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Italian Inspiration

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We interrupt this regularly scheduled Motivational Monday to bring you a post about inspiration.

As a designer, I need to regularly fill up my creative well and there is no better way than through travel. A change of surroundings not only gives me a different perspective, it gives me a chance to discover new ideas and inspiration for my designs, whether it’s through color, architecture, flavors, or awe-inspiring sights!


After back-to-back photo shoots and a non-stop work schedule, I need a break to recharge my creative batteries. And I am SO excited that tomorrow I’m heading to bella Italia to go to Mercanteinfiera, Italy’s largest antique fair! I’m attending this amazing show in Parma with The Antiques Diva for a special whirlwind tour, filled with gorgeous vintage finds.


And I’ll be on this fab trip with a few other talented designers that you may know–Los Angeles designer Mark Cutler, Dallas designer Denise McGaha, and Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs in New York City. If you would like to see what is inspiring me and my designer friends, be sure to follow my Instagram feed with @tobifairley!


I plan to soak in the colors, patterns, and stunning art on display (and I’m sure I’ll sample a bit of the pasta, parmesan, and prosciutto, too!). I know I’ll come back refreshed, renewed, and recharged – ready to take on new creative challenges!


To see these photos including this Parmesan factory, visit my Pinterest board called Destinations.

I’ve got to get my suitcase packed so ciao for now!


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Can “Traditional” Be a Trend?

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As I  gather more and more inspiration for my new home, I’m noticing what a major revival traditional style is experiencing in interiors right now! But it’s not the old stodgy traditional style, but rather a fresh take on it like this gorgeous design by Nick Olsen.


And here’s a view of the adjoining bedroom with a new take on a 4-poster traditional bed and a very classic floral wallpaper and Chinoiserie influences as seen on the pages of Veranda Magazine. But this isn’t your grandmother’s old floral…it’s so refreshing and I am crazy about it.

This trend back to traditional is still emerging, but it’s turning up in lots of places, from fabrics to architecture! That’s what I talked about on my latest segment for Good Morning Arkansas just before the new year.

Have a look:

Is Traditional a trend you would incorporate in your own home?

If you’re still not sure what it means for a design to be “Traditional” or “Modern” or “Eclectic,” and you’re not sure how to infuse your home with your personal style, consider joining me on creativeLIVE–in partnership with House Beautiful–for a free, three-day training called “What’s Your Design Personality?”  The course is live January 23-25th, and you can participate from anywhere there’s internet! To learn more or to enroll now, CLICK HERE!


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p.s. If you are looking for great antiques to spruce up your Traditional Look and you live in the Atlanta area, don’t forget about 1st Find at the Farm tomorrow ( Tuesday, January 7th). It may be cold, but we will still be there having a fabulous time in the heated tents shopping for fabulous finds. You can even buy a ticket to hear my talk on Mixing antiques into your interiors, have dinner with me, and go on a guided tour of the vendors to see what my fabulous things I spotted and may be bringing back to my new house!  To read more about it go here. I hope you’ll come out and join me!

Planning to Succeed in 2014

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Today is the day. The day I plan my success for 2014. The day I set all my appointments for the year to the hair salon, nail salon, doctors, dentist and the like. Then I put in time for family, friends, organizing, vacations for the entire year and then there’s the business obligations. And though it may be hard to believe, my 2014 is already about 90% booked in the way of work and work travel committments.

I also set my weekly schedule for exercise, yoga, meals and meditation for at least 6 months out. Ok, I am a little be anal with my scheduling. And you may think that living like this is just too much.


But I beg to differ. I firmly believe that the reason that I accomplish so much in my life and also the reason I am happier than most people, is because I plan and I organize my life. And yes, I leave “holes” in my schedule for spontaneous things or laying around with my daughter and watching movies. I am not a machine, but my life runs like a well-oiled one. And that actually brings me less stress and more satisfaction.


Planning and scheduling allows me to add in new things to my life, like more vacation. And it allows me to plan in the work and revenue streams to pay for the vacation. In fact, this year with the packed but VERY EXCITING business schedule I am keeping, I am taking a minimum of 4 weeks of vacation including a 2 week stint at the beach and I will actually probably take 5 full weeks for the year and another week’s worth in single days here and there that I am taking off with my daughter and my husband for long weekends at the River or the Lake.

So though I consider myself a work-a-holic in many ways, I take more vacation than most people I know. You can’t work this hard year after year and not replenish yourself and spend time with family if you want everyone to be healthy and happy.

And if I didn’t plan my vacations 6 months to a year in advance including paying a deposit on them so I can’t change my mind, I would never really take them. I would come up with one million excuses when the time came for why I can’t afford to be away.


And I don’t know about you, but to do all the things I am committed to doing in my life, I prefer to be as efficient as possible, so if planning now saves work later, I’m all in! Are you?


So just like this pretty pic above, I am hunkered down with my Mac, my planner, and a cup of Starbucks planning my success for 2014.

What about you? Do you have any habits, practices, or rituals you use to plan your schedule and ultimately your success for each new year? If so, leave me a comment and tell me all about it. I am always open for new tips and techniques for making my new year better than ever.

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Know Your Own Design Style! Another FREE creativeLIVE Course for YOU

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 CreativeLIVE_logoFree Design Style and Decor Course with Tobi Fairley creativeLIVE

Hi Friends. I hope you had the Merriest of Holiday Celebrations this week. And today, I have another gift for you that is TOTALLY FREE!

It’s almost time for #2 of my three online courses and I wanted you to know in plenty of time for you to enroll! This exciting collaboration with creativeLIVE and House Beautiful magazine gives you a chance to attend a training for FREE, on a topic that will change the way you think about your interiors!

On January 23-25, I’m talking about Design Style! This is a very fun topic, because personal design styles are so individual and unique. Getting in touch with your personal style can give you a whole new outlet for creative self-expression. And imagine living in a space that really reflects your values, goals, and personality!

Have you ever tried to verbalize your design style but end up using blanket statements like “my style is eclectic” because you didn’t know how to describe what you’re drawn to visually?

Knowing what your interior design style is — and being able to explain it — is as important as knowing what does and doesn’t go together in home decor. I’ll teach you the top design styles, including today’s latest trends as well as what styles are on their way out.  You’ll learn how to define your personal style, how to shop smart when buying a new piece of furniture or art, and how to blend two different styles to create a cohesive look. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have all the skills you need to create a stylish personal space that reflects exactly who you are.

Just like the last course–Using Color in Home Decor–this training is 100% free when you watch the live workshop.

So join me in January for this free workshop on creativeLIVE.  I’ll see you on the air soon!

AND! If you’re interested in joining me in the creativeLIVE studio audience during the taping, learn more about it HERE.


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A Big Reveal for the New Year…

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So, you know how when you know about a surprise long before the surprise it’s really hard to keep it under your hat?

And, you know how it sort of makes you feel a little bit better just to tell someone “I know something exciting that you don’t know yet!”?

Well, I just can’t resist dangling this one:

I have a very BIG REVEAL to share with you on January 1. So, if you like that sort of thing…stay tuned!

Keeping happy secrets is so hard!


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