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I’m a Cover Girl with At Home in Arkansas!

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At Home Cover

I’m so excited that my Crestwood project was selected to be the cover feature for the August issue of At Home in Arkansas! This was a fun (and colorful!) design that I did for a family with six kids! I used a lot of blue in various hues, which also caught the eye of one of my favorite blogs, House of Turquoise. See her feature on the Crestwood project here! Thanks to both AHA and House of Turquoise for making me feel like a superstar – a great way to kick off the week!!








Designing a Poolside Retreat

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Tobi Fairley patio

Just yesterday I had you dreaming about your Spring flower garden on Tobi TV and today I’m showcasing a poolside retreat. Can you tell I’m ready for warmer weather?

Tobi Fairley turquoise orange

I recently completed a veranda and pool house for a long-time client and I’m excited to say it is featured in the March issue of At Home in Arkansas.

Tobi Fairley turquoise backsplash

I hope this project gives you a few ideas for designing your own getaway right in your back yard. My client wanted something that reminded them of their favorite chic resorts and hotels.

Tobi Fairley porch

We had a fabulous time with color and pattern in the veranda.

Tobi Fairley living dining room

And the pool house isn’t lacking in personality either.

To read the whole story head over to the At Home in Arkansas website where you can find more gorgeous photos of this project taken by my friend Nancy Nolan.

And just a tad bit of info you might enjoy – you’ve seen the rest of the home that belongs to this backyard retreat before…

House Beautiful

Look familiar? You can read the story of the interior of this client’s home featured in House Beautiful here.  Now be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you love most about the interior and the new outdoor space.

Wishing you warm and sunny weather today or at least one day really soon!


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Arkansas Handcrafted? Yes, please!

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The latest issue of At Home in Arkansas has hit the newsstands and I wanted to share with you a great feature that’s included in the May 2013 issue.


My friend Landon Shockey of The Gilded Stag is this month’s “Get to Know” feature.  Many of you may remember Landon from his days of being one of my designer sidekicks. It’s been a couple of years since Landon has been on Team Tobi, and since then he’s been busy crafting some gorgeous pieces of furniture for my clients and designer friends of mine from New York to San Francisco.


If you haven’t seen the article yet, it’s a great story about wonderful handcrafted furniture being made right here in Arkansas! I happen to be crazy about his bar cart after seeing it above in blue but I think it’s even more impressive in the yellow version in Scot’s Card Room in the San Francisco showhouse…to die for, right?  I am busy selecting the perfect shade of green so Landon can whip one up for my living room soon. Just follow the link below to read the full story about Landon and see all of the gorgeous photos.

Get to Know – Landon Shockey, The Gilded Stag

And if you’re in the market for a custom designed and built piece of American made furniture whether a bar cart or something equally fabulous, be sure to check out The Gilded Stag’s website. I know Landon would love to work with you.


It Ain’t Easy Being GREEN!: Pantone Color Forecasting

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Oh. My. Goodness! Can you believe that as of TODAY we are only TWO WEEKS away from 2013?!?! And you already know how much I love New Year’s resolutions and turning over new leaves and any chance to make a fresh start, right? So it’s no surprise that I also like New Year trend predictions…especially COLOR trend predictions!

You can read all about the Pantone color of 2013, Emerald, and how I’ve incorporated bold greens into lots of design projects over the years in my latest installment of “Color Confidential” over at the At Home in Arkansas’ blog.


I’m extra-excited THIS year, because…well…it’s a GREEN. And green is very possibly my signature color (man! I wish there were some way to type that with a Steel Magnolia’s drawl!). When I speak in public or appear at events  people are always surprised if I wear any other color, so it’s become a kind of joke around here.

Maybe it’s just because of these headshots…

Or just because I love to collect jadeite…

Or probably just because my own home has a splash of green or two…

Or, uh, well…maybe my daughter is under the GREEN influence, too?

Well, fine! I have a green addiction! Does that mean it’s ok to act surprised if Santa brings me something special in GREEN this year?


For more green-spiration from me, visit my Pinterest board: Green With Envy!

And if YOU have a talent for forecasting color trends…you’re in luck! TODAY is your last day to enter the Olioboard contest to win great prizes, including a ticket to a Camp Tobi Fairley event and a Benjamin Moore Paint Prize Pack! It’s also your last chance to cast a vote for your favorite entries, so go and enter to WIN!





p. s. It’s not too late to give the gift of Designer MBA, our signature Camp Tobi Fairley event on the basics of the business of design! And, since it’s the season for giving, I’m extending the Bring a Friend for FREE offer for our January 8-10 session. That’s the very last time you’ll see such a good price on Designer MBA in 2013! So drop a hint! Or buy for a friend and tag along! You’ll be giving the gift of success! Click HERE to learn more!


The Chancellor Suite at The Chancellor Hotel

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As I mentioned yesterday, I am so happy to be a part of the design team for the new Chancellor Hotel in my home state of Arkansas.

Today I am giving you a look at the Chancellor Suite. My goal was to bring a level of sophistication to Arkansas reminiscent of some of my favorite classic hotels in the U.S. like the Carlyle in New York City but infusing my signature colorful style.

Shades of rich turquoise, charcoal, and gold mixed with classic black and white form my color palette for the Chancellor Suite.

I love the Chancellor Logo and I used it like a handsome monogram throughout the suite.

Tobi Fairley Home fabrics make an appearance in drapery including my houndstooth fabric called Edinburgh and my Greek key design used as a border for drapery in the common spaces of the suite.

Arkansas artist Kyle Floyd and Arkansas Photographer Dale Benefield helped me capture University of Arkansas architectural landmarks in the artwork of the suite.

Creating a space that was both handsome and chic and that could act as a perfect “home away from home” for visiting dignitaries and guests to the Fayetteville area was of utmost importance to me.

I am happy to say that I think we achieved this goal.

Here is the space “before” the renovation when it was several hotel rooms from the previous hotel establishment being combined into one luxury suite. The before was built several decades ago. Now the “after” suite as it looks today.

Hope you enjoyed this tour of my hospitality project.

Here’s a fun photo of the hotel owners Ike Thrash and Sam Alley with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and me at the grand opening in September.

I will be back on Friday with The Old Main suite.

See you then! Xo, Tobi

p.s. Check back here on Thanksgiving Day for another inspiring blog post (at least I hope it will inspire you). Many of you have been following my journey to health and wellness and this afternoon I’ll be telling you all about an epiphany I had last night that will help you be happy this holiday season. Don’t miss it.

p. p. s.  And another thing “Not to miss” is this cool contest I’m judging.  Visit the Layla Grayce and Olioboard Express Your Style competition and see what all the buzz is about!  I’m judging the “Design Your Dream Dining Room” category, and I’ll select the top designs to win cash prizes! So, go and enter! Go and get inspired! Just GO!

And speaking of buzz, Olioboard was just featured by Entrepreneur Magazine here!