"Dorothy Draper was to decorating what Chanel was to fashion," former protégé & Dorothy Draper & Co. President Carleton Varney says about the legendary decorator and author.
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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.
“Have you ever considered how much pure stuff and nonsense surrounds this subject of interior decoration? Probably not. Almost everyone believes that there is something deep and mysterious about it or that you have to know all sorts of complicated details about periods before you can lift a finger. Well, you don't. Decorating is just sheer fun: a delight in color, an awareness of balance, a feeling for lighting, a sense of style, a zest for life and an amused enjoyment of the smart accessories of the moment.” - Dorothy Draper, Decorating is Fun!
Draper had not only refreshed the 600-plus guest rooms and all the public areas, but everything within including the menu, matchbooks, invitations, coasters, napkins, swizzle sticks and staff uniforms.
Over the last decade, Dorothy Draper style has received resound resurgence.