Loving Local: Clay McLaurin + Bungalow Classic

Clay McLaurin, the ever talented Atlanta based textile designer that we simply adore (…you may recall that we used his Brush fabric in Twilight on the custom screens in our LCDQ Legends window, see below) has launched an exclusive line of textiles with another Atlanta favorite, Bungalow Classic.

Loving Local: Clay McLaurin + Bungalow Classic // CLOTH & KIND

Clay’s painterly textile designs have had us enthusiastically recommending him for CLOTH & KIND interior design projects left and right, and so we are thrilled to see this new and exciting creative output from him in the form of a partnership with Bungalow Classic – who, incidentally, also always gets it right. It’s a divine collaboration!

Here is a peek at a few of the new fabrics from their line.

Loving Local: Clay McLaurin + Bungalow Classic // CLOTH & KIND
Congrats Clay + Bungalow!

Inspired: Doshi Levien for Nani Marquina

Inspired: Doshi Levien for Nani Marquina // CLOTH & KIND
The series of Rabari rugs created by Doshi Levien for Nani Marquina evoke the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India. We are completely and utterly infatuated.

Watch this fascinating video to get your creative juices flowing this Monday morning…

IMAGE CREDITS // Doshi Levien

Inspired: Shapes by Christian May

Inspired: Shapes by Christian May | CLOTH & KIND
When we were out in LA for all of the LCDQ Legends events, we got to hang with our super cool, irreverent and charming buddy Christian May of Maison21 and check out his innovative new Shapes rug collection which he designed exclusively for 27 Ground, run by our talented friend Ginna Christensen. Shapes is a collection of modern, geometric-influenced cowhide rugs. Each design is completely customizable in shape, pattern and color for infinite possibilities.

We asked Christian what his inspiration behind this insanely good collection was and here is what he had to say (note: we we whispering like big old dorks because there was an LCDQ Legends panel discussion happening in the room behind us! True multi-taskers, we were.)…

Look at all of the amazing things that can happen when we disconnect ourselves from wi-fi! Thank you, Christian, for sharing with us and huge, heartfelt congratulations on Shapes, which in our humble opinion is some damn good and truly innovative rug design.

Shapes rugs are available exclusively through 27 Ground at Woven Accents.

IMAGE CREDITS | Photo & video taken by Krista Nye Schwartz of CLOTH & KIND.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND
Hi. My name is…
Steve McKenzie

My company is…
steve mckenzie’s

I’m the…
Principal Designer

I make/design/create…
First and foremost, I am an artist. Before I start on large paintings, I do studies in walnut ink to help me zero in on what it is I’m trying to achieve. The brushstrokes of these walnut ink studies are also the basis of my fabric collection. My textiles have also given me an opportunity to design an upholstery collection and a bag collection. In addition to these collections, steve mckenzie’s is also a full service interior design firm operating out of our Atlanta showroom.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

Something you need to know about me is…
I love to cook especially for a large group. I will attempt about any dish. One of my specialties is homemade wings. When our son was playing high school lacrosse, he would regularly show up late night with about a dozen friends looking for their fourth meal. I was happy to jump into action and make a batch of spicy wings.

Here’s how this company came to be…
In January 2012, after working corporate jobs for 30 years, my wife, Jill, and I made the leap to exit that arena and begin making plans for steve mckenzie’s. I always wanted to design a fabric collection and it was time. First came the fabric, which naturally became ingrained with our love of interiors and entertaining, and next thing you know, there we are with a showroom! Everything that’s followed has been born from the creative freedom you enjoy (most of the time!) when running your own business.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

My absolute favorite thing we sell right now is…
My Walnut Loop on Flax Linen Fabric is a current favorite. As I shared earlier, I paint using walnut ink, and this particular pattern/colorway comes closest to the original brush strokes of those studies. I’ve been painting for years and could always picture what this fabric would look like – this pattern is just like realizing a dream. I smile every time I see it used.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

Here’s a sneak peek of something we’re working on now…
We are in the midst of finalizing patterns and colors for an outdoor fabric collection, which we’re very excited about. It should be available mid-summer this year. Pictured is one of the patterns based on the stripes of French linens but in my own, unique brushstrokes.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

I’m most proud of…
We relish in the priceless reactions people have when stepping into our showroom for the first time – they usually get a big smile on their face and say “I love it.” Typically, a conversation ensues about how much they appreciate our use of color and how refreshing it is to see so much of it in one place. As an artist, designer, and retailer, this is when I know we’re doing something right; when someone responds and reacts to the work put out there.

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

I really detest…
The accounting and paperwork can be a real grind for me. I understand how imperative it is, but for me, all I can think about is how I’m not creating something at that time, which is what I love to do most!

I could never have done it without this person…
I couldn’t have made this professional – and often times, personal – leap without Jill, my wife of 30 years. She is not only my partner for life she is also my partner in business. Every product I design, every painting I create, she is there to give critical input. I know she always has our best interests at heart and will be honest, even if it can be painful at times. Plus, I would not have time to create if she were not helping run the business and sell our products; she’s amazing!

Limelight: Steve McKenzie | CLOTH & KIND

I consistently read these for inspiration…
I get inspiration from so many sources.  I am a visual learner, so any great photography inspires me. My favorite Magazines for inspiration are: Côté Sud, Vogue Living Australia & Wallpaper. I also need my monthly fix of Garden & Gun – I love the way they celebrate the new, modern, southern lifestyle from all dimensions. A favorite blog is Freund von Freunden out of Berlin, their interviews and interiors of creatives from all over the world are fantastic! And, I so appreciate the hour-long mixtapes they have guest DJ’s do – they are always inspiring, especially in the studio. Pinterest and Instagram can also act as fuel for my creative side.

I would like to share the limelight with…
I would take great pleasure in sharing the limelight with Verde Home by Laura Walker. Laura is an amazingly talented designer; the custom rugs they offer through their showroom, Verde Home, are truly incredible. They can help you realize your own designs, or you can even customize some of the patterns Laura has designed and end up with your very own beautiful, high quality, unique rug.

IMAGE CREDITS | All images provided by Steve McKenzie except showroom image via Lonny.

Palette No. 32

Palette No. 32 | CLOTH & KIND

We are so, so very into lavender lately. Can’t get enough of it, especially paired with a bold navy. Classic. And, by the way, how fantastic is Victoria Larson’s Fern N Dot fabric? We’ve long been fans of Victoria’s and are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stage with her this coming week at the Bradley USA showroom in Atlanta (where all of her fabrics are available to the trade) for the much-anticipated Veranda-sponsored Design ADAC event. The three of us will be yammering on about a topic that’s near and dear to our hearts, What’s New, What’s Next in Textiles. If you’re a textile addict too, come join us!

TOP RIGHT | Loire Jute Stripe in Amethyst from Schumacher (#68693)
TOP LEFT | Fern N Dot in Navy on White by Victoria Larson (#NZ-103.P03).
BOTTOM | Pomegranate wallpaper in Dusk from Galbraith & Paul (#n/a)