R U T H I E S O M M E R S :
Ruthie Sommers is an LA-based designer and former owner of Chapman Radcliff Home. For more than thirteen years, Ruthie has boldly mixed eras and cultures as a residential interior designer and has enjoyed designing countless rooms into personal, highly individual, and eminently chic spaces with her laidback elegant taste.
Ruthies flair for design began at a very early age. As a child growing up in North Carolina, she was surrounded by classic Southern and venerable East Coast homes and quickly took to giving design advice, warranted and unwarranted, to family and friends.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, she moved to New York, where she jumped head start into an apprenticeship with internationally renowned designer Juan Pablo Molyneux, and continued her development at Ralph Lauren Creative Services, assisting many of New Yorks finest designers on Ralph Lauren stores around the world. In 1995, she and then partner, Mary Mallard, founded Chapman Radcliff Interiors in a small townhouse in Greenwich Village. The name is a combination of Sommers and Mallards middle names, inspired by their favorite firm, Parish Hadley. Here, they quickly established a playful and fresh approach rooted in the classic, which has since earned Chapman Radcliff a very noticeable clientele from East Hampton to Hollywood.
After eight years of honing her style in New York, Ruthie then moved to Paris and traveled through European countries studying painting and antiques. With her newly acquired European sophistication, Ruthie returned to the States to establish herself in Los Angeles. In 2002, she opened her much-admired Chapman Radcliff furnishings and accessories store and began to decorate high end residential homes from Chicago to Florida. Her first stint began on E Style Network for the home design show, AREA. Designing for celebrities to doctors, Ruthie draws much of her inspiration from Los Angeles and continues to define herself by her amazing ability to merge East Coast classic with bohemian West Coast style. Her work has been featured in In Style, House Beautiful, LA Times, Domino Magazine and many others. Ruthie continues to be recognized by the press, the media and a faithful and loyal group of clients that she now calls her dear friends. She lives with her daughters, Eloise and Bailey, her husband, Lucas, and their three dogs in Hancock Park.