One of our favorite books released this spring is Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating for Today…. or as we like to call it, “The Grandmillennial Handbook”! In fact, Charm School was written by the former House Beautiful editor, Emma Bazilian, who actually coined the term “Grandmilllennial” in 2019, along with co-author Stephanie Diaz, both now with FSCO Content.
Published by Schumacher Books, a division of FSCO Media, and Monacelli, a Phaidon, Charm School dives into old-school decorating techniques that are making a comeback in a fresh, new way. From cozy canopied beds and cheeky needlepoint pillows to treasured personal collections and antique furniture, the book guides readers on how to execute traditional design for the next generation.
Chapters are filled with timeless spaces by designers like Ashley Whittaker, Markham Roberts, Celerie Kemble, Rita Konig and more, as well as looks back at the work of legendary talents like Sister Parish and Mario Buatta who continue to inspire today. Topics include chintz & florals, wicker & rattan, bed hangings, skirts, decorative painting, treillage, collecting, table settings, and more. Each room – many of which incorporate Schumacher’s exquisite textiles and wallcoverings – illustrates the successful ways in which today’s decorators are melding an appreciation for the past with an eye towards the future.
With more than 250 rooms by iconic designers, Charm School is the definitive illustrated handbook on timeless, traditional decorating for modern living.
Anyone who loves classic, traditional, pretty style will love this book! Please click here to order your copy of Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating for Today. It also makes a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Emma Bazilian is a design writer and editor and is the content director at FREDERIC magazine and FSCO Media. She was previously an editor at House Beautiful magazine, where she coined the term “grandmillenial”. An avid needlepointer and collector of vintage fabrics, she lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Stephanie Diaz is the art director of FREDERIC magazine and FSCO Media. Previously, she spent six years leading the visual team at Schumacher, a luxury design house; prior to that, she was an art editor at Architectural Digest. A lifelong New Yorker, she has art directed two other design books: The Authentics and S Is for Style.
ABOUT SCHUMACHER AND FSCO MEDIA
Since 1889, Schumacher has been a style leader and design trailblazer specializing in fabrics, wallpapers, trim, furniture and home accessories.
FSCO Media specializes in creating design content with a glossy print magazine (FREDERIC), an engaging and informative website (fredericmagazine.com), inspiring and educational video (FSCO Entertainment) and books on design and decoration (Schumacher Books).
Both companies are part of the parent company, F. Schumacher & Co, which is comprised of: Schumacher, FSCO Media, Backdrop, Patterson Flynn, Schumacher Hospitality, and Freddie.
Please join us for a lively discussion on Monday, May 8 as nationally renowned designers Timothy Whealon and Ashley Whittaker, honorary Showhouse chairs, join author and Content Director for FREDERIC magazine, Emma Bazilian! Each ticket includes a signed copy of Charm School, a light lunch and a tour of the Showhouse. Link in bio for [email protected] @ashleywhittakerdesign @timothywhealon @fredericmagazine
To the creators of “grand millennial” design,
For many years I’ve had imposter syndrome. I tried on different styles and decorating components and followed some trends.
But I could never achieve a satisfying result. Why? Because I was fundamentally an eclectic traditionalist, lost in a world that only emphasized trends. The only good thing about this is that I could find unique, classic pieces and antiques for great prices– because they were considered “out.” Ultimately, I’ve stayed true to my natural sensibilities but now I have the confidence to say “no” to shiny objects.
I can now say the name “Sister Parish,” and no one thinks I am talking about a nun. And now that Sister’s family is rebranding her fabric and wallpaper patterns (she inspired my love for textile design), I can revisit her legacy.
Wait long enough, and everything comes back to you.
This time you can get it right– you don’t have to be a casualty of what is trending.
There is just endless inspiration here. This book is beautiful inside and out!