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User Image tobifairley Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:11 PM (UTC)

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Oh the great TV debate...When I was making the design decisions for my home, I wrote a blog about putting a TV in my breakfast room. I knew it was about a 95% certainty my hubs and child wouldn’t hear of not having a TV in the breakfast room to watch while cooking and eating. I watch very little television. I’m a reader and a student of courses and webinars and personal development in my free time. TV is rarely my entertainment of choice. But friends, let me be real. We have 8 televisions in 4000 square feet (including one by the pool) and there are 3 of us. My husband is a TV-loving, sports watching, reality TV fan sort of guy and I have to admit the AV system in our home rocks. I use it mainly for music and it’s connected to our lighting and nest thermostat. And I do love having Apple TV so when the TV mood does strike, I can watch fab things on Netflix like The Crown right from my comfy bed. All that to say, to answer my blog question from months ago, I didn’t win the “no TV around the dinner table” debate. But I’m thrilled to say we rarely turn that TV on. Hooray! So I may not have won, but I’m winning the quality time, white space, less electronics battle in my home one day at a time. And even with the TV turned off, the after of my breakfast room wall, tv and all, looks fantastic. See the sad little before of the breakfast room when you swipe left. So thanks to all of you who energeticly or even vehemently voted no TV around the dinner table. I agree and maybe in a year or two, I’ll work my way to a fabulous piece of art here. In the meantime, my family thinks they got their way and but I’m winning too! 💙 (Photo by @nancy_nolan_photography)
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 20, 2018 4:14 PM (UTC)

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Cheers to the weekend! I’ve been off sugar and alcohol for almost 3 weeks and I feel so much better. It’s not even hard for me really, especially the alcohol part. And the benefits of better sleep, more energy and less achy joints (thanks to no sugar) are life enhancing. I do enjoy the festive and social part of having a cocktail once in a while, and my go-to is usually a sugary Moscow Mule. So what’s your favorite substitute for a no sugar, no alcohol drink? My choice is usually club soda and lime. But wondering if there’s a more fun, but healthy option. I want to hear yours!
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful-that will be my life.” —Elsie de Wolfe. Starting each day with beauty, function and light is such a gift. And nothing thrills me more than taking a home that isn’t working, that doesn’t breathe life into its family, and transforming it to a place that does. This bathroom was one of the most dated and dysfunctional spaces in my home renovation. (Swipe left to see the before). But not anymore. This room now nurtures and supports us every day. I love this room! See the entire master suite (bedroom and bathroom) before and after process on my blog by clicking the link in my bio. After photos by the fabulous @nancy_nolan_photography
As I sit here in my cozy bed drinking coffee on a snow day in Arkansas, I’m grateful for the beauty and function of our newly remodeled master suite. It’s a far cry from what it looked like before. Swipe left to see the transformation from plain to perfect. Plus you can read about the renovation of the whole master suite on my blog today (link to blog in bio). See you later, friends! My second cup of coffee calls and I gotta get back to looking at the pretty white snow out my bedroom window. 💚❄️
“We shape our buildings, thereafter, they shape us.” -Winston Churchill . Since our renovation, our home is definitely shaping us daily with the beauty and joy it brings to our special moments. But that wasn’t always so. The character and interest added through architectural detailing definitely made our home more finished and in many rooms, more functional. A house without good detailing and design leaves so much potential undeveloped. To see the before of our entry that was less architecturally interesting and alive swipe left. (After photo by @nancy_nolan_photography )
Light, especially natural light, feeds my soul just like color does. I knew there was potential for light and bright and pretty in this home. But it was hidden under plain and dark and safe and boring. (Swipe left for the before of the space). People ask me all the time how I can be so bold with design, daring with color, gutsy with pattern. But it never enters my mind to be any other way. Boring is not an option for me. Safe is boring. But I don’t make every room in my home as bold as my pink and floral dining room. If they were all this way, that would be boring too. It’s about getting the right mix of bold and soft, exciting and calm, beautiful and interesting and even a little quirky. This mix creates personality and life and joy in a home. The before of this home had great bones but it felt sad. It is sad no more. And the dining room may just be the happiest room of all!
I find little bits of Heaven all over my house every day. I walk through this little spot in my entry many times a day and each time, I smile. I remember the dark, dated and lonely before (swipe left to see it). Now it’s so alive with color and pattern and things we enjoy. I love that I think to myself “I’m so grateful for our home” probably 10 times a day. And I count my blessings that I now work from home and being in this house fills me up, it nurtures me. Does you home work hard for you? Does it support you? Does it make you feel amazing and lift you up? Is your home your biggest ally or is it part of the problem? Just yesterday, I heard someone say “I love a house that rises up to greet you”. I’m so happy our home rises up to greet us every day. I love this house. Your home is meant to be your foundation and your haven. It’s where you should find peace and recharge. When you live in spaces that support the life you want to live, stress melts away and dreams find a way of coming true. Your home is a reflection of everything you are and everything you want to be. ❤️
One of my favorite places to work at home is at the desk in my bedroom. This room is so pretty and serene, and my desk has views up the tree-lined street we live on. But this room wasn’t always so pretty. Swipe left to see the plain and uninspiring before of this room. After photo by @nancy_nolan_photography
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 10, 2018 1:49 PM (UTC)
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I love waking up to this bright and fresh kitchen every morning. Our master bedroom is right off this space, and I enjoy this clean and crisp design every morning as I fix a cup of coffee and start my day. But for 2 years I lived in the before of this space and it was quite depressing. There are a lot of dramatic before and after photos from our renovation but this may just be the most. Swipe left to go from beautiful after to dated before and let me know what you think. I think it’s perfect for my family and me! (After photo by @nancy_nolan_photography)
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 9, 2018 1:22 PM (UTC)
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Nothing makes me happier than working from home in my new design studio. The last 18 months here have been perfect for my design team, my family and my pups! Check out my blog post to see how and why we work in this great space on the back of my newly renovated home (link to blog in bio). And for a look at the transformation of this space, swipe left to see the dreary before photos and the bright and cheery after photos. After shots by the fabulous @nancy_nolan_photography
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 8, 2018 6:30 PM (UTC)

