Elsie De Wolfe

Elsie De Wolfe


Born
in New York, The United States
December 20, 1865

Died
July 12, 1950

Genre
Art


Elsie de Wolfe (1865-1950) was the first professional interior designer in America. She believed in achieving a single, harmonious, overall design statement, and felt that the decoration of the home should reflect the woman's personality, rather than simply the husband's earning power. De Wolfe introduced a startling freshness to the elaborate, heavily fringed and tasseled Victorian design sensibility of her time.

Before de Wolfe began helping her friends with home decoration around 1900, American homes had never been "designed." Upper-class women called in curtain makers, furniture salesmen, wallpaper hangers and other craftsmen, and then attempted to arrange these elements themselves. While carrying on the tradition of decorative surfaces
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“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.”
Elsie De Wolfe

“I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.”
Elsie De Wolfe

“I was not ugly. I might never be anything for men to lose their heads about, but I need never again be ugly. This knowledge was like a song within me. Suddenly it all came together. If you were healthy, fit, and well-dressed, you could be attractive.”
Elsie De Wolfe