Pattern language by Krista Nye Schwartz

28 July 2015 |

For Krista Nye Schwartz, a member of the interior design company and the author of the blog Cloth & Kind, all projects start from a favorite pile of fabrics. Her own family’s house situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wasn’t an exception.

Krista, who is the daughter of a University of Chicago Southeast Asian studies bibliographer, says that her favorite style featuring intensive colors, much texture and patters was inspired by India. When Krista was eight years old, she spent a year in this country and that was decisive experience for her.

You can visit her Pinterest to know her passions in design. Together with her partner, Tami Ramsay, Krista developed the Textile & Pattern Resource at Pinterest that is an archive of Cloth & Kind–selected fabrics, a kind of an ideas database.

This is the house of Krista in Ann Arbor featuring wonderful fabrics all over. This is what she calls “textile centric”. Great job, Krista!


The Krista’s stucco house dates back to 1905.


Krista says that the house captured her immediately she stepped into the front stairwell and saw the nine-foot ceilings and crown plaster moldings. She decided to preserve the original floor plan all over the building.


A chaise longue in the living room is custom-made and upholstered in a pale orange linen. A mirrored vintage Indian relic – the textile in a frame on the wall – was one of the starting points in the house’s color palette.


A nice cushion with antique Indian decoration is from unique Souk Pillows collection by John Robshaw.


A Thonet Era Armchair by Design Within Reach.


The bird shade and cachepots in the living room are by Jayson Home from Chicago.


In the dining room Krista made a long window seat.


The kitchen is partially open to the living and dining rooms by archs. It features a marble island where the stone appears to cascade over the edge.


The original kitchen of the house was divided into a laundry room, powder room and mudroom. The unique sink is made from a zinc washtub Krista purchased at the local Antiques Market.


The mudroom has custom shelves equipped with baskets and the window shade emboidered by Nympheus hand-block pattern that dates back to 1915 and was inspired by the silk panels of a 15th-century Ming dynasty screen. Krista says a small window is perfectly visible from the kitchen so she admires the pattern every day.


The Quiet Room for Krista’s kids (Tahlia, 4 and Alex, 7) was designer by her own. The room is furnished with a Indian Woven Daybed and a Draper Stripe Rug by Dwell Studio.


One of Krista’s favorite nooks in the house is this window seat framed by built-in bookshelves.


The nautical approach to her son’s room was inspired by his love to whales and water. The ceiling light in this room was initially designed to stand on the floor, but Krista converted it into a ceiling fixture.


There is also a desk inserted in a niche that held a sink before.


This is the third-floor bathroom designed in a Rorschach-like watercolor print.


The bedside light in the guest room stands on Krista’s great great grandfather’s trunk that travelled with him from Sweden to the USA.


The area rug in the master dressing room is a Vintage Moroccan Wedding Blanket.

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