Wall Sconces

Our entire team here at CLOTH & KIND is totally gaga over Visual Comfort's ridiculously good lighting line, and we source from them all the time for our interior design Studio projects. It's hard to play favorites, but here's a handful of sconces that we are digging at the moment...

CLOTH & KIND // Fab Five, Wall Sconces

1. Ryan Miller, Showroom Director
Frankfort Articulating Wall Light in Black and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass Accents

2. Krista Nye Nicholas, Partner & Principal Interior Designer
Avant Large Curved Sconce in Antique-Burnished Brass with Frosted Glass

3. Tami Ramsay, Partner & Principal Interior Designer
Cavanagh Medium Lantern Sconce in Polished Nickel

4. Rachael Bell, Senior Interior Designer
Launceton Large Ring Sconce in Antique- Burnished Brass with Natural Percale Shade

5. Alyson Derry, Interior Design Director
Osiris Single Reflector Sconce in Bronze and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Linen Diffuser

If you're in the interior design trade, you are undoubtedly in love with Visual Comfort as well. If you're not a designer and simply a design afficianado, you may still be familiar with the line through Circa Lighting (the retail arm of the company). In either case, what you gotta know is that CLOTH & KIND is now an official Visual Comfort Gallery partner! That means you can check out a full range of their gorgeous fixtures in person here and order them (at more advantageous pricing than Circa offers - both to the trade and at retail, BTW!) through either our Showroom or Shop

Kate Tremel Clay

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, Kate Tremel Clay

If you haven't heard, BIG things are happening over here at CLOTH & KIND.  We just opened our brand new Showroom & Shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan!  One of the things close to our hearts and at the core of this venture for us is to promote local Ann Arbor, MI (and Athens, where our Georgia team is based!) artisans.  For us, Kate Tremel's lovely, organic ceramics were an obvious choice. We're thrilled to say that we are carrying Kate's pieces in the Shop, and are excited to introduce y'all to her and her work here.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, Kate Tremel Clay

Studying Spanish and Anthropology in undergrad, Kate came to love pottery after taking a couple community art classes.  She took a time off of school and pursued her passion, studying pottery under a traditional ceramicist, specializing in large vessels, Josue Luis Yamunaque.  After finishing college, Kate Tremel then attended graduate school Cranbrook Academy of Art, focusing her studies on mixed media sculpture the village pot.  She even had a stint living in Athens, GA - what are the odds?! She is now a professor at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, located right in Ann Arbor.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, Kate Tremel Clay

Drawing inspiration from nature, such as moss growing on a rock, she is constantly stimulated by her surroundings. Kate is process-oriented, focusing her design on improvisation.  In fact, she loves when a piece surprises even herself.  Delving deep into the details of her process, Kate Tremel is fascinated by the intimate connection between maker and creation.  She describes the sensuality of wet clay, the texture and form of clay reminiscent of skin.  It is this deep relationship with her work that allows her to create pieces that are accessible and engaging to the viewer.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, Kate Tremel Clay

Her motto in design is simplicity.  From the clean, simple lines of her nesting bowls, to the pierced vases and lamps, Kate Tremel has mastered sophisticated, intriguing ceramics, with a overall sense of uncluttered beauty, and we're wholly in love with her work.

CLOTH & KIND // Liz

Manuka Textiles

WALLPAPER // INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YOUR DESKTOP

Enjoy our latest collection of free downloadable desktop, tablet & smartphone wallpapers, courtesy of wallcovering designers,  Manuka Textiles. Check out the entire collection and if you love 'em as much as we do, get the real deal to swath your home and make it look as good as your tech.

CLOTH & KIND // Interior Design For Your Desktop, Manuka Textiles

Click to Download // Rift, Metallic Rose Gold on Griege

Click to Download // Prismatic, Metallic Gold & Pastel Click to Download // Rift, Metallic Gold on Bone White

Click to Download // Prismatic, Metallic Rose Gold & French Clay Gray

CLOTH & KIND // Interior Design For Your Desktop, Manuka Textiles

Click to Download // Shibori Banding, Metallic Gold on Blush Pink

CLOTH & KIND // Interior Design For Your Desktop, Manuka Textiles

Click to Download // Shibori Banding, Metallic Gold on Bone White

CLOTH & KIND // Interior Design For Your Desktop, Manuka Textiles

Click to Download // Prismatic, Metallic Gold & Pastel


DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS // Click on the links to the patterns you love above. Once on the large image of the pattern, simply right click to download and save the image to your desktop. Here at CLOTH & KIND, we save all of our favorite Wallpaper downloads to a folder and set our Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to pull from that folder and rotate the images frequently for maximum gorgeousness while we're working. 

