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Colormixing it Up With an Inspiration Board!

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[This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. You can see their predictions for what color palettes are going to go BIG in the design world in 2014, by following the link at the bottom of this post.]

I always think it’s really fun when I can give you an inside look at some of the behind-the-scenes phases a design project moves through before it comes to life in someone’s home.

And since I recently revealed the before-and-after photos of my own home (the one I just moved from) when I gave everything a MAJOR freshen-up for Ronda Carman’s book, Designers at Home, I thought you might also like to see an inspiration board I created while dreaming up what my Formal Living Room could look like if the color palette was expanded to incorporate the inspiration pieces I told you about in my photostyling post from July!. The inspiration colors on the board are from the Sherwin-Williams “Intrinsic” palette. Sherwin-Williams describes this palette as driven by “embracing and preserving tradition, culture and design, while bringing in new influences.” Right up my alley, don’t you think?!

First, let me remind you how the room was styled to begin with:

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And now have a look at the vision board that spurred my palette transformation!

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You can really feel the fashion inspiration vibe, right?

1. Lee Industries skirted swivel chairs, covered in Schumacher’s Oiseaux et Fleurs pattern 2. Punches of pool blues in accessory choices 3. Barclay Butera Home wing chairs 4. Custom Rug from New River Artisans 5. Christopher Spitzmiller Lamps 6. Jamie Drake Stripe for Schumacher 7. Bungalow 5 Sunburst Mirror

And now for the “After”! You’ve seen this updated, re-imagined take on this space. How does seeing the vision board change your impression of the space? Did I capture the mood?

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As I mentioned, this palette really gives the room a more exciting and playful attitude, and I just love it!

To see the other 2014 Colormix Forecast Palettes, visit Sherwin-Williams’ website, HERE.



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Think Smarter About Your Trip to High Point Market!

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If you’re an interior design pro, you already know that one of the smartest things you can do to keep your work looking fresh and inspired and to forge strong industry connections is to make the trek twice each year to High Point Market in High Point, NC. There you can SEE all of the newest offerings by leading furnishings manufacturers and you can BE SEEN by many of the key movers and shakers in the business.

Beautiful Bed #mrandmrshoward #sherrillfurniture #hpmkt

Each trip to High Point requires a significant investment of time, energy, and money, but personally I’ve always found that it’s an investment that pays for itself many times over. One thing I’ve learned from many years of attending this amazing market is to maximize the time I have and direct my efforts toward finding key new product, maintaining the strong relationships I’ve built with fellow designers from across the country, and initiating new relationships that could bring me closer to my own business goals.

So this approach that I’ve developed to how I think about High Point market led me this year to the bright idea (if I do say so myself) of giving other design professionals the chance to even further maximize their investment by attending one of my signature trainings for one of the days that they are in High Point. This is the Tobi’s Think Tank idea that I’ve shared with you before, and I think it could really give you the chance to really up your ROI on your High Point Trip!

Table love #bernhardt #hpmkt

Here’s what I have planned:

On Friday, October 18th, I’ll host a full day of intensive training in the business of design for just 15 designers (the first who register). The content of this training will be my transformative Designer MBA content distilled into the most powerful points and core content so that you can return to your firm and TAKE ACTION! To learn more about the key topics we will cover, CLICK HERE.

The reason this opportunity is way too good to pass-up is that not only will you NOT have to incur any travel expenses to attend (since you’ll already be staying in High Point for the market!) but you’ll get lots of personal attention from me, since the group is going to be limited to 15 participants. I’ll be able to take more of your questions and give more specific feedback, because there won’t be 40 of us working together.

More Greek Chic at Hickory White #hpmkt

There’s a really exciting BONUS package for those of you who attend, too. Because this is my very first time offering this event at Market, I’m celebrating by giving away some FREE content that will give your business a major boost. The package includes:

1) Tobi’s Top Tips for Navigating High Point Market

2) A FREE Telecall on PR Strategy that Will Expose Your Brand

3) An All-New Action Map for Success, Tobi’s roadmap for your best year of business EVER!

The excitement and motivation surrounding Market events is really rubbing-off on Think Tank, and we have some very exciting key sponsors helping to make it possible! New to the sponsor circle are C.R. Laine and Kravet, and they are joining Madcap Cottage and The Gilded Stag.

I am so excited to finally be bringing one of my trainings “on the road” and directly to you! Ready to sign up?! Learn more about our day AND get the scoop on a special offer I’m making to past Design Camp attendees over on the EVENT PAGE.


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p. s. If you’ve enjoyed these images from my past adventures at market, see more like them on my Pinterest board: My Market Finds!

p. p. s. I have randomly selected our Lamps Plus lamp giveaway winners, and I’ll be filling you in on that tomorrow!




Lamps Plus Offers Custom Options on a Budget

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This post is sponsored by Lamps Plus.

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Yesterday morning I was on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas, and my Design Time segment was all about how and where to get lamps that are both gorgeous AND budget-friendly!

I always say that lamps are one place to never skimp, but with options like you’ll find at Lamps Plus, you can have the best of both worlds: lovely design at an equally attractive price point.

You can watch the full segment on my Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

The lamps I featured on the segment are just a few of the gorgeous options that you can find at Lamps Plus. These are the ones you saw, in case you just have to have one for your home:

White Ceramic Sea Urchin ($79.99)


Customizable Double Gourds from the Color Plus collection ($99.99)

Here are a couple of my other personal favorites!

