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My Holiday List of Favorite Things!

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Places to Go, People to See from Kate Spade

It’s only one week until Thanksgiving, can you believe it? The holiday season is really sneaking up on me! Each holiday, one of the things I love to do is make lists of the perfect gifts for the people in my life – including friends, family, and clients! I search out the best sources and fun unique ideas to make the holidays brighter for the people who are on my gift lists.

This year, I thought it would be fun to bring you some of my favorite things – the go-to gifts that are perfect for anyone on your list! That includes the fantastic new book from Kate Space, Places to Go, People to See, which is part travel guide, part fashion photography, and a whole lot of style!


T earrings from Tory Burch

I also love jewelry, and the iconic T earrings from Tory Burch are among my favorite things to wear (might have something to do with the initial, right)?. But I also love to give them to others. And this year, Tory Burch is also offering an amazing fretwork necklace that contains a surprise – a solid perfume that smells fantastic!


Tory Burch solid perfume necklace

I’m also loving the copper and rose gold trend right now and this open-work cuff by Sabine is a gorgeous look in warm metal.

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Sabine Cuff Bracelet

Anyone who knows me knows that I love kelly green – it’s one of my signature colors! So I adore this python embossed clutch in that fab color from GiGi New York!

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GiGi New York

I also love a little bling – who doesn’t during the holidays? This Ted Baker embellished sweater in a gorgeous shade of blue is perfect for those parties and events for the holiday season! I think this color should have been the Patone Color of 2014.

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Ted Baker Embellished Sweater

If smelling great is on your holiday to do list, Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully Scent is fresh and fun all wrapped into one! Not only is the fragrance fantastic, but the packaging is gorgeously bright and bold!

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Kate Spade’s Live Color Fully

Of course I also have some favorite items for the home, too! Not only is home decor my business, it’s my passion – and I’m a real homebody in my personal time, too! I love to curl up with a good book at home by the fire, and these Ralph Lauren throws are perfect for snuggling.

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Throws

Cooking is another of my favorite things to do at home, and when there’s a crowd for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing is better than this multi-tiered rack from Williams-Sonoma. It saves space and time! It makes my oven a work-a-holic just like me. Ha!


Williams-Sonoma Baking Rack

This glowing solid copper tray is another fave from Williams-Sonoma – perfect for serving drinks at a Christmas cocktail party! And you look like you are right on trend with all the copper I’ve been seeing at market.


Williams-Sonoma Solid Copper Tray

This scented candle from Diptyque is a fantastic scent for winter months. My favorite year-round Diptyque scent is Fig, but for the Chilly season of the year, it’s Feu de Bois with the smell of a warm wood fire!


Diptyque’s Feu de Bois

For the fabulous men in my life, How about great accessories like this handsome plaid scarf or the sophisticated Michael Kors watch!

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Michael Kors Scout Men’s Watch

And of course I can’t forget my favorite holiday gift this year for the kiddos on your list! My daughter is all about shoes (wonder where she got that?!), so these Clarks Snugglehugs boots will be perfect for sledding this year. They’re cozy and fun and go with the great sled she got from Santa last year. And I hear we’re in for a lot of snow in Arkansas this winter, so these will be perfect. Wahooo!

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Clarks Snugglehugs for Girls

So there you have it – my list of favorite gifts for this holiday season! Soon I’ll be telling you what I hope Santa gives me this year. But for now, I hope you found a present or two while you were looking through these photos! If you would like to see MORE of my favorite things, go to my pinboard by clicking here!

What’s on your list for this holiday season? Tell me in the comments what you have planned! Good luck as you count down to the Thanksgiving festivities next week and then on to many Happy Holidays. The New Year is almost here!









Counting the Days to Ronda Carman’s Book Launch!

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I am thrilled to say that we are now less than two weeks away from the US launch of Ronda Carman’s amazing new book, Designers at Home!


I cannot even begin to say what a highly-anticipated publication this is! Of course, I’m personally excited because my home is among those featured, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what all there is to love about this book!

You’ll also get a peek into the homes and lives of Ashley Hicks, Hutton Wilkinson, Nicky Haslam,  Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kevin Sharkey, Suzanne Rheinstein, Rose Tarlow, Jay Jeffers, Jan Showers, Alex Papachristidis, Madeline Stuart, Colette van den Thillart, Malcolm James Kutner, Ken Fulk, Bunny Williams, and MORE! Talk about good company, right?


Woops! How did that happen? That photo just popped right up, and it’s supposed to be kept tightly underwraps! Shhhh. (Did you notice that even sweet Harley made the shot?!)

