Schumacher's Creative Director Dara Caponigro Finds Professional and Personal Style Inspiration in the Past
Here, she shares a few of her favorites things across design, fashion, décor, and beauty.
Dara Caponigro, the creative director at Schumacher, has been an old soul since a young age. While other teens played hooky to shop, all she wanted to do was go to New York City's design hub, the D&D Building, with her decorator mom.
That early exposure to all things interiors led to a colorful career as an editor at several magazines, before she landed the top post at Veranda. Then, in 2013, Caponigro turned to the trade, so to speak, when she was hired to rejuvenate Schumacher, the 131-year-old design house whose fabrics and wall coverings have graced the set of Gone With the Wind, the Kennedy White House, and Mick Jagger's 1960s London flat.
Under her watch, the company now releases new prints every month, plucks gems from the archive, and oversees collaborations with brands like Matouk and Paperless Post. "We're rooted in the past, but we are not stuck in it," says the mom of two, who dresses with a certain throwback formality, even on weekends, when she antiques for hours. "I think I'm the only person in America who doesn't wear jeans." She does, however, wear stylish staples, like a raincoat that masks as a button-up tunic and a breezy black jumpsuit that's effortless, but chic. As for her beauty signatures? They're ripe with classics, too (that Maybelline mascara in the pink-and-green tube is always in her arsenal). Ahead, more of the creatives favorite things—including the Schumacher wallpaper she considers a forever favorite and returns to time and again.
"It's classic without being boring."
Shop Now: Jason Wu Button-Front Tie-Neck Raincoat $850, bergdorfgoodman.com.
"I bought this after I got married because my original band was uncomfortable; I never take it off."
Shop Now: Cartier "Trinity" Small Ring, $970, cartier.com.
"It's easy, and when you put it on, you look instantly chic. I'm obsessed."
Shop Now: Norma Kamali Dolman Wrap Jumpsuit, $185, shopbop.com.
"Albert Hadley used this pattern in a room that was a mecca for high-society parties. The original fabric was white, but it had yellowed from cigarette smoke, so we named this colorway Tobacco."
Shop Now: Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Wallpaper, to the trade; also available in fabric, fschumacher.com.
"I've been using this since my teens, only on my lower lashes. It goes on light and doesn't smudge."
Shop Now: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, ulta.com.
On Her Toes
"I wear it on my toes all year. The name says it all!"
Shop Now: Chanel Le Vernis Particulière, $28, www.nordstrom.com.
"The pattern is bold, sensual, and artful."
Shop Now: Haviland "Daphne" 12-inch Plate, $260, mottahedeh.com.
"Modern with a rustic patina, it's the perfect combination of city and country."
Shop Now: Sabre Vintage Bistrot Buffalo Flatware, $90 for a five-piece set, marchsf.com.
Martha's Entertaining Tips
"This 1982 book really opened my eyes to both cooking and the art of entertaining."
Shop Now: Entertaining by Martha Stewart, $4.25, abebooks.com.
"My evening drink is water from the tap in one of these."
Shop Now: CB2 "Marta" Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, $16 for 8, cb2.com.
"I'd put it in the middle of a sofa, with square ones flanking it."
Shop Now: Schumacher Wentworth Embroidery Pillow in Rust, $389, chairish.com.
'They're incredible: sculptural and delicate, but strong."
Fresh Pet Food
"We have this pet food delivered every other week. It's made with fresh ingredients. Our pup Victory has gone from robust to svelte eating it."
Shop Now: The Farmer's Dog, from $2 a day, thefarmersdog.com.