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Tobi TV: Mixing Vintage and New China for the Perfect Tablescape

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It’s time to think about your Thanksgiving tabletop. If you love and collect china like I do, the options are endless for creating a gorgeous and unique look for holidays, special occasions, and every day!

A few months back I did a segment for my friend P. Allen Smith on his show The Garden Home. It was all about mixing my vintage china with new pieces for a fresh look.


Take a peek at the video and then let’s recap my tips for becoming the perfect mix-master for your tablescape:

So when prepping for your Thanksgiving or holiday tables, remember these tips:

1. Antique and vintage pieces mix beautifully with brand new china and glassware. Don’t feel like you have to stick to a particular age or style. I use new with old, and expensive with affordable, traditional with sleek.

2. Meaningful pieces from your heritage can add a bit of nostalgia to your table. Pull out grandmother’s pieces or your mom’s wedding china and enjoy the memories they bring to your event or dinner.

3. Mixing pattern and color is acceptable on the table, just like in an interior. The most interesting mix is achieved with a variety of scale, pattern, and color.

4. Tie it all together with a unifying piece. In my video, it’s the floral cup and saucer that makes all the shades of pink and green in the antique, vintage, and new tabletop decor all work seamlessly together. So look for that unifying piece for your table. And don’t overthink it. The unifying piece could even be the linens!

Now tell me, how do you plan to entertaining for the upcoming holiday season? And will you incorporate any vintage pieces and collectibles? I’d love to hear your entertaining ideas and recipes too. And be sure to share this video with those entertainers in your life. It just might inspire them to drag out their collections for a unique tabletop of their own.

Wishing you luck and creativity as you plan your gorgeous Thanksgiving table!


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What’s Your Style?

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As I think more about how to create spaces that are authentic to my client’s personalities, wants and needs, but bring the best of what I have to offer to the table, I thought I would pose a question to all of you…

Do you know your personal style? And is it consistent from your wardrobe, to your home, to your hobbies, parties, or lifestyle activites? Do you have a signature style in all that you do and can you describe what it is?

Here are 3 fun photos that I found on Pinterest that I think tell a similar story and might just get you started in defining your Authentic style in all areas of your life. They could just be the work or style of the same person, don’t you think?

pink and red

table to room


They are all fun, flirty and don’t take themselves too seriously, right? Oh, and let’s not forget the daring use of color and pattern.

Can you be consistent in your own style? Do tell!


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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!

Announcing Exciting Design Camp Incentives!!!

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Well you knew I would offer something fab, right?

As if Design Camp, with it’s hoards of design how-to’s, hands-on design training by yours truly, and delicious food isn’t fabulous enough, I have 2 special incentives to get the rest of our spots filled up for design camp pronto! Last camp I offered one camper a behind-the-scenes look at a magazine photo shoot when Traditional Home was on location in my house.

I want to offer some equally exciting perks for our two upcoming camps, so here they are…

First, for all of you interested in our one-day, action packed Design Camp on September 18th, anyone who registers before Friday, August 20th will be entered into a special drawing. 

Two (that’s right, I said two) lucky campers will be invited guests for a special dinner party at my home on Friday Night, September 17th.  I am photographing and videotaping an entertaining segment for our new blog and website and two of you will get to be part of this exciting event!!! 

We will enjoy a delicious 4 course meal, lovely wines and gorgeous decor and you will get to have your debut in one of my new video segments on the all-new Tobi Fairley Website and Blog. You will even get a fabulous party favor for being one of my special guests! And you can see first-hand, my fun and colorful home that was recently photographed for an upcoming issue of Traditional Home Magazine.

Now for those of you who are registering for our Fall 6-week Design Camp that will be each tuesday evening from 6-8:30 pm beginning October 12th, I have a special incentive for you too!  Get registered before September 1st and you will be entered to win a free ticket to an exciting event at my home on Wednesday evening, October 27th.  I am hosting a cocktail party to benefit the Fine Arts Club of the Arkansas Arts Center with Special Guest Eddie Ross!!!!!!

So hurry up and get your spot for the Fall session before we fill up and get your chance to meet and mingle with the amazing Eddie Ross in my home in October.  Of course I will be going all out with the food and decor for this event too. With Eddie being the master entertainer that he is, I can’t let my party miss the mark!


Both of these fabulous events will be covered on the brand new Tobi Fairley blog and website launching this Fall.

So come on campers, fill the rest of our Design Camp spots today for a chance to attend one or both of these fabulous events in my home.  Both camps are filling up, with Texas in the lead with the most registrants for the September Class. If you are coming from out of town, be sure to let us know.  My favorite hotel is offering special rates and complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Call us at 501-868-9882 or email us at today. If you have already signed up, you will automatically be entered into these drawings too.

Can’t wait to see you in design camp!

Design Camp Session 2: Inspiration Boards and a Contest too!

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Design Summer Camp session 2 is all about what inspires you.  Campers will be taking the things they love and turning them into a stepping stone for a beautiful room.

Here are some things that inspire me…

White Peonies

Blogs (this image from Coco +Kelley)

Classic ornamentation

Other Designers creations

Bold, geometric fabrics

Pure, gorgeous color


DIY projects

Entertaining in Style

Now don’t you think these are the perfect pieces to inspire a beautiful room?

So here’s the fun part. I will be bringing my favorite inspiration boards from my Design Campers here to the blog later this week for a vote and the winning board gets a fabulous spa package from Ava Bella Day Spa. What a way to find some inspiration, Right?

And now for even more exciting news…You can be a winner too! Email your very own digital design inspiration board to us at by noon this Friday July 16th and I will select one of you to win free tuition to an upcoming Design Camp Weekend Session (travel and lodging not included).  This prize is valued at $500 but the design skills you will learn are priceless!  So get to work on your board today.

Images: Inspiration Board via House and Home  , Room from Coco +Kelley, Door knocker via Grant Gibson, Green leather chair from House and Home  , Pillows by Caitlin Creer, Fashion from, DIY project via Lonny Mag, and tablesetting from This is glamorous.