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Design Tips with P. Allen Smith

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I spent the day recording a little “Tobi TV” with design tips for my amazing friend P. Allen Smith‘s television show. Or I should say shows…he has several.


If you don’t know my talented friend Allen, you should. He is one of America’s top gardening and landscaping experts. Plus he’s an author of several fantastic books, is a great cook, has a knack for decorating and is just an all-around talented guy.

And I am thrilled to once again be appearing on several episodes with him starting this September bringing my top interior design tips to his viewers across the nation.


Today we recorded segments on everything from hot design trends, to fun with paint, to showcasing your collections and heritage pieces. We pretty much covered it all!


It was an action packed day including wardrobe changes, camera crews, script ad-libbing  and photo styling. Plus we threw in a bit of horsing around to keep things fun.


So stay tuned for air dates for these fun and informative segments with P. Allen Smith on all things design.

And if you want to learn my top design tips, techniques and secrets for creating gorgeous and functional interiors in a work-shop, hands-on environment, join me in person for my signature event–Design from A to Z. Learn more about it and all of my FAB events for this Fall right here. We have an amazing line-up and can’t wait for you to join in the Design fun.


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Tobi Fairley Events: Mastermind, Designer MBA and Design from A to Z

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d350ae0cefde11e281cb22000a1f9a0a_7We just wrapped an AMAZING session of my Designer MBA event where 30 women from around the country came on site in Little Rock, for 3 life and business-changing days with my team and me.


As much as I love inspiring people to create gorgeous designs in my A to Z course, I think Designer MBA is the one that gets me most excited. Knowing that these creative women will finally start charging what they are worth, working with their ideal clients, building dynamic brands, and creating the business of their dreams thrills me to no end.

If you are dying to come to Designer MBA, we will be announcing the dates early next week for the next session that is coming this November, so you will want to stay tuned to my blog and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for the big announcement!


And if it’s Design from A to Z you are interested in, so you can create gorgeous interiors for yourself or your clients, we are already selling tickets to that event here. And will be announcing our exciting guest speakers and partners for that event in the coming days as well. It’s definitely going to be an exciting Fall for our attendees, my team and me.

And before we even get to those big announcements, I have a free telecall this Monday, July 22nd at 1:00pm CST, to tell you all about several brand-new additions to my Mastermind Consulting Group, which is my year-long coaching and mentoring program for designers, manufacturers, and creatives that want to take their businesses to the next level. To join me on the FREE informational call, register here and we will send you the call-in information.

We are moving into our 4th year of mastermind in just a few months and the program just keeps getting better and better. So if you are thinking about joining Mastermind, hop on the call Monday and hear all the details and exciting new additions. I can hardly wait until then to spill the beans!


We have listened to our members and we are upping the ante on content, speakers, milestones and accountability features and much, much more. And if you join Mastermind, you get to come to my Designer MBA event for FREE! What a great value that is!!

And just for being on my FREE call on Monday, I will give you my “Tobi’s Top 5 Authentic Sales Strategies” during the call. These are tried and true tips that are helping creatives be more profitable by selling their services without being sales-y. Plus as an added bonus, I will email you following the call with my 3 Biggest Business Boosters that every small business needs to know to stay relevant and profitable in this new economy.

So lots of ways for you to join me in the coming days, weeks, and months in our events beginning with my totally FREE telecall this Monday at 1:00pm CST. So again, to register for the call, sign up here.

And I can’t wait to see you on that call or at a Tobi Fairley signature event really soon!


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Let’s Talk Inspired Design!

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Hello, everyone!

Working on last week’s P. Allen Smith TV segments has me feeling inspired about everything from what makes a design personal to entertaining with style! In fact, working with people to create home spaces that inspire them and support their lifestyles really energizes me, and one way I do that is through my on-site intensive trainings.

Let’s say you’re an interior designer who is feeling drained by client demands or depleted of fresh ideas or approaches…

Or maybe you’re a homeowner who has a real gift for making your own home feel warm and inviting, but you want to take that design “sense” to a new level and start thinking outside the box about decorating your house…

Then again maybe you are a person who friends and family always seem to be asking for advice on how they should arrange furniture or what fabric they should choose for their drapes, and you want to know what a professional approach to interior design looks like to see if your gift is something you could cultivate into passion-driven career.

Pinned from If any of these scenarios sounds like YOU, then you should really join me on October 8th through 10th for Design A to Z! In this hands-on training, I give you full access to my expertise on every step of designing a room, from furniture floor plans to creating a color palette to layering fabric patterns and choosing accessories that make your room design authentic and personal!

