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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

9.30.2008

Chapman Radcliff Closing; More Doors Opening

If you've had your eye on something special at Chapman Radcliff -- Ruthie Sommers' chic shop located at 517 North LaCienega Blvd. in West Hollywood -- now is the time to visit. Through October 17 Ruthie is having a huge closing sale. She will continue to sell limited custom pieces through 1st Dibs.

You can inquire about furnishings and accessories at 310-659-8062.

But the good news is that when Ruthie's long-awaited book is finally released, it should be a refreshing departure from the usual decorating tome. It's going to be about living, doing, and even making mistakes.

"Do the work, make fun of yourself, do not take it too seriously and you will be successful!" she says.

"We are never really 'there.' We never design a room, a house and say, 'that is it!' Because we travel to exotic places and buy a trinket that can change a room, our tastes change, we grow, we age. There is amazing design to be learned and seen out there."

"My store was a challenge. A notch on my belt along with living in Paris and learning to surf. I feel I mastered the challenge of creating a profit in a retail store. Interior design was just a small percentage of it. What is next? This is no dress rehearsal. I want to paint, I want to volunteer in a hospital. I want to understand the history of the Middle East better. I want to see what it is like to just live! What else can I do to learn, grow, and be interesting?

I am painting again and still designing. I am obsessed with a different artist a week. I can not believe I get home at 7 p.m. and see my daughter and actually read -- not just look at -- World of Interiors. All of these things are 'doing.' So this is what the new book is about!"

Second image courtesy Domino.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the store itself closing???!!! I was planning to pop in during my upcoming visit to LA..

Style Court said...

Yeah, it's a sad day all around! I now know I'll never make it to LA in time to visit.

But the design firm remains!

Anonymous said...

First Charlotte's Townhouse and now this! Sad times are here.
Dana

Style Court said...

I agree Dana.

Style Court said...

But now that I've learned more about the book, and the humor and perspective I think will shine through, I'm optimistic about that!

Annie Empiric said...

The Empiric team is sad to see one of our neighbors and peers close their doors. We wish her all the best of luck!

kate (pm) said...

Ruthie! You had better immediately start a BLOG!

I mean it!

Karena said...

I am so looking forward to her new book and applaud Ruthie's great attitude!

Anna Spiro said...

Oh, no Courtney this is so awful! I'm so sad about her closing her store. I haven't been there but I hoped to go there next year. I have been checking her website for updates and now to hear this news! I'm sure it will be a wonderful decision for her and her family and I do very much look forward to her book and hopefully her website will be updated with lots of beautiful images of her work. Ruthie is an inspiration to me. I love her mix of colour, pattern, texture and quirk and I particularly love her use of my favourite colour - Pink!! I can't wait to see what the future holds for this very talented Designer. Thanks for the heads up Courtney!
xx
Anna

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - Seems that Ruthie has a wonderful perspective on her new opportunities. This interview has made me long for the book - hope to see it soon.

p.s. perfect touch of pink!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Sad to hear this news as I had yet to visit the shop, but good for her for mastering and moving on. I look forward to reading about her new design ventures.

The Peak of Chic said...

I think Ruthie has a great attitude about life! Really, what's the point in living if you can't stop and smell the roses. I'm beyond thrilled about her book.

beachbungalow8 said...

I'm heading her way this morning! I LOVE ruthie. Love her aesthetic. I was just telling Mrs. Blandings {and she was agreeing} that she seems, cool, humble, creative without being too uptight. You never get the feeling that this is one big P.R. trip for her.

And her painting abilities are really, something to be showcased.

Good for her, and Ruthie, you are a true inspiration.

kelleyp said...

always wanted to visit her shop and now will not get that chance. she is such a wonderful, talented designer that i am sure many doors are open for her. i am in retail, and it is a tough job. is charlotte's townhouse closing too?

Style Court said...

Hi Kelley -- yes, the Townhouse is closing. Jennifer Dwyer interviewed Ms. Moss about it.

