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Although our mission is to sell unique home goods and décor gifts from around the world, Decorative Things has very American muses. Certainly they are worldly muses but they are mostly American decorators nevertheless.|
One of our muses, Sister Parish (1910- 1994), was so quintessentially All-American that Jackie Kennedy asked her to help decorate the White House. Sister and Jackie used the entire budget on the family's private quarters in the first few weeks the Kennedys were in their new home. So they formed a decorating committee with "knowledgable and rich people" to make help bring back furniture and decorative accessories that former Presidents had taken with them and they got a law passed that future Presidents could not take home furnishings with them when leaving the White House. One thing all the great American decorators have had was ingenuity.
Sister knew that you don't have to throw out your old sofa, couch or curtains and buy everything new when you start decorating a room. Au contraire, you need to gather them around you. Besides her efforts for Jackie, Sister was famous for doing things like buying wood furniture at flea market prices and painting it white for summer homes and using "rag rug" rugs and mats and patchwork quilts for home décor.
Another Decorative Things muse is Billy Baldwin,(1903-1984), who by the way, also worked for Jackie O. He loved simple cotton fabric for upholstery like ticking and chose to live in a one room studio apartment in Manhattan. In one of his books, Billy Baldwin Decorates, Baldwin talks about how something as simple as color can transform a room. He says color is the "best thing for a budget because no color costs more than another color." The room with the pink curtains to the right was designed by Billy Baldwin. The brown fabric ikat decorative throw pillows on the floor as accents with the pink curtains is an inspiring combination. We sell a similar ikat fabric and offer custom made throw pillows in it too.
To borrow an adjective from Mark Hampton’s famous book, Legendary Decorators of the Twentieth Century, another of the “legendary” American decorators is Dorothy Draper,(1889-1969). Draper was a decorating star in her day. She was on the cover of Time and Life magazine, wrote syndicated columns for magazines and wrote many books such as her inspiring, Decorating Can be Fun! Like Billy Baldwin, Draper also used color big time and in a fun way. She hated brown and was famous for painting antiques white. Her decorating trademarks included dramatic black and white floors, black walls with white molding, accents of reds, greens and corals and oversized stripes and cabbage roses. Her work for the Greenbrier Hotel is exemplary of her decorating style.
Dorothy Draper also wrote books about entertaining. Home entertaining and decorating are so closely related. That’s one reason we sell party supplies, table decor and even kitchen decor at Decorative Things. We have fabulous paper plates and napkins, paper hand towels, beverage napkins, serving trays and more party table decor to make your home festive for any holiday. Our personalized hand towels and personalized cocktail napkins are a welcoming home decorating touch when entertaining. You can add a touch of Dorothy Draper to your bathroom decor with our black and white stripe paper hand towels by Pierre Frey. Or maybe you prefer a green lattice pattern. Green lattice was a trademark of yet another famous American decorator, Elsie de Wolfe (1889-1969).
We could go on and on about decorators and decorating. We hope you will visit our online store often. There are always new home accessories and accents to discover. Decorating and entertaining are so much fun!
PS Don't forget gift giving. We have gifts for women, men and kids. There are gifts for birthdays, Christmas, graduations, weddings, anniversaries and more. We offer free gift wrap and sell lovely Caspari gift wrap you can buy too if you prefer to DIY.