Sunday, January 4, 2009

Chair #4

—Designed by Dorothy Draper

"It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress."               
        — Dorothy Draper

This is an accessory that any girly-girl would love to have in her boudoir. Imagine this chair perched in front of your makeup table, covered with a ridiculous amount of perfume bottles and a vase overflowing with fragrant, pink peonies... Delicious. It's worth mentioning that this particular chair was upholstered in fuschia (my favorite happy color). Do you love?

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Dorothy Draper was one of the most influential American decorators of the early to mid 20th century. She is known for "draperizing" an interior with her flamboyant style. She was all about the drama, fearlessly using elements such as eye-popping colors and oversized prints, often juxtaposed against bold black and whites. The opposite of beige. She wrote several decorating books, including "In the Pink," but for real amusement, check out her book "Entertaining is Fun! How to be a Popular Hostess." Although to some she was considered the Martha Stewart of her day, some differed from that opinion immensely. Frank Lloyd Wright went so far as to call her an "inferior desecrator." Ouch. 

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