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2017 Year in Review

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost the new year. 2017 is done. And equally hard to believe for me is that this is my 10th year of sitting down on December 31st and doing a comprehensive review of all the things that I experienced, accomplished and celebrated over the last 12 months. One of the first things that comes to mind today is that this means my blog is also almost 10 years old. Wow, those years went so fast though I can hardly remember life before this blog.

For this 10th anniversary of my year in review, I am doing things differently. And that’s because these days, I am running my whole life a lot differently than I did 10 years ago. Yes, my life is even far different than just 12 months ago. Previously my year in review was the place that I highlighted all my business successes big and small, because I was admittedly a workaholic and my business was really what I thought about more often than not.

These days, my business is only a part of my focus and it shares the spotlight with my family and other meaningful experiences. Novel idea, I know. But I am committed to a balanced life and I am having more success with that than ever before. So this year, my year in review is a wonderful mix of things to celebrate across all parts of my life.

2017  was a BIG year with some dreamy, BIG, work stuff. But I intentionally curbed many of the smaller things at work to leave more space for what matters most. My mantra for the year has been “Say no to the good, so you can say YES to the Best!” And maybe that’s why I believe 2017 is my best year yet. Let’s take a look.

First and foremost, I completed my home renovation this year. Can you say Hallelujah? I cannot tell you how exciting it is to no longer be working on my own project. It’s always harder to do your own home, especially when you’re a designer and you have to fit it in around all your other projects. But this baby is FINISHED!

And having my home all beautifully designed and functional is adding so much joy to my life each day, especially since I now work from home, too. My design studio is on the back of my house with a gorgeous view of my pool and the golf course beyond, which makes for more relaxing days at the “office”.

This was also the year I became a columnist with Traditional Home magazine. The features kicked off in January and I wrote an article for every issue this year that chronicled my home renovation. From planning the floorplan layout, to selecting the colors, to designing the kitchen and baths, we covered it all. If you missed any of it, you can find it all on the Traditional Home website here.

The pool and outdoor areas of my home were featured in the summer issue of Traditional Home as part of my column, and readers really seemed to love this feature. My family and I especially enjoyed many hours by the pool from March all the way through December thanks to a few resort-style outdoor heaters and that great new fire pit.

In the December issue of Traditional Home, I finally got to showoff my entire home renovation all dressed up for Christmas. Having a column with one of the top national shelter magazines for an entire year was definitely a dream come true and I am grateful to Traditional Home and all the team that worked with me to make this happen. It was BIG!

My own home renovation wasn’t my only celebration with Traditional Home this year. In April my work graced their cover with one of my favorite client projects.

In addition to the column on own home renovation, the April issue showcased a beloved Farmhouse project that I have been dying to show you. And getting the cover for this project was the icing on the cake.

Also in April, the Pandora’s Manor Showhouse opened in High Point North Carolina. I designed one of 6 bedrooms in this lovely boutique bed and breakfast, with some of the country’s biggest names in Interior Design including Thom Filicia, Barclay Butera, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble and the guys from Madcap Cottage.  This amazing property is all sponsored and owned by Eastern Accents. What fun it was to use my Tobi Fairley collections for Duralee, CR Laine, Woodbridge, Soicher Marin and New River Artisans all in this room.

We even had a super fun “designer sleepover” in our Pj’s at Pandora’s Manor, each spending the night in the rooms we designed. Eastern Accents spared no luxury on us that week, we even had celebrity chef’s cooking our meals. We were spoiled and it was great fun. Thank you Eastern Accents for this fantastic experience.

2017 was also a big year for my product lines. I launched my second full collection with Soicher Marin art company in April.

I expanded my outdoor collection with Woodbridge Furniture from the soft launch last October.

And I launched my new rug line with New River Artisans company. You can see products from all these collections in my home reveal too. How exciting to bring my own furniture and home accents to my own house for my family and me to enjoy for years to come. Definitely another dream come true! (P.S. Stay tuned for more product line announcements in 2018!)

