Tom Stringer Design Partners
At home in farm country
Lake Maxinkuckee, Indiana. Pastries beckon on an oak farm table. Light filters through flowered Roman shades. In a farmhouse kitchen, Tom Stringer has called on simple materials — Shaker cabinets, hand-cut subway tile, butted-board woodwork — to make a relaxed whole that evokes family memories and traditions, though the house itself isn’t even a decade old. Stringer combined a custom table and reproduction ladderback chairs from Mulligan’s with antique pieces from 1stDibs: choice yellowware bowls and a Swedish cabinet (just out of view). Having nailed the Midwestern look, he took a bit of a visual vacation. “I think the green-and-white-striped, beaded Yoruba headdress from Nigeria [on the counter] is a great little surprise,” he notes. “It acknowledges that this is a family that travels widely and speaks to their great love for Africa.” Not all family traditions begin at home, in other words. But all are welcome here.
“My purpose is to discover the distinctive story of each home and to connect my clients with a sense of wonder and the communal spirit of their space.”
— Tom Stringer