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My Year in Review 2015

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Wow! What a year 2015 has been. I have this tradition of writing about all the amazing things that happen each year on the last day of December to help me to remember to stop and smell the roses – to celebrate all that I have accomplished. For super-driven, Type A people like me, it’s so easy to just move on to the next thing without giving cheers for the hard work and rewards my team and I have achieved this year. Taking the time not only to celebrate, but more importantly taking an opportunity for me to thank all the people that were part of my year, is very important to me!

So I hope you will be inspired to do the same for your accomplishments and to take just a minute to remember all that you did this year before closing the books on it and moving into 2016. Thank you for indulging me as I look back on all that made 2015 great for me and thank you for being a part of it all!

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2015 was an amazing year defined by big product launches for me. In fact, in this calendar year, I launched 4 new licensed collections with 4 amazing partners; CR Laine Furniture, Soicher Marin Art Company, Woodbridge Furniture, and Duralee Fabrics.

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What a dream come true to work with these fantastic partners to make beautiful and functional products to help make your home all you dream it to be. But product design was not all I did this year so let’s take a look…

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In January I had another very exciting dream come true. I launched Tobi U – my online learning center for interior designers. It’s where designers and creatives everywhere can get my classes and courses right in their own homes from their computers. This was a fabulous way to start off the new year!

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I also was honored to be featured on the cover of At Home in Arkansas’s The Design Issue as one of the Top Interior Designers in the state. What great company I was in. Thanks, At Home in Arkansas, for this fabulous recognition!

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January also brought one of my favorite projects ever to the pages of Rue Magazine. My Riverside Penthouse looked great in all its dramatic color and it garnered rave reviews. Thanks Rue for the fab feature!

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I had a fabulous time as one of the presenters at the Arts Awards in Dallas. Thank you Dallas Market Center and the Arts Awards for inviting me to be a part of your prestigious event! And congrats to my friends and vendors who won Arts Awards in 2015!

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New York City was the site of my design meetings in January with Duralee to develop my upcoming fabric collection. What fun I had with the Duralee team!

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February was also full of travel including seeing my CR Laine prototypes for the first time. Here I am test driving what would become my Elle chair.

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We had our first Tobi Fairley Mastermind Event of the year in February in Atlanta and were honored to have Suzanne Kasler, Brian Patrick Flynn, and Richard Mishaan as presenters at our event. It was so inspiring. Thank you Suzanne, Brian, and Richard for being there!

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And I jetted off to Sarasota, Florida, and started framing my 120-piece collection for Soicher Marin to get ready for our April launch. Thanks for being such a great collaborator Soicher Marin!

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Plus, Real Simple Magazine asked me to join other fab designers like Nate Berkus and Thom Filicia in giving my Best Design Advice. Thanks, Real Simple!

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In March, another visit to CR Laine’s Hickory, NC, factory over Spring break with my family brought taste-testing a few goodies for the big April High Point Market, and seeing more finished product from my furniture line.

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And an exciting inclusion in House Beautiful’s color column with one of my favorite shades of orange happened in March, too. Thanks HB!

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April was when things really got exciting. Two big product launches at High Point’s Spring market and a showroom space to design for CR Laine were challenging but rewarding achievements! Thank you CR Laine and Soicher Marin for believing I had something new and creative to bring to your product lines. There are no other partners I would rather have than you and our launches were perfect!

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These launches were made all the more special because I had my mom, my aunt, and my daughter there with me. And they loved seeing the pieces of furniture I named after each of them. What’s all this hard work for if I can’t share it with those that I love, right?

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Then in May, the first of many exciting accolades for my product launches started to roll in when Furniture Today named my new collection for CR Laine as its Best of Market. Thank you, Furniture Today!

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And Home Accents Today featured my Bullseye Art for Soicher Marin. Thanks so much, Home Accents Today!

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On on the interiors front, May was the month that At Home in Arkansas featured one of my favorite projects for some favorite clients! Thank you At Home and thank you to my lovely clients who are so, so easy to work with!

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HGTV magazine featured my Crestwood Project in their What Color Is That? feature. Thanks HGTV magazine. It’s so fun working with you!

