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Tobi TV: Mixing Classic Furniture and Modern Art

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One of my favorite things to do as an interior designer is mix classic and modern styles – especially with furniture and art. Modern art keeps any traditional setting from getting too formal or stuffy, and the classic furniture lets the art really play a starring role.

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At the recent High Point Market, I used classic forms to create my new collection of updated upholstery for CR Laine, which mixed perfectly with my new line of modern artwork for Soicher Marin! So how can you mix up this magic in your own home? Let’s take a look at some ideas:

That’s a perfect balance of classic and contemporary! Let’s review those tips again:

1. Contemporary art can jazz up any room, especially when it has a classic look like a Sheraton-style sofa to play a supporting role.

2. If you have a feminine and curvy form on your furniture, like on my Lucy bed, consider using bold modern art like black brushstrokes to add a balancing touch.

3. A camelback sofa is a timeless design form, and when mixed with a watery blue modern print it creates a very dynamic duo.

4. In some cases, you may want the classic look to be the star of the show, like in this Greek bust. So give it a great understudy like these very simple black-and-white characters.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with mixing two distinct design styles – you’ll end up with a look that’s all your own!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Behind the Scenes

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We’re going to do something little different this week on Tobi TV! Normally I give you some great decorating tips right from one of my projects and in the actual room.

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But I know how much you love before-and-after shots of the homes I design, so this time we’re going to look at the process I went through to design this great dining room for one of my favorite clients! Let’s head behind the scenes and look at how it all started, and where we ended up!

Wow! What a difference, right? Let’s talk about a few of the things we did to take this dining room from dated to dynamite:

1. In home design, we sometimes encounter those strange little spaces that make a room a little awkward. Don’t be afraid to straighten out those odd walls and openings by working with a contractor.

2. You can give a boring wall a lot of interest by using details like applied molding.

3. Layers of neutrals from white to cream offer dimension and sophistication. And when you add a pop of color like red, it really makes a statement!

4. Use accessories to pick up complementary colors in your fabrics, like a touch of eggplant in the art that highlights the deep purple in the upholstered chairs.

5. I love to hang art within the borders of panel molding – it looks sleek and chic!

So what do you think about the before and the after for this dining room? I love the result and I know my client is happy with what we did.

What would you change about your dining room? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Mixing Color with Style

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This week, we’re in the CR Laine showroom at the recent High Point Market where I launched my new Tobi Fairley upholstery collection, and a line of art with Soicher Marin! I’m known for color, so you know I brought bright combinations into my new product designs, too.

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So many people, though, are intimidated about working with color. I have people tell me all the time that they’re worried they will choose the wrong color, or that they aren’t sure how to mix colors for a stylish look. Well today I’m going to bring you some tips and ideas that will help you banish those color fears and start embracing the bright side!

Let’s take a look at some combinations that really up the style quotient:

Bright and bold, right? See how easy it is to make color really work for you? Let’s review those tips:

1. Don’t know where to start with complementary colors? Go to the color wheel you remember from school! Once you have a color you like, choose a supporting color that is on the opposite side of that wheel.

2. Mix light and dark together – it’s what makes black and white such a classic duo! Think about using one dark color, like navy, with a paler hue like mint green.

3. You know how sweet and sour can taste good together? Try a tangy bright citrus color like chartreuse with a sweeter flavor like pink – the result will be delicious!

4. Also think about analogous colors, or those that are right next to each other on the color wheel, like lavender and sky blue. Because they are neighbors, they tend to play well together!

Use these bright ideas to really kick your color combos up a notch! And let me know which colors are your faves in the comments section below!

xo,

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Bring the Drama!

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So far, I’ve shown you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty and City Sophisticate color schemes. Now it’s time to bring the drama with my bold and bright Drama Queen group! I’m known for color, and these bold splashes of orange, magenta, and green were probably what most people envisioned my collection would be.

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I also love to mix patterns, so this area showcased stripes, faux bois, and Greek key to put even more POW into the display! My Taylor sofa was actually low-key here (remember it as a sectional in tweed?), and the fabulous CR Laine swivel chair and ottoman highlighted the color story of orange and magenta. Love that stripe on the chair! And the simple circle of black on a white ground in the art is also mine – from my Soicher Marin collection.

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I also love anything with function, so I designed the fully-upholstered Tobin table so an ottoman can tuck right up under it. Then you can pull it out when you need extra seating for guests. And there is that great starburst pattern in nailhead on the side of Tobin, like it was on those gorgeous Stella screens.

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Can you believe that’s my Wells wing chair again? You saw it last week in the City Sophisticate group in that luscious mint velvet with an embroidered nonogram on the back. Here it takes on a whole new personality in a grey and orange Greek key patterned fabric with pale grey legs. It really pulls out the color in the Soicher Marin art I designed, too.