One of my favorite things about my design work this year is that I had 5 of my most favorite former clients of all time start new projects with me. It felt like the best year of design ever and you will see lots of these beautiful spaces revealed next year. From family homes in Arkansas to a family-owned business headquarters, to a condo in Dallas and a beach home in Florida, we are working on fun spaces for these clients that have been a real joy this year!

A great honor I received in 2017 was being inducted into the Sheridan High School Hall of Fame and giving the keynote address to their graduating seniors at the annual senior banquet. How exciting to be able to come back home and share the highlights of my almost 20-year career in design and consulting with these young men and women who are just getting started on their own paths.

This year was one of transition for my consulting and coaching businesses in the best of ways. I loved hosting my Mastermind group in Dallas in the Winter and then at my own home in the Fall. What fun showing a group of other designers how I live and work in my new space, and treating them to a seated dinner in my dining room with fabulous celebrity chef, Donnie Ferneau!

I also hosted the last in-person session of my Designer MBA Course in California in early Summer at the fantastic Thermador headquarters in Orange County, California. I have hosted classes, courses and mastermind events at this amazing facility for 3 years now and Thermador always treats us like royalty. Thank you Thermador, for your amazing hospitality and all the delicious food cooked by fabulous chefs on your outstanding appliances. Being there with you was definitely a highlight this year!  And for those of you who have been waiting to take my fantastic Designer MBA course, you still can. And all-new version of it is coming to the online world in 2018.

My consulting and coaching business is my major focus for next year (more on that soon) and so I enjoyed concluding the way some of my courses and programs have worked for the last 8 years to make room for my most exciting launch yet, happening in just a few weeks in mid-January.  If you want to take your business AND your life to the next level in 2018, you are going to love masterminding with me and getting my top tips and my most popular programs all online (some taught live) and at THE most affordable price yet! And one of my favorite parts is my courses are no longer just for designers, and heres why…

To bring all of you my best next year, I wanted to take my own coaching and consulting skills to the next level. So 2017 was a year of education and training for me. Those of you who know me know that I am a lover of knowledge and learning. And in July of this year I completed a 12-month health and wellness coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to help me teach all of you how to better balance work and life. Lack of balance is the main challenge I hear from designers and entrepreneurs each year, and it’s been true for me too. So I wanted to be equipped to bring solutions to this challenge for both you and me, and now I’m ready!

To take it a step further, in December I was certified as a Life Coach and a Weight-management Coach from the Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo. I would say of all the courses, classes, books, seminars and learning I have gotten in my life (and I have completed a lot), this training was the single most life-changing program I have ever been a part of.

I cannot wait to bring my knowledge of nutrition, health, wellness and life coaching to my consulting business next year. This training has resulted in my biggest personal shifts yet, and I am incorporating these ideas for wellness and balance into all my interior designer and business coaching offerings next year. You won’t believe the results you are going to get!

And on a related note, I have just tackled the redesign of my website and online education site that is launching in just a few weeks. So that was a huge part of my 2017. I don’t mean I am just doing a refresh. I have literally redesigned my entire brand, mission, vision and goals to align my Interior Design and Business Coaching businesses with a holistic approach to wellness and balance. It’s been a labor of love with web designers, photographers, copywriters, strategy consultants, online marketing and products gurus and more. And I feel like we have blended all the things that inspire me the most into a simple and straight forward approach that allows me to help people design their homes, their businesses and their lives to create more health, wealth and joy.

And speaking of balance and joy, there was a lot of that this year for me too. I made room for my big goals this year for work, and worked those in around my main priority…my personal relationships.

It’s been years since I really traveled with my husband for his work, since I have been too busy traveling for mine. But in 2017 we made trips for his job (he’s an amazing attorney) to Scottsdale and Boston, plus a fabulous 15th wedding anniversary trip to dreamy Aruba and a fun family vacation to Seaside, Florida.

Working so hard isn’t worth it, if you can’t spend time with those most important to you. And this year, I definitely did that!

Working from home has also allowed me the most special time with my daughter. I love that I am here when she comes home from school each day. I love being here for those important moments when she tells me about her day. I love that I don’t miss her volleyball tournaments, tennis matches and school performances. And possibly the most special little moments, are in the carpool transporting six or eight 13 year olds to practices.