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And speaking of Thermador, next came June and my Tobi Fairley Mastermind event was perfection at the Thermador headquarters in Orange County, CA, thanks to the gorgeous showroom and fantastic hospitality of the Thermador team. And we were so honored to have Timothy Corrigan as our special guest presenter. Thank you to Thermador and to Timothy for one of our best events yet!

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In June, more accolades for my product designs rolled in when my Soicher Marin art called “What Do You See?” was featured in Home Accents Today. Thank you again Home Accents Today!

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And June brought more excitement in the way of product design when we announced my upcoming line of case goods for Woodbridge Furniture, including the Ellison cocktail table pictured below.

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July started with a BANG when my new Izzy chair for CR Laine was featured in Traditional Home in all its gingham glory! Thanks again, Traditional Home. You are too good to me!

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And a favorite project of mine appeared on the cover of Southern Cottage Magazine. Much appreciation to you Southern Cottage!

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And in July, more exciting recognition, this time for our online presence when Design NJ named my website one of its Top 15 Places to Click Online. Thanks so much Design New Jersey!

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House & Garden UK featured one of my favorite kitchen projects. Thanks H&G. I love being featured in European shelter magazines, especially yours!

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And in July, hard work began on new lines for High Point Market including my encore collection for CR Laine and my new launch with Woodbridge Furniture. Wow, did my team and I work hard this year creating products for the home!

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July was a big month, and my Alexander chair for CR Laine was featured in Modern Luxury Interiors – Texas. Thank you Modern Luxury. Such an honor to be on your gorgeous pages!

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The readers of Arkansas Times named me Arkansas’s Best Interior Designer. Thank you to Arkansas Times and all its readers!

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And a fun surprise when my Riverside Penthouse project was featured in Robb Report’s Home & Style. Thank you Robb Report, thank you Tracy Hiner the creative genius behind that gorgeous wallcovering I used in the entry of this chic penthouse and thank you to my adventurous clients who leapt with me to make their home uber-sophisticated and unique!

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Traditional Home was at it again in August when they featured my Hampton Chaise from CR Laine in a feature on snakeskin. My chaise in fabric “Hissy Fit” and its gorgeous lucite legs looked fabulous in this feature. Yes, I will say it again…Thank you Traditional Home!

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You know how I love to cook and entertain, so it was fun being featured in an outdoor entertaining ideas piece in Southern Living. Thank you so much Southern Living!

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Then came September, and was it ever exciting when Veranda featured my Stella screen from CR Laine with its Starburst details in a story about “High Society” and Hollywood Glamour. Thank you, Veranda!

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Design NJ gave me more praise this time for my Sheridan daybed from CR Laine. Thank you twice Design New Jersey!

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We hosted another fabulous Mastermind event, this time at the New York Design Center, featuring outstanding designers Rob Passal and Tilton Fenwick, PR guru Andrew Joseph, and the Editor of House Beautiful, Sophie Donelson. This event was stellar! A huge thank you to all these talents who made our event so succesful and also to our amazing Mastermind members!

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Editor at Large is also so good to me and in September they featured the buzz for my new Woodbridge launch at High Point Market. It was one of many features they did on me this year!  Thanks for all your support all year long, Editor at Large!

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In October, my first ad for my CR Laine collection appeared in Traditional Home thanks to my fabulous partners at CR Laine. How exciting to open the pages to see my collection in all this glossy gorgeousness! Thank you CR Laine. You’re the BEST!

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Traditional Home couldn’t get enough of my CR Laine collection and featured my Sheridan Daybed in its October issue. And Traditional Home I can’t get enough of you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

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And one of the most anticipated parts of the year kicked off in October, too. I moved out of my home and started a major renovation. How thrilling to knock down those dated kitchen cabinets with a sledgehammer myself! Woo hoo! Thanks Richard Harp Homes for being my top-notch contractor on this project!

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Plus, October was when I won the ASID 2015 Design Ovation Award for Best Residential Project of the Year for my Riverside Penthouse project, as well as two gold awards and one silver award for other design projects. Wow! Did the Riverside Project have a great year this year! A huge thank you to all my clients, the best clients in the world I might add, for allowing me to bring to life my creative ideas in your homes!

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And if October weren’t exciting enough, my brand new launch with Woodbridge Furniture happened at the High Point Market. And this little beauty, my Sarah chest, was Woodbridge’s top-selling piece!  Thank you, Woodbridge. You are a joy to work with! And thank you to the Trim Queen for making those gorgeous tassels!

