Here at Restless.Design we love to research & recognise great design talent, so we’ve decided to start a new series “Creatives We Love”. These posts will be all about trail blazing creatives who inspire us.

First of the series is the wonderful Dorothy Draper. She was an American interior designer known for her anti-minimalist approach to design. We adore loud colours and bold prints and Dorothy excelled at this. Never afraid of being out there she steered away from boring muted nudes and whites.


Dorothy Draper

The Greenbrier Hotel, West Virginia





Draper created a new style known as “Modern Baroque,” adding modern flair to a classical style. Some of her most famous works includes; various rooms in The White House, The Waldorf Astoria Towers in New York and closer to home, Adare Manor in Limerick. Can’t really fault her client list!!

The Waldorf Astoria


The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach



Many have taken inspiration from Dorothy’s style. One set of clear fans are the creators of  “Jane The Virgin” TV show. The show is set in Miami is mainly shot around a hotel – The Marbella. The Marbella is like an ode to the daring Dorothy! Bold patterns and daring colours set against a dramatic blue toned back drop make for a bold and memorable hotel interior.

Set design influenced by Dorothy Draper. The Marbella – Jane The Virgin





Emulate her style

If you’re feeling the love for Dorothy you can try to emulate her style with some statement wallpapers, carpets, colours and furniture. Check out some of our suggestions to help you on your way!

How about some banana leaf wallpaper by Martinque?


Or the Brazillance Wallpaper Dorothy Draper designed by the lady herself?


Too much green? How about some pink flamingos???


Bold pattern floors are a must


source: elledecor

Check out for some dramatic carpet options with a modern twist.


Lasting Greatness

Be sure to include some statement  furniture

Check our these two beauties from the Kate Spade furniture line.


Green Worthington Chair (left)     &      Pink Drake Chair (right)

We love the shapes in the Wharton Console table from Dovetail furniture


Bring some pattern in with your curtains, remember with Dorothy Draper more is typically more!

These dotindot curtains by Gotain fit the brief perfectly.


Before you start check out our Dorothy Draper inspired board Pinterest. We also recommend checking out Dorothy Draper & Company’s Instagram as it’s full of amazing pictures and quotes!


We will leave you with a quote from Dorothy herself.

Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.


By Aoife Rhattigan, Creative Director, Restless.Design

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