Motherhood is THE most important role I have. I recall several years back telling my own coach “If you think I will be one of those moms who volunteers at recess or drives carpool, you’re crazy!” But now I would give up every magazine cover or client to be here for these moments as a mom. And the best news is that with all the changes I’ve made to my business this year and my impending launch of a much bigger presence online, I can do BOTH!

I even made time for friends much more than ever in 2017. From hosting my ladies bible study group, to girlfriend nights for dinner and drinks, to date nights with other couples and my hubs, to Razorback football games and a weekend at the river, I had a lot of meaningful time with friends this year. Here’s a little pic with our friends visiting from Washington, DC and our fishing trip on the White River. I LOVE fishing. I know that’s hard to believe for a girl like me who loves fancy stuff, isn’t it? But the joy of being out on the peaceful waters with eagles flying overhead, and one of my dearest girlfriends by my side was perfect! And it was even sweeter when we caught more fish with our guide Danny, than the guys did.

Moments with true friends are so important to me now more than ever, probably because I am often reminded that life is so short. I was reminded of that this year when I lost my talented friend of 25 years, Todd. He was an event planner extraordinaire and I love this photo of him. It’s how I’ll always remember his smile. And the way he signed every hand-written note…”Smile, Todd”.

Another of my favorite things this year was doing a LOT of entertaining in my home especially during the holidays. My husband and daughter are super social, even more than I am.  We love to share our home and our cooking with friends and family.

In December alone we hosted 5 holiday parties and 2 dinner parties and we loved every moment of nurturing others in our home. One of my favorite things to share with my little family of 3 is our love of entertaining, and I know this home will be the backdrop for our events, big and small, for years to come.

The year of 2017 will go down as one of the great ones in my book.  And 2018 is going to involve some of the biggest changes I’ve made in years. Stay tuned for some big announcements, the launch of my new website and very exciting all-new consulting/coaching offerings  and a year hyper-focused on making my biggest personal contribution to the world that I have ever made. I am on a mission to make a difference in the lives of others including my family, my clients, and designers and entrepreneurs around the globe. I couldn’t be more excited about what that will look like next year.

Thank you my friends, for taking a look back at 2017 with me.

And a special thank you to Traditional Home, my licensing partners Woodbridge Furniture, Duralee Fabrics, New River Artisans, Soicher Marin, CR Laine Furniture, all the vendors that partnered with me on my home renovations, Eastern Accents, Thermador, my fabulous photographer Nancy Nolan, my videographer Leonard Chamblee, my builder Richard Harp, my landscape Designer David Munsey III, my own coaches and mentors, my amazing interior design and consulting clients, all our workrooms, subcontractors and vendors that help us create great designs, my fabulous Tobi Fairley Design team, my web designer and consultants, my amazing friends, especially my family and so many other people who helped make my 2017 great! And a big Thank you to all of you who follow my blog.

Cheers to 2018. I believe it’s going to be my most exciting year yet!

xo,

 

 

 

Year in Review 2016

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Well its the last day of 2016. I hear many of you saying “Thank God it’s over!” But this day for me is that day every year that I take time to look at all the amazing things that happened in my life over the last 12 months. Even more than that, it’s the day I celebrate our successes and share my gratitude for all those who helped make the year so great! (Settle in friends, this post is always my longest of the year.)

But this year I am thinking of this look back a little differently. That’s because 2016 has been a “doozy” as we say in the South. I have seen so many people say how ready they are for this challenging year to be over. And I would be lying if I didn’t agree that there were some crazy and difficult moments over the last 12 months that I would like to forget. But the optimist in me just can’t paint the whole year with a broad brush and call it all bad. I think some of my most difficult moments of my life happened in 2016 and also many of my most exciting and most joyful moments came this year. It is in those difficult moments that I found some of my biggest blessings or what I like to think of as Silver Linings.

So here is a look back at some of my most exciting moments in 2016. As I review them, I think of all the joy I found this year and especially all the things I learned. Thanks for taking a look back with me…

JANUARY

When I started the year I claimed Focus as my word for 2016. I said “2016 will be a year of FOCUS for me. Similar to 2012 when I turned inward and became extremely disciplined about what needed to be done to make a huge leap. 2016 will be a hyper-focused year of up-leveling all over again. I think every few years you have to have a head-down approach to business and to life. So this year is it!”

