A Designer To Love

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During the last story I showed a bright family room designed by Schuyler Samperton – a well known decorator in Los Angeles.  You might already be very familiar with Samperton, but for those who aren’t, I wanted to share images from her beautiful portfolio.  For years Samperton’s web site was a stagnant place, but that all changed just a few years ago when she debuted her new internet site.  It’s been a real thrill to see her updated work, most of which had never been seen before.  Her portfolio has grown with her and her work is fabulous – it’s fresh and new, but it’s steeped in the classics.  Her rooms are warm and welcoming at the same time – everything that a house should feel like.

To review – it was Samperton’s own apartment that garnered her initial burst of popularity.  She started out working for the mega star Michael Smith, along with another designer.  Both left and started their own firm.  Today, Samperton is now solo.   Her stint with Smith clearly made a lasting impression on her work and you can see his influence in her designs – which is definitely a great thing. 

 

Let’s look at her own apartment first – which garnered so much attention.

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Located in West Hollywood, this is a 900 sq. ft. apartment – with five rooms.  It is small, but so rich in layers and colors, you don’t notice where the rooms start or end.  In the main room, she added a large bookcase which immediately creates architectural interest.   The room is amazing.  It’s the basis of her aesthetic and much of her work has these same elements:   warm colors, textiles, worn leathers, layers, and patterns.

 

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Another look at the bookcase – and a glimpse of the large window where she added Bennison curtains, a very luxurious choice.   Underneath it all is a zebra rug adding more pattern.   The room is timeless – it could have been installed this year or twenty years ago.  The coffee table is an antique Oriental lacquer piece and the two chairs are painted an unexpected red.  It’s all so warm and inviting and welcoming.  You want to put your feet up and read a book and never leave.

 

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A close up of the Bennison fabric against the green walls.  The antiques aren’t fine or out of reach, which makes it all the better.   Michael Smith’s influence is seen immediately – in the wall colors, in the choice of fabrics, in the use of textiles and antiques. 

 

 

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This shows a recent update to the space – a daybed placed in front of the windows instead of the two red chinoiserie inspired chairs.

 

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A vignette with a bright turquoise lamp in front of an oil painting.

 

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A screen is used in the dining room along with an antique gilt wood chandelier.

 

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Another more recent view of the brightly painted yellow dining room with its skirted table and the newly placed lantern.

 

 

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In the master bedroom, a 19th century French antique settee sits next to the bed.

 

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A Suzani is used as a bedspread, while a screen is used as a headboard.  Again, the Michael Smith influence is strong here – with the suzani, the screen, the blue and white lamp and the English antique furniture.   Samperton took the best of Smith and made it her own.   

 

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The next house that Schuyler designed which was published is owned by the model Carolyn Murphy.  It was shown in Vogue magazine and its publication coincided with her new web site/blog.   Here in the living room – the walls are creamy white with a gray velvet tufted sofa and antiques.   The house is wonderful – filled with architectural charm – a bit of France near the L.A. beach.

 

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The house was built in the 1920s.  It’s small, but so charming, the size makes it all the more cozy.    Here Samperton added her trademark beautiful curtains in a muted pattern. 

 

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The dining room is truly fabulous!  The Restoration Hardware fixture hangs over the beautiful wood table – with two chairs that are almost falling apart !!!  Love this so much!

 

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The kitchen is charming – look at the sink.  Love the tile floor and the casement windows in the adjacent pantry. 

 

 

 

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Samperton said she searched the internet for all these different textiles – and together they do make a colorful statement.  Again, it’s all so casual and simple, yet it is so warm and inviting. I just love her aesthetic.   Notice the original door knob. 

 

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A nook upstairs – love the rug.  Again, a pile of patterns, nothing matching, but that is the charm.  Samperton has a gift of being to assemble mismatched fabrics and make them relate to each other in an unexpected way.

 

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Tiles and a marble sink – tiny casement window with stucco walls and an old shelf.  Perfection!

