Posts Tagged ‘Turquoise’

Tobi TV: Let Your Artwork Inspire You

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I love original artwork! I collect a lot of original art, and I love to use it when I’m designing homes for clients – it actually often inspires my designs. One-of-a-kind pieces really add personality that can’t be recreated in another house or room.

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The key to using original art in your home’s decor is to let it inspire the rest of the room, and to allow the art to be the focal point. It really will give you space that is all your own and is full of personality.

So let’s take a look at some of my top tips for using original art to inspire you:

I’m feeling inspired already! Here is a quick recap of those top tips:

1. In a neutral room, use a brightly colored painting to add that pop! You don’t want to match to the painting, but do use the colors in the art to inspire the palette for the rest of the room.

2. Choose art that has sentimental value for you, or that reminds you of a special moment or person in your life. It will add meaning and emotion to your room!

3. If you have a piece of art that’s by a famous artist, like the painting in my client’s home by Dale Chihuly, hang it front-and-center so it can be enjoyed by your family and your guests.

4. If you’re a collector, edit your art so that pieces will complement each other, and will complement the rest of your decor.

What art or items do you collect? And how can they inspire your home’s design? I hope these tips have you looking at your art in a new way and seeing how each piece can inspire a room’s decor! Please let me know in the comments below how you’re using art in your home!









Tobi TV: Fresh Traditional Design

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I did a presentation this week at the High Point Market with Southern Living magazine, and executive editor Jessica Thuston pointed out something that I’ve also been noticing: Traditional design is coming on stronger each season! But it is a more current and fresh traditional look, with new colors and tweaked patterns.

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In this week’s episode of Tobi TV, I’ll show you how traditional style is finding a new life in interior design, from updated damasks, to brighter colorways, to new scales.

So if you want to bring this fresher approach to traditional design into your home, let’s recap my tips:

1. Overscaled patterns. Nothing is more traditional than a damask pattern in a classic color like navy. But if you overscale that pattern, it gives the design a whole new life.

2. Tradition with a twist. If you take a traditional looks like a claw-foot chair, add a twist like lemon yellow leather to give you a fresh take on a classic design.

3. Add a “wow” factor. If you live in an historic home, or a home that features traditional architecture and design, avoid a stuffy formal look by adding a “wow” factor like bold wallpaper or an unexpected color.

4. Keep it classic. Floral patterns and traditional designs are timeless looks. Consider lighter colors and simpler patterns to give them a current update.

As you can see, if you love traditional style then you are in luck – it’s always IN style! Share this video and the tips with your friends and family who love Traditional Decor! And let me know how you are decorating with classic looks and patterns!

I’ll see you next time on Tobi TV!









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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Happy Holidays!


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