Styling The Dorothy Draper Dresser with Randal Ford

While meandering around the Randolph Street Market a couple months ago, I visited one of my favorite vendors, Flower Child Vintage. Since it was the last outdoor market of the season, Flower Child outdid themselves with vintage treasures galore…but their Dorothy Draper dresser was what caught my eye. I’d been coveting one for years, but the price tag was always out of reach…that was until today. A bit higher than I’d normally spend, but this piece was worth it. A classic beauty. Sitting in Chicago traffic on the long car ride home, I thought about all the places I could put her. A Dorothy Draper dresser isn’t a piece you want to hide. Quite the contrary, you want to see her on the daily…hmmmmm, I landed on the foyer. Now to style her up.

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine ram with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

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My first thought was to hang a vintage gilded mirror above her, but it was glam overload. That is one thing I always need to be careful with when it comes to Hollywood Regency. Go too far and I feel like I’m living on the set of Italian Real Housewives with plastic on the davenport.

The Dorothy Draper dresser is feminine. She’s the Marilyn Monroe of furniture. Curvy, bodacious, and makes a killer statement even without lipstick. My foyer on the other hand is teensy weensy. This was the only piece of furniture and Dorothy needed a masculine balance.

I searched high and low from abstract art, vintage portraits, to my own personal photography. Nothing seemed to be THAT piece until I stumbled upon Kingdom by Randal Ford. Yahtzee. It was this perfect quirky sense of balance I needed for the space. At first I was really drawn to the African Crane. His plume was fluffy, colorful, and he matched the One Room Challenge bathroom that is only steps away. He was perfect. I dropped him into my cart, but of course kept shopping.

Kingdom by Randal Ford - African Crane

The flamingo was pretty killer too. As was the Highland Cow and the Pigeon and oh wow, the Porcupine too. Hmmmm, not really sure how I’m going to narrow this down to just one print. Better peruse the inspiration gallery. Ok, ya, not helping. It was making me want every single print.

Kingdom by Randal Ford - Flamingo

I decided to sleep on it for a few nights before making my final decision. Jacob Sheep No. 2 kept speaking to me, and then I read his photographers notes. The sheep had a name! Moses. Ha! He was photographed right before his annual sheering, and since it was hot, he quite enjoyed the air conditioned shoot and refreshing beverages in the studio. Sold. Moses, come to momma. I’m ordering you up in a thin gold frame.

Once he arrived at the house, I got right to work. Pulling out all my lamps, vases, trays, bowls and boxes.

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine Jacob Sheep with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

After picking a lamp, I placed a new to me vintage marbled navy book that I never thought would stay on the dresser, but instead thought it would be heavy enough to keep Moses in place until The Boy could hang him for me. Hmmm. That actually looked pretty good! I even loved him propped up against the wall. Love a happy accident.

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine Jacob Sheep with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

After moving around boxes, and trays and plants and vases until my fingers bled, I was happy with the mix of old and new, modern and glam, feminine and masculine. The Dorothy Draper dresser looked goooooooood and the styling was on point…or at least I thought so.

Vintage marbled navy book, 2 tiny vintage bells, gold feather tray, and plant in white accordian vase. Styling the Dorothy Draper dresser.

Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but that is a fake plant. EEEP! There’s not a lot of natural light until late afternoon in the foyer, so something real here is a no go.

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine Jacob Sheep with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

Well, what do you think? Do you like Moses as much as I do? Would you have picked a different animal? Every morning he greets me on the stairs, and I can’t help but smile. Do you have a Dorothy Draper dresser? How is yours styled? I’d love to see it!

Dorothy Draper Dresser - Interior styling with the artwork Kingdom by Randal Ford. I love the masculine Jacob Sheep with the Dorothy Draper Hollywood Regency glam.

8 Comments

  1. Melissa November 22, 2016

    I love this! I also have an obsession with photos of animals right now. Moses is awesome and the styling looks great!

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    • kyla November 23, 2016

      They’re just so cool! I love that each one has their own expression. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. Shelly Mathes November 23, 2016

    You did a great job, love the portrait and styled perfectly. Thanks.

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    • kyla November 23, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by Shelly! I swear that little guy makes me smile every single time!

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  3. Mary November 23, 2016

    My husband & I were on a road trip from Naperville to San Francisco last year. We stopped at a thrift store in Kansas. They were selling a Draper for $200!!! I wanted it so bad. But there was no way it would fit in our little car. I had to leave it behind. I’m still not over it…obviously.
    You styled yours beautifully. Emily would be proud of you.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

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  4. It’s worth displaying in any part of the house. This is how amazing it is if it’s made by a real professional. Not only you showed us this beautiful product, but you really showed us something that we can get inspiration with.

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  5. […] you missed Styling the Dorothy Draper Dresser, then you missed Moses. He’s part of the Kingdom by Randal Ford. If your family picks names […]

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  6. Via B Design December 10, 2016

    Loving the choices you made for the dresser!

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