Quinoa and Roasted Beet Parfait
Spice-Rubbed Petite Tender with Thyme-Roasted Grapes
Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Broccolini with Warm Honey-Mustard Dressing
Yukon Gold Potato and Celeriac Gratin
Sweet Potato Flan with Cranberry-Caramel Sauce
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund
Photographs by Emily Followill
Little Rock designer Tobi Fairley went mad for plaid during a recent trip to Scotland, which found her touring a variety of textile mills, including a tartan factory. After she brought a blue-and-green cashmere throw home to Arkansas as a souvenir, she used its color scheme as the springboard for a dinner party she hosted.
“I saw miles of gorgeous countryside, and I wanted to bring that home and share it with my guests,” says Tobi. “The trip generated so much inspiration for projects of all sizes—from entire rooms to my special dinner party.”
Instead of navigating guests to her dining room, Tobi charted a course for them that reflected the routes of her trip. Granted, her living room didn’t require a passport, but it did provide an intimate and cozy setting for the evening. Tobi’s gateleg table, which typi-cally lives in the hallway, was repositioned in front of the sofa, and chairs were slipcovered specifically for the gathering.
The table evokes a woodsy feel through natural elements and adaptations of them. On the host chairs, Tobi’s faux bois fabric from her home collection graphically depicts wood grain. Cups made of natural horn complement flatware with handles that look like twigs but are rendered in stainless steel.
Inspired by a meal of roe deer that she dined on in Scotland, Tobi introduced antlers into her party theme, hanging wooden deer heads on the wall where a sunburst mirror typically shines. Real antlers cradle menu cards announcing a dinner of Spice-Rubbed Petite Tenders of beef with Thyme-Roasted Grapes, Yukon Gold Potato and Celariac Gratin, and Sweet Potato Flan with Cranberry-Caramel Sauce.