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EW: In the early stages of a design project, what is the process you go through to create your unique style?
TF: Most every design idea I have stems from a colorful or patterned fabric that I have fallen in love with. I typically create fabric and color “stories” for a project first just to get my creative juices flowing and then go back to the beginning and enhance the architecture and floor plans to complement the design scheme.
In addition to color, symmetry plays a prominent role in Fairley's design. Each item within this vignette is beautifully duplicated to create a look that is balanced and pleasing to the eye.
EW: What sort of elements would you say most defines or influences your simple yet fresh signature look?
TF: Have I mentioned fabrics? Pattern and color are key to my style. But it is probably the fact that I use furnishings with a very traditional scale and form as the basis for the room that make my spaces have appeal across styles and gender. This also makes my spaces have a timeless quality. So even if you decide to recover furnishings in a less colorful or trendy fabric down the line, you have still made a sound investment in a good timeless piece of furniture. It just makes sense.
Fairley put a playfully spin on this traditional kid-friendly family room. Time-honored silhouettes have been updated with unexpected mustard, green, and teal hues. The wavy rug in like colors add a vibrant energy to a new classic mix.
EW: When not designing you are ...
TF: Designing. Design is my work, my hobby, and my life. But that design takes on different forms. I love to paint with my daughter (she is an art junkie at age 6). I spend a lot of time reading business and self-help books and working on designing a better business and a better life.
Here, Fairley daughter's room primes her in becoming a new member of the next generation of tastemakers. A simple palette of lilac and white allows the shapes and patterns to coexist harmoniously. The custom crown above the plush daybed has to be the icing on the cake.