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365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare
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365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare
365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare
365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare
365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare

365 Shortcuts to Home Decorating by Dorothy Draper (1965) 1st Ed. Extremely Rare

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The book is in very good vintage condition and is tightly bound. Red cloth boards are rubbed gently at corners and spine ends. Slight forward cock to spine. Backstrip a tad darker than boards. Previous owner's name at ffep. Remainder of interior is clean and unmarked. Binding strong. Original dust jacket in Good condition with tear at bottom left corner and to top of back near spine.

(313 pages separated into three sections)
-365 Shortcuts
-Special Days
-Questions and Answers

Measurements: 8 – ½” L x 5 – ¾” W x 1” D

There are all kinds of tomes written on ‘how to decorate a home’ but by the time you have waded through their lengthy descriptions and expensive suggestions the urge to decorate has left you.

This is a new person-to-person approach and this talky, staccato style gives you quick reading, easy-to-do suggestions on how you can have a more attractive home.

These 365 short ‘Why don’t you?’ decorating stimulants are meant to inspire you to not ‘just sit there’ but to DO SOMETHING about making your house into the kind of home you have dreamed of. Each vignette is a challenge to your ingenuity. Happy decorating!

This title is even harder to find than more commonly known collectible Draper’s ‘Decorating is Fun’ (unless no longer available, also listed by this seller)

From the Inside Front and Back Cover
For many years, Dorothy Draper has had one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of interior decorating. Her acute words of advice on just the right touches to illuminate one’s surroundings have enlivened millions of homes, and her syndicated columns are followed avidly by readers who are impatient with the drabness of their environment.

Among the famous hostelries to which she has brought her decorating talents are the Hampshire House and Hotel Carlyle in New York, Hollywood’s Arrowhead Springs Hotel, the Camillia House at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, the Mayflower Hotel of Washington D. C., and the renowned Greenbrier resort hotel in West Virginia. She designed the Dorothy Draper Dream House for the New York World’s Fair 1964-65 and is the author of DECORATING IS FUN and ENTERTAINING IS FUN.

In this volume are collected 365 short ‘Why don’t you?’ decorating stimulants, one for each day of the year, selected from her columns. They are intended to inspire you not to ‘just sit there’ but to do something about making your house into the kind of home you have dreamed of. Living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen; no quarter of the home is neglected, and every nook and corner from the fireplace to the windows receive Mrs. Draper’s energetic attention.

Here are the answers to questions by real people with real decorating problems, together with special decorating ideas to put your house in the mood for celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Fourth of July. Whether it is a matter of color, furniture, accessories, gay assortments of decorating whatnots, there is nothing to which Dorothy Draper does not bring her imaginative and impeccable taste to make a bright new physical world seem easily, economically, and happily within reach.

Filled with tips, advice and anecdotes on decorating that still ring true today
•A must-have for fans and followers of both Dorothy Draper and Carleton Varney
First edition original book (with original cover!) making this a rare collectible; more rare than any existing later versions.

Amazingly, the book is still practical, amusing and inspirational.

Draper's earnest enthusiasm feels fresh and contemporary. She believed that though there were troubles in the world, one's home should be a refuge, a cheerful place for entertaining one's friends and a colorful and comfortable shelter from the storm.

If one sentence could be taken to set the keynote for this book of bits and pieces of advice about home decoration that sentence is -- ""Color is the budget's best friend."" For Dorothy Draper talks throughout- and at frequent intervals- and from many angles about the use of color:- the value of color, the transformation color can make in walls and furniture and accessories and fabrics; of new ways to inject color; of variants in paint treatment; of keeping rooms alive with color; of plants and living birds in the color scheme. Doors, windows, ceilings, floors; curtains, mirrors, rugs; fireplaces and mantels; room dividers and floating wall units; lighting; mix-matching furniture, periods, etc. -- all this and more is covered. Her advice to use one's individuality and ingenuity and flair to balance the price tag should be a spur to the homemaker who, no matter how experienced, will find ideas here. Not a book to read at a sitting, but a book to use.


In her heyday, Dorothy Draper(1889-1969) was the most famous decorator in America. She had a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine and decorated luxury hotels such as the Greenbrier in West Virginia, along with restaurants, nightclubs, houses, apartment buildings, stores, and airplanes. She designed fabrics in the spirit of Brazil, Hawaii, and Spain. She understood the perils and pleasures of furnishing a home, and it was her uncanny understanding of human nature as much as her knowledge of scale, proportion and color that made America trust her.

From the Back Cover

Dorothy Draper is considered one of America’s leading decorators and designers. Mrs. Draper, the former Dorothy Tuckerman, grew up in New York City, Newport, and the fashionable Tuxedo Park. She has traveled extensively in Europe and her parties in her lovely house and in her Hampshire House tower apartment are famous. She began her career as a talented amateur and now has to her credit such outstanding achievements as the redesigning and furnishing of the thirty-seven story Hampshire House (the biggest decorating job ever awarded to a woman), the well-known Carlyle Hotel in New York City, and Hollywood’s popular Arrowhead Springs Hotel. Mrs. Draper designed the Dorothy Draper Dream House at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, and has decorated the homes of many society leaders. This versatile and dynamic woman is the author of several books, including ‘Decorating is Fun’ and ‘Entertaining is Fun.’ Mrs. Draper also writes ‘Ask Dorothy Draper,’ a nationally syndicated column and is well known for her articles in Vogue, House and Garden and other popular magazines.

NOTE: This listing includes only the indicated book. Other items pictured for illustration purposes only and sold separately if still available.
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