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The High Point of the Year

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The High Point Market is an incredible trade show for designers and retailers – showcasing the best of home furnishings and marking the new trends that you’ll see in your home in the coming months. I have loved shopping at the show every April and October for the past 15 years, and it is such a dream come true to now be showing my own furniture designs, like the pieces you see above in the CR Laine showroom!


Last month, I had a brand new collection launch with Woodbridge Furniture, another amazing partner that produces beautiful, high-quality furniture. That’s my London drop-leaf table in the showroom above, part of my new collection! It’s great as a console and opens into a 58″x78″ dining table. Plus it looks gorgeous with the art above which is from my Soicher Marin collection. And check out the fabulous brass claw holding an acrylic ball on that table!

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Woodbridge also perfectly created my design vision in the brushed brass Pierce table with a custom logo motif in the center. I loved it when I designed it, but it’s just so much better in real life! This was my very favorite piece from my collections this market.


I had an amazing time with color and pattern in the CR Laine showroom, too, particularly with my “catty” version of the Elle chair in the fabric “Cattitude”. I launched the Elle last April but I think it looks completely different in this glamorous fabric. What do you think?


And I loved using my Soicher Marin collection of art to complement the vignettes in CR Laine, like the one below that features my Taylor sectional and the stunning Stella screens with my exclusive logo motif in nailhead trim.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into some of the new products you’ll see soon in stores and design studios! Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more photos in future blog posts!








My Art in Restoration Hardware!

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I was so thrilled to see my art collection for Soicher Marin featured in the new RH Modern catalog from Restoration Hardware, which just dropped! It’s amazing to be included in a catalog that’s shipped to so many around the country – and my art is also featured in Restoration Hardware’s flagship stores in New York, Beverly Hills, and Tampa!

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I recently talked about how I love to mix modern art, like the series I designed above, with traditional furnishings, but obviously they are the perfect complement to Resto’s modern furnishings.

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The large framed piece above is one of my favorites! I recently used it in the Woodbridge showroom at the High Point Market, too.

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If you had sharp eyes, you also saw the art I designed above in the CR Laine showroom at the October High Point Market, paired with a partner piece that goes with it.

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The series of art I designed above on the left is a fun free-form series that I created especially for the Restoration Hardware launch. And of course the geometric series above right is one that I have also created in pink and blue. But I really love it in the classic B&W!

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I’m so excited that my designs are beginning to hit retail floors, catalogs, and people’s homes! There’s more to come soon, and I can’t wait to share it with you!








Perfect Partners: Black and White

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One trend that ruled the hottest fashion runways in September was the classic combo of black and white. You can’t even really call it a trend – it’s a timeless partnership between two perfect colors! You can see that in the Valentino window on Fifth Avenue – designed just for Fashion Week – that showcased the duo in bold graphic patterns, above.

Marissa Webb

Marissa Webb

Designers also played with other classic combos, like leather and lace, and hard and soft textiles, creating unique looks.

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Louis Vuitton

You know I love a timeless motif, so you if you were at the High Point Market last week, you saw my use of the black-and-white pairing for my brand new collection for Woodbridge, and in my upholstered line with CR Laine. I used it in this sophisticated design I did for CR Laine – it’s my Olivia chair and it features my exclusive logo motif in black against the white upholstery.


These perfect partners work well with my design aesthetic of bright, bold, and tailored, especially when they also highlight my favorite details, like the Greek key pattern on my Denise table for Woodbridge – it’s stunning in sleek black with a detail outline in white.


So what do you think about black and white? Isn’t it great how it can be both timeless and daring at the same time? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!



Tobi TV: Series of Art

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Hanging a series of art is a great way to fill a large wall or to add interest to a room. I love to use several coordinating pieces together, or even one large piece of art that’s been framed in individual sections.

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But how can you hang a series of art successfully? I’ve put together a list of tips to help you achieve this look like a pro, with a few examples from my art collection with Soicher Marin! Take a look:

See? It’s easy to create fabulous looks with several pieces of art! Let’s recap those tips:

1. You don’t have to hang a series of art in a grid. Consider hanging coordinating pieces in a vertical or horizontal pattern instead.

2. Think about “wrapping” art around a corner – you don’t have to stick to just one wall!

3. Hang a series of art close together – say 2 inches apart – to let the group read as one large piece.

4. Pieces hung in a series don’t have to be all exactly the same. By using the same frames and selecting art in similar color groups, you can mimic the look of a series.

If you have a large wall in your home, or you have that one room that just needs something, consider a series of art to give your space some personality!








Saturday Thoughts: Writing your way to Success!

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(“Toes in the Sand” is where my big ideas come to life!)

This blog post is a little bit about balance, a little bit about rituals and a little bit about living your dreams with a dose of healthy living mixed in.


