[Click images to enlarge. Interior design by Schuyler Samperton. Photography by Lisa Romerein posted here with permission from the designer.]
At last. A peek at new work from Los Angeles-based decorator Schuyler Samperton. Those of us who've been obsessed for the last eight years with her own green living room longed to see more but many of her projects are kept private; the gallery on her site is fairly discreet.
This is a Santa Monica house that's home to young kids and long-haired dogs. I know I'm taking you through backwards but I wanted to start with the warm cocoa brown dining room. The client requested strong color, so Schuyler brought in several large-scale framed chinoiserie wallpaper panels from Fromental in a vibrant sunny shade. (That terrific red chinoiserie chair was purchased by the client before Schuyler was hired.) And the curtains and ikat seat upholstery add even more punches of not-so-shy color. After that though, Schuyler thought it was important to keep everything grounded and slightly earthy. Hence the chocolate walls, more muted oriental rug, iron-and-bead chandelier, and rich dark woods.
Here, more of what I think I'll call supremely refined Bohemian. You really have to click this image to enlarge it and appreciate the subtle yet still rich colors and layers of pattern. Kashimir from Michael Smith's Jasper line was chosen for the curtains.
[Image via Michael Smith.]
Channeling Renzo Mongiardino. Actually, that's not what Schuyler said, it's my own guess. She selected a deep red for all the woodwork and bookcases and covered the Library walls in an Indian print from Diamond Foam & Fabric (for the uninitiated, that's L.A.'s vast open-to-all fabric emporium known for reasonable prices).
Moving to the roomy entrance hall, Schuyler had nice existing elements -- neutral grasscloth-covered walls and the client's photography -- to work with. She made the space especially inviting by adding more layers like the GP & J Baker linen on the bamboo bench.
Blue-and-white ceramics, design history's go-the-distance favorite.
More family-friendly layers of pattern.
And a bedroom with a headboard upholstered in a print from Smith's line for Cowtan and Tout.
Schuyler definitely favors asymmetrical groupings and looser flower arrangements. Again, it's the fine details that make these rooms special so let me know if you have trouble enlarging the pictures. Hope it won't be too long before we can see another Samperton project photographed by Lisa Romerein!
If you love Schuyler's fabric choices, you'll probably enjoy browsing The Loaded Trunk (pillows made from vintage Javanese sarongs, $65) and taking a virtual visit to the Calico Museum of Textiles.