frequently asked about, so I know it’s going to be a HUGE help for lots of you!).

We are all going to learn a lot from Scot’s unique design perspective, and we’re also sure to enjoy ourselves because he’s lots of fun to be around.

Of course all the bustle right now is about High Point’s Fall Market, and I know lots of design enthusiasts want the SCOOP on this high-profile trade show. And if you want to know the ins and outs…Cheminne Taylor-Smith is your woman.

Cheminne is the Vice President of Marketing at the High Point Market Authority. You’re not likely to meet anyone more familiar with the design industry from ALL angles. She has over two decades of experience in home furnishings, as well as experience working with Margaret Russell at Elle Decor. We’re lucky to have her expertise as part of our sessions! Not only is she going to lend us her insights, she’s also looking forward to getting more information on the design side! She’s been a good friend of mine for some time, and I’m so excited to see her.

I’m also thrilled to say that the response to the Central Arkansas Antique Tour Add-On was so great, that we’ve invited interior designer Kathryn Greeley to lead us in search of the state’s finest pieces AGAIN!

Of course you know of Kathryn’s passion for entertaining and for creating and displaying magnificent collections, through her features here on the blog and on the pages of Traditional Home, on Martha Stewart Radio, on our mutual friend, P. Allen Smith’s radio show. NOW is your chance to get her expert advice on how and where to find the antique pieces that will make your room look “collected, not decorated.” When you attend the the Antique Trip, you’ll also receive a signed copy of her book, The Collected Tabletop!

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So, with a line up of guests like that, I’d say you can’t afford to miss out on this Camp Tobi Fairley event! I always ALWAYS get inspired about sharing my design experience and tools with people who are eager to learn more, and I always learn a lot from the amazing people who attend! So the fact that we will have such a great group of presenters and guests just compounds my anticipation; I’m marking off the days until Design A to Z!!!

To learn much more about the content of this crash-course in the basics of interior design, CLICK HERE. It has been a major motivator and source of inspiration to design professionals and enthusiasts alike!

And, here’s an exciting promotion. Because this amazing group of design experts are going to be in my home studio, ready to learn and share with us, while there are still seats available I want to make YOU a very special offer: If you decide to join us for Design A to Z…I want to invite you to bring a friend FOR FREE!! (Not valid with early bird special or other discounts. But certainly email us if you have questions). So, to learn more and reserve your seat, visit the Camp Tobi Fairley website, here.


P.S. Don’t miss me on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas Today at 9am CST. I’ll be talking about getting your kitchen ready for Fall and speaking of Fall, I’ll elaborate more on our Fall Lineup of Camp Tobi Fairley guests and give you more details!

Camp Tobi Fairley is grateful to its event sponsors:

Expert Advice: Kathryn Greeley

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Kathryn Greeley is definitely not a stranger around here! She is a true expert on entertaining and using collections. I’ve learned so much about antiques and vintage pieces from her. Today, she’s sharing her top tips for starting, building and enjoying a collection. Enjoy!


It’s a bit tricky to narrow down my best advice for collecting. However, years ago I purchased a lot of lovely antiques from Byerly’s Antiques in Greensboro, NC. A delightful woman who I just loved, Emaline Britton, worked at Byerly and I purchased so many pieces in my blue and white collection (like the ones shown below) from her.

She always recommended these three tips:

  1. Buy the best quality you can afford.
  2. Don’t wait if you really love it, because it will be gone.
  3. Above all use your collections!!

I truly believe that Emaline greatly influenced my “Collected , Not Decorated” design philosophy. Sadly she is now deceased, but her advice and passion for collecting lives on in me every day!

I now buy so many special antiques from the third generation of Byerlys, my wonderful young friend David Byerly, who owns Black Sheep Antiques in High Point, NC. He was trained from childhood by Emaline and shares her same advice on collecting with his customers today.