There is a direct link on the Charlotte Moss site or of course visit

http://thepeakofchic.blogspot.com

Style Court said...

Everyone -- thanks so much for your comments. I feel the same way about RS and appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts.

katiedid said...

IT's a shock! I am sad to hear it....sad for all of us, but happy for Ruthie and her family! I hope she can get home now before 7:00 to be with her baby! Time flys way too fast, and before you know it the kids a ready to fly the nest. She sounds like someone who has the priorities straight! I look forward to seeing her next "phase"! Thanks Courtney!

Paul Pincus said...

i loved that store. we purchased a gorgeous red bamboo table with a matching pair of chairs in late 2005 (it was featured on chapman radcliff's website until recently). i really appreciated ruthie sommers' candor. she warned the bamboo set was not in perfect shape but was beautiful. she was so right. the chairs and table are gorgeous. we loved them so much we had them restored two years ago. they're perfect.

i loved checking out chapman radcliff's pieces on 1stdibs. she has such an incredible eye. i'm excited about her book! change is essential in life and i am looking forward to what's next!

ps courtney, your posts on ruthie sommers are always so inspired. i have the feeling you two are kindred spirits!

Style Court said...

Paul -- you are really perceptive. We do seem to have a lot in common.

And I really agree with you about Ruthie's candor. Same experience on my end. I'm SO jealous that you have the red table/chairs. What a great find. But of course I'm happy for you!

kate (pm) said...

When IS Ruthie Sommer's book due to be available? Any updates?

Style Court said...

Unfortunately i don't know a firm date -- it's not quite finished. But I've been told it really will be released!!

Anonymous said...

i don't know how she and Charlotte Moss can say they're closing to "pursue other things." Nobody is addressing the economy...can you tell me that has NOTHING to do with it?

Style Court said...

I don’t want to put words in Ruthie’s mouth, but I think she meant that a combination of factors lead to her decision. The issue of juggling projects and time, with a very young daughter, was very real.

I don’t think she at all meant to sound blasé or deny the economic issues. She knows she is a fortunate person –- obviously she still has her design firm, a book to be published etc.

Style Court said...

To put it more simply, I think she meant, yes the shop is closing but I have perspective, life goes on, I'm fortunate, no whining, and I'm happy to be home earlier.

Cote de Texas said...

YOu know - I'll bet her husband is doing quite well and she just doesn't have to work so hard now - don't hate me for saying that. And she's happy to get home now at 7? makes me sad for her! I wish she could get home way earlier. 7 means she is still working too hard. Life is too short. I'm thrilled for her that she is closing her shop! One shouldn't have to work that hard and not even get to see their children grown up. Good for her for taking the first step -- hopefully she'll be able to slow down just a little bit more!

simply seleta said...

I love that you threw in the positive side of Ruthie's store closing. And thanks for that interview, she's so interesting to read about. I really admire that she is trying to enjoy her life and new family. She won't regret that one bit. Time is precious when you have a little one.

Can't wait to see her new book. I know you'll be first to keep us informed of its progress!

xoxo
Seleta

Style Court said...

Joni, Seleta -- appreciate your perspective as moms too. Thanks!

Alkemie said...

Wow, I went away for vacation and so much has happened. I've got a lot of catching up on. Thanks for sharing this news with us Courtney. Her attitude towards so life is so refreshing. I totally agree about her outlook on all there is out there to learn. I just returned from a trip to Egypt and Jordan and was ashamed at how little I knew about their traditions and religion. It was very eye opening to meet people and learn about a very different perspective on outlook and life. I'm sure that Ruthie's immense talent, she will do well in whatever she endeavors to do.

Karen

Style Court said...

Hi Karen -- wow what exciting trips you just made! I'm sure you soaked up inspiration.

coco+kelley said...

i'm totally late in jumping in on this, but i'm sad to see her shop close as well! i had no idea, and was just there a few months ago! but good for her, and i'm excited for her new adventures! sounds like she's got the right kind of perspective on life :)