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Essie Color Inspiration

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You know I love color! Maybe, that’s why I’m in love with all of the vibrant colors in Essie’s 2012 spring collection. These little bottles of nail polish go to show that nothing is too small to inspire a big transformation! I love the palette so much that I decided to match each color with some favorite spaces that I’ve spotted recently.

To see more on Essie’s spring collection, click here. To read more about the inspiration photos pictured, click on the corresponding links below.

Color makes me happy? Don’t you agree?



(1. House Beautiful: Kitchen by Gideon Mendelson & Elle Decor: Dining Room by Françoise and Yves Gastou 2. Traditional Home: Living Room by Julie Massucco Kleiner & House Beautiful: Girl’s Room by Allison Paladino 3. Elle Decor: Office by Kelly Wearstler & Drake Design Associates: Bedroom by Jamie Drake 4. House Beautiful: New Orleans Home by Hal Williamson 5. House Beautiful: Bedroom by Smith Hanes & Houzz: Family Room by Heather ODonavan 6. Houzz: Bathroom by Refined LLC & Elle Decor: Paris Apartment by Sabine de Gunzburg)

Essie Color Inspirations: The Spring Collection

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Spring has finally announced itself and Essie, my favorite nail polish, has announced their new spring collection! I can hardly wait to get these beautiful new colors on my hands! This collection inspires frills with splashes of pinks and purples, but also sends a wave of relaxation with some beachy blue and sandy neutrals.

Blooming with pink and lavender, “French Affair” reminds me of a blossoming room I designed for a little girl who loved all things pink!

Coat Azure’s” bold blue hue looks great on more than just nails! How about an accent wall or some eye catching accessories like in this room from House Beautiful?

Whether it’s on your toes or adorning your boudoir, you can never go wrong with a creamy neutral like “Sand Tropez”! This sandy beige is even tempered and gets along with everyone as you can see in this similar color palette from Traditional Home.

Nice is Nice” plays nice with others! A pop of this plum infused lavender on your nails would be the perfect complement to some fuchsia lipstick! How about this charming example from Elle Décor?

Topless & barefoot” is the new warm beige with a twist of pink! Wrapping a room in this color will make you want to let you hair down and bury your pretty toes in a sandy beach or cozy sheets!


Kisses and Bises” is the grand finale of the spring collection. Essie says this sheer, iridescent tint with a pink hint is the perfect match to layer over any color!

KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley: What’s Hot in Paints!

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I want to thank everyone for tuning in to watch Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas this morning.  As promised, I am posting all those design tips you need to add color to your home with the hottest in paint color trends.  I’ve got fun, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look fabulous!

The first project we talked about was rehabbing an old chair with a fab color.  This dated find had great bones and was in need of a makeover.  I used Sherwin-Williams SW 6744 Reclining Green.  For the accompanying desk I used SW6745 Lark Green.  An accent color that was used in the space was SW6620 Rejuvenate.

This chair and desk combo turned out beautifully.  F. Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis II in Mandarin/Ivory was used to upholster the seat.  It adds a nice pop of contrasting color!


Here’s a look at the inspiration board I showed on the air.  When you’re working on your own projects, have a plan and be brave with color!  You won’t be disappointed with the results.


 The second project featured was these little guys.  They are vintage cast-iron stands for wood burning stoves.  Landon, who works in my design studio, found these in the barn at his farm.  He thought they would make perfect footstools for use indoors or out by adding a simple upholstered top.  After cleaning them thoroughly, they were primed and painted.  Indoor/outdoor fabric on the new top provides durability.

The footstool was painted a vibrant red, Sherwin-Williams SW7588 Show Stopper, to coordinate with the navy/ivory striped fabric found at a local discount store.  The red and navy combo provides a crisp and casual look for summer.  Red and blue inspired interiors are also a hot color trend at the moment.

Here’s a look at the color board I showed on the air.  You don’t have to stick with just one shade of red or blue.  You can mix it up and go lighter and darker to add some interest to your color story!

If too much color on the walls is a bit outside of your comfort zone, try a neutral wall and use these bright and trendy colors as accents for furniture and other elements in the room.


For a Warm Neutral try Benjamin Moore’s Spendor (AF-385) with Vapor (AF-35) as a trim color. 


For a cooler neutral, Pashmina (AF-100) is a nice Taupe tone and pairs well with etiquette (AF-50) for trim.



For a lighter wall color,Jute  (AF-80) is a versatile Beige shade that will work great with either of these trim colors.



All of these colors are part of Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Colors collection.  Even a novice DIY-type can choose colors confidently.  Each of the 144 colors in this collection work with all the others.  You could blindly select three of the colors and they would work together.  How amazing is that?  Talk about giving those of you who aren’t designers some color confidence!


And if you’re enjoying my segments on KATV, you’d probably love Tobi Fairley’s Design Summer Camp.  I’m opening up my design studio to give people like you a chance to have fun and learn some great design skills.

Design Summer Camp is almost full…sign up today!!!  And don’t forget, the early bird discount and chance to visit my Traditional Home photo shoot ends TODAY, so don’t waste a moment getting your registration to us!

Essie Color Inspiration:The Summer Collection

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Summer is here and so is Essie’s latest collection of hot colors. “Vermillionaire” is the perfect shade of hot coral red.

And this chic space by designer Amanda Nisbet would be ideal for any “Vermillionairess”.

Essie’s “Demure Vixen” pairs a lovely shade of lavender with a hint of metallic.

This living space is the same perfect pairing of purple and pewter for a summery space that is anything but demure.

“Haute as Hello” is the name of Essie’s sassy salmon shade

And oh so “haute” is this sophisticated coral design from the talented Jay Jeffers.

A little green on your toes might be  “Pretty Edgy”

But in my living room, it’s just right for this classic but fresh design.

“Knockout Pout” might add just the right punch for your nails

And in Windsor Smith’s space it is definitely a TKO!

“Mismatched” is right on trend with this purple hue

And the mismatched pillows make this matchy-matchy room hip and cool.

For all you Essie fans out there like me, Essie’s Summer Collection doesn’t disappoint. It’s available June 1st nationwide.

And for a little more Essie color inspiration,  get a glimpse of my latest “Tobi’s Tips” column in AY Magazine. And for the full column, subscribe to AY here.