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Speaking of drama, these Alexander chairs really make a grand entrance, don’t they? That magenta fabric was so fabulous against the Greek key pattern on the back of each chair. And in the background you can see one of the most popular pieces from my new Soicher Marin collection, the huge pink wash art that’s propped against the wall. The blue version of that art was a top seller, too!

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My Marguerite armless sofa really is one of my favorites in the whole collection! The orange wool was a big hit, and was the perfect background for the starburst nailhead trim and those fantastic acrylic legs. The bolster is strapped and can be removed, or moved on the sofa so you have an armrest wherever you need it. Another fantastic thing about this piece is that it is sized for dining – so you can use it as a banquette, too! The orange inkblots on the wall are part of my Soicher Marin collection, and they are available in orange or black. I love the name: What Do You See?

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Last, but certainly not least when it comes to the DRAMA quotient, is the Hampton chaise, which was a HUGE hit at market! It was also a great place to collapse after a long day in the showroom – especially on that soft snakeskin velvet in platinum, which I named Hissy Fit! These are built for snuggling and are incredibly comfortable. My favorite comment about these from the entire market was that someone thought they should be called the Binge Watching Chaise because you would be comfortable in them for a whole weekend of Netflix!

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So did that group bring the drama, or what?! I have to say that working with CR Laine and Soicher Marin was far from a drama, though! They are dream partners and really did make a dream come true for me. And again, I’m so appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like Woodbridge, Tritter Feefer, Currey & Company, Barbara Cosgrove, Times Two Design, Colleen & Company, Mirror Image, Chelsea House, and Surya.

Did you see any that were favorites for you? If you are interested in anything you’ve seen here, just go to CR Laine’s website here, or Soicher Marin’s site here. And leave me a comment below to tell me what you think about my new collections! Can’t wait to show you even more in October! WHEW!

xo,

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Big City, Big Sophistication

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Last week, I showed you my new collections for CR Laine and Soicher Marin that were in my Blushing Beauty color scheme. This week, we’re heading to a more metropolitan destination with my City Sophisticate group! For these designs, I was inspired by my collections of Jadeite – mint green glassware that I’ve been in love with for years. I also wanted to showcase how fashion-forward it can be when combined with navy and pale blue, with a few touches of lavender thrown in!

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The entry to the CR Laine showroom during High Point Market showed off my new Elle chair – named for my daughter – and the fantastic velvet Stella screens with starburst patterns in nailhead trim! We mixed in a white sofa and one of my favorite ottomans from CR Laine’s own lines to finish off the look, as well as a blue watercolor from my new collection with Soicher Marin.

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Here is that amazing Elle chair again, in leather with brass arms and nailhead trim across the back. CR Laine is known for their attention to every detail and for adding comfort, which took my designs to a whole new level! My daughter was so proud of this chair that she kept asking me what her cut of any sales would be! HA! You can see us trying out the chair here:

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I also introduced a daybed as part of my CR Laine collection – it’s something that I’m always searching for as a designer, and have a lot of trouble finding! I love the blue moire that covers this Sheridan daybed, it reminds me of the faux bois patterns. And this daybed provides a lot of function, too, since it does double duty as seating or as a bed! It’s even designed to take a fitted twin sheet right over the seat cushion.

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The shape on the back of the daybed is one that I love, so I also used it on the back of my new Izzy dining chair! This chair has a deeply padded back that is SO comfortable!

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In the last City Sophisticate area, I went a little to the dark side. Don’t worry! I just mean darker blue – navy to be exact. The walls added great dimension and were the perfect background to the chinoiserie panels that are part of my art collection for Soicher Marin. The Taylor sectional is shown here in a tweed, mixed with animal print and solid pillows. That sectional (and it’s partner sofa) were big sellers during market! I think everyone loved the tufted seat and CR Laine’s comfort quotient. I also designed the velvet wing chairs you see to the left in the photo below. And the vignette was made perfect with the addition of CR Laine’s stunning ottoman and slipper chairs!

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Here is a closer look at the Wells wing chair, with the bigger barrels below the arm and a fabulous embroidered “nonogram,” on the back. That’s a monogram without any initials, in case you were wondering! I love a good wing chair and this is my new fave!

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This was such a fun group, too, and I’m so excited about how it was received! I’m also really appreciative of partners who allowed us to use their products to finish off our looks – like the lamps from Currey & Company and Barbara Cosgrove, accessories from Times Two Design, rugs from Surya, and tables from Woodbridge.

Next week, I’ll show you the Drama Queen group that will really make a statement! And if you want to take the quiz to see which group fits your personality, just click here!

Meanwhile, have you seen a favorite piece of my new collections yet? Be sure to tell me which one you have to take home in the comments below! These groups will be arriving in retail stores near you in just a few weeks!

xo,

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