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Preparing for Getting Published! Some Photo Styling Inspiration!

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Team Tobi has been all abuzz with final preparations for this week’s Camp Tobi Fairley event, The Journey to Getting Published! Tobi has shared lots of the details of the camp, but if you want to know more about our amazing special guests and exciting content, visit the event site, HERE.

To get us in the mood, I thought it might be fun to have a look at some examples of stunning photo styling! All of the images in this post were pinned by Tobi to her Pinterest Board called Photo Styling Tips. All images are linked.

Let’s see what the bosslady has been digging lately…

I hope you enjoyed these fabulous shots! Tobi arrives stateside today, and she will be back with you tomorrow. She has planned to bring you exciting behind the scenes glimpses of what we’re doing all throughout The Journey to Getting Published, so don’t miss it!

Happy Sunday,




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!


Happy Birthday, Oprah!

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Today is the birthday of one of my favorite people in the world…OPRAH!!! I know many of you idolize her like I do and with good reason. She is one smart, savvy, wise, spiritual, driven, business-minded, inspirational, visionary woman. Whew! She’s been busy.

I love the fact that our birthdays are just 2 days apart. We Aquarians have to stick together! And it makes me think that in some ways, I am like her. I assure you, nothing would make me happier than that.

In honor of Oprah, here are a few of my very favorite quotes ever spoken all by Oprah herself…







And just like me, Oprah’s favorite color is GREEN! Swoon…we are so alike it’s scary. :) So Oprah, since you are probably reading this, here are a few things green just for you…







I knew 2013 was going to be “My Year” since Patone picked the 2013 color of the year as Emerald. 2013 MUST  be Oprah’s Year too! Tonight I’ll be drinking a toast to Oprah in gratitude for all I have learned from her career, her leadership, and her life.

To Oprah…Cheers!


P.S. Want to hear about all the things that inspire me and learn how I apply them in my business and my life? Then join my e-Coaching or Mastermind Mentoring program and work hand in hand with my team and me this year to live your best life yet! You can join either program at any time. You don’t have to wait until the beginning of a month or year. So now’s the time to join us and start changing your business and your life TODAY!

Fortunata means “luck”: Fab Ceramics and a Giveaway!

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You already know how much I love sharing the scoop on my favorite vendors with you and hosting GREAT giveaways that allow YOU to enjoy their fabulous products!



Well, today I’m thrilled to feature Fortunata. They are a very unique company that specializes in creating lovely, hand-made Italian ceramics.


It is the versatility of their many different product lines that really amazes me. And to show you the variety of ways Fortunata’s great-looking dinnerware can work just gorgeously as part of your decor, I’ve teamed up with one of my friends, Kathryn Greeley (who is widely known for her exquisite table settings), and we have both created very different looks with Fortunata dinnerware. To see what Kathryn has done with her tabletop, visit her blog today!

To create my Fortunata table, I started with table settings and serving pieces from Fortunata’s Festa line, in colors Blanco and Azzure (the white and aqua).


I displayed the table settings against a rich brown table cloth to add some warmth, and I used my Faux Bois fabric in chocolate brown for the napkins to add a fun and funky design detail! It went perfectly with the look.

We used a great floral centerpiece and added some pretty, green lanterns to give the table a touch more color.

Do you like the result?

Now for the giveaway item!! Fortunata is giving one “lucky” reader a Blanco pasta bowl (will be white, though the photo is in Honey) and an Azzure square baker (will be aqua through the photo is in Ivory)!!


How can you not love these?! They would look great in any kitchen. Comment on this post and on Kathy’s post, and you will have a chance to win these beauties!

Comments entered by noon on Friday, December 21 at noon will be entered to win!

Arizona in Springtime

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Hi Friends,

Well, as promised, I am spending this week bringing you up to speed on all the exciting things I have been seeing and doing this spring. To kick off the recap of my many travels of late, let’s start with my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona in late March.

I was thrilled to be asked to be a keynote speaker at the Arizona Design Center for Spring Market. Even better that it fell right in the middle of my daughter’s spring break, so she and my mom (my two favorite traveling partners) could tag along.

We stayed a few days at one of my favorite resorts and spas, The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. You know it’s a good place when you check in on Foursquare and the tips/recommendations were left by none other than Tory Burch! And though I was there to give a talk to Arizona designers entitled “The Power of Using Social Media to Build your Design Brand,” I was on a mission to relax and enjoy some family time along the way.

The Arizona Design Center was great! The designers were so welcoming, including Sylvia Lorts, owner of the beautiful Alexander Sinclair showroom where I saw this gorgeous Greek key table. Sylvia is also part of the family who owns Lorts furniture.

After my talk and the lovely luncheon hosted by Sylvia and her team, I had a bit of time to venture into the Design Center’s great showrooms.

My daughter loved testing out this great “pod” from Dedon’s collection found in the Inside/Out showroom.

Here are just a few of my favorite finds from Alexander Sinclair, Ebanista, and Century Furniture.

You can see more of them on my “My Market Finds” Pinterest Board.

And we also found plenty of time for relaxing by the pool…

Going for hikes around the Sanctuary and on Camelback Mountain…

And getting services at the AMAZING Sanctuary Spa, doing yoga in their fitness center, and just having grandmother-mommy-daughter fun in the sun!

And many of our meals were experienced right on the Sanctuary premises either in their great Elements Restaurant or sitting around the pool wrapped in one of their signature lime and white striped towels. I am a HUGE fan of their Bento Boxes for lunch…so fresh and delicious!

Find more of my photos of our time at the Sanctuary on my Instagram feed #ArizonaSpring2012 or follow me, @tobifairley.

If you get the chance, you must visit both the Arizona Design Center and the Sanctuary Resort and Spa.  I definitely plan to visit them both again soon.

Stay tuned for more of my travels tomorrow when we head to Marrakech, Morocco!

xo, Tobi