MDS- How would you define your style?
PD- Atmospheric, eclectic. David Keeps defined my style in The Los Angeles Times as, “Merchant Ivory Moderne.” I think that’s pretty accurate.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
PD- France, England (for school) and Spain (summers). Each has influenced me with its own strong, different type of style. From France, restraint, balance and elegance; from England, color, comfort and layering; and from Spain, organic, modern rusticity. All play very strong roles in my projects and I like to mix them together.
Also, my mother notoriously picked my schools by their looks. Coincidentally Ashley Hicks, son of the great David Hicks, was one of my closest classmates. Through them my eyes were opened to the world of design, particularly textile design, which is part of my business today.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
PD- This is my second career and, as challenging as it is sometimes, I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
PD- I’ve really stepped up my travel schedule to more exotic places. India, earlier this year and again in February. Weekend trips through the central coast of California or out in the desert. The new energy at LACMA has been really inspirational too.
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
PD- My bedroom. It’s a small room with a lovely view through palm trees in West Hollywood. I upholstered the walls in my peacock Kashmir Paisley and plastered them with my collection of photos, Mughal drawings and 19th-century photos of India. There’s a coral and blue dhurrie. And, I made a four-poster bed from Georgian posts I bought at a One King’s Lane Tony Duquette sale that dominates the room. Combined with a great mattress and ironed sheets, it’s my idea of heaven.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
PD- Indian memorabilia and textiles, especially anything pre-1900.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
PD- Photos. I’m never without some kind of camera. I take pictures of things that inspire me, pictures of items I need to remember, pictures of things i have to go back for, to fix or to buy. I take pictures of architectural details or colors I like for use sometime later. They’re the eye’s memory bank.
MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house – who’s would it be and why?
PD- Lenny Kravitz. He’s sexy, creative and collects art.
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
PD- For doing timeless interiors, both contemporary and traditional, that stand the test of time through their quality and look.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
PD- Paris (chic), London (stylish), New York (glamorous)