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Tobi TV: 5 Tips for Faux Bois

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I usually have a firm policy of “Just Say No to Faux” – there is nothing like the real thing in most cases. But just like with any design rule, there’s always an exception.

For example, I love a good faux bois! What is faux bois? It’s French for “fake wood” which is exactly what it is, a fake wood or woodgrain. In fact, I love this design motif so much that I used it in one of my fabric designs for my Duralee collection!

The faux bois I used in the Jack and Jill bathroom for my Riverside Penthouse project is actually hand painted on the walls, giving this room a gorgeous textured look. Here are a few tips that tell you why I think faux bois is a real design winner:

Isn’t that a fun room? Let’s recap the fabulous faux bois ideas:

  1.  Faux bois brings in an element of nature, which makes everyone and everything feel fresh and alive.
  2. Faux bois gives the impression of texture that can really amp up a space.
  3. The woodgrain look is also gender neutral, and here I used it in neutral tones. So it works well with any color, and in any room.
  4. Try getting a local artist to hand paint your faux bois to keep your space budget-friendly.
  5. You don’t have to worry about the trendiness of faux bois, it’s a classic finish that is always in style!

So what do YOU think about this wood-like look? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

My New Partner: Woodbridge Furniture

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9000-00B_Sofa_805-05_81-07_Ottoman_DTL02A Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge table that we tested last market

I am so happy to announce that I will have a new furniture collection with Woodbridge Furniture that will debut at the October High Point Market! The Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge line will launch with a great introduction of 10-12 pieces this fall, and a larger collection will be introduced at the April 2016 Market. The Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge Collection will include a selection of case goods from side tables and dining tables to desks, chests, consoles and dining chairs.

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The Ellison Cocktail Table from the Tobi Fairley for Woodbridge Collection

This may not be a big surprise to some of you if you were at the High Point Market last April. We tested a couple of my designs with Woodbridge, like the blush and charcoal Ellison cocktail table with the gold leaf border that you can see in the photos above. Isn’t it gorgeous? And how about the table I designed below with the green top and curvy legs? This fun piece with a matching console and cocktail version will be available in a variety of colors. The best part is Woodbridge allowed me to bring my creative vision to pieces I couldn’t find out in the marketplace. And I think Woodbridge really knocked it out of the park creating them for me, don’t you? 

You know I love to work with partners who are collaborative and share a vision that we’re both ready to work hard to execute – and the Woodbridge team is exactly that type of partner. Co-founders Watts Humphrey and Kevin Hinshaw are fantastic guys to work with, and their young company is really a hidden gem that offers incredible quality and expertise! The vision I’ll bring to our partnership is fashion-forward design that fits the way people want to live today. It’s a win-win!

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Another of my “test tables” that I designed with Woodbridge.

The Woodbridge designs will also coordinate fantastically with my upholstery collection for CR Laine and my artwork for Soicher Marin. And the wood pieces will really round out my licensed lines. It brings my dream of a full Tobi Fairley licensed home group closer to coming true! Stay tuned for more!

And come see me at the High Point Market this fall – we’ll have a lot to show you!

xo,

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Tobi TV: Fab Faux Bois

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I usually have a firm policy of “Just Say No to Faux” – there is nothing like the real thing in most cases. But just like with any design rule, there’s always an exception.

For example, I love a good faux bois! What is faux bois? It’s French for “fake wood” which is exactly what it is, a fake wood or woodgrain. In fact, I love this design motif so much that I might just be using it as the inspiration for one of my upcoming fabrics for Duralee!

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The faux bois I used in the Jack and Jill bathroom in my Riverside Penthouse project is actually hand painted on the walls, giving this room a gorgeous textured look. Here are a few tips that tell you why I think faux bois is a real design winner:

Isn’t that a fun room? Let’s recap the fabulous faux bois ideas:

1.  Faux bois brings in an element of nature, which makes everyone and everything feel fresh and alive!

2. Faux bois gives the impression of texture that can really amp up a space!

3. The woodgrain look is also gender neutral, and here I used it in neutral tones. So it works well with any color, and in any room.

4. Try getting a local artist to hand paint your faux bois to keep your space budget-friendly!

5. You don’t have to worry about the trendiness of faux bois, it’s a classic finish that is always in style!

So what do YOU think about this wood-like look? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

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New House Diary: Living Room Walls

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I told you that today we would take a look at the scary paneling in my living room – and it’s the type of paneling that SO many homes from the ’60s and ’70s have! You know what I mean, dark brown and often not really “wood.” Here is a “before” shot of my living room that shows you what I’m going to have to work with:

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Well there you go – that shows you how bad it is right now. So you may be thinking that I’m not a fan of paneling, but that’s absolutely not true! I’m just not a fan of the old school dark paneling like this. I do want to have a paneled room, just more updated, and I have found some amazing inspiration photos to get me started!

This is a favorite room of mine – other than that rustic mantel, which won’t work for my design for this room. I love the painted panels on the walls!

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You saw this photo yesterday for the rug discussion, and the whole room is so amazing to me! This is the type of wood paneling I could live with!

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(Shon Parker Design for Atlanta House and Home)

Suzanne Kasler is a genius at designing the perfect wood paneling, and I love the way she used stained wood in a horizontal pattern on these walls for Blackberry Farm!

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(Suzanne Kasler from Architectural Digest)

Suzanne also did a more traditional look that I love in the Adamsleigh Showhouse for Traditional Home.

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(Suzanne Kasler in Traditional Home)

So you can see that I have some amazing ideas and inspirations for that tired old paneling in my living room! Now it’s just a matter of narrowing down whether I’ll use wood, stained wood, or painted paneling, but I’m excited to get started!

What do you think of my inspiration? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to unveiling the new look to you!

xo,

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