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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

5.09.2007

Sommers House


Above, interior design, Ruthie Sommers; photography, Don Freeman for House Beautiful, June 2007. The orange-and-white wallpaper is Thibaut's South Beach.

My Ruthie Sommers notebook keeps growing. The latest tear sheets to be added feature this breezy 18th-century beach house originally restored by another much admired designer, Steven Gambrel. Bringing even more flair to the Sag Harbour home, the owners are J. Crew's head of marketing, Margot Brunelle Fooshee, and her husband. Of course, everything here is crisp, understated and colorful. To see more, pick-up a copy of the June House Beautiful. A summer house by Meg Braff is also featured, along with Michael Smith's amazing breakfast room -- it's a great issue!

Below, detail view of Thibaut's South Beach wallpaper.

18 comments:

Wes said...

I cant wait to get the new issue. Fab room btw.

robyn said...

Just discovered your blogspot. You really have amazing taste, I scrolled down and your postings are always really strong. Seems like you're a head of everyone else with what's becoming popular. You seem to be drawn to things with an European feel.
It's nice, thanks. Can't wait to see more.

style court said...

Robyn,
You are too kind. I appreciate your comments so much! Thanks for visiting.

Cheers,
Courtney

Anna said...

Hi Courtney,
I just love your post today and thank you SO much for the intro to Meg Braff!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Palm Beach Summer house she has done and in particular the stairwell and surrounds which is wallpapered in that gorgeous wallpaper!! Can you tell me what brand that paper is - I know I've asked you this before but I have forgotten! I also loved seeing your new Ruthie Sommers tear sheets
XO
Anna

style court said...

Sure Anna, let me go look and see if I can spot that paper.

xo
Courtney

style court said...

Oh Anna, I think you mean that yellow paper? I think Jay Jeffers has used it in brown and Betsy Burnham also in brown. If I can find an old magazine feature with either of those rooms, with a caption, I can probably identify it -- give me 24 hours or so :)

style court said...

Okay, a caption from the In Style feature on Jay Jeffers -- that entry hall with a very similar paper to the "Meg Braff yellow wallpaper" but in brown -- says Clarence House, a David Hicks-inspired chinoiserie pattern from Clarence House. Hope that helps!

Sara said...

I've only recently become familiar with her work... so gorgeous.

I was looking at the April issue of ELLE today, which featured the home of Zoe Schaeffer. I loved the all rooms shown, and especially the wallpaper Sommers choose for the guest room (Broadhurst's Arabian Garden).

Anna said...

Oh, you are a darling!!! Thank you SO much!! I am going to call my Clarence House Rep now - I think I need the book!
Thank you!
XO
Anna

style court said...

Oooh Sara, I may have missed that! Elle the fashion issue or an international of Elle Decor? If it was the U.S. April Elle Decor, I can't imagine passing over it!

The Peak of Chic said...

I just read the issue last night and thought the whole thing was terrific! I do love that Thibaut wallpaper. And I really loved Meg Braff's Newport house. Quite eclectic!

katiedid said...

Love anything Ruthie! And so glad to know Michael Smith has his website up and running. It will be fun to check in every so often. And thanks for the Meg Braff link! she is great!

Sara said...

Hi Courtney!

It was in the April U.S. Elle fashion issue (pages 251-253; Rachel McAdams is on the cover). I really loved the photos of the rooms in this home.

style court said...

Thanks Sara!1

meredith farber said...

LOVE your blog...visit it daily! isn't the sommers' paper carried at stark?

style court said...

Thanks Meredith!

Re: that South Beach wallpaper from Thibaut, there should be a list of showrooms on the Thibaut site. Link provided in the caption :)

Anonymous said...

Anyone know where the black iron door hardway (or something like it) can be found?

style court said...

The two hardware sources mentioned above in the post "Viceroy Hardware" are worth a look. Horton Brasses has a great page of links too, for additional sources. Good luck!