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Rue Magazine Feature and a Before and After: Riverside Penthouse

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Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 5.32.56 AMI am thrilled to have one of my favorite projects that I’ve ever designed featured in this month’s Rue Magazine! It’s the magazine’s annual color issue and boy does this project bring the color! Cobalt, teal, lavender, yellow…the palette is scrumptious and edgy!

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A penthouse in downtown Little Rock situated along the Arkansas River, this home starts with a WOW right off the elevator when you step into this cobalt, black and white lobby. One of my favorite spaces in the house, I can’t decide what I love most – the black-and-white marble floor, the custom-designed blue marble wallcovering, the white tufted vinyl and velvet banquette, or those blue suede doors with glass door knobs!

But this space wasn’t always so glam. Since it’s Before and After Friday, let me give you a glimpse into how this project started. It was an empty shell with nothing but the perimeter walls. We envisioned the floorplan and the design to make this space function. But it’s the color that I used that really made this home come to life.

Here’s how we took this simple blank wall from this…

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To this! A lovely living room in shades of teal, chartreuse, and lavender.

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Here’s a view from the back wall of the home looking towards what is now the dining room and the study. It was a blank slate.

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But not anymore. Now it’s the hub of the home. And what about that smoked mirror with the TV and modern fireplace set into it?

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The spiral staircase was in place, but that’s about all that was.

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We kept this area simple with some Barcelona chairs and a gorgeous view of the River.

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The elevator lobby once looked like this.

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And now, it’s one of the most stunning parts of the home!

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And looking from the elevator to the roof-top pool, there was nothing but metal doors before.

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Now it’s a mecca of marble print from Black Crow Studios, in shades from cobalt to purple.

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The dining room was only interesting because of the views of downtown Little Rock.

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But now the views take a back seat to the details! From the lavender paneled ceiling, that chandelier of floating glass bubbles, the gilded trimmed doors, to those yellow velvet chairs and the stunning chevron rug…every part of this dining room screams glamorous sophistication now.

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Here’s another view so you can see the custom-colored de Gournay wallpaper. A surprise treat for those dining on the South side of the table. Who needs artwork when you have custom Chinoiserie paper, right?

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Here’s a view looking from the entry/elevator lobby to what is now the dining room, the study, and the kitchen.

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And here are how those spaces look once the walls and decor were designed and built. Be sure to notice those teal butler’s cabinets in the kitchen with brass shelving and mirrors above. They are too die for!

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The study.

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Another look at the kitchen wall before, and the windows where the breakfast area is now.

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Isn’t the final version of this kitchen amazing? The brass-trimmed hood, library ladder, brass pendants, and cabinet hardware are SO chic!

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And again the kitchen wall looking East towards the Old Statehouse Museum with a glimpse of the Clinton Presidential Library through the windows on the left.

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Here’s how this wall looks now with a completed kitchen and drapery to frame the views. How about those lavender Kartell barstools? A bit cheeky and fun, I think.

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And finally, here is the master suite before. It was filled with tons of insulation and drywall getting ready for the project to begin.

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But not anymore! Now it’s wrapped in snakeskin wallpaper, a cobalt lacquered ceiling, and delicious navy drapery. Oh, and that Sputnik chandelier with blue-tipped bulbs is fantastic!

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Here’s a before view towards the master bedroom wall with the master bath tucked in behind.

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And here’s how those spaces look today….snakeskin walls, fur bedding, shagreen lamps, chevron flooring and hexagon doors. What’s not to love?

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Thank you for taking this little home tour with me. I hope you love seeing this space. I often dream of living there myself! Leave me a comment and let me know which part you love the most!

And if you missed our announcement yesterday, Tobi U is LIVE! It’s my all new online learning center. So if you are an Interior Designer wanting to catapult your business to more profits and more success in 2015, join us for the first semester of Tobi U at the Early Bird Price while you still can! It will change your business and your life!

Happy Weekend, Friends!

xo,

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Tobi TV: The Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Today for Tobi TV, I thought I’d share with you the fun video tour of the Hampton Designer Showhouse that recently ran on Open House TV in New York. Click here to watch the video!

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What an honor to be featured along with other talented designers from the Showhouse including the fabulous Phoebe Howard. Want to see more? I recorded some fun videos of my own in the house that I will be bringing to Tobi TV soon.

In the meantime if you want to get this look, here are a few Tobi’s Tips…

1. Balance the feminine and the masculine aspects of a space to make it comfortable and appealing to everyone. The handsome grey geometric wallpaper mixed with the pretty orange floral does just that!

2. Afraid of going too bold with your color? Start with a warm neutral like this grey and layer in bright pops like I did with the orange Toile.

3. Tie your whole space together with the artwork like the exquisite abstract in my space courtesy of Birnamwood Gallery in the Hamptons.

So give these tips a try and let me know how they work. And be sure to visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine while you still can. It’s open through September 1st at 5:00pm. And do let me know what you think of my space. Leave me a comment to tell me your favorite parts!

See you next time on Tobi TV! xo,

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New York City Holiday House with Traditional Home Magazine

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Hi Friends,

Thanks so much for your patience with my lack of blogging of late. I have been so busy with travel during September and October, that I just can’t seem to get to everything.

But I didn’t want to wait another minute to tell you about the amazing Showhouse that I am participating in with Traditional Home Magazine. It is in New York City on the upper East side (63rd and 5th Avenue to be exact) and it’s called Holiday House. I am so honored to have designed Traditional Home’s sponsored room and to be in a showhouse with the likes of Design Greats Eric Cohler, Charlotte Moss, Geoffrey Bradfield, Vincente Wolf and many more big names in the design industry.

