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Fortunata means “luck”: Fab Ceramics and a Giveaway!

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You already know how much I love sharing the scoop on my favorite vendors with you and hosting GREAT giveaways that allow YOU to enjoy their fabulous products!



Well, today I’m thrilled to feature Fortunata. They are a very unique company that specializes in creating lovely, hand-made Italian ceramics.


It is the versatility of their many different product lines that really amazes me. And to show you the variety of ways Fortunata’s great-looking dinnerware can work just gorgeously as part of your decor, I’ve teamed up with one of my friends, Kathryn Greeley (who is widely known for her exquisite table settings), and we have both created very different looks with Fortunata dinnerware. To see what Kathryn has done with her tabletop, visit her blog today!

To create my Fortunata table, I started with table settings and serving pieces from Fortunata’s Festa line, in colors Blanco and Azzure (the white and aqua).


I displayed the table settings against a rich brown table cloth to add some warmth, and I used my Faux Bois fabric in chocolate brown for the napkins to add a fun and funky design detail! It went perfectly with the look.

We used a great floral centerpiece and added some pretty, green lanterns to give the table a touch more color.

Do you like the result?

Now for the giveaway item!! Fortunata is giving one “lucky” reader a Blanco pasta bowl (will be white, though the photo is in Honey) and an Azzure square baker (will be aqua through the photo is in Ivory)!!


How can you not love these?! They would look great in any kitchen. Comment on this post and on Kathy’s post, and you will have a chance to win these beauties!

Comments entered by noon on Friday, December 21 at noon will be entered to win!

Guest Post with Kathryn Greeley! The Cashiers Showhouse

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Hi friends! Just when I thought fall was the season of choice, it turns out that it is actually showhouse season around here!! In addition to the fabulous Hamptons Designer Showhouse I shared on Tuesday and the announcement about my room in the Holiday House this fall, there is another GORGEOUS showhouse not to be missed. My sweet friend Kathryn Greeley is here to tell you all about this must-see home in Cashiers, North Carolina. I hope you’ll find the time to drop in and see it! xo, Tobi

Hello Tobi’s readers!

It’s lovely to be back with you today! I have had a whirlwind of excitement and fun over the past few weeks with a big installation and book signings. I want to make sure you know all about this fun, so you can enjoy some of it yourself!!

This year I had the marvelous opportunity to design a “Designer’s Sitting Room” for the 15th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse. This year the showhouse location is in the Pinchot community of Cashiers, and it is breathtaking. All of the gorgeous scenes you think of when you of Cashiers are there in this community.

It is 10,000 square feet of sprawling fabulousness known as “Lone Chimney Lodge.” This name is not descriptive of the current home, but rather of one of the first homesteads in this area. When you add 27 designers to this magnificent “lodge,” it becomes even better! In addition to my room there are gorgeous, classic designs by Charles Faudree, Phoebe Howard, James Farmer, Francie Hargrove and a bevy of other talented individuals.

So…wondering what my room looks like?

Here are a few hints:
1) I managed to incorporate one of my favorite color palettes. (Any ideas on what that could be? If not, you should read this…)

2) There’s a bit of Tobi Fairley — or more precisely Tobi Fairley Home— influence in the space.

3) It even features a few antiques I found at one of my favorite shops in Tobi’s home state of Arkansas.

Well, that may not give the full picture, but I do hope it’s enough to entice you to make a trip to Cashiers before the end of the showhouse run to see it in person!

Cashiers Designer Showhouse

August 18 – September 2

Get More Info Here > 

Have a lovely day!


Expert Advice: Kathryn Greeley

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Kathryn Greeley is definitely not a stranger around here! She is a true expert on entertaining and using collections. I’ve learned so much about antiques and vintage pieces from her. Today, she’s sharing her top tips for starting, building and enjoying a collection. Enjoy!


It’s a bit tricky to narrow down my best advice for collecting. However, years ago I purchased a lot of lovely antiques from Byerly’s Antiques in Greensboro, NC. A delightful woman who I just loved, Emaline Britton, worked at Byerly and I purchased so many pieces in my blue and white collection (like the ones shown below) from her.

She always recommended these three tips:

  1. Buy the best quality you can afford.
  2. Don’t wait if you really love it, because it will be gone.
  3. Above all use your collections!!

I truly believe that Emaline greatly influenced my “Collected , Not Decorated” design philosophy. Sadly she is now deceased, but her advice and passion for collecting lives on in me every day!

I now buy so many special antiques from the third generation of Byerlys, my wonderful young friend David Byerly, who owns Black Sheep Antiques in High Point, NC. He was trained from childhood by Emaline and shares her same advice on collecting with his customers today.


