COTE DE TEXAS: A Designer To Love

A Designer To Love

 

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.

 

 

Palisades Traditional:

 

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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.

69 comments :

  1. I'm savouring this post for Saturday morning so that I can linger over every photo and take my time. I had never heard of Schuyler Samperton until your post on chintz last week so I have a new designer to enjoy.

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    1. Really? I'm so glad! I love that others will be introduced to her !!

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  2. ...beautiful...beautiful...beautiful...laney

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  3. Lovely images especially the work in Schuyler's own apartment. Can you identify the beautiful fabric she used on a pair of club chairs in the image with the blue sofa and center table from a client's family room. While she may have trained with Michael Smith, I see a lot of K. Ireland's influence as well.

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    1. The fabric is Carlton V - Oxus. Not often that I get to ask and answer my own questions. It is fabulous on these chairs.

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  4. I love everything about Schuyler Sampertons style !! It is exactly mine!! Thanks again for all the lovely photos.

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  5. The pendant lights over the kitchen island look like phonograph horns! Cool!

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  6. Love all the wonderful textiles- and that master bath leading out to the backyard- incredible!
    xo

    Mimi

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  7. Utterly beautiful. Will look at these again and again, thanks!

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  8. Wonderful Joni.
    Gorgeous textiles, mix of period pieces, great wallpaper and curtain panels!
    Her use of either soft or saturated color is brilliant!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

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  9. Love her use of artwork... So many people have beautiful collections .. But the designers these days aren't using them ... As an artist and interior designer so glad to see beautiful pieces used instead of just mirrors and plates...which I love too but w/ a mix... Thanks for sharing her work, Teresa

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  10. I love that you posted these photos today! I had a few photos saved from Schuyler Samperton and Michael S. Smith for my Inspirational photos and on Pinterest. My very first photo I ever saved for inspiration when deciding to relocate from Virginia back to Florida was the one you posted as #9 from the top, where "A Suzani is used as a bedspread, while a screen is used as a headboard". I have viewed that photo many many times not realizing the connection between the two designers (Michael S. Smith). I recently have been viewing Michael S. Smith's work, and like it very much. They create rooms that are comfortable to me, easy to live in and still own 'stuff'. The style is easy to add on to, and or change out items when an upgrade is found, or an over-time-collecting way of life happens in the home. Thanks for posting about two designers I love! Nice way to wake up this morning and sip my tea to!

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    1. It's amazing how alike their aesthetics are - and I hate to say this, but the only difference in them sometimes is that Smith's clients tend to be ultra rich and they can afford finer antiques.

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  11. LOVE that chair in the last photo. The one in the bathroom. Can anyone tell me where to get that chair and the fabric? LOOOOOOVE!

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  12. What a pleasure is was to share my morning coffee with this post Joni -- thank you. Her work with its many layers is so warm and cozy yet vibrant and enchanting. I really relate to her style and love her use of color and textures. Thanks again for such an inspiring way to start the day.
    best,
    linda

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    1. IT not is! Clearly I need another cup of coffee!

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  13. You are the best! I visit you every morning after breakfast and you start my day off great. I love your style. Great ideas,thought provoking and educational.Loved your English History lessons. Keep up the good work.You never disappoint.

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  14. Love love love the color! But my favorite part(s) of the post are the books in the bookshelves. These bookshelves look like they are used to hold their owner's books. Shocking but still beautiful!

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    1. Yes, yes! Bookshelves with real books that are meant to be read - not just for 'looks' or disguised to match a decor.

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    2. I totally agree about the bookcases. What a lovely energy and real purpose and integrity they add to the room.

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    3. There are more bookshelves on her web site - be sure to visit it to see them.

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    4. Coming in late here -- the bookcases with a real assortment of books -- not sorted by color, not covered with white or kraft paper, not simply batches of leather-bound faux sets of classics -- caught my attention immediately. They are so refreshing and so real. I wish that's all we'd see on interior design sites (yes, I know I'm dreaming . . .).

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  15. Good Lourde...I've finally met my athestic...I usually "tweak" Every Thing...and I wouldn't change One Thing! franki

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  16. Decades of designing gardens & renovating homes, and I've had a single client with the talent to pick rugs like Samperton. What happy energy they emit.