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My new additions and new interpretations of my CR Laine collection also took High Point market by storm in October. My Elle chair in leopard print (called “Catitude”) was a huge seller! A big thank you to Fromental Wallcovering for partnering with me in the CR Laine showroom. Your wallcovering made my space look so totally chic and I thank you!

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My friends at Harper Howey interiors hosted my first retail event in October to introduce my CR Laine and Soicher Marin Collections. Thank you Harper Howey and all your fab customers for a great event!

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In November, my home and my mom’s were featured in Southern Cottage’s Holiday Issue with our Christmas secor. Thank you again Southern Cottage. You were really good to me this year!

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And one of the most exciting and unexpected things of the year happened this month when Restoration Hardware selected 10 of my Soicher Marin collection pieces for their new RH Modern catalog and put them into 4 of their Flagship Retail Stores. Thank you to Soicher Marin for making this happen and to Restoration Hardware for selecting my work!

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In December, my Sheridan Daybed was featured by House Beautiful.com, thanks to a gorgeous room design by Shay Geyer for the One Room Challenge in her daughter’s Kate Spade inspired space. Thank you Shay and House Beautiful. It’s an honor to be a part of this gorgeous room!

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December rolled in with my Elle chair for CR Laine in its new Nickel finish, being named Best of Market by Home Accents Today. Thank you once again Home Accents Today!

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And I was named Designer of the Month by Wayfair which was a fun honor. Thank you Wayfair for this great feature!

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Maybe the most exciting part of this month was my launch of my new line of fabric for Duralee at the Showtime Fabric Show in High Point, NC. I have been working on my collection with Duralee for almost 2 years and it was thrilling to see my 79-piece fabric collection all finished and getting fabulous reviews from Duralee’s customers. Thank you Duralee for a great experience. You are a dream to work with and I am so proud of what we created together.

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Thanks to Elle Decor for including me in their top Christmas Decorating Tips.

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And thank you to this neat Russian magazine called Home & Family who also featured my holiday designs. International press is always so exciting!

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And just this week, a fun inclusion by the Wall Street Journal in their Top 5 Design Trends for 2016. Thank you Wall Street Journal, I’m honored to be included in this annual piece on what’s hot and what’s not!

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And if all these AMAZING things weren’t enough, I’ve also had fabulous features this year from many other blogs and publications including Martha Stewart, Huffington Post, Lisa Mende, Kandrac and Kole, Decor Mentor and Lisa Kahn Allen, Linda Merrill in her fab new book, The Zhush, Home Goods, many features from HGTV.com, Shutterfly, Carmen at the Decorating Diva, Ruth and Ollie, Domino, Westchester Magazine and so many, many more. I thank each and every one of you so much for your support and recognition. I am truly humbled by all the response to my work and my products this year! If I missed any of you who were a part of my success this year, to you I also say thank you!!

So there is it. An unbelievable year that I am closing the books on. It will go down in my memory as one of “the Big Ones!”.

Thanks again for being a part of it and Happy 2016 to you!

Wishing you a new year of prosperity, health and happiness.

xo,

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Inspiration from the High Point Traditional Home Showhouse

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I love showhouses – both designing for them and walking through them! At the recent High Point Market in High Point, NC, the Junior League of High Point and Traditional Home magazine sponsored an amazing showhouse right in the heart of the market.

The 2015 Showhouse, a circa-1912 Tudor Revival home, featured the theme “From High Point to the World.” And the designers did an amazing job showcasing modern design in an historic home! I was so inspired by many of the designs that I wanted to share them with you.

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Lisa Mende Design

The kitchen by Lisa Mende was perfection! I loved the black cabinetry with brass hardware, the wallpapered ceiling, and the gorgeous subway tile. The wide-plank floor hints at the kitchen’s history, but it is modern all the way!

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And Lisa carried black into her breakfast area, mixing it with lime and cobalt for a chic result. By the way, her chairs and banquette are by CR Laine, the amazing company who makes my Tobi Fairley Collection. But black wasn’t just in Lisa’s space, it was a theme in much of the house, with Libby Langdon using black and white for the master bedroom, and Christy Barbour using black in the bar with a gold-painted ceiling for some glam! I loved Libby’s stories of playing at the house when she was growing up – her family lived just down the street!

