Thursday, March 4, 2010

Elsie de Wolfe - Suitability, Simplicity, Proportion.

Elsie de Wolfe is a legend in the world of interior design. Despite the fact she is gone for many decades, her influence in design and style has left a profound mark.
I am very much influenced and fascinated by her style and story since school day. The story that she gave her beautiful Villa Trianon in Versailles over to Red Cross during WW I to be used as hospital, ... though she returned to New York City, she found herself restless and miserable; finally she decided to leave her fame and good life behind, packed up and sailed back to France and working as a nurse to help the wounded soldiers.
She was honored by the French government for her dedication and courage as a nurse on the front lines during WWI with Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.

Elsie de Wolfe 1919
Villa Trianon, France.
The Colony Club, NYC.

"I am going to make everything around me beautiful.
That will be my life."

I recommend above book if you wish to know more about Elsie de Wolfe. This book is published in 1992 and is still available at

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