Posts Tagged ‘color’

Before and After: A Bright Family Room

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I love working with a client who isn’t afraid of color, and who embraces the idea of bold patterns and color combinations! This client’s family room was already making a strong statement, since it was wrapped in a dramatic red from top to bottom.

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However, the deep red really darkened the room and was too much contrast against the white trim. Another tricky part of about the before (above) was an error that a lot of people make in their rooms, which is that the rug is too small for the space. And a small rug has a way of dictating your furniture placement, so that oftentimes people are only using a small portion of the room. That was definitely the case in this room where two sofas were floating in the middle of the space and seating was VERY limited.

Now we have a sectional, two lounge chairs, a large round ottoman, a wing chair, two banquettes (one with a game table) and some floating ottomans. Talk about a place to entertain friends and family!

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In the After photo above, a lighter and more neutral paint brings fabulous light into the room, and acts as great backdrop for the bold jewel-toned colors of the upholstery and the art. And a fun patterned rug now fills the space nicely!

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Before, the furniture was all either sitting in the center of the room as I mentioned, or was pushed to the corners and walls. It didn’t use the space well and it actually made the room seem smaller. And the clients are avid art collectors and their pieces didn’t show up at all in the dark red room. Now the art is what really brings this space to life!

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The reworked room seems much bigger with the new furniture layout, and I added two fabulous banquettes flanking the fireplace to create a great reading nook on the left and a dining or game area with a table on the right. In the finished design, my clients still had the color and “wow factor” that they wanted, but in a lighter and more cohesive look!

So what do you think of this colorful before-and-after? Let me know in the comments section below! Isn’t that acid yellow ceiling a kick? I love how it draws the eye up!

Look for more before-and-afters in the coming weeks!









New House Diary: Master Bath Inspiration

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New House Diary

On Tuesday’s Tobi TV, we talked about my top tips for making a master bathroom into a spa-like retreat. So when I started gathering inspiration and ideas for my own master bath in my new home, I kept those tips in mind!

RSA Assoc

This alcove bathtub by RSA Associates definitely has that spa feeling! I love the idea of a deep soaking tub, and this alcove also offers a lot of storage space. I wouldn’t have a window in my tub area like this, but I could achieve a similar look with mirrors.

Ashley Whittaker Design

And speaking of mirrors, I love these mirrored panels around the tub. And I also love the idea of shelves on one or both sides of the tub in my bathroom. This design is from Ashley Whittaker Designs. I like the easy-access to big fluffy towels, bath salts, and more!


For the color palette in my master bath, I’m leaning toward a neutral look, maybe even something like the classic black and white in the bathroom above from DecorPad. My master bedroom is going to have plenty of color, but with black and white accents, so transitioning to a bold-but-classic black-and-white bath seems like the perfect complement!

Carriage Lane Design

While I’m still crazy about brass, I’m really thinking I’ll go more toward nickel for my fixtures and hardware. I really love the faucets that are mounted directly on the wall in this bathroom from Carriage Lane Design because it leaves more counter space for all the things that end up on your vanity.


And oh, you know how I love a Greek key motif! So adding one to the flooring in my bathroom like this design from architect Kevin Oreck would make me oh-so happy!

So what do you think? Should I go with a crisp and neutral bathroom, maybe with a pop of color in the closet or cabinetry? Let me know what you think in the comments section below! Next week, I’ll show you the new layout for this master bath and the closets!








Predicting Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Every year, Pantone announces its Color of the Year and the arguments immediately begin for or against the color that’s chosen. Last year was one of the craziest times because the Marsala color that was chosen seemed to be the most polarizing selection I can remember!

The 2016 color won’t be announced for a few more weeks, but it’s fun to try to predict what the new color will be! To do that, let’s look back at the other colors from the past 5 years:


Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014emerald

Emerald – Pantone Color of the Year 2013

Tangerine Tango – Pantone Color of the Year 2012honeysuckle

Honeysuckle – Pantone Color of the Year 2011

Just looking over the selections from the past five years, you can definitely see color groups that are missing, like blues, yellow, and neutrals. Benjamin Moore recently made a bold choice for its 2016 Color of the Year with Simple White, both a classic and surprising selection.


