The finest thing about a hobby is that you can't do any pretending about it. You either like it or you don't.

— Dorothy Draper

The most remarkable Dorothy Draper quotes that are little-known but priceless

There seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted momentarily out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.


Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.


Birds are so much wiser than we! A robin builds a nest for robins.

A seagull builds a nest for seagulls. They don't copy each other - or build themselves nests as described in The Birds' Decorating Magazine.


It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room, as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.


You don't sell a commodity, you sell joy, gaiety, excitement.

You aim at people's hearts, not their minds.


I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right.


You don't have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living.


I don't believe anything can do as much for a room as a glowing fire in an attractive fireplace. Men and dogs love an open fire - they show good sense. It is the heart of any room and should be kindled on the slightest provocation.


A vase of flowers or greens will bring even a dull hotel room to life in the most delightful way. The small amount of trouble or expense involved is honestly repaid in real decorative effect. If you find cut flowers too extravagant, stick to the greens. Laurel, rhododendron leaves, huckleberry or pine will all last many days, even weeks.


Eating is really one of your indoor sports.

You play three times a day, and it's well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.


You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way...Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.


Salad is never more appetizing than when served in a large wooden bowl.


About Dorothy Draper

Quotes 33 sayings
Birthday November 22, 1889

This can be one of cheerfulness or gloom because color which is so inexpensive, is what does the trick. Not color alone but color plus imaginative lighting and cleverly grouping of the furniture. You say you have an old lobby that nothing much can be done with? Oh yes it can!


You can never judge a paint hue by the liquid color in the paint pot.

You must apply it to a wall, wait for the paint to dry, then decide.


I always think out a problem as clearly as possible, and then act on it.

My theory has always been to get started. The moment I get an idea I act upon it. If only people would act on more of their ideas, I am convinced they would lead more interesting lives.


Decorating in relation to hotels is really nothing more than planned showmanship or the art of attracting attention in a delightful way and thus creating an increased consumer acceptance. It gives the guest the feeling of anticipation, excitement, expectancy, delight, and pride in the management of his favorit hotel.


Good liquor is not cheap. Cheap liquor is not good.


Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours


Don't buy a bedroom suite, but collect your pieces separately - generally cheaper and always the decorator's way of furnishing.


The Drab Age is over. Color is coming into its own again. Until very recently people were literally scared out of their wits by color. Perhaps this was a hangover from our Puritan ancestors. But whatever the reason, brown, grays and neutrals were the only shades considered 'safe.' Now we know that lovely, clear colors have a vital effect on our mental happiness. Modern doctors and psychiatrists are convinced of this!


Have you ever stopped to think what fun this business of living can be? If you haven't, and if you are one of those who insist upon believing that life is humdrum, grim and boring, then I'm afraid this department is not for you. For I don't believe any such thing. I know that we can all free ourselves and live our lives fully, zestfully and joyfully!


You just can't beat slip covers for giving that friendly air hospitals need so desperately.


Too much of anything is the beginning of a mess.


Mirrors have come to mean much more than the original 'looking glass.

' They are now a part of the decorative scheme of a modern home. By using them, there are no dark, gloomy corners, no drab caverns for halls. There can be a feeling of freedom, light, air, space.


If it looks right, it is right.


To create an atmosphere dedicated to health.

.to present charming interiors that will attract maternity develop distinctive decoration and furnishings that can be installed at modest expenditure - and will require a minimum of maintenance costs.


Too often when we're buying or building a house we do not consider each room.

We are carried away by one charming feature and are blind to details that will give us trouble later on.


I started this career because I loved doing houses.

I'd done three of my own and I couldn't keep on moving my family all the time, so I decided to decorate other people's homes and buildings.


The more mirror-minded you become, the more your home will reflect shining charm!


If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy.

Don't sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.


I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.


No room can be called perfect unless it has real comfort.