(2015 has made dreams come true with designing 4 Product Lines for amazing partners!)

It’s been a while since I brought you a personal post. In fact it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done much blogging at all. And I miss it. Blogging is one of my favorite ways to express myself, to share design ideas, and to encourage others in business and life. I have been blogging for 7 years now and when it’s not a part of my daily life, I definitely feel a void.

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(Spending time “Shouting from the rooftops” of my love for Thermador Appliances)

Speaking of feeling a void, I feel a bit of a void in my goals for the future. There are a few holes.  This whole year I have been working on “birthing” some new ideas and projects but I have had many exciting design jobs and responsibilities that have kept me from bringing these ideas to life. I know there is a bit of a shift in direction that I need to take (because there always is a shift we need to take to be our best) and I am very excited about these new ideas that I think will take me in the right direction over the next few years of my business and my life. But I am having a hard time finding hours in my days to get these BIG ideas on paper.

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(One of many exciting Client projects in the works this year)

I’ve thankfully been so blessed with more fabulous client projects this year than ever, I’ve been knee-deep in launching 4 licensing collections, I’ve held the 2 most successful and impactful sessions of my Mastermind Consulting program we’ve ever held, I’m thrilled to be the new Brand Ambassador for Thermador because I have loved their products for SO long, and I have continued designing my own home, which those of you who have designed your homes know how hard this is. I think mainly because designers never have time to get to their own projects. It’s the old “Cobbler’s children have no shoes” dilemma. And Yes! We are finally gutting the kitchen and bath. How long have I been saying that, right? And that requires me temporarily moving out of my house soon because it’s about to get really dirty around here when the demolition starts.

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(My CR Laine upholstery debut was a BIG moment this year!)

And yes, all of these things that are happening in my life right now are dreams coming true! But just like I teach in my consulting programs, the time to develop new client relationships is when you have clients, instead of waiting until you have none and try to find some quickly just to pay the bills. The same is true for dreams and ideas. You can’t wait until you have accomplished everything on your list and find yourself feeling lost and directionless to think about the next steps. The best way to keep your momentum going and stay happy and fulfilled is to challenge yourself with thinking about where you are going while you are already happy and fulfilled with your current goals and dreams. It’s not about not enjoying where you are today, it’s more about knowing where you are heading. Because I know from experience, if you don’t have direction, you are going nowhere.

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(One of our most successful Mastermind Sessions yet! It was all about Financials but we had some fun too!)

So what do I do when I need to make things happen? I write. I write my thoughts and feelings in my journal. I fill up legal notebooks of design ideas and creativity. I write blog posts. And just this week I saw this interesting article and study from NPR about the power of writing.

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(My Happy Place. Where is your Happy Place?)

And what do I do when you feel stuck even to the point of writer’s block? I go to the beach! I just spent two glorious weeks there reading, studying and writing and that’s why my ideas are begging to be put on paper. But what about when you have an idea on the “tip of your brain” that you can’t quite get organized or fleshed out and a beach vacation or “your happy place” isn’t in your immediate future. Or when you need to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle? Or when you are designing or dreaming of a creative idea? Do you write? Do you make yourself be disciplined and write even when you feel stuck? That’s what many of the most successful people do. They write no matter what!

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(The “Ellison Cocktail Table” in my Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge Furniture Collection)

It’s funny how I sometimes forget this important practice of writing. When I am engaged in many things, I sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees as far as remembering to write my thoughts down. And ironically when I am in the zone of creating and developing big ideas, it sometimes feels like I fill up enough journal pages of paper that it could make a whole tree. Do you sometimes finding yourself forgetting to do the simple daily rituals and practices that make your life a success? It happens to all of us.

Or maybe you don’t forget, but you are afraid to write things down? Does that make them “Too Real” for you? Is it scary that you may have to actually hold yourself accountable to your wildest dreams if they are on paper? Or are you insecure about writing because you think you aren’t good at it and you over-analyze and judge yourself and your thoughts when you put them on paper?

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(Dreaming of my future to the sound of the Waves and then writing it down makes it happen.)

Well think of it this way. You could be holding yourself back from your business success including becoming financially free. You could be keeping yourself from being your most healthy and happy and best version of you. And you could be letting time pass you by and you could be finally living the life you only dream about.


So give writing a try. I am off to write about my gratitude for all that has happened this year. And I am off to write about my big ideas, my home design, and my progress on The Whole 30 because I am on day 7 of 30 days to resetting my healthy lifestyle. And it doesn’t hurt that I will be relaxing by my pool while I write and enjoying this gorgeous day. What can you do to make yourself take up this powerful practice of writing? It works for me and I believe it will work for you too.

Happy Saturday!

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