Posts Tagged ‘Merida’

Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Tomorrow night is the grand opening of the Hampton Designer Showhouse, sponsored by Traditional Home. I have had a wonderful time planning and designing the master bedroom and the deck for the house, sponsored by Duralee, and I can’t wait for the big reveal tomorrow.

In fact, I’m going to give all of you a sneak peek right now! As you can see below, I used grays and bright orange to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of the room. And I continued the orange color scheme onto the deck, with help from Mecox and Ballard Design. Big thanks of course to my fabric and furnishings sponsor Duralee, and also to Lexington Home Brands for the stunning chest, Currey & Company for the lamps, Phillip Jeffries for the wallpaper, Merida Studio for the huge rug, Farrow & Ball for the Mole’s Breath paint color on the cabinetry and shelves, and Robin Rice Gallery for art.

Enjoy this early look and let me know what you think! I’m also going to share photos of the other STUNNING rooms that my friends and colleagues have designed for the showhouse on Instagram, so check those out!

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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



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MERIDA – Made in the USA

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Merida is one of my favorite companies, so much so that I am using a Merida rug in my upcoming Hampton showhouse space. I’m thrilled to have them join our guest series. My blog is all about American spirit this month and Merida is a shining example of that! – Tobi


On a mission to find a photo shoot location for an upcoming advertisement in Elle Décor magazine, I recently set out in search of the perfect abandoned manufacturing facility. At first thought, an abandoned warehouse might seem a peculiar place for a photo shoot, but to us it was much more than a photo shoot, we saw it as an opportunity to tell a story in a single photo…


Enamored by the romance evoked in the pairing of worn brick and thick, sturdy wood beams I was instantly reminded that this would be a beautiful story of prevalence. In touring the mill I was struck by how large and empty the space was. It was almost like everyone picked up and just decided to leave one day. Sewing machines sat alone and abandoned in a corner.

Instructions and photographs of seamstresses still hung from the walls. On one hand it felt like we were touring in the pre-work early dawn hours and workers were going to pour in the door at any moment, and on the other hand if felt as though no one had been in the building in decades. It was an eerie feeling that made me wonder what happened to the US textile industry and all the former employees of the building?

I finally saw and truly felt the significance of reviving manufacturing in the US. Aside from the obvious job creation, it was the first time I really recognized the importance of the story behind the making of a product. There is something to be said for things that are inspired, designed and brought to life right here in our backyards. Today there are some incredible companies creating gorgeous collections in the US, and we hope to see even more in the future. So sit back, serve yourself up a sweet slice of American Pie because we plan to bring back USA design and manufacturing full tilt!

Helping with our initiative are some of our current favorite US manufacturers including Hickory Chair and the gorgeous furniture that they are creating out of North Carolina,

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Gregorius | Pineo with their hand crafted furniture, lighting and accessories out of Los Angeles,

and our Fall River, MA manufacturing neighbor Matouk and their luxurious linens.

We are proud to be in such fine company and are excited to keep the US manufacturing culture alive with the launch of our new wool rug line this fall!


Sunday Showcase: Merida Viewpoint Wool Collection

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I am in love with the Viewpoint Wool Collection from Merida!  I’ve known this company for their wonderful sisal rugs, but the bold graphics and colors of this collection are in tune with my style! 

The collection is flat-woven in Fall River, Massachusetts, using 100% New Zealand wool.  You can have all of the patterns in the collection made into standard or custom-sized rugs.  I can’t wait to use one of these in an upcoming project!  Take a look at some of the options:

Baja in Salsa


Hydrangea in Lime Light


Paisley in Quince


Ranunculus in Zebra


Splash in Pear


Tulips in Berry

You can find more about the Merida Viewpoint Wool Collection on their website.  I hope you like these as much as I do.  Happy Sunday!