Celebrating Women in Interior Design

In 1987, March was designated as National Women’s History Month. We know that the interior design industry would not be where it is today without the hard work of so many women in this field.

To recognize National Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating some of the most influential women in interior design.

Elsie de Wolfe

Known as the “mother of interior design,” Elsie de Wolfe rose to prominence in the early 1900s.

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Photography by Cecil Beaton

From a young age, she detested the ornate, overbearing Victorian style that was popular at the time, instead focusing on bright colors and a less cluttered approach to interior design.

Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper is credited with being the first person to “professionalize” the interior design industry.

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Photograph from Dorothy Draper & Co.

She opened her company, Dorothy Draper & Company, in 1923, focusing on bright, vibrant colors in combinations that had never been seen before.

Frances Elkins

The sister of renowned Chicago architect, David Adler, Frances Elkins became one of the most prominent interior designers of the twentieth century. After traveling through Europe with her brother, Frances and her husband purchased a historic home in Monterey, California.

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Photograph from New York Times

She and her brother worked together to restore the home and word of Frances’s talent for comfortable, luxe designs began to spread throughout the state, where she was commissioned for both residential and commercial design projects.

Frances became known for “pioneering vibrant interiors, in which solid historical references met effervescent modernist fantasy,” according to an article published by the New York Times.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler who opened her design studio, Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, in 1995, has become one of America’s most prominent modern interior designers.

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Photography by Dean Kaufman for InStyle

Her signature style seamlessly blends opposite features like classic and contemporary or masculine and feminine elements into over-the-top, yet sophisticated iconic designs.


Thanks to these women, and many more in our industry, the world of interior design has grown by leaps and bounds. We look forward to what the next generation of powerful women will accomplish!

For more details on these amazing women and their careers, read the full article on the Love Happens Mag website.

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