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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

Why I Love Sherwin-Williams’ Relaxed Khaki…

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Each month when my House Beautiful arrives in the mail one of the first pages I flip to is the “Color” section. This may not come as a surprise to you since we know I’m all about color. However, it was a delightful surprise for me to be featured alongside some of my favorite designers in the May issue’s “Color” story on living rooms.

When I was first contacted about this piece, I thought I would most likely choose a bold color. But after I thought about it, I decided that Sherwin-Williams’ “Relaxed Khaki” is truly my go-to color for all living spaces, because it doesn’t make you choose just one palette. It plays nice with all colors from aqua to red, orange to plum. It’s one of the most versatile and easy-living colors you’ll find anywhere!

Wondering what other colors I love? You can get a free download of my Top Ten Paint Colors when you fill out the web form to the right of this post. The download will be emailed to you, plus you’ll be in the loop on all my upcoming design camps, product launches and speaking engagements.

Ok…so I told you my go-to color. What’s yours??



Sunday Showcase: Mottega Lamps

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Confession: here at TFID we are slightly – er, okay majorly – OBSESSED with Mottega lamps. If you’re not already familiar with this fabulous, innovative company (which was created by Mark Moussa who also happens to be the creator of Arteriors Home!), allow me introduce you to one of the best ideas in lighting history!

This highlight from House Beautiful in 2011 is a great illustration of what Mottega is all about — configuration! On Mottega’s user-friendly website, you can mix and match lamp “anatomy” and colors until your heart is content! It’s like Legos for grown-ups. Ha!

There’s truly something for everyone, and the possible combinations are endless!

Some like it with gloss… (photo source: Apartment Therapy)

… and some like it with glass!

Here’s a few configurations I put together for you as a little demo:

Cool, right? So head on over to the Mottega Configurator and design the lamp of your dreams!



Amanda Nisbet’s Dazzling Design Book!!

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I first met Amanda Nisbet back in 2004 at a business coaching session we were both attending in NYC. It would be an understatement to say we hit it off immediately!

I think one of the reasons we clicked was our shared love for both color and pattern. That, and neither of us take ourselves too seriously!!

Here are just a few of her AMAZING designs that I love.

Since she has such a gift for using color, what better way to showcase her work than a book, right??

That’s why I’m so excited to say her first book, Dazzling Design, will be released September 15!

Congrats to my dear friend, Amanda! I hope you will pick up a copy as soon as it hits shelves (or reserve a copy through the pre-sale now!!). I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Happy Reading,


P.S. If you’re attending High Point Market this week, I hope to see there! I’ll be speaking on the “Branded: Making a Name for Yourself and Increasing Your Business” panel on Monday at 10 am at the High Point Theater. Drop by and say “hello!”

If This Room Were A…

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Last year I used lots of bright, happy shades of coral in a bedroom I designed for The Hampton Designer Showhouse.

Everything about this color makes me want to smile. So, I thought it might be fun to deconstruct this room see what other things remind me of this vibrant coral. Here are a few treats I found to remind me of this bedroom.

If this room were a bag…it would be the Boardwalk Tote from J. Crew. Doesn’t it scream BEACH DAY!?!

If this room were a fragrance…it would be Melon Daiquiri by Philosophy. I am not sure what I love more – the decadent scent or the delicious recipe on the bottle!

If this room were a jelly bean…it would be a Sunkist Pink Grapefruit Jelly Belly.  Hopefully the Easter Bunny will leave these for me in my Easter basket!

What does this room bring to mind for you?


- Tobi