This series features 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.
Our 'Living with Pattern Homes' series this week features the home of Wendy Wurtzburger and Christopher Bentley. Rebecca met Wendy when working at Anthropologie in Philadelphia.
Rebecca Atwood Designs: Describe your style in three words.
Wendy Wurtzburger Bentley: Art, nature, pattern. Collected, mixed, original.
RAD: What are your top three tips for using pattern in the home?
WWB: Mix and layer like a painting; then stand back. Use color or an iconic theme (like flowers or snow paintings) to pull together a story or a room. Collected versus coordinated.
RAD: When it comes to pattern where do you save and where do you splurge?
WWB: Save—patch, mix, recycle and re-invent favorite things—they get better. Splurge-artwork, rugs, upholstery fabric.
RAD: Do you have a favorite pattern technique, style, or period?
WWB: Pattern, technique --painted or drawn --expressive. Style—a mix of styles and references -- Bloomsbury Charleston House, Scandinavian design Joseph Frank, Marimekko, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s bohemian.
RAD: How do you like to decorate?
WWB: I like to collect, layer and style for an inspiring and comfortable family house celebrating art, gathering, garden, food and nature. Bring the outdoors in and bring the indoors out. Explore, experiment, objectify, look at things in a new way, mix and reinvent.
RAD: What do you love about using pattern?
WWB: I love being surrounded by art and color and I like a lot of visual stimulation.
RAD: Anything else you’d like to add?
WWB: Happiness is the new energy created by mixing things we love: art, objects, prints, nature, collections!