And you know what? Focus I did. But not just on my business. 2016 became a year of focusing on my family, my marriage, my home, and what I really want for the future. I’ll tell you a lot more about this in the next few days as I announce my word for 2017 and talk about my goals and resolutions.

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But let’s talk about how 2016 started with a bang! I was thrilled to be featured on the January cover of At Home in Arkansas for the second year in a row for their Design Issue. This time I was among a handful of Arkansans recognized for creating national product lines. What an honor!

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And out on the web, Shutterfly asked me to be part of The Hottest Hues for Your Home. It described the best colors to use in your home, and how to effectively use color to give your rooms some va-va-voom! And as you all know, that was right up my alley so I was thrilled to be included.

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January also marked my 44th birthday and Paperless Post asked me to design an invite and describe what my perfect birthday celebration would look like. I can’t believe it’s almost time to celebrate another one soon! I better get started on this year’s party wish list asap.

FEBRUARY

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And the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Newspaper did a fabulous (and huge) feature in their Saturday Style section in February about me, my firm, my accomplishments and my new product lines. How fun being honored in my hometown newspaper!

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It’s always thrilling when my work is published internationally and my Pleasant Valley project appeared in Hungarian magazine A Mi Otthonunk. I can’t tell you what it says, but it sure looks great!

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I taught my Mastermind class in Naples, Florida in February and was joined by the fab guys from Madcap Cottage and my dapper friend Scot Meacham Wood as speakers for my group. It was great fun, especially the cocktail party hosted for us in the Duralee Fabrics showroom.

MARCH

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March was also exciting when my National Ad Campaign for Duralee kicked off with a fun photoshoot in the historic Terry Mansion right here in Little Rock with my favorite photographer, Nancy Nolan. It was surreal seeing my fabrics (and me) on the pages of major national magazines like House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda and others all year long.

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And one of my all-time favorite projects, my Crestwood project, appeared in an 8-page feature in Midwest Living magazine in March.

APRIL

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My Duralee fabrics debuted at High Point Spring Market in many showrooms including on my furniture at C. R. Laine. And I loved adding new pieces to both my C.R.Laine and Woodbridge collections for Spring including the Hayden sofa shown here.

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I enjoyed adding about 30 new pieces to my Tobi Fairley for Soicher Marin art collection including these fun dot pieces for Spring Market too. Stay tuned for more new Soicher Marin pieces coming soon.

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I had the fun privilege of moderating a panel discussion at HPMKT for Antique & Design Center with several of my designer friends. We laughed so much and I learned a lot too!

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The speaking engagements continued in Dallas and Houston at events featuring my friend Barry Dixon and me. We had fun promoting our fabric lines with Duralee and Fabricut and seeing great friends!

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I love helping creatives and entrepreneurs with their businesses, so I was thrilled to launch my new Financials for Creatives Master Class in April.

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My Wells chair for C.R. Laine in my La Petite Roche fabric from Duralee was featured on the cover of Furniture Today’s market issue.

 

MAY

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After 8 months of condo living, we moved back into our fabulous, newly remodeled house. This was THE highlight of the year for sure, especially cooking in my new kitchen for my family and friends!

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I had a fabulous time hosting my Designer MBA class in Atlanta and I especially enjoyed the lovely party hosted by the Duralee team at their ADAC showroom while we were in town.

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Elle Decor featured my mom and me online with the best decorating advice from Mothers and Daughters in honor of Mother’s day.

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And how much fun to be on the cover of Refined Home magazine and a great feature inside for my Riverside Penthouse project.

JUNE

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House Beautiful magazine was great to me all year long. In June it was my Lucy bed from CR Laine that was featured on their pages.

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Chicago was the site for our June Mastermind session at Eastern Accents Headquarters. And it was great fun having Tiffany Brooks, winner of HGTV’s Design Star as our guest speaker.

