Chatti Patti Talks Design with Tobi Fairley

Chatti Patti sits down to interview Tobi Fairley during High Point Furniture Market at CRLaine!

Blues and Greens designed by Tobi Fairley greet you in the CRLaine Showroom during this spring's HPMKT.

Blues and Greens designed by Tobi Fairley greet you in the CRLaine Showroom during this spring’s HPMKT.

Last month, I had the privilege of sitting down to talk with Tobi Fairley about the release of her new line of furnishings which debuted at High Point Furniture Market.  Presented by C.R. Laine Furniture and in their colorful showroom, Tobi’s vignettes took center stage to showcase her signature style of BRIGHT, BOLD AND TAILORED.  Watch as Tobi shares her inspiration on designing and developing a new line of furniture and see for yourself why she is renowned for such successful use of color in her designs.

 

Another lovely vignette by Tobi Fairley on display in the CRLaine Showroom during Spring 2015 High Point Furniture Market. BLUE is TRENDING!

Another lovely vignette by Tobi Fairley on display in the CRLaine Showroom during Spring 2015 High Point Furniture Market. BLUE is TRENDING!

Taking inspiration from a more Glamourous Era, Tobi re-defines pieces from the past and creates a current return to Grandeur.  Bold and soft tones alike blend prettily with the clean lines and fresh perspective. New twists on a Sheraton Sofa and an inviting chaise lounge and her new “neutral” of Blush Pink are well thought out as are the details of many of the other pieces on display. It’s all in the details!

The Hampton Chaise by Tobi Fairley Spotted by Patti Johnson, Official Style Spotter for High Point Furniture Market 2015

The Hampton Chaise by Tobi Fairley Spotted by Patti Johnson, Official Style Spotter for High Point Furniture Market 2015

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

Photography: Erica Stringer

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Luxury in Contemporary Design

Thoughtful and provoking contemporary design of luxurious private residences in California has been made to look easy by John Finton of Finton Construction. Recently, Brizo sent to me John Finton’s book “California Luxury Living, A Private Tour”  to review.  Without exception, I found it an easy book to summarize as it overflowed cover to cover with drool worthy photography of a selection of the builder’s outstanding residential designs in California. Lucky California!

john finton book cover

John Finton and Finton Construction’s work has been featured in multiple publications, platforms and has received numerous accolades. However, from a designer’s standpoint, the most important accolade(s) that an Interior Designer or Builder can receive are those of his or her client(s) which is quite evident here.  The well written yet brief introductions/chapters give the reader a clear sense of what each project entailed. The construction of these magnificent homes is truly inspirational and worthy of your attention.

What really stood out to me as I perused the colorful pages of this beautiful book, was the remarkable talent displayed in the execution of the full gamut of design/build. From the ultra contemporary to a modernist French Provincial to a beach home and even some historic renovation, the variety is definitely there.  This confirms that talented designers and builders can design and build well, regardless of the style, successfully. It takes vision.

Embedded below is John Finton’s self narrated YouTube video.  Opening shots will help you grasp the enormity of the design/build projects this company takes on.

One thing is for sure, you will have difficulty finding the page numbers listed in the Table of Contents due to the extraordinarily high number of full page photographs. To sum it up in a word, LUXURY. I recommend this book for every avid design lover.

This post sponsored in part by Brizo. The views and opinions expressed here are totally those of Chatti Patti Talks Design.
 
Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back as there’s some great things in the works at Patti Johnson Interiors!

 

The $35,000 Kitchen Island ~

What, a $35,000 island? It better be good! When you see the photos below, you will see the design gave the homeowner exactly what they wanted, a large multi-functional working space with room for two cooks and lots of room for guests to gather ’round!

As a designer who also does kitchen and bath remodeling, I can attest that many people do not have a clear understanding on one aspect of the remodel process and that is: LABOR COST and actually, rightfully so! Who knew?