 

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Carolyn had the headboard and the curtains – so they were reused.  Love the metal lamp.  Love the table.   The only pattern is a pillow with the found fabric.

 

 

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WOW!!!   The master bathroom is beyond fabulous!   I would live outside in that adjacent garden!  Why don’t they still make houses like this?

 

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A close up of the marble vanity.   Love the mirrors and the twin sinks.  Perfection. 

 

 

 

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The garage was turned into an artist’s studio and an entertaining space.  

 

 

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It’s Belgian Rough Luxe meets industrial chic.

 

 

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Notice the corner fireplace.   Love the furniture Samperton assembled for this space.

 

 

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The back yard – when can I move in?  Love the gravel and the lavender planted around the pool.   Notice how the four trees become a natural pergola – what a great idea!

 

 

Hancock Park:

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In this house, the décor is a little more dressy, but it still has that warm mix of antiques, Oriental vibe, and luxe fabrics and textiles.  Again, Samperton chose a patterned fabric for the curtains – and mixes it with plain upholstery. 

 

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A vignette in the living room.

 

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Love the dining room where there is turquoise hand painted wallpaper mixed with gold fabrics.  Notice the rug!

 

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Love this use of fabrics, rug, and textiles in the family room.

 

 

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The paneled walls are great – they add so much character to the house.

 

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Love the quiet chintz at the window and on the bed. 

 

 

Beverly Hills:

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This house is a real departure in the color palette for Samperton.  But, it still has the same warm feel – inviting and comfortable and cozy.  Dying to know who lives here!  A single female?  Or a married couple?

 

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Notice here how she tones down the bright fabrics with art work and an antique wood console. 

 

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As always – a mix of textiles on the pillows.

 

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The dining room is blue and white – notice the blue and white tiled walls – a la Michael Smith.  He copied that age-old idea and other designers then copied him.

 

 

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This is another new addition to the portfolio.  Again, it’s traditional with an English colonial feel to it.  Striped fabrics are mixed with patterned textiles. 

 

 

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The kitchen and breakfast room are an interesting mix of white marble and red walls.  Notice the pendant lights over the island. 

 

 

 

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Love this printed fabric and the blue denim in the family room. 

 

 

 

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English styling in the powder room with its leaded glass windows.

 

 

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The children’s room – a mix of blue and white stripes with worn leather and plaid.  The lamps and their shades are fabulous!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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The master suite is my favorite – the English styled canopy bed dressed with embroidered fabrics, the striped settee, the old rug and the walls are wallpapered, adding another layer – wonderful!   The layers that Samperton puts in each room add much to the feel – the rooms don’t feel empty, no matter how large they are – they feel properly furnished.   So many designers don’t add enough furniture to larger rooms, making them seem cavernous.   Samperton avoids that misstep. 

 

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The owner’s study – love this!!!!!!  This is a working office but – Samperton still made it feminine and pretty.   Love the chandelier and the pink fabric mixed with the ticking stripe.

 

 

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Swedish furniture – notice the hand printed wallpaper that Samperton lined the walls with.  I love all her rug choices – they add another quiet layer of pattern to the rooms.

 

 

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In the master bathroom, she added wood furniture – an unexpected choice.

 

 

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The English styled chair with striped fabric works with the rugs and cabinets.  Such a pretty space.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of Schuyler Samperton’s portfolio today – there’s lot more on her web site – so be sure to visit there and check it out.  When she debuted her new web site, she started a blog which was very interesting and promising!  But, I’m afraid she is too busy with clients to keep it up – so it’s rarely updated these days, which is a real shame.  Still, read the older entries when you visit.

I hope you got some new ideas for decorating today – ideas for adding warmth and coziness in a room, ideas on how to fill out a room so it doesn’t look either empty nor cluttered, and ideas on how to mix and match textiles and fabrics in ways that aren’t too obvious. 

Visit her web site HERE.

And if you are inspired by Samperton’s style – be sure to visit Michael Smith’s web site.  He’s got some beautiful photographs of his portfolio – some old favorites and some new designs – HERE.

