Starting this week we're kicking off a new series featuring the people who opened their homes to us for Rebecca's new book, Living with Pattern. All of the homes in the book belong to creatives, or were designed by interior designers who know how to create a space that is truly personal to the people who live there. Their generosity and unique personal style allowed Living with Pattern to be as beautiful and special as it is.
We're so excited to start our 'Living with Pattern Homes' series this week with textile designer Kate Loudoun-Shand right here in her home in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, NY. Rebecca used to work with Kate, and even took her on her first development trip to India. We sat down with Kate to hear all about her personal style, how she uses pattern in her home and her favorite places to shop.
Rebecca Atwood Designs: Describe your style in three words.
Kate Loudoun-Shand: Newness with a nod to the past (sorry that’s not 3 words!) - Lived in, unexpected, dynamic.
RAD: What is your fabric of choice?
KLS: I love the utilitarian feel of canvas; Love the “lived in” luxury of linen and how it gets better with age.
RAD: What are three tips you have for using pattern in your home?
"Be adventurous, be realistic, don’t overlook texture as a pattern, keep looking at the whole picture." - Kate Loudoun-Shand
RAD: When it comes to pattern where do you save and where do you splurge?
KLS: I have 3 small kids and love my house to be well lived in and on, so I don’t splurge on fabric unless it's very durable! But I’m going to have my sister who’s a painter, paint a mural of a snake on my ceiling - that I can splurge on!
RAD: Do you have a favorite pattern technique, style, or period?
KLS: Bizarre textiles are a particular love, a time when the Huguenot weavers of London and Paris were being influenced by bold imported ottoman textiles, creating stunning and utterly modern designs which mixed both aesthetics.
RAD: What's your go-to pattern source?
KLS: Museum archives!
RAD: What are your favorite shops for home decor?
KLS: It's more places, particularly flea markets, than shops. Portobello road, Brooklyn Flea. Wherever I go, I go hunting for textiles.
RAD: How do you like to decorate? If you live with others how does that affect the choices? Who gets final say?
KLS: When I decorate, I like to start with a vision then marry it to reality - the end use, the light in the space etc. The alchemy is in the middle. And yes, I get the final say! Although, my husband has a great sense of space so his input is very helpful.
RAD: What inspired your pattern choices in your home?
KLS: I love color, I love pattern. Using it to make vignettes, not overwhelm, calm, have fun - that’s what inspires my choices. Plus, everything I’ve ever designed pretty much is used in my home
RAD: What do you love about using pattern? How does it shape how you use the space?
KLS: I adore using pattern; it’s so transformative. From dull to contemplative, pedestrian to discerning, historical to modern. It is also so personal. How pattern works together is kind of like a family; who is the loudest and wants to drown everyone out, who is the glue that holds it all together, who is subtle but very powerful. Pattern for me is the main ingredient in shaping a space.