Posts Tagged ‘Tabletop’

Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!


p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!



Entertaining Extra: Blue & White Tablescape

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This month’s Entertaining Feature shows a beautiful tablescape by designer Kathryn Greeley. I find blue-and-white ware to be great year round and with a few additions you can create a table worthy of any winter gathering.  Here’s my take of a tablescape using classic blue and white.

1. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Placemat 2.Williams- Sonoma Venezia Wooden Charger 3. Johnson Brothers Willow Blue China 4. West Elm Smoked Glassware 5. Williams- Sonoma Laguiole Flatware 6. Pottery Barn Wood Baluster Pie Server 7. Williams- Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Napkin 8. Custom Tablecloth made with fabric from Inside Fabric Plaid Fabric

Happy Dining! -Tobi

P. Allen Smith: Rustic Egg Tablescape

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A big welcome back to our gardening expert P. Allen Smith!  Today he’s moving indoor to show you how to create a wonderfully rustic tablescape using farm fresh eggs.  I’ve had some of the eggs from Moss Mountain Farm and they are DELICIOUS! – Tobi

P. Allen Smith, Garden and Lifestyle Designer

Creating a Rustic Egg Tablescape

A rustic and casual table setting is one of my favorite approaches to a breakfast/brunch tablescape.  I like the intimacy of the smaller setting when I have just a few friends over.  On chilly mornings, a fire flickering in the background adds warmth and ambience to this simple setting.

Light blue brightens and enhances the earth tones of this table setting.  By blending those hues with the rustic colors of my summer kitchen the whole effect ‘hangs together’.  Tawny brown wicker chargers add a lace-like texture to the hard and darker surfaces.

Toast slices in my antique ‘spoons’ napkin holder adds a touch of fun and garners comments from my guests. 

The multi-colored plaid napkins also help to bring everything together and add a touch of autumn color to the table.

Rather than flowers, I used a bounty of eggs from our hens.  These eggs came from the various breeds of heritage chickens we keep at the farm.

Bowls in the form of nests and the feathers on the plate follow the rustic farm theme. 

From the Garden Home®,


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Saint Nick – A fresh new look for a jolly old soul!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home to view the new Saint Nick pillows just in time for your holiday decorating! Three beautiful colorways available as well as left and right facing options.


Ask Tobi

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I have about 6 different sets of china consisting of 3-5 pieces each of mixed and matched place settings. My question – is it approaite to set a dining table with the mixed matched sets?



Thanks for the question Sandra! For your question I decided to defer to my great friend Kathryn Greeley. She’s a tabletop expert and the author of the new book The Collected Tabletop. She also has a great blog, The Collected Room.

Kathryn Greeley, Tabletop and Entertaining Expert

Hi Sandra! I am so glad you’ve shown an interest in your own “collected tabletop.” And thank you Tobi for letting me join in on your wonderful “Ask Tobi” series.

Absolutely, I love mixing patterns on a table. There are endless opportunities with different patterns! I would start with the dinner plates. If you have six different dinner plates, go ahead and set each placesetting with a different pattern. If you have matching salads or bread and butters, team those up with the matching dinner plates. If there is a common color in the six sets, pull that color out for placemats or a tablecloth, and napkins. If you have an appropriate size serving piece in any of the patterns, you might want to use that for flowers for your centerpiece. And if you have a variety of cups or bowls, that would be great for serving coffee and/or dessert by the fire or on the porch! When collecting and mixing patterns, I always recommend combining patterns that all have a common color or pattern-something that gives the collection unity.




 “10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started a Design Business”

My latest design business article is now live on Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace.  I’m sharing some valuable insights into my experiences in business.  Even if you work in another field, some of these tips could be applied to your business.  Read the article here…


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

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Sunday Showcase: Dransfield & Ross

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During the changing seasons one of the quickest ways to update your home is to swap out pillows and accessories. This Sunday we are going to take a look at one of my favorite resources for accessories. Most of you proabably know Dransfield & Ross as a soft furnishings company but recently they broadened their horizons to include furniture, decorative accessories, and desk and bathroom accessories.

Here are some fabulous table trimmings to carry you from fall and into the holiday season!

Faux Lizard Placemat
Square Water Hyacinth Placemat

 Leather Hexagonal Placemat
Rectangle Fan Placemat
 Rectangle Fan Placemat
 Eyelet Snowlfake Placemat
 Elistan Napkin
Omar Napkin
Plain Hem Stripe Linen Placemat
Pashmina Napkin
Tartan Napkin
Delovely Damas Napkin

To view more great items visit the

Dransfield & Ross website! 

If you’re in High Point at Market, join me for my talk on Value-Added Interior Design on Tuesday.  Get all the details here.