Unafraid to play and with a penchant for marrying classical influences with exotic patterning, California-based designer Schuyler Samperton creates unapologetically rich environments that engage the senses at every turn. Her bold layered interiors have caught the eye of many and earned her features inside the pages of Vogue, Architectural Digest and Elle Décor, among others. This year, Samperton released her first textile line inspired by the richly intricate patterns from a myriad of styles and time periods across the globe. A true modern bohemien, we chatted with Samperton about her bright and whimsical styling, design philosophy and top Schoolhouse go-to's.
Describe your aesthetic when it comes to decorating. What styles are you drawn to personally?
"My favorite spaces are those that reveal some sort of individualism – they can be traditional or more contemporary, but I always like to see the hand of an artist whether it be in a beautiful vintage textile, an antique demi lune or an extraordinary piece of pottery. Personally, I love the layered complexities and patterns of English country houses and Moroccan riads."
Where do you find most of your inspiration and who are your influences?
"As an art history major, I’m continually inspired by paintings and the decorative arts, especially those of the 19th century. I adore the romanticism of the Pre Raphaelites, the Bloomsbury Group and the Aesthetic Movement. I also get quite a bit of inspiration from magazines like Cabana and the World of Interiors, as well as the Instagram accounts of the photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna and my friend Lisa Borgnes-Giramonti."
Where do you find most of your go-to basics when it comes to decorating a space?
"My favorite vintage textile and rug dealers, Hollywood at Home and Nickey Kehoe in LA."
Tell us a little about your process when it comes to designing a space for clients.
"I start by reviewing their tear sheets and pinterest boards and then I ask them how they want to feel in the space, how do they plan on using it? Do they have kids? Dogs? Do they love to entertain? All of that comes into play. Where do they come from? What are their favorite travel spots? Hobbies? I try to get to know them as people, not just as clients. You’d be surprised how much someone’s personality can dictate the direction of their design direction. There is often quite a bit of overlap."
Favorite projects you've done?
"I have a lot of favorites, but a few stand out including a beautiful home on an island in Greece, a beach house in Carpinteria, a lake house in the lower Sierras, a remodel of a storage space into a bistro and a Big Sur-inspired house in Santa Monica canyon. Basically, I love any project that has allowed my imagination to run wild."
Favorite design trends or timeless looks you love?
"Wallpaper, pattern on pattern and COLOR!"
Least favorite design trends?
"Hollywood Regency and a certain kind of mid-Century overload."
Favorite color palette or materials to work with?
"I love the combination of claret, peacock blue, deep olive green and black and I usually work with some combination of those tones in most of my work. I actually like all colors and think that depending on the dose every shade can be beautiful. I love the textures and patina of aged leather, linen velvet, embroidery, deep fringe, antique textiles of all sorts and hand-painted wallpaper."
What's your top design trick?
"Spring for a fantastic rug and a gorgeous collection of toss pillows – everything else looks good against that backdrop."
What's your dream design project?
"A hotel in the tropics or Scotland."
Finally, what makes a house a home to you?
"Dogs, books, music, a comfy sofa and my love."