Archive for February, 2009

Green with Envy

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I am feeling some blogger love today because Courtney over at Tradish with a Twist, featured my living room yesterday in her post “Green with Envy is Right”.

And I am feeling Green with Envy this week myself over two of the best fashion statements I have seen in a long time! It’s no secret that I love green, the majority of my house is decked out in it! And I am actually wearing green at this very moment including a great 525 America V-neck and my fabulous new green bangle from the Worth collection!


 But the two looks that I am gaga over this week come from the rich and the famous! I don’t think either of these women have ever looked any better!!

Mrs. Obama was stunning in her emerald, tea-length dress for the Stevie Wonder event at the white house a few days ago!

And though I know many of you prefer Jennifer over Angelina, I think Angie is gorgeous and her emerald jewelry at the Oscars this week was to die for!!!

A Taste of the Mediterranean

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I am very excited for my latest publicity in the March 2009 issue of At Home in Arkansas Magazine! This home was a departure from my typical project because the client is very traditional in style with ornate antiques and collectibles they have acquired over the years.  My task was to infuse my colorful, youthful and clean vibe into their 8000 square foot new construction. They wanted a result that is representative of their sophisticated taste and is at the same time comfortable for entertaining their college-age sons and large extended family.

Mediterranean and Moorish influences appear throughout the home but are most evident in the formal living room! I especially love the teal Spitzmiller lamps, the velvet leopard pillows and the New River Artisans carpet.

With seating for 18, the dining room is grand! The damask wallcovering sets the tone for the space and the blue and white ceramics infuse tradition reminiscent of some Valentino designs I have admired for quite some time from an old issue of Arch Digest.

Warmth and comfort abound in the kitchen and breakfast areas. These spaces are sure to be the hub of the home as they are in so many residences!

I loved creating an alternate seating area in the entry taking full advantage of the large space to accommodate more family and friends at parties and events!

The client’s previous dining room buffet became the perfect vanity in the powder room with an onyx top and gilded sink.  Spicing it up with Sicis leopard mosaic tile was an unexpected surprise.

This light and fresh office space was inspired by my client’s desire not to have the “typical man’s study”.

Possibly my favorite bedroom project to date…I am crazy about this damask wallpaper and Fortuny lighting in the Master suite. And the glamour of the antique mirrored master bath is a beautiful and luxurious compliment to the bedroom!

And a little more typical of my design aesthetic, the young man’s bedroom is fresh, clean and simple.

Mirror Mirror

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I have always loved this mirror over the bed in a Jamie Drake bedroom.  I once researched it for months to no avail, believing it to be the perfect addition for a client’s project.  I even tried to find a glass artist to craft one for me and I could get no takers.

And then last week while planning my trip to Palm Springs, I was browsing around on Jonathan Adler’s site looking at photos of The Parker Hotel. And to my surprise…here was my favorite mirror’s mate in one of Jonathan’s residential projects. Only it is in gold and not turquoise.  I got so excited I was beside myself.  I thought that maybe, just maybe, there is someone out there now who knows about my favorite mirror and where to buy it.

So someone please tell me where this mirror came from??? Who made it??? And is it affordable??? I hope so but with the track record I have I am guessing no! But none the less, I gotta know! I might even give away a prize for the lucky person who can identify it! In fact I think I will. It can be the first ever give away on the Tobi Fairley Blog. I hope you are the lucky contestant! I don’t even know what the prize is but I will come up with something!! Good luck!

And while you are dredging up where in the world you might have seen such a mirror before, here are a few of the photos of the Parker in Palm Springs. It is super groovy and I definitely recommend you visit soon!!

Beautiful Bedrooms

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Bedrooms may just be my favorite rooms to decorate! They are often so beautiful and relaxing not to mention romantic! So as this month of Romance is winding down, I wanted to remind you just what a respite bedrooms can be from your hectic life.  And if your bedroom does not replenish you and your sweetie give me a call! We can make yours a place you can’t wait to get home to.

Here are a few of my favorite bedrooms that I have designed.

And a few more bedrooms that inspire me! Maybe they will inspire you to create your on retreat!

Inspiration bedrooms from Domino Mag by Miles Redd, Kelly Wertsler, Jan Showers and Jay Jeffers.

Talk ’til My Heart’s Content

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I had a fantastic time two weeks ago as the featured speaker for the Unity in Design event held at the High Point Furniture Market.  The occasion was a regional ASID event for the Carolinas that included showroom shopping, several speakers, luncheons, cocktail parties and networking.

I was thrilled when my friends Leith Satterwhite and her son Gibson of New River Artisans asked me to be the featured guest speaker at a luncheon held at their Custom Rug Showroom.  My talk was about Thriving in Tough Economic Times and How to Brand Yourself using Custom Product.  We had a great crowd and my message was very well received! I hope I was able to offer some suggestions to my audience that might just help them stay ahead in this economy.

As I well know, New River Artisans is the perfect source for custom branding. I have used their rugs many, many times in my projects and they are always the peices in my rooms that get so much attention.  I love the endless options for color and pattern when it comes to designing New River peices for my clients. Plus the quality is supreme!

Although just the opportunity to talk to others in my profession was a treat (I always have something to share), I was especially excited that my friend Tim Schelfe of the very successful Schelfe and Associates, was part of my audience.  And even more fun was getting to meet 3 of the young and beautiful designers that work for Tim’s firm.  These girls, all fans of my blog, are bloggers in their own right.  They all take turns posting on the Schelfe and Associates blog which I think brings a variety of perspectives to the firm’s clients and fans! So thanks to all these great staff members from the Schelfe Design Firm!!  Be sure to check out their blog and their post about this same fun event!

Thanks to photographer Jay Lovejoy for shooting the event for the market’s PR department. And to New River Artisans for inviting me! It looks as if I will be doing another talk for New River as part of the April 2009 High Point Market! Check back on my blog for more details in the coming weeks!