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And I was especially thrilled to have Denise McGaha (my best friend and former mastermind member) present her super smart “Designing with a Deadline” approach to our members. What a great career Denise has built and our members loved her insights and strategies for making their business progressive for the future! Love you, Denise.

 

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I extended my stay in the Chicago area for speaking engagements at two Toms-Price furniture locations promoting my C.R Laine Upholstery line including the Taylor sectional I’m sitting on here.

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And the rest of June was spent with my toes in the sand and focused on my family. It was the perfect mid-year dose of R & R!

JULY

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My La Petite Roche fabric from Duralee (named for my hometown of Little Rock) was featured again, this time on the cover of the High Point Market Style Guide! That’s also my Hudson Stripe fabric in the background, both of which were used in CR Laine’s showroom cafe this Spring. And as if that wasn’t enough – my new Channing chair from CR Laine is ALSO featured inside!

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La Petite Roche was on a roll. The coral colorway of the fabric was featured in a fun dress from the brand Love Lilly!

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Rue Magazine was so kind to feature my new Duralee fabric collection. It definitely got loads of press this year!

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Including New England Home featuring my Langdon fabric (named after my brother) from my Duralee collection in its pachyderm roundup! Who doesn’t love an Elephant print, even if you aren’t of that political party. ha!

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My love of pink – and my collections of furniture with CR Laine and Woodbridge – got me into the Chicago Tribune, and syndicated into my local paper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in July.

AUGUST

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Better Homes & Gardens asked me to round up my favorite peach-and-mint combos for a fun color story in August.

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TRADHome (the digital magazine by Traditional Home) featured my chinoiserie panels from Soicher Marin in August, too.

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And in Real Simple magazine, I shared my favorite white paints with their readers. Yes, even this color lover has her go-to whites.

SEPTEMBER

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More House Beautiful love came in September with my Riverside Penthouse project powder bath featured with a full page.

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And a big milestone came this year, I wrote my 2000th Blog Post.

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After 17 years of working outside of my home, in September I began the big project of moving my office and my team into a space on the back of my newly remodeled home. There is a studio on the back overlooking the pool that makes the perfect design space. And I absolutely LOVE working from home! Plus I can cook my team and me healthy food for lunch, I am here with my pups all day, and I’m here when my daughter and her nanny get home from school. I have to say it’s this working mom’s dream come true.

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September was also the month I helped celebrate Thermador’s 100th birthday as their Brand Ambassador. Using all my new Thermador appliances was the perfect way to celebrate this amazing company. Particularly with cupcakes baked by my daughter and me in our new Professional Thermador Range.

 

OCTOBER

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My Crestwood project kitchen and it’s lovely seashore-inspired color were featured in House Beautiful in October.

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My new outdoor furniture – the Carlyle collection- debuted with Woodbridge Furniture company to rave reviews at Fall Market.

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In fact, this Fall market was one of my favorites to date, because I was Style Spotted 3 times including for my new Tilley chair from CR Laine and also because my husband made his first visit to High Point to see what all the hoopla was about and he had a great time!

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I gave my go-to orange paint colors to Country Living magazine readers, and it was also featured on Yahoo’s news site which was a fun fall treat!

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Traditional Home featured my Stella screen from my CR Laine collection in their curated collection of screens.

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My Blair bar cabinet from my Woodbridge furniture collection showed up looking chic in Home Accents Today and my Lily game table and Grant chairs from Woodbridge were in Furniture Today in conjunction with Fall market!

NOVEMBER

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I enjoyed another trip to Florida in November when I spoke at DCOTA design center sponsored by Duralee. It was great fun meeting many designers and spending time with some of my favorite Duralee team members.

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I finally connected my schedule with the fabulous James Swan and was a guest on his amazingly popular podcast Million Dollar Decorating. This was a highlight of the year for sure.

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My new acrylic and brass Nick table from Woodbridge was chosen as a top pick for the High Point Market Style Report which is a roundup of the best pieces debuting at Fall market.

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And to round out an amazing year, I had an incredible 10 spreads in the latest issue of French Style Magazine with my Shadow Valley project.