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IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT STUFF // Y'all know this, but it's worth saying that all images in our Wallpaper column are the exclusive property of the textile and wallpaper designers that have so graciously shared their proprietary designs with us so that our tech can look all kinds of cool. Under no circumstances may any part of their work be copied, duplicated, manipulated or used in anyway without their express written permission. 

Seema Krish

WALLPAPER // INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YOUR DESKTOP

Enjoy our latest collection of free downloadable desktop, tablet & smartphone wallpapers, courtesy of one of our favorite textile designers,  Seema Krish. Seema has just unveiled her stunning new collection, comprised of several patterns which we absolutely LOVE! Check out her entire line and if you love 'em as much as we do, get the real deal to swath your home and make it look as good as your tech.

PS // The BIG NEWS around here is that Seema Krish will be a part of CLOTH & KIND's boutique to-the-trade Showroom when we open in Ann Arbor, MI on May 4th, 2018. We couldn't be more thrilled!

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Olema Glitter Graphite

Click to Download // Olema Clay 

Click to Download // Olema Rain

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Napa Rosé

Click to Download // Napa Graphite

Click to Download // Napa Rain

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Napa Marine Indigo

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Sonoma Rain

Click to Download // Sonoma Rosé

Click to Download // Sonoma Glitter Graphite

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Sonoma Clay

CLOTH & KIND // Seema Krish, Interior Design for Your Desktop

Click to Download // Gramercy Rosé

Click to Download // Calistoga Marine Indigo

Click to Download // Calistoga Glitter Graphite


DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS // Click on the links to the patterns you love above. Once on the large image of the pattern, simply right click to download and save the image to your desktop. Here at CLOTH & KIND, we save all of our favorite Wallpaper downloads to a folder and set our Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to pull from that folder and rotate the images frequently for maximum gorgeousness while we're working. 

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IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT STUFF // Y'all know this, but it's worth saying that all images in our Wallpaper column are the exclusive property of the textile and wallpaper designers that have so graciously shared their proprietary designs with us so that our tech can look all kinds of cool. Under no circumstances may any part of their work be copied, duplicated, manipulated or used in anyway without their express written permission. 

Pulp Design Studios + S. Harris

CLOTH & KIND // Inspired, Pulp Design Studios + S. Harris

We want to give a huge shoutout to our badass friends over at Pulp Design Studios!  Co-Founders and Principal Interior Designers Carolina V. Gentry and Beth Dotolo just debuted an insanely cool textile line in collaboration with S. Harris!  Major heart eyes, check it out here and also feast your eyes below.

CLOTH & KIND // Inspired, Pulp Design Studios + S. Harris

Beth & Carolina describe pulling from their love of adventure when working through the product development phase, and it is undeniably apparent in each and every pattern and colorway.  From jewel-toned Art Deco-esque patterns to globally inspired designs in bright colors, the Pulp Design Studios and S. Harris collaboration has us endlessly inspired.  

CLOTH & KIND // Inspired, Pulp Design Studios + S. Harris

From one design duo to another, we are sending all of our love to y'all and can't wait to begin incorporating your fabrics into our design projects!!

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Bunny Williams

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What is your idea of perfect design happiness?
THE MOST WONDERFUL MOMENT TO ME IS SEEING THE THRILL OF A CLIENT SEEING A COMPLETED PROJECT AND HAVING THE FEELING THAT I HAVE FULFILLED THEIR DREAMS.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What is your greatest fear in design?
I THINK PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA THERE’S A SAMENESS. PEOPLE SHOULD AWAYS HAVE THE FUN OF BEING ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE AND NOT LOOKING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

Which historical design figure(s) do you most identify with?
PAULINE DE ROTHSCHILD
FRANCES ELKINS
NANCY LANCASTER
MADELEINE CASTAING

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

Which living designer(s) do you most admire?
AXEL VERVOORDT
FURLOW GATEWOOD
ROBERT KIME
JACQUES GRANGE

What profession other than design would you like to attempt?
I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NURSERY AND TAKE IN ABANDONED DOGS AND TRY TO FIND HOMES FOR THEM.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What is your greatest design extravagance?
HAVING A GARDEN AND GREENHOUSE WHERE I CAN GROW FLOWERS SPECIFICALLY FOR MY HOME.

