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Preparing for Getting Published! Some Photo Styling Inspiration!

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Team Tobi has been all abuzz with final preparations for this week’s Camp Tobi Fairley event, The Journey to Getting Published! Tobi has shared lots of the details of the camp, but if you want to know more about our amazing special guests and exciting content, visit the event site, HERE.

To get us in the mood, I thought it might be fun to have a look at some examples of stunning photo styling! All of the images in this post were pinned by Tobi to her Pinterest Board called Photo Styling Tips. All images are linked.

Let’s see what the bosslady has been digging lately…

I hope you enjoyed these fabulous shots! Tobi arrives stateside today, and she will be back with you tomorrow. She has planned to bring you exciting behind the scenes glimpses of what we’re doing all throughout The Journey to Getting Published, so don’t miss it!

Happy Sunday,




Self-Care Saturday: Clarity

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Happy Self-Care Saturday, everyone! Today, we are talking: CLARITY! (Enjoy these images of fabulous mirrors; I thought it was appropriate, given the topic! All images are linked.)

It seems to me that in order to make good choices (from the smallest to the most consequential), there’s a part of ourselves–a very deep-down part–of which we must be very aware.

This is a big challenge that puzzles me and is a MAJOR part of my personal growth.

It’s so EASY for my more superficial emotions (especially all of the ones that are driven by FEAR) to drown out what may be going on at my core: my truest hopes, loves, doubts.

And to quiet that surface chatter and access that deeper truth feels to me like the path to clarity, both about myself AND about what I observe in the world around me.

When my personal chaos is foremost in my mind, it becomes a lens through with I see everything and it has a way of skewing the whole view.

This is an easy idea to consider and a pretty easy concept to agree with, but the truly difficult task comes with tackling the question of HOW to clear away the distortions and see clearly and relate to others in a very open and authentic way.

Tobi has promoted meditation for this, and that’s a practice I would strongly consider cultivating in my own life. Right now, running is giving me a taste of this peace on a regular basis.

What are YOUR strategies for finding clarity? Exercise? Meditation? Journaling?

Much love to you this weekend!


Tobi’s Special Sauce: An Ingredients List for Empowerment

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Tobi has talked with you a LOT about self confidence, so I know that you have a pretty good idea that she sees confidence, self-worth, self-forgiveness, and personal resilience as critically-important to professional success and personal fulfillment.

And–just as I have a deep appreciation for the way Tobi’s designs powerfully transform a home and a family’s experience of that home–I have also been amazed to see the transformations made in creative businesspeople as they work with Tobi in her Camp events, in the E-Coaching program, and especially in her Mastermind consulting group.

But hands-down the most remarkable change that seems to take place in people who are growing their businesses with her guidance is the huge shift in their sense of EMPOWERMENT. This is like self-confidence in action! These creatives are tapping into their personal power and channeling it into their professional endeavors in ways that are uniquely expressive of their individuality and style.

It seems that the LONGER these progressive thinkers work with Tobi (and as part of such a thriving community of shared experience and knowledge) the more authentic their brands become as they embrace their own visions for their “dream” businesses. Their dreams are growing legs and beginning to sprint toward their goals, all because they are EMPOWERED. It is a huge inspiration to me!

I grew up in a beauty shop. My mother has owned her own hair salon (and, now, spa) since before I was born. She was a creative businesswoman driven, at first, not by a personal sense of empowerment but by sheer necessity. Her skill propelled her, as did her ability to communicate clearly and effectively with her clients. She came to empowerment later through self-study. (It’s amazing! All of the same gurus that Tobi follows are also my mom’s faves!!). And what’s stunning to me is that she did it in near-total isolation from other business visionaries who could deeply identify with her trials and successes.

And when I see the small-business owners who are bonded through the Tobi community, I know they have found the “special sauce.” If only ALL of the visionaries (like my mama) who are out there forging their own paths could access the inspiration, motivation, and clarity that these professionals do through Tobi’s coaching and camps, I KNOW it would change their lives and keep them on the path to fulfillment.

Here’s my take on the top 5 elements of these programs that all creatives should seek in some form if they want to reach out and claim the empowerment they need!

1) Supportive Community of Colleagues who are Unconditionally Accepting of You
2) Accountability
3) Shared Industry Knowledge in a Non-Competitive Environment
4) Motivation to Make Your Professional Journey a Personal Quest
5) Access to a Mentor or Guide who Reveals All he or she has Learned and Confirms that There’s No Secret Pill, Just WORK and ATTITUDE

If you are a visionary in isolation, seek these qualities in whatever system of support you find. These are they key attributes to realizing your full power potential.

If any of you reading this are current or former members of Tobi’s network of professionals and you feel like there’s anything you’d like to add–elements of the experience that are of greatest importance to you–please leave a comment below! Your testimonial is more powerful than any observation I could possibly make!

Tomorrow is Self-Care Saturday! See you then!



