Wendy Schwartz + Kristi Bender: Interior Designers, Wendy Schwartz Design + Founders, Cuffhome

Wendy Schwartz + Kristi Bender: Interior Designers, Wendy Schwartz Design + Founders, Cuffhome

Make A Statement This Spring With This Decor Shoppers Guide From My Favorite Design Duo

ELAINE SAYS: Just like translating runway fashion to a wearable wardrobe, there is an art to creating distinct and memorable interiors in a livable way. But Wendy Schwartz and Kristi Bender of Wendy Schwartz Design are masterful at it. Color and pattern, metals and woods, graphic shapes and bold forms and of course, the artful curation of vintage pieces, all converge creating fearless and sophisticated statements that frankly, give me the chills. So while I'm not personally redecorating this spring, it is in my DNA to want to. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this list of some of their latest loves. And I would be remiss not to properly gush over one of my own latest loves, the Ball and Chain Pendant for Cuffhome, their new custom furnishings line,. What does it mean when one literally dreams about a ceiling light? Oh, I know...maybe it means I should redecorate after all. Maaaybe just one little piece..... In the meantime, enjoy Wendy and Kristi's all-budget shopping list full of statement ideas to help you freshen up every room in your home :)

  1. Table Art: Ford and Ching Foosball Table ford and ching foosball VISIT WEBSITEMake any room more fun with a strategically placed RS Barcelona Foosball Table from Ford & Ching. Constructed from stainless steel with customizable colors and teams, it can go both indoors and out.  We recently specified one just like this to go in a client's completely informal formal living room....um let's just say, it's a conversation starter!
  2. Decals To Die For: Black Crow Studios Wallpaper Decals black crow studios wallpaper decalsVISIT WEBSITEYou don't have to commit, but you'll want to with the most amazing "I can't believe it's a deca!l" wallpaper from Black Crow Studios.  This beautifully fluid watercolor pattern comes in a variety of combinations and is perfect for powder rooms, halls or any place you want to make a design statement....try it on a ceiling!
  3. Crazy For These Creatures: Donna Wilson Lambswool Cushions donna wilson cushionsVISIT WEBSITE Move over Ugly Dolls!  We get a kick out of London-based, Donna Wilson's collection of funny looking knitted lambswool cushions. A small grouping piled on a bed or chair adds just the right amount of whimsy and humor to any child's room. Purchase through her UK-based site or at Eden and Eden in San Francisco, Kid O and Future Perfect in NYC and at ReForm School in Los Angeles.
  4. Lights Up Our Life: Ken McGanty & Cecilio Ruesga Design Studio [pictured here for Cuffhome] foating globe cuffhomeVIEW ROPE WRAPPED CHANDELIER AT CUFFHOME | CONTACT Ken and Cecilio: 323.661.9868As far as designers go, we consider ourselves very generous when it comes to sharing our sources...but, this one is a good one and very hard to part with.  The guys at Ken McGanty & Cecilio Ruesga Design Studio are basically genius when it comes to fixing, repairing and part-replacing vintage light fixtures.  Even better, they can make ANY designer fantasy concept a reality.  Check out the Rope Wrapped Chandelier we conceived for Cuffhome, as an example.
  5. Starter Statement Piece: Urban Outfitters Marquee Letter Lights urban outfitters marquee lettersVISIT WEBSITEThis oversized letter marquee fixture adds light, vintage-inspired charm and whimsy to any room.  Hang it on your kitchen wall or set it up on a shelf in your kids room!
  6. Wild For Candlesticks: Jardins en Fleur by Simon P. Scott jardins en fleur candlesticksVISIT WEBSITEYou've heard or said "No feet on the table!" countless times.  But trust me, this rule need not apply with this set of hooves. Simon P. Scott of Jardins en Fleur has created a "managerie" collection of alabaster candlesticks that are sure to be the talk of the table. Oh, and did I mention his alabaster grapes?  So sweet!  Purchase at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC or at through Simon's website above.
  7. Splurge Alert: Functional Art That Gets Noticed From Coup d'Etat coup d-etatVISIT WEBSITECoup d'etat is one of our all time favorite splurge shops.  When we're looking for a totally fabulous functional art object that makes a room really memorable, we turn to Coup D'Etat...and lucky for us, even though they're based in San Fran, they have an expertly curated online shop as well.   Always suckers for faceted or furry furniture, we're loving the steel form Platonic Series by David Kawecki and The Dog Chairs, both pictured here.
  8. Get Served: Painterly Platters by Elephant Ceramics michele michael's elephant ceramicsVISIT WEBSITE | ELEPHANT CERAMICS FOR WEST ELMTake a painterly approach and make your table look like its straight out of a photo shoot with prop stylist Michele Michael's organically shaped and textural pieces.  We can't get enough of the dripping, pouring and brushing she does on each beautiful functional object.  These limited editions go quickly but good news...Elephant Ceramics launched a line of vases for  West Elm this week!
  9. Sunset Snuggle: Quilts by Kimem kimem shop easyVISIT WEBSITEA favorite Etsy find, we love the quilts by Kimem.  Especially this one that just brings sunshine in-doors...perfect for getting in that warm-weather mood.  That they're so beautiful you can even hang them on the wall like art!
  10. Reward Time: Spring For A Family Adventure Surfliner trip VISIT WEBSITEAfter you've spruced-up your home for spring, reward yourself with a quick getaway, knowing you have somewhere beautiful to come home to!  Everyone has a jaunt or adventure they've always wanted to take and spring is the perfect time to do it.  In LA, we love taking the double decker train at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and jumping out at San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente or our personal favorite, Solana Beach.  And don’t forget to upgrade to Biz Class for reserved seats, more legroom and complimentary wine for parents/jucie boxes for the little ones!

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