When and where were you happiest with your design?
MY NEW STUDIO IN CONNECTICUT.
I’VE NEVER HAD AN INSPIRING WORK SPACE OF MY OWN.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
I DON’T THINK I HAVE A GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT. I’VE WORKED VERY HARD OVER A VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME TO GET BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER.  I FEEL LIKE THE PROFESSIONAL ICE SKATER OR MARATHON RUNNER. YOU PRACTICE, YOU WORK AT IT, YOU DISCIPLINE YOURSELF AND YOU GET GOOD AT IT. YOU GAIN CONFIDENCE, YOU GAIN EXPERIENCE AND YOU GAIN KNOWLEDGE.

If you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
A WONDERFUL NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW I HAVE IN THE BARN IN THE COUNTRY THAT SAYS “THE MORE I KNOW ABOUT MEN, THE MORE I LOVE MY DOG.”

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
I CAN DRAW, BUT I WISH I HAD THE TALENT OF ALBERT WHOSE INCREDIBLE WORKING DRAWINGS WERE PRETTY CLOSE TO HOW THE PROJECTS WERE CARRIED OUT.

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What is your most treasured design related possession?
A PAIR OF PAINTINGS THAT SHOW AN INTERIOR OF OUR LIVING ROOM WITH OUR FURNITURE AND OUR DOGS.

What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
CHILLY AND ALOOF WHITE ROOMS.

What curse word do you most frequently use?
JACK DANIELS.

What is your favorite design related word?
HARMONY OR TIMELESSNESS.

What is your least favorite design related word?
ECCLECTIC.

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What turns you on in design?
MY FAVORITE PERIOD OF FURNITURE IS STILL GREAT 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH FURNITURE.  THIS MAY NOT BE IN VOGUE AT THE MOMENT, BUT WHEN IT’S COMBINED WITH A VERY MODERN PIECE, ALL OF A SUDDEN THE OLD LOOKS NEW.  

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

What turns you off in design?
WHEN FURNITURE IS PLACED ONLY AGAINST THE WALL IN A ROOM.

What is your motto in design?
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY YOUR POSSESSIONS.
AND, ALSO, DON’T FEEL THAT ANY ROOM IN YOUR HOME IS SO PRECIOUS THAT IT MUST BE SAVED FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE IS SPECIAL.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design, Bunny Williams

IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Bunny Williams

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 an interior 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 our previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.  

St. Udio

Bringing old school artistry back, St. Udio is the Athens, GA-based blacksmith metal and woodworking studio of our dreams.  Starting in 2011, this local artisanal workshop has made a name for itself in the area as the go-to choice for custom metalwork.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, St. Udio

Based out of Athens, Georgia, the Partners, Andrew Flage and Mike Harboldt both earned their Fine Arts degrees from the University of Georgia.  Their work ranges from sleek minimal vent hoods to Art Nouveau-esque gates.  We met with Andrew to discuss his design process; which he describes as "a dialogue with the client."  Beginning with initial concepts, they turn to sketching, then AutoCAD.  A true artisan, Andrew said his favorite projects are the ones that require hands-on hammering and "firing up the forge," rather than laser-cutting.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, St. Udio
CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, St. Udio

Interested in the tongue in cheek namesake of St. Udio?  Andrew said growing up, he oftentimes visited his aunt in California.  They had a little shack in the backyard used as an art room.  On the front, there were the letters of "Studio," with a circular light after the "St."  They affectionately referred to the small building as Saint Udio; of which Andrew Flage ultimately named his blacksmith workshop.

CLOTH & KIND // Loving Local, St. Udio

We feel unbelievably blessed to be able to partner and collaborate with artisans like St. Udio.  In our world today, artisans today who get down and dirty in their craft seem to be a thing of the past.  But, St. Udio and its team give us hope.  Makers and craftsmen are still around, and are still making a huge impact on the design world.

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PHOTO CREDITS // The top image was taken by Paige French, the bottom three images were taken from the St. Udio's Website.

Krane Home

WALLPAPER // INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YOUR DESKTOP

Enjoy our latest collection of free downloadable desktop, tablet & smartphone wallpapers, courtesy of one of our favorite artists, wallcovering & textile designers,  Sharon Lee of Krane Home. Check out her entire collection and if you love 'em as much as we do, get the real deal to swath your home and make it look as good as your tech.

