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Ring in the New Year!

Hopes for a beautiful new year, courtesy of mother nature on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico / Tilton Fenwick Instagram 12.2012

Here’s a New Year’s wish for peace and joy in 2013, courtesy of Suysel, instagram, and mother nature on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico!

A beautiful rainbow to remind us of all we have to be thankful for this past year.  We are so very excited for what’s in store for Tilton Fenwick in 2013 and can’t wait to share the journey with all of you.

Cheers to 2013!

ps – did you see our 2013 design trend prediction on Curbed’s Magic 8Ball?


D&D Fall Market 2012

We had a great day yesterday attending some wonderful panels at the D&D Building’s Fall Market (check out all the action on twitter under #DDBMarket).  Highlights included hearing from Celerie Kemble about her new wallpaper line for Schumacher (remember wallpaper weekly, no. 41?) and from Bunny Williams discussing her furniture company, Beeline Home.

Feather Bloom Wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher

We also attended the Traditional Home afternoon keynote panel discussing set decoration.  It was fascinating to hear the story of Lydia Marks, who designed the sets for both Sex and the City movies. Fun fact: her interior design firm with partner Lisa Frantz (Marks & Frantz) is now frequently hired to design custom closets – based on the closet they custom made for Carrie and Big, photo below.

Carrie & Big’s closet by Lydia Marks, photo via Elle Decor

The morning keynote address by Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor was most fun-fact-filled.  Results were reported from a survey taken by Elle Decor of over 2000 designers from across the country.  Below, a sampling of notable survey results which gives a glimpse into the interior design industry today:

The Most Important Product Attributes:

Design (38.7%)  /  Quality of Materials (28.7%)  /  Craftsmanship (22.3%)  /  Exclusivity (5.2%)  /  Customer Service (4.9%)

*Most interesting is that the following three attributes are each under 0.5%!: Reputation in the Design Community (0.3%) / Brand (0.3%) / How Easily Identifiable It Is (0%)


Vital for a Luxury Private Residence:

Location (34%) / Architectural Elements (26.8%) / Uniqueness (15.7%) / View (10%) / Sunlight (9.7%)

*And again, notably, each of these stats are under 2%: Outdoor Space (1.7%) / Ceiling Height (1.1%) / Square Footage (1.0%)


Most Luxurious American Furniture:

1. Baker

2. Holly Hunt

3. TIE! Hickory Chair & Rose Tarlow Melrose House


Lastly, a future projection…  I Expect 2013 Will Be:

1. Better for my Business than 2012 (76.1%)  GREAT! 

2. About the Same (20.7%)

3. Not as Good (3.2%)

Elle Decor, November 2012: The Luxury Issue



Alessi Lux

Did you see the NYTimes Home article yesterday “The Bulb that Thinks it’s a Lamp”? Exposed bulbs are chic! A sampling of exposed bulb lamps we admire…

NYC Copper Subway Light by Heir, via 1stDibs

Trending: Neon

Neon: it’s on every corner these days. Walk down the stretch of 5th Ave. near our office and it’s in the window of nearly every retail outlet.  When we stumbled upon these prints by Minagraphy we thought it was a cheap and cheerful way to introduce this fashion trend to your home (if you dare), without painting your dining room neon yellow. Would you do it? Are you into trending neon?

Wonder Wheel by Minagraphy, via

Coney Island Beach by Minagraphy, via Society 6

Coney Island by Minagraphy, via Society 6

SF Tops1 by Minagraphy, via Society 6

SF Tops2 by Minagraphy, via Society 6

SF Tops3 by Minagraphy, via Society 6

Save the Date: D&D Building Spring Market!

We’re so excited to be involved in with the D&DBuilding Market Week again.  How exciting to be included in the above group of social media gurus?! We’ll be reporting all day on Wednesday – via twitter – with some blogging follow-up later this week discussing what’s new at the D&D this Spring.

We are also thrilled to see Deborah Needleman, the Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal Magazine, as Wednesday morning’s Keynote speaker discussing the “Luxury of Imperfection.”  The first 130 attendees will get a free copy of the book!

Will you be there Wednesday?? We hope to see you! If not, follow us on twitter for live updates throughout the day!