Monday, May 14, 2007

Going Dotty

Looking through the June issue of Elle Decor, I was struck by the red and white polka dot print chair in the home of Debbie Bancroft. One of the first things that came to my mind was the cover of the most recent edition of Dorothy Draper's classic "Entertaining is Fun!". Polka dots, at least to me, are associated with whimsy, fun, and playfulness. We certainly see our share of stripes and geometric prints, but how often do you see polka dots used for a large scale application such as an upholstered armchair? Is this graphic and slightly retro print primed for a comeback?

"Entertaining is Fun!: How To Be A Popular Hostess" by Dorothy Draper

Larabee Road Tidbit Plates by Kate Spade

"Hyannisport" Bedding at Schweitzer Linen

Polka Dot Folded Notes from Carrot and Stick Press

"Polka Dot" Print in Chocolate and Natural, at Lewis & Sheron

Image at top: Bedroom of Debbie Bancroft; designed by Richard Mishaan; chair fabric is "Polka Dot" by Scalamandre.


  1. I love dots!!! They're a classic.

  2. Dots really are a classic. They manage to be fun, elegant, kicky and hip. Great post!

  3. Love the chair and the red and white.

  4. that chair is perfect, and the detail on the curtains makes such a beautiful statement, perfection.

  5. Fairfax and Linda- I like polka dots too, although in moderation!

  6. Katiedid- the chair is really striking!

  7. Michelle- so true about the curtains. They are the perfect backdrop for that chair!

  8. I'm a fan too of polka dots - especially navy and white polka dots!

  9. Fabulous post! Polka dots are so much fun... yet can be chic and sophisticated and whimsical all at the same time!