Sunday, October 3, 2010

If These Walls Could Talk: F. Schumacher Goes to the Movies

Easily one of the most recognizable homes of the cinema, Gone with the Wind's Tara needs no introduction. From its imposing white washed brick columns to the period perfect rooms, the O'Hara plantation played a central role in both the novel and film. 

Now you can get your own look of Tara with the F. Schumacher's Hydrangea Drape wallpaper (and forget Scarlett's drapes turned into dress!) Designed by New York interior decorator/set designer (who was also known for his work on Dinner at Eight and Little Women), Schumacher purchased the classic floral and stripe from Erwin's original archives in l986 and it's still available today in their Greenhouse Collection in four colorways of white, blue, willow and fawn.

Schumacher fabrics and wallpapers have also graced the sets for films and television ranging from I Love Lucy (1953) to the Edith Wharton based films Washington Square (1996) and The Age of Innocence (1996). Acclaimed photographer, interior, production and stage and costume designer and style icon (known for his sets of My Fair Lady and Gigi) was a guest designer for the fifth generation company. For those of you who are I Love Lucy fans, their pattern Polka Dot Pony appeared on a child's chair in the Ricardo's Manhattan apartment.         

Michelle Pfeiffer as Countess Olenska in The Age of Innocence

Edwardian Damask in black colorway

For more about F. Schumacher's collections, see their website.

Photo Credits: MGM, F. Schumacher, Columbia Pictures


  1. I've used a lot of Schumacher in my design work. The Edith Wharton Collection was amazing.

  2. I too am a big fan of Schumacher and so glad that many of their archival collections are available.

  3. So glad you connected these dots for me-I was just looking at the "GWTW paper" and wondering why I kept going back to it, would never have known why without this post. pgt