Decorating Is Fun!: How to be Your Own Decorator

Decorating Is Fun!: How to be Your Own Decorator

by Dorothy Draper

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Decorating Is Fun!: How to be Your Own Decorator by Dorothy Draper

• A beautiful reproduction of the original book published in 1939 • Filled with tips, advice and anecdotes on decorating that still ring true today • A must-have for fans and followers of both Dorothy Draper and Carleton Varney After being out of print for many years, Decorating is Fun is being republished with its original illustrations and a new introduction by Draper's protégé, designer Carleton Varney. Amazingly, the book is still practical, amusing and inspirational. Draper's earnest enthusiasm feels fresh and contemporary. She believed that though there were troubles in the world, one's home should be a refuge, a cheerful place for entertaining one's friends and a colorful and comfortable shelter from the storm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985225629
Publisher: Shannongrove Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 750,511
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

In her heyday, Dorothy Draper(1889-1969) was the most famous decorator in America. She had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine and decorated luxury hotels such as the Greenbrier in West Virginia, along with restaurants, nightclubs, houses, apartment buildings, stores, and airplanes. She designed fabrics in the spirit of Brazil, Hawaii, and Spain. She understood the perils and pleasures of furnishing a home, and it was her uncanny understanding of human nature as much as her knowledge of scale, proportion and color that made America trust her.

Table of Contents

Introduction Carleton Varney vii

Preface Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr xiii

Part I

1 How to Get Started 3

A Decoration of Independence

2 Backgrounds 17

Your Room in the Nude

3 Color 27

Your Magic Wand

4 Walls, Doors and Fireplaces 43

How to Make Them Count

5 Floor Coverings and Curtains 61

Rob Peter to Pay Paul

6 Upholstered Furniture 73

What Slip Covers Can Do for You

7 Wood Furniture 83

Tricks of the Trade

8 Lamps and Accessories 97

They Make or Break Your Room

Part II

9 Front Door, Hall and Living Room 119

As Others See You

10 Dining Room and Kitchen 137

Eat and Be Merry

11 Bedrooms and Baths 153

One Third of Your Life

12 Rooms for Fun 175

Give Your Hobby a Home

13 Cool Ideas for Summer 187

Terraces Awnings and Other Heat Waivers

14 The Bride and Decoration 205

Suiting from Scratch

15 Before You Build 221

How to Get the House You Want

Bibliography 234

Acknowledgments 240

Index 241

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