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Tobi TV: 5 Tips for Faux Bois

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I usually have a firm policy of “Just Say No to Faux” – there is nothing like the real thing in most cases. But just like with any design rule, there’s always an exception.

For example, I love a good faux bois! What is faux bois? It’s French for “fake wood” which is exactly what it is, a fake wood or woodgrain. In fact, I love this design motif so much that I used it in one of my fabric designs for my Duralee collection!

The faux bois I used in the Jack and Jill bathroom for my Riverside Penthouse project is actually hand painted on the walls, giving this room a gorgeous textured look. Here are a few tips that tell you why I think faux bois is a real design winner:

Isn’t that a fun room? Let’s recap the fabulous faux bois ideas:

  1.  Faux bois brings in an element of nature, which makes everyone and everything feel fresh and alive.
  2. Faux bois gives the impression of texture that can really amp up a space.
  3. The woodgrain look is also gender neutral, and here I used it in neutral tones. So it works well with any color, and in any room.
  4. Try getting a local artist to hand paint your faux bois to keep your space budget-friendly.
  5. You don’t have to worry about the trendiness of faux bois, it’s a classic finish that is always in style!

So what do YOU think about this wood-like look? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Tobi TV: Fab Faux Bois

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I usually have a firm policy of “Just Say No to Faux” – there is nothing like the real thing in most cases. But just like with any design rule, there’s always an exception.

For example, I love a good faux bois! What is faux bois? It’s French for “fake wood” which is exactly what it is, a fake wood or woodgrain. In fact, I love this design motif so much that I might just be using it as the inspiration for one of my upcoming fabrics for Duralee!

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The faux bois I used in the Jack and Jill bathroom in my Riverside Penthouse project is actually hand painted on the walls, giving this room a gorgeous textured look. Here are a few tips that tell you why I think faux bois is a real design winner:

Isn’t that a fun room? Let’s recap the fabulous faux bois ideas:

1.  Faux bois brings in an element of nature, which makes everyone and everything feel fresh and alive!

2. Faux bois gives the impression of texture that can really amp up a space!

3. The woodgrain look is also gender neutral, and here I used it in neutral tones. So it works well with any color, and in any room.

4. Try getting a local artist to hand paint your faux bois to keep your space budget-friendly!

5. You don’t have to worry about the trendiness of faux bois, it’s a classic finish that is always in style!

So what do YOU think about this wood-like look? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

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Tobi TV: To Trend or Not to Trend

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This week I’m traveling to North Carolina for the High Point Market, the largest trade show for home furnishings in the world! It’s a great place to find new ideas and trends for the home, and I always come away completely inspired by what I see there!

But there’s a difference between something that’s a classic trend and something that’s just “trendy.” Classic designs go in and out of fashion, but they are never really out of style. It’s like that perfect little black dress that you can wear for years and years! My favorite classic trends are faux bois, chevron, and trellis patterns. If you’re going to the High Point Market this week, you can see examples of these fabulous looks in the C.R. Laine showroom, 310 N. Hamilton. I’ll be there a lot over the weekend!

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Things that are trendy are like flash-in-the-pan styles – they’re fun to play with, but not something that’s going to stick around for a long time. I do like to use a few trendy pieces in my designs, but I’ll only use them in smaller and less expensive items, like a fur throw or a fringed pillow. That way they can be changed out easily when that look leaves the spotlight – and it will eventually.

So what are classic trends that have that longevity? Let’s take a look at this video that I made for my friend P. Allen Smith:

Now you can see why these classic looks are always in style. Let’s recap what they are:

1. Faux Bois – this woodgrain look is fabulous on pillows, wallcoverings, upholstery and draperies.

2. Chevron – I love this great zigzag pattern that’s lighthearted and fun.

3. Quatrefoil – this four-lobed pattern is inspired by architectural detailing, and it makes a terrific trellis pattern.

4. Chinese Gourd Lamp – you really can’t go wrong with this classic lamp style. It looks good with everything!

Aren’t these fabulous designs? So what are your favorite classic trends? Let me know in the comments below!

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