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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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Designing a Magical Evening with CR Laine

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IMG_3742 There is nothing I love more than throwing a dinner party! Planning the event is half the fun for me – I like to create themes, design the flowers and the color palette, and plan a delicious menu! I want my guests to feel welcome and to really enjoy themselves, and a party’s success is all in the planning. It’s just like designing a room. In a few days, I will be bringing you my favorite finds from the recent High Point Furniture Market. I found some gorgeous things. But I also hosted a fun event in High Point to celebrate my partnership with CR Laine for my upcoming upholstery collection. So here are some of the after photos and my top tips for entertaining that I used at our great event! #1 Think of a theme. I’m not talking about having a theme based on a movie or a particular time period. Instead I mean that you should think of your event as being built around a central theme – whether that’s as simple as a color scheme or a season. For this event, I thought about the idea of the Perfect Pair, since C.R. Laine and I are embarking on a creative collaboration together. That lead me to the idea of using pears as a play on words, which really is perfect because they were in season! IMG_3720 #2 Set the mood. Will your event be casual or formal? Will it be buffet or a plated meal? Once you’ve determined that, set the mood of the evening with lighting and music. For example, at this event we went a bit more formal as you can see in the place settings and the lighting. We took the “house lights” down and created pools of light at each table, which gave the impression that each table was its own little island. IMG_3726 #3 Color Coordinate. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but do pick up a color or two from the room when you’re choosing your party decor. In the bistro here that I designed for C.R. Laine’s showroom, the colors were black, white, and kelly green. I added in a vibrant yellow for the linens and flowers to give the room a bright punch! And we included a fresh pear in each floral arrangement – it looks pretty and it brings all the evening’s elements together! We also kept the floral arrangements low so that people could see each other over them – that’s important for good dinner party conversation! IMG_3778 #4 Be Detail Oriented. The smallest details can take your event from good to great! How about a small gift for each guest – like the bottles of pear cider I put at each place setting. I also added a hangtag to the bottles that included a recipe on the back for using the cider in a spice cake. You can even consider a special themed drink, like my Peartini! It was sinfully good. Also, consider namecards at each place – they help you mix up the group so people get to know each other. IMG_3736 As we head into the holiday season, use these tips to create your own magical dinner parties and soires! It’s a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family, so start thinking about how you can take your event to the next level with these ideas! Wishing you fun and laughter at your next event! Happy Fall Y’all.

xo,

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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!

xo,

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New House Diary: Breakfast Room Color Palette

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We’re moving into the breakfast room for New House Diary, and while we’ve discussed the table and whether there will be a banquette or a TV in the room, we haven’t really talked about my favorite design element: Color!

Last fall, I taught a course on color for House Beautiful and creativeLIVE and we really dug deep into this topic. Color has a huge impact on your mood and emotions, it can even impact your metabolism! So this is a key room for a color discussion.

Yellow is a fun color for a breakfast room! It’s cheery and bright, and it has the added bonus of energizing you and giving you a better metabolism, which is perfect for a morning area, right? The only downside is that people tend to lose their temper more in a yellow room, and we don’t want that!

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Blue is one of my favorite colors, and it has a calming influence. Studies show it lowers blood pressure and relaxes you, which is a great way to start the day! Blue is also a social color, it makes people interact and it is the most-loved color for the majority of us. So blue is definitely in the running. It is certain to show up in some other places in this home, so maybe the Breakfast Room, too.

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Green would be an interesting choice! It’s the most restful color for the eye, which is perfect for those “just woke up” eyes. And it also promotes togetherness and serenity – both good qualities in a gathering room like this one. But I haven’t really been planning for any green in this home, even though it’s sort of my signature color.

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I could consider a little vitamin C with pops of bright orange in the breakfast room – it’s definitely an energizing color that stimulates excitement and fun! So there is another great color to consider.

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Or maybe I need to mix some of these great colors for another unique Tobi Fairley combination. With all of these great colors to choose from, I know can’t go wrong! Tell me your opinion below for what color best suits this Color Girl! I can’t wait to unveil the finished room for you!

xo,

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It’s Friday…SMILE!

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We made it! The weekend is here.

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And here’s a bright, warm, sunny, and gorgeous room to remind us that Spring will be here too before we know it. Just think, only 3  weeks left of winter, even if that pesky groundhog did see his shadow this year.  :)

Wishing you a sunny weekend wherever you are! Hope you’re dreaming of Spring like me.

xo,

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And speaking of Spring…if you want to learn my tips for designing magazine-worthy interiors or you want to jump start your design business this Spring, you are in luck. We are currently filling up our Spring sessions of my Design From A to Z  March 18-19 and Designer MBA May 6-7 , both being held in Dallas, Texas. But don’t wait to sign up, these classes will sell out especially now that we are in Dallas. And Dallas may be big but with our venue,the fabulous (and newly renovated) Stoneleigh Hotel, space is limited. So grab your seat today while you still can!

And there are still a few spots left in Tobi’s Think Tank - my fast and furious one day version of Designer MBA held in conjunction with the High Point  Market on April 4. But this one is limited to only 15 seats, so if you want to be a part of this dynamic event at the gorgeous O’Henry Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, hurry even faster to sign up. I can’t wait to see you there!

(room image above by Debra W Llewellyn photography)