Many people come to me with ideas of what they “wish”  to accomplish in their kitchen.  Some have done their research in regards to appliances, have possibly even been to a granite yard, etc. however do not fully understand the labor involved and that is where Chatti Patti comes in…to educate the consumer, even if you don’t want or need a $35,000 island.

In this post, Chatti Patti is spotlighting a luxury kitchen makeover that Patti Johnson Interiors designed and executed in the Columbus, Ohio area, focusing on just the kitchen island in this segment and what was involved for its completion to give you, the reader, an idea of budgeting and where those precious dollars go.

Here is the “BEFORE” picture of the kitchen prior to remodel by PJI~

Patti Johnson Interiors Kitchen Remodel

Here is the Proposed Kitchen Island Improvement:

Drawing for proposed Island and Kitchen Remodel

Here is the $35,000+ Kitchen Island after remodel by PJI~ two views:

A $35,000 Kitchen Island

Here is an approximate breakdown of the island cost:

Cabinetry  & Hardware $6000.00

Granite  $8,000.00: Two pieces, Total of 80 s.f. with ogee edge with 2 cut outs – no seams

Thermador 48″ 6 burner gas cook-top & telescoping downdraft ventilation system with blower motor ~ $5,000.00

Wine Cooler $950.00

Prep sink with food disposal and faucet – $550.00

Microwave – $550.00

Demo, Installation of cabinetry and appliances

Installation of HVAC (cook-top ventilation through floor and exterior wall to vent outside of basement in rear of home), Re-routing the heat duct into the toe kick of island

Electrical: Outlets for: Cook-top, Ventilation, Wine Cooler, secondary disposal, dedicated microwave outlet, and auxiliary outlets for standard kitchen use. Adding all electrical to panels in basement and bringing to code.

Plumbing for running gas line,  drain and water lines for prep sink.

Delivery, parts and taxes

Labor $14,000

Actually, the cost could have gone higher with the addition of a warming drawer or double drawer veggie coolers which in turn present more electrical, cabinetry and installation costs! But as you can see, there was Italian travertine flooring, perimeter granite (black galaxy), new appliances, window treatments, sink, faucet, tumbled marble backsplash, additional recessed lighting and chandeliers all to be worked into the budget.

Costs can vary. Why? Depends largely upon what currently exists in the space and what is being added as well as the quality and quantity of  cabinetry and appliances incorporated into an island. This home was less than 10 years old at the time of remodel, however Patti Johnson Interiors has remodeled  kitchens and baths in homes built during the 1950’s and it can require a lot more work and investment when it comes to code compliance with local entities by the necessary upgrading of electrical wiring & panels, outdated plumbing, discovering that there is no insulation behind the wall and the all around “UNKNOWN” factor.  Working with experienced contractors and licensed plumbers and electricians, all work is completed to code by Patti Johnson Interiors.

Chatti Patti goes GREEN.

Green & Sustainability~ How is this design Green you ask? Notice the perimeter cabinets are original; stripped and repainted with an automotive type finishing application, new accent dentil molding, toe kick and hardware were added as well as some re-configurations i.e. plate rack, decorative end panels, etc. saved the homeowner a LOT of money while repurposing at the same time. The cabinets were solid maple and in very good condition so refinishing them vs. replacing gave the homeowner the ability to achieve the more desirous features in the kitchen! All appliances removed were donated to Habitat for Humanity of Delaware, Ohio ~ PJI will always look for “Green”practices to incorporate into every design!

  • Part of the PJI difference and design philosophy is that you don’t have to replace everything! Often when designing a room for a client and specifying furnishings, PJI will suggest one or two focal or investment pieces and some basic less expensive pieces mixed in. Certainly friendlier on the budget!
  • The Patti Johnson Interiors Motto ~ “Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places!”. If you are looking to hire an interior designer in the Michigan or Ohio area, please contact me at 740-816-3606. 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Be sure and check back frequently as Chatti Patti shares her interior design insight and expertise!

Disclaimer: ALL Design and Photography property of Patti Johnson Interiors and cannot be copied without consent.  Thank You.