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New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine

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Hi Friends,

Thanks so much for your patience with my lack of blogging of late. I have been so busy with travel during September and October, that I just can’t seem to get to everything.

But I didn’t want to wait another minute to tell you about the amazing Showhouse that I am participating in with Traditional Home Magazine. It is in New York City on the upper East side (63rd and 5th Avenue to be exact) and it’s called Holiday House. I am so honored to have designed Traditional Home’s sponsored room and to be in a showhouse with the likes of Design Greats Eric Cohler, Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Vincente Wolf and many more big names in the design industry.

The Opening Gala for Holiday House was last night and what a great party it was! Beginning today, the house is open for tours daily and believe me- it is one showhouse you won’t want to miss.

Holiday House is an interesting concept in which designers create rooms based on a holiday theme. Now not all the “holidays” are the traditional ones.  Mine, in fact, is called Spring Forward and it is in celebration of the time each Spring when we “Spring Forward”, but it is also a play on words as the room concept is built around being “Fashion Forward”.

In my space you will find all sorts of fashion references and couture detailing beginning with my classic color palette (for both fashion and interiors) of black and white inspired by the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering that graces my space and is magnified by these chic paintings by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Oh, and did you notice my black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection?

Other details like grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels, contrast welting on my channel-back banquettes, and the sexy curves of my Hickory Chair slipper chairs all bring to mind a feminine fashionista.

In fact all my gorgeous furniture is from Hickory Chair and what a pleasure it was to work with them once again on a successful show house!

And to top it all off, my delicate chandeliers from Canopy Designs and these TO DIE FOR vintage Murano Emerald lamps from Swank lighting are the “jewelry” of my design.

And for those of you who are a fan of Dunes and Duchess, you won’t want to miss how great their double sconces look flanking my fireplace. I think it is the best I have seen these beauties look yet (if I say so myself!) And don’t miss seeing my GORGEOUS black natural fiber Cortina rug from Merida Meridian. It’s Yummy!

I’d like to thank all these amazing vendors that worked with me including Holiday House sponsors’ Pratt and Lambert Paints and NDI.  And a big thank you to Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Michael Savoia, Personal Touch Movers, Freddy and Sandy from Creative Strategies, Traditional Home Magazine and the Holiday House staff and volunteers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all these great partners.

So if you are in the New York area or will be between now and  November 18th, you MUST go see the Holiday House. And the best news is that it benefits such a great cause, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a cause that is very close to my family because my husband’s mom died of breast cancer before I had the pleasure of knowing her. I also have a young friend (who is only 29 and a former member of my design team) who is currently fighting breast cancer. So PLEASE take the time to see this gorgeous designer showhouse and help this very important cause!

I look forward to hearing what you all think of my “Spring Forward” design. And I will be back soon with many more exciting blog posts because I have SO much to tell you that has been happening over the last few weeks and months.

Oh and speaking of exciting things…If you are in the New York area or will be there next week, please come have breakfast and hear me speak at Astra in the D & D building with Traditional Home and design celebs Philip Gorrivan, Patrik Lonn, Anne Foster Maxwell of Tilton Fenwick, Gideon Mendelson and blogger and author Ronda Carman of All the Best blog,along with the Scottish Textile Industry.

One of the things I haven’t had time to get you up to speed on is the FANTASTIC trip that I took with Traditional Home and these amazing designers to Scotland in June.  I will be bringing you an inside look at my trip to Scotland here on the blog very soon, but you won’t want to miss hearing all about our amazing experience touring Scottish Textile mills first hand on Tuesday, October 30th at 10am.

And as an added bonus, see the chairs each of us designed using Scottish Textiles and great frames from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. (Hint: Mine is both Scottish and perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! #thinkpinktartan)

So as you can see, New York is the place to be over the next week and I hope to see you there!!


Fabulous Friday Finds: Just Beachy!

