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Tobi TV: A Study In Purple

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I am SO close to launching my new collections of furniture and art at the High Point Market, and I am really getting excited! Next week I’ll give you some sneak peeks at the upholstery and Soicher Marin framed art, but I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that both collections are full of color. In fact, we are featuring that as the theme for my upholstery collection with CR Laine: Celebrate Color!

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I’m known for using color – so much so that my brand is Bright, Bold, and Tailored. So let’s look at a room this week that I saturated with a bright purple. Purple is such a great color to work with, and I love every hue from luxurious, rich purples like royal and plum to paler shades like lavender and periwinkle.

Color psychology says that purple stimulates the imagination and spirituality, which made it the ideal color for the study in my Riverside Penthouse project that was recently featured in Rue Magazine. I know that, for some, working with color can be intimidating, so here are my tips for pulling off purple:

Oh, I so love that color! Let’s recap those tips for purple:

1. Purple is great for the bold and daring decorator. It can create a dark, cozy place that is perfect for curling up with your favorite book or magazine.

2. Purple is an ideal color if you’re letting your fabrics lead the way. Pick the perfect purple textiles and go from there!

3. If you’re inspired by fashions from Europe, then purple is perfect for you! Moody hues like purple and blue create an amazing continental look.

4. Small spaces can use a rich hue like purple, too! It will create the jewel box effect and turn your space into a gem.

5. If you’re a movie buff, purple definitely brings the drama!

Talk about stimulating the imagination! These tips should have you ready to paint your world purple! Let me know in the comments below where you like to use purple.








One Month Till High Point Market!

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It’s only one month until The Greatest Show on Earth – well it is if you’re a designer or retailer in the home furnishings industry! It’s almost time for the High Point Market, an amazing (and HUGE) trade show where we will see all of the latest trends and designs in upholstery, tables, beds, lamps, art, rugs, pillows, and so much more! It runs April 17-23 in High Point, NC.

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I’ve loved going to the High Point Market for years, to shop for clients, to see the new design ideas and home fashions, and to network with other designers, press, retailers, and vendors. It’s like a ginormous party with 80,000 of my closest friends! If you haven’t been, and you’re a designer, get your ticket NOW – it is well worth it. You can see the full line of offerings from your existing vendors, find new and unique sources, network with peers and possible partners, and even earn CEUs for classes that are free to all attending designers! Just go to to learn more.

On top of all of that, there are amazing social events! I am hosting two myself – one at Soicher Marin on April 19 at 11am (bring on the Bloody Marys!) and one at CR Laine on April 19 at 4pm (with a few sweet surprises!). So come see me!


If you aren’t “in the biz,” you won’t be able to attend but you can follow along and get a sneak peek at all the gorgeous products coming your way. All you have to do is follow the #hpmkt hashtag on Twitter or look at the fabulous boards on Pinterest that will be created by the market’s official Style Spotters.

And in just a week or two, I’ll be giving you an inside look right here for my brand new product lines with CR Laine and Soicher Marin! I cannot wait to show you the designs I’ve created for sofas, chairs, screens, benches, and art – it will be a huge celebration of color!

Until then, I’m back to the workroom as we put the finishing touches on each piece and complete the planning for the showrooms and events! Watch the countdown clock at the very top of my website’s homepage as it counts down the days until the BIG SHOW!








Tobi TV: Luxurious Bathrooms

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Wondering where I’ve been on the blog? I’m in the midst of designing all of my product launches that are going to debut at the High Point Market in April, so I’m a little bit busy. Ha!

What I’m really dreaming about, though, is getting away from it all, even a staycation would be great – maybe in a spa-like retreat in my own home! Creating a bathroom with that spa-like feel is much more than just picking the right calming paint colors, though. You need to remember luxurious details that take it over the top!

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The bathroom in my Riverside Penthouse project, featured recently in Rue Magazine, has all the details that make a perfect stress-free getaway, so let’s look at this relaxing retreat!

