Navy and mint room combination - Tobi Fairley Collection - Living With Color Designs

It’s been a busy but great week at the High Point Market.  I’m really excited about sharing some beautiful new products which will be available for your home.  I have to start with the new bright and bold collection launched by Tobi Fairley in a partnership with CR Laine and Sochier Marin.  I have to give it my “Best New Collection” award for it’s stellar use of color, attention to detail, and clever design.

Bright and Bold Orange sofas and art prints- Tobi Fairley Collection - Living With Color Designs

Continue reading →


I had the happy coincidence of getting to meet up with Bryan Keith Parker at the last furniture market. Turns out our long time family friend Jill, who is fabulous fun, is also a friend of his, a stylist, and had come down to market with him to help set up.  Jill and my sister have been BFF’s since the third grade and they love to get together when Jill is in town.  Anyway, a call from Jill for some local resource suggestions lead to me finding out about Bryan and them learning about my blog.  Of course, when offered, I was interested in the opportunity to drop by the Style Craft showroom to meet Brian and see the line up close and personal. Continue reading →

Lime green and celadon ginger jars.

If you have your ginger jars tucked away in the back corners of your attic it is time to bring them out again.  I know some of you have them, I do.  If you are not familiar with ginger jars they are recognizable by their distinctive shape and intricate solid colored patterns. Ginger jars are making their presence know in the traditional colors that we have known and loved like blue and white but they are also showing up in unexpected colors like the lime green and celadon above.  This company also had a beautiful assortment in orange.  All of these pictured are from a company Legend of Asia and are made out of porcelain.

Traditional blue and whit ginger jars
Although the motifs typically are Asian they can blend seamlessly into most any decor.  Garden stools have made a presence for the last several years and just continue to build strength as we see them available in striking colors and designs that will fit into all interiors from traditional to contemporary.  Use them as a stool, a side table, or to add height to your table decorations.  The possibilities are endless.
Porcelain ginger jars in blue and white with koi motif

Top designers certainly share and understand the value of this wonderful accessory, the ginger jar.  The May 2014 issue of Traditional Home magazine features the work of Tobi Fairley and highlights the elegance and beauty of the ginger jar.  Designer Barclay Butera who has a passion for blue and white also likes incorporating this classic into his designs.  You can check out this 19 Sunset Beach interior from his portfolio here.  

I’m particularly fond of the fish motifs that can frequently be found on these jars.  The hand painted fish remind me of our first home and our beautiful little Koi pond with it’s trickling waterfall.  Ah, the places the ginger jar takes me to.  To see some of the beautiful Koi fish with some background music and a little zen moment click here.

OK, back to the jars.  If you haven’t ever considered adding this classic to your design esthetic now might be a great time while it has once again pushed it’s way to the forefront of design.  As they are saying, what’s old is new.  That’s kind of how I like it. Classical elements with a twist.    –  Marianne

Sunburst Mirrors in Gold
Mirrors are a great addition to any space.  Thought they were just for checking yourself out?  Think again.  The right mirror placed in the right spot can make a room seem larger.  To make a room seem brighter, position mirrors to reflect the natural light coming into a room.  One of my favorite things is to reflect other objects in a room to make then visible from another vantage point.  Of course you can add a mirror to a space just because it is a beautiful addition to the space.  Mirrors come in all shapes, sizes, and colors so it should be easy to find one to match the statement you want to make in your room.
Large Round Mirror With Detailed Moulding
Contemporary Mirrors in White
Beautiful Bright Lacquered Mirror
The mirrors pictured are from the Howard Elliott Company.  Enjoy adding a little reflection to you room.   – Marianne
All pictures and content are property of Living With Color Designs

Lotus Bar Cabinet in Sapphire Blue by Century Furniture

The Chin Hua Lotus Bar Cabinet in this stunning color stops you in your tracks.  Brought to you by Century Furniture, it has a  black nickel plated base with a fixed wooden shelf.  Open the doors to reveal a lighted interior with a mirrored back section that includes a glass shelf and another section with a wooden shelf that includes removable wine bottle storage strips.  All pieces are hand finished to bring out the natural beauty of the wood and are available in a wide range of finishes. Entertaining just got a little more elegant   –  Marianne