BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot

Our BlogTourLA trip was chock full of bright spots thanks to organizer extraordinaire Veronika Miller of Modenus, but one of our favorite stops on the tour was Lamps Plus. We had the best time choosing from their vast showroom inventory to create and style our own little vignettes there…

BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot | CLOTH & KIND
CONCEPT No. 1

BlogTourLA: A Bright Spot | CLOTH & KIND
CONCEPT No. 2

Which one is your favorite? We’re gaga over Concept No. 2 with the Ceramic Teal Mid-Century Lamp and the Teal and Tan Ceramic Gourd Lamp. They’re even more amazing in person and are truly a bit of luxury at veritable bargain prices….You don’t often hear us say that! To boot, the Lamps Plus staff could not have been more gracious hosts of our BlogTourLA crew, especially given that we practically left the Lamps Plus showroom in shambles after our baptism by fire styling approach, stealing from each others vignettes to create our own!

You’ve got to check out the other BlogTourLA crew’s concepts as well. Lynn over at DecorArtsNow did a great recap on how everyone spent their time putting together vignettes in the store, and we love the post by Will of Bright Bazaar, pulling together his characteristic color happy concepts using the Lamps Plus Color + Collection. We had such a blast and it was creatively energizing to see how each of us put together dramatically different concepts, so much so that it was something akin to herding cats to get us outta there en route to our next BlogTourLA stop.

We also wanted to extend a really warm thank you to the Lamps Plus team for including CLOTH & KIND in their Best Home Blog Awards (hint, hint – go vote for us, please! You can vote once every 24 hours until Friday, November 15). By casting your vote, you have the chance to win a $500 Lamps Plus shopping spree. Regardless of the outcome, we are seriously honored to be keeping the excellent company of fellow interior design bloggers like Quintessence, La Dolce Vita, Habitually Chic and fellow BlogTourLA alum & sweetheart, Stagetecture.
Krista & Tami | CLOTH & KIND

IMAGE CREDITS | All photos taken by Krista Nye Schwartz of CLOTH & KIND

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
WHEN THE CONCEPT IS APPRECIATED & UNDERSTOOD.

what is your greatest fear in design?
BEING UNORIGINAL.

which historical design figure do you most identify with?
BILLY BALDWIN.
LOVE THAT ERA OF DESIGN.

which living designer do you most admire?
THERE ARE LOTS. KELLY WEARSTLER, MILES REDD ARE A FEW.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
PHOTOGRAPHY.

what is your greatest design extravagance?
THE LUXURY OF BEING ABLE TO RECREATE,
FORM A COMPLETELY NEW LOOK IN THE STORE OR A PIECE OF FURNITURE.
THAT’S WHAT I LOVE TO DO, CONSTANTLY EDITING, RETHINKING AND RESTYLING.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
I’M HAPPIEST WHEN THE STORE OR A PROJECT IS COMPLETELY FINISHED
AND EVERYTHING IS IN THE PERFECT SPOT, THEN THE STORY COMES TOGETHER.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
INSPIRING PEOPLE.
WHEN PEOPLE COME INTO A SPACE WE’VE DESIGNED OR INTO PIECES,
AND THEY SAY THEY’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT
THAT MAKES DESIGN SCHOOL, WORKING FOR DESIGNERS
AND THE LAST 9 YEARS OF HAVING A BRICK & MORTAR… WORTH IT.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
HOW TO PICK?
MY NON-DESIGN ANSWER WOULD BE RIDER.
ENGLISH CREAM GOLDEN RETRIEVER THAT EMBARRASSINGLY ENOUGH
GETS MORE ATTENTION THAN ANYTHING WE SELL.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would like most to have?
THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ARCHITECT OR AN ENGINEER.
MY HUSBAND IS A BUILDER AND WHEN WE MEET WITH ARCHITECTS
IT’S FASCINATING HOW THEY KNOW HOW TO CREATE WHAT’S BEEN DESIGNED.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
THE WHITE LEATHER EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN IN OUR BEDROOM.
IT’S SUBTLE, NOTHING FLASHY. I LOVE THE STYLE, THE HISTORY, AND COMBINING
THE CRISP WHITE MATERIAL 
WITH ITS ORIGINAL WOOD FRAME.
IT ALSO SITS IN A POSITION YOU CAN SEE FROM ALL ANGLES IN OUR HOME.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
A SPACE OR ROOM WHERE EVERYTHING IS THE SAME,
HAS BEEN BOUGHT AS A MATCHING SET, WITH NO DEPTH, LAYERS OR TEXTURES.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
NOW THAT MY 3 YEAR OLD PICKS UP ON EVERY SINGLE WORD WE SAY
I’VE TRIED TO TONE DOWN THE CURSING, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFULLY.
HE RECENTLY POINTED OUT TO ME THAT STUPID IS NOT NICE, HE’S RIGHT.
I THINK I WAS SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF ‘THAT’S SO STUPID’ ABOUT A THING I HAD DONE. I DEFINITELY SAY A LOT OF ‘WHAT THE HELL…?’ & ‘OH MY GOD’.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what is your favorite design related word?
WELL EDITED.

what is your least favorite design related word?
TRENDY.

what turns you on in design?
ORDER, THE UNEXPECTED, THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.

what turns you off in design?
ANYTHING BLATANTLY COPYING SOMEONE ELSE’S DESIGN.

what is your motto in design?
BE UNIQUE.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

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ABOUT PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by our 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 this column, we have put a design related spin on the traditional questions. While this method has been used by many journalists throughout the years, we were primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of one of our all time favorite magazines, Vanity Fair (also Krista’s alma mater). Read all of the previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.

Hue: Citron

Hue: Citron | CLOTH & KIND
Fabric: Citron from TylerGraphic | Pillow | Pendants | Rug | Botanicals

Design Project: Weeping Willows

Design Project: Weeping Willows
We’re working on what is shaping up to be quite the incredible dining room, and it all started with Katie Leede’s Weeping Willows fabric which is going to be paperbacked and put up into panels on the walls – gorgeous! This is going to be one for the books .

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.

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