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The Fromental wallpaper in the Madcap Cottage designed dining room was gorgeous – loved the pale pink! And the duo’s quirky design always gives me fun and inspiring moments like this one!

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Speaking of wallpaper, Kara Cox used Phillip Jeffries’ Mica wallpaper for an ultra-glam look in her dressing room for the showhouse! And the touches of mint were a great accent for the greys.

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You know I love color, and the spring-inspired blues in Traci Zeller’s design for the foyer were gorgeous! I think small-space design is the most difficult and she made it look like a breeze. The mirror also had me dreaming of new Greek key designs.

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Michelle Workman’s library offered a lot of inspiration, too, particularly in how she mixed her feminine sensibility into such a masculine room. Michelle also has a unique way of combining vintage and new fabrics with collected pieces and original art for a very sophisticated result.

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The fun and modern Upstairs Art Haven in the carriage house designed by Holly Phillips was full of great ideas! I loved her mix of quirky modern art with traditional frames that had been given an update.

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It was an absolutely huge showhouse, with too many rooms to list here, so if you are in the area, go to see the showhouse before it closes on May 3.

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You can see work from all of the other designers like the fabulous green guest room in the carriage house by Parker Kennedy Living. Here’s a fun shot from when they were installing the space. Oh, you know how I love green!

And you won’t want to miss the fabulous rooms by Cathy Austin, Margaret Fisher, Eric Ross, Mickey Sharpe, Jennifer Hutton, Lisa Sherry, Leslie Moore, Laura Covington, Alan Ferguson, Patti Allen/Stephanie James, Jack Fhillips, Sally Altizer, and Aida Saul.

I promise you will find a lot of fabulous inspiration for your next design project!

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Tobi ‘Hearts’ Traditional Home

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I LOVE Valentine’s Day! And I really really love Traditional Home magazine! How do those two things go together? Well this weekend I am taking over Traditional Home’s Instagram account, starting at 5pm today!

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I love celebrations of any kind, but Valentine’s Day is truly one of my very favorite holidays. In fact, each year I send Valentine’s Day cards instead of Christmas cards – it’s more fun to surprise people with a little token in the middle of a cold February. My cards usually feature my sweet little girl, too, and this weekend I’ll be celebrating with her, I’m sure with lots of flowers, hearts, and sweet treats.

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So follow along with me all weekend as I share the LOVE on Traditional Home’s Instagram account! I promise we’ll have fun!

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2014 Year in Review

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2015 coming soonGosh, I can hardly believe that today is the day to take a look back at all I’ve accomplished this year. Since 2008, having a “Year in Review” has become my tradition here on the blog. That is SEVEN YEARS of celebrating my life, my accomplishments, and the joy my family and my job bring to me! I am a lucky woman because it seems like life gets better every year!

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And each year goes faster than ever. I’ve always heard that, but it’s really true, isn’t it? It’s like we just started January and before we know it, we are washing away that year and moving to the next. But I find it important to at least stop, if only for a day, to celebrate the memories and the blessings we experience with each passing year. And it’s great to be able to go back to these old blog posts of years past and see what joys they brought.

Today I have enjoyed my morning in my PJ’s, drinking coffee and looking back at 2013, which seems like a lifetime ago. And this afternoon preparing my list of accomplishments and highlights from 2014 definitely helped me go to a place of gratitude because of the many joys I’ve had in the last 12 months.

So first, let me say THANK YOU to all of you who have been a part of my extraordinary 2014. I had a goal of making 2014 Awesome and thanks to so many of you, it was more than that!

cb28ba73e3badcbec5a481f36a840201I have loved meeting many of you this year and bringing design into your homes and to your inboxes all year long.  And yes, I know this is the longest blog post ever, but it also gives me a chance to thank all the magazines, friends, designers, clients, and others who made my year spectacular! So if you can spare a few minutes (or an hour), I invite you to join me as I look back at the BIG moments from 2014 that are too good not to mention and remember today.

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 9.40.10 AM (2)January 1, 2014, marked the launch of my new website on tobifairley.com. What a labor of love that was!

ActionAnd January also brought with it another tradition…deciding on my word of the year, which was Action. And boy did I take some major action in 2014!

