Sparks - the Blog of Interior Designer Schuyler Samperton

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.}

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