Featured Design Project: Tobi Fairley NYC Holiday House

There’s always something going on in New York City, and Holiday House 2012 presented by Traditional Home is no exception. Holiday House was founded in 2008 as a showhouse dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness by survivor Iris Dankner. According to their website, “Holiday House is about the celebration of life, with each designer selecting a holiday or special moment in life as an inspiration for their design.” The event brings together top designers in the industry, and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tobi Fairley was chosen to design Traditional Home’s sponsored room and the honor is well deserved. She is amazing at taking the traditional style and adding an exciting, vibrant, and chic twist.

black and white with pink chair, roses, white desk, and pink and green print

image courtesy Tobi Fairley

Tobi drew inspiration from the spring season, a time when life and color return to nature. She used soft, smokey, and enigmatic pinks with an organic forest green for the details, two colors which embody the lively spring spirit. Black and white furniture, wall coverings, and art create a sense high style and fashion.  In addition to beautiful custom furniture from Hickory Chair, Tobi used a Cortina Black Diamond wool and sisal rug to anchor the space.

tobi fairley's holiday house nyc room with black and white, pinks and greens.

image courtesy Tobi Fairley

cortina black diamond wool and sisal rug

We were lucky enough to catch up with Tobi this week and ask her a few questions:

Merida: What were some of the inspirations and influences for this room?

Tobi Fairley: The inspiration is truly Spring Forward and Fashion Forward: the idea of couture details that you would see in Fashion paired with a Spring Palette for a soft, sophisticated and timeless look.

pink and green roses and print tobi fairley

image courtesy Tobi Fairley

M: You write about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and its significance to your own life, did their presence in this event give you extra inspiration to create a truly special room?

TF: The room developed for me intuitively and I wasn’t consciously thinking of the charity, but I think things always happen for a reason so its probably no coincidence that my design was both feminine and pink! And I was wanting to recreate the soothing feeling of a room I did for another Charity Showhouse in 2007 also for a Breast Cancer Charity. It is one of my most loved designs to date, so I was definitely “channeling” that space when I designed this one. Again, probably no accident. :)

M: What is one piece of design advice you would give to an at-home or up-and-coming designer that can be seen in this room?

TF: Design is in the details…the embroidery on the drapery, the grosgrain on the sofa, the contrast welt on the settees all give the room depth and interest. Customizing in this way helps make a design truly unique!

Black and white details tobi fairley

image courtesy Tobi Fairley

Holiday House NYC, located on 2 East 63rd Street, is open until November 25th, so there is still time to stop by and support a great cause!

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One comment

  1. Heard Tobi speak last month in Gadsden Alabama…very inspiring, clever & entertaining. Loved her candid approach to design. Look forward to seeing more of her work.