Timothy Corrigan talks about the people, places, and things that shaped his refined point of view– and inspired his sophisticated Schumacher collection.
What sparks an idea? For Alessandra Branca, it’s the majestic power of nature, a gleaming lacquered wall, boundary-defying contemporary art. The designer has gathered all of her Schumacher collection inspirations in one place, and we’re sharing them on Pinterest.
To see Alessandra’s complete mood board, click here.
Congratulations to our winner, Hether Dunn and our honorable mentions, Chandos Dodson Epley, Jill Litner Kaplan, and Melinda Hartwright! We would like to thank all of the talented designers who shared their projects with us.
Hether Dunn Design—Portland, OR
Heather Dunn’s interiors are largely informed by her background as a graphic designer and art director. She works with residential clients to determine their home’s unique ‘brand’ of comfort and personality. Through a lively mix of graphic patterns and a sophisticated use of materials, Dunn creates rooms that are both stylish and functional.
In this Portland pantry, Dunn used Fez in Noir from Schumacher’s Martyn Lawrence Bullard wallcovering collection to bring unexpected vibrancy to a small space. This project began in 2012, when the designer’s clients purchased an old Victorian home in desperate need of remodeling and a fresh point of view. Paired with glossy black cabinetry, marble countertops, and a contemporary light fixture, this bold and timeless chevron design transforms tight quarters into a dynamic space.
Chandos Dodson Epley
Chandos Interiors—Houston, TX
Chandos Interiors works on a diverse range of projects—from urban contemporary to high-style traditional. The firm’s owner, Chandos Dodson Epley, believes that all interiors should have a timeless quality and a fresh, clean point of view. Chandos was selected by House Beautiful magazine as one of their “Next Wave” designers in 2010.
Inspired by a Hollywood bungalow, Epley set out to create a traditional yet youthful home for her clients. She swathed the dining room walls in Shantung Silhouette Print, an enveloping Chinoiserie design that feels at once graphic and sophisticated. The result is a livable and elegant entertaining space.
Jill Litner Kaplan
Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors—West Newton, MA
Jill Litner Kaplan’s rooms speak to her love of fashion and meticulous attention to detail. Her worldly aesthetic is influenced by her far-away travels and passion for collecting. With over twenty years of experience, Jill’s firm offers comprehensive design services to discerning clients.
In the designer’s own powder room, Kaplan uses Schumacher’s Nasrid Palace Mosaic in Mica to transform a small space into a chic jewel. Through the addition of an antique French gold leaf mirror and sleek nickel sconces, this room demonstrates Kaplan’s deft mix of ethnic and classic, modern and vintage.
Georgica Pond Interiors—Sydney, Australia
Melinda Hartwright’s designs are inspired by the comfortable yet stylish vibe of the Hamptons. She has a passion for American architecture and timeless blue and white. Hartwright began her career as an editorial stylist and has worked for many of Australia’s leading lifestyle publications.
In this Sydney home, Hartwright covered the walls of the large foyer in Rajasthan Paisley. This paper provides a fresh backdrop to Asian antique ceramics, fretwork chairs, and dark timber floors. In the designer’s favorite blue and white hues, this paisley design sets the relaxed, seaside tone for the rest of the house.
Former Editor-in-Chief of Veranda, Dara Caponigro to
Direct Design, New Product Development & Brand Image for the Luxury Design House
NEW YORK, September 30, 2013—Terri Eagle, President and CEO of F. Schumacher & Co., announced today that Dara Caponigro has been named Creative Director of the prestigious fabric, wallcovering and furnishings company and its luxury floorcoverings division, Patterson Flynn Martin. Caponigro will lead the development of all collections, manage the design staff and work closely with visual merchandising and marketing teams. In addition, she will be responsible for building on the brand’s tradition of quality design and charting the company’s creative path as it approaches its 125th year. Caponigro will report to Eagle and will start in her new role today.
