Archive for June, 2010

KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley: What’s Hot in Paints!

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I want to thank everyone for tuning in to watch Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas this morning.  As promised, I am posting all those design tips you need to add color to your home with the hottest in paint color trends.  I’ve got fun, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look fabulous!

The first project we talked about was rehabbing an old chair with a fab color.  This dated find had great bones and was in need of a makeover.  I used Sherwin-Williams SW 6744 Reclining Green.  For the accompanying desk I used SW6745 Lark Green.  An accent color that was used in the space was SW6620 Rejuvenate.

This chair and desk combo turned out beautifully.  F. Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis II in Mandarin/Ivory was used to upholster the seat.  It adds a nice pop of contrasting color!


Here’s a look at the inspiration board I showed on the air.  When you’re working on your own projects, have a plan and be brave with color!  You won’t be disappointed with the results.


 The second project featured was these little guys.  They are vintage cast-iron stands for wood burning stoves.  Landon, who works in my design studio, found these in the barn at his farm.  He thought they would make perfect footstools for use indoors or out by adding a simple upholstered top.  After cleaning them thoroughly, they were primed and painted.  Indoor/outdoor fabric on the new top provides durability.

The footstool was painted a vibrant red, Sherwin-Williams SW7588 Show Stopper, to coordinate with the navy/ivory striped fabric found at a local discount store.  The red and navy combo provides a crisp and casual look for summer.  Red and blue inspired interiors are also a hot color trend at the moment.

Here’s a look at the color board I showed on the air.  You don’t have to stick with just one shade of red or blue.  You can mix it up and go lighter and darker to add some interest to your color story!

If too much color on the walls is a bit outside of your comfort zone, try a neutral wall and use these bright and trendy colors as accents for furniture and other elements in the room.


For a Warm Neutral try Benjamin Moore’s Spendor (AF-385) with Vapor (AF-35) as a trim color. 


For a cooler neutral, Pashmina (AF-100) is a nice Taupe tone and pairs well with etiquette (AF-50) for trim.



For a lighter wall color,Jute  (AF-80) is a versatile Beige shade that will work great with either of these trim colors.



All of these colors are part of Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Colors collection.  Even a novice DIY-type can choose colors confidently.  Each of the 144 colors in this collection work with all the others.  You could blindly select three of the colors and they would work together.  How amazing is that?  Talk about giving those of you who aren’t designers some color confidence!


And if you’re enjoying my segments on KATV, you’d probably love Tobi Fairley’s Design Summer Camp.  I’m opening up my design studio to give people like you a chance to have fun and learn some great design skills.

Design Summer Camp is almost full…sign up today!!!  And don’t forget, the early bird discount and chance to visit my Traditional Home photo shoot ends TODAY, so don’t waste a moment getting your registration to us!

DIY Ideas Please???

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While working on my curriculum for Design Summer Camp, planning my blog editorial calendar and deciding on material for my appearances for KATV Channel 7’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley segments, I began thinking about my favorite DIY projects.  DIY posts seem to get more hits than anything on my blog and get rave reviews on my TV segments.

This AMAZING chevron floorcloth by Kansas City Designer David Jimenez (he has a gorgeous website by the way) is one of my favorite DIY projects I have seen of late.  It was created for his DIFFA Dining by Design Event in Kansas City earlier in the year.

Now, I want to know what your favorite DIY project is. Here’s your chance to impact my blog, Design Camp and TV segments.  Post your ideas as comments on my blog today…Pretty Please!!!!!!

I can’t wait to hear from you.


P.S.  Design Summer Camp is almost full…sign up today!! And don’t forget, the early bird discount and chance to visit my Traditional Home photo shoot end tomorrow, so don’t waste a moment getting your registration to us!

Pool Blue…I want to dive right in!!!

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This kitchen just might be my favorite ever.  Featured last April in Metropolitan Home, I have been saving it in my “covet” file for quite some time.

When it’s 102 in Arkansas like today, I want to dive right in to this pool blue space for a little refreshment…Ahhhhhh!!!!

The Adventures of Tartan Scot

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I have been meaning to do a blog post on my friend Scot Meachman Wood, San Francisco designer extraordinaire and author of the blog The Adventures of Tartan Scot ,for quite some time.  Now that he went and gave a little shout out to my Design Summer Camp today, I thought this is as good a time as any to make it happen.

I love the rich, masculine and cozy feeling of so many of Scot’s interiors.  I want to curl up on that sofa with a hearty Cabernet and a good book.

The colors Scot chooses are regal and his furnishings always handsome.

A little bit of plaid makes it into most every Tartan Scot design.

And he has mad entertaining skills.  I want to dine al fresco in this black and white beauty.

If you haven’t seen Scot’s website and blog, do check them out.  And to hear his amazing vocal skills and so much more about Scot Meacham Wood, listen to his great recent interview at the Skirted Roundtable.

And I hope like Scot you are intriguied by my Design Summer Camp.  I think Scot should fly over and be a camp counselor for a week or two…Don’t you??