P.S. For more advice on starting or using a collection, be sure to check out Kathryn’s book The Collected Tabletop.  xoxo, Tobi


Bridal Registry Bliss: Guest Post with Kathryn Greeley

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Hi friends! Today I am so happy to once again have my friend Kathryn Greeley here to share some expert advice on a topic that is so relevant to our current season — wedding season, that is! Kathryn’s extensive knowledge of entertaining, collections and china patterns make her the perfect person to share some tips on creating a registry! I hope you or a bride you know will find these hints helpful. Enjoy! xo, Tobi
Many brides and grooms love selecting china, stemware and flatware patterns for their wedding registry. However, it can be a big decision and there are certainly a lot of factors to consider. I have spent years collecting tabletop items and curating timeless place settings with brides of all ages. Using “something old and something new” not only applies to the wedding day itself, but also to a brilliant and completely dressed table! Today, I am excited to share this list of wedding registry advice I’ve compiled through the years to help couples make selections they will love for a lifetime!

My collection of Flow Blue china

1. Inventory Your Collection  Brides should take an inventory of the things they already own, and determine the quantity and quality of these items. For instance, if you have already started collecting a china pattern, then consider the number of place settings or serving pieces needed to finish out the pattern. Also consider the quality of your items. Is it something special that you love or is it just something you use to get by? Be sure to keep family heirlooms in mind, as they are a huge part in pulling together a well-set, collected tabletop. An inventory of these pieces will really help you when you register.

An heirloom collection of Flora Danica

2. Make an Appointment to Register  Selecting a bridal registry can be time consuming. Filling out paperwork and perusing the store takes time. It is important to call the department store or local boutique to determine if they have an appointment policy for wedding registries. If you can, I would also recommend going on a weekday. There are likely to be fewer people registering and you may receive more personalized attention.

3. Register with More Than One Store  I recommend registering with three to four different places, including department stores or chains, boutiques and antique shops or art galleries. Department stores or nationwide retailers, such as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma, offer a large variety of housewares such as small appliances, cookware, and bed linens. These are all also smart choices to add to a wedding registry. I also recommend registering with a local boutique. They often carry lines that department stores may not have, including items that are indigenous to your area. For example, a local boutique may offer a line of pottery, colorful cocktail glasses, or seasonal gifts.

Specialty retailers are another good choice when selecting places to register. I would recommend selecting a few items at an antiques store or an art gallery. You will truly find unique pieces at these locales! If vintage china is your thing or you have a family set that you would like to add to, I would also consider Replacements, Ltd. They are the authority on this topic!! Family and friends like having a choice when selecting a gift. Providing guests with many options will allow them to select something that is truly special or significant. Additionally, out of town guests may want to purchase gifts online so that they do not have to travel with an additional package. Registering with a variety of stores will allow them to this do this.

A collection of vintage martini glasses I enjoying using at cocktail parties.

4. Go Early and Go Often On your first visit to these stores, I would suggest going alone or with your groom. You can browse the selection, make certain you want to register there, and then really dig in to the selections by working with an associate. On return visits, you can take your mom, mother-in-law and your friends to see your selections and ask them to help with any final decisions that need to be made. Stores are always adding new merchandise, so it never hurts to go back and add to your registry!!

Table settings for at a shower I hosted for a dear friend.

5. Don’t Skip the Holidays  Seasonal china is a great way to layer in holiday decor to a tabletop. Many china manufacturers offer accent salad plates with seasonal motifs. Selecting an accent salad plate or serving pieces will provide a very collected look. Be wary of selecting seasonal pieces that may only be available for one year or as part of a limited edition. It may be difficult to complete the set or find a replacement in the future.

Seasonal accent plates in holiday hues.

6. Register for What You Love  After all, you are the one who will be using it on an everyday basis, so it should be something that brings a smile to your face each time you pull it out of the cabinet! If you are worried that something may be too expensive, it’s perfectly acceptable to still place it on your registry. You never know — your guests may decide to go in together on a gift or shower purchase or you may find you have an especially kind relative!

I hope these tips are helpful to all of you brides!  Visit my blog for more tabletop and collecting ideas!
Have a lovely day!

[Images: WeddingBee and Kathryn Greeley Designs]

Kathryn Greeley’s Book Signings in the Southeast

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Back in February, during the month of love, I shared with you one of my fave absolutely sinful obsessions — Kathryn Greeley’s caramel cake. It is to die for!!

So many of you wrote in and visited her site for the recipe that I thought you might be interested to know she is having a couple of signings for her fabulous book, The Collected Tabletop, in both Alabama and Georgia over the next few days. Here are the details…


Wednesday, May 2

Table Matters

Birmingham, Alabama

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.



Saturday, May 5

Belles, Beaux and Gifts

Madison, Georgia

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Just in case you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s a must-have for any entertainer, collector, cook, hostess, designer — well, just about anybody actually!

The book was even featured in Traditional Home this month!

I certainly wish I could attend these signings as well! If you are able to make it please say “hello” to Kathyrn and give her my best!