In her new fabric collection, Alessandra Branca uses vivid fuchsia—this season’s ‘It’ color—to bring spirit and youth to lush, classical motifs. As the painstakingly embroidered accent on a toile and the sumptuous ground of an overscale damask, this vibrant palette is an upbeat alternative to muted neutrals. For sure, daring color is in the air: hot pink tones feel fresh in contemporary art and the latest fashion. But a closer look reveals that this buoyant hue has been a key part of the style lexicon for centuries. From the grandeur of Versailles to 1920’s London, fuchsia adds a pop of the unexpected and a jolt of confident chic. Our collection of images proves that dynamic color is and always will be in style.
Internationally renowned interior designer Alessandra Branca brings her worldly elegance and sophistication to her debut collection of fabrics exclusively for Schumacher. Born in Rome, Alessandra draws inspiration from the finest art and architecture, while using her sense of comfortable elegance and wit to revolutionize classical patterns with a modern point of view.
“I knew I wanted a collection of great quality and craftsmanship – one which my children would want and my grandchildren would be happy to inherit,” she says.
Dramatic scale, playful textures, and a vibrant color palette add a burst of energy, making the fondly familiar damask, toile and chinoiserie patterns fresh and exciting.
Pictured above: Inspired by Alessandra’s personal gilt screen from the 18th century, Coromandel is enlivened by her hallmark palette.
We are always inspired by your interiors and want to give you the opportunity to show them off—again!
Submit your favorite projects featuring our iconic wallcoverings for a chance to receive a $500 credit on your next order. The contest winner as well as the three top finalists will be featured on the Schumacher blog.
To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with images of your installation (no larger than 5MB total), a brief description of your project, inspiration behind your selection, your contact information and a recent head shot.
The deadline for submitting your entry is October 1st.
The graphic power of black and white is a major theme in our Martyn Lawrence Bullard wallcovering collection. Inspired by his love of world travel and combined with his impeccable fashion sense Martyn has created a collection that is exotic, playful and sexy.
Martyn was taken by the striking effect of the black and white story on the recent Spring 2013 runways. “Black and white is on every runway right now. It is the strongest color palette in fashion. So why not bring it into the home as well?” he explains. “It really freshens the entire collection. And that to me is what it’s all about. It’s about freshening up your life with fun wallpaper.”
With his discerning eye, Martyn unites this fashion trend with the Old World style he fell in love with during his travels, a feat exhibited perfectly in the design Fez. “One of the inspirations for the collection was this wonderful chevron which is a very high fashion design at the moment. It was actually taken from, and I was inspired by it, the floor of the Taj Mahal,” Martyn says.
Though each paper is completely distinct, the collection allows for limitless layering and provides a dose of whimsy. As Martyn puts it, “I love the idea of having fantasy take flight with this collection.”
Celerie Kemble has brought her exquisite taste and eye for stylish living to the master bedroom at the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home.
With her eclectic vision, Celerie outfitted the space in cool tones, rich textiles and vibrant patterns to achieve an elegant yet versatile living space. “We were thinking of the room as a year round house in the Hamptons so it had to have enough breezy-ness to be delightful in the summer — linen ticking stripe curtains, white sofas, an island-y flame stitch patterned rug but also enough coziness and warmth to feel comfortable in the winter,” Celerie says.
Anchoring the design is Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock Print, a beautiful floral chintz that upholsters the accent chairs in the cozy sitting area next to the fireplace.
Offsetting the floral chintz is the ethereal Sophia Stripe Sheer used for the curtains which delicately frames the bed, while the always perfectly scaled woven Betwixt is used on the room’s inviting armchairs. Celerie uses the classic Wesley Ticking Stripe in ebony as drapery and the bed’s headboard to cast an elegant glow.
The room’s focal point is the subtle and sophisticated Acanthus Stripe wallcovering, which forms a trellis to house the visual treasures within.
The Hamptons Designer Showhouse is open through September 2. Proceeds go the Southampton Hospital and tickets can be purchased at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse site
The July/August issue of Traditional Home took us for a stroll down memory lane with their feature on the the country’s most prominent showhouses. We are so proud to have partnered with phenomenal designers like Celerie Kemble, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Robert Passal and more. The spaces are gorgeous and we love looking back at them!
