In 2010 Schumacher reintroduced a beautiful floral print called Pyne Hollyhock. The fabric was named after the legendary socialite tastemaker Nancy Pyne who worked with Albert Hadley in the 1960s to create one of the most iconic rooms in the annals of decorating.
Nancy “Princess” Pyne turned 94 in February, and she is still as chic as ever. She spent much of her married life at Cherryfields, a rambling 1929 house in New Jersey’s horse country, where she worked with Albert Hadley to create a home that was both modern and refined. The defining component in the living room’s scheme was a fetching floral chintz that Hadley had sourced from England.
When Pyne decided to downsize, she again enlisted Hadley to help decorate her new house. One piece of the chintz remained on a petit settee, but it was worn and needed to be replaced. She had it recovered in a stripe and she missed her old chintz that she could no longer source. In 2008, Schumacher’s in-house studio reached out to Pyne, who had retained a few pieces of the vintage fabric, and she graciously loaned them to the team. The pattern was ultimately born again and named Pyne Hollyhock in her honor.
As an interesting side note, Pyne traded Cherryfields for a nearby 19th-century farmhouse owned by designers John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross. You can tour Cherryfields, redesigned by Dransfield and Ross, here.
Thanks to Nancy Pyne, this beautiful chintz became an instant classic enjoying tremendous popularity in a new generation of homes. Below are some examples of Pyne Hollyhock in a variety of colorways.
Such a beautiful print! And I love how it suits all design styles from traditional to contemporary. Please visit the Schumacher blog for more information and to learn Ms. Pyne’s decorating maxims and rules for a life well lived. Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock is available to the trade.