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Wow! What Color is That? in HGTV Magazine

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You know how I feel about using stand-out colors, so I’m especially thrilled to be included in HGTV Magazine’s article “Wow! What Color is That?” in this month’s issue! The color they’ve zeroed-in on in a project of mine is this one, from my eco-friendly design for the Energy House. This is one of my most popular palettes, so it’s exciting that they’re sharing the shades with YOU!
Tobi Fairley

And here’s a video from my archives of ME giving YOU a tour of the Energy House!

To see the other fun colors they’ve done their detective work on, pick up a copy on newsstands or in your local book store today!


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Day 14: Guest Post: Valentine’s Floral Favorites from P. Allen Smith

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Today, I’m thrilled to share a guest post from my good friend — food, garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith. After you see all these beauties, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to check out P. Allen’s latest venture, his new eHow Home Channel. It’s the latest way he’s sharing his brilliant home and garden tips and ideas. He’s also nearing the finish line on a eco-friendly home that was built in just 150 days! You can watch the progress online as they put on the finishing touches. I hope you enjoy these gorgeous seasonal bouquets! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo, Tobi


Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! As a part of Tobi’s 29 Days of Love, I thought I would take this opportunity to share several floral ideas I love. These are not only great ideas for today’s holiday, but for any gathering this season. I hope you enjoy!

Pretty pink Camellia blossoms, which I picked fresh from the garden, create a lovely Valentine’s Day cachepot.

White and pink Amaryllis in porcelain cachepots covered with sheet moss makes a unique Valentine offering. In a mild climate the gift will last forever if the bulbs are replanted in the garden at a later date.

Pink Ranunculus, red tulips and blush colored roses in a wire egg basket are a perfect treat for “My Valentine.”

I love to mix freshly picked Japanese Magnolia ‘Royal Star’ and Black Hellebore blossoms. Put them in a Venetian glass budvase to dress a table set for a Valentine’s Day dinner.

A gold transferware tureen becomes a container for an array of ‘Ice Follies’ Daffodils, ‘Erlicheer’ & ‘Silver Chimes’ Narcissus with accents of Summer Snowflakes that I picked early this Valentine’s Day morning.

I think that vibrant ‘Temple of Beauty’ tulips in a glass container professes true love.

‘Pink Impression’ and ‘Apricot Impression’ tulips brighten up a French tin vase for a whimsical Valentine bouquet.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
P. Allen Smith

High Point Market and the latest trends…

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Want to know if Turquoise is still the hottest color in design? Well Elle Decor thinks so, but hear what a few industry experts think.

I am excited to be part of a discussion panel next Monday night at the High Point Furniture Market.  The semi-annual Competitive Intelligence Seminar is put on by the women’s leadership group, WITHIT. WITHIT is the great organization that sponsored my Key Note breakfast in High Point last fall.

Joining me on the panel this week is a stellar group that includes Julia Noran from The Editor at Large, Seattle Designer Faith Sheridan, and managing editor of Veranda Magazine, Deborah Sanders.  We will be discussing our favorite products and trends that we have spotted the first few days of this Spring Market.

The free event (but registration required) is Monday, April 19th from 6:00 to 8:30pm in the Palliser Showroom (space 400 of 220 Elm). I hope if you are in High Point, you will come participate!

And stay tuned for my posts about all those trendy finds that I see here at market!

Amy Atlas Energy Inspiration

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Amy Atlas is a genius.  Love her work, love her blog, love her!

The color palette of this sweet soiree is in line with my aqua and orange Energy House.

But it is this green candy buffet that inspired my tablescape styling for the Energy House Sunroom.

A taste from these sweet filled apothecary jars would give you all the energy you need!

So thanks to Amy Atlas for inspiring my yummy table top. It gives a whole new meaning to the words “green design”.

Natural Lee from Lee Industries

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We’ve been talking about Eco-friendly products this month in conjunction with our Energy House Showhouse. One of my favorite sources for stylish and comfortable upholstery is Lee Industries. I use their products in almost every project, not because they are Eco-friendly, but because they are gorgeous! And what a great added bonus to have their earth conscious soy cushions and other sustainable features (called Natural Lee), as the standard option on every piece they produce.

Here are some of my favorite projects featuring Lee’s great pieces. 

This camel back lounge chair is a favorite of mine and the tufted ottoman is a great compliment.

Lee makes fantastic upholstered beds and I loved covering these in an F. Schumacher damask.

Lee is great with both traditional and cleaner pieces. These English style clubs look amazing in a country floral.

Sectionals of all shapes and sizes are a staple of the Lee line. Their recliners (called relaxors) make motion look great!

This daybed, the same style as the Energy House Daybed, is another favorite of mine. Sized to fit a twin mattress, this handsome piece works beautifully as a bed or a sofa.  And take another look at that great English style chair. Here it is in a sophisticated Clarence House print.

All 3 pieces in this comfy gameroom are courtesy of Lee Industries. When comfort is key, I choose Lee.

Be sure and check out the Lee Industries website for more great styles and options. You can also check out my April column for AY Magazine called “Eco Fabulous” that features more products from Lee. Keep in mind, for every piece of Natural Lee furniture sold, Lee Industries donates one tree to American Forests. So Lee Industries sits well with your tush and your conscience!