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Westside Provençal

Thank you so much to Remodelista for featuring photos of Carolyn Murphy’s garage-into-art-studio transformation!

We’re excited to debut the rest of Carolyn’s house on our website. Click here to see the beautiful photos shot by Grey Crawford.

Dining room

This room was basically a clean slate with only the existing Restoration Hardware burlap chandelier and some simple beige linen curtains. The exquisite pair of French needlepoint chairs from JF Chen were what really took us in a specific direction. The rest of room just fell together with a beautiful dining table from Suzanne Hollis and a set of chairs from Lee Stanton that we covered in a floral embroidery.


This space needed to be cozy – it doesn’t get much light, so we decided to make it like a little gem — full of patterned textiles, pillows and rugs. Carolyn has a great collection of books, so it was her idea to add the rustic shelves over the sofa.

Upper Hall

The hall on the second floor has this magical alcove, so we found this fantastic Indonesian bench from Dos Gallos and loaded it with a mix of pillows from antique toiles to kilim fragments. The space was also perfect for highlighting this group of landscapes, still lifes and portraits. I love the mini globe under the glass bell jar!


We kept the master simple and serene. Carolyn already owned the soft blue velvet curtains and the caned bed, so we just added the primitive side table, an incredibly beautiful still life, and one of my favorite things EVER – a pillow made from antique vintage chintz with a dog and floral motif!!!


The stone sink and tile backsplash were part of the previous owners’ renovation, so we just added an extra layer with vine-filled vintage pottery and antique watercolors, and voila – instant Provencal charm!

Breakfast Room

This is my favorite room in the house, and not just because my dog, Tricky, is in the picture! I had such a great time finding these vintage floral fabrics – we sourced things from dealers all over the country and turned them into pillows, then mixed in some beautiful antique cushions from one of my local favorites – Pat McGann. From antique Liberty prints, to Indian embroidery – Pat McGann has it ALL!  The sweet valance was shipped to us from a lovely textile dealer back East, and when it fit perfectly, we knew it was meant to be.

Living Room

Again, we continued the theme of femininity with the combination of Carolyn’s existing curtains and a smattering of soft-toned floral pillows. The portrait is so lovely, and came from the fabulous Nathan Turner several years ago when Carolyn and I started working on our first project together.

{Photography by Grey Crawford.} {View the entire gallery here.}

Check us out in the March Vogue!

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…