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For these three information-packed days, we do nothing but design and have nothing but inspirational FUN! I just love being in a room with fellow design lovers who are eager to absorb and share information, and I know you will too!

I’ll bring you more details about this one-of-a-kind session of Design A-to-Z in the coming weeks, including the names of our fabulous special guests!! But if you want to reserve your space in Design A-to-Z NOW, before it’s sold out, CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!


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p.s. I just love these quotes from interior design GREATS throughout history!! I hope you do, too. Absorbing this kind of wisdom from designers who came before me has been essential to the development of my design perspective! For more design inspiration, visit my Pinterest boards!

Summertime and the Living is Easy

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Well it is officially Summer at my house. My daughter finished the second grade today so Summer vacation begins.


I am particularly excited about Summer this year. Last Summer, I worked incessantly and promised myself and my daughter that wouldn’t happen again. So this year I am practicing what I preach and using the next 3 months to REALLY slow down, care for myself and for her, and I’m finally kicking my addiction to speed. Easy Living, here I come!


I think I have told you all how much I love The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. But that hasn’t always been the case. When I first heard of the book I was at the height of my “workaholism” and found the thought of a 4 hour work week both ridiculous and absurd. But thanks to some epiphanies about self care, slowing down, and getting my priorities straight, I now really value the concept of making work happen in as few hours as possible so I can get on to the things that really fill my cup.


One idea in particular that I am striving for in my life thanks to Tim is the idea of  separation of work time and free time, specifically with regard to time with friends. I essentially worked myself out of many of my friendships in my thirties and now I am excited to rekindle some old relationships and make some new ones during these summer months.

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I will be taking Tim’s 4 Hour Work Week advice and bringing some “Slow Meals” into my life. Meaning meals or cocktails with friends that last for 2-3 hours and often include five or more people so that you really connect and relax on a different level. It’s an experience that speed just doesn’t allow for. I can’t remember when I made this a priority in my life (if ever) and the bonus is that I will get brownie points with both my hubby and my daughter because they are social butterflies. They get so much energy and pleasure from connecting with friends and that is a gift I can’t wait to give them.


So even though my post today is a bit more about life than design, I hope you see I am designing a life of balance that helps me be my best during these summer months and that I intend to bottle and take with me through the rest of the year.  And hopefully you are as inspired as I am by these “Slow Living” photos to relax, connect with those you love, and live a little easier this Summer. Because as we all know, life is short and it’s time to stop and smell the roses hydrangeas.


I think I’ll even cut a few and make a centerpiece to enjoy with friends.

Happy Summer!


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Calling all Design Campers!!!

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In just over a week, I will host my first ever weekend version of the Tobi Fairley Design Camp.  On Saturday, September 18th from 9am to 5pm, I am thrilled to have designers and design enthusiasts coming from both in and out of state to spend a day with me in my studio in Little Rock immersed in all things design.

We will have great food and great fun while doing what we love best.  Since we still have a few spots left, here’s your chance to join us for this exciting and educational design extravaganza.

This one-day intensive course will feature topics like:
• Design 101 – the basics of furniture placement, paints, finishes and more

• Finding Your Inspiration – how to research design blogs, books and magazines and create an inspiration board that defines your style

• Accessorizing With Style – all about fabrics, soft furnishings and those important finishing touches (plus a sneak peek at my new fabric and wallpaper lines)

• Getting Bang For Your Buck – learn how to decorate without breaking the bank

You’ll have hands-on design instruction and plenty of time for Tobi Q & A.  Plus some of you might just be featured right here on the newly re-designed Tobi Fairley blog.

And speaking of blogs…Each Tobi Fairley Design Camper gets exclusive access to the Secret Design Camp Blog that will re-cap all the exciting details, tips and highlights from camp. But Ssssshhhhhh!!!!! This fun bonus Tobi Fairley blog is our little secret for Camper’s Eyes Only!!


Price for the Weekend Camp is $500. What a bargain for 8 amazing hours of intense design instruction!

So whether you are out of state or right here in Little Rock, hurry and call 501-868-9882 or email to reserve your Design Camp spot today. As always, space is limited to 25 campers. If you are coming from out of town, we can answer any questions you have about travel or hotel accommodations. Our official hotel (and my favorite place to stay and have brunch), The Capital Hotel, will provide transportation to and from the airport and is offering our campers special rates.  And if you stay at The Capital, we’ll get you to and from Tobi Fairley’s Design Camp, so no rental car needed!

Plus the Capital Bar and Grille might just be the perfect locale for a little “After Camp Cocktails with Tobi” where the fun can continue into the evening! I can’t wait to see you in Camp.