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Colormixing it Up With an Inspiration Board!

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[This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. You can see their predictions for what color palettes are going to go BIG in the design world in 2014, by following the link at the bottom of this post.]

I always think it’s really fun when I can give you an inside look at some of the behind-the-scenes phases a design project moves through before it comes to life in someone’s home.

And since I recently revealed the before-and-after photos of my own home (the one I just moved from) when I gave everything a MAJOR freshen-up for Ronda Carman’s book, Designers at Home, I thought you might also like to see an inspiration board I created while dreaming up what my Formal Living Room could look like if the color palette was expanded to incorporate the inspiration pieces I told you about in my photostyling post from July!. The inspiration colors on the board are from the Sherwin-Williams “Intrinsic” palette. Sherwin-Williams describes this palette as driven by “embracing and preserving tradition, culture and design, while bringing in new influences.” Right up my alley, don’t you think?!

First, let me remind you how the room was styled to begin with:

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And now have a look at the vision board that spurred my palette transformation!

Tobi Fairley

You can really feel the fashion inspiration vibe, right?

1. Lee Industries skirted swivel chairs, covered in Schumacher’s Oiseaux et Fleurs pattern 2. Punches of pool blues in accessory choices 3. Barclay Butera Home wing chairs 4. Custom Rug from New River Artisans 5. Christopher Spitzmiller Lamps 6. Jamie Drake Stripe for Schumacher 7. Bungalow 5 Sunburst Mirror

And now for the “After”! You’ve seen this updated, re-imagined take on this space. How does seeing the vision board change your impression of the space? Did I capture the mood?

Tobi Fairley

As I mentioned, this palette really gives the room a more exciting and playful attitude, and I just love it!

To see the other 2014 Colormix Forecast Palettes, visit Sherwin-Williams’ website, HERE.



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Design On the Move!

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Little Rock skies have cleared and the sun is shining! To see this morning’s KATV segment all about how to move into a new home with minimum stress and maximum excitement, then visit my Facebook page (and be sure to “Like” us while you’re there!). CLICK HERE!

And to get the Top Ten Moving Tips I mention in the segment, follow THIS LINK! I hope they help you get off to a great start in your new place.

AND! If you’re struggling to know what the right colors for your walls in your new home are, just sign up for my newsletter using the short form in the sidebar, and you’ll get my Top Ten Paint Colors!

So many goodies, so little time, right?!

And it just may so happen that someone (who, me?) just might be making a move soon, too! Here’s a glimpse at some inspiration I’ve been collecting on my Pinterest boards for spaces that are inspiring the future of my new home.

Design: Raúl Martins

January/February 2011 issue of VERANDA. Design: KELLI FORD AND KIRSTEN FITZGIBBONS

Design: Greg Natale

Design: Phoebe Howard


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The sale is still hopping over at Joss & Main, too, at my Curate for a Cause Tag Sale . It benefits the great cause of Dwell with Dignity, an organization helping homeless and impoverished people have better and more beautiful homes and lives. They even put food on the table for these less fortunate and very deserving people. So head on over and do some SHOPPING for a great cause. And if are one of those moving in the busy month of August, you can pick up a few great things for your new home!

Perfect Paints: Aubergine

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A timeless color has made it’s way into today’s color trends:


It is the perfect Fall color and pairs beautifully with a broad spectrum of other colors.  Let’s take a look at some shades of Sherwin Williams Aubergine paints and complimentary colors to pair with them!


SW6292 Berry Bush

Paired with SW7012 Creamy, SW6466 Gardenia & SW6013 Bitter Chocolate


SW6286 Mature Grape

Paired with SW7001 Marshmallow, SW6306 Cordial & SW6711 Parakeet

SW6285 Grape Harvest

Paired with SW6008 Individual White, SW6004 Mink & SW6222 Riverway


SW6293 Fabulous Grape

Paired with SW6106 Kilim Beige, SW6801 Regale Blue & SW6814 Eye Catching


SW6300 Burgundy

Paired with SW6126 Navajo White, SW6642 Rhumba Orange & SW6880 Energetic Orange


Perfect Paints: Blue & White

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Looking for the perfect blue and white color combos?  Here are my top picks!


All paints from Sherwin-Williams

Book Giveaway!

Don’t forget about the great book giveaway happening on the blog this week!  We’re giving away The Private House by Rose Tarlow compliments of Rose Tarlow Melrose House.  Simply leave a comment on Monday’s blog post to be entered.  The drawing will be held tomorrow at noon.  Good Luck!

Rose Tarlow Book Giveaway