For Denver-based designer Andrea Monath Schumacher, decorating the home’s first-floor powder room unexpectedly turned into a family affair. Her late grandmother, Elizabeth Burger Monath, was a notable artist who studied under the likes of Fernand Léger and Salvador Dalí and went on to have a fruitful career as a children’s book illustrator and intaglio artist, among other mediums. But it was her landscape paintings that Schumacher opted to transform into vivid wallcoverings for her textile collection, Lisel. The mural, affectionately called “Flutter,” became the backdrop for her powder room and a soulful nod to her role model.
“It's exciting to memorialize her work in this way,” says Schumacher. “I wanted to design the space with something that no one's seen, and with artwork so dear to my heart.”
To bring the wallpaper to life, Schumacher dotted it with three-dimensional butterflies by artist Paul Villinski, and echoed the shades of blue across the entire room, from sapphire trim (Delphinium, Benjamin Moore) to geometric ceiling paper, which was also inspired by the work of Schumacher’s grandmother. The tropical-inspired brass leaves of a
Currey and Company chandelier pay homage to Palm Beach’s vegetation while an oil painting from AXIOM Fine Art nods to its native birds. The designer repurposed an elephant console table she found at Palm Beach Regency into a spectacular vanity fitted with state-of-the-art fixtures by Kohler. Faceted glass sconces (also by Currey and Company) soften the light, an always-welcome aspect of a good party-ready powder room.