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behind the scenes of a dorothy draper christmas

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Being a member of the tribe, preparing content for Style At Home’s holiday issue last year was a total educational experience for me. I decorated my first tree, found out what a Christmas cracker was and dove headfirst into my premiere  produced Christmas story, fittingly based on the style of my design icon: the one and only Dorothy Draper. It was such a blast for me to let my imagination run wild and translate the over-the-top decorator touches of my style idol into a holiday tableau. Sara Cation and I pulled quotes from Draper’s books to emphasize the design lessons behind each vignette and it was refreshing to think outside the traditional red and green holiday box.


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We decorated the tree so it would resemble a bright chintz that I’m obsessed with by Designer’s Guild called orangerie. We achieved this effect with a flocked white tree studded with faux blooms, both by winward, along with jewel-toned ball ornaments in complementing colours. Fun fact: our ornament hooks went missing so we used silver paperclips instead that luckily blended into the white flocking!


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One of my favourite things I commissioned for the shoot was an artasnal tiered cake by Cake Opera Co. that perfectly embodied the hand-painted feel of the chintz fabric. It looked especially divine on the malachite-hued Aldo Tura bar cart from Ribbehege and Azevedo.


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Choosing china for the dining table was a treat as I always enjoy sourcing at Cynthia Findlay Antiques. We layered gold and white china on the striped table cloth for a graphic effect and the result was very glam and festive.

Check out the December issue for more pics and some great insight into the history of Miss Draper herself!

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