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Yesterday I was honored to be a guest blogger once again with At Home In Arkansas. I had the opportunity to help a reader who loves cool coastal colors and wanted to bring the look home.

I, too, love using cool colors when I’m designing an interior or selecting my wardrobe — as you may be able to tell from all my posts on blue this month!

Here are a few fabulous finds for your home – or for yourself – that I think are just beachy!

1.  On The Beach Nail Lacquer  2.  Newport Coffee Table  3.  Sorgente Glass  4.  Worth Blue Falling in Love Phone Cover  5.  Madeline Eternity Ring by Elizabeth Showers  6.  Solar Beach Towel  7.  Solid Emmy Sandal  8.  Rock Candy Lamps in Swimming Pool

Sponsor Spotlight: All Sponsors from 2011

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A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of our sponsors from 2011!! Today, I want to highlight all of our sponsors and show them how much they are appreciated!


Lacefield Designs

Lacefield Designs is a great place to get great textiles, pillows and lighting! Their printed fabrics add character to any room! Here are a few of my favorite pillows:

Lisbon Capri Pillow


Interlaced Braid Pillow


Swank Lighting

Swank Lighting is one of my favorite places to get unique lighting! Here are some of my favorite lamps:

Contemporary Murano Lamps


Barovier & Toso Vintage Murano Lamps


Shop Ten 25

Shop Ten 25 has all kinds of products ranging from accessories to furniture. It is a great one stop shop to find all kinds of goodies! Here are some of their products:

Aarhus Box – Turquoise


Ava Nightstand


La Plates

La Plates is the perfect place for gifts! They have so many products, from plates to cell phone covers. And the best part is, all of their items can become personalized! Here are some of my favorites:

Coasters – Set of 4


Oval Platter



Oomph is a great place for fun and chic items! You can find great tables, pillows, chairs, and much more! Here are some of my favorite items:

“The” Gossip Chair


Suzzani Pillow


Serena & Lily

Great style and selection are always found at Serena & Lily.  The selections include bedding, furniture and decor.  Here are a few great pieces of furniture from their site:


Cabriolet Table


Lousie Chair


I am grateful for all of the sponsors I have on my blog! I wanted to take time to feature them because they help to make your daily dose of design at Tobi’s Blog possible! I hope you have enjoyed some of my favorite things from all of the sponsors! 

I’ve got a lot of great things in store for 2012 on Tobi’s Blog.  I look forward to sharing it with you in the coming year! xo Tobi


Tobi’s Holiday Gift Guides: Day 4

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Welcome back to day 4 of my holiday gift guides!  Today we wrap it up with gift ideas for the men in your life and for the people who have everything.

Ok, girls.  You have to admit – what guy wouldn’t love these!  The Fanning Leather Sandal by Reef has a built-in bottle opener on the bottom.  My husband has a pair and he loves them! $50

Is your man always on the run?  The Juice Pack Air by Mophie is the iPhone owners best friend.  Double his talk time and never again hear “my battery is about to die.” $80

Another great iPhone partner is the iGrill.  Let the iGrill keep an eye on those steaks and it’s app while notify your iPhone or iPad when the food is ready! $100

Bring out the kid in him!  These Marshmallows Roasters from Restoration Hardware even have telescoping forks.  $20

This rugged looking journal will never be confused as a “diary.”  The Saddle Leather Journal is from Pottery Barn.  $29


The Bar Rollup from Moore & Giles is perfect for the man who needs to transport tools for a few cocktails at a tailgate party or at the hunting lodge. $150


And don’t forget a few stylish gifts!  I love the Gancini Pocket Square by Salvatore Ferragamo from Bergdorf Goodman.  $110


Some people just have everything and are impossible to shop for!  Here are my top ideas:

Why not send someone to my upcoming Tobi Fairley Design Camp?  The January Design Camp A to Z even has a “Bring a Friend Free” offer through December 31st.  $1999

