Design Idol: Ruthie Sommers


(Ruthie in her home office)

There are a few designers these days that really get me excited, and on the top of that list is Ruthie Sommers. She owns the Chapman Radcliff Home store in Los Angeles (I plan to make a pilgrimage this winter), which sells custom made pillows and accessories, unique vintage finds and antique furniture Ruthie has refurbished with her own modern but traditional touch. Here are some of the items that can be found in her store, and on 1stdibs.
I am crazy about the upholstery on this loveseat…if only I could have a pink couch! The the contrast trim reminds me exactly of a couch I spotted by Grace Kelly’s pool while watching “High Society” this weekend (my husband has a penchant for old musicals, don’t ask). Also, this pair of X-bottom benches is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for for my foyer(minus the snake fabric, I think), but a little on the pricey side. A cheaper version is available on Ballard Designs.
I wanted to put those x-benches under a lucite waterfall console table in the foyer- very unexpected in such a traditional home. This one is pricey, but an almost exact replica is available at CB2. Right now my mom is saying, “Lucite? Has she gone mad?”. Hi Mom. :)

Also, I really loved reading this interview with Ruthie on Ladies Who Launch. Very inspiring for someone like me just starting out.

Well, it’s a very exciting day as I am off this afternoon to a lecture and cocktail reception with the Style Editor of my bible, Domino Magazine!!! I hope to get in a handshake and a business card pass off! Wish me luck!


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