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Arkansas Handcrafted? Yes, please!

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The latest issue of At Home in Arkansas has hit the newsstands and I wanted to share with you a great feature that’s included in the May 2013 issue.

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My friend Landon Shockey of The Gilded Stag is this month’s “Get to Know” feature.  Many of you may remember Landon from his days of being one of my designer sidekicks. It’s been a couple of years since Landon has been on Team Tobi, and since then he’s been busy crafting some gorgeous pieces of furniture for my clients and designer friends of mine from New York to San Francisco.

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If you haven’t seen the article yet, it’s a great story about wonderful handcrafted furniture being made right here in Arkansas! I happen to be crazy about his bar cart after seeing it above in blue but I think it’s even more impressive in the yellow version in Scot’s Card Room in the San Francisco showhouse…to die for, right?  I am busy selecting the perfect shade of green so Landon can whip one up for my living room soon. Just follow the link below to read the full story about Landon and see all of the gorgeous photos.

Get to Know – Landon Shockey, The Gilded Stag

And if you’re in the market for a custom designed and built piece of American made furniture whether a bar cart or something equally fabulous, be sure to check out The Gilded Stag’s website. I know Landon would love to work with you.

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Madcap Love

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I just wrapped an AMAZING session of my Design Camp A to Z today. I think this was our best camp content EVER thanks in part to our fabulous special guests. After almost 3 years, our camps still keep getting better and better!

I promise to tell you all about our event here on the blog in the next few days. But first, while I rest and recoup from all the design fun, I thought I would leave you with this yummy space to enjoy by our friends John and Jason from Madcap Cottage that joined in our Design Camp fun!

With all that delicious color you probably aren’t surprised that I’m in “Madcap Love”!

See you soon! xo,

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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.

Xo,

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:

Designers at Home: Now Available for Pre-Order!

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It’s here, it’s here!! So excited to announce that Ronda Carman’s book Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Ronda is a great friend of mine and I couldn’t be happier to share in the excitement of this fabulous debut! As the founder of All the Best blog, she definitely knows great style. In this book she gives an inside view into the homes of 50 of the top designers in the field including Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Jan Showers, Scot Meacham Wood, Barry Dixon and India Hicks — just to name a few!! Trust me, this book is loaded with glimpses into the amazingly inspiring homes of these designers, as well as their own tips and ideas for gracious living. There’s even a fantastic foreword from Martha Stewart!

Oh, and did I mention that she was kind enough to include my home and tips in this book as well?!? What an honor!!

So, what are you waiting for…?

Pre-order your copy today!!

xo, Tobi

Expert Advice: Scot Meacham Wood

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Scot Meacham Wood is not only a dear friend of mine, he’s the king of plaid! He shares his latest projects and finds on his popular blog, Tartan Scot. Today, I’m fortunate to have him here to share some of the best advice he’s ever received… xo, Tobi

This best piece of advice I’ve ever received came from Roger Banks-Pye, who said…

“Always make a dark room darker. You can paint a dark room white, but it will still be dark…give it atmosphere with deep intense colour that works well in artificial light.”

 I found this quote in an old Roger Banks-Pye book – and I’ve always loved it. So many of our homes here in San Francisco have these tiny, dark little spaces. It’s true — it’s always better to embrace the darkness and make something spectacular. The rooms shown here are just a few of the ways I’ve used this philosophy in my own design.

 

Want to see more of my favorite deep, dark rooms? Check out this Pinterest board.

When in doubt, go dark!

-Scot Meacham Wood

[Images: smwdesign.com]