Press: Lonny & Detroit Home

Hot off the presses! CLOTH & KIND is featured in the new Lonny June 2014 issue as well as the Summer 2014 issue of Detroit Home.

A heartfelt congratulations to Lonny market editor, Catherine Dash, who was recently married in Athens, GA. She enlisted Tami (who, if you didn’t already know, is a crazy talented floral stylist) and Mandy O’Shea of 3 Porch Farm for the floral design.

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Detroit Home graciously included Krista, for her inaugural appearance in this local publication which she loyally reads each month, in their Inspired Designers feature, showcasing her daughter Tahlia’s bedroom.

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Deep gratitude for including us, Detroit Home & Lonny! xx

Press: House Beautiful, June 2013

Press: House Beautiful, June 2013 | CLOTH & KIND

Press: House Beautiful, June 2013 | CLOTH & KIND

Press: House Beautiful, June 2013 | CLOTH & KIND
Tami and Beck | Beck’s Bedroom

Press: House Beautiful, June 2013 | CLOTH & KIND
Krista & Tahlia | Tahlia’s Bedroom

Thank you so much for including us in your June 2013 issue, House Beautiful!
Krista & Tami | CLOTH & KIND

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
anne | THE ABILITY TO CHANNEL OUR CLIENTS’ HOPES AND DREAMS
TO A RESULT EVEN GREATER THAN THEY EVER IMAGINED.
suysel | SURROUNDING MYSELF WITH THINGS I HAVE COLLECTED
OR ACQUIRED THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.

what is your greatest fear in design?
anne | SAFETY.
suysel | FURNITURE NOT FITTING IN ELEVATORS! NYC REALITY!

which historical design figure do you most identify with?
anne | DOROTHY DRAPER.
suysel | MADELEINE CASTAING.
HER TIMELESS INTERIORS HAVE ALWAYS SPOKEN TO ME
AND HER RAYURE FLEURIE TOILE FABRIC
IS PROBABLY MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE (below).

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND, image via Martha Stewart

which living designer do you most admire?
anne | MILES REDD.
suysel | THE MAN WHO TRAINED AND MENTORED ME – MARKHAM ROBERTS.
I AM IN AWE OF HIS INNATE ABILITY TO LAYER PATTERNS AND MIX ANTIQUES
WITH MODERN PIECES SO EFFORTLESSLY.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
anne | GENEALOGIST.
suysel | I THINK I WOULD HAVE FOLLOWED IN MY FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
AND GONE THE CRAZY COSTUME DESIGN ROUTE – LOVE SEQUINS AND RUFFLES!

what is your greatest design extravagance?
anne | SUYSEL, MY DESIGN PARTNER IS THE ULTIMATE LUXURY
WHEN MAKING DESIGN DECISIONS.
“AM I OUT OF MY MIND CRAZY OR DO YOU LOVE IT?”
suysel | CHRISTOPHER SPITZMILLER LAMPS.
THE COLORS ARE SO AMAZING AND THEY CAN TRANSFORM A ROOM (below).

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND, image via The New York Times

when and where were you happiest with your design?
anne | UPON SEEING HIS NEW APARTMENT COMPLETE FOR THE FIRST TIME,
THE 11 YEAR OLD SON OF A CLIENT SAID
“I WAS WORRIED. THIS WALLPAPER DECISION WAS BOLD,
BUT IT REALLY PAID OFF!”
suysel | SAME AS ANNE’S!

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
anne | STILL WORKING. WE’VE HAD LOTS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE
SINCE WE OPENED OUR COMPANY IN 2010, BUT ALWAYS STRIVING FOR MORE.
suysel | WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO PUSH CLIENTS PAST THEIR COMFORT ZONE
AND THEY THANK US FOR DOING SO.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
anne | I’D COME BACK AS ANY OBJECT FOR SALE AT ANTONY TODD.
I WOULD KNOW I WAS GOOD IN MY PAST LIFE TO BE SO EXQUISITE IN THIS ONE.
suysel | AN YVES KLEIN BLEUE TABLE – IT’S A SHOWSTOPPER!

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
anne | BEING ABLE TO BETTER VERBALIZE THE END RESULT OF DESIGN DECISIONS.
SOMETIMES “TRUST US” DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK!
suysel | WISH I COULD SEW CURTAINS!

