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What's Your Home Design Personality?

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Problems and Possibilities of Mixing

Tobi Fairley

What's Your Home Design Personality?

Tobi Fairley

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13. Problems and Possibilities of Mixing


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4 Quiz Answers & Feedback Duration:26:18
6 Breaking Down Cool Urban Duration:24:56
9 Student & Web Questions Duration:21:05
10 How Do You Use Your Space? Duration:36:23
11 Functional Work Spaces Duration:21:38
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2 Mixing and Combining Styles Duration:37:30
5 Using What You Already Own Duration:20:46
6 How to Use Trends Duration:37:44
7 Current Home Decor Trends Duration:25:38
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Problems and Possibilities of Mixing

Good morning, everyone. So, did you stay up all night thinking about your style and with whether you were what you thought you were is kind of fun, isn't it? My favorite thing about this morning and your introductions is that I love when I'm able to give someone tools that they can really use, and everyone of you said you really loved having ah, a category a label and I don't think any of you seem like you're getting too rigid or too attached to it, which is also a great thing, but it's just kind of nice to know who you are, right? It kind of helps a little bit, so today we're going to talk about how to mix things up and that's when it really gets fun, because yesterday we spent a ton of time on each of the different styles and really learning what those were. And so today we're going to go into really what's more appropriate, more likely to reflect most of our own style because very few of us are just one stylist is j k o is just saying, you know, we all have little bits and pieces of...

