DIGGING RUTHIE SOMMERS' DIGS





All photos by Victoria Pearson courtesy of House Beautiful

Do you know of a designer whose work always jumps out and grabs you?  For me, Ruthie Sommers is one of those people. Often, when I see her work, even before I know it's a space that she has designed, I have an instant attraction to it. I love the fun and unexpected elements she layers on along with the hues that I tend to find most pleasing. She somehow knows just how to integrate traditional elegance with a perfect dose of youthful spunk and always get it right. 
This recent feature of Ruthie's L.A. home from House Beautiful 2011 just left me with a great feeling. Like the contented, satisfied state you often pass into after eating your favorite meal. A visual feast! 

EVERYTHING'S ROSY HERE

Two beautiful chairs in Rubie Green fabric transformed by Molly Worth

Love this toile makeover by Ruthie Sommers

Punchy raspberry chairs (I think this is from Traditional Home)

This memo-board style room is unique

Love this pink sofa in Anna Spiro's home

I like this painting (source unknown)

Mathilde Agostinelli's fetching dining room

I have a distinct weakness for pink in many shades. When I was little, I earned the nickname, "Pinky" from my grandmother's neighbor, because my mom dressed me in mostly pink. As I got older, I tried to get away from that, but never really succeeded. I must admit, I am drawn back to it time and again. So, here's a few photos from my files of some lovely pink things. Regrettably, some I neglected to label and so their source remains unknown. I am working on being a better "labeler". That can be one of my new year's resolutions! I hope everyone had an enjoyable long holiday weekend - are you back to work or still on break this week?

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As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I wanted to give credit where credit is due. The chair that inspired my rendering was none other than Chapman Radcliff's "Kelly" wing chair. As many of you know, Ruthie Sommers is the owner of LA based Chapman Radcliff and is definitely one of my favorite decorators. She designed this gorgeous piece that I couldn't resist painting. I also wanted to thank my friend, Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt for posting my painting yesterday as part of a post on chinoiserie chairs. Courtney is like a walking encyclopedia of design knowledge. If she doesn't know the answer to your question or the origins of a piece in a photo (which is almost NEVER) she will not rest until she discovers it!

ANNECHOVIE ON DESIGN *SPONGE


The brilliant design writer, Courtney Barnes and her chair that I painted - the centerpiece of her blog banner I designed.

LA decorator and Style Queen Ruthie Sommers

A pair of delightful chairs Ruthie re-habbed with a delightful Palm Beach look to them

Thanks to Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt for the mention as guest blogger this week on Design*Sponge. DesignSponge* is a top design blog with pioneer design blogger Grace Bonney at the helm. A daily must-read for me, chock-full of everything a design buff like me thrives on! Stylecourt is also, as you may already know, one of my faves. As usual, the ever-knowledgeable Courtney is going above and beyond with her contributions this week. Today's post featured the great LA decorator Ruthie Sommers and her penchant for rehabbing furniture in her trademark amazing way. Remember that cheesy makeover show, "The Swan" from a couple of years ago? Ruthie's work is to furniture what those plastic surgeons' work was to patients. Similarly jaw-dropping. You will be amazed at what can be done with these "diamond in the rough" pieces she picks up and transforms. She should be dubbed "The Princess of Potential"! Ok, it's obvious I'm a big fan. So, I was doubly pleased to be mentioned on the same page with one of my style heroes. Thank you Courtney and Grace! Be sure to check out both Design*Sponge and Design*Sponge Guest Blog if you haven't already!

All images courtesy of Design*Sponge