Pretty Rooms & Pretty Fabrics

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Is chintz hot again? They’ve been saying “Chintz is Back” for a few years now.  Take it with a grain of salt - but,  I did find this new, gorgeous, gorgeous chintz that F. Schumacher just came out with:

 

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Loving this chintz by Schumacher.  Love, love love!

 

It’s the colorway – gray and white with red – that makes this fabric so new and wonderful.  Whose design is it?  Who else but Alessandra Branca, of course.  Born in Rome and now living in Chicago,  Branca loves the classics – with a twist.   For example – in her red and black chintz, there’s just a hint of acid green in the leaves – another favorite color of hers.  The white background mixed with all the grays just screams “now.” 

Branca has a definite color palette.   If she isn’t doing red and black with yellow, she’s doing acid green.  And if she isn’t doing those colors – she’s doing navy.  That’s it.  

 

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Yellows and reds with black accents.  Classic Branca.    An apartment like this never goes out of style.

 

 

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Another apartment with Branca’s colors mixed with floral and striped fabrics.

 

It’s interesting how certain designers have limited palettes.  Branca is known for her red and black interiors.   But what if a client likes her aesthetic, but wants light pink and green interiors?  Well, Branca has done bright pink and lime green before.  But do you hire Branca if you want pastels?

Think about Rachel Ashwell with her light pink and green and turquoise palette.  What if you want Rachel and a red and black interior?  Do you have to hire Alessandra instead?

I wonder if designers with such rigid palettes lose clients?  Are you better off without a specific palette if you want a huge career? 

Glad that’s not my problem!!

 

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Here is the Branca chintz – with complimentary fabrics from her new collection.

 

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Here it is in another colorway – with the acid green and gray and black flowers on a white background.   Another smashing fabric. 

 

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Since Branca is known for red and black, she also designed a toile fabric/wallpaper with a black background.  Shown here is another pretty toile fabric used as curtains – but it’s her striped fabrics that are a real knockout in this collection.   The striped fabric is heavy, crisp, and GORGEOUS in vivid colors.  One of the best stripes ever.  And again, here the chintz is shown as pillows.  I would love to see this chintz in a room with all white slipped furniture with curtains made out of that chintz. 

 

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Shown large…

 

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This would be so pretty mixed with navy blue or with hot pink. 

 

 

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Another vignette of Branca’s new fabrics for Schumacher.

I have to say – Schumacher is really hitting it out of the ballpark these days with their newest designer collections.  Mary McDonald and Martyn Lawrence Bullard both came out with smashing fabrics.

 

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And then, there is the Wearstler Collection – think how much money Kelly Wearstler made for Schumacher on just this one fabric and wallpaper, which started its own huge trend?  After her very successful association with F. Schumacher, Wearstler left to join forces with Lee Jofa.  Why?  I could never figure that one out!

 

 

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Schumacher picked a winner in Branca.   She is well known and extremely talented and will attract as many customers as McDonald and Bullard did.   When designing the new line, Branca used her own designs as the springboard – as seen in her own Chicago townhouse.

 

 

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For instance, her love of stripes – is seen in the collection:

 

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The Schumacher stripes are fabulous – they are printed on heavy, thick fabric.  The stripes are clear and bright.  Just beautiful in person.

 

 

 

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Schumacher relied on Branca’s aesthetic for the collection:  her love of stripes, plaids, toiles and chintz – all done in her bright, clear colorways.

 

 

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AND, Branca loves to use damasks and Fortunys – as seen in here in her NYC apartment.

 

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She recreated her own line of damasks and Fortuny like fabrics – here with the Melograno and Anna damasks.

 

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And Branca is famous for her use of toiles – as seen in her own Chicago townhouse.  Schumacher recreates toiles in her line – in reds and blacks and blues.

 

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Here is one of the new toiles – the Continenti is available in three colorways.

 

 

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But – for me – the best is the Elizabeth chintz – in either the red/gray or acid green colorway.  I am dying to use it somewhere!!

