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    Journal — interior designer crush

    Interior Designer Crush: Ore Studios

    We are big time admirers of Ore Studios because of the warm, informed, and functional spaces they create. For this studio, the most beautiful rooms are the ones that work effortlessly for the people inhabiting them. We couldn't agree more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! This is part of a series 'Interior Designer Crush' - read all posts here.

    Principal of Ore Studios, Andy Beers; photo by Julie Harmsen

    Tell us about your design practice and philosophy... what makes it different from any other design studio?
    We're very influenced by both buildings and people- we're always happiest when both the house and the client are well served by the work we do. We get to know our clients really well, listen to their preferences, and then overlay that with an understanding of which design and decoration details are the strongest fit with different types of architecture. We find that work approached through this lens tends to be the longest lasting.

    We also like to add as much visual warmth and texture as we can with textiles, as they're such a great opportunity to express a client's point of view in a really low-risk way. Having clients invested in their finishes and fabrics, particularly when there are so many choices in the marketplace, always feels great.

    How have you used KUFRI in some of your recent projects? 
    We have used KUFRI in multiple projects. One was a large remodel for a wonderful young family in Seattle. We used KUFRI's Sanjana Stripe in Grey draperies and Tribal in Black lumbar pillows. We wanted something interesting for the draperies that would read as texture once they were tailored, and would be a pattern they can grow with. Sanjana Stripe broadens the visual impact of the black window sashes, is sophisticated enough for an adult, but has an organic sense of play that is well suited to a kids room.

    For the guest bedroom, we used Sur along with Carmel in Licorice for custom pillows. We felt so lucky to find Sur, as it allowed us to bring together all of the neutrals in the room while adding scale and texture. And I love including Carmel wherever we can- the heavy slub and diagonal weave are so beautiful on tailored goods.

    Interior Designer Crush: Raychel Wade Design

    All designers use textiles, but very few know the art of mixing them and layering them without going over the top. Raychel Wade in New York is one of those skilled designers and we're thrilled to highlight Raychel's gorgeous, warm spaces. Refill your coffee (or cocktail) and enjoy!  This is part of a series 'Interior Designer Crush' - read all posts here.

    Tell us about your design practice and philosophy...

    In my designs I always rely heavily on textiles to create a warm and comfortable space that has intentional moments of interest.

    How have you used KUFRI in some of your recent projects?
    I did a Tudor home in Long Island and used two KUFRI fabrics. First up we used Cusco Stripe in Terracotta for an ottoman. This room is where the family spends the bulk of their time relaxing and I knew this was the perfect pick. We had a terracotta border on the rug and grey fabric wallpaper, so this was a great choice to tie it all together. It ended up being one of my favorite pieces in the entire project. In the room off of this, is the formal living room that had a window seat. I needed something neutral but with some interest and we chose Karuso in Natural. The client didn’t hesitate on these choices for one minute.

    I also did a kitchen in Brooklyn.  This client loved color and while the bulk of the materials are black, cream and blue we wanted something different for the small window at the end of the room. Dharma in Peace was the perfect choice. While it’s a departure from the dominating palette, sometimes it's good to throw something completely different into the mix. And off of that kitchen is a staircase. Since we weren't renovating that area, we opted for a new light to help reinvigorate the space. Using a Urban Electric fixture, I was able to customize a fabric shade and opted for Takamaka in Grey&Blue and it was a hit! (refer to first pic on top).

    Interior Designer Crush: Kristen Fegale

    Interior Designer Crush: Kristen Fegale

    We are big fans of Kristen Fegale Interiors because their work resonates with all the things we love - natural, holistic spaces to live in, yet never lacking in any way. For Kristen, this translates into soothing palettes and thoughtful moments. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy our Q/A with Kristen herself. This is part of a series 'Interior Designer Crush' - read all posts here.

    Tell us about your design practice and philosophy... what makes it different from any other design studio?
    I started Kristen Fegale Interiors because I felt my aesthetic was different from most designers in Dallas. It is influenced by an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, spaces that feel connected to the earth and are pleasing to live in. I enjoy soothing, calming palettes that lend to a peaceful retreat. I also love small details that make furnishings/textiles unique and I think this is a common theme among the rooms we design.

    Your work incorporates a lot of natural materials and subtle textures. Tell us about what draws you to them.

    I love texture. It's important to vary the textures used in a space to create interest. Many natural materials like sisal, chunky wool knits, wicker, leather and cane add interesting textures to spaces. Printed patterns can also add texture to a space, but it's important to make sure the scale of the patterns differs enough so they work together. I love a great print, but I'm always mindful of the possible art used in a room because rooms can be more about the art or some other focal point ...or they can be more about a great printed fabric or wallcovering if the art is calm.

    Do you feel using natural home textiles can have an impact on your well-being?
    Yes. You come in contact with fabrics on a daily basis; you want them to feel good and comfort you. We are finding our homes are our sanctuaries, and that's true now more than ever.

    What do you love about natural, sustainable textiles. How would you compare them to synthetic textiles?

    I love that natural textiles are environmentally friendly. I can feel good about specifying products that were made sustainably and will biodegrade. For instance, you can't get much better than a great wool rug. Wool has natural lanolin to wick away stains and it's soft, making it a great choice for carpets in every home.

    KUFRI prides itself on using natural, biodegradable fibers and sustainable practices wherever possible. What are your favorite go-to's from the line and what do you use them for?
    I love KUFRI's ready-made pillows. You make it so easy to order some for an upcoming install and have them readily available. I also love upholstered beds, and KUFRI's textiles are a great choice for this application. My personal favorite is Cusco Stripe in all its colorways- I love the texture of the stripes. I adore all of the new block-printed patterns.

    Looking beyond design, what else do you do to create a holistic life and home?

    I think having a lot of natural light in a home is important and finding ways to tie the indoors to the outdoors. I also use indoor plants, many of which help clean the air but they also help with sound absorption and they are beautiful to look at, creating an atmosphere of well-being.
    My main holistic practice in life is to stay positive. Especially during our current world state of uncertainty (COVID-19), we can't let fear and anxiety get the better of us. We have to find joy and peace in the places we can. In the end, I hope this global pandemic reminds us not to take life for granted and creates more empathy in all of us.