P.S. For more advice on starting or using a collection, be sure to check out Kathryn’s book The Collected Tabletop.  xoxo, Tobi


Guest Post: Kathryn Greeley

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Today I’m happy to have my good friend Kathryn Greeley of Kathryn Greeley Designs here to share a few tips on how to gather a collected tabletop and how to use your collections wisely. She found all of these pieces on a recent antiquing tour she hosted in central Arkansas. I hope you’ll enjoy her insights as much as I enjoyed the tour and her time here.

Hello dear friends. I am honored to be guest blogging with Tobi today. I had such a wonderful time on my first trip to Arkansas! I met a ton of new friends, and of course, had the pleasure of catching up with a few that I’ve known for many years as well.

There are so many things I enjoyed about the trip. I’d like to share just a few highlights with you before walking you through one of my favorite parts of the trip — the antique tour.

First, I was so honored to be the guest of P. Allen Smith and to work with him on an upcoming segment for his show. I’ll be sure to let you know when this segment will air. I also had the pleasure of meeting his dear, sweet lambs on the farm. What a fun day!

Secondly, I was also honored to meet Tobi’s Design Campers, spend time getting to know them and share a presentation on collections and my design philosophy with them. Thanks to Tobi and the Campers for inviting me to do this.

Now, on to another fun part of the trip — my antique tour. I was so happy to be able to include this as a part of my trip to Arkansas because it truly blends my passion of collecting with my philosophy of creating a “collected, not decorated” space.

It was my goal to teach our participants about the treasures you can uncover in an antique warehouse or dealer mall if you “hunt” for them. I scouted Morris Antiques and I-40 Antique Center a couple of days before the tour and selected some pieces that I knew our participants would love. I then took the opportunity to match these with a few of my favorite fabrics and even pulled some pieces of furniture that work well in the setting.

I started with a collection of flow blue that I found around the shop. I love this pattern and often use it for entertaining. Here’s an example of how I used my own pieces for a dinner party that is featured in my book, The Collected Tabletop.

I shared some of the significant markings with our tour participants and also pulled some pieces that would be excellent starter pieces for their collections.

One of my favorite ways to give the look of a collected tabletop is by mixing new or vintage glassware with antique china. In my book, I share the example of how I mixed blue Royal Lace glass pieces with Mason’s Ironstone Strathmore Blue, which is a vibrant floral pattern.

And here’s how I pulled together a similar look using a set of vintage aubergine glasses and this sweet, floral patterned china I found.

As you can see, I also found some charming fabrics that would coordinate well with this pairing.

I think many of our guests were surprised to find that their grandmother’s china could be freshened with few updated fabrics and tabletop additions. I hope that our tour inspired everyone to use their collections and to coordinate them with a look that works well in your home.

I also want to share a special thank you to Morris Antiques, I-40 Antique Center, Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets and Cobblestone & Vine, who were all gracious participants in this first tour.

If you want to read more about the tour, please take a moment to read At Home in Arkansas magazine’s latest blog post.

I hope to be back in Arkansas soon!
Have a lovely week,



New Design Camp Additions and an Antiquing trip…Don’t Miss it!

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Our next Design Camp A-Z is next week, but there is still time to sign up and bring a friend for free.

You won’t want to miss this fantastic camp where I will be teaching my very own 26-step process for designing a room top to bottom.  You can learn more about camp details over here and get registered. It is SO much fun. Just hear what our previous campers have to say!

But what you don’t know is that we have ALL-NEW sponsors and special events this Design Camp! Plus we are announcing an exciting add-on to camp (and open to the public) that you won’t want to miss!!

First, we are thrilled to announce that Cobblestone and Vinewill once again be sponsoring Design Camp.  What does that mean? It means another fabulous party in their store one evening during camp, where you can shop away in their European-inspired boutique, while enjoying delicious snacks and cocktails.

It also means another Celebrity Guest appearance and book-signing.  Cobblestone and Vine is bringing my friend Kathryn Greeley, author of the new book The Collected Tabletop to town for a book signing and the launch of Kathryn’s brand new stationery collaboration with Arkansas’s own San Lori paper company. So our campers will be among the first to see this new collection of invitations, menu cards and more.