Calgon, take me away! Let’s take another look at those luxurious bathroom details:

1. Chevron marble for the floor in a master bath is an interesting detail that hits you as soon as you step inside!

2. Brass and Lucite hardware makes it clear that your bathroom’s vanity is high-style.

3. Octagon doors give shape and detail that are hallmarks of high-end retreats.

4. A marble backsplash behind a soaker tub screams luxury. But not too loud, we’re relaxing in here!

A bathroom like this one will wash all your troubles away! Let me know in the comments below how you create a relaxing bathroom retreat!







Tobi TV: Fashionable Kitchens

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We’re in the middle of February’s usual Fashion Week extravaganza, with runways heating up in New York, Paris, London, and this week in Milan. I find a lot of inspiration on those runways, even for rooms like the kitchen where you can take your look from haute couture to haute cuisine.

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The key to designing a fashion-forward and glamorous kitchen is to make the space feel luxurious and expensive while adding in some unexpected features that make it ahead of it’s time. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite haute kitchens!

Can you see why I love this kitchen? Let’s recap what really makes the design so fashionable:

1. Don’t be afraid to embrace Carrara marble countertops for a glamorous kitchen. Nothing is more beautiful, especially with a matching backsplash.

2. Tired of white kitchens? Try a shade of gray for your cabinetry and brass hardware for a fashion-forward look.

3. A sleek induction cooktop with a mirrored finish will add some high-tech shine to your haute couture kitchen.

4. Brass is back and really packs a punch for a glamorous kitchen! Try adding brass with a vent hood, hardware, or pendant lighting over the island.

5. Add something unexpected to your kitchen, like a library ladder to get to those hard-to-reach cabinets, or think about out-of-the-box ideas for seating.

Details really will pump up the glamour, so try these tips to make your kitchen runway ready. Let me know in the comments below how you are inspired by fashion in your home!








My New Partnership with Duralee

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This summer, I was thrilled to partner with Duralee for the Hampton Designer Showhouse! They have been one of my favorite vendors for years, but getting to work so closely with them was great. Their team was an absolute dream to work with – and now I am even more excited to announce that we’re going to continue that partnership with a new Duralee Designer: Tobi Fairley fabric collection! I am over the moon to be the next designer in Duralee’s amazing line up of Designer partners. My collection is set for debut at the wholesale Fabric Show, ITMA Showtime, in December 2015 in High Point, NC, and will be available to the Interior Design Trade in April of 2016. So that means by Spring of 2016, you can buy my fabrics from your favorite designers and manufacturers around the country.

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We have been hard at work on my fabric designs since last summer, and the process has been fun and fabulous! I can’t wait for you to see the patterns and colors that we’ve come up with – but I can tell you that the fabrics will definitely fit my brand of Bright, Bold, and Tailored! The gorgeous fabrics I used for the Showhouse (shown above) are from Duralee’s Bailey and Griffin Collection. And you’ll be excited to know that my Duralee Designer: Tobi Fairley Collection will have equally large-scale fabulous prints and bold colors that are right in line with my Tobi Fairley style, perfect for your pillows and drapery. Plus there will be brightly-colored woven geometrics and florals that are hard-working and perfect for your upholstery!


As you know, I’ve been producing my own fabrics for a few years now. You can see those patterns above. But it is SUCH an amazing opportunity to move onto a national stage with a premier fabric company like Duralee. They really get what designers need and ultimately what consumers want in their interiors, and together we are going to produce fabrics that are fashion-forward and essential!

I’ve formed some terrific partnerships this year – including those with CR Laine and Soicher Marin. And you’ll be able to see those incredible collections at the upcoming April High Point Market. With Duralee added to that list, all three of these companies really fit my brand and my aesthetic. But they also are just terrifically great people to work with – and that’s what is really important to me and the people in my company. And look for at least one more company to join up with us for this fun ride in the near future and round out the great offerings I am bringing you for your home.

Thanks for coming along with us!