Posts Tagged ‘Turquoise’

Before and After Photostyling: My Kitchen

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When photographing my kitchen for Ronda’s book last year, the focus was on my personal collections and those little details that make my home more, well…me. So styling the built-in hutch in my kitchen with my collections of cake plates, jadeite, milk glass and china was where we turned our attention.


Most of you have seen my kitchen before and I always tend to bring in hits of green, both lime and kelly. But I have to say the shots including my turquoise pieces and hints of orange pulled from my “Monkey Business” china pattern freshen the whole palette up a bit.


Here’s another shot of the way the kitchen typically looks.  All bright white and simple. It’s one of my favorite rooms of my home, ironic I know since I am known for such color.

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And here is the way Traditional Home shot it for my feature in 2011. Very simple with sunflowers and a little summer time watermelon for fun.

Whichever look you prefer, here are my top 3 Tobi’s Tips for decorating and styling your kitchen…

1. Use what you have and have what you use. Here’s what I mean, I think the most beautiful decor in the kitchen are the things that really function for you. Large bowls to hold your fruit, baskets where you keep the bread, giant glass canisters for pasta or rice. Too many chotchkies don’t make sense in a kitchen. You need lots of room for cooking and prep-work and they just clutter it all up and gather dust.

2. For photography and even just for a comfortable and relaxing kitchen for everyday use, the simpler the kitchen, often the better. That’s why I love panel-front kitchen appliances. They are a seamless extension of the cabinetry so they don’t break up the space or stick out like a sore thumb.

3. Layer the lighting–Like in the bedroom or any room where you have multiple functions for both relaxing and work, a combination of lighting makes all the difference. For photography, it all depends on the photographer. You can see in the Traditional Home shots, the lights are turned on. With my other shots (all by Nancy Nolan by the way) the lights are off and we are shooting with natural lighting. But either way, with a variety of lighting you are prepared whether cooking, chopping, cleaning, or photographing the space. So think about layering in multiple lighting sources from overhead lighting, accent lights or pendants, under-counter lighting and even lighting in the cabinetry. I think you will love the outcome of layers and different types and wattages in each source.


So there you have my kitchen shots…what do you think? I am partial to these new shots at the moment and I just love how that French antique turquoise tea towel hanging on the chair speaks to the blue milk glass footed bowl and my vintage cake plates for a freshness this room hasn’t seen before.

Tell me which shots you love the most. I’d love to know your thoughts.

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Color Combo: Navy and Pool

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You know me, I love color. I mean, I REALLY REALLY love color and my recent trip to Marrakech just intensified it!! While I was researching Morocco, I found tons of gorgeous images that proves they love color, too — and lots of it! I can’t wait to recap my travels and share the experience with you, but in the meantime I wanted to share a particular color combo that seemed to emerge from my research.

After browsing sites and finding tons of rich, bold colors, I noticed that in all the architectural shots I found, I was gravitating toward a really cool combo of blues — rich navy and refreshing pool!

 For the love of mosaic tile!!!!!

What a serene palette of navy, cobalt and intoxicating shade of pool!  This brings me to my next dose of Moroccan inspiration:  the combination of a lounge and blues.  What better combination could there be?!

 I could kick back with a book and glass of wine on this lounge….just saying.

Afternoon swim here? Don’t mind if I do!!


 I just love the colors of the sky when the sun has just set….

With all of these gorgeous places and spaces, I couldn’t resist pulling some of my blue finds to share with you…

1.  Moroccan Tiles / 2.  duVal-Alexander Sofa, McKinnon & Harris / 3.  Tobi Fairley Home Collection Pillows, Marrakech and custom Bistro Stripe / 4.  Oslo Chandelier, Shine Home / 5.  Moroccoan Boxes / 6.  Moorish Side Table, Shine Home / 7.  Vintage Moroccan Rug

Are you loving this combo as much I am??



Color Coded Rooms: Red and Turquoise Rooms

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The colors of the month are red and turquoise! Today I wanted to show off some of my favorite rooms with these colors! I hope you enjoy these rooms and become inspired!

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via The Decorologist

via Casa Sugar

via Material Girls Blog

Happy Holidays!


Be sure to check out the new Tobi Fairley Home! On the site you can browse and purchase my fabrics, pillows and lighting!

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KATV: Design Time with Tobi Fairley

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Ruby & Turquoise:

The Season’s Hottest Color Story

This morning on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas, I showed the season’s hottest color duo – Ruby & Turquoise!  I love having fun at the holidays; especially with color.  This year why not stray from the traditional red and green?  The photo above demonstrates one of the affordable ways to add a little color impact to your holiday decor.  Using apothecary jars you might already have around the house, fill them with color coordinated candies to add a fun punch of color!

An easy, affordable way to dress up your apothecary jars is with labels.  All you need is a bit of satin ribbon, paper and markers.  Get creative with the label’s shape and color selections.  You can write any word that evokes the holiday spirit for you!

A super easy way to add impact to your holiday look – wrap all those presents under your tree in paper and ribbon than continue your color story.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference this makes!  Here, I’ve paired red houndstooth paper with turquoise satin ribbon.

Finally, why not add some great holiday pillows from Tobi Fairley Home?  Pictured is Saint Nick in Ruby and Turquoise.  This jolly silhouette is printed on linen.  I paired this with a custom color of my Edinburgh fabric.

You can watch the segment for yourself right here…




I hope all the viewers enjoyed my holiday decorating tips on Good Morning Arkansas this morning.  See you next month!

Happy Holidays!



Saint Nick – A fresh new look for a jolly old soul!

Visit Tobi Fairley Home to view the new Saint Nick pillows just in time for your holiday decorating! Three beautiful colorways available as well as left and right facing options.


Energy House Before and After

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Before and after photos of new construction are never quite as dramatic as in renovations.  But still, the details of the energy-efficient showhouse I completed recently are so beautiful, I wanted to show you what I had to start with. I think you will find it quite a transformation.