The BIG NEWS around here is that Krane Home will be a part of CLOTH & KIND's boutique to-the-trade Showroom when we open in Ann Arbor, MI this Spring. We couldn't be more thrilled!

CLOTH & KIND // Krane Home // Wallpaper, Interior Design for your Desktop

Click to download // Tiger & Magpie in Deep Blue

Click to download // Gingham Jungle in Jade

Click to download // Birds in Azure

CLOTH & KIND // Krane Home // Wallpaper, Interior Design for your Desktop

Click to download // Chrysanthemum in French Grey

Click to download // Royal Pineapple in Gold

Click to download // Banana Leaf in Sapphire

CLOTH & KIND // Krane Home // Wallpaper, Interior Design for your Desktop

Click to download // Flora in Sapphire

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS // Click on the links to the patterns you love above. Once on the large image of the pattern, simply right click to download and save the image to your desktop. Here at CLOTH & KIND, we save all of our favorite Wallpaper downloads to a folder and set our Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to pull from that folder and rotate the images frequently for maximum gorgeousness while we're working. 

CLOTH & KIND // Krista & Tami

IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT STUFF // Y'all know this, but it's worth saying that all images in our Wallpaper column are the exclusive property of the textile and wallpaper designers that have so graciously shared their proprietary designs with us so that our tech can look all kinds of cool. Under no circumstances may any part of their work be copied, duplicated, manipulated or used in anyway without their express written permission. 

Vicente Wolf

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design with Vicente Wolf

What is your idea of perfect design happiness?
A GOOD MARRIAGE BETWEEN SPECIAL CLIENTS THAT APPRECIATE
CREATIVITY AND DESIGN THAT ALLOW ME TO FULFILL THEIR WISHES AND DREAMS.

What is your greatest fear in design?
TO NOT BE RELEVANT.

Which historical design figure do you most identify with?
DAVID HICKS.

Which living designer do you most admire?
BELGIAN DESIGNER, AXEL VERVOORDT.

What profession other than design would you like to attempt?
THAT’S EASY, A PHOTOGRAPHER.

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What is your greatest design extravagance?
IN MY DESIGN I TRY TO GO FOR THE SUBTLE, NOT THE OBVIOUS.  SO, FOR ME EXTRAVAGANCE HAS TO DO MORE WITH OPEN SPACE, EXUBERANT LIGHTING AND PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT AND A BALANCE OF SCALE AND PROPORTION.

When and where were you happiest with your design?
I’M THE MOST HAPPY WHEN DESIGNING AND INSTALLING JOBS.  I LOVE SEEING MY VISION COME TO LIGHT – WHEN THE DEMOLITION STARTS + WHEN THE JOB IS INSTALLED.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
REINTERPRETING ALL IDEAS IN A NEW WAY LIKE LEANING MIRRORS AS WAS DONE IN THE EARLY 80’S.  LIKE OTTOMANS USED AS COFFEE TABLES.  MOSTLY BEING RELEVANT AFTER CLOSE TO 40 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY.

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If you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be?
I WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK AS SOMEBODY WHO COULD ACHIEVE PEACE IN THE WORLD OR CURE TERMINAL DISEASES.  I DON’T THINK I WOULD WANT TO BE ANYONE ELSE DOING THAT.

What specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
I CAN’T SPELL, I HAVE A POOR MEMORY AND AM SURELY NOT COMPUTER PROFICIENT.

What is your most treasured design related possession?
THOUGH THEY DO NOT BELONG TO ME, THE STAFF WHO WORK FOR ME ARE MY MOST VALUABLE ASSET.  AND OF COURSE, MY SPECIAL CLIENTS.

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What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
I THINK IT’S A COMMON DENOMINATOR - TO HAVE CLIENTS THAT DO NOT RESPECT, TRUST OR UNDERSTAND ONE’S GIFT.

What curse word do you most frequently use?
TRUMP.

What is your favorite design related word?
SCALE.

What is your least favorite design related word?
CUTE.

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What turns you on in design?
GREAT CLIENTS, WONDERFUL SPACES, PEACE AND QUIET SO I CAN JUST CREATE.

