Elsie de Wolfe is the grand dame of interior design as we know it–many credit her with inventing the profession of interior decoration. She went against the grain of Victorian design trends, replacing dark furniture and heavy draperies with floral wallpaper and feminine colors. This interior legend was commissioned by Stanford White to design the interiors for the Colony Club in New York City, and for the likes of Conde Nast and the Frick and Vanderbilt families. The tea house (shown) is one of de Wolfe’s only remaining designs intact. Originally designed for the Coe family, it is now a part of Planting Fields Arboretum and State Park in Oyster Bay, New York.
TEA HOUSE PHOTO: COURTESY PLANTING FIELDS
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