Episode 1. Tobi Fairley

Episode 1. Tobi Fairley.

My guest on our premiere episode is Tobi Fairley.

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

 Tobi is an interior designer based in Little Rock, Arkansas with a new office recently opened in Dallas, Texas.  Selected as one of Traditional Home magazine’s Top 20 Young Designers in America, Tobi’s signature look is “fresh and simple combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result.”

In the episode we discuss how she started her career as a designer after earning degrees in both accounting and design.  We delve further into her entrepreneurial spirit, discussing how her blog has helped to build her business and how she continues to help other design professionals build their own viable practices through mentorship and consulting.

Download the episode HERE and reference the links below for additional resources mentioned in the conversation.

Links from Episode 1:

Getting Published / Social Media Strategy: December 3-5  with guest speakers Krissa Rossbund of Traditional Home, Crystal Palecek of Rue, Michelle Adams of Domino, Cassandra Lavalle of Coco + Kelley, Julia Noran Johnston of Editor At Large and Sandy Gilbert-Freidus of Rizzoli with author and designer Alex Papachristidis


Tobi’s Blog

House Beautiful: March 2010

House Beautiful: March 2010

Camp Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley Home

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” attributed to Bernard of Chartres

Tobi’s thoughts on yoga and meditation

Tobi’s dream dinner party guests:

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

“Let passion drive your profession.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Interior design maven Dorothy Draper

Interior design maven Dorothy Draper

“I don’t believe anything can do as much for a room as a glowing fire in an attractive fireplace. Men and dogs love an open fire; they show good sense. It is the heart of any room and should be kindled on the slightest provocation.” ~ Dorothy Draper

Fashion icon Coco Chanel

Fashion icon Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer

“The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Self-help guru Tony Robbins

Self-help guru Tony Robbins

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ~Tony Robbins

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” ~Zig Ziglar

Here is Tobi’s flank steak recipe (spice-rubbed petite beef tenders, Yum!) with bonus recipes for fire-roasted red pepper sauce, broccolini and a potato gratin too, all courtesy of Traditional Home.

And to close out the meal Tobi also shared with us Ma Bailey’s caramel cake recipe for dessert:

1 cup butter
2 ½ cups sugar
5 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons cocoa powder in hot water to dissolve
Mix well
Gently Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites
Makes 3   9-inch layers
Bake at 350 degrees until done.
Caramel Icing:
2 ½ cups sugar
1 Large can pet milk
¼ stick butter
¾ cup of sugar caramelized (just heat in iron skillet until browned)
Mix first 3 ingredients in sauce pan, bring to a slow boil.
After extra sugar is caramelized, pour into the mixture. Sugar will instantly harden.  Cook 9 minutes at slow boil.  Caramelized sugar will dissolve into mixture.  It will thicken as it cools.  Use on cake between layers and on top of cake.

That’s all for this episode wrap-up. If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!


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