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Design Tips with P. Allen Smith

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I spent the day recording a little “Tobi TV” with design tips for my amazing friend P. Allen Smith‘s television show. Or I should say shows…he has several.

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If you don’t know my talented friend Allen, you should. He is one of America’s top gardening and landscaping experts. Plus he’s an author of several fantastic books, is a great cook, has a knack for decorating and is just an all-around talented guy.

And I am thrilled to once again be appearing on several episodes with him starting this September bringing my top interior design tips to his viewers across the nation.

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Today we recorded segments on everything from hot design trends, to fun with paint, to showcasing your collections and heritage pieces. We pretty much covered it all!

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It was an action packed day including wardrobe changes, camera crews, script ad-libbing  and photo styling. Plus we threw in a bit of horsing around to keep things fun.

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So stay tuned for air dates for these fun and informative segments with P. Allen Smith on all things design.

And if you want to learn my top design tips, techniques and secrets for creating gorgeous and functional interiors in a work-shop, hands-on environment, join me in person for my signature event–Design from A to Z. Learn more about it and all of my FAB events for this Fall right here. We have an amazing line-up and can’t wait for you to join in the Design fun.

xo,

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A.W.O.L. Blogger!

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Hello, there!

I’ve been A.W.O.L. for a few days, but I want to give you a quick behind-the-scenes peek at my 12-hour day of shooting yesterday with everyone’s favorite garden guru, P. Allen Smith! We filmed some great conversations for his shows, Garden Style and Garden Home, and we also had a lot of laughs.

I have more to tell you about our shoot coming up soon, but here’s a taste for now!

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More soon!

Xo,

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Explore the Versatility of Wreaths! With P. Allen Smith

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I think that the Christmas season brings out a bit of a designer in all of us. Don’t you agree? I like to go all out for the holidays decking out my Garden Home from head to toe in greenery and baubles, but even my friends with more minimal tastes become interior decorators during this time by adding a little flair to their mantles and front doors.

If you’re looking to add a splash of Christmas cheer to your own home but are stumped as to how to do it, look no further. Here are a few easy tips on using traditional holiday wreaths in new and exciting ways.

It wouldn’t be the holidays for me without the scent of evergreens, and no matter how I decorate, fresh cut greenery always serves as the canvas. When it comes to greenery my favorite is the wreath, and I use them in a variety of ways beyond hanging on the front door.

What are the holidays if not an excuse to indulge in delicious treats at parties? Every table needs a centerpiece, though, and I recommend using a wreath this time of year. When set in the center of the table, you can embellish it with fruit, glass balls, pinecones, small candles, or anything that you have on hand. You can place candles, a bowl of more greenery or a vase in the center of the wreath.

You can also combine this traditional decoration with the gift-giving nature of the season and personalize wreaths to serve as gifts. I buy a wreath already decked out with a bow and berries and tie on embellishments with green floral wire. For example, I have a friend who collects nutcrackers so I made her a nutcracker wreath. She can save the wooden figures for decorating next year, allowing the gift to keep on giving!

I love to share my love of design with younger generations, so I recommend letting your kids get in on the action. Let them choose the place they want to hang a wreath indoors, and from there create a stylish wall or window arrangement- hang a trio on kitchen windows, tie them onto the footboards of beds, or even on the dog’s house!

This Christmas season pick up a few extra wreaths. My Holiday Collection from Berry Family of Nurseries has a wreath for every style and can be found at Home Depot, Frontgate and Reasor’s. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll find a use from them in your holiday decorating and gift giving.

Happy holidays,

 

 

p. s. (from Tobi) Many thanks to Allen for this great wreath inspiration! I love these ideas for how to mix-up your greenery!

I also want to remind you that there are just FOUR days left in the Olioboard 2013 Color Trend Design Contest. Enter to win a FREE ticket to one of my Camp Tobi Fairley events in 2013 AND a Paint Prize Pack from Benjamin Moore! What are you waiting for?! Enter today!

Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!

Xo,

p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!

 

 

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!

Xo,

Tobi