FFF Invite Postcard Moov_Front_psI led an antiquing tour in Atlanta in sub-freezing weather (not your typical January in Atlanta). But I always welcome a reason to find new (and old) treasures for my clients and for me, even if it is literally 6 degrees and we are outside…in a tent…with no heat. Oh the glamorous life of a designer! Thanks Antique & Design Center of High Point for this opportunity.

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I launched my my first-ever telecourse that many of you joined me for to kick your New Year in gear. I hope it made a difference.

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And I headed back to creativeLIVE with House Beautiful to bring design to the world at an accessible price.

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I even made it a mother-daughter trip with my mom in tow, and we celebrated my birthday a week early while we were there.

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This year, I brought some exciting new series to the blog, including New House Diary – the journey of designing and remodeling my own home. Trust me, there is much more to do, so you will be seeing more of this in 2015 and hopefully (finally) some “reveals” of the place.

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tobitv1I also started Tobi TV. Video Blogging has been a goal of mine for a long time and so in 2014 I brought you dozens of new Tobi TV videos, with many more in the works for next year.

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The highlight of February was definitely my impromptu trip to Parma, Italy, thanks to the Antiques Diva. (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Toma!) A few days in Italy with my designer friends, Denise McGaha, Jon Call, and Mark Cutler and the fabulous Toma Clark Haines aka “the Antiques Diva” was inspirational and fabulous!

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And then March was a HUGE month for publicity…

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A lovely outdoor spread in At Home in Arkansas.

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and I was still on Newsstands with the cover of the Spring Small Room Decorating Magazine.

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And the BIGGIE…my April cover of Traditional Home Magazine and a 12-page spread hit newsstands and the internet. This was definitely one of the most exciting events of the year!

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I also headed to my third creativeLIVE course with my family in tow in March. Thanks creativeLIVE and House Beautiful! These courses were a crazy amount of work but SO much fun!

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You better believe we did a little Spring Break road trip to Wine Country (one of our favorite places in the world) for some convertible driving, Gott’s Hamburger eating, and Frank Family Wine buying fun!

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And the publicity fun continued in April with international exposure of my own home on the cover of a Polish magazine.

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And in Susanna Salk’s latest design bible, Decorate Fearlessly. Thank you, Susanna. It is always a treat to be featured in your fabulous books!

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Plus great little features in the April issue of Southern Living, talking about my favorite porch…

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and HGTV Magazine’s May issue with designer’s favorite value-priced fabric choices showed up this month.

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More family travel was on the schedule in April when I took my mom and daughter to New York for a business trip and of course some fun. Wicked was on my daughter’s bucket list and she absolutely LOVED the show.

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And we got into a bit of other fun while in the Big Apple including a silly visit to Dylan’s Candy Store.

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And April also brought the Spring High Point Market, where I gave a presentation with Krissa Rossbund (pictured above on the left), Sr. Design Editor at Traditional Home, on tips for getting published. It was the perfect complement to my April cover of their magazine.  This great event attended by dozens was all hosted by Lexington Home Brands in their stunning showroom. Lexington even generously gave away an all expenses paid trip to my Design A to Z course in Dallas to the lucky Laura Jens Sisino, shown with us here.  Thank you Lexington Home Brands for the fabulous breakfast and the opportunity!

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In May I was part of Traditional Home’s Master Class decorating series with 12 weeks of great design tips from Design “Masters.” It was an honor to be in this group!

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The summer was a blur this year with lots of ACTION that has resulted in several VERY exciting partnerships that we will be announcing in just a few weeks. But I did reserve a bit of time for hanging by my pool at my new home.

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And I escaped to the beach for 2 WEEKS. Ahhhh!! The beach is my happy place, even when the storms roll in. It’s the only place I truly relax and in the midst of all my ACTION taking, I needed a break. Besides, it’s been a “bucket list” item of mine for years to take a two-week vacation with my family and I made it happen this year.

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We were also joined at the beach the second week by great friends. And I have already booked 2 weeks at the beach in 2015. Thanks to all these peeps for hanging with me when I don’t have much time to give them throughout the year!

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More international press came in June with a wonderful feature in a Chinese magazine.

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And July brought a great trip to the lake for the 4th of July.  A lot of family time was in order this summer for a mid year pick-me-up and it worked like a charm.

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Part of my busy summer included designing a room in the Traditional Home Hamptons Designer Showhouse with Duralee Fabrics.

