A Schumacher paper on the entry walls creates a graphic first impression.
The entry's graphic impression is continued with the black-and-white serpentine chest from Hickory Chair. Plenty of white in the green-infused living room--glimpsed through the doorway--makes for a smooth transition.
On the opposite side of the entry from the living room, Duralee's kiwi-green vinyl on the seat cushions of chairs by Hickory Chair provides an energetic shot of color. Chair backs are covered in a Cowtan & Tout fabric.
Homeowner/designer Tobi Fairley enlarged the mantel shelf in the family room and painted it. "I left the beams unpainted because it made the room homey." Tobi painted the backs of bookcases green to balance the room's orange and black-and-white.
A black-and-white Schumacher fabric is used for draperies and on chairs by the black sofa. The shell prints are from England. The wood geode sculpture on the coffee table is by Arkansas artist Robyn Horn. "I don't like a lot of accessories as filler," says Tobi. "I like pieces to be objects of art or have meaning."
Tobi and Carter Fairley's house in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In a departure from the bold palette, the kitchen is calm, clean, and white. Tobi replaced the 1970s island with one twice its size, and she refaced all of the perimeter cabinets.
A niche in the kitchen was "just calling for a banquette," Tobi says. She chose black-and-white houndstooth fabric for the banquette, and covered chair seats in easy-to-clean-up black vinyl. The Hickory Chair chairs were recently re-covered in crewel.
A Hickory Chair crewel fabric brings subtle pattern to the back of the chair.
A mastery of color means knowing when to tone it down, as Tobi did in the slate blue master bedroom. She grounded the room with a Tamarian rug that "is restful but still displays interesting use of color."
The master bedroom's walls feature Kelley Wearstler's "Modern Trellis" wallpaper from Schumacher. Celerie Kemble's "Hot House Flowers" is the printed linen on the bed. The small bedside chest is from Hickory Chair.
The vividly patterned and colored guest bedroom features a Ruby Green floral fabric on the bed and curtains.
For her 5-year-old daughter Ellison, Tobi designed a room fit for a princess who longs to be all grown up. A daybed pleases Ellison with its sofa-like adult look while the dramatic canopy that drapes down from the center of the wall above it delivers little-girl fantasy. The pale lavender walls and mint-green ceiling team up on the Clarence Hill toile Tobi used at the windows.
In Ellison's bedroom, a Manuel Canovas toile covers a French chair from Tobi's grandmother that offers a comfy spot for snuggling. The large mirror from Roma visually increases the bedroom's size.
Tobi Fairley with 5-year-old Ellison.
We predict Tobi will be like Cher. Or Oprah. One of those women for whom one name says it all. Already, Tobi--a blogger as well as a designer--is frequently tapped as a speaker for talks on the power of the design blog and social media. She also just designed her first product line for New River Artisans that debuted this spring at High Point. And she has her eye on more projects for the furniture industry. With an MBA as well as a design degree, Tobi is always up to something. Her newest local hit is Design Camp, classes at which hobbyist decorators can learn the tricks of the trade from one of the industry's brightest rising stars.
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Suburban House with Great Color
Tobi Fairley proves her prowess with a palette in her family's Arkansas home
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