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behind the scenes of a dorothy draper christmas

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.


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!


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.


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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