Prints Charming

Now that the colder days are (finally) here, we’re all thinking warm colors and cozy decor. I’m way behind with my pumpkins and mums this year, not to mention I can’t find our Halloween props, so instead today’s fall design inspiration comes from an 1850s farmhouse in upstate New York, decorated by the talented duo of Tilton Fenwick. This project was recently published in House Beautiful and it has a little bit of everything- color, enveloping prints, fun fabrics that work all year-long, but are particularly fitted for the colder months. Like this living room below, with an orange velvet sofa that would keep me hostage for weeks. With a good book, a warm  cup of tea and the roaring fire… ahh, the good life!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Living Room Sofa

Opposite the sofa, a most unusual setting but I like the idea of banquettes on either side of the fireplace. It’s original and great for seating plenty at parties!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Living Room Fireplace

The home’s historic character is kept intact while updating its functions to a 21st century young family. In the kitchen, white cabinets and brass hardware keep things traditional. The vibrant tiles and wallpaper jazz things up a notch. Or two.

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Kitchen

A close-up of the impeccable cabinet jewelry.

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Cabinet Detail

Suysel dePedro Cunningham (left) and Anne Maxwell Foster (the owner). And me having major banquette envy! The contrasting orange piping is just so pretty!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Dining Table

In the entrance hall, a bold floral wallpaper, a mini art-gallery and an eye-catting Italian antique console table are all that’s needed to create a stunning first impression.

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Stairwell

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Floors

The master bedroom is another cozy space in this new old home. The classic moldings play nicely with the eclectic mix of fabric and furnishings. And while I realize it may be too much pattern for some, one thing is for sure – it’s a cheerful and cozy home! Just perfect for fall!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Bedroom

Photography by Trevor Tondro, images via House Beautiful.



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