Posts Tagged ‘color’

Tobi TV: Mixing Patterns Like a Pro

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Wow – time flies! I am down to the last two meetings for designing my new fabric collection with Duralee, and then we’ll start preparing for its launch in December! That collection will be full of color and pattern, because as much as I’m crazy about color (and you know I am) I also love to work with pattern! But it can be tricky to mix patterns in a room and have the result look professional and not overwhelming.

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At the recent High Point Market, I showcased a lot of pattern in my new upholstery line with CR Laine. Let’s take a look at the results and I’ll share some of my top tips with you:

See? Pattern play is a LOT of fun if you know how to do it. So let’s review those ideas for mixing it up:

1. It’s important to let one pattern be a star, then you can mix in a smaller-scale pattern as a supporting player, and fill in with color and texture.

2. Menswear patterns with animal prints? Why not! With a coordinating color, you can mix any pattern with panache!

3. Two of my favorite patterns to mix are florals and geometrics – the key again is to use very different scales. So if you use a large floral print, be sure to mix in a geometric that features smaller scale like little diamond shapes.

4. You can really balance the look of a room with pattern. If you think a design like gingham might be too sweet or girly, you can mix in another pattern like a faux bois to bring in a more masculine design for balance.

So which patterns do you love? Start mixing them up and find YOUR perfect combination – and be sure to tell me about your pattern play in the comments below!








Tobi TV: Mixing Color with Style

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This week, we’re in the CR Laine showroom at the recent High Point Market where I launched my new Tobi Fairley upholstery collection, and a line of art with Soicher Marin! I’m known for color, so you know I brought bright combinations into my new product designs, too.

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So many people, though, are intimidated about working with color. I have people tell me all the time that they’re worried they will choose the wrong color, or that they aren’t sure how to mix colors for a stylish look. Well today I’m going to bring you some tips and ideas that will help you banish those color fears and start embracing the bright side!

Let’s take a look at some combinations that really up the style quotient:

Bright and bold, right? See how easy it is to make color really work for you? Let’s review those tips:

1. Don’t know where to start with complementary colors? Go to the color wheel you remember from school! Once you have a color you like, choose a supporting color that is on the opposite side of that wheel.

2. Mix light and dark together – it’s what makes black and white such a classic duo! Think about using one dark color, like navy, with a paler hue like mint green.

3. You know how sweet and sour can taste good together? Try a tangy bright citrus color like chartreuse with a sweeter flavor like pink – the result will be delicious!

4. Also think about analogous colors, or those that are right next to each other on the color wheel, like lavender and sky blue. Because they are neighbors, they tend to play well together!

Use these bright ideas to really kick your color combos up a notch! And let me know which colors are your faves in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: Clever Kitchens

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In a kitchen, you don’t need a ton of space to make it work for you. In fact, I like to design smaller kitchens to really test my ability to create a fabulous, functional space.

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Because the kitchen is usually the centerpiece of the home, it always becomes a gathering space, doesn’t it? And there are plenty of ways that you can entertain your friends and family in the kitchen without feeling like you’ve run out of room. Let’s look at the great kitchen of one of my favorite clients for a few tips. It’s not a small kitchen, but it’s not huge either and we really packed a lot of great function and detail in this room. Take a look:

Don’t you just love that space? I do! Let’s recap those tips for the kitchen.

1. A custom-built island can be the perfect multi-functional item for prepping, serving, and gathering, even homework!

2. Try panel-front appliances instead of stainless steel or other materials. It looks just like your cabinetry and makes your kitchen look larger.

3. Punch up your neutral kitchen with color, whether from a great range with red knobs or a fabulous green island with a cafe counter top!

Those tips put the fun in functional! How would you create your perfect cooking space? Tell me what you think and leave a comment below!







Tobi TV: Bring the Light

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Do you know what one thing makes any room in your house look better? Natural light! I love to have windows that will let that sun flow into a room. Add in some neutral colors, and you can completely transform a space!

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For this particular project of mine, it had been a little while since the first time we designed the home originally, and not only had trends and times changed, but the way my clients live had changed, too! So how did I “bring the light” into this master bedroom? Let’s take a look:

What a transformation! So what did I do to revamp this home?

1. After gutting the original bedroom, we put in an extra window which really gave the room more light!

2. I added pilasters to give a bit of grandeur to space and to frame the windows and add more architectural interest.

3. When you let the light in – both with windows and with beautiful light colors in the room – it can make a space look twice the size it really is!

4. Rethinking how you’re using your square footage allows you to lighten up the floor plan and give the room better flow and function.

How is the natural light in YOUR space? It really is one of the best ways to update your room, so let me know in the comments where you are letting the light in!







Bring the Drama!

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So far, I’ve shown you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty and City Sophisticate color schemes. Now it’s time to bring the drama with my bold and bright Drama Queen group! I’m known for color, and these bold splashes of orange, magenta, and green were probably what most people envisioned my collection would be.


I also love to mix patterns, so this area showcased stripes, faux bois, and Greek key to put even more POW into the display! My Taylor sofa was actually low-key here (remember it as a sectional in tweed?), and the fabulous CR Laine swivel chair and ottoman highlighted the color story of orange and magenta. Love that stripe on the chair! And the simple circle of black on a white ground in the art is also mine – from my Soicher Marin collection.


I also love anything with function, so I designed the fully-upholstered Tobin table so an ottoman can tuck right up under it. Then you can pull it out when you need extra seating for guests. And there is that great starburst pattern in nailhead on the side of Tobin, like it was on those gorgeous Stella screens.


Can you believe that’s my Wells wing chair again? You saw it last week in the City Sophisticate group in that luscious mint velvet with an embroidered nonogram on the back. Here it takes on a whole new personality in a grey and orange Greek key patterned fabric with pale grey legs. It really pulls out the color in the Soicher Marin art I designed, too.


Speaking of drama, these Alexander chairs really make a grand entrance, don’t they? That magenta fabric was so fabulous against the Greek key pattern on the back of each chair. And in the background you can see one of the most popular pieces from my new Soicher Marin collection, the huge pink wash art that’s propped against the wall. The blue version of that art was a top seller, too!


My Marguerite armless sofa really is one of my favorites in the whole collection! The orange wool was a big hit, and was the perfect background for the starburst nailhead trim and those fantastic acrylic legs. The bolster is strapped and can be removed, or moved on the sofa so you have an armrest wherever you need it. Another fantastic thing about this piece is that it is sized for dining – so you can use it as a banquette, too! The orange inkblots on the wall are part of my Soicher Marin collection, and they are available in orange or black. I love the name: What Do You See?


Last, but certainly not least when it comes to the DRAMA quotient, is the Hampton chaise, which was a HUGE hit at market! It was also a great place to collapse after a long day in the showroom – especially on that soft snakeskin velvet in platinum, which I named Hissy Fit! These are built for snuggling and are incredibly comfortable. My favorite comment about these from the entire market was that someone thought they should be called the Binge Watching Chaise because you would be comfortable in them for a whole weekend of Netflix!


So did that group bring the drama, or what?! I have to say that working with CR Laine and Soicher Marin was far from a drama, though! They are dream partners and really did make a dream come true for me. And again, I’m so appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like Woodbridge, Tritter Feefer, Currey & Company, Barbara Cosgrove, Times Two Design, Colleen & Company, Mirror Image, Chelsea House, and Surya.

Did you see any that were favorites for you? If you are interested in anything you’ve seen here, just go to CR Laine’s website here, or Soicher Marin’s site here. And leave me a comment below to tell me what you think about my new collections! Can’t wait to show you even more in October! WHEW!