Monday, June 13, 2011

Who's the Fair(ley)est One of All?

Hi readers.  This week, we're in for another special treat.  Our friend, interior designer and fellow blogger, Tobi Fairley, is sharing one of her current projects with Bubble & Squeak...and it just so happens to be a cabin!  Just outside of Little Rock, the Little Red River House is located on the banks of the Little Red River near Heber Springs, Arkansas.  Tobi is designing this cabin for her parents, who purchased the property in 2010.  The location is one of extreme natural beauty.  The river is considered a premier-class trout stream and home to the world record brown trout caught in 1992.

With such natural beauty surrounding the home, it only seems fitting that the elements of nature influence the interior design.  The design of the home is meant to extend the interiors to the outdoors.  As a family vacation home, comfort and relaxation are the key elements in the design.  Whether reading, watching movies, dining or just reminiscing about old times, the home is meant to foster a good time to be had by all.  It is a spot that generations of her family can enjoy a relaxing riparian retreat.

Below, Tobi shares her inspirations and some of her mad skills (check out the perfectly hand-drawn plans and elevations!).  
2.  An Arkansas sunset
1.  Upper level
2.  Lower level
1.  Ceiling detail
2.  F Schumacher, Nantucket Herringbone in Ivory and Pumpkin
3.  Quadrille, Veneto in Venice Blue
4.  Somerset Bay Jekyll Island Buffet
1.  Lee Industries, slipcovered sofa
2.  F Schumacher, Avery Cotton Plain in Pumpkin
3.  Robert Abbey, Triple Gourd Lamp in Egg Blue
4.  Hickory Chair, Charles Hassock, made to measure
1.  Hand-drawn bookcase elevation 
2.  Lee Industries, slipcovered chaise
3.  F Schumacher, Deco Flower in Berry
1.  Art concept
2.  Stroheim, Coatue Plaid in Navy
3.  Hand-drawn stair hall elevation
1.  Kitchen design by Tobi Fairley
2.  Urban Electric Co, Chisholm Hall Lantern
3.  Viking Range, 30 Inch Gas Range in Pumpkin
4.  Shaws Original, Casement Edge Apron Sink
1.  Restoration Hardware, Vintage widespread faucet
2.  Bathroom elevation
3.  Claw foot tub
4.  J. Tribble, Miranda Sink Base
1.  Duralee, Thomas Paul Prints
2.  F Schumacher, Elton Cotton Check in Java
3.  Oly Studio, Marco bed
4.  Trowbridge Gallery, John Gould Pheasants, c. 1865

A special "thank you" to Tobi for sharing this exceptional retreat with Bubble & Squeak.  It's not everyday that an artist lets you see the inner workings of one of their masterpieces before it's finished.

Be sure and browse some of Tobi's finished projects...and don't forget to check out her blog!  It's full of wonderful inspiration, including some before and afters of Tobi's own home.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators

Over the years, we’ve collected what feels like an endless reserve of .jpegs, books and stacks of carefully cataloged magazine cuttings.  After watching Bravo’s newest reality TV show, “Million Dollar Decorators”, we found it amusing that all five design stars, at some point, have popped up in our collection providing inspiration for our future cabin.  With the show focusing on Hollywood’s rich and famous, the interiors are a far cry from what we tend to think of as traditional cabin-y environments. Nevertheless, the luxe interiors these five design talents create are definitely not to be missed. Whether designing a rolling country escape, a wooded hideaway or a shaded sun-porch, these designers create magic at every turn and continue to surprise us on and off the air. 

2. Nathan Turner for Dutch Touch Art Company
2. Ikat woven basket by West Elm
1. Handstitched leather cup handle by Turnstyle Designs
3. Morse pendant lamp by Cisco Brothers
2. Basque linen napkins by Wisteria
2. Palladio Intrecciato linen pillow by Bottega Veneta
3. 19th century Japanese Boro
1. Boston functional library wall light by Circa Lighting
3. Nathan Turner for Elite Leather Company
1. Metropolitan Series ring pull by LB Brass
3. Belle cotton bath towels by Waterworks

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