What turns you off in design?
UNPROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS THAT HAVE NOT PAID THEIR DUES AND PURSUE CALLING THEMSELVES DESIGNERS.

What is your motto in design?
FOLLOW YOUR GUT.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design with Vicente Wolf

ABOUT VICENTE WOLF ASSOCIATES // Acclaimed New York City-based designer, Vicente Wolf is known for his timeless, restrained and elegant aesthetic.  For more than three decades Vicente Wolf has fostered the global development of his brand through a simplicity-driven principle that infuses his many creative endeavors: interior design, photography, art collection and global travels. Always on the lookout for new ways in which to inspire the world of design, Wolf’s eye for detail has created a reputation for quality appreciated by his discerning client list, his peers in the design industry and his international partnerships with some of the world’s top luxury brands.  

IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by VICENTE WOLF ASSOCIATES

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.  

Thistle & Bess

We adore our local shops, creatives, and makers - both in Athens, GA & in Ann Arbor, MI alike! - and Thistle & Bess stands out as a truly unique spot that had us all hooked upon first stepping foot in this charming & lovely shop. 

Growing up outside of Ann Arbor, owner Diana Marsh attended college at the University of Michigan and worked as an elementary school teacher in New York.  But, her heart always yearned to open an eclectic, vintage-inspired boutique.  

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Beginning as a jewelry line based out of Brooklyn, NY, Thistle & Bess specialized in antique and vintage accessories.  But, in the concrete, copy-cat culture of consumerism, Diana realized the need for diversity and creativity in the current marketplace.  Thus was born the store of her dreams, a beacon of light in the jungle of mass-produced products, Thistle & Bess opened in the Kerrytown Market of Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2015. 

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Supporting artisans local and worldwide, Thistle & Bess boasts a vast collection of curated prints, jewelry, home accessories, and paper goods.  When asked about her process of selecting new products, Diana said that she is always on a treasure hunt.  On top of the never-ending search for new artists, she loves how her store has enabled her to get involved with the community and create friendships in the neighborhood.

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We also couldn't resist inquiring about the store's name!  With a rich family history traced back to Scotland and England, and a self proclaimed "history nerd," Diana hoped to incorporate these two aspects of her life in the name of her store.  Thistle is the emblem of Scotland, known to be tough, yet beautiful.  The latter half of the name, Bess, derives from the nickname for Queen Elizabeth I, "Good Queen Bess."

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If you're not a fellow Ann Arborian, fear not!  The curated collection of treasures is also available on their website.  You can also peruse creative workshops ranging from a class on reading Tarot cards to a lesson on paper flower bouquets.  Hop on over, check it out, you will thank us later.

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PHOTO CREDITS //  
Header and Bottom Two Photos: Silver Thumb Photography
Top Two Photos: Ava Sherick, CLOTH & KIND Junior Design Assistant

Flame Stitch

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

Flame stitch - that bold, often colorful, zig zag pattern - is hot.  Think of flame stitch as a design rather than needlework, especially when considering how it is used today.  While flame stitch is trendy now, it has been around forever, probably since the 13th century.  Let’s take a quick look at flame stitch’s history.

The origin of flame stitch is murky and romantic.  Most scholars agree that it is primarily Italian, with either a dash of Hungarian or Middle Eastern roots thrown in.  Flame stitch could be a hybrid of two stitches, the brick stitch and the Hungarian stitch (seen in the 13th century German altar curtain below) brought to Italy by a beloved Bohemian princess on her many trips there.  Alternatively, flame stitch may have a Middle Eastern relative, given its resemblance to ikat, that traveled to Italy via the Silk Road.

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

While we can’t DNA flame stitch, one of the earliest surviving examples is found in England.  There, in the Elizabethan manor, Parham House, an entire room is still upholstered in Italian wool from the 16th century bearing a flame stitch pattern. The principal bed at Parham House also is adorned with flame stitch.  Surely it is not coincidental that Mary, Queen of Scots (who ruled Scotland then) was Marie de Medici’s sister-in-law.

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.
CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

Italy has few extant early examples of flame stitch.  Some 17th century chairs wearing the pattern reside in the Bargello Museum in Florence, explaining why flame stitch is sometimes called “Bargello” or “Florentine” stitch.   The French call the pattern “Bergamo”.

Flame stitch remained popular in the 18th century spreading throughout Europe and to the colonies.  It often decorated clothing then, as these British shoes and American pocketbook from that time period show.  It truly must have been all the rage, as the ladies of the Greenwood-Lee family thought it chic enough to include in their c. 1747 family portrait.

