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Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Vogue 2012 Adele Carolyn Murphy Schuyler Samperton

above: photos by jay fitzgerald for schuyler samperton.

One of the most fun and satisfying projects I’ve ever worked on was Carolyn Murphy’s amazing house in Los Angeles, which Vogue shot for its March issue.

Carolyn and I have worked together on a few places over the years, but this latest venture was a total blast. With her great respect and fondness for unique vintage pieces, we were able to include an amazing collection of furniture and textiles that enhanced the already perfectly appointed Provencal architectural details.

Carolyn Murphy Vogue Rodarte Dress

above: carolyn murphy in a dress by rodarte. photo by annemarieke van drimmelen for vogue.

Carolyn in the Backyard (above): One of my favorite places in LA for “off the rack” decorative toss pillows is East Meets West. In addition to their fantastic inventory of early American furniture and accessories, they have the most incredible collection of cushions in gorgeous stripes and plaids, not to mention amazing one of a kind pieces made from serapes (a personal favorite – for a house in Santa Fe – one day!), Navajo weavings and rag rugs.

vogue magazine carolyn murphy art studio schuyler samperton interior design

above: photo by grey crawford for vogue.

Art Studio (above): The art studio used to be a garage filled to the rafters with boxes of Christmas decorations, miscellaneous furniture from days gone by and rabbit food.

We cleared it out and left the walls and floors as they were. We moved in layered, striped kilims; a vintage print from Big Daddy’s; tattered linen arm chairs; a hammered metal table from Hollywood at Home; a crafted twig stand from Nickey Kehoe; palm tree  from Inner Gardens; vintage easels and sculpture stands from galerie half, and a massive work table (c. 1910) from an artist’s atelier in Paris.

I tossed in pillows made of antique Turkish towel remnants to add a touch of delicacy to the room. Pat McGann has the most comprehensive array of exotic textile-based pillows in LA – there are so many treasures here! Every visit is a treat!!!

We left Carolyn’s beaten up hat and bridles just where they were.

above: photos by grey crawford for vogue.

living room vogue interior design carolyn murphy home schuyler samperton

Living Room (above): The goal of the project was to create a pretty space, but not make anything too precious or “done.”

I adore the simplicity of the combination of this chair from Lucca, pillow from Lee Stanton, and industrial floor lamp. The bookcases are dressed with a touch of natural elements – an antique leather box, a handful porcupine quills (from eBay!) in a vintage silver Indian drinking glass, and some loose antlers.

Thanks to the unparalleled floral designer Louesa Roebuck  (whom I serendipitously met at a Remodelista party hosted by Big Daddy’s), there is a bit of pleasing tension between the industrial, sculptural lamp and the lacy palm spray in the watery blue glass vase.

above: photos by grey crawford for vogue.

Kitchen (above):  In the kitchen, and laundry room beyond, blue and white stripes abound! It’s all about the materials here – the former owners of the house installed the stone sinks, as well as the reclaimed terracotta floors, so we just added to Carolyn’s already lovely group of vintage oil paintings, and tossed in some rustic pottery, along with a sturdy and cheerful laundry basket from Mecox Gardens, and a kilim runner from J. Iloulian.

bathroom vogue interior design carolyn murphy home

above: photos by grey crawford for vogue.

Bathroom (above): A bathroom with a vined terrace – what could be more perfect?! The corner chair is from Rosemarie McCaffrey Antiques and the two rocking chairs on the balcony are from Groundwork at ABC.

Also, just look at the GIGANTIC, magical spray of pink and cream wild roses that florist Louesa found…unreal!

backyard garden vogue carolyn murphy home

above: photos by grey crawford for vogue.

The best part? The charming menagerie of three chickens, a rabbit, a cat and a dog, all coexisting peacefully in her backyard in heart of the city!

To read the entire Vogue article, click HERE.


Schuyler Samperton West Hollywood Tricky

Clients often ask me about what inspires me, and honestly, almost everything can and does.  A color combination found in a field of Idaho wildflowers, an article on vintage needlepoint evening bags, the album cover of the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo – they all catch my eye, and inform my design.

With this new blog, I hope to shed some light on what I love and why.

And speaking of light, here’s one of my favorite views – morning sunshine and Tricky in the hallway outside my bedroom.  There was no planning here – just a bold turquoise wall; a vintage rosy-toned kilim; assorted patterned beach bags hanging on the doorknob; an origami mobile I convinced a salesperson to take down from a display at Free City in Malibu; and of course, my haphazard mix of art, including a Chris Makos portrait of me from 1984, as Interview’s Blonde of the Month.

Now let’s have some fun…