A Design Pioneer

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“I believe in optimism and plenty of white paint.” Elsie De Wolfe, the original American Interior Designer, said this and many inspiring things during her life from 1859-1950. With a Wikipedia page more interesting than most fiction, it’s hard not to be inspired by this 18th Century New Yorker. In a world of Victorian knick knacks and heavily cramped furniture displays, she preached air and light and space. The custom typography pillows, sectional couch, and minimal bathroom designs below are from the nineteen THIRTYs people. Amazing.

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Above Top: tea house interior by Elsie De Wolfe, image credit www.plantingfields.org. Above: Salon at Villa Trianon, image credit Great Lady Decorators by Adam Lewis. Below: DiFrasso bathroom interior by Elsie De Wolfe, 1936, image credit House & Garden article

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You can read more of her timelessly chic quotes  here and here.

You can buy that stylish print of Elsie (the featured post image from the home page) on fineartamerica.com.

De Wolfe also wrote a book, The House in Good Taste, which I plan to read soon (and will be sure to update with a review) and was hugely popular in her time.

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