Tilton Fenwick Goes Country in House Beautiful

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.”

Tilton Fenwick in House Beautiful

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]).

Tilton Fenwick in House Beautiful

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.

Tilton Fenwick in House Beautiful

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!

Tilton Fenwick kitchen detail in House BeautifulBut 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.

Tilton Fenwick house in House Beautiful

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).

house-beautiful-october-2016-coverAnd 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!


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10 Responses to Tilton Fenwick Goes Country in House Beautiful

  1. I love this house so much it hurts. Wonderfully whimsical and yet appropriate update to an antique house. Can’t wait to see the rest. If I were Anne, I really think I’d have to leave NYC behind for good, except for trips to the Design Center. :)

  2. Robert Franklin says:

    Pretty pretty!!

  3. Patricia Schoen says:

    Simply Fantastic!
    Thank you Quintessence for this glimpse of these design dynamos and this beautiful home! I love how these women have not surrendered to boring- white everywhere- curtain less decor!

  4. Thank you Stacey for the sneak peek! How perfect that you post about our first HB feature! #friendsfrombirth – you are the best! Thank you

  5. Leigh says:

    I like the Pierre Frey fabric on the banquettes. I admit I was a wee bit taken aback by the Chinese ancestors in a New York country house, but I’m assuming they are a nod to the fabric which has a chinoiserie flair with stylized elephants or a nod to the bamboo pieces.

    Nice faux finish on the fireplace. This is the way to do it.

    Liked the latches on the kitchen cabinets as they are a good match for a period kitchen.

    Am hoping against hope that some day we will see an end to the MCM craze and that American and British antiques and quirky pieces like the bamboo (or faux bamboo) chair regain their popularity. Those are the types of elements that make a room stand out from the crowd.

    Enjoyed reading the sources, too. Thanks.

  6. Karenann says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  7. franki says:

    LIME GREEN…who woulda thunk it!!! frabju

  8. Beth says:

    #friendsfrombirth Love that you were able to give us a sneak peek of the ever talented duos work. Their design sensibility is so approachable and appropriate for today’s lifestyle. Makes you just want to move in. Thank you as always for showcasing inspirational people .

  9. Love!! So creative and original and chic and warm all at the same time! As I read your engaging commentary I kept going back to the pics to spot the treasures you describe…they certainly do have a dynamic synergy!

  10. Susels says:

    Ladies… you two are country home dream weavers. In love with every nook and cranny of Anne’s home. Adding all the images to my vision board. I may even pick-up a powerball ticket in hopes of winning big so I can buy a home for you two to Tilton Fenwick-ize for me.

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