These 5 Iconic Women Couldn’t Have More Different Decor Styles

Decor Styles

I spent years researching my new book, How They Decorated, because I’m fascinated by how trailblazing women expressed themselves at home — from Georgia O’Keeffe, who never would have dreamed of hiring a designer, to Babe Paley, who went through a string of them.

They all wanted rooms they could be comfortable in. As Gloria Vanderbilt put it, “Decorating is autobiography.”

Louise de Vilmorin

louise de vilmorin salon

Blue and white is a very French way to treat a room that goes back centuries, but the way heiress de Vilmorin used this Georges Le Manach chintz in the salon of her château — everywhere! — makes it work. This was a family home, and everything in it was sacred to her — the inherited furniture, the Chinese pieces. She united it all with that fabric.

Babe Paley

babe paley pool

Paley was a known perfectionist, but in Jamaica, she could let her hair down. The hat rack isn’t hidden away in a closet. This was all about embracing functional outdoor living — rattan pieces and red cushions say relax.

Georgia O’Keeffe

georgia o'keeffe bedroom

A true original, O’Keeffe didn’t bring antiques to Santa Fe, she worked with what she had, mixing modern and adobe. The patent-leather blackout curtains in her bedroom are a flash of her New York days. The Buddha hand, in mudra pose, means “fear not.”

Lesley Blanch

lesley blanch home

The British author and nomad had a caravan of things from far-flung journeys that became her rooms. She threw down rugs and fabulous needlepoint pillows she made; it was all very spontaneous but created instant ambience. It was her genuine lifestyle — she didn’t go online and buy 25 pillows just for show. She could pitch her tent anywhere!

Evangeline Bruce

evangeline bruce library

In the hostess’s library, the colors of the wall and cabinet fabric came from a 17th-century painting of Pocahontas in Jacobean dress. If there’s ever a way to create a memorable room, it’s using one fabric from head to toe.

This story appeared in the May 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

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Written by Loknath Das