Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dig this designer’s blueless beach getaway

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Designer Schuyler Samperton’s 650-square-foot Miami Beach getaway may be blueless, but it certainly isn’t clueless. The small space is styled for maximum function. 

But why no blue? “I avoided it,” she admits. “I aimed for a color scheme that didn’t scream beach. I wanted something more electric and alive: pinks, oranges and greens.”

And she got it, but there’s a secret to decorating bright in a small space. “Close quarters doesn’t mean shying away from bright colors, but they do need to remain consistent from room to room. The palette is a mood elevator, cheerful and energizing. It’s like walking into a candy store.”

And I’ve been bingeing on it ever since my June 2017 issue of House Beautiful arrived. See for yourself…


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Love that pop of lime green in the entryway console. Notice how the space catches items needed coming and going to the beach AND looks beautiful, both at once.


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The dining room wallpaper, usually a no-no in rentals, is removable and cost less than $200. Samperton scored the dining table and chairs from the auction site Everything but the House (ebth.com).


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I do love the midcentury architectural backs on those dining room chairs—like a work of art in themselves!


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Here’s a lesson in mirror use: Make sure it has something to reflect. This one keeps all those fun colors dancing! 


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Samperton chose a vintage rug as a headboard stand-in to save space. That makes sense to me because that particular rug is just too pretty to walk on. 



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Another mirror doing its reflecting job—be still my heart!


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A 19th century English armoire houses Samperton’s colorful beach wardrobe.


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And, of course, there’s a quiet corner to sip your morning coffee. Samperton used flatweave rugs throughout the apartment because they’re easy to get the sand out of. I love the layered look here with stripes and diamonds.


Want more? You’re in luck!


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  • Check out Samperton’s debut collection of linen textiles, which share the same beachy feel as her apartment (and sneak in a little blue), at Hollywood at Home. 
  • Read all about Samperton’s apartment and get more tips for decorating your own small space in David A. Keeps’ article in the June 2017 House Beautiful, “Living the Lush Life.” 
  • Contine your tour of this space on the House Beautiful website.
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