Put Spring in your Step
Temperatures hit 62 degrees Tuesday -- a welcome respite from the sub-freezing temperatures we've been having all winter here in the Boston area. Most of us have just had it, except for the skiiers, who may be the only folks who are celebrating this winter. I wore short-sleeves Tuesday, sans winter coat, simply because I could.
With the warmer temperatures Tuesday came a taste of spring at the Boston Design Center (where I do most of my sourcing) with the arrival of the fabulous design duo, Tilton Fenwick, and the introduction of their eponymous fabric line for Duralee. Suysel DePedro Cunningham and Anne Foster, the team behind Tilton Fenwick, joined Erin Gates, a designer and author of the popular blog, Elements of Style, in an informal presentation to a sold-out audience. The topic was using social media to elevate your brand, a technique Suysel and Anne have harnessed, AND mastered, to catapult their design firm to national prominence in the four short years since its inception. A lovely brunch followed, hosted by the Duralee showroom, to showcase their new Tilton Fenwick fabric line.
If you want a taste of spring, go no further than this fabulous fabric collection. It's filled with lovely florals, paisleys and stripes in spring shades like lemon, coral, sea green and lapis. Anne and Sysel worked with Duralee's creative team, re-interpreting document and statement prints in today's colorways. The line is a total reflection of the pair's aesthetic which is part traditional, part vintage and part contemporary.
I'm working on a dining room now with hunter green walls and ivory wainscoting that my clients previously furnished with dark Arts and Crafts-style furniture. I'm looking for fabrics for window treatments and seat cushions that will brighten the room and provide a counterpoint to the austere furniture, yet harmonize with Arts and Crafts style. Some of Tilton Fenwick's fabrics fit the bill!
At left is the Anne and Suysel's first creation, Rocat, a lovely floral in a vertical pattern that allows portions of the fabric to be used as a border. I've paired it with Soskin, a textured fabric, that I'd use for slip seats on the dining room chairs.
At right is another beautiful all-over floral called Sissy paired with Barlow, a sturdy upholstery fabric. Either of these combos would make this otherwise somber dining room feel spring-like all year round.