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Have you ever heard of a yoga wall? Well it’s one of my favorite additions to my workout room in my home renovation. I discovered the yoga wall while practicing with Heather @triadyoga in Greensboro, NC during the furniture market about 3 years ago. I fell in love with the way using the wall enhanced my practice and made my body feel more spacious. Yoga is one of the main ways I stay healthy and happy and the yoga wall is used as a prop to deepen the benefits of yoga, by opening and creating space in the body with therapeutic techniques. It’s easy on the joints and can mimic physical therapy practices like traction for the neck, back and spine. Want to know more? You can get the details of a wall like mine at and trust me, you’ll love it! Namaste, friends!
White space. Breathing room. Clarity. These are my goals in my home design and in my schedule. They are ideas that I prefer to live by. And though I love color and pattern and the excitement of the mix, I also need spaces in my life, my home, and in my schedule for replenishing, relaxing and downtime. This space feels just like that. Swipe left to see the dark, drab and uninspired “before”. (After photo by @nancy_nolan_photography )
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 6, 2018 7:14 PM (UTC)
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It feels so clean and fresh in my Foyer after the Christmas tree comes down. I love the holidays and I also love the fresh, clean start of the new year!
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 3, 2018 1:47 PM (UTC)
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Back to business today. Our kids are back in school and my team and I are hitting it hard for the new year. Our design studio will be the spot for some BIG decisions today. On the agenda is our staff meeting to break down our audacious goals into real, actionable steps. This year we have one main focus for the whole company tied to a financial stretch goal. A few other things are secondary and everything else has to go. Lots of planning and inspiration happening today to decide what our days have to look like to hit our target. You can’t keep doing what you’ve been doing and get a different result. We will execute completely different this year. One of our big plans for 2018...saying No more! Oh how I love today already. The new year is my jam! What are you doing to up-level your business this year?
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 2, 2018 3:44 PM (UTC)
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Today is the day that all the Christmas decorations come down. I have enjoyed them more than ever this year. But nothing makes me happier than getting things clean and organized around my home in the new year. I spent yesterday organizing some of my personal cabinets and closets, today starts a big purge that is going to happen for the next few months until every space in my house is re-organized. I am very committed to have a place for everything and if we’re not using it, it needs to go. It’s been 18 months since I moved back into my home post-construction and 6 months since I finished decorating it all, and that’s plenty of time for things to start getting cluttered again. I did the last minute “stuffing of closets” in December before all our parties and events. Yes, even though I am very organized, I still had things that right before party time got crammed in drawers and closets. So this year since my word is thrive, I want my family and me to thrive in every way, especially in our home. And that means less time cleaning and more time enjoying life. And the only way to keep things clean and organized is to get rid of all the stuff we don’t need. This mama who prides herself on be organized and only owning things I really love is doubling down this year and I’m being more brutal than ever about getting rid of things we don’t use. Even if I do still love it, if I haven’t used or enjoyed it in the last 6 months, it’s gone! It is time for simplicity here, friends. It’s time to THRIVE!
User Image tobifairley Posted: Jan 1, 2018 3:43 PM (UTC)
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Happy 2018, friends! This is my 7th year to pick a word to guide my goals and intentions throughout the coming year. But this is the first time I’ve had it ready to go first thing on January 1st. Check out my blog today to see my word and why it’s perfect for this year (link in bio). What’s your word? Let me know in a comment below. Welcome, 2018. I’m ready. Let’s do this!!!
It’s the last day of 2017 and on my blog I’m doing my annual Year in Review for the 10th year in a row!! (Link in bio) Take a look back with me on what a great year it was and help me thank all those fabulous people and companies who helped make it so great! Cheers to 2018, friends!
User Image tobifairley Posted: Dec 30, 2017 7:48 PM (UTC)
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No surprise that the reveal of my new home renovation made most of my top 9 most liked Instagram posts for 2017. It definitely is the most exciting part of the year to my family and me! Cheers to the New Year friends! Thanks for following. ❤️
User Image tobifairley Posted: Dec 26, 2017 4:44 PM (UTC)
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Hospitality was my focus this holiday season. My super social husband and daughter and I entertained our little hearts out and it filled us up! Our cups runneth over, but today we rest. My home studio is quiet because our offices are closed this week. And my daughter and I are going to spend countless hours this week in our pjs and watching movies and on our computers and taking naps. And there will be goal setting and word of the year choosing and 2018 planning. And if I get tired of sitting around, there may be some closet cleaning and drawer organizing. I used to barely stop for Christmas (and we certainly didn’t close the office for a week) back when I was a workaholic, but I’m so glad I’ve changed. I am now focused on the most important things in life during the, and self care and rest and preparing for a fantastic new year! Now this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. What does your ”week after Christmas” look like?
User Image tobifairley Posted: Dec 26, 2017 4:08 AM (UTC)
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Merriest Christmas, friends! I think this is truly my merriest yet. God is so good, I am so blessed and I wish you all a good night! ❤️🎄🙏🏼