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


Textile Scout™: Schuyler Samperton

[Bennison's Malabar, an Indian design reproduced from
 an 18th-century hand-drawn and blocked fabric.]

[Click to enlargeAll interior shots by Grey Crawford, unless credited otherwise,  and posted here courtesy Schuyler Samperton.

There's just a hint of pattern-loving Mongiardino in this youthful California room. The Indian-esque print that frames the long expanse of windows may remind some design junkies a bit of Mongiardino's work for Lee Radziwill in the 60s, or fabric-swathed spaces like Napoleon's patterned campaign tent displayed at the Château de Fontainebleau, or the tent at Powis Castle, but L.A.-based designer Schuyler Samperton has kept this Pacific Palisades house a lot airier and much more laid-back. 

For the family's hang-out at the rear of their home, she began with a bright, densely patterned antique Sultanabad (aside from being chic, it camouflages whatever the resident young boys and dogs bring in). Schuyler tells me that she wanted the room to be super-cheery and colorful with lots of overlapping pattern, so after the rug she went with the Bennison fabrics (check out the small lampshade as well as the window shades) and kept layering with more masculine striped pillows. Except when serious TV watching is going on, the shades are kept up to reveal a garden Schuyler reports is gorgeous.   

Stepping back to look at the entire project, you could say Schuyler worked in reverse. She actually began with the client's guest house, which has a very fresh, all-American feel. Both dwellings were extensively remodeled, and in both instances Schuyler worked in tandem with Choate Associates architects.

[Bennison's Dragon Flower]

"Because of the floor plan, I wanted each room to [visually] flow into the next, so I predominantly used a palette of reds, blues, and beiges," says Schuyler. The sofa stripe above is a discontinued Rose Tarlow; the pillows are a mix of antique paisley, Bennison and Claremont velvet. While the clients favor traditional furniture, they collect modern art. This contrast adds more dimension. Other layers come in with an antique stone mantel and old flooring from France.

Another enviable feature of the house is the pair of offices: one for her and one for him.

In the latter, a clubby space constructed from scratch, Schuyler took a very, very long length of Mulberry plaid that had previously served as a tablecloth at the client's fortieth birthday party at the California Club, and re-used it for office curtains and a dog bed.

The Hmong pillows mixed with the plaids are a decidedly Schuyler twist.

More of Schuyler's influence can be spied in this bathroom, evidenced by the warm rug, chair covered with a Loro Piana fabric, and antique textile pillow.

Stately English style meets California dreamin' in the master bedroom. As you can see, the focal point is a darkly stained four-poster juxtaposed with a Chelsea Editions embroidered floral -- a more relaxed take on the iconic, traditional bed. Before the re-do, the clients simply had an upholstered headboard. Schuyler asked Katie Golden (a painter she's worked with before) to hand-stencil the walls. Yet another boyish stripe appears on the sofa. (BTW, Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber, an exhibition of very stately, very English beds, continues through November 2013.)

[Lee Jofa's Harrogate]

The powder room off the entry hall really offered an opportunity to let loose. It looks as if flowering tendrils are growing up the walls. And that's not wallpaper, but hand-printed linen from Lee Jofa. Schuyler says a leaded glass window was added for gravitas. Not pictured is an antique glass-front cabinet that holds the clients' collection of old apothecary bottles. 

Notice all the wonderful fresh flowers scattered throughout the house? Tom Piernik, floral designer, contributed those.

Don't forget to surf over here and tour the guest house.


ArchitectDesign™ said...

simply amazing! I want to crawl into each and every photo.

Style Court said...

Stefan, me too. Especially the bedroom that opens onto the garden :)

quintessence said...

LOVE!! And I am heart broken because my two ginormous George Sherlock chairs with ottoman covered in my all time favorite Dragon Flower have finally died (also did my lampshades in it) - maybe I'll look at the Malabar...

Style Court said...

Q -- Dragon Flower is a personal fave. You must have loved -- or I should say still love -- living with it.

Kate said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE that bathroom! It is so elegant and luxurious! I could imagine taking long baths in that tub below the bay window. I'm fading away already! ;-)