Posts Tagged ‘Kindel Furniture’

Tobi’s Top 10: Sideboards

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 "Tobi Fairley"

This month in Tobi’s Top 10 I’m counting down my top sideboards for the dining room.  Great for serving and storage, here are my picks!


WEST ELM Niche Dining Buffet



POTTERY BARN Tucker Buffet



HENREDON Henley Buffet



BAKER Barbara Barry Carmel Console



OLY Jackson Buffet



SOMERSET BAY Gustavia Cabinet



KINDEL Dorothy Draper’s Console with Two Drawers



CENTURY Oscar de la Renta Chinese Credenza





HICKORY CHAIR Duchamp Sideboard



AMY HOWARD Selznick Server




Presidential Style

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On a recent visit to the Las Vegas market, I spoke on a panel sponsored by Luxe Magazine.  Bill Clinton was speaking later in the day so Luxe decided to have a bit of fun and get into the Presidential spirit.  I was asked to create my own version of 4 classic interiors from the White House.  Here’s what I came up with:

1. Truman’s Library

The Original:

My Update:

The details: Custom mirror, Osborne & Little Trifid Wallpaper, Tobi Fairley Home Lantern, Kravet Linen, Edelman Leather, Barclay Butera Chair, Highland Court Wool, Merida Rug

2. Jacqueline Kennedy’s Bedroom

The Original:

My Update:


The details: F. Schumacher Fabric, Hickory Chair Bergere, Chistopher Spitzmiller LampsBaker Sofa, New River Artisans Rug


3. The Reagan West Sitting Hall

The Original:

The Update:


The details: Robert Allen Upholstery, Fabricut Trim, Kindel Bookcase, Donghia Fabric, Vaughan Lamp, Tozai Ginger Jar, Sherwin-Williams Paint

 4. Nancy Reagan’s Office

The Original:

My Update:


The Details: Phillip Jeffries Wallcovering, Jan Showers Chair, Julie Neill Chandelier, F. Schumacher Fabric, Fabricut Trim, Festoni Lamp, Holland & Sherry Fabric, Lee Industries Ottoman



This flush mount pendant from Crystorama will be given away here on the blog this Friday!  Be sure to leave a comment on Monday’s blog post to be entered.  CLICK HERE for all of the details.

Sunday Showcase: Dorothy Draper by Kindel Furniture

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Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

Dorothy Draper was an amazing American decorator who I truly admire. Dorothy’s use of grand scale, bold color and geometric forms has greatly influenced my design style.  Her designs are still en vogue decades after her sumptuous interiors were completed.  I truly love the Dorothy Draper Collection by Kindel Furniture. Created with the great Carlton Varney, Dorothy’s protoge, the collection is a perfect representation of Dorothy’s unique style. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The España Bunching Chest in Ocean with White Accents is sublime. I have a pair of these in the entry of my art gallery and wish I could take them home.


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The Draper Console & Curio originally designed for the Greenbrier Hotel was inspired by the Chinese Chippendale movement. I love how you can change the color of the back or cover it in wallpaper!


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The American Baroque Mirroris another collection piece inspired by a Greenbrier design. Does this ever make a statement?


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The Café Side Chairis gorgeous with its French-inspired cabriole legs! And this beauty comes in orange too.


Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

The fretwork end panels of the Trellis Writing Table are a signature of Draper style.  This handsome desk is one of my top picks from the collection.

Kindel, Dorothy Draper, Tobi Fairley

You could sit pretty on the Camellia House Bench. I recently used two of these for a client at the foot of  twin beds and they look fabulous!

I think Kindel describes the collection best:
“From the 1930’s to the 1960’s, Dorothy Draper was the most famous decorator in America. A pioneering businesswoman and expert colorist, she used her trademark cabbage-rose chintz and neo-baroque plasterwork to create innovative and dramatic interiors for apartment houses, hotels, restaurants, theaters, department stores and private homes.  The Dorothy Draper Collection, is a collaboration with Carleton Varney, the current president and owner of Dorothy Draper and Co. in New York. This collection is versatile in its offerings of painted and wood finishes. The articles of furniture are reproductions adaptations and inspirations from the Draper’s corporate design work at such institutions as The Greenbrier Hotel, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hampshire House.  The world of Dorothy Draper is one that combines old-world glamour with a current lifestyle and a wink of reverence for the past.”

So to add a little glamour to your interiors, try one of Dorothy’s pieces. You will be glad you did.

Happy Sunday!