Elsie de Wolfe – First American Decorator

This is Elsie de Wolfe – I just bought her Book, “the House in Good Taste” 1913. She was America’s first professional Interior Designer and I am fascinated by her aesthetic. She emulated Old World homes and Castles and brought a sense of Regality to Hollywood and the rest of the U.S. Not only was her work elegant and beautiful but it was amusing and a bit eccentric, going beyond the conventions of her time. She was always well groomed and her style was very feminine but avant garde. Elise did yoga everyday and lived beautifully into her mid- eighties. I had only heard of her because Anais Nin names her on a couple of occasions in her diaries and whilst reading other early works on Home Decor and good tastes of a by-gone era,  I hunted her down and here we are obsessed again.

Elsie de Wolfe

America's fisrt Interior Decorator


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