I've long admired the work of Southern-born, LA-based decorator Ruthie Sommers. Domino made her famous (to me at least), and she never disappoints. She designed a Chicago home for a young couple that is featured in the new Veranda. The couple told her they wanted bright, happy colors against the gray Chicago sky, so that is exactly what she delivered!
The living room's pastel hues are comfortable and soothing. I especially love the lacquered blue ceiling.
She used more saturated hues of the same living room colors in the vibrant family room. Yellow, purple, and aqua might sound like unlikely bedfellows, but Ruthie knows how to make them work.
The little girl's room is classic Ruthie Sommers style with a large dose of Palm Beach chic.
A mirrored wall makes the vanity feel old and French.
In a Miles-Redd-esque hallway, the walls were lacquered and doors were upholstered.
The master bedroom is a chinoiserie dream.
Ruthie added a touch of the exotic with Moorish shapes in the bathroom.
Just a reminder that if you don't already subscribe to Veranda, you need a subscription. I think it is now my favorite shelter mag. The belgian beige days of yore are (generally) gone.
Sidenote about my brush with Ruthie Sommers fame... I was at the post office about a year ago, waiting in line to mail something. I PROMISE I wasn't intentionally looking at the address on the box of the lady in front of me, but the name Ruthie Sommers ______ (she has a different last name, Mc-something) jumped out at me, written in huge letters on the box's address! I wanted to tap the nice lady on the shoulder and tell her how much I loved Ruthie's work but thought that might defy post office courtesy. So I kept my mouth shut and felt star-struck for the rest of the afternoon.