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Before and After Part 2: Soulful Sunday in the Sun

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A couple of weeks ago I revealed to you the before and after of a glorious outdoor space I recently designed for clients. Today I’m giving you a before and after look at the adjacent pool house that was part of the renovation.


The before of the project looked too traditional and a bit too dated to give the fresh, resort look the client craved.


With Dorothy Draper chairs and my Tobi Fairley Home Saville Row chevron fabric on the drapery, the new look is a bit palm beach and full of resort style.

Previously the client had a large bar that was heavy and didn’t allow seating in the pool house.


With a great new outdoor bar, the poolhouse now has a sectional sofa with a bed inside perfect for guests or grandkids to use for sleepovers. And my Tobi Fairley Home Marrakech fabric in a custom color is shown on the ottoman and pillows.


The before held a piano that didn’t have a home in the main house, and though we don’t have an after photo,  a TV now lives in that spot.

And below is just a glimpse of a former storage room that was attached to the back of the pool house. It has now been opened up as a second room that is a workout facility with cork floors and a tread climber plus a murphy bed which could be great for a home health professional to live in for future years if the homeowners decide to stay in their home in as they age. I think the fretwork wall treatment we created to mimic my Marrakech fabric is the epitome of chic aging in place, don’t you?


So what do you think…quite a fun outdoor retreat that doubles as a guest house, right? Leave me a comment and tell me if you love the new look.

Happy Soulful Sunday. I think if I had a pool house like this one, I could certainly get in touch with my soulful side. Could you?



Win One of My Icons Collection Designs from Lamps Plus!

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I’m thrilled to have my designs featured as part of the exclusive Icons Collections from Lamps Plus! The Icons Collection is comprised of designers who were asked to design a shade pattern that is unique and available exclusively at Lamps Plus for a limited time.

Here’s a look at my Bamboo Trellis design:

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I really like the classics when it comes to design motifs, but then giving them a more modern twist. For this shade design, I took inspiration from the trellis work on vintage bamboo furniture, and then made it a little bolder and more updated.

The pattern is also customizable in the Lamps Plus Design Your Own feature, which gives you the ability to select the pattern, color, and base. You can create any look to fit your room!

To make this even more fun, Lamps Plus is launching an exciting sweepstakes where you can win one of five Icons Collection table lamps. Enter to win here. After you’ve entered, you can earn extra entries by referring your friends and increase your chances of winning.

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See the entire Tobi Fairley collection and don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes! Good luck!







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!!


Bring the Seaside Inside: Beachy Interior Design

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I’m so glad to be back on the blog today! Just as I expected, the past week has been a real whirlwind, and the fast-paced fun is not over yet! Yesterday, I put finishing touches on a client’s fabulous cabana and poolside living area. And next week I’m installing a fun and funky family home!

During my brief hiatus, I realized how much I rely on this blog–and on my interactions with you, my bright and lively readers–for a sense of rhythm and routine throughout the week.

I’m also catching-up on news in the virtual world. One hot topic this week seems to be creating balance before the holiday rush. Autumn is such a gorgeous and exciting season, but each year it seems to get more hectic! I recently had a reader write to me all in a fluster about how to restore the peace of summer vacation to her busy, cluttered kitchen now that school is back in-session and kids are constantly in-and-out. So I offered her some mom-to-mom advice in my Color Confidential column on At Home in Arkansas.

As I thought about my answer to her question, I realized that in a few of my projects I have included aquatic colors and themes to create a seaside, relaxed vibe. Though I can’t say exactly why (the beach is one of my happy places!), I think it must have something to do with finding calm, relaxing rhythms in the midst of constant change and activity. And if you can bring that vacation bliss into your home, you enjoy it year-round! Have a look at these other examples from my work:

Here, I chose a bold, painted stripe for the hardwood floor, along with a glossy back-splash in aqua penny tile.

The tiled mosaics in this master bathroom give the impression of swimming with sea creatures!

This sunroom is bright and beachy; it features fabrics from my Tobi Fairley Home line.

The mirrored wall and cabinet doors give the sense of depth and reflection, perfect alongside framed prints of starfish.

Bright red can be beachy, too!

After all this beach talk, I’m beginning to unwind from my busy week. Now, go check out my advice on At Home in Arkansas’ blog for more ideas on how to infuse your interiors with seaside serenity and combat clutter.

More soon.





p. s. Designer MBA Camp and Design A to Z are just around the corner! Visit the Camp Tobi Fairley blog for the latest in announcements and promotions for this Fall’s lineup. You might just find something special!

p. p. s. Go, Razorbacks!

An Antique-Chic Renovation + Two Features!

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Good morning friends!

Last week in my design advice post I told you how much I love to bring antiques into my projects. I shared a few pics of how I’ve done it done it in the past, including this one…

What I didn’t reveal at the time is that this room is just one in an entire house of antiques mixed with modern pattern and, of course, bold color!!


A big, huge THANK YOU to At Home in Arkansas for this fabulous feature on the project. You can read the full story in the August issue and on their site.

AND (yes, there’s more!)…I would also like to say a big, huge THANK YOU to House of Turquoise for featuring the project in yesterday’s post. If you haven’t checked out this blog, it’s one of my favorite inspirations for blue interiors.


Not only was this a fun project for me and for my staff, but I’m truly honored to be able to share my work through these two fabulous forums!

xo, Tobi