We had a pretty lucky run at the Design Bloggers Conference, picking up a whole bunch of goodies from the sponsors and even winning a dinner at the Woodfire Grill. But when we also won a ticket to one of Tobi Fairley’s Design A to Z camps, we knew we had to drop everything and make the trip to Dallas for this special two-day workshop.
Held at the Stoneleigh Hotel, Tobi’s workshop was made up of 15 beginner interior designers and serious decorating aficionados. Like Annie, Tobi has an encyclopedic brain for design and was able to recall the minutest details of dozens of projects, which she used to explain a variety of design concepts, from measuring and tracing to working with architectural details, mixing multiple patterns, and creating functional living through every design element. She gave a revealing peek behind the curtain at tons of great tidbits from her own process (she always starts with fabric rather than a color palette!) and showed a dazzling bunch of before-and-afters from well-known projects that have been featured in magazines. Super accessible, as always, Tobi also fielded a variety of questions on the business and gave feedback on a pre-workshop homework assignment, a redesign of participants’ rooms.
For interior decorators who are looking to give their usual inspiration a little kick in the pants and take their designs to the next level, and for people who just plain love all things decor and want to develop more practical skills, Tobi’s Design A to Z is a great place to start. Check out her website for this and other upcoming events.