Interior Design duo Tilton Fenwick and Quintessence were both born six years ago and, like friends from birth, we have grown up together in the world of design. As a fan of TF partners Anne Maxwell Foster’s and Suysel dePedro Cunningham’s colorful, pattern mixing take on tradition, I have followed their path avidly from the start. So I am thrilled today to offer a sneak peek of the duo’s first full feature in House Beautiful with the October issue. While the project is Anne Maxwell Foster’s own weekend country house in upstate New York, the team worked on it together. As Suysel explained, “We do everything together and have great design synergy. We push, inspire, and build on each other.”
An 1850s colonial with a 1950s addition, the house proved to be the perfect getaway for Anne, her husband Ryan and two young children, Gibbie and Charlie. In the older part of the house, the team played up the architectural details and cozy factor as seen in the über charming living room, above. A chic mix of pattern and texture lends a sophisticated, lively yet appropriate ambiance to the room with two banquettes in Pierre Frey’s Ismaelia flanking a mantel faux painted by Dean Barger ([email protected]).
Across from the fireplace, a custom sofa in an amber shade (Sienna) of Schumacher’s Gainsborough velvet and a Ballard tufted ottoman in Rogers & Goffigon’s Benderlock wool plaid (did you know many of Ballard’s pieces are customizable?) play off the warmth of the beamed room anchored by a Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert rug. The pillows add the TF signature layered pattern play with a Studio Four Kufri Life pattern and the duo’s Tilton Fenwick for Duralee Olsen stripe on the bolster. And while they like colors to coordinate, they don’t ever like them to match exactly – hence Benjamin Moore’s Great Barrington Green on the trim and the Amber color on Christopher Spitzmiller’s Moss Villa lamp.
Although the kitchen is in the newer part of the house, Anne and Suysel made the segue seamless by adding crown molding, traditional white cabinetry (not normally their go-to kitchen solution) and new wide-planked painted floors to reference the original floorboards in the older section. The more spacious modern addition allowed for a generous island for cooking and eating, surrounded by Ballard Paris Bistro stools. Unlacquered brass hardware was used here and throughout the house for a warm living finish, echoed on the classic details of the La Cornue, below. Anne and Suysel have tried for years to convince clients to go for the retro chic cabinet latches to no avail. But for Anne, they have turned out to be not only stylish but, for now, child-proof!
But the kitchen is really all about the Moroccan tile backsplash from Mosaic House, above. Walking the line between traditional and contemporary while adding an artisanal touch, it established the color scheme for the floor and beautifully complements the Lee Jofa GP&J Baker wallpaper in the adjoining eating area below.
photos by Trevor Tondro
This large open area proved to be one of the huge advantages of the newer addition. Unlike the small rooms of older houses, this space allows room for the children to run and the adults to entertain with ease. A zinc topped farmhouse table from Noir is paired with a custom banquette (great for squeezing in lots of guests) upholstered in Tilton Fenwick for Duralee “Dorado.” And because it’s all about the mix, the duo added sexy mid century modern Italian chairs they upholstered in a cheery Moore & Giles leather. Replicated from an original American antique, the Whaler light fixture from McLean Lighting Works adds an element of authentic history with whimsy. To see how the Tilton Fenwick team reworked the rest of Anne’s 19th century house for 21st century living, you can visit House Beautiful online tomorrow (I’ll post the link here then).
And be sure to pick up your hard copy on newsstands next week. The entire Hearst Design Group will be celebrating kitchens in their October issues. Between House Beautiful, Veranda and ELLE DECOR, the heart of the home will be showcased in three unique, authoritative and engaging ways. From the latest kitchen technology and sophisticated innovations featured in ELLE DECOR to the House Beautiful 9th Kitchen of the Year, to Veranda’s selection of curated kitchen products that help recreate the aura of the world’s most famous kitchens including Mimi Thorisson‘s gorgeous 19th century chateau, it will be a trio of inspiration for fall cooking and entertaining chez vous!