How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century
- Publish Date: 2017-04-11
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: P. Gaye Tapp
How They Decorated illustrates some of the great rooms of the twentieth century, whose stylish residents influence our tastes today.
Gloria Vanderbilt cleverly noted, âDecorating is autobiography.â Reflecting that truism, the interiors in this book capture the individual approaches of these icons of style: Bunny Mellonâs spare all-American elegance; HÃ©lÃ¨ne Rochasâs refined sophistication; Vanessa Bellâs colorful bohemianism; Mona von Bismarckâs breezy opulence; and Georgia OâKeeffeâs earthy chic. Author P. Gaye Tapp analyzes each of her subjectsâ refined way of living, how she embellished her residences (or left them elegantly stark), and the long-lasting effects on todayâs generation of designers and connoisseurs of beauty.
The book is presented in four sections that describe the aesthetic approaches that the ladies took in decorating their abodes: âThe Fashionably Chicâ, âThe Unconventional Eyeâ, âIn the Grand Mannerâ, and âLegacy Styleâ. Each interior illustrates the crucial aspect of the ladyâs definitive taste. Some worked closely with decorating legends such as John Fowler, Albert Hadley, Billy Baldwin, Syrie Maugham, and Jean-Michel Frank. Others took to the task of decorating single-handedlyâlike Pauline TrigÃ¨re, Sybil Connolly, Vita Sackville-West, and Fleur Cowles. The interiors of these trendsetting ladies defied their time and inspire and delight to this day. In How They Decorated, one can learn from the most notable style muses of the last century.