Posts Tagged ‘Yellow’

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!









New House Diary: Breakfast Room Color Palette

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New House Diary

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!

Margie Bromilow

(Design by Margie Bromilow)

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.

Virginia McDonald

(Design by Virginia McDonald)

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.

Jen Langston Interiors

(Design by Jen Langston Interiors)

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.

Jay Jeffers

(Design by Jay Jeffers)

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!










It’s Friday…SMILE!

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We made it! The weekend is here.


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.


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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)

Color Cues: Which do you love?

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Thanks for all your amazing comments and visits to my “Before and After” Family Room post last week. I am so glad you LOVE the pop of Orange like I do. We’re in good company, because Frank Sinatra loved it too. I think it certainly jazzed the room up like a great Sinatra tune could do.

Just about any pop of color can take a room to a different level. I can hardly decide which color is my favorite to pop in. Luckily over the last few years Pantone, the respected color institute, has been helping to guide us with their Color of the Year including this year’s color, Emerald.

And though I love their expert opinion,  I’d like to hear from you…which color is your favorite to pop into a space and why?


Is it Orange like I used in my Living Room? This citrus-y hue looks great any time of year. And if it’s good enough for Sinatra and Hermes, well…


Or maybe Green, like this year’s Emerald craze? Green is definitely on the top of my list. Particularly this space from the pages of House Beautiful. Is it on yours?


Or how about Yellow? This gorgeous design by Nick Olsen makes me want to make my home sunny all year long.


Everyone’s mad about blue. Is it your favorite hue? I love this chic Marrakech space recently featured in Elle Decor by Caitlin Dowe Sandes.


Red is making a come back. Or did it ever go out? Do you want to infuse this hot color in your space? It’s hard to go wrong with a classic Scarlet shade as evidenced by this spread from Traditional Home Magazine.


Or a softer version might be your cup of tea. I’ve always been a pink girl myself. Can you cozy up to this Feminine tone?


And finally purple. Never my favorite color in the past, purple has been making strides with me, particularly shades of Lavender and Orchid. This Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles spread certainly makes purple pop!

So tell me, which color is your favorite to infuse into a space? I can’t wait to hear what you think.

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p. s. I’ve announced 2 more AMAZING events to my line-up for this Fall so whether you are a Designer, want to be a Designer, or just a major Design Enthusiast, we have an event for you! Whether you want to learn the business of design, how to get published, perfect your social media savvy, or learn my top Design secrets, we have you covered. See all the events and register for them here.