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10 QUESTIONS WITH KENDALL WILKINSON – PART 2

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Q6: What intrigued you most about creating an indoor/outdoor fabric collection?
Kendall:
We really saw a space in the marketplace where well-priced, indoor/outdoor fabrics were less represented. Given that I live in California and do much of my work here, we had a need for sophisticated and durable fabrics with a luxurious hand that were more affordable. It’s been so much fun to work with Fabricut to innovate with their mill partners to produce this line.

Q7: Which pattern are you most excited to see used in homes/outdoor spaces?
Kendall: I keep gravitating to Color Wash and Woodlands. These patterns are really bold and their colors are sophisticated and bright with some neutral options. I think they are “signature” patterns for the line and I can’t wait to use them myself!

Q8: What is the best career advice you’ve received? Ever gave?
Kendall: My mother (interior designer Alice Wiley) told me to go to design school for proper professional training. Even though she was (and still is!) a celebrated designer in San Francisco, my mother learned on the job. My path has been easier and more expansive due to her advice. The advice I give to designers just starting out is to absorb as much creative inspiration as you can and then generate your own.

Q9: If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be?
Kendall: A singer in a rock band! I was in a band in my early 20s and will periodically perform for friends. Aside from that, I really think I am living my dream job as an interior designer and wouldn’t want to exchange it for anything else. That being said, I would like to find more time to spend with my two tween boys and am trying to find balance between work and home life…just like so many people!

Q10: What’s next for Kendall Wilkinson?
Kendall: Other than continuing to work with my fabulous clients, I would love to publish a book on my work; being in business for over 20 years, I’ve done a lot of wonderful projects. It’s been really interesting to see how taste changes (both mine and my clients) over the years and to see that much of what I designed early on still feels relevant and fresh. I’ve heard that writing a book can be analogous to having a child…so I think I’ll wait until my “real” children head off to college 😉

See Kendall’s new fabric collection for Fabricut online and in your local Showroom today!

This article was originally published here.

10 Questions with Kendall Wilkinson – Part 1

 

Img15206-1200x1800A born and bred West Coast designer, Kendall Wilkinson gravitates to a graceful yet less formal lifestyle, one that embraces the outdoors year round, complete with kids, dogs and sand dragged in from the beach.

Her first indoor/outdoor fabrics collection with Fabricut is the result of her own design dilemma – the need for more durable, stain-resistant fabrics that are comfortable, resilient and luxurious.

During our marketing photo shoot on location at one of her client’s homes in Napa Valley, we sat down with Kendall to discuss design, inspiration and family.

Q1: What are your sources of inspiration?
Kendall: 
Nature is one of my major inspirations. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, we are blessed with incredible access to different settings: the majesty of the Pacific Ocean, the expansive golden rolling hills, the redwood forests and the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.Travel is also a huge source of inspiration; just getting out of my day-to-day routine can open my eyes to new possibilities.Lastly (and most importantly), I get a lot of inspiration from my clients. They are such interesting people with rich lives. Whether it’s their hobbies, professional lives, or the ways they entertain, they inspire me.

Q2: Who are your design/art icons?
Kendall: Hands down, Elsie de Wolfe. She had such a feminine style, one that was softer and more pared down than what was currently in vogue. I love that she entertained so graciously, and her design reflects that sensibility of wanting her guests and clients to feel comfortable and inspired. She was a pioneer in our industry.

Q3: What is your favorite possession?
Kendall: This may seem silly, but many years ago, a friend gave me a Baoding ball…the jingly metal balls that are supposed to relieve stress. I carry it absolutely EVERYWHERE and it’s gotten me through long flights (I’m a nervous flyer), long meetings and inspirational design sessions. It’s been dented from overuse and I’d be lost without it.

Q4: You’ve traveled the world, what is the most inspirational place you’ve visited?
Kendall: Paris is my home away from home. As a young woman, I studied art and architecture in Paris and that experience was highly influential in my decision to become an interior designer. I visit Paris for both work and pleasure, as often as I can and always find something new and delightful.

Q5: What is your favorite room in your home?
Kendall: My bedroom. I recently remodeled a house I purchased a few years ago and I am so pleased with this room. It’s a place for refuge for me with a calming palette of charcoals and lavenders. I spend time unwinding there after a long day, but it’s also a place for me to catch up with my boys, watch a family movie and play with our yellow lab, Biscuit.

See Kendall’s new fabric collection for Fabricut online and in your local Showroom today!

This article was originally published here

You can read Part 2 of the Fabricut interview in 10 Questions with Kendall Wilkinson next week, Thursday, July 7, 2016.