other parts of the styles. So s so we'll get into this, I think it's really fun, maybe just quickly for everybody that hasn't joined us before. I think jake really pretty much covered my background, but yes, I have a business mind and a design mine, and I love both of them and you'll kind of see that as we go through through the the course today, you can see, and even yesterday with the quiz, you can see how my left and right brains sort of attack designed for makes I like structure like systems, I like categories, it really makes things more common sense for me, and it looks like that was working for you all, so hopefully we'll do that more for you today, eso were going, and the other fun thing is this is the session that we get to get into everybody's homework, so I see some fun little items around the room that I'm going to get tow have you tell me what they are and where you have some pictures of some of your homes in the power point, and I haven't seen any of that yet. So it's gonna be a total surprise for me on it'll be fun to see if anybody stumps me with their with their mixing it up, but first let's just kind of get into a little bit of how do you make ex design styles with success because this is the hard part I think this is what most of you yesterday were saying I even sort of know who I am jenny was saying, I know I know what I am, but I don't really know how to execute that in my own home. I don't have the the tools or the how twos to really make it totally come toe life in my house so that's, what we're going to look at today and of course we're going to spend a lot of time on pinterest, so if you haven't if you're on the in the online audience s and you haven't already gone to pinterest, please go to my pinterest board pinterest slash toby fairly said pinterest dot com slash toby fairly so that you can follow along because really most of the content today that we're going to look a look at before we get to the homework is living out in the land of pinterest, so but for just a moment let's look at a few sort of guidelines and we said yesterday these aren't rigid rules there just some guidelines that you might want to think about, so what before we even do that? What are some of the problems that we see with mixing design styles? Who has a new idea on a problem that you might encounter if you were trying to mix either yours and your spouse's design styles or even to parts of your personality would color say that again would with teller so a lot of times it's difficult to mix finishes and you're in like, is it really you? Can you mix a really dark finish with a light? When can you mix oak and pine with mahogany or cherry? That is a really difficult when in which one of those really reflects certain styles because as we were saying yesterday, even within the traditional category which you are, we saw things like farm houses that were classic with a big pine table or we would see something mediterranean with a darker wood or something really, really classic so that's a great a great point what other problems have some of you encountered when you try to mix your styles or even mixing your your kids styles of color? In what way? Color in what way? Um while there's certain colors, I I think they're less appealing to men and the women and women like pink I really like pink, but it would be difficult to incorporate that into my house it's more male friendly colors so maybe a little gender specific and and also just maybe your spouse's style may not be the exact same style issues maybe they're a little more urban or a little you know something else than you are? Yes and color color is one of the most things most of us think about, like when you get ready to work on your house in one of the first things you think of is what color will I paint the walls? So that one is one of the obvious ones that we want to get right to it? Anybody else have? Ah, yes proportion. Ok, so talk to me about that proportion. Um, if my husband would love a big, lazy boy chair, yes on dh, something just very cushy and round, and it I tend to go for more of the straighter line, so we're still tryingto that's his request every year for christmas. So it is a big issue that, yeah, that really falls under the function category that we covered yesterday afternoon a little bit too, because how many? I mean, most of us have somebody in our life, it would love to have a recliner or a big, comfy chair that we just don't find beautiful or streamlined or whatever it is that we love so proportion and comfort and function kind of all play into that, right? Anybody else have any any thoughts? You want to add that you've had a challenge with mixing styles? Well, some of the things that I see are when people maybe do too much mixing s o you know that's where this whole idea that we sort of joke about a little bit in the pro most for this course about eclectic throwing everything together and hoping it works or not having the confidence to wed something's out or maybe getting too emotionally attached to something that you don't even really love that you try to make work that that's just really a challenge so you know when you encounter things like no focal point, no really point of interest and you lose sight of the design, personality or personalities that are really living in the house because nothing really becomes a statement piece or, you know, a real point of interest so that's one of the the caveats is too much mixing and then another one is not enough mixing so some people get rigid on the other side and they're afraid and so they make really safe choices all the time and they wonder why their houses never exciting it doesn't make them happy it doesn't. You know, yesterday we were talking about those mood of your home and how you want it to feel and sometimes when you don't do enough mixing, you really lose that heart and soul of your home ah and so you know, but what? You might be a little afraid to step out and add some things and so hopefully I noticed some of you yesterday going mike could dip my toe and in this water over here e of cool urban or some other style that I thought wasn't necessarily my style so s o what are a few guidelines and a few things to think about? Well, again there's no right or wrong answers these are just guidelines and you're going to know you I always trust my gut instinct you know my intuition it's one of my my guiding lights in interior design so you know if it's going to work or not for you but some of us have to push ourselves out of our comfort zone a little bit s o you know, maybe knowing the difference between your intuition and your fear can also help he really move into some of these other design styles but but to not make these two regions let's think about a couple of things rarely are design styles is one design style enough to really encompass your whole style because no two people are alike so no to design styles air like and then it really becomes a complex relationship because most of us aren't living by by ourselves in our home there's, other people, other personalities that have to come into play so it becomes this sort of infinite amount of information and personality that we have to blend together right? So so you're probably not going to really just resonate with one style as we learned yesterday and that's with this section is about how do we start mixing those to create it and mixing them in the right proportions like you? Maybe five percent of, you know, ninety five percent traditional and five percent something else, and you might be sixty percent traditional and another couple of styles blended in. So just because we identify maybe with classic traditionalists, no two classic traditionalists are even the same, which I think that's exciting because I don't know about you, but I love tohave to make my own mark in the world and in my on my interiors, and so this is gives me confidence that I'm not going to be just like anybody else to create a dynamic mix, or at least introduced one or two unexpected item. So if you're if you're really pretty rigid in your style, but you wanted to step out and at least have a couple of interesting things in your home, you really start to make it feel more unique and more like you. So at the very least, we want you to start thinking about what are those one or two statement pieces? And usually I find that it's not even necessarily about purchasing something that's mass produced, this is more like collecting something. Or maybe picking something at twenty travel? Or maybe it's a heritage piece that's been passed down to you, but something really unexpected and unique that starts reflecting your true personality. So what is that? I think about I have some of those old vintage glass grapes, you know, the grapes that were like minor turquoise, my great grandmother had some when I was growing up, and we don't really know what happened to there's. Nobody knows where they are. So a friend of mine who knew I really loved these gave me some that she found at a flea market for christmas, said those air, one of my favorite items there on my coffee table and their unique, and they really reflect me, and they're apart, even though they're not the item that was actually my grandmother's, they really still feel like they're part of my heritage in my history. So what is it that you have that you can bring into your home that does that, even if it's just one or two things? And then on the flip side, be careful going overboard because too many designed flavors, particularly if they're in the same proportion, can get really tricky that can really compete, and things can get very chaotic, so I didn't really hear any of you say, I'm fifty percent. Traditional and I'm fifty percent urban and I think that's a great thing that most of you recognize that the majority of your taste lies and maybe one style and the others are really there to support it or as accents, or to really start making it unique and that's going to be the most successful mix, and we'll see that today a cz we go through each of these styles, but but just keeping in mind it's probably not fifty fifty it's going to be you're going tohave those competing focal points if that's the case, you're going toe it's going to kind of be like in my modern er and my traditional, I can't really tail on any given day and it's going to be fun because in just a second we're going to see how mixing it up traditionally and mixing it up say in urban are almost the same thing, but not quite so traditional with a little urban, our urban with a little traditional it's remember those commercial hit who got your you got your peanut butter in my chocolate? Or you got my chocolate in my peanut butter it's kind of like that, so it depends on where you really kind of livin which one you're bringing in teo become the accent free so let's while I get saddled and we'll get into the pinterest boards anybody have any thoughts so far? Any questions or or did any troubles or challenges come to mind that you didn't get to mention about mixing it up? Anything we do have jackie two thousand is online already this morning ready to check, says patton, is an issue for her bringing fabrics from different travels, wanting to use them as accents, but because it from different places and the different things, the very different patents. So what's, what did she tell us? What she thought? Her style wass didn't, didn't the world definitely also think about that? Because which styles come to mind that would support multiple patter turns to you? Do you all think artistic traveler, even traditional, on a lot of ways? A lot of times traditionalism, lot of pattern on pattern, right, and a lot of mixing, so depending on where you sort of live in the style category is goingto be more helpful now, if you love a really cool urban place, then he may really struggle with that because something so clean and then trying to mix a lot of pattern, and that might be where the challenge comes in. So this is that's a great example of each personality is different, and you can't just answer that question on without knowing a little bit of the background.

Class Description

Brought to you by House Beautiful Magazine, award-winning interior designer Tobi Fairley returns to CreativeLive for an exciting workshop all about identifying and exploring your unique style.

Have you ever tried to verbalize your design style but end up using blanket statements like "my style is eclectic" because you didn't know how to describe what you’re drawn to visually? Knowing what your interior design style is — and being able to verbalize it — is as important as knowing what does and doesn't go together in home decor.

Tobi will teach you the top design styles — including today’s latest trends and what styles are rapidly on their way out. You'll learn how to define your personal style, how to shop smart when buying a new piece of furniture or art, as well as how to blend two different styles to create a cohesive look. By the end of this workshop, you'll have all the skills you need to create a stylish personal space that is a true and modern reflection of your taste.


Amy Cantrell

I was happy to get this class on sale at a time when I needed it. We were painting and replacing some furniture so it helped me get some clarity on what is most important to me. As a photographer I can appreciate most styles and colors so the class helped me hone in on what my design personality is (eclectic mostly) which helped me focus on things to inspire me.

LIndsey Connell

What a generous offering. I got so much out of this course. Sure, some of the style references are a little out-moded, but it's incredibly thorough. Tobi is so knowledgeable about all of the styles and is gifted at helping students ensure style and functionality. Dive in! You'll learn so much about your own style and how to make your home flow in a way that you love.

a Creativelive Student

Clear, informative and inspiring!