Full of Drama

With a slight drop of temperature in Dallas, I am certainly ready for Fall to arrive and to stay. I suddenly find myself resisting sunny images with light colors and lush landscapes. Instead, I want more earthy tones and plush fabrics, as well as spaces full of dark colors and dimension. With this description, I realize that what I am longing for is rather boring and safe (although often necessary). Instead of predictable Fall decor, why not explore something a little more daring. Who better to add some drama to a space than interior designer Jamie Drake.

Drake’s design is colorful, bold, and dramatic. This apartment below fits my current mood of unpredictable. It adds shots of surprise at every corner, from the texture of the walls to the eye-pleasing contrast of color. Let’s have a little fun this Wednesday. After all, we can wrap ourselves in fur blankets on neutral sofas come December.

Photos by John Valiant for House Beautiful. To see more of Jamie Drake’s design visit his website.

Wallpaper in this entry by Jamie Drake via HB

Glamorous black and white zebra hall wallpaper. I especially love the gold and black mirror against it!

Black Sofa and window sil in NYC apartment by Jamie Drake via HB

A living room of Salmon Peach in Benjamin Moore Aura. So unexpected and yet it plays so well and effectively with the black sofa and black interior doors.

Jamie Drake Dining Room via HB

A dining room full of fabulous elements including a packed bookcase and exposed marble fireplace. Also, notice how the black and white lamps really pop against the salmon walls.

Screen and Blue room in NYC apartment by Jamie Drake

A fantastic use of blue walls and a patterned screen.

Sara Sosnowy painting in apartment by Jamie Drake via HB

Venetian plastered walls in the bedroom hallway allow for glossy texture and a perfect backdrop for modern art.

Yellow bed pops in this room by Jamie Drake via HB


Everything looks dramatic against these walls. What a bed frame!

Dramatic lamp and sitting area by Jamie Drake via HB

Moody and plush. The corner in this bedroom is full of strong gold and glossy black.

Freestanding Cast Iron Tub by Jamie Drake via HB

A serene bathroom with a free-standing cast iron soaking tub. A fresh splash of neutrals within the colorful home.

Watercolor wallcovering in room by Jamie Drake via HB

A watercolor blown-up onto the wall covering adds movement and serenity to this multi-shaded bedroom.