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Photostyling Before and After: My Living Room

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IMG_1111So when I set to work freshening my Living Room for Designers At Home, I was inspired by 2 things…a pillow I made from an Hermes scarf–a gift from Paris that a sweet friend brought me and a throw I picked up on my trip to Scotland last year with Traditional Home Magazine. That one seems double appropriate since Ronda Carman, the author of Designers at Home, though American, lives in Scotland and has for the last several years.

So by jumping off from the brilliant blues in these 2 inspirations pieces, I had a great time creating one of my favorite color combinations of kelly and peacock.

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My living room has been seen many times in At Home in Arkansas, in Traditional Home for a full home feature and then for a fun entertaining segment again in Traditional Home last year. So without changing all the things I love about this room, I sure had fun making it feel bright and cheerful in a whole new way.

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It’s amazing how just a few tiny tweaks can really liven up a space. You really don’t have to break the bank to jazz things up. I mainly used things I already had.

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And we even set up a bar for entertaining guests all color coordinated and everything.  Here are a few picks of the original design to remind you of what I added.

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So how do you like it with a hint of blue? It’s hard to go wrong with such a cool hue, right? And I don’t know about you, but by adding some of my personality I think the room feels like it has more of a soul than before.

Here are my top 3 tips used in re-styling my living room…

1. Start with something sentimental or inspiring as your jumping off point. Memories of Paris and Scotland all come to mind when I see the pillow and the throw that set the tone for my blue accents. Now just being in this space makes me even more happy with thoughts of destinations I love.

2. Collections add personality to any space. My collection of design books make an appearance in this space, selected from my many titles based on their jacket cover. Displaying my books as a group of blue “accessories” certainly make a impact.

3. Share your interests…my necklaces make an appearance on the coffee table bust bringing in a fashion influence and acting as an extension of my personality. They also add a flair of the feminine, and I don’t know about you but I think the “new” version of my living room styling is definitely softer and just a touch more girly than before.

Now for some good news.  This is where the exciting book giveaway starts.

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Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about my new living room styling to be entered to win your very own copy of Designers at Home, the new book that features my home. And to be entered a second time, send a tweet linking to this post and copy me @tobifairley, and share what you love most about the new and improved look there too.  We will draw the winner of this fabulous Rizzoli book this Friday at noon CST.  Good luck! xo,
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P.S. Stay tuned for more reveals of the freshened up photostyling in my home. You won’t want to miss what a few small changes can do for a room.

Tobi’s Top 10: Sideboards

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This month in Tobi’s Top 10 I’m counting down my top sideboards for the dining room.  Great for serving and storage, here are my picks!

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WEST ELM Niche Dining Buffet

 

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POTTERY BARN Tucker Buffet

 

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HENREDON Henley Buffet

 

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BAKER Barbara Barry Carmel Console

 

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OLY Jackson Buffet

 

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SOMERSET BAY Gustavia Cabinet

 

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KINDEL Dorothy Draper’s Console with Two Drawers

 

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CENTURY Oscar de la Renta Chinese Credenza

 

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HICKORY CHAIR Duchamp Sideboard

 

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AMY HOWARD Selznick Server

 

 

 

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Sectional Sofas

For this month’s Top 10, I’ve decided to focus on sectionals.  Sometimes you just need a bit more sofa!  Some rooms yearn to be completely casual.  If you’ve got a large family, or simply want to spread out, a well-designed sectional might be right for you.

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ROWE FURNITURE Sullivan Sectional

 

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POTTERY BARN Comfort Square Sectional

 

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ROOM & BOARD Newton Sectional

 

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CR LAINE 149 Series Carter Sectional

 

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BAKER Elements Sectional

 

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AMERICAN LEATHER Brooke Sectional

 

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WILLIAMS-SONOMA HOME Jackson Sectional

 

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LEE 3972 Series Sectional

 

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HICKORY CHAIR Brooks Sectional

 

 

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BARCLAY BUTERA HOME Malibu Sectional

What’s your favorite?

Tobi’s Top Ten Armless Sofas

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I am here with another installment of my Tobi’s Top Ten. This month, I’m bringing you my favorite armless sofas.  Whether you want to use one of these as a dining banquette or if it is more suited to seating for your living space, armless sofas are versatile and chic.  Here are my favorites…

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Wisteria’s great looking sofa with the ribbon and nailhead detailing.

 

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One of two of my favorite armless pieces from Lee Industries.  Doesn’t it look great in a print?

 

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Baker’s very chic Castel Loveseat is so glamorous!

 

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams gave their Rennie sofa a little mid-century style.

 

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Another great piece by Lee Industries.  I especially love that high back.

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Room and Board’s Archer elicits a bit of a Le Corbusier vibe, don’t you think?

 

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This Barclay Butera Gramercy love seat is one of the most comfortable pieces ever.

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The Bistro by Hickory Chair is fantastic.  We have it as our dining banquette in my office kitchen and everyone fights over who gets to sit on it!

 

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Suzanne Kasler’s French inspired Leigh sofa is tailored and timeless.  This gorgeous piece is also made by Hickory Chair.

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Always a fan of anything Jan Showers, I am just wild about her Palm Beach Banquette.  The turned legs are just the perfect little “twist” to make this piece so unique!

Top 10 Dining Chairs

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It’s time for another Tobi’s Top Ten.  This time we’re talking dining chairs. Here are my favorites…

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Louis XVI Dining Chair by Wisteria

It’s perfectly traditional but with a fresh appeal.

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Chloe Armchair by Bungalow 5
Color, color, color!

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Nailhead Upholstered Chair by Restoration Hardware

The new look of Restoration Hardware is charming and handsome.

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Anna Chairs by Julian Chichester
The upholstered back on the fretwork detailing is a nice touch.

 

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Dolly Side Chair by Oly

I love the sleek profile of the Dolly and it’s especially sharp in leather.

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Louis Side Chair by Jonathan Adler

This new Jonathan Adler piece is simple from the front and stunning from the back.

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Amsterdam Side Chair by Hickory Chair
My favorite element is the optional nailhead over ribbon trim!

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Coco Dining Chairs by Jan Showers
Jan Showers proves her design genius once again with these beauties!

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Thomas Pheasant Dining Chairs by Baker
Comfortable and timeless.  This classic baker peice is iconic!

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 Always a fan of Mrs. Draper, I adore her Cafe Side Chair by Kindel, a Greenbrier staple.

So there’s my delicious Top Ten.   Which is your favorite?