Everything about Draper’s style is grand and eye-catching and anti-minimalist. She has greatly influenced some of the most popular stylists of today and you can see her effect in the work of Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler.
There are a lot of examples of Draper style on the internet. This blogger made an imitation Draper chest from an Ikea dresser. She did a great job. You will also find a retrospective on Dorothy Draper from New York Magazine and a “How to” here.
I wasn’t aware of how much I love this style until I started researching it. The colour, eclecticism and Chinoiserie are all things that I am drawn to. I have always loved the faux bamboo furniture from the 1970’s that was produced by Thomasville and Henry Link. It has made a comeback in places and can be hard to find. There is a lot of it available in Florida, for example, but not much in Canada. Here’s a photo of a Thomasville dresser that was for sale recently:
I recently painted two side tables in my own version of Hollywood Regency. I used Miss Mustard Seed “Typewriter”, a true black, with the bonding agent. I added white stripes to the top and coated the whole thing in a polyurethane to get a bit of gloss. The tables weren’t good quality wood but they sold instantly because black and white is so “in” right now.
I also painted a much better coffee table in a black and white combo. This time I used AS Graphite and Old White. I made a glaze with the clear wax and the Graphite and added it after the first coat of clear wax. I am much happier with the way this table turned out.