    Had to laugh at the bathroom with French doors to the little patio. How often have I been hired, and the husband thought too much money would be spent on plants, then poof/voila windows begin turning into French doors.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  17. Love her layered style! I've always liked this kind of look, which seems very English to me with its dark furniture pieces and lots of artwork and quiet pattern. Timeless yet today. I was particularly pleased to see small spaces - love her apartment and especially the 20's home of Carolyn Murphy. Drool. (Of course the architecture helps - those wonderful thick plaster walls, arches, and casements; 1920's houses are always my favorites, and I would love to see the exterior of this.) OMG - those sinks: both baths, kitchen and pantry! Though I admit that I'd feel a little wary using those dining chairs, not to mention how guests might feel. I was not aware of her name, but she's on my radar now. Thanks for a lovely post.

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  18. great talent + great photos. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  19. That 1920s bungalow is adorable. I agree with you: the master vanity is perfection. The marble sinks in the kitchen and other bathroom too! I'd love to see a full view of the outside of the house.

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  20. Great post, thanks, I've saved images but never knew who to credit, really love her work, especially her own apartment. You should do a post on living "large" in a small space.

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  21. Joni

    This is such a departure for you! Beautifully done interiors in color!

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    1. I know. I'm scared a major redecoration is brewing in my head. no!!!!!!!!!!!!! ben will kill me!!!!

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    2. Do you think Ben could live with azalea pink, because that room is calling your name?

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    3. Oh Joni, please do consider moving toward this style! I really enjoy this blog for your excellent and exhaustive research and the variety of the interior and landscape design shown, but (TBH) I could do with less Houston style and more of this designer's style and the like. Time to lead your local peeps to some new and more exciting/colorful looks!

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  22. Schuyler Samperson is a genius! Thanks so much for this post. I pinned quite a few as design inspiration.

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  23. I really love these rooms..... especially the first two pictures of her own home before she replaced the red chairs.

    Another note: I like the way you (Joni) place your blinds close up under the curtain rod to hide the wall space above the window, but I also like how Ms. Samperton doesn't. There is something I find refreshing in how she hasn't brought the rods all the way up to the ceiling and extended them far out on the sides to make it appear that the windows are much larger than they really are. This sometimes reminds me of a man combing hair over his bald spot or a woman using heavy lip liner outside her natural lip line to make them seem bigger. If it's not done perfectly it just seems silly.

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  24. Hi Joni,
    900 square feet with 5 rooms is indeed a doll's house size-wise, making them on average only 180 square feet each, just a smidge bigger than 13' x 13'?

    My favorite of the houses is the Palisades Traditional.

    I left about sixty comments on your old posts as i went through your blog archives in the last month and saw things I loved, and e-mailed you as well. There was no response, (sad face).

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    1. Anne - I'm sorry!!!!! I don't usuallly see comments on the old posts - I tend to delete the comments as a batch after I read the latest chapter. so sorry!!

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  25. I've always loved Schuyler's work - it's so pretty! The bathrooms on this post are amazing! I also love that turquoise dining room.

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  26. Love this California, traditional / casual chic!

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  27. Wondering about the fabric in the master on the canopy... do you think it's the cream wave of "Imperial Garden by Charles Barone" ??

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  28. I love her use of "quiet" chintz and the striped chintz. That is chintz I could live with. Her layering comes across as effortless.

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  29. Never heard of her before, but LOVE her work! Sadly, these last two posts are leaving me more and more dissatisfied with my own more neutral decor. I thought that I was almost done with my place, but now will have to make some changes. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Love it! The shades of blue really appeal to me, but then, so does pretty much everything in this post. :)

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  31. I have been pinning this designer without knowing who she was and not even realizing that so many of the rooms were done by the same person. I love her designs because they are so attainable and her portfolio shows typical older homes in Southern California (a lot like mine). But it is not fair, she is so talented and looks like Jennifer Aniston. Madeline

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    1. Worse, she looks even better than Jennifer Aniston. :^)

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    2. Oh, wow, she IS gorgeous!
      https://www.google.com/search?q=schuyler+samperton&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=3chJUufFB-fM2AX9soH4CA&ved=0CEQQsAQ&biw=1440&bih=785&dpr=1

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  32. I love the way he is not afraid to mix up the color!