So CUTE, right? Go exploring on their amazing website and see what you find! There lamps, lighting, and SO much more!


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And the #GetPublished Winners Are…!

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The Olioboard #GetPublished Challenge results are in!! Hundreds of you created fabulous Olioboard designs (stripes galore, people!!), all in an effort to win one of two FREE tickets to The Journey to Getting Published!

And, let me tell, you I think the competition was tougher in this challenge than ANY other! My congratulations to ALL of you who participated (keep reading for a special offer just for YOU!), and cheers to our winners:

Sparkling Mint Bedroom

Design by Anna Lattimore

Crazy for STRIPES

Design by Jennifer Reynolds

Great work, ladies! Both of these winners will be joining me and an amazing panel of experts at The Journey to Getting Published, this April 9-11th!

A BIG thanks to the judges of this contest: Crystal Gentilello of Rue Magazine, Krissa Rossbund of Traditional Home magazine, and Ronda Carman of All the Best blog!

Krissa and Ronda will join us at The Journey to Getting Published, too, to share their insights about what it takes to push your visibility as a designer to the next level and how to do so in a way that you will be respected and valued as a key source of great content to editorial staffs for years to come!!! And, as I’ve mentioned, Ronda rescheduled the US launch of her book so that we can celebrate WITH her as part of this camp at a signing party celebration!

And THE professional photographer who shoots every one of my projects, Nancy Nolan, will join us to talk about how to hire a true expert, how to communicate with her or him to get great shots, and how to act as the director of a shoot without shooting yourself in the foot!!

We Bought a Zoo.  I've seen a similar quote of the same thing, but it was shorter, and I like this one better.

The #1 feedback I get on ALL of these trainings (and something YOU already know about me) is that I share it all! There are NO trade secrets, NO strategies or tips I’m willing to hide, because I want you to enjoy the same fulfillment and satisfaction and deep gratitude that I have as a published designer.

So we are going NO-HOLES-BARRED with this content. We won’t tell you it’s easy, but we will tell you how and why it is a realistic and attainable goal!

This will be the first and only session of this Camp Tobi Fairley event, all about how to design, photograph, pitch, and sell your way to publication in virtual and print publications at local, regional, and national levels!! And THAT means you should NOT miss The Journey to Getting Published!!

If you want more details about this exciting event–the BIGGEST in Camp Tobi Fairley history–CLICK HERE!


I’m offering you two ways to pay for this camp:

#1: We have sold those 10 Bring a Friend for FREE tickets I told you about, BUT! in honor of the amazing response I got at the Design Bloggers Conference this week we are extending that offer through March 16th!! So until midnight on March 16th, you can register for the $2399 price and still bring a friend for free!! That gives you just over one week to take action on this incredible offer!

To take me up on this exciting Bring a Friend for FREE Offer: CLICK HERE!

#2: I got some feedback that April was going to be a difficult and financially tight month for design professionals to squeeze in another big event before High Point Market, so… I decided that because I want to ease your business stress and because I’m all about getting you here so that you can go home empowered to achieve all of your goals I’m offering a 3-Pay Plan!! That means that you pay the cost of your ticket out over three months: $800 at the time of registration and then $800 for each of the next two months!! To get THIS stress-free offer, buy your ticket BEFORE April 1!!

To take me up on this High Point Inspired 3-Pay Plan, CLICK HERE!

AND!!! I was so excited about the response you had in the Olioboard competition that I have decided those of you who won’t be coming for FREE should get a little extra incentive to take the leap and buy that ticket you’ve fought so hard to win (YOU DESERVE TO INVEST IN YOURSELF!). So, if you entered a board in the Olioboard #GetPublished competition, and you buy a ticket to come to The Journey to Getting Published, you will automatically be entered to WIN a FREE ticket to an upcoming session of Tobi’s MOST ACCLAIMED training of all: DESIGNER MBA!!! The value of Designer MBA is $3600, and it can be yours for free!! Designer MBA is THE course that give you ALL the business basics you’ll need to thrive as a creative businessperson in a changing industry!! I think this is a no brainer!!

I know I’ve given you LOTS to think about, but no matter whether you’re new to interior design or a veteran we believe in the HUGE value of this camp!


Not sure what a Tobi training can do for you? Listen to what others are saying:

Kathleen: I feel so blessed to have found this group of women. Life changing for me. I came into work on Monday, and quit my professional marketing job.  Kind of scary, but I’m giving myself one year to get my business off the ground and be earning profit.  Like Tobi said, what’s the worst that can happen? I can always go back to marketing if it doesn’t pan out.  But I know it will.  If you believe it—you can achieve it.

Alison: After design school, hands down, this is the best class you can take. Tobi is so generous with her time and her knowledge. I walked in frightened about the future of my business. I knew all the mistakes I was making, but had no idea how to get out of the hole I had dug. I walked out a confident designer! I have the tools to restructure, and am rebuilding for success.

Linda: In a world, often eclipsed by negativity and jealousy among women – mostly due to personal insecurities…Tobi managed to let us all show our vulnerable sides and elevate each other by shared the experience. Thank you! I look forward to seeing you ALL again soon!

Anon: My favorite part was: how approachable and honest, helpful and generous Tobi and her staff were! [This time was] life-changing and eye-opening, especially for a small business owner. I looked into myself and business so deeply and in such a short time.  [I saw] what other designers are really billing/making/struggling with.  I love these women!


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