If you love Hollywood Regency style, there is no doubt that you share my obsession and admiration for Dorothy Draper, aptly proclaimed “America’s most fabulous decorator.” Draper reinvented the profession of interior design, establishing the first interior design company in the United States in 1923, a time when it was unheard of for a woman to launch a business.
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The Drapers had three children, and Dorothy Draper pursued her passion of home decorating.She redecorated their first home, and it was received with such overwhelming enthusiasm that it was shortly sold, completely furnished.Dorothy Draper redecorated her homes with such style that other high society friends began to ask her to do the same for their homes, and thus her decorating business began.
I couldn’t agree more! Draper revolutionized the way we look at interior design. She was always trying new things and pushing people to think outside the beige box by boldly mixing and matching color and pattern, and by adding modern flare to classical style. For Draper, Beige was a dirty word. Her advice was to “jumble periods cheerfully.” Draper invented “Modern Baroque,” a bold, eccentric and irreverent take on classic traditional rooms – an anti-minimalist approach that would become known as Hollywood Regency.