CGI Updates

Hi friends and welcome back!  I know it has been quite a while since my last blog post, so I wanted to share a few updates of what I’ve been working on…besides spending time with this sweet boy!

baby boy green
(Beth Furgurson Photography)

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful clients on fun projects for their homes.  My hairdresser referred me to a young couple who lives only a few blocks from Andrew and me.  At the time, they had recently moved into their home and wanted make it more reflective of their personal style.  We have been working on the family room and dining room to bring in their personalities.  They are not afraid of color, and they love to search antique malls and thrift stores looking for fun and unique pieces.  We are working to find a few last things to finish up the dining room, but here is a sample of what they decided on for their two rooms.

dining room & family room

After the window treatments in their family room were installed (the off-white and navy geometric fabric on the right), the wife sent me one of the nicest emails with a sincere compliment: “My husband keeps saying "I love the curtains" every time he walks in the family room.  We REALLY appreciate your guidance.  We were just talking about how you weren't pushy at all - almost to the point where we feel like we picked this fabric ourselves - but we know you gently steered us in the right direction :)  Thanks!”  Wow!  I was so appreciative of her email and happy to hear that they are enjoying the window treatments!

Another project that is in the works is taking a little boy’s room from his nursery theme and colors to his ‘big boy’ room.  Here is a picture of the ‘before’:

boys bedroom before

His only request was for the room to have a sports theme.  They had already chosen a madras quilt for the bed, so we pulled two colors from that to use in the room: navy and red.  As a fun wall treatment, we added horizontal stripes that run around the top of the wall.  He also shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with his brother, so we’ve been working in there to do some updates as well.  A glow-in-the-dark constellation wallpaper on the ceiling was the inspiration for the bathroom!  Here are a few of the things we selected for the two rooms:

boys bedroom & bathroom

And a sneak peak of the bedroom:

horizontal stripes in a bedroom

We will be putting the finishing touches on these two rooms over the next few weeks – I cannot wait to see them come together!

Right before Christmas, I had the opportunity to work with a couple who had just purchased their first home.  The house was great, but the paint colors made the house feel like it belonged at the beach: turquoise, yellow, peach – in every room!  They called me for a whole house paint consultation.  We went room by room and chose the perfect paint colors for the space.  We were able to have fun with a few of the rooms, but we also wanted the main living areas to flow from one to the next.  Here is a look at what we chose:

whole house paint colors

I also have two other updates that I’d like to share.  First, I’ve teamed up with a local contractor, Doug Lewis Remodeling, to offer their clients design services.  For a limited time, when contracting a kitchen remodel with Doug Lewis Remodeling, a consultation with me and idea board for design selections is also included.  Have you been considering a kitchen remodel?  Read more details of our partnership here.

doug lewis remodeling

Lastly, I am excited to share an event that I have been helping to plan.  Did you ever watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  If you did, then you will remember Thom Filicia – the interior designer on the show.  Thom has continued his design business and formed a successful firm and brand in New York City.  We are thrilled to be bringing him to Richmond!  For details and to purchase tickets, visit the Day of Design website.

Day of Design

º Did you watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  Will I see you at Day of Design?

IFDA Day of Design with Tobi Fairley

Last week I attended Richmond IFDA’s Day of Design event featuring Tobi Fairley! Tobi & me

Tobi is a leader in the design industry and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet her and listen to her speak.

Because I was on the planning committee for the event, I also had the chance to have dinner with her the night before the event.  Wow, what a great experience – and yes, I was sitting right next to her! (We ate at Arcadia, which is delicious!)

dinner with Tobi

(left to right: John Magor, Muffy Barden, Steve Dash, Diane Fairburn, me, Tobi, Jennifer Stoner)

First, I want to share a few pictures of the event, and then I’ll reveal what I learned from Tobi.

We were lucky to have such a beautiful day for the event!

day of design signs

The tent, before:

day of design before

and the tent, ready for the event:

Day of Design

Beautiful flowers, provided by Flowers Make Scents:

flowers make scents centerpiece

A few of our sponsors, Shades of Light:

Shades of light table

Porter Paints and Marva Marble & Granite:

Porter & Marva

Ferguson and Homelink:

Ferguson & Homelink

We had a great crowd...

day of design tent

…and everyone really enjoyed Tobi’s talk on the evolution of her signature design style throughout her career.

Tobi speaking

What I learned from Tobi:

1. Have industry knowledge

Tobi is one smart cookie!  She has been in the design industry for years, and established her own firm over 10 years ago.  She has educated herself on styles and trends and is always staying ahead of the curve.  She knows what works in a room and what doesn't,  and she uses her learned knowledge and natural sense of style to create unbelievably stunning spaces.

Tobi Fairley family room

Image from Tobi Fairley’s website

2.  Be business savvy

Tobi has a degree in interior design and accounting, and she also earned her MBA.  Her schooling and knowledge have led her to develop and create the ‘Tobi Fairley brand’ - one that is internationally known and recognized.  Along with her luxury interior design services, she also offers Inbox Interiors (a do-it-yourself approach to her design service), you can attend one of her Design Camps that are held in her studio, and she also created a home furnishings line – Tobi Fairley Home -  that includes fabrics, pillows, and lighting.  Tobi also writes a blog that is extremely popular where she shares tips, ideas, and trends with her readers.

Being business savvy has helped her anticipate and know what her clients and followers will want.  By creating her brand, she has positioned herself as leader in the design industry.

(Sign up for Tobi's A-Z course or Designer MBA program!)

Tobi Fairley & lantern

picture of Tobi from Southern Living

3.  Be gracious

Tobi was such a pleasure to be around and get to know.  She is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and her southern roots shine through.  She was delighted to be in Richmond and have the opportunity to speak at our event.   With everyone she met, she had a smile on her face and was happy to answer their questions or pose for a picture.

Being gracious and nice can never be underestimated in the business world, and Tobi’s warm personality has helped her succeed in her endeavors.

Tobi & me

4.  Be yourself

Tobi’s topic was on the evolution of her signature style over the years.  She shared pictures of her work and talked about how her style has grown.  Her inspirations and color preferences may have changed, but throughout it all, she has stayed true to herself.

As still a fairly new designer, it was reassuring to hear that everyone grows and changes as they learn and gain more experience.  The important part is to know who you are and what is important to you, and to stick to those beliefs.

I’ll leave you with some inspiring pictures of Tobi’s work.

All pictures are from her website.

Tobi Fairley dining room

Tobi Fairley girl's bedroom

Tobi Fairley kitchen

Tobi Fairley bedroom

º What have you learned from the leaders in your industry?

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