Sunday, 15 April 2012

Dorothy Draper Hollywood's iconic 1930's interior designer

Modern Baroque

Dorothy Draper design - courtesy hgtv

Born in 1889 Dorothy Draper was the founder of 'Modern Baroque' aka Hollywood Regency with a distinct boundary pushing bold decorating style mixing colour with oversized patterns and mouldings.
She revolutionised home decorating with the 1939 release of Decorating Is Fun!

I adore this style of decorating, it's like creating a bold abstract oil painting with furniture. 

This decorating style is not to be taken lightly though, precision is key.

Dorothy Draper hgtv

Dorothy Draper - Good House Keeping

Clock Seating Area at Greenbrier Resort
Image courtesy of Good House Keeping

I am on the hunt for a large rug, to start my Hollywood Regency theme... something like the Jonathon Adler Herringbone Rug below would be nice, I LOVE his designs. 

Jonathan Adler Design

True style never fades and Draper's design aesthetic is proof of this with many current day designers taking inspiration from her creative ground breaking style and making it work in modern interiors.


  1. Dear Vintage Movement,
    We loved your tribute to Dorothy and want you to know that we honor her daily with our Dorothy Draper Collection. We are a licensee for the NY design firm and our collection embodies her style and flamboyance. We make the channel back upholstery in the photos as well as the bar stools and English arm lounge and sofas. Check it out here:

    Thank you for your post!!

    Kindel Furniture Company
    Grand Rapids, MI

  2. Hi Amy,

    Thank you for your comment I am so glad you liked the tribute. Dorothy Draper was such a legend, so forward thinking, so amazing.

    Love your range!
    Keep stopping in at Vintage Movement


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