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If all these business successes and personal experiences weren’t enough, I truly had my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas in all my 44 years. It’s fun to see how both holidays showed up in my Instagram “Best Nine” posts of the year including my braided bacon covered Thanksgiving turkey, cooked perfectly in my Thermador Steam oven. We hosted family and friends in our newly renovated home all holiday season long. And I have been putting all the finishing touches on my decor in the last few weeks, so I can reveal it all to you in 2017. Plus I can’t wait to help you get to know our brand new pup, Beckett, my daughter’s 2016 Christmas surprise.

Before we bid 2016 adieu, I want to thank each and every magazine, amazing client, licensing partner, designer friend, vendor partner, newspaper, my contractor and subcontractors who completed my home, my unbelievable staff, my close personal friends and my precious family who supported me through this year during all the highs and lows. And I want to thank you for meeting me here every day to talk about life, business and design. I am so grateful for the many, many blessings of this year. And if you are feeling like 2016 wasn’t your favorite year, I hope you will create your own year in review. It sure is hard to think a year is bad when you record all the good things that happened all year long.

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Yes, 2016, you definitely had a lot of silver linings! That’s why my favorite Christmas gift is probably this painting by Arkansas artist Bryan Frazier that is entitled “In the space at the silver lining”. It was a gift from my husband and every time I look at it I will recall all my blessings in the midst of the challenges of 2016.

I wish each of you a very Happy New Year’s Eve and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2017. I can’t wait to experience many more blessings with you next year. My prayer is that we can all live in that space at the silver lining all 2017 long.

xo,

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

xo,

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2011 Year in Review

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Every year I take a day at the end of December to celebrate all the exciting things that have happened in my life and career over the last 12 months.  Last year was so exciting that it seemed as if I just couldn’t top it.  But I also thought that the year before. And what’s exciting is that every year seems better and more blessed than the one that came before it.

So please take a journey with me across 2011 while I reminisce about the things that I am most grateful for this year.

January started off with a bang as I followed my beloved Razorbacks to the Sugar Bowl with my family. With my birthday thrown in this month and lots of resolutions and strategic planning, January seemed to fly by. My favorite thing that happened that month is I added sponsors to my blog and I was so thrilled with the vendors that came on board with us to showcase their products. A special thank-you goes out to everyone who advertised with us this year.

February was full of fun with the launch of my new Design Camp website and a trip to L.A. to be a keynote speaker, along with my friend, the great Jan Showers, at the inaugural Design Bloggers Conference.

In March, I took my consulting business to the next level and launched my very first Mastermind coaching group. It went so well we are just about to launch into year 2.

Then Luxe Magazine included me in their Winter issue which was amazing.

April was absolutely crazy with an invitation to the prestigious Design Leadership Summit with the World’s Top Designers in Copenhagen shown here with my friends Ronda, Phillip, and Rob and my new friends Malcolm, Tammy, Jay, Oliver, and Joel. Then I headed straight to a panel discussion at High Point Market, participating in “My Market” for the High Point Market Authority. 

April also meant doing a tabletop design for the second year in a row for Lenox Hill. This year I used my new fabrics and this great candlabra designed by my friend Stacy, for the New York City Charity the Lenox Hill Gala chaired by my friend Christopher .

This month as I continued my Design Time with Tobi Fairley segments for the second year, I launched my first-ever Room Rescue Contest.

Also in April was a beautiful feature in Southern Living of a kitchen project I designed.

My DIY design service InBox Interiors was featured in the inaugural issue of Trad Home, the hot new digitial magazine collaboration between Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine.

Nate Berkus was kind enough to include one of my projects on his show in April.  Thanks, Nate! And another great big thanks goes to one of my very favorite magazines, Canadian Home + Home, for naming me to their list of “Design Sites We Love“.  I love you to CH+H!!

May was definitely a highlight of the year as my home debuted in Traditional Home magazine.

In May I also attended Kravet’s first Blogfest 2011 which was fabulous by the way.

As a result I discovered that I was featured on 7 pages of House Beautiful’s new Blue Book.

May also was the month for lots of blog features including the great interview by HGTV Design Star winner Kim Myles, a feature with blogging great Emily A. Clark, and a fun rustic feature on Bubble and Squeak.

