Bulletin Board: Ruthie Chapman Sommers

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Flower Films Office
I wish my office looked like this!

I was perusing through some old Domino magazine issues and one issue particularly struck a chord with me. Maybe I should specify and say that a particular designer struck a chord with me instead. I noticed Ruthie Chapman Sommers when I purchased Domino Magazine's book because her daughter's nursery was featured. But it wasn't until I obtained some out-of-print Domino magazine issues (specifically the March 2008 issue featuring Drew Barrymore) that I realized how much I liked her style.

Between feeling under the weather for the past month and getting my shop up and running, I haven't been able to think to write about her so here I am now, writing about her. I guess I should explain why I like her so much. She uses color, people! Something I am desperately trying to instill in my own home decorating. Not an easy feat since somehow, I have realized that I am somewhat risk-averse in terms of adding color to my house. I really want to, but there's a part of my brain that keeps me from being truly bold.

Not this woman, though. She has no problem creating a room entirely of one color, and I mean the ENTIRE room. Example, below:

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Very Pink Girls Bedroom

And it's not just her use of color that I love, it's also the use of bold patterns and custom upholstering. She pretty much must follow the mantra, 'leave no leaf unturned' because every aspect of the room is thought out and somehow transformed to create a whimsical, fresh, classic design.

Case in point:

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Living Room with Blue patterned drapes

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Soothing Living Room
When I grow up, I want a living room like this.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Colorful Kids Room
I so badly want to reupholster a chair, just like the blue/white one in the back.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Green and Pink Office

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Pink Living Room
I am digging the dotted rug and how it covers the entire space. Guess I should call it a dotted carpet instead?

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Bedroom with Canopy
I've never seen lucite legs on an upholstered, tufted bench. How very smart looking!

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Wallpaperd Bathroom
I feel like I'm being transported back to the British Raj.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Boys Bedroom

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Entryway with Gold mirror
Ahhh, I've got an incredibly similar gold mirror in my entryway!

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Wallpapered Sitting Room
A bit too bold for me, but gotta love her fearlessness!

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Blue Laundry Room
Would never think to paint the cabinet fronts a blue like that, but it works. Esp with that cornice box.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Beachy Chic Guest Bedroom
One of her quieter rooms, but is still chic and well-appointed.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Flower Films Kitchen
This fresh, fun kitchen is somewhere I want to hang out at.

rRuthie Sommers Interiors - Dressing Room with Chinoiserie Framed Wallpaper

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Tableau
A perfect tableau of objets.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Bathroom
I l-o-v-e the drama of the tent-like shower curtain.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Vanity Table
I can imagine Old Hollywood darlings getting ready at this vanity.

Ruthie Sommers Interiors - Dressing Room
Now, this is how a dressing room should look. It should get one excited to dress oneself.


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