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Americana Playroom

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On this memorial day as we remember all those brave souls who died for our freedom, I thought I would get in the Americana spirit with a project you may not have seen.


This playful playroom all decked out in Americana Red, White and Blue is part of the house recently featured in Traditional Home, but this room didn’t make the magazine spread so I thought I’d give you a peek.

How fun it would be to honor our great country with Patriotic colors in your home all year long, right? And it was especially fun for me to use lots of my Tobi Fairley Home Fabrics custom colored to create this boyish look.


Happy Memorial Day Friends. I hope you spend some time remembering the sacrifice many have made so we can live an amazing life here in America.


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My Colorful Designs Go Global

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While I’m in High Point teaching my Think Tank event and attending the High Point Market, I thought it would be fun to show you a bit of “worldly” design news, too. I have no idea what this Hungarian magazine says about me and my design work, but I’m sure glad they did.  How fun to be on the cover of this international publication with an 8-page spread inside.


I just think the layout is so pretty that I had to share it with you.


It’s fun to see how they highlighted all the aqua in my home instead of focusing on the green that’s usually the focal point of this project.


And my sweet pup Harley made not one but two shots in the spread. She’s an international doggie model.


I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun press as much as I enjoyed receiving it. And if any of you know what this article says about me, you’ll have to translate.

Happy Weekend, friends!



p.s. I want to say a BIG thank you to our Think Tank sponsors Duralee, CR Laine, Currey & Company, Bernhardt, and Studio Webware. We couldn’t put on this life-changing business event for designers without the help of these great companies.

Getting Functional with Better Homes and Gardens

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I’m thrilled to be featured in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens. One of my most popular projects to date is showcased in a 3-page article highlighting all the great details of this spacious kitchen.


I was challenged with making this space function for a busy family and to also keep clutter tucked in the perfect places. Even the base of this banquette in the eating area has extra storage. And I used kid-friendly fabrics by covering the chairs and bench seat in vinyl so it could be wiped clean. The slip-covered barstool covers in the kitchen can be popped in the washing machine to tidy them up.


I hope you will pick up an issue and check it out. I hear the spread is only in select issues, so hopefully it’s in yours. You can also visit the BHG website in April to see it there, too.


In the meantime, if adding function to your home is a top priority like it was for my client project above, I am telling you my step-by-step approach to function-driven design in my 3-day FREE workshop with creativeLIVE and House Beautiful starting TOMORROW. We were supposed to start on March 24, but we’ve postponed the start date to March 25, and it will run through March 27. Please mark your calendars!


It’s going to be great fun and I’m evening going to be designing on the fly on a cool digital tablet taking viewer questions and design dilemmas. So if you want to be a part of the fun and functional FREE workshop, go here to register and join us.

Happy Monday!


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I’m a Cover Girl with Traditional Home!!

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I am thrilled to share with you today some very exciting news. I am very grateful to be featured on the cover of the April issue of Traditional Home magazine that hits newsstands and mailboxes across America this week. It is a great honor and if the cover wasn’t enough, Traditional Home felt this beloved project of mine worthy of a whopping 11 pages featured in gorgeous color in their glossy magazine. I finally saw an official copy here at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta where I am speaking today with Traditional Home Editor-in-Chief Ann Maine on the importance of blogging.


So though you may not believe it, I am truly speechless (and that’s rare where I am concerned) and so very appreciative to Ann Maine, Krissa Rossbund, senior design editor, and the entire team at Traditional Home that brought this feature to life. And I also want to thank my photographer extraordinaire Nancy Nolan who has a gift for capturing my interiors like no one can. And finally a HUGE thank you to my clients who allowed me the chance to design such an outstanding project to support their active lifestyle and hopefully add beauty to their daily lives.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

And to you my loyal readers, I can’t wait to hear what you think. I happen to think the photos and the copy capture my clients’ personalities and lifestyle perfectly. So by all means, rush out and grab your copy so you can join me in celebrating.


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p.s. If you love this project, stay tuned for before and after features and much more insight on this project and my design process for this home. I can’t wait to share it with you because I have had to keep this lovely home under wraps for quite some time and I am dying to show you all the tiny details. And Thank you again for all your support!

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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