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While, for many, traveling is the most amazing thing in the universe, it makes me want to clock myself over the head with a steel suitcase to avoid what I consider the Dark Side of Travel: canceled flights, cranky airport employees fed up with hearing complaints from travelers all day, people reclining their seats back on airplanes thus giving my 6’5″ self only 2.5 inches of breathing room, and of course, babies who save three weeks worth of crying for their airplane-seated audience.

But after 4 straight weeks producing, art directing and writing editorial for HGTVRemodels, I have learned to appreciate a great hotel like nobody’s business. When it comes to hotels, two words come to mind: Dorothy Draper.

Who is that? Well, she is one of the most influential professional decorators of all time. In fact, hotels were her thing.

Dorothy’s Style: Hollywood Regency. Here’s How to Get the Look

After shooting a gorgeous home in San Francisco this past week, I mentioned the similarity of Draper’s aesthetic to said homeowner’s bathroom. This led me to Google the bananas out of Ms. Draper and look up all of her lobbies, most in New York City. What I noticed about her work is its timeless appeal; pretty much any of her hotel interiors could pass as having been completed in 2011. For those of you unfamiliar with the iconic work of Ms. Draper, take a gander below and become a friend of Dorothy.

Dorothy Draper

The stripes? Large scale and high contrast. Very Hollywood. I bet you can name three of four super decorators off the top of your head who’ve done this themselves. And if not, oh well, I can.

Dorothy Draper

How about the super dark colors? Insanely glamorous and packed with high contrast and some elements of masculinity although kinda-sorta overall a femme room, yes?
Dorothy Draper

Super gigantic scaled- moldings! Yes, yes yes! While this may be something many decorators do these days, back then it was totally “OMG, did she really just blow the scale up that large? So edgy, that Draper!”

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The popular wisdom when decorating small spaces is to make it white and minimal to create the illusion of a much larger space. Designer Kein Cross threw that advice out the window and opted for his trademark black-and-white stripes instead.

wide kitchen stripes

Photo: Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

In his 19 foot wide and 6 ½ foot deep rental cottage in Paris, Cross renovated the kitchen with bathroom vanities, removed the stove and added wide stripes. Granted the kitchen has a curated-clutter look, but the unexpected stripes add a dressy touch and contrary to what you would expect, a sense of breadth.

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