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND, image from The New York Times

what is your most treasured design related possession?
anne | A JAMES ROSENQUIST SCREEN PRINT CALLED “FOR THE YOUNG ARTIST”
THAT HANGS IN MY SOON-TO-BE DAUGHTER’S NURSERY (above).
I CAN’T WAIT TO KNOW HER AND WHETHER SHE’LL BE A YOUNG ARTIST (LIKE ME),
OR INTERESTED IN SPORTS LIKE MY HUSBAND, OR BOTH OR NEITHER!
suysel | PAIR OF VINTAGE TESSELLATED HORN CHAIRS
IN THE STYLE OF FRANCES ELKINS, WITH HORSEHAIR SEATS (below).

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND, image courtesy of Tilton Fenwick

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
anne | NEUTRAL AND STARK.
suysel | ROOMS WITHOUT ART, BOOKS AND ACCESSORIES.

Proust on Design: Tilton Fenwick | CLOTH & KIND, image courtesy of Tilton Fenwick

what curse word do you most frequently use?
anne | BUMMER.
suysel | IT’S IN SPANISH :)

what is your favorite design related word?
anne | ESCUTCHEON. HOW FUN TO PRONOUNCE?!
suysel | WALLPAPER!

what is your least favorite design related word?
anne | MATCHY-MATCHY.
suysel | TRANSITIONAL.

what turns you on in design?
anne | ANYTHING I HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE.
suysel | UNEXPECTED WHIMSY.

what turns you off in design?
anne | ANYTHING TOO TRENDY.
suysel | ROOMS THAT AREN’T LAYERED.

what is your motto in design?
anne | UNDER THE RIGHT GUIDANCE, MORE IS MORE!
suysel | QUALITY IS REMEMBERED LONG AFTER THE PRICE IS FORGOTTEN.

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ABOUT TILTON FENWICKTilton Fenwick is a boutique interior design firm started by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham in 2010. Built on a mutual appreciation for traditional aesthetic with a fresh perspective, the firm embraces the unexpected in both color and pattern while always infusing comfort.

IMAGE CREDITS | Images courtesy of Tilton Fenwick; the recent New York Times article covering the design firm, Colors To Make Dumbo Crush; Madeleine Castaing sketch via Martha Stewart as it appears in Deborah Needleman’s The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

ABOUT PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by my design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. Proust believed the direct questions and honest responses that they elicited revealed the true nature of the individual. For the purpose of this column, I put a design related spin on the traditional questions.

While this method of questioning has been used by many journalists throughout the years, I was primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of Vanity Fair magazine (my alma mater).

Read the complete series of Proust on Design interviews with Madeline Weinrib, Todd Nickey & Amy Kehoe of Nickey Kehoe, Michelle Nussbaumer, Serena Dugan of Serena & Lily, John Robshaw, Mally Skok, Katie Leede, Peter Dunham, Seema Krish and Zak Profera of ZAK+FOX. If you would like to be considered for this column, please contact me at info(at)clothandkind(dot)com.

Palette No. 8


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Show & Tell: Cara Scarola

ABOUT | Cara Scarola & Andy Beers are co-founders and principal interior designers at Ore Studios.

I tend to gravitate towards cool neutrals, so the vast majority of our home is done in gray, charcoal, and white.  I didn’t want the house to seem sterile and uninviting, so I felt it was important to introduce a textile that would lend the space both some warmth and an element of whimsy.  My husband and I have two small children, so our lifestyle is casual and often chaotic.  We love beautiful things, but because of the kids, function is of utmost importance.  As soon as our first child began to walk, we opted to get rid of our coffee table in favor of a slipcovered ottoman, which we had upholstered in this 100% linen print by Romo (that has since been discontinued) – soft corners to prevent injuries and easy washability for inevitable spills. We also had it made into a couple of throw pillows.

Andy and I are fans of Romo’s floral prints – fun, not overly feminine, and offered at a price point that is realistic for young families.  I like this particular print not only for its vibrancy, but also because it is equally appealing to adults and children – it doesn’t read as stuffy, but it also doesn’t scream playroom.

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The ottoman is really the center of our living room – it serves a multitude of purposes: a surface to build legos, a place to put our popcorn on movie nights, a spot to spread out paperwork when doing the bills, etc.  Over time and with each washing, the fabric has become softer and a bit faded, but I have to say that I like these qualities – they’re indicative of all the time that we spend together as a family.  So, in this sense, this very basic piece of furniture and the textile that covers it have become somewhat sentimental to me – sort of silly for an ottoman, but it is what it is.
CARA