Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sam Allen in House Beautiful

I am a huge fan of Sam Allen Interiors, and I literally gasped when I saw Allen's first apartment featured in the February issue of House Beautiful. Only in his early twenties, one might say Allen was born to decorate... he landed his first decorating job when he was just 12 years old! Allen was the youngest intern to ever work for Martha Stewart, and he was selected to join forces with the legendary Albert Hadley when he was only 19 years old. Soon thereafter, he landed on the cover of the New York Times Home section, and his career has continued to skyrocket. Let's take a look inside his stunning Connecticut apartment!

Allen transformed the large, plain main room by painting it in Benjamin Moore's Split Pea. "I love green and purple together," he says. "It's very Palm Beach." Chairs in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. Curtains in a Kravet velvet. 

One end of the open-plan room is anchored by a skirted table with an ever-changing array of objects. "The color of the Schumacher velvet bands echoes the green walls and helps tie the space together," Allen says. Skirt in Sandra Jordan's Prima Alpaca with Brunschwig & Fils fringe. Chairs by Albert Hadley. 

Allen turned an alcove into an office with Ikea's Kallax shelves. The white chair and West Elm desk complete the setup. The wall-mounted TV can be viewed from the sofa. Chair seat in a Lee Jofa fabric.

Floor-to-ceiling curtains create a sense of height in the standard-size bedroom. Wall-to-wall carpeting was cut to replicate a custom-fitted rug. Curtains in a Rogers & Goffigon linen. Carpet, New York Carpet. Walls in PPG Pittsburgh Paint's Black Flame. 

Covering the walls, headboard, and bed skirt in the same fabric - a striped Ralph Lauren Home silk - is a tried and true decorating solution for unifying a small room. Bedding from Leontine Linens. 

Allen gave the tiny entry pizzazz by using large-scale pieces like a pair of ginger jars, a vintage mirror, and a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp. Walls in Farrow & Ball's Light Gray. 

A bathroom was the perfect place to experiment with exuberant wallpaper, and its small size kept costs reasonable. Lyford Trellis wallpaper by China Seas. 

Designer Sam Allen in his living room. 

Images and captions from House Beautiful. Photography by David A. Land. To see the entire feature, including before pictures, click here. Please visit the website of Sam Allen Interiors for more information. Additionally, I wrote about his work in 2013, which you can read here.


  1. Andrea I was over at Dean's and saw that you featured one of my favorite designers, Sam! Thrilled with this design featured in House Beautiful. Those Ginger jars are very unique I wonder where he found them.

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Oh my goodness...he is SO young! I love the bedroom!! Have a great week! xoxo

  3. That is one pop of color! Its very fun and he used my fave antelope rug which is a classic!!


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