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Four trips to the Hamptons in two months is a rough life, right? But someone has to do it! :) A BIG Thank you to Duralee for being such a fabulous partner. Showhouses are expensive and labor-intensive and Duralee and its team was so fantastic to work with.

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I have to say, it’s rough hanging out with my celebrity designer friends like Alexa, Phoebe, Jamie, and Libby in the Hamptons. Just kidding! It’s a dream and I am grateful for all these talented people in my life, too.

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And what fun visiting with the fabulous and very entertaining Mario Buatta who loved my room design with Duralee. What a compliment from a design icon.

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Then August rolled in with the cover of At Home in Arkansas, featuring one of my favorite client projects for a family with six kids.

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And I made my way to California with my daughter for business meetings, a fabulous tour of Thermador’s headquarters (Thanks Thermador!) and a whirlwind day in Disneyland. My nine-year-old and I walked 23,000 steps and enjoyed Big Thunder Mountain 8 times. My favorite parts of each year are when I can blend my work life with my personal one.

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In September I announced my exciting partnership and upcoming furniture collection with CR Laine. This is my first of 3 licensing deals that I agreed to this year and we will be announcing the others in just a few weeks with a few more in the works for 2015. This is where much of my action was focused for 2014 – negotiations and meetings. It was VERY exciting!

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I was thrilled to win Gold (twice) at the South Central ASID awards in September and I was awarded a Silver, too.

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Traditional Home also graciously included me in their 25th Anniversary issue which was a surprise!

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In October I had the honor of being the honorary chairperson of the Dwell with Dignity Charity event, Thrift Studio, in Dallas. DWD is an AMAZING cause that helps impoverished and homeless families create beautiful and supportive environments that can help them get ahead in life or at least back on their feet.  I loved being able to bring awareness to this worthy cause. Thank you, Dwell With Dignity, for asking me.

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Next I headed to the Fall High Point Market and kicked off my partnership with CR Laine by revealing the new Bistro Cafe in their showroom that I designed, with gorgeous CR Laine furnishings and the help of Soicher Marin and their new removable wallpaper called Wall Couture. I couldn’t resist bringing my signature Kelly Green into the space.

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We even had a fun party in the newly designed Bistro for CR Laine’s top retailers to celebrate our impending launch! Thank you to CR Laine, Soicher Marin and the AMAZING CR Laine customers who were so kind and excited about my collection.

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I was honored to be a part of a fun talk with Southern Living and Coastal Living as they announced their new Designer Network. Thanks to both magazines for including me.

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Even more international features came in October with another spread in Poland…

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and also a gorgeous Russian feature.

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October and November were also filled with my signature design courses – Design A-to-Z, Designer MBA, and also my Mastermind Fall Session. It was thrilling to have all my classes and my 3 Mastermind events this year filled with visits from design greats who are friends of mine like Alexa Hampton, Barry Dixon, Libby Langdon, Michelle Workman, Danielle Colding, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, blogger extraordinaire Cassandra LaValle, Arteriors owner Mark Moussa, and many others, including my personal business advisors and attorney. A HUGE thank you to each and every one of these talents who joined me in making my Tobi Fairley courses better than ever this year! And a GIANT thank you also to our event sponsors Currey & Company, CR Laine, Studio Webware, Duralee, and Bernhardt Furniture.

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I kicked off the holiday season by being included in Real Simple’s Holiday issue with my favorite paint colors.

In Master BedroomWe said goodbye to our sweet pup Harley this year, but had the joy of all her lovely memories and photos from the 14 years she was a part of our lives. What a precious member of our family she was.

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And then I rounded out the year with more design projects than ever. I’ve been doing presentation after presentation this December and even making chilly trips to Lake Michigan for a fun new-construction project in the works.  I can definitely say this is the busiest December of design work I have had in all my 15 years in business! So a HUGE thank you to my wonderful clients for the opportunity to create or transform their homes this year. It has been a joy working with you all.

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Throw in all the fun I had selecting fabrics at the December Showtime Fabric Show in High Point for all my new CR Laine introductions that you will be seeing in the Spring, and December was jam-packed with design goodness.

