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More Expert Advice from Tobi

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Hi Friends,

It’s me, Tobi, back with another dose of my own best advice ever.  I hope you’ve enjoyed all my expert friends in the series this month. And I have brought you insight this month into the best business advice and life advice I was ever given. Now I am bringing you some of the best design advice I ever received.

There are SOOOO many things that I have learned over my 17 plus years of being in the design business, but some of the most important and well-used advice I was ever given was to incorporate antiques and one-of-a kind items into my projects to really take them to the next level.

Now I am a BIG fan of reproductions and can hardly do a design project without going to some of my all-time favorite brands like Hickory Chair to make a room both functional and gorgeous. And we all know that sometimes antiques and repurposed pieces are not the most functional and easy to use items.

But what antiques lack in function, they make up for in charm. And I have been working hard over the last 5-6 years to incorporate more one-of-a-kind furnishings, original artwork, vintage finds, antique lamps and other unique pieces to really set my projects apart and help my clients have spaces that are uniquely them.

So if you aren’t already doing this for your home or your projects, I highly encourage you to give it a try. And the good news is that I have several ways to help you marry the perfect new and antique, vintage, or one-of-a-kind pieces in your life.

First, my next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale starts TOMORROW!! Beginning Friday morning, you can get your hands on not only many things from my fabric and pillow collection, but also refurbished vintage finds and several gorgeous antiques in my sale.  My great friends at Morris Antiques were the source of many of my antique finds in the sale and you won’t want to miss seeing them and adding them to your collection.

And speaking of collections, just yesterday we announced live on KATV that our next Design Camp A to Z will be November 7-9th in my studio in Little Rock. So here is your chance to learn my 26 step program for creating magazine worthy interiors that incorporate the best new and old collections for a unique look. In my camp, there is a whole step on Repurposing and my sweet friend Kathryn Greeley, author of The Collected Tabletop, will be back to teach us about adding antiques into your interiors and your entertaining for a “Collected, not Decorated” look.

And if that’s not enough, we will be taking another guided antiquing tour lead by Kathryn on Saturday after camp to some of Arkansas’ best antique sources including my friends at Morris Antiques. So if you miss out on some of the great things I found at Morris’ for my One Kings Lane Sale, you can have another opportunity in November to find something similar in their huge antiques inventory. Definitely a trip you won’t want to miss.

And last but certainly not least, you may have seen the great Serena and Lily One Kings Lane Sale earlier this week and I hope you purchased some of their great steals and deals. But if you are still looking for the perfect bedding. I hope you will head on over to their site and see the bed I created with their Make Your Bed tool.  Serena and Lily asked several Tastemakers to create beds for the launch of their tool and I am in good company with bloggers like designmom.com and celebrity Molly Sims, so go check out what I designed and let me know what you think.

And then head to my One Kings Lane sale tomorrow and get some great pieces to mix in with your new Serena and Lily bed to give it that unique and one-of-a-kind appeal that only antiques and vintage finds can add to a space.

Thanks for letting me share a little piece of design wisdom with you today. Happy Shopping on One Kings Lane and Serena and Lily this week and please join us for Design Camp A to Z this November to learn how to turn all your purchases and finds into the gorgeous magazine worthy interior of your dreams.

See you then! xo, Tobi

Fresh Outdoor Furniture from Serena & Lily

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I hope you all had a very special Mother’s Day weekend!

I am one lucky mom who got to spend the weekend away at the lake with my loved ones. We got to soak up lots of sunshine and fresh air. It was so refreshing and reminded me of all of the reasons I enjoy the outdoors — like reading my latest book club title, entertaining friends and just soaking up the sun! Outdoor living areas make all of it possible, so today I wanted to share some of my favorite picks  from Serena & Lily’s fun new outdoor collection…

I love the navy and white woven backs and seats of the Riviera Side Chair. What a great way to add a colorful splash to your al fresco dining set up!

How about these teak Sling Chairs?! Perfect for ocean or pool-side lounging!

The prints on these outdoor pillows are fabulous! It would be fun to have a few sets of these and change them out for different occasions. You can get a closer view of all the pillows and throws here.

I have to say that their new Sundial Chair is the hit of this collection. It’s perfect for creating a cozy conversation area. The lounge chair also swivels 360 degrees! What kid (or adult!) wouldn’t love that??

And last but not least, the whimsical Hanging Rattan Chair. This chair wraps around you like a hug and creates a place to slip away to for a little solace. Perfect to hang under your favorite shade tree for a summer time reading spot!

Hope you enjoyed these finds. How are you sprucing up your outdoor living area this year?

xo, Tobi

Inspired by Marrakech

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If you read my Planning for Success in 2012 post, you know that I will be traveling to Marrakech later in the year for the Design Leadership Summit. I am beyond excited about this experience and so grateful to have the opportunity, thanks to Design Investors.

Lately I have been flipping through travel materials and browsing websites to prep for my trip.  All the rich colors and textures of the region have so inspired me! Today, I thought I would share a few pieces that I found on Serena and Lily that I think would be great in a Moroccan-inspired space.

For starters, I love this bold piece of art. The colors are so rich and remind me of the coast.

I also love mixing wooden and caned pieces with the bright, happy colors. These chairs just seem like a natural addition to any Moroccan-style space.

Even though they originated in Bali, I could also see this vintage pair of wedding ceremony chairs fitting with the scheme.

I also love the idea of putting a pop of color underfoot. How great is this herringbone-like rug in a soothing army gray and bright happy fuchsia?

I was so inspired by this African city that I have also created a fabric in my Tobi Fairley Home line that reminds me of the region. Appropriately enough, it’s called Marrakech and comes in a variety of color pairings. Pillows, drapes, an apron for a themed dinner party — I can think of a million ways to use this fabric.

If you aren’t quite ready to go large scale, try some smaller accessories that will give your room the same “well-traveled” look.

This low bowl has such a sweet pattern.

Love this pitcher! How fun would it be for a poolside party?

Finally, I was also drawn to this vase. I could see this working in so many different spaces — a serene bedroom, a fresh entry or even a powder room.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas! If you want to see more Moroccan-inspired ideas, check out this month’s features where you’ll find my dream birthday party design.

Happy Monday!

xoxo

-Tobi