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.
CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.
CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

Flame stitch never really went out of style.  The Scalamandre flame stitch velvet covering these 19th century settees is period perfect.

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

New fabrics are still being created today.  Have a look at these textiles from Schumacher and Zimmer + Rhode, and how designer Nina Farmer upholstered a chaise in flame stitch for her Boston townhouse.

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.
CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

In the 1970s, flame stitch wallpaper was all sorts of groovy.  Meg Braff recently updated that old seventies look with a new wallpaper dubbed appropriately, “Flambe.”

CLOTH & KIND // Provenance, Flame Stitch. Guest Edited by Lynn Byrne.

The flame stitch pattern (and its appeal) hasn’t changed much over the years.    With maximalism now in vogue, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a fully upholstered flame stitch room someday soon.

Flame stitch.  Still on fire.

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This post was guest edited for CLOTH & KIND by Lynn Byrne. lynn is an expert in decorative arts and design history, who also has written extensively about art, travel, and interior design. She studied decorative arts at Parsons and is well-known for explaining design terms and themes found throughout history.  

PHOTO CREDITS // German altar curtain from Bayrose, ikat example from Hand Eye magazine. Parham House photos by Andreas von Einsiedel for Homes & Antiques magazine. British shoes from Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Pocketbook from Museum of Fine Arts.  Family portrait from the Museum of Fine Arts.  Nina Farmer’s home, by Paul Raeside.  


Southern Style Now 2017

It was a distinct pleasure to attend and participate in the second annual Southern Style Now design festival this past November in Savannah, GA! Honestly, y'all, we thought last year's inaugural event in NOLA couldn't have been surpassed, but founder Robert Leleux outdid himself - solidifying SSN in our hearts and minds as one of the not-to-be-missed design events each year. 

The festival was comprised of several days of inspiring panels and social events galore. At the heart of it all is the Traditional Home showhouse, for which a group of interior designers are hand-selected by Robert to put their spin on each room. CLOTH & KIND was invited to design a space of our choosing and ultimately selected the sweet Morning Room, tucked away just off of the Kitchen on the main floor. From the get-go, we were enthusiastic about the creative opportunities that this intimate space provided to us, and ultimately ended up channeling our infatuation with the Bloomsbury Group to create a painterly retreat in this cozy nook of the home.

Southern Style Now
CLOTH & KIND // Design Project, Southern Style Now
CLOTH & KIND // Design Project, Southern Style Now
CLOTH & KIND // Design Project, Southern Style Now
CLOTH & KIND // Design Project, Southern Style Now
CLOTH & KIND // Design Project, Southern Style Now

MORNING ROOM
Interior Design // CLOTH & KIND
Photo Credit // CLOTH & KIND

The plethora of talent involved in designing this home was mind blowing, to say the least. It gives us such distinct pleasure to work alongside so many wickedly talented peers of ours from near & far. Check it out...

Southern Style Now 2017 // Michelle Nussbaumer

FRONT FOYER
Interior Design // Michelle Nussbaumer
Photo Credit // Robin L Davis

 

Southern Style Now 2017 // Jared Hughes

PARLOR
Interior Design // Jared Hughes Design
Photo Credit // Heidi Geldhauser

Southern Style Now 2017 // Brockschmidt and Coleman

DINING ROOM
Interior Design // Brockschmidt and Coleman
Photo Credit // Brockschmidt and Coleman

Southern Style Now 2017 // Lisa Mende

KITCHEN
Interior Design // Lisa Mende Design
Photo Credit // Kelli Boyd

Southern Style Now 2017 // Betsy Berry

POWDER ROOM
Interior Design // B. Berry Interiors
Photo Credit // Caesarstone US

Southern Style Now 2017 // Sally King Benedict

HALLWAY
Interior Design // Sally King Benedict
Photo Credit // Heidi Geldhauser

Southern Style Now 2017 // Melanie Turner

MASTER BEDROOM
Interior Design // Melanie Turner Interiors
Photo Credit // Melanie Turner

Southern Style Now 2017 // Benjamin Johnston

DRESSING ROOM
Interior Design // Benjamin Johnston
Photo Credit // Heidi Geldhauser