Forging New Paths with Landon Shockey of The Gilded Stag

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Hello everyone in Tobi world! It’s Landon Shockey from The Gilded Stag doing a bit of blogsitting today. Tobi has flown the coop for Berlin and I’m keeping the nest warm in her absence.

I was given free rein to blog about whatever I wanted. I thought this to be a wonderful opportunity to promote my brand to Tobi’s audience. But most importantly, I think I should share with you how I got there.


For those of you who don’t know, I spent two years working at Tobi Fairley Interior Design as one of her designers. I left last year to blaze my own trail. It was a daunting proposition but I totally BELIEVED I could do it!

Why you ask? You could say I spent two very busy, productive, challenging and inspiring years getting Tobi’s “Designer MBA.” The things I learned working for her were life changing. I always considered myself a great designer. I just didn’t have the tools or the know-how to translate that into a brand.


It’s not all about great design, you see. Great design is super important – but you need the tools to let the world know who you are. You’ve got to brand yourself and have a clearly defined path taking you from where you are to where you are going.


That “clearly defined path” is not a straight line, by the way. Every day throws you a new curve and you have to adapt. You’re still headed towards your destination, your path is just a little more “scenic” as you make your way there. Keep marching on!

Starting your business, building your business and getting to where you want to be is not an overnight proposition. You have to be persistent and know that there are going to be AMAZING days and REALLY BAD days. REALLY REALLY BAD days. Those challenging days will pass. Get through those challenges and even more amazing things are just around the next corner. Don’t give up!

So what have I been up to lately? Here’s a peek at a few of the things we’ve been up to at The Gilded Stag over the past 15 months…

The Gilded Stag, Custom Island, Southern Living Showcase House

This custom island was created for the Southern Living Custom Showcase Home designed by Heather Scott Home and Design in Austin, Texas.

Linen Cabinet Open

A custom linen cabinet in a VERY grand scale for designer Beth Poole in Springdale, Arkansas.

Shaftesbury Cart - SMW Design 2

A drinks trolley in production this very moment for designer Scot Meacham Wood of San Francisco.

There’s much more to see. Head over to my website and go “like” my facebook page to keep up to date with everything that’s going on in my world.

If you’re a designer and looking for that perfect piece of furniture to make your design project smashing, give me a call! We can create just about anything you can imagine. We’ve got our own line in development we’d love to share with you. Each and every piece is customizable to fit your needs.

Westminster Cabinet

If you’re not a designer, our products are available through your designer and we’ll have opportunities to purchase some our product online soon. Just head over to our website and subscribe for updates.


Like I said at the beginning of this post, I was given free rein today. I felt it was important to share my own experiences working with Tobi. The lessons I’ve learned from her have proved invaluable in my business and life! I can honestly recommend attending one of her Design Camps or joining her Mastermind groups. I promise your career will soar if you take her lessons to heart.

Tobi didn’t ask me to plug her today whilst blogsitting. But you see, I can’t tell you the story of my journey without including her as well.

It was great joining everyone here today and I wish you all the best in business and life!


Tobi’s Design: An Untrained Perspective

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Ready for a laugh? Tobi suggested that I share with you my take on design!

Ok, wait. I realize that may not seem shocking to you considering I’m an employee at an interior design firm, so let me give you a little bit of background…

I am NOT a designer, not by a long shot. I am, well..if I had to sum it up with one word…a reader. I was an English major and then I got a Master’s degree in American Studies. So, yup! I’m a reader. I read, comprehend, interpret, and analyze. And, for Tobi, I communicate. That’s the kind of thing that really gets me going…not interior design. And this is pretty much my idea of a perfect room:

Well…until Tobi:

Hampton's showhouse overallBOOM goes the dynamite! I mean, yeah, she’s good. One day, Tobi mentioned that she had been browsing my Pinterest boards, and (I kid you not!) she asked me: “You mean you really like those rooms? That’s really your design style? You think they’re beautiful?” Of course she wasn’t being mean; it’s just that we are surrounded all the time by Tobi’s stunning bright, bold, and tailored look, and I’d describe the look that appeals to me most as…rustic/nostalgic/eclectic/whimsical/bohemian/falling apart. Not exactly an alignment, right? Design by Tobi Fairley

BUT only the experience of walking into a room designed by Tobi has been able to show me how interior design communicates. It works to evoke very specific feelings, to emphasize the importance to a resident or family of particular spaces or activities they share. When done right (and, Tobi does) it says more–speaks differently–than words can. It’s an artform.

Design by Tobi Fairley

And these are just my favorites (well, the only ones I’m allow to show you for now). They probably aren’t the ones that EVERYONE says are TO DIE FOR, but they are the ones that speak to ME! So, enjoy!

Design by Tobi Fairley


Tomorrow, we are going to get a fun treat! Landon Shockey of The Gilded Stag is going to share with us about his journey and the amazing custom furniture he’s creating. I’ll be back on Thursday!