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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

Did you ever have a problem designing small spaces?  Take a look at how top interior designers solved this common problem in our latest Designer Monthly, How to Design Small Spaces at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.





Weekend Getaway: Visiting Winterthur


Looking for a weekend trip idea?  Why not combine a weekend getaway with a little interior design education?  Winterthur is a beautiful 19th century home of the du Pont family located in the picturesque Brandywine Valley region of Pennsylvania and Delaware.  What’s even more special about Winterthur is that it houses the largest collection of American period furniture and decorative arts and it is open to the public.

Period furniture, courtesy of Winterthur

Winterthur houses several galleries full of decorative objects such as ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture and paintings. The above photo shows exceptional examples of period furniture – including a Sheraton-style secretary, a Federal high chest of drawers, and a pie-crust tea table with a tilt top.   

Besides decorative objects, the mansion boasts of 175 rooms and several of them are decorated in authentic period furniture.  The Port Royal Parlor below is just one example. The parlor is full of Chippendale-style chairs, tea table, and high chest. 

Port Royal Parlor, courtesy of Winterthur

Besides beautiful interiors, Winterthur sits on a 60 acre estate filled with floral gardens, walkways, woods, and picnic spots. Don’t forget to include Winterthur in your weekend getaway plans!


Interested in learning more about the history of furniture periods?  Take a look at Sheffield School's Complete Course in Interior Design.  At Sheffield, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Reader Comments (5)

Sounds good! Port Royal Parlour looks fascinating, this has surely raised me to try something for my home too.
The idea sounds good! Port Royal Parlour looks fascinating, this has surely raised me to try something for my home too.
I like these ideas! There is a bed and breakfast in Lenox MA that I am dying to go to and was thinking about having my husband take me for our anniversary. I'm thinking now though, that any free weekend is a good enough reason to go!
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTRavel and Tours
This is indeed a very good idea, the place look so beautiful and for me, a vacation where I can relax and get away from the daily routine while learning something new is just perfect.
September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Mead
Sound a good idea. Feel homy
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFlek

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