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Shop My One Kings Lane Sale, Today Through Saturday!

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I’m so excited that today is the launch of my fourth Tastemaker Tag Sale with One King’s Lane! Not sure what that means? Imagine being able to shop my personal collection of furnishings and accessories for just 72 hours. You’ll find items that I’ve handpicked and ordered custom for staging, photo shoots, and MORE. Let me give you a sneak peek of what you’ll find on my sale this week.

By now you’re probably pretty familiar with my formal living room. But now you can purchase some key pieces that will give your own space the same mood of feminine power and grace:


Remember this bold guest bedroom? Now you can get the look!



And on the sale you’ll find some dramatic pieces that will help you recreate this warm and playful design, from my former family room:


famrmoklThere are also some gorgeous and functional furniture pieces that will serve your family beautifully, like this hydraulic table that can be coffee or cocktail height, depending on what you need at the time. Perfect for families who do a lot of entertaining!



And check out some of the hot black and white items and then pair them with a color punch!



I just know that everyone will find something to LOVE! So go shop NOW, before the goodies are all gone!


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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!


Houseplant Hostess Gift ideas from P. Allen Smith

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Unusual Houseplant Hostess Gifts Made With Items From the Housewares Aisle

Cup and Saucer Cup and Saucer with Philodendron Cup and Saucer used to Decorate

Take a cup and saucer, pop in a philodendron and presto-“ instant hostess gift! Later my friend can use this cup and saucer for their morning cup of Joe!

The Dilemma

I’ll bet this situation has happened to you at least once before. Recently I was invited on short notice to dinner at a friends’ house. I didn’t want to arrive empty-handed.

The Solution

As luck would have it -“ I was able to find some extra housewares I had stashed in a cupboard from a recent shopping trip. I already had some nice houseplants growing out in the greenhouse. A match made in last-minute-gift-giving-heaven!

It occurred to me that everyone can use an extra bowl or container for entertaining or a nice coffee cup to use at the office. These unusual planters can be made quickly with impulse items found in the Housewares Department plus a little imagination. Next time you’re out at the mall or in a big-box store — look around the housewares department for unique vessels to hold plants, herbs and vegetables. There’s no need to spend big bucks on containers.

The How-to

Once you find an item you want to use as a planter, you are halfway there.

Next, choose the right plant to complete the look. Small containers can hold a nice ivy or small, compact plant, whereas a larger container, such as a deep bowl, could nicely hold a collection of succulents. Tall spiky plants are a good fit for more squatty vessels. But, if you are not sure, simply place the potted plant in the container, then step back to take a look.

Place in the plant, nursery pot and all, and to keep it from wiggling around, just tuck in some floral moss and out the door you go.

Wooden Bowl Wooden Bowl with Croton Wooden Bowl used to Decorate

This handsome wooden bowl is the perfect container for this colorful croton. Look how nicely the two combine to add a pop of color in the corner of the parlor. Later the bowl can be used to serve a dry snack or a bowl for some dip to eat with chips.

Using Houseplants Together

If you are grouping several houseplants together, select those with contrasting foliage and textures, such as broad and waxy leaves next to fine and feathery foliage to create more interesting compositions.

Ceramic Bowls Ceramic Bowls with Sedum, Paddle Plant and Earth Star

Place larger plants in the background of smaller plant groupings. When combining several plants in a container or basket, use a trailing houseplant, such as ivy, to conceal the edge of the container to give the arrangement a more finished look.

Happy Gift-Giving!

P. Allen Smith

Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas with us!  To read more of P. Allen Smith’s wonderful ideas, visit his blog!



Essie Color Inspiration

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You know I love color! Maybe, that’s why I’m in love with all of the vibrant colors in Essie’s 2012 spring collection. These little bottles of nail polish go to show that nothing is too small to inspire a big transformation! I love the palette so much that I decided to match each color with some favorite spaces that I’ve spotted recently.

To see more on Essie’s spring collection, click here. To read more about the inspiration photos pictured, click on the corresponding links below.

Color makes me happy? Don’t you agree?



(1. House Beautiful: Kitchen by Gideon Mendelson & Elle Decor: Dining Room by Françoise and Yves Gastou 2. Traditional Home: Living Room by Julie Massucco Kleiner & House Beautiful: Girl’s Room by Allison Paladino 3. Elle Decor: Office by Kelly Wearstler & Drake Design Associates: Bedroom by Jamie Drake 4. House Beautiful: New Orleans Home by Hal Williamson 5. House Beautiful: Bedroom by Smith Hanes & Houzz: Family Room by Heather ODonavan 6. Houzz: Bathroom by Refined LLC & Elle Decor: Paris Apartment by Sabine de Gunzburg)

Tobi’s Holiday Gift Guides: Day 4

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Welcome back to day 4 of my holiday gift guides!  Today we wrap it up with gift ideas for the men in your life and for the people who have everything.

Ok, girls.  You have to admit – what guy wouldn’t love these!  The Fanning Leather Sandal by Reef has a built-in bottle opener on the bottom.  My husband has a pair and he loves them! $50

Is your man always on the run?  The Juice Pack Air by Mophie is the iPhone owners best friend.  Double his talk time and never again hear “my battery is about to die.” $80

Another great iPhone partner is the iGrill.  Let the iGrill keep an eye on those steaks and it’s app while notify your iPhone or iPad when the food is ready! $100

Bring out the kid in him!  These Marshmallows Roasters from Restoration Hardware even have telescoping forks.  $20

This rugged looking journal will never be confused as a “diary.”  The Saddle Leather Journal is from Pottery Barn.  $29


The Bar Rollup from Moore & Giles is perfect for the man who needs to transport tools for a few cocktails at a tailgate party or at the hunting lodge. $150


And don’t forget a few stylish gifts!  I love the Gancini Pocket Square by Salvatore Ferragamo from Bergdorf Goodman.  $110


Some people just have everything and are impossible to shop for!  Here are my top ideas:

Why not send someone to my upcoming Tobi Fairley Design Camp?  The January Design Camp A to Z even has a “Bring a Friend Free” offer through December 31st.  $1999

Another great pick for the person with everything – pillows from Tobi Fairley Home!  There are now 3 unique collections including Acropolis, Regatta and Saint Nick.  Prices vary

Maybe you know someone who loves to tackle DIY projects but needs a little design help.  My InBox Interiors online design service would be perfect!  Visit the InBox Interiors website for all the details.  Prices vary

Give the gift of high style!  Rock Candy Lamps from Swank Lighting are artisan made in the USA and are one of my favorites!  $3500/pair

This is chic!  Jonathan Adler’s Backgammon Set has a needlepoint board in a white acrylic tray.  Love it!  $295

Need a luxury trip recommendation?  Why not give the gift of Blackberry Farm?  I’ve been to this Tennessee retreat and must say it is truly amazing!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s Holiday Gift Guides!  Happy shoppping!