June marked the launch of my gig writing for Williams Sonoma’s Designer Marketplace. You can see all my articles with Williams Sonoma to date over here.

In July I had my very first (and very successful) One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale and a fun feature on the Huffington Post

I spoke at the Atlanta market to some fabulous designers and retailers. I then had dinner with HGTV designer Courtney Novogratz and all the ladies from America’s Mart which was great fun.

I designed a room in the prestigious Traditional Home Magazine Hampton Designer Showhouse with lots of gorgeous furniture from Hickory Chair, lovely fabrics from Schumacher, “killer” lamps from Swank Lighting, and artwork by Soicher Marin. A big thank-you to my sweet friend Lisa at Hamptontoes for her gorgeous feature of my showhouse space and all these great vendors who helped me bring my showhouse space to life.

August started off with a speaking engagment at the Las Vegas market for Luxe Magazine with my friend, NYC designer Amanda Nisbet and the fabulous designers of Brown Davis. Since President Clinton was also speaking at the market, our topic was Presidential Style.

Then I rolled into September with more than I could keep up with including a great feature on eBay’s Inside Source called Fairley Fabulous, my first guest post on my friend P. Allen Smith’s new blog, and lots of travel.  But the big news for the month was my Cover and fabulous feature in the September issue of At Home in Arkansas.

And let me not forget the lovely spread in Southern Lady Magazine, and the thrill to win 3 Gold Awards and the coveted Ovation Award for the second year in a row at the ASID South Central Chapter conference.

October didn’t slow down a bit with a fabulous trip to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee with the Design Investors.

I had the privilege of helping my dear friend Kathryn Greeley launch her new book in New York at the fabulous Archivia Books and we had great friends join us at the signing like Michael and Thomas.

Then I headed to High Point Market for a panel discussion and a keynote address sponsored by ASID and the High Point Market Authority.

But especially exciting was my launch for the centennial celebration at Hickory Chair Furniture of my fabrics, pillows, and lighting. (photo courtesy of Hickory Chair and their Albert Sack Collection)

 And celebrating my launch with many friends like Barry Dixon was so special.

I was very excited to win the top spot as a High Point Market Style Spotter on Pinterest.

After months in the making, I launched my all new e-commerce site Tobi Fairley Home in October. And this month,  I started a regular guest spot on The Collected Room with Kathryn Greeley.

I also received some very exciting press in October including being the Elle Decor Design Registry Designer of the Day and this fabulous press on HGTV.com of my new fabric, pillows and lighting.

In November I launched my holiday pillows on Tobi Fairley Home.

InBox Interiors was featured on Elledecor.com in a great article on e-Design Products.

Plus I launched my all-new, all-inclusive Design Camp A to Z which brought almost 40 campers from 13 states across the U.S. and even a camper from Canada plus a pink limousine.

December brought this amazing year to a close with another fantastic feature in Southern Living of one of my very favorite dining rooms. 

And At Home in Arkansas also gave me another great feature showcasing my mom’s holiday decor  which included a give-away for my new holiday pillow line.

In December, At Home also introduced my brand new monthly blog column Color Confidential:Top Tips from Tobi Fairley where I will be writing about color each and every month. Wow! Thanks At Home for all you do for me.

I also concluded another great year of column in print with AY Magazine this year and if the year wasn’t fabulous enough already, I just got two fab new Design projects that I can’t wait to reveal to you in 2012. What a way to end the year! It certainly seems like the economy even here in Arkansas is  finally opening up a bit. Now if that isn’t a Christmas wish come true, I don’t know what is!

Whew! And we sometimes think we aren’t getting anything done at the office.

So at the end of this very exciting year, I want to take another moment to thank once again all my sponsors, all the vendors, bloggers, and magazines that have featured me this year and each and every one of you, my faithful readers, who support my blog and all that I do.  I am continuously amazed at how many of you follow me and encourage my efforts so unconditionally.  There is no way I could ever thank you enough.

I look forward to a glorious 2012 with you all. I have so much in store that I can’t wait to share with you including my second One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag sale coming in just a few weeks.

Happy New Year! xo, Tobi