Posts Tagged ‘color’

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!










Tobi TV: Luxe for Less

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We all want the sophisticated and chic designs that we see in magazines, but our pocketbooks may not feel the same way about luxury design as we do! There is a way to get those luxe looks for less – you just have to be smart about where and how you spend your budget. It doesn’t mean I (or any other designer) can give you a top-of-the-line product for a big-box bargain-store price.

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Beautiful and intricately detailed homes cost more than you think. So you’ll notice in the video that I don’t say luxury for a bargain price, but luxury for a moderate price. You definitely get what you pay for in my opinion, but there are many ways that you can save money in some areas so you can splurge in other places, and that’s what this Tobi TV is all about.

Instead of automatically saying, “There is no way I could afford that in my home,” I’m going to give you some tips and ideas for how you can mix high- and low-priced items to create best magazine-worthy looks!

See! You don’t have to go all out to have a fabulous space! Choosing where to save and where to splurge is what it’s all about. Let’s recap those tips for getting luxe looks for less:

1. Drapery doesn’t have to be the world’s finest silk to be luxurious. Try a polished cotton for a less expensive, gorgeous look!

2. Coffered ceilings give the look of luxury, but using simple cove moulding instead of intricately detailed options helps. Then consider adding luxe touches like a touch of gold paint or a pop of lavender on the ceiling. It makes this ‘wow’ look less expensive.

3. Skip the expensive dining table and opt for an acrylic base with a glass top. It’s often less expensive than a top-of-the-line wood variety. It’ll save money and create the perfect upscale dining experience.

4. Wallpaper can be expensive, especially brands like de Gournay, but using it on only one wall allows you to have a luxe look without breaking the bank! Another tip, I color-matched the paint with the rest of the walls so there is a perfectly seamless transition.

5. Repurpose some of your existing furniture by reupholstering with fabulous fabric or painting with lacquer. This will save you money and give you a great luxurious look. And yes, painting and reupholstering by a professional isn’t super-cheap, but it can be less expensive than the often thousands of dollars that new, fully-upholstered dining chairs can cost. And every little bit of savings can add up.

6. Custom rugs don’t have to be crazy-expensive. Try a carpet supplier that makes custom rugs to keep your design bill in check. Or even have a rug made from patterned carpet with a decorative binding or serged edge detail.

These tips will give you a lot of look for smaller investment! And even though taking on a luxury design project isn’t cheap, there are certainly areas where you can save so that, when the project is complete and looking gorgeous, you will never even remember the more expensive option. And you’ll feel so proud of your savings, you might even like the more affordable substitute better than the more luxury option. Let me know in the comments below how you give your home a luxe look for less!









Tobi TV: Wing Chairs That Soar

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One of my favorite furniture designs ever is the wing chair, or wing-back chair. The chair design is an older one – featuring an upholstered arm chair with “wings” on the back that seem to enclose the person sitting in the chair. Back in the day, that design helped hold heat in for people sitting near a fireplace.

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Today, modern wing chairs are really versatile pieces that transcend a particular style, and they can really make a room look complete. I use them a lot for my clients, in my own home, and I’m even designing one for my collection with CR Laine that will debut in April at the High Point Market.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite spaces with wing chairs:

I’m already excited to create more designs with wing chairs! Here are some of the best things about wing chairs:

1. Wing chairs can be traditional and stately or modern with fantastic fabrics!

2. The perfect wing chair hugs you and makes a great place to get cozy with your favorite books and magazines.

3. A traditional wing chair can be updated with geometric patterns and contemporary colors.

What are your favorite wing chair designs? And how do you use them to make your home soar? Please let me know in the comments below how you’re “winging it” in your home!








Monday Inspiration

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I spent the weekend in the most fabulous way – I was at the CR Laine factory in Hickory, NC, to look over the samples of my new furniture line that debuts in April at the High Point Market! It was so exciting, and SO inspiring!

I cannot wait to show you the new upholstery pieces – they look fantastic, and they didn’t even have the fabrics on them yet!


I wish I could show you everything, including the amazing floorplan with all of the fabrics and furnishings laid out in the CR Laine showroom – but I can tell you that this collection will be all about COLOR! That shouldn’t surprise you, right?!

In just a few months, I can show it all to you! Until then, look for a few more sneak peeks on my Instagram feed in the weeks leading up to the April Market!

Happy Monday!








Before and After: Soft and Relaxing Living Room

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It’s Before and After Friday and today we’re looking at a living room remodel that is soft and relaxing. This busy house is for a blended family of 6 kids, and with all the hustle and bustle that goes on under this roof, it’s nice to have at least one space that is toned-down and a bit more quiet.

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This project included a large addition, but this formal living space is part of the original home. It’s the first space you enter from the front porch (which is now covered and wraps around the house) and there is really no entryway or foyer in this home. The client wanted “pretty and soft” for this room. I often say, “the entry sets the tone for the whole home” and for this home that means this space has to be up to that challenge.  Though this household will often be busy and chaotic, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be some calm amongst the chaos. We even took inspiration from their love of the beach (which is their favorite place to relax and escape their busy life) when making fabric, color, and materials selections for this room.

So here is the blank slate before the remodel started.  The wall to the right has now opened up to a new hallway.

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And here is the soft and subtle after. Soft doesn’t mean we can’t have color. The tones of blue here bring to mind sea and sky, accented with hints of pink for a bit of freshness. We kept the original front door for the charm and contrast it brings to the room.


Here is the view towards what is now the new dining room and a wraparound porch beyond…

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I don’t have an official after of this corner of the space, but here’s an “installation shot” that will help you get perspective of how these rooms work together. Decisions on the accessories were being made at this point and the coral lamp didn’t make the final cut. This photo also shows us a glimpse of the Art Deco chandelier the client brought with her, befitting the age of the original part of this home.

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And here is what the new dining room looks like that flows seamlessly from this soft living room design to something coordinated but a bit more dramatic.

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A look at the living room fireplace wall before. There is now a large opening on the left to access the addition.

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And a vignette of this pretty wall with fresh cut forsythia vines waiting to bloom for Spring, plus a better look at that fab antique chandelier!


And here is a tiny glimpse of what I did in the new hallway to transition my soft color palette to the newly remodeled upstairs kids’ zone.

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I hope you loved this sweet before and after. These colors have me wishing for Spring!

Happy Friday!


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