Monday, January 12, 2009

New Blogs for the New Year

It's getting pretty crowded out there in cyberspace with new design blogs popping up almost daily. While they are all interesting in their own way and the product of much hard work and effort on the part of the authors, there are a few fresh bloggers who really stand out. Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of them with you.



The first of my new favorites is Tobi Fairley, written by the very talented interior designer of the same name based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her designs are fresh and on trend but posses a timeless quality that will ensure their lasting beauty. She loves color and contrast and uses it to great effect in her work.

Fairley's own living room


All of her rooms are vibrant and full of energy. Her sense of scale and proportion is finely tuned and she plays these elements with precision.


Natural elements, geometric shapes and bold stripes seem to be a reoccurring theme in her designs.

She seems to be equally adept at traditional and modern styling and blends the two seamlessly in her interiors. I am in love with the drapery heading below - box pleats are extended into a seamed casing that forms a rod pocket casing on each beautifully tailored panel.



The sitting area in this room shows off her rug designing talents. Check out the area rugs in the rest of the pictures - stunning.



The bold geometric pattern on this rug below shows her signature use of large scale pattern.



In the picture below a smaller geometric is used on the sofa with wonderful yellow accents and yet another bold rug.


If you have a few free minutes check out her blog and be sure to scroll down to the posts of her amazing Christmas decorations in her home. Green apples never looked so good.

all images - Tobi Fairley

8 comments:

Renee Finberg said...

one word:
PERFECTION !

Cote de Texas said...

I love her living room!!!!! beautiful pictures - what a talent.

Patricia Gray said...

Tobi is a very talented lady!

Tobi Fairley said...

How can I thank you for the kind words Jackie?? I am speechless! And many thanks to the lovely compliments from your readers as well! I am totally flattered! You all are very generous and I really appreciate the warm welcome for a newbie like me into the wonderful world of blogging!

Lee said...

What a great designer. I especially love the blue bedroom and sitting area. I'm looking forward to being introduced to more new designers.

Ellen said...

Stunning use of my favorite color, Granny Smith Apple green. Off to check out her site! Thanks for the tip!

Ellen

Jackie Von Tobel said...

I just love to see new designers posting their own work now in the blogosphere, it never ceases to amaze me how diversely talented individuals are. We are all working with essentially the same raw materials but the results are so unique to the designers personality ad talents. I'm so glad you all like Tobi's work I think it is stellar.

Tobi, thanks for the nice words, we are all looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

Fotocaffe said...

Hi Jackie
I've been following your blog for a while and am finally out of the woodworks via Fotocaffe to say I love dropping by your blog. Gorgeous! My daughter recently chose apple green for her bedroom. I had my reservations at first, but it looks beautiful!
Best wishes,
Nicole