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Ruthie Sommers

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If I Weren’t a Decorator, I would be: A researcher or something in the sciences

Most Inspired By: Color, people, nature, kindness, and humility

Go-To Hostess Gift: A hand painted thank-you note.


Movie Interior:  I Am Love was pretty amazing.

Album: My go to songs are “Under Pressure” by Queen and “Where is my Mind” by the Pixies. When I miss my husband it’s “Shoot the Moon” by Norah Jones and on a Sunday afternoon it’s Procol Harum’s “White Shade of Pale.”

Museum: Musée Rodin, Paris; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.

Cocktail: When I’m in NYC it’s a martini with three olives but at home it’s a glass of red wine while cooking.

Restaurant: Gratitude, Los Angeles

Hotel: Palazzo Sasso Ravello, Italy; The Pelican Inn, Pawleys Island, South Carolina

Flower: Gardenia

I always like my rooms to have a ton of personality and a bit of fun.

— Ruthie Sommers


Favorite Paint: Ivory White #925, Benjamin Moore; Farrow’s Cream, Farrow & Ball

Favorite Room to Decorate: The powder room—it deserves a lot of attention.

Favorite Pattern: Chevron

Decorating Cheap Thrill: Shopping thrift stores in random towns. Discovering that one fun piece in a land of junk is thrilling.


Fabric: Harbinger and the Cowtan & Tout showroom in Los Angeles.

Decorative Accessories: Trims from Samuel & Sons

Bedding: Schweitzer Linen, D. Porthault, and Leotine Linens

Lighting: Charles Edwards and Circa Lighting

Florist: L.A. Flower Market

Favorite Local Shop: From Pat McGann to Peter Dunham to Hollyhock, L.A. has so many amazing shops and shop owners.

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