I think a bright saffron yellow – like the one I used in my panels from Soicher Marin in the CR Laine showroom last market – would be a great choice! Pantone already has a great yellow in its spring 2016 palette called Buttercup.

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I also like the idea of a deep peacock blue, like in the dining chairs I used above for my Riverside Penthouse project. A bit blue and a bit green, it would appeal to a wide range of consumers and design styles.


And I still think that Pantone could head toward neutral territory by selecting a taupe or a grey, like the one above on my new Marguerite slipper chair from CR Laine.

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But my favorite choice would be a bold cobalt like in these gorgeous Christopher Spitzmiller lamps from one of my favorite dining rooms I’ve designed. I am excited to have a big presence of cobalt in my upcoming Duralee fabric collection for 2016 and I still think it’s America’s (and the world’s) favorite color. It’s been strong for a couple of seasons, but Pantone hasn’t given it the nod I think it deserves.

So what do you think will be the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016? Let me know in the comments section below! We only have a few weeks left until we all find out what will rule our colorways next year!

Colorfully yours,








Tobi TV: Creating a Master Bath Retreat

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If there is one area of the house that most of my clients want to splurge on, it is definitely the master bath! Top requests from my clients include ideas that will help create a retreat with spa-like details.

Nancy Nolan photographed Udouj Residence in Ft Smith, AR Interior Design by Tobi Fairley

I love designing those perfect master baths, and I have a list of must-haves that I’m going to share with you to help you create that relaxing retreat in your home! Let’s take a look:

I feel relaxed already, how about you? Let’s review those tips one more time:

1. For the best retreat, I always recommend a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads. To make it even more luxurious, consider adding a steam option to the shower!

2. Nothing is better in a master bathroom than a deep soaking tub. It’s fabulous to help melt away a stressful day!

3. A vanity in the master bathroom is the perfect spa-like detail. It’s a great place to get ready in the morning, or to unwind in the evening!

4. Also consider adding seating to your master bath – it helps when you are dressing or even just relaxing.

5. Storage may not seem luxurious, but getting rid of clutter in the bathroom gives you a calm and restful atmosphere.

What would you love to have in a spa-like master bathroom? Let me know in the comments section below! And I’ll see you next week on Tobi TV!








The High Point of the Year

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The High Point Market is an incredible trade show for designers and retailers – showcasing the best of home furnishings and marking the new trends that you’ll see in your home in the coming months. I have loved shopping at the show every April and October for the past 15 years, and it is such a dream come true to now be showing my own furniture designs, like the pieces you see above in the CR Laine showroom!


Last month, I had a brand new collection launch with Woodbridge Furniture, another amazing partner that produces beautiful, high-quality furniture. That’s my London drop-leaf table in the showroom above, part of my new collection! It’s great as a console and opens into a 58″x78″ dining table. Plus it looks gorgeous with the art above which is from my Soicher Marin collection. And check out the fabulous brass claw holding an acrylic ball on that table!

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Woodbridge also perfectly created my design vision in the brushed brass Pierce table with a custom logo motif in the center. I loved it when I designed it, but it’s just so much better in real life! This was my very favorite piece from my collections this market.


I had an amazing time with color and pattern in the CR Laine showroom, too, particularly with my “catty” version of the Elle chair in the fabric “Cattitude”. I launched the Elle last April but I think it looks completely different in this glamorous fabric. What do you think?


And I loved using my Soicher Marin collection of art to complement the vignettes in CR Laine, like the one below that features my Taylor sectional and the stunning Stella screens with my exclusive logo motif in nailhead trim.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into some of the new products you’ll see soon in stores and design studios! Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more photos in future blog posts!