5 Ways to Make a Traditional Space Distinctive and Inviting
A bout of illness took me away from blogging for most of this past week. While convalescing I perused books online to add to my design library when I came across “A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors” by Lilli Diallo – not to be confused with HGTV’s “Secrets of a Stylist” with host Emily Henderson, although they could be style twins!
A reviewer wrote: “I bought this book for myself for Christmas, as I wanted to know how a
stylist turns ordinary into extraordinary…
If you love hip, young, edgy, authentic, gritty, bohemian, eclectic style and
love shopping Ebay, flea markets or finding furniture on the street, or if
you’re an artist and live in Brooklyn or NYC, you may adore this book. Style is
an expression of personality, so if this matches your personality, consider
buying the book.
If the above doesn’t describe you, you may not appreciate the rooms….”
I experienced both a pang of sadness and yes, guilt, that inspired me to rise to a new challenge. Departing from your comfort zone is a necessary exercise for anyone who doesn’t wish to become a “one-trick pony”.
I went about finding that elusive combination of updated traditional design that manages to be fresh and distinctive – enter, Designer Tobi Fairley.
I love Tobi’s designs, because they take the convention out of tradition – and Tobi has certainly had ample opportunity to sharpen and hone her distinctive style – she’s one busy lady! Traditional Home Magazine chose her as one of the Top 20 Young Designers in America in 2009, for her signature look. Her clients span the US from Charleston to Los Angeles, and her award-winning designs have been featured on HGTV and have graced the covers of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens special publications to name a few. Somehow Tobi managed to make the time to answer my request for 5 Ways to Make a Traditional Space Distinctive and Inviting, so without further ado:
1.” Provide plenty of seating for family and friends in the kitchen. Use a bold graphic fabric on chair backs to add interest to the room”.
2.”Carry your indoor style to the outdoors! Outdoor fabrics come in a wide variety of colors and patterns”.
3. “A daybed provides a great place to relax in
your home. They’re great on a sun porch, in a guest room or in a child’s room. Remember to pile on lots of
gorgeous pillows and a warm throw to make it even more inviting”.
4. “If you are having guests for a party, a little extra effort goes a long ways. Nothing makes your guests feel more welcome than an attractive food table. Flowers, fruit displays and distinctive serveware make everyone feel extra special”.
5. A bright cheerful entry is the best way to
make your home inviting. Mirrored panels add drama. Bold color inspires. Think about
what your entry says when guests first cross the threshold.
Get the Look at Home:
- Style Guide: Characteristics of Traditional & Classic Kitchens (apartmenttherapy.com)
- How To Decorate with Turquoise – 10 Tips to Make it Work (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Spring Color Trends in Small Spaces (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Designing with Color – Creating the Perfect Room (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)