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Decorating Is Fun!: How to Be Your Own Decorator

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This is a book about how to have a good time decorating. - Dorothy Draper After being out of print for more than sixty years, Decorating Is Fun! is finally being reissued with its original illustrations. Amazingly, the book which was originally published in 1939 on the eve of World War II, is still practical, amusing, and inspirational. Draper's earnest enthusiasm feels fr ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Shannongrove Press, Inc. (first published 1939)
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I bought this book years ago, after staying in a hotel decorated by a Dorthy Draper devotee, and have picked it up from time to time. Well, I finally got serious and read the whole thing. It is less a book about how to as it is a combination of practical advise and flights of fancy that I really enjoyed.

For a book published in 1939, it is interesting to read of style trends that have come back around (a few times).
Another fun read but not as much fun as her book on Entertaining. A few suggestions had me recoiling in horror (she suggests removing any stained glass windows you have and I adore stained glass), some had me laughing (her suggestion on wallpapering your ceilings), and others were great (suggestions on sizing lamps was very useful).
In the middle of this witty "how to" book by Dorothy Draper (originally published in 1939). Ms. Draper decorated the Greenbrier in WV and had a vibrant, bold style. Interesting to note how home decorating styles have -- and haven't -- changed over time.
It is an oldie, but classic goodie. Some decorating ideas are dated, but many of Dorothy Draper's tips and suggestions are timeless. Wish I had know about this book much earlier.
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