My design icon is Dorothy Draper, a very fun and hilarious character. Dorothy essentially started the entire interior design industry, and bravely embraced color in a time when neutral décor was the norm.
This queen of interior design followed a fabulous philosophy, which she puts so brilliantly: “I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.” And her designs are inspirational and timeless. A perfect example: this Dorothy-designed bureau, which is still dressing up many a modern room today.
(By the way, for more modern examples of Dorothy-inspired rooms, be sure to visit this Houzz ideabook: “What Would Dorothy Draper Do? How to Channel America’s Most Fabulous Decorator.” LOVE it!)
If I could choose one interior designer to work with on a project, I would choose Dorothy Draper hands down. I’d love to see what new and outrageous things we could come up with together for this era of design!