It has always been my dream to properly do interiors. Since moving into my seaside palace, I have been scheming, plotting, planning, and gathering inspiration of the style I am after. “Hollywood Regency” is what I am looking towards as my guide. And the queen of that look is none other than Dorothy Draper.
Draper was a pioneer on so many levels. Born in 1889 to a waspy New York family, she was a true women’s libber, who not only began her career doing interiors in 1918, but she started her interior decorating company in 1925, and really was the first person to kickstart the industry; at a time when it was unheard of for women to work.
Her speciality was Hotel interiors. With her bold use of color, and mix of chintzy florals, stripes and art deco patterns, she created a new style deemed “modern baroque”. Many of her interiors are still in existence today. The pictures you see are one of her most famous creations – The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. She also did Sutton Place in New York, as well as the Fairmont & Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.
This week I was fixing some shoe designs, and thought – “ooh actually, this would make nice upholstery fabric!” So I have been laying out cushion patterns. I want to take Draper’s idea, but replace the chintz with psychedelic prints on regency/ baroque style furniture. That is the plan anyway. Ooh maybe I can coin my own style – “Baroque Psychedelic Regency Pop”! It has a ring to it, no? Check out Drapers amazing work here! More soon…oxo gd
I am determined to properly decorate my house. It’s one thing I have neglected over the years. I’ve spent my time focusing on making music, videos, prints, plates, lights and building my wardrobe, but now Im going to finally tackle my interior. I mean I’m designing home-wares, I should have a space that reflects my designs, right? So to jump start that process, my mom bought me this beautiful 1950′s Chinese folding screen for my bday. I got a MAGE deal on it over on the bay! This picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s gorgeous, black lacquer with carvings and mother of pearl inlay. We have this massive screen printing carousel in our living room which is so unsightly & this is the perfect piece to remedy the awkwardness. Plus I’ve been watching that new program – Get Your House in Order – on Ch 4 & I love the interiors Abigail Ahern creates. This is my new challenge! Exciting! Yay! Thanx Mamma!! Story developing! more soon! oxo gd
My dear friend the uber fabulous Boogaloo Stu sent me this awesome piccie of his dining area complete with Grande Dame print – Lampshade Ladies – lovingly placed above the jukebox!! How appropro! Stu always has an amazing pad! I wish my place looked so cool! One day! So talented, not only does he design greetings cards, create his own outfits and write music, he also was Tango Champion of the UK! Pretty effin Cool Eh! Click the pic to check out his amazing world! This vid below is from my old namesake – Crazy Girl – for my track Lusty Lady. Still an oldie but goody! Starring myself, a young child as a young me, the Stellar Entertainer Johnny Woo & The Fabulous Boogaloo Stu! He’s in the pink quiff, and he made his suit! Omg! Want! Such talent!! More soon! oxo gd
PS _ Seriously Click the above pic! He is an amazing Artist!!