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  33. FABULOUS! Totally my style! I like everything...with the exception of the two antique dining chairs falling apart, lol. I really like those chairs too, but I would have to re-upholster them. The colors are all beautiful and just the right for the rooms. The fabric choices...perfect! The right mixture of woods and furnishings. I could study these pictures for hours. I wonder if they have a book? I sure would buy it. All of these homes look inviting and like they are lived in by people who actually enjoy each room, not just for photo shoots! Schuyler Samperton has great vision and talent!

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  34. Joni,
    Thank you so much for putting this together! I do not even know what to say. These rooms are so warm, personal and unpretentious. They are thoughtful and livable. I am in love and will be going back to this post over and over and over again. Thank you for taking the time to do this!! Wow.

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  35. Schuyler is fabulous! She has amazing style, and her homes reflect that!!
    Best,
    Karolyn

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  36. Hi Joni, Schuyler not only is super talented, she is one of my favorite designers to work with: down-to-earth and very professional.
    Great post!!
    Mary

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  37. The best designer you should love is yourself ! :D

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  38. What a spectacular talent! In addition to Michael Smith, her work also reminds me of another designer whose work I love, Lynn Von Kelsing. A million thanks, Joni.

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    1. Thanks for the tip-off to Lynn von Kersting, who Joni also blogged about previously as "Designer #7" in her list of designers to love. I enjoyed looking at her work again. Both ladies have a great sense of color and pattern. However, while I see Michael Smith knock-off (i.e. sophisticated style at a more attainable price point) in Samperton's work, I get a more cottage vibe from von Kersting. I think it's because Samperton's designs are more restrained, with a more subtle color palette. Even in her least expensive design, I'd think "eclectic" rather than "cottage".

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  39. Hi Joni - I do like her designs, I really like the use of reds - not overdone, just enough. My Aunt Joyce, a outstanding decorator, always had a touch of red somewhere in the room. I also liked the wood furniture in the bathroom as well as the rug. Thanks!

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  40. Hi Joni:
    One of the best things I like about your blog is how you are such a great cheerleader for designers whose work you admire. And that is powerful encouragement to your readers to bring a more thoughtful and beautiful aesthetic into our homes. You are making the world a more beautiful place with every posting.
    Thanks, Terry

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  41. I've been savoring this post again. Thanks for introducing me to Schuyler Samperton's work. I love Carolyn Murphy's living room with the subtle print in the drapes and gray velvet sofa and throw pillows. I love how comfortable and livable her house looks. I am loving chintz again. Who thought that would ever happen?

    Jane

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  42. YUMMY! Eye candy! I see that I'm late on the draw by telling you that I found out it was Carolyn Murphy's house in Beverly Hills. I looked it up after seeing your last post. I love Schuyler Samperton's style! Thank you for introducing her to those of us who wouldn't have enjoyed her work because we didn't know about her. I probably have seen her work in magazines but wasn't really aware of her career or style. LOVE IT!
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  43. Schuyler just got it right with the Westside Provencal home of Model Carolyn Murphy. It had the "feel" of Libby Ranch, only her design was better for the layers of fabrics, muted colors and time worn case goods. And I drooled over Libby Ranch for weeks, and Schuyler did it better. Laurie'

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    1. except for the artist studio

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  44. Love Schuyler's work. She is so talented. Thanks for this post!

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  45. Love this designer- boy I will keep these pictures for my next home- definitely a comfy cozy atmosphere my hubby will like :) thanks great post!
    Kris in Seattle

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  46. Went crazy over these beautiful rooms !

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  47. I am looking at this post for the twentieth time. I truly love everything about her rooms-- even the losing-their-stuffing-chairs, but I can only imagine how I'd have to explain to everyone that I wanted the chairs that way every time someone came to my house. :)

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  48. There are so many heart-stopping photos. Thanks for explaining why the design works. It's always a learning experience reading your posts. Thanks for this!

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  49. Be still my heart! I love this post! I have looked at these pix over and over and pinned a bunch of them. What an aesthetic this designer has! What's great about her too is that she has applied this style to small spaces and it works fantastically. We are downsizing to a smaller home and I thought I had to get rid of every thing! Not so! I always learn so much from your posts, but this one struck a cord so I had to leave a comment. Only been a lurker before! LOL Thanks for always being inspiring, Maureen

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  50. i love your blogs and photos... i am very happy to see this post.. thanks for sharing this blogs.

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