Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? #8

This is the eighth Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? and I am thrilled to have four incredibly talented interior designers and bloggers participating in this series today.   

Tobi Fairley {Tobi’s Blog}, Ashlina Kaposta {The Decorista}, Camilla Pavone {Effortless Style} and Lisa {Hamptontoes} were asked to design a space around the chic & worldly Aleppo Inlay Side Table from Serena & Lily. You are going to love what they came up with!

Tobi Fairley inspiration board bedroom

“I love the inlay of this piece by Serena and Lily, it creates such a Marrakech vibe that I wanted to embrace in my design.  Pairing it with the shaped headboard, the great patterned rug, and the framed textile all pay homage to this same essence but without being overly matched or coordinated. To round out the design and really play off the popular pink and navy palette, I threw in the great Mottega gourd lamp and some graphic pillows for a chic look.” – Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Interior Designs
* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Tobi’s design: Hands down, I love the framed  vintage “Feathers” textile  by the French engraver, painter and textile artist Paule Marrot.
the decorista entry design inspiration
“So, I love love love fabulous entryways and this perfect little ivory table is a great starting point. Throw in a pair of oversized blue and white urns from Taigan on either side. Top the sweet little table off with fashion books and a beautifully shaped double gourded lamp in a bright pop of color! I also love the geometric feel of this mirror from Zgallerie. So incredibly stylish and chic….Voila, a fabulous entryway!” – Ashlina Kaposta, The Decorista

* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Ashlina’s design: The pair of oversized blue & white urns are gorgeous and add great color to this chic entry.
effortless style bedroom design inspiration board

“So happy to be participating in this series. I always love seeing everyone’s take on the featured item. I’ve been obsessed with decorating a dream beach house that I am no where near having, but it’s free to dream!” – Camilla Pavone, Effortless Style

1. Since it’s a beach house we’ll need a little touch of coral and this chandelier has always been a favorite. 2. I would cover all of the walls in this orange grasscloth wallpaper.I love all of the different shades of orange featured in it. 3. Yummy marigold lamp with lucite base to place on top of nightstand. 4.Our bed needs a little toss pillow pattern play. I picked out some colors from the rug and went with a diamond patterned pillow and blue ikat pillow. 5. Had to go with my go-to chic & cheap bed vendor and I picked out a arc notched bed. 6. Inlay table that I am using as a nightstand. 7. The dreamy rug that made everything come together!

* Simplified Bee’s favorites thing about Camilla’s design: The ikat rug is fantastic. I love how it pulls the color palette together. Love!


“I’m thrilled to be participating in your What Would You Do? series, and especially alongside a savvy group of bloggers. Per your suggestion to use retail items, I created a space for a little girl whose parents desired a traditional room with a modern day feel for their young daughter.

The Alepoo side table will serve as her bedside table for where she can rest her books, including Just Being Audrey. The Dwell wallcovering will give her small room a jewel box feel, creating a wonderful “wow” statement when entering the space. Her Serena and Lilly headboard paired with her Pottery Barn Kids bedding are clean and classic, two elements that give the space a timeless essence. The Madame Alexander Fancy Nancy doll sitting on her bed caters this little girls love of dolls, playing and using her imagination. Posh Tots is always a sure bet to find something special, including this rug. And because every jewelry box needs a special gem, this Worlds Away chic yellow lighting fixture adds a punch of unexpected yet complimentary color, which can be purchased through Maddie Designs.” – Lisa, Hamptontoes
* Simplified Bee’s favorite thing about Lisa’s design: Loving the unexpected  pop of yellow color in the flowering light pendant Lisa adds to this sweet little girl’s bedroom!

Don’t you just love what these designers have created? I found a couple common threads: Three of the four designed bedrooms using the side table and all used light fixtures to deliver accent colors. What similarities or differences do see?

Also, a big thank you to Tobi, Ashlina, Camilla and Lisa for participating in this series!

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16 Responses to Design Blogger Series: What Would You Do? #8

  1. Kathysue September 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I love these types of series. It is so fun to see different takes on the same piece of furniture. I would be hard pressed to pick a fav!! Kathysue

  2. September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    What a great series! I'm so glad to have stumbled up on this via Effortless Style. I love the flower petal-like chandelier, and the pink textile as well. Off to subscribe now 🙂

  3. courtneyoutloud September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I love seeing how different designers all take an idea and run with it!

  4. modena&gerry September 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    LOVE all the rooms! Especially love the wallpaper Lisa selected for the Jewelry Box Room. I can just feel the room! Great selection and love the adorable yellow floral light fixture, perfect! Great post!

  5. Barbara Jordan Dettweiler September 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    What a fun series and I loved seeing what these talented women came up with!!!

  6. Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} September 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    These all look great! Love seeing everyone's take!

  7. SHERRY HART September 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    They all did a great job…so different! I love so many things about each one.

  8. pretty pink tulips September 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    What a talented group of designers you have assembled !!! What amazing ideas and I, too, love that unexpected punch of yellow in Lisa's design!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  9. Debby September 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    What a fun series and such talented ladies. I love them all and love what they came up with! xo

  10. The Buzz Blog September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Love how a classically designed piece can inspire such different rooms… Wish I had a daughter so that Lisa could design a bedroom for her!

  11. Annie@A View On Design September 20, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    it;s so awesome how they come with such amazing ideas, so quickly! gorgeous

  12. STYLE'N September 20, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    What a great idea and each designer came up with such unique looks. I love Lisa's styling of the girls bedroom.

  13. The enchanted home September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Love this fabulous series..such fun to see what people come up with. Such wonderful ideas, and such a fun great concept!

  14. Hamptontoes September 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Thanks for having me join this fun group of ladies. Camila, I have had my eye on that same chandelier…it is perfection! Loving all the spaces using the same piece of furniture…good to see that one piece can be so versatile and always have a place in a home! Thanks Cristin for allowing me to buzz around here today!

  15. Laura@JourneyChic September 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I love this series! The rooms are fabulous, but Camila's color palette is gorgeous – and pretty affordable, too.

  16. Tammy@InStitches September 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Great series, I love all of the rooms. I'm dying over that ikat rug !