Celerie Kemble, Kips Bay Designer Showhouse featuring
- Gerard Gimp for settee trim
- Prestwick Wool Satin for drapery and club chair
- Rosina Silk Gimp for the sofa fabric fringe
Matthew Patrick Smyth – Kips Bay Showhouse featuring:
- Anniston Silk Taffeta for the table skirt
- Simply Suede for the dining chairs
- Prestwick Wool Satin for the wall drapery trim
Kim Zimmer- O’More College of Design Showhouse featuring Hot House Flowers for the drapery and throw pillow
Mark Simmons and Deb Tallent- O’More College of Design Showhouse featuring:
- Temara Embroidered Print on the side chair
- Madagascar Ikat Stripe for the throw pillows
- Marcel Chenille on the sofa
JoAnne Hayes – O’More College of Design Showhouse Featuring:
- Chinois Palais on the center throw pillow
Robert Passal- Hamptons Designer Showhouse featuring:
- Gainsborough Velvet in Apple for the bed
- Armagh Glazed Plain for the drapery
- Isolde Cotton Weave for the throw pillows
Tamara Kaye- Honey- Hamptons Designer Showhouse featuring:
- Cha-Cha for drapery
Mary McDonald and Martyn Lawrence Bullard have showcased their Schumacher designs – in miniature!
The pair, along with 18 other esteemed Los Angeles designers, were recruited to create fantasy dollhouses which were sold at this year’s Kaleidoscope Ball. Their efforts contributed to the $1.8 million raised for the UCLA Mattel Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. Mary and Martyn collaborated to create an elaborate Georgian mansion, gorgeous enough to have Barbie willing to leave her Malibu estate!
The first floor pulls from all the major themes in Mary’s collection of fabrics. The foyer walls are done in the delicate Chinois Palais, which is offset beautifully by a settee upholstered in the graphic Vanderbilt Velvet.
Martyn’s top floor highlights his fashion forward black and white color palette. The landing repeats the Mughal panel to striking effect, while the chevron pattern of Fez adds visual intrigue to the floor.
The Taj Trellis rounds out the family of black and white prints for a truly decadent guest bedroom.
Our congratulations to all of the designers who participated for their breathtaking creations and philanthropic generosity towards Mattel’s incredible cause.
Building on the success of his stunning fabric collection, internationally acclaimed celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard introduces a collection of wallcoverings exclusively for Schumacher. Inspired by travels to the most romantic sites on the globe, Martyn has created a collection bursting with bold, saturated colors and gorgeous, artful patterns.
Prints in the collection evoke the timeless Ottoman motifs that Martyn witnessed in the graphic screens, painted panels and embellished tiles decorating the majestic palaces of Turkey, Morocco and India. With an alluring liveliness, the vibrant wallcoverings, panels and borders showcase a vivid color palette that includes metallic gold, cerulean and a fashionable black and white.
This Mughal Panel wallcovering was inspired by Rajasthan and the grandeur of the Taj Mahal, where Martyn saw the recessed, hand-painted panels that graced the palaces. The print’s soaring tree acts as focal point, offset by an equally gorgeous pattern of swirling grape vines that comes in a metallic gold, brilliant blue or a black and white story inspired by the recent fall fashion collections.
The brilliant designs of the flowering motifs and latticework prints in the Iznik tile papers are derived from the royal suites of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. Layering these pieces only enhances the classical beauty of its themes and makes ancient treasures au courant.
This collection also offers the option of pairing these wallcoverings with coordinating fabrics from his show-stopping Schumacher fabric collection. Pasha Paisley (an exquisitely detailed paisley), Darya Ikat (a graphic take on the traditional ikat) and Sinhala Sidewall (a meandering dotted vermicelli) all compliment their corresponding textiles beautifully.
Martyn’s whimsical elegance continues to be a perfect marriage with Schumacher’s tradition of beautiful design and exquisite craftsmanship. The result is a luxurious collection of wallpapers that we are proud to showcase.
The brilliance of our signature fabrics and wallcoverings is captured in this exquisite personalized paper collection exclusively for Dempsey & Carroll. The beauty of Schumacher patterns such as Chiang Mai Dragon, Birds & Butterflies and Imperial Trellis are married with Dempsey & Carroll’s love of elegance in stationery, creating a stunning collection that is truly unique.