 

It seems like pretty rooms are making a comeback – especially those with beautiful fabrics.  These are the rooms that keep catching my eye – making me rethink the quiet, neutral palettes that I’ve loved for so long.

This room especially made me question solids only designing.

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It was this room that made me realize that I’m just loving pattern lately.  This classic chintz from Colefax and Fowler helped make Tory Burch’s living room timeless.  The persimmon silk curtains – though plain – didn’t exactly hurt the design either.  This is English decorating from the 60s updated for today. 

 

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Tree of Life fabrics – wow.  The fabric made me fall in love with this bedroom.  Totally.  I’m a sucker for a pretty Tree of Life fabric.  Michael Smith has a few in his collection.   But, there is something about this particular fabric – on the cream background – that is just gorgeous.

 

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Here, the same fabric by BRAQUENIÉ as seen in Givency’s French country estate.  GORGEOUS!    Pierre Frey sells this fabric and others like it HERE.

 

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In Lee Radziwell’s Paris apartment – she used a gorgeous toile fabric and placed it on an assortment of chairs and sofa –unifying them.

 

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And across the sitting room – the hot pink picks up the deep pink in the toile.  The toile is just gorgeous.

 

 

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This living room in Houston by Mario Buatta – a personal favorite.  Dated?  I don’t think so – although it was designed years ago.  I love it – still.   This house was recently totally redone when the owners moved out – and this classic house is now contemporary.  It’s scary how awful the new design is.   How to update the Buatta design for today without going contemporary – the walls could be white or cream instead of buttah yellow?  Maybe a different rug – apple matting perhaps, maybe less fabric choices? 

 

 

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The bedroom in the same house- pattern upon pattern.  To update it for today – use less pattern,  add a seagrass or textured rug.  But still, this is gorgeous – can’t it just stay the same?

 

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In England, Nicholas Haslam’s country house once owned by John Fowler. 

 

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The country house garden room - with this fabulous chintz.  I wanted to redo my family room in this chintz for about a month.   I obsessed over it for weeks.

 

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Using patterned fabrics for today – love the chintz fabric for the curtains.  This room is so perfect – the colors, the fabrics (velvets and linens mixed together,) the antiques – everything is fabulous:  Carol Glasser.   The peach velvet is especially wonderful.  Wouldn’t change a thing – not even an ashtray! 

 

 

 

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Schuyler Samperton mixes prints and textiles with solid fabrics – wow!!!  This is a huge departure  for Samperton, choosing this colorway - but it works.  Love this house!    Samperton created a classic design but updated the colors to make it current.  Amazing.

 

 

 

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Kathryn Ireland used two patterns in this bedroom – then mixed them with textiles.  LOVE!  This room looks exactly like it might have looked in the 30s or 40s in the English countryside or the Near East.  Fabulous – and love that rug!!!

 

 

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Quieter, Suzanne Rheinstein, uses one print, mixed with a solid blush silk in this bedroom.  Her designs are so timeless.   Her fabric choices are always impeccable.

 

 

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Love this!  The sofa actually came with the house from the previous owners.  Only in England would that happen.  So fabulous, timeless, classic.

 

 

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Before she established her red and black and yellow palette – Alessandra Branca designed this rather quiet living room – using one busy print mixed with a colorful stripe.  Another example – of good design showing no age at all.   I would move in here today!

 

Are you also loving patterned fabrics lately?  Or are you scared to take the plunge? 

 

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I wanted pattern.  I wanted the flowery chintz in the Haslam garden room.  But instead I chose a pattern that would work with everything I already had.   Another option would have been pillows instead of curtains.  Just be sure the pillows are large enough if you bring the pattern in that way – 22 or 24 inch.

 

 

 

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Not convinced about patterned fabric?   Here, a muted gorgeous Robert Kime linen sets the tone and the mood.   Apple Matting again!  It really looks great.  This room makes me fall in love with design all over again.  Amelia Handegan.  She’s good.  Very, very good.

 

 

To see the new F. Schumacher, Alessandra Branca line of fabrics,

go HERE.

 

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