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Holiday Inspiration from DIFFA Dining By Design at Masin’s in Bellevue, Washington

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So yesterday I gave you a peek into my lobby re-design for Masin’s Furniture and Design for the Fall DIFFA Dining by Design Northeast Event.

Today I am bringing you a look at my table design for the DIFFA Event. Though this decor would work anytime of year, I think all the red could be great inspiration for your Holiday Tabletop.

Being that DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the red ribbon that is symbolic of the fight against AIDS into my design.

With that in mind, I created centerpieces by filling clear cylinders with bolts of red ribbon and then filled an inner cylinder with white tulips.

Since there would not be actual guests dining at my table, I created a more symbolic concept that was meant to have a deeper meaning and reference to the fight against AIDS. Because AIDS affects everyone, my place cards were for “Mom”, “Dad”, “Brother”, “Sister”, “Me”, and “You” with a red grosgrain detail through each.

And instead of real menu cards since there was no real menu, I decided to include “Recipes for Life” with quotes on giving back and loving one another like “the purpose of life is a life of purpose” and “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something” and “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

And inside my favor boxes at each place, guess what I included? Nothing…that’s right, each box was empty but it represented an intangible–Life. This was to represent the “Gift of Life” and that by giving to DIFFA, lives can be saved and specifically in the Seattle area the lives of children affected by AIDS are being saved.  With the money raised at this and previous DIFFA Northeast events, children of AIDS victims who have very ill parents or no parents to give them food, clothing, and shelter have been cared for and their lives have truly been saved. So the gift of life is not just for those suffering from the disease, but the many children of those suffering that are the innocent victims of this horrible disease.  As a mom, that was probably the best part of this whole event for me.  I felt so happy knowing that through my work, children were being cared for and their lives being improved.

The event was such a success this year thanks to the many designers who created tablescapes and to Masin’s who hosted this event for the 8th year in a row.

And the gala party was fabulously fun and glamorous, probably why it was called “DIFFA Glam”.  Here’s a pic from the DIFFA Glam red carpet with Dave Masin (far left), and other supporters of this great even that include Kathryn Greeley, Mindy Lockard and John Stevens.

If you haven’t been to Masin’s Furniture and Design and you live in or near or will be visiting the Seattle/Bellevue areas, please stop in and say  “Hello” to the generous Masin family.  You might even find a great Christmas gift for yourself or a family member and supporting this third generation family-owned furniture and design business will help the Masin’s continue to support great causes like DIFFA for another year.

And if you are moved by this post, maybe you want to give a donation to DIFFA as a Christmas gift in honor of those in your life that you love that already have everything they could possibly need. They might just prefer you use your money to help others instead. It’s a great cause!

Happy Giving!! xo,

Masins Furniture and Design in Seattle

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I think several of you got some peeks at the work I did for Masins Furniture and Design just outside of Seattle in the gorgeous town of Bellevue, Washington back in September. You may have seen some of the other great blog posts like this one about the event. But with all my travels I haven’t had time to really show you what I accomplished and how the redesign of the Masins’ showroom came together for the DIFFA Dining by Design.

I was very honored to have been invited by the AMAZING Masin’s family to bring my signature colorful design style to the Northwest corner of the U. S. where design is typically more Greige (now don’t get me wrong, I love Greige!). But how much fun it was to truly transform this furniture and design showroom from colors that were a bit drab to a palette that I think was FAB!

Working with great sponsors like Hickory Chair made my space come together beautifully.

Don’t you love the horizontal stripes in navy? One of my signature uses of paint, this technique never gets old to me.

We created my Rothesay lantern in a smaller size that many of you have been asking for and painted it a bright coral red for this event.

I loved introducing my Tobi Fairley Home pillows, fabrics and lanterns into the space and all to rave reviews.


Here’s what the space looked like before I started so you can see the difference…


And now it’s blue and beautiful!

Check back tomorrow where I show you my table design for the DIFFA Dining by Design event and how it worked with my lobby design for maximum impact. I think some of these fun tabletop ideas would be great additions to your holiday decor!

See you then! Xo, Tobi

P.S.  If you LOVE my Coral, Navy and Mint color palette at Masins, you may be inspired to create a hip color palette of your own for my Olioboard and Benjamin Moore 2013 Color Trends Contest. You can win one of 4 tickets to my upcoming design camps and Benjamin Moore paint too!  Go here to create your board and enter to win.

Seattle, Here I Come! + A GIVEAWAY!

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Giving back to our communities and to the causes that matter to us is SO important. That’s one of the reasons why I am thrilled to be working with DIFFA/Seattle for the upcoming GLAM events.  And…to make it even better I get to work with Masins Furniture and fantastic vendors like Hickory Chair!!

I’m currently in the process of redesigning the lobby of the Masins Bellevue store for this fantastic weekend event. All of the details are coming together and the reveal is going to be AMAZING! I’m so excited I can hardly wait to share this project with you — in fact, watch the blog for a few sneak peek pictures next week.

So what exactly does the event entail? Well, trust me, if you love design, wine or food (I think that pretty much covers everyone!) you will not want to miss it. Here’s a glimpse at the weekend lineup…

You can purchase tickets to Friday night’s party and find the details to RSVP for Saturday’s FREE seminar at I hope you can join us for one or both of these events because I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new faces in Seattle!

In fact, to kick things off I’m giving away 2 pair of VIP tickets to Friday night’s TABLEHOP Party. Come see the new lobby I have designed at Masins Bellevue, view all the tablescapes and bid on some pretty amazing dinners.

To enter, simply leave a comment here on the blog telling me how you give back to your industry or your community.

The winner will be announced on Monday, August 27.

I hope to hear from each and every one of you!
See you in Seattle!
xo, Tobi

P.S. Join our conversation on Twitter! #DIFFAGlam and #TableTalk