Archive for April, 2011

Please stay tuned!

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You don’t want to miss out on tomorrow’s Sunday Showcase.  I’ll be profiling another wonderful company with great products.  This will be leading up to Monday’s blog with a HUGE giveaway.  The biggest giveaway EVER on Tobi’s Blog.  So stay tuned as we bring you lots of exciting information the next two days.  Don’t miss out!

British Invasion: Tobi’s Top Ten Picks from the UK

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What better topic today than anything to do with Great Britain.  With the Royal Wedding happening today, I thought I’d do a Tobi’s Top 10 and share all of my favorite products from the UK!

1. Cole & Son Wallpapers

Cole & Son, Vivienne Westwood, Wallpaper

This wallpaper is from the Vivienne Westwood Collection.  Cole & Son never leaves me wanting more color or pattern!

2. Julian Chichester

Julian Chichester

The Anna Low Cabinet would provide a wonderful graphic punch to any room.

3. Designers Guild

Designers Guild 

The fabrics of Designers Guild provide yards and yards (or metres and metres) of sheer color happiness!

4. Vaughan Lighting

Vaughan Lighting

The Portobello Lantern from Vaughan has a gorgeous gilt finish.

5. William Yeoward Fabrics

I’ve been a huge fan of the bold patterns and colors of William Yeoward fabric quite a while.

6. Trowbridge Gallery

Trowbridge Gallery

I love the Matthew Moore Shells from Trowbridge so much I hung them in my own home.

7. Osborne & Little

The flocked cameo style of O&L’s Clarendon wallpaper was perfect for my daughter’s bathroom.

8. Wedgwood China

Wedgwood, Jasper Conran

The Chinoiserie Pattern by Jasper Conran makes me green with envy.  I need these now!

9. Malabar Fabrics

Malabar has a great range of fabrics from light and feminine to preppy and bold.

10. Besselink & Jones

This Large Silver Lantern from Besselink & Jones is polished to perfection!


Leading image copyright Mario Testino.

The Smoke Bell Lantern

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 Elle Decor, Kristen Panitch, Smoke Bell Lantern, Kitchen

Smoke bell lanterns are showing up all over the place these days and I love them!  They’re great in a kitchen, over an island or in an entry.  I even have a few in my design studio.  I featured one yesterday in the Room Rescue Plan and they always garner great feedback and lots of questions whenever I show them here on the blog.  I’ve compiled three different smoke bell lanterns for today’s blog.  From opening price point to a luxury creation,  there’s a one for almost any budget.

Shades of Light, Smoke Bell Lantern, Tobi Fairley

Bronze and Clear Glass Smoke Bell Lantern
Shades of Light

Rolled Lip Smoke Bell Lantern
Circa Lighting

Vaughan Lighting, Tobi Fairley, Smoke Bell Lantern

Glass Globe Lantern
Vaughan Lighting
Pricing to the Trade

Lead Image from Elle Decor Design by Kristen Panitch

KATV: Room Rescue Plan Winner

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Last month on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas, I announced a contest for Design Camp tuition and a Room Rescue Plan.  Today I’m happy to reveal the Room Rescue Plan won by Linda Tabor of Monticello, Arkansas.

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas

Linda requested her 20 year old kitchen be lightened up.  The dark wallpaper and cabinetry finish are definitely in need of an update!

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas

The cabinetry turning the corner is awkward and blocks the view from the kitchen to the breakfast area.  Not to mention it seems it would be unpleasant to anyone sitting at the counter stools.


Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas

Here’s a look at the concept board I showed on the segment.  My goal was to update the room with fresh colors and reuse a lot of the existing cabinetry.

Key Upgrades:

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas

1. The awkward cabinets turning the corner above the peninsula are removed.  I would suggest relocating the microwave by installing an undercounter microwave drawer.  For an even more dynamic look, consider adding 12-15″ high glass-fronted cabinets above your existing wall cabinets.

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas

2. A painted cabinetry finish with distressing helps to update the look.

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, KATV Good Morning Arkansas, Walker Zanger

3. Installing Ceramica Alhmabra Beveled Brick tile on the backsplash gives an updated look that’s classic!

Tobi Fairley, Shades of Light, Smokebell Lantern

4. This Smokebell Lantern from Shades of Light installed above the island is a much more beautiful option compared to the existing fluorescent lighting.

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan, F. Schumacher, Kravet

5. Recovering the counter stools is a key way to updating your color scheme.  I propose covering the ouside back in Circle Dance in Azure by F. Schumacher.  Cover the inside back and seat with an easy to clean vinyl, Southfork 116 by Kravet.

Best wishes for your kitchen remodeling project, Linda!

KATV: Design Time Tomorrow Morning!

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Tune in to Little Rock’s KATV Channel 7 tomorrow morning in the 9 o’clock hour for this month’s edition of Design Time with Tobi Fairley on Good Morning Arkansas.  In my segment, I’ll be revealing my Room Rescue Plan for the winner of last month’s contest.  Don’t miss it!

Tobi Fairley, Room Rescue Plan