Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating for Today Emma Bazilian and Stephanie Diaz

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More than 250 rooms by iconic designers—the definitive illustrated handbook on timeless, traditional decorating for modern living

Chintz, wicker, ruffles, and skirts: Old-school decorating details are making a comeback in a fresh, new way thanks to a crop of designers putting their own unique spin on the classics. Join Schumacher, the legendary design company, for a tour of spaces that meld an appreciation for the past with an eye to the future. Incorporating many of Schumacher’s iconic textiles and wallcoverings, luminary interior designers illustrate how to breathe new life into traditional design to create chic, modern, swoon-worthy rooms to inspire and emulate. From cozy canopied beds to cheeky needlepoint pillows, it’s granny-chic for the next generation.

Charm School features rooms by contemporary icons of interior design, including Miles Redd, Celerie Kemble, and Mark D. Sikes, as well as storied decorators like Mario Buatta, Sister Parish, and Billy Baldwin.

Chapters comprise visually exuberant explorations of topics such as chintz & florals, wicker & rattan, bed hangings, skirts, decorative painting, treillage, collecting, table settings, and more.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 262 × 218 mm (10 5/16 × 8 37/64 in)
  • Pages: 252 pp
  • Illustrations: 250 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580936224

Emma Bazilian is a design writer, editor, and the content director at FREDERIC magazine and FSCO Media. A former editor at House Beautiful, she is an avid needlepointer and collector of vintage fabrics.

Stephanie Diaz is the art director of FREDERIC magazine and FSCO Media. Prior, she lead the visual team at Schumacher and served as an art editor at Architectural Digest. A lifelong New Yorker, she has art directed two design books: The Authentics and S Is for Style.

This book could easily be renamed “Charming School.” Whatever the name, Schumacher, the venerable design company, highlights 250 rooms by iconic designers who have perfected the modern day mash-up of classic, cool and cozy.’ – Mansion Global

‘[One] of our favorite design and decorating books.’ – House & Home

'A glorious new book.’ – Leither Magazine

‘Everyone loves a good comeback story, and there’s one happening right now in the decorating world. . . Discover how to execute traditional design for the next generation while exploring timeless rooms by talents such as Celerie Kemble, Markham Roberts, and Ashley Whittaker.’ – Flower Magazine

‘One of our favorite books released this spring.’ – The Glam Pad blog

‘Filled with endless visual inspiration and enthralling stories . . . [a] guide to living a more beautiful life.’ – FREDERIC

‘Full of inspiration on how to use heritage decorating details such as slipcovers, bed hangings and ruffles.’ – The Washington Post

'Toile, scallops, checks - this book is a buzzy celebration of the “ruffled rebellion” that sparked a resurgence of old-fashioned interior design.' – Luxe Interiors + Design

'A delicious new book.' – AD Pro

'A nod to the past with an eye toward the future, Charm School . . . is a catalog of spaces that perfectly blend past and present. [It] shares how old-school decorating details are resurfacing today with the next generation of design enthusiasts.' – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

'Charm School shows you how to embrace decorating to the max.’ – The Detroit News