So 2014 was truly all about ACTION. And lots of it. I haven’t even been able to announce or share it all with you yet. It was a “nose to the grindstone” sort of year for me. And you will continue to see many of the fruits of those labors revealed next year.  But I know it will have all been worth the work. I think there are those “head down” sort of years and then there are the years where you get to sit back and bask in all that you have done. I’m looking forward to the “basking” coming soon or better yet, the “sitting back”!

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So here’s to 2014! It was a year of digging in my heels to take things to the next level. It was a year of hellos and good byes. It was full of blessings, too many to count.

Thank you

I want to say an enormous thank you to the countless editors and members of the media who have been so very kind to me this year including Traditional Home, Southern Living, House Beautiful, At Home in Arkansas, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV Magazine, Real Simple, Small Rooms Magazine and the many international publications who included me this year. I don’t remember a year when I had any more press than this one and I owe a big debt of gratitude to all those who found my work and my ideas worthy of inclusion in their gorgeous publications.

Thank you to my Mastermind members, our consulting clients, and all those that attended our classes, courses and talks in 2014. It was a privilege to help you with your projects and your businesses!

And most importantly, I want to say thank you to my team at Tobi Fairley & Associates. I could never do any of this without your help and support. And THANK YOU to my family – especially my husband, my daughter, my mom, and my aunt who support me week-in and week-out to do all that I do on a daily basis. I have said it a million times, but it takes a whole lot of people to keep this one girl doing all that I do!

And though it seems impossible with this novel I have written, I am sure that I have forgotten someone who was part of my 2014. So to all of you that were a part of my year, thank you!!

Wow! What a year. So what was 2014 like for you? Please leave me a comment so I can celebrate your successes with you, too!

cheers to the new year

I wish you a VERY Happy New Year ahead, full of prosperity and joy. And I will see you back very soon as the new year is my favorite time each year. Oh, how I love intentions and resolutions and a fresh start and the all-exciting job of selecting my word for 2015!

the best

Join me here in 2015 for more design, travel, and inspiration. Cheers!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Mixing the Masculine and the Feminine in Your Bedroom

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Today is the day we dismantle our lovely room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. It has been such a successful Showhouse and an honor to be a part of this event. I am especially grateful to Traditional Home magazine and Duralee Fabrics for the opportunity to create a gorgeous design in the Hamptons with them this summer! And though I hate to see it go, I am happy we have gorgeous photos and videos of this space so we can continue to use it for sharing my favorite design tips and ideas to design lovers like you. So in honor of this space, let’s take a look at it again for today’s segment of Tobi TV.

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One of the key ideas in my Hampton’s master bedroom was a mix of the feminine and the masculine all in one space. That way, no matter which you prefer, you can find something to love in this room. This approach is perfect for a room like a Master Suite where there are often 2 people who might have 2 distinct ideas for design, living there together. So first lets take a look at the video…

And now, a recap of my Tobi’s Top Tips for Bringing Masculine and Feminine together in your space…

1. Use the color palette to achieve both of these ideas. Here I wrapped the room in masculine shades of gray from the lighter linen color to the darker charcoal. And then I popped in a bit of a more feminine orange with the sherbet colored toile.

2. Pattern and texture help mix the feminine and the masculine. Here the handsome textured solids and geometrics like the grasscloth wallcovering lean towards the masculine, and then the floral toile in a linen texture blends in a bit more feminine sensibility.

3. Shape and form are a great way to bring in both the yin and yang of masculine and feminine energy in a space. The glamorous curves of the overscaled wing chairs and the shapely and tall headboard are more feminine, and the sleek and simple lines of the sofa, the ottoman, and other straight-lined pieces in the room bring the masculine in, too.

4. Don’t forget art as a way to mix both ideas into your space. The abstract art in this room is decidedly more masculine, while the flowers and feminine figure in the photography certainly lean more feminine.

5. And finally, use a statement piece or two to sway the emotion and feeling of a space one way or the other on the masculine-feminine scale. The smart and tailored orange chest definitely gives a masculine punch to the room.

I hope you loved these design ideas for making any master bedroom work for anyone and everyone who uses it! And I hope you’ll share this video with all your design-loving friends who may need help designing for more than one person in their space. Do leave me a comment and let me know what tips I’ve given here resonated with you, or if you have any other great ideas for making a master bedroom, or any room, fit the needs of all who use it.

I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV! Happy Tuesday and Happy September!

xo,

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