Southern Style Now 2017 // Kevin Walsh, Bear Hill Interiors

MASTER BATHROOM
Interior Design // Bear Hill Interiors
Photo Credit // Kevin Walsh

Southern Style Now 2017 // Lily Brown

PETITE SALON
Interior Design // Lily Brown Interiors
Photo Credit // Lily Brown

Southern Style Now 2017 // Chad James

GUEST BATHROOM
Interior Design // Chad James Group
Photo Credit // Heidi Geldhauser

 GUEST BEDROOM Interior Design //  Kara Cox Interiors  Photo Credit // Traditional Home

GUEST BEDROOM
Interior Design // Kara Cox Interiors
Photo Credit // Traditional Home

BEDROOM ONE
Interior Design // Kara Cox Interiors
Photo Credit // Traditional Home

 GUEST BEDROOM #2 Interior Design //  Pencil and Paper Co  Photo Credit // CLOTH & KIND

GUEST BEDROOM #2
Interior Design // Pencil and Paper Co
Photo Credit // CLOTH & KIND

BEDROOM TWO
Interior Design //  Pencil & Paper Co.
P
hoto Credit // CLOTH & KIND

 GUEST BATHROOM #2 Interior Design //  Bochner Design  Photo Credit // Mary Jo Bochner

GUEST BATHROOM #2
Interior Design // Bochner Design
Photo Credit // Mary Jo Bochner

POWDER ROOM
Interior Design //  Mary Jo Bochner
Photo Credit // CLOTH & KIND

 GARDEN LEVEL LIVING ROOM Interior Design //  Denise McGaha Interiors  Photo Credit //  Josh Gibson

GARDEN LEVEL LIVING ROOM
Interior Design // Denise McGaha Interiors
Photo Credit // Josh Gibson

GARDEN LEVEL LIVING ROOM
Interior Design //  Denise McGaha Interiors
P
hoto Credit // Jared Hughes

 GARDEN LEVEL KITCHEN Interior Design //  Gwyn Duggan Design   Photo Credit // Southern Style Now

GARDEN LEVEL KITCHEN
Interior Design // Gwyn Duggan Design 
Photo Credit // Southern Style Now

GARDEN LEVEL KITCHEN
Interior Design // Gwyn Duggan Design
Photo Credit // Southern Style Now 

Southern Style Now 2017 // Meredith Ellis

MASTER STUDY
Interior Design // Meredith Ellis Design
Photo Credit // Meredith Ellis

 GARDEN LEVEL GUEST BEDROOM Interior Design //  MA ALLEN INTERIORS  Photo Credit //  Jean Allsopp

GARDEN LEVEL GUEST BEDROOM
Interior Design // MA ALLEN INTERIORS
Photo Credit // Jean Allsopp

GUEST BEDROOM
Interior Design // MA Allen Interiors
P
hoto Credit // Jean Allsopp

 GARDEN LEVEL STUDY Interior Design //  Patrick Hamilton  Photo Credit // Patrick Hamilton

GARDEN LEVEL STUDY
Interior Design // Patrick Hamilton
Photo Credit // Patrick Hamilton

STUDY
Interior Design // Patrick J Hamilton Designs
P
hoto Credit // CLOTH & KIND

Southern Style Now 2017 // Lily Brown

GARDEN LEVEL BATHROOM
Interior Design // Lily Brown Interiors
Photo Credit // Lily Brown

 GARDEN ROOM Interior Design //  Bridget Beari Designs  Photo Credit // Lisa Mende

GARDEN ROOM
Interior Design // Bridget Beari Designs
Photo Credit // Lisa Mende

GARDEN ROOM
Interior Design // Susan Jamieson
Photo Credit // CLOTH & KIND

 COURTYARD Interior Design //  Summer Loftin Antiques & Design  Photo Credit // Summer Loftin

COURTYARD
Interior Design // Summer Loftin Antiques & Design
Photo Credit // Summer Loftin

COURTYARD
Interior Design // Summer Loftin Antiques & Design
Photo Credit // Nick Burchell

 ROOFTOP GARDEN Interior Design // Linda Eyles Design Photo Credit // Linda Eyles

ROOFTOP GARDEN
Interior Design // Linda Eyles Design
Photo Credit // Linda Eyles

ROOFTOP DECK
Interior Design // Linda Eyles Design
Photo Credit // Woodard Furniture 

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming issue of Traditional Home magazine which will feature the entire Southern Style Now showhouse in all of its glory.

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