Another great pick for the person with everything – pillows from Tobi Fairley Home!  There are now 3 unique collections including Acropolis, Regatta and Saint Nick.  Prices vary

Maybe you know someone who loves to tackle DIY projects but needs a little design help.  My InBox Interiors online design service would be perfect!  Visit the InBox Interiors website for all the details.  Prices vary

Give the gift of high style!  Rock Candy Lamps from Swank Lighting are artisan made in the USA and are one of my favorites!  $3500/pair

This is chic!  Jonathan Adler’s Backgammon Set has a needlepoint board in a white acrylic tray.  Love it!  $295

Need a luxury trip recommendation?  Why not give the gift of Blackberry Farm?  I’ve been to this Tennessee retreat and must say it is truly amazing!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s Holiday Gift Guides!  Happy shoppping! 



Have a Swanky Fourth of July!

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We continue the guest blogging series today with a patriotic lamp salute from my great friends Doug & Ed from Swank Lighting.  Their lamps are amazing and I use them often in my projects!  If you aren’t familiar with their lamps, visit their website today. – Tobi

"Swank Lighting" "Rock Candy Lamps"

Did our founding fathers know how stylish a combination our country’s colors would be when they settled on the classic hues of red, white and blue? This is a color palette that packs quite a patriotic punch. We at Swank Lighting have a deep respect for our nation – but also a strong love affair with her color palette.

No one can claim to know for sure what the colors represent. Writers and speakers often attribute meaning to the colors of the flag. But, in truth, the Continental Congress never spoke about what the colors represented. Still, the red, white, and blue colors included in the Great Seal of the United States, which first appeared 1782, did purportedly represent ideals and beliefs of our Founding Fathers. Their significance was explained by Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, and included in the book “Our Flag,” published in 1989: White represents purity and innocence; red represents hardiness and valor; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

"Swank Lighting"

Many designers and patriotic Americans try to bring these colors into our homes, offices, restaurants and other interiors. Some with great success and others not so much. An illuminating way to bring America’s colors into your home is with some skillfully placed accessories and table lamps bearing them. And you don’t have to stick to just traditional hues; explore the entire color spectrum with light, barely-there blues all the way to deep, earthy reds. Tobi Fairley is brilliant at this.

In her design of the Leawood home, for example, Tobi incorporated a few red, white and blue lamps throughout. Whether intentional or not, she fostered a patriotic feeling without going over the top. In an entryway, golden damask wallpaper and an exquisite console table and gold mirror serve as a soft background for the pop of an icy blue pair of Barovier & Toso Murano glass lamps.  You can read more about the design of this house at House Beautiful.

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In another part of the Leawood house, Tobi infuses a softlyhued family room with a pop of patriotic spunk when she places a red hot crimson Venini Murano lamp on a high sofa table front and center. In an even more gorgeous composition, a steel gray monochromatic room absolutely sings when a pair of three stacked ball white Murano lamps flanks a gorgeous, modern abstract painting. Bye the way, all of these lamps came from Swank Lighting! Thanks Tobi.

At Swank, we’re known for our treasure trove of vintage Murano glass lamps. But the truth is when we began launching new lines, we looked to American artists and craftsmen. And as expected, we were very pleased with what we found. You will be too.

Take a peek at our “Made in the USA” Joe Cariati lamps and Recycled Glass cluster lamps , by Austin artist Wade Warnken to see good examples of lamps that are made in America. And yes, each line includes our American palette, like our firetruck red, cobalt blue and snow frost rock candy lamps or Joe Cariati’s firetruck red, T-bird blue and vanilla frost white modern glass lamps.

Many lighting and accessories today are made in China and that’s fine. But we prefer to keep our manufacturing right here at home. Remember: it doesn’t just have to be the Fourth of July to enliven your interiors with the bold, beautiful and brilliant hues of our country’s flag.

Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Thank you to Tobi and all our friends at Tobi Fairley Interior Design for asking us to guest blog this week.