No one captures the essence of California cool mixed with worldly flair quite like LA-based designer Schuyler Samperton. The daughter of an award-winning architect and a fashionista, Schuyler seems to have inherited a true sense of the eccletic tempered by English colonial elegance. And while she looks like a quintessential West Coast beauty, Schuyler is actually from Washington, DC!
Schuyler launched her interior design career with Michael Smith after six years as a publicist for the Fox Broadcasting Company. In 2003 she went on her own and by 2006 was named one of “Today’s Tastemakers” by Vogue Living in its inaugural issue.
We will always remember the April 2007 Domino magazine which featured Schuyler’s home, loving every aspect of her “bohemian rhapsody” style. Needless to say, we were thrilled when she called us last year to help on a project in Greece and even more so when she agreed to our Q & A!
1. What did you want to be when you were a child?
My father is an architect, so I actually grew up playing interior decorator with a bunch of Knoll swatches I grabbed from his office. My first clients were my Tibetan terriers, Hector and Teddy.
2. What is your necessary luxury?
Henry Beguelin boots
3. What is your favorite decorating accessory?
I love working with antique textiles – I use them as throws, pillows, headboards and furniture upholstery – you name it!
4. Where do you window shop?
Montecito, CA is a completely gorgeous, local get-away spot with fantastic stores
5. What makes a house of home?
Books and dogs
6. What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
Taking my dog Tricky for a nice long walk at the end of the day
7. What is your favorite flower?
8. If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
Believe it or not, I’ve never has a drink in mylife! It’s not very thrilling, but I guess I’d have to be a sparkling lemonade.
9. If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
“Relentlessly Optimistic”, and I’d want Catherine Keener to play my part. She’d made me seem a lot cooler and funnier than I actually am.
10. Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
To drive across the country, and really take my time
Thank you, Schuyler, for your fabulous style and beautiful interiors! You can read more about Schuyler and see her gorgeous work on her website Schuyler Samperton Interior Design.