And if that weren’t exciting enough, we have an all-new sponsor of Design Camp A to Z…At Home in Arkansas Magazine.  At Home in Arkansas is “going camping” with us next week  one evening with a fun cocktail party and a lecture on Getting Published.

So whether you are a designer or a homeowner who aspires to see your project on the pages of a magazine, At Home in Arkansas’ Editor in Chief, Diane Carroll, will take you behind the scenes from the scouting shots all the way through going to press with the beautiful projects that grace their pages each month.  Diane is a former field editor for Traditional Home and Metropolitan Home Magazines, so she knows the ins and outs of getting published both regionally and nationally and she’s sharing these insider secrets at camp!

And as an added bonus, we will be bringing Kathryn Greeley back during camp one day, to give us her top tips for collecting antiques for your tabletop and your home. I don’t know about you, but I think collecting antiques can be tricky. How do you know what to buy? or if it’s a good price?  Kathryn will give us her expert’s view on how to start a collection, when to splurge, and other insider’s tips on creating spaces that are “collected, not decorated”.

And if you want to know even more about hunting for and buying great antiques, you will want to join At Home in Arkansas, Cobblestone and Vine, and Tobi Fairley & Associates on Saturday, the 21st as we sponsor a Guided Antiquing Tour of Central Arkansas and lunch with Kathryn Greeley.  Lunch and an autographed copy of Kathryn’s book, The Collected Tabletop will be included for each guest.

For just $100.00, you can meet Kathryn at some of the best antique destinations in central Arkansas.  You will have lunch at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets, an Arkansas eatery featured twice in Southern Living, shop for exciting treasures at Morris Antiques and I-40 Antique Mall, and culminate in a reception at Cobblestone and Vine’s Heights Location with a signing of Kathryn’s book.

Whew…I can hardly wait for all the exciting additions to our Design Camp A to Z Schedule!

So to come to our camp next week, January 18-20, sponsored by At Home in Arkansas and Cobblestone and Vine…

Register Here!

To come along on the Guided Antique Tour, Lunch and Book Signing with Kathryn Greeley on Saturday, January 21 from 9am to 2pm, email to sign up today!   Not coming to camp, but want to join in the Saturday fun? That’s o.k., too!  You can still attend Kathryn’s tour and lunch event by emailing us today to get registered.

Well, my design-loving friends…these are two fabulous design events you just won’t want to miss! Sign up today!!

Kathryn Greeley: Christmas Tree Collections

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As soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are washed, the linens crisply ironed and put away, it is time to get into the Christmas spirit at Chestnut Cottage!  As many of you know by now, my newly released book, The Collected Tabletop is about tabletop collections.  My blog, The Collected Room, features collections for every room and is simply my design philosophy and way of life!  So today, I would like to share Chestnut Cottage’s collection of live Christmas trees.  Each tree has its own theme and ornaments I have collected for years.

I am often ask which is my favorite,  and my only response is…”I love them all”!
Perhaps you will have a favorite?!?

The largest tree presides over our gathering room and if filled with old and new, precious and not so precious “old world glass ornaments.”

My Irish tree which we enjoy in our home office.


I call this tree “the designer gold” tree, which is full of gold ornaments of all kinds and also holds a set of crystal Waterford  12 Days of Christmas ornaments. I have this tree in the corner of our cozy library.  A designer friend gave me these delightful chandelier ornaments!

A fun “garden tree” keeps our overnight guests in the holiday spirit in a guest bedroom.


Every morning during the holidays, we awaken to the wonderful scent of pine and this tall tree filled with all sorts of buildings…churches, houses, Big Ben, a manger, and so many more!

And Bentley Greeley presides over his own tree, full of lots of doggie friends and yummy treats!

And our wine cellar is also getting ready for holiday guests, with its own wine themed tree!

So what are your “collected trees” like?!?  I would love to hear how your collections adorn your holiday!

Happy Tree Trimming from Chestnut Cottage.