So, in addition to the many gorgeous homes featured, Ronda’s writing is also just as brilliant and inspiring in this book as on her blog, and she will make you see how you too can have a beautiful home that expresses your own sense of style. Read more about the book: HERE.

Ronda has planned the launch of this book to align perfectly with her appearance at my upcoming Camp Tobi Fairley event: The Journey to Getting Published. And what that really means is that I have one VERY BIG celebration to plan!

If you’re going to be in the area for this exciting launch, please join us for one of Ronda’s signings at Cobblestone & Vine:


Yay, Ronda! Mwah to you! Congratulations!!


Tobi Signature

p. s. There’s a special offer for The Journey to Getting Published that runs only until April 1st (Yep, April Fools’ Day!). Learn more about the event itself, including all of our amazing guests, and the exciting no-holes-barred content you’ll get on how to make it in the publishing world! Just click here. Oh! and if you buy a ticket to camp, you get a FREE copy of Ronda’s book and she will sign it for you!


Book-filled Rooms

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(Canadian House and Home via Full House)

Books aren’t trendy, they are classic. Decorating with them never goes out of style though the way they are styled changes with the years.  I love this image from Canadian House and Home’s Trends Issue for 2011. The collection of books is just as yummy as the rich teal paint that covers the room.

Here are more of my favorite book-filled interiors.

(Patricia Gray Blog)


(Habitually Chic)

(Habitually Chic)

(Elle Decor)

(Elle Decor)







(Habitually Chic)

(Cym Lowell Blog)

(Brown Button)

(Kelly Wearstler)



(Design Sponge)



(Patricia Gray Blog)

(Tobi Fairley)

I’d love to hear which rooms are your favorites and why. I especially love dining rooms filled with books. Maybe because it’s unexpected. Or maybe because I love a great book as much as I love a great meal! 

Looking for a few new books to read and fill your shelves this year? Check out my 2011 reading list and my all-time favorite books in my January Travel and Leisure feature.

Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Jackie Von Tobel book winners

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Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm about our autographed Jackie Von Tobel book giveaway. There are lots of Jackie fans out there!

So who won the window book?

That would be Deb Wagoner! Congrats Deb! We’ve got your address, so we’ll be sending your prize soon.

And the lucky winner of the bedding book is…

Why it’s Tricia Helicker! (Psst, Trish, please email me so I can get your contact details.)

Thanks to everyone for commenting! And Happy Monday!

Jackie Von Tobel

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Hi friends,

Well I am back in the swing of things since my Vegas trip and wanted to fill you in on this fabulous giveaway I have going on. While Amy was watching over my precious blog last week, she mentioned that I was on a panel at the Las Vegas Market with the talented Jackie Von Tobel. She also mentioned that if you commented on that post, you’d be entered to win a great prize — one of Jackie’s fabulous books! Well, Jackie was kind enough to send an autographed copy of both of her books for us to give away.  So we will choose 2 lucky people and they will each get one of these books.

Jackie’s books really are must-haves, especially if you are in the design profession! They are so in-depth and informative, they should be used as texts in design school.  But they aren’t boring like any old textbook.  They are filled with beautiful renderings.  And the especially impressive part is that Jackie draws and renders each and every illustration herself. She is one talented lady!!

I love how Jackie helps you put together a complete package. Not only does she tell you about different styles and techniques for hanging curtains or dressing a bed, she also just created a  gorgeous line of fabrics and pillow covers that are stunning and you will love using in your home. This amazing lady hasn’t left any stone unturned.  She’s even created a software program for designers and window treatment professionals that helps to pull everything together for clients.  Jackie’s Minutes Matter software allows designers to show clients exactly what their soft goods will look like in their own homes. And if this wasn’t enough, she’s got two new books planned for her Design Directory series — I can’t wait to see what they are! A little birdie told me that slipcovers are going to be a big focus of one of the texts and boy is there a need for great how-to’s for these.  Nothing looks worse than an ill-fitting slipcover.

In Jackie’s spare time, she also has this little blog that she has been writing for the past 4 years.  Talk about being on the front end of the blog trend.

I so enjoyed spending time with Jackie in Las Vegas on Thursday. Besides being on the discussion panel with her and a few of my other great friends, one of my favorite parts of the trip was seeing the debut of her JVT Collection of fabrics and pillows at the Las Vegas market center.

Jackie’s fabrics were beautifully displayed and it got my wheels turning on where to use some of these.

Doesn’t her medallion pattern look handsome on this settee?

And I even got to pose with Jackie for a quick pic.

So don’t miss out on leaving a comment here for your chance to win one of Jackie’s books.  They are a wonderful resource to add to your library.

You have through the end of the day Thursday to enter.  We will announce the 2 lucky winners on Friday morning.

Good luck!