The Opening Gala for Holiday House was last night and what a great party it was! Beginning today, the house is open for tours daily and believe me- it is one showhouse you won’t want to miss.

Holiday House is an interesting concept in which designers create rooms based on a holiday theme. Now not all the “holidays” are the traditional ones.  Mine, in fact, is called Spring Forward and it is in celebration of the time each Spring when we “Spring Forward”, but it is also a play on words as the room concept is built around being “Fashion Forward”.

In my space you will find all sorts of fashion references and couture detailing beginning with my classic color palette (for both fashion and interiors) of black and white inspired by the Phillip Jeffries wallcovering that graces my space and is magnified by these chic paintings by Kansas City artist Jane Booth. Oh, and did you notice my black and white Faux Bois fabric from my Tobi Fairley Home Collection?

Other details like grosgrain ribbon trim, applique and embroidery on the drapery panels, contrast welting on my channel-back banquettes, and the sexy curves of my Hickory Chair slipper chairs all bring to mind a feminine fashionista.

In fact all my gorgeous furniture is from Hickory Chair and what a pleasure it was to work with them once again on a successful show house!

And to top it all off, my delicate chandeliers from Canopy Designs and these TO DIE FOR vintage Murano Emerald lamps from Swank lighting are the “jewelry” of my design.

And for those of you who are a fan of Dunes and Duchess, you won’t want to miss how great their double sconces look flanking my fireplace. I think it is the best I have seen these beauties look yet (if I say so myself!) And don’t miss seeing my GORGEOUS black natural fiber Cortina rug from Merida Meridian. It’s Yummy!

I’d like to thank all these amazing vendors that worked with me including Holiday House sponsors’ Pratt and Lambert Paints and NDI.  And a big thank you to Mountjoy Custom Drapery, Michael Savoia, Personal Touch Movers, Freddy and Sandy from Creative Strategies, Traditional Home Magazine and the Holiday House staff and volunteers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without all these great partners.

So if you are in the New York area or will be between now and  November 18th, you MUST go see the Holiday House. And the best news is that it benefits such a great cause, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is a cause that is very close to my family because my husband’s mom died of breast cancer before I had the pleasure of knowing her. I also have a young friend (who is only 29 and a former member of my design team) who is currently fighting breast cancer. So PLEASE take the time to see this gorgeous designer showhouse and help this very important cause!

I look forward to hearing what you all think of my “Spring Forward” design. And I will be back soon with many more exciting blog posts because I have SO much to tell you that has been happening over the last few weeks and months.

Oh and speaking of exciting things…If you are in the New York area or will be there next week, please come have breakfast and hear me speak at Astra in the D & D building with Traditional Home and design celebs Philip Gorrivan, Patrik Lonn, Anne Foster Maxwell of Tilton Fenwick, Gideon Mendelson and blogger and author Ronda Carman of All the Best blog,along with the Scottish Textile Industry.

One of the things I haven’t had time to get you up to speed on is the FANTASTIC trip that I took with Traditional Home and these amazing designers to Scotland in June.  I will be bringing you an inside look at my trip to Scotland here on the blog very soon, but you won’t want to miss hearing all about our amazing experience touring Scottish Textile mills first hand on Tuesday, October 30th at 10am.

And as an added bonus, see the chairs each of us designed using Scottish Textiles and great frames from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. (Hint: Mine is both Scottish and perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! #thinkpinktartan)

So as you can see, New York is the place to be over the next week and I hope to see you there!!

xo,

Industry Insider: Designing Happiness at the BOD Conference

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I’ve been attending David Shepherd’s Business of Design Conference each Fall for the last 6 or 7 years and this year was no exception.

 The BOD conference, as it is known, was located in New York City this year and the focus of the conference was Designing Happiness.  Well for me it started off on the right foot because just being in New York City makes me very happy!

My favorite part of this year’s BOD conference was the keynote address by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister.  Stefan is owner of Sagmeister, Inc. and works on creative projects for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has been a speaker at the prestigious TED conference, the exclusive big ideas conference attended by some of the world’s biggest thinkers.

Stefan is currently creating an amazing film called the Happy Film which we were lucky enough to see the first 12 minutes at BOD.  It is fantastically creative and really about the true meaning of happiness especially in relation to Stefan’s sadness after the death of his mother. He begs the question of whether we can be truly happy again after a great loss.

 

Stefan has really created a life that makes him happy.  He is passionate about his job yet every 7 years he takes a year sabbatical, not to lay on the beach, but to work on a project that is on his wish list.

This idea of taking time away from the job I am passionate about really resonated with me.  Could I even do it? Would I be able to take a year away from this crazy business of design that is my love? And if so, would I also work on a project, one of those “some day” things that I plan to do? And how would I chose which project to do each year?

Well if while working one of my “bucket list projects”, I could take a few moments each week to lie on the beach and read my favorite design magazines maybe I could get used to the idea. Especially if the issues were as fabulous as the hot off the presses October issue of House Beautiful which greeted me upon my return from the conference.  And I don’t think that it is a coincidence that right there on the cover it says “Happiness starts here”.

 

What makes you happy? What would you do if you took a sabbatical? During this time of reflection following the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I think this is a very important question to ask ourselves.  So many of us made giant leaps in 2001 following the 9/11 tragedy into things that would really make us happy, but 10 years later are we still doing that thing that brings us such joy? And is it still the thing we love? Are we still passionate about it? It is what we want to live for?

I am so HAPPY that David Shepherd and the BOD conference introduced me to Stefan and I am so HAPPY that this caused me to take another look at my life and what I really want to do with it. And while I am deciding, I am so HAPPY to have my October 2011 House Beautiful to keep me company.

Here’s to Happiness for us all!  Tobi