Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty

Today’s Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty features the work of interior designer Elizabeth Drake, who has offices in Chicago and San Francisco.

Classic white kitchen with light blue accents, wood island, and coral lantern pendant lighting. Design by Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #kitchendesign #blueandwhite #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #whitekitchen #interiordesign

Light blue accents in a white kitchen with marble counters and stained wood island. Don’t miss the coral lantern pendants! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Inspired by cut flower arranging, garden visits, and the vibrancy of nature’s colorful palette, Elizabeth Drake creates timeless interiors for clients across the country. An image of the so-pretty-it-hurts kitchen (above) captured my imagination while browsing Dering Hall, and ultimately, I landed upon her breathtaking portfolio of work.

The designer does know her way around PRETTY, doesn’t she? The luxurious spaces she designs are colorful, layered, comfortable, and pretty without feeling stuffy or frou frou. Extra enjoyable for me today? The spaces spotlighted here are not far from my own home in the Midwest!

Let’s peek at traditional design and classic interiors with PRETTY written quite gracefully all over them.

Photos: Werner Straube courtesy of Elizabeth Drake/Interior Design: Elizabeth Drake/IG

Beautiful floral arrangement with dried hydrangea, deep ruby red berries, and carnations. Design by Elizabeth Drake. #floralarrangement #flowers #fallinspiration #hydrangea

Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Mastering the Art of Pretty: Elizabeth Drake

Lovely and Classic Entry Inspiration

Entry with dutch door, stone floor, and antiques. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Dutch door, hushed blue stone floor, grasscloth wall covering, and elegant decor welcome you into the breathtaking entry of this superior crafted family home with architecturally magnificent features. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Kitchen Design Inspiration

Beautiful and classic white kitchen with light blue accents. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Light blue accents in a white kitchen with marble counters and stained wood island. Don’t miss the coral lantern pendants! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Coral accents in a beautiful classic kitchen. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

An inspiring coral kitchen design with luscious peachy-orange tones, cement tiles, simple Shaker style cabinetry, and the sweetest lantern pendants ever! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Interior Design Inspiration: Dining Rooms

Peacock blue grasscloth wall in a classic dining room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Teal grasscloth enlivens the decor in a dining room with dramatic design details. Design: Elizabeth Drake.

Acanthus motif and blue wallpaper in a classic dining room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Welcoming blue and black dining room with acanthus chandelier, acanthus wallcovering, and Windsor chairs. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Acanthus motif and blue wallpaper in a classic dining room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Acanthus motif in a welcoming blue and black dining room with Windsor chairs. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Coral walls and accents in a classic dining room with fireplace. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Warm coral-reds invite you to the table and inspire appetites and lively conversation in an elegant dining room with superior craftsmanship and design. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Interior Design Inspiration: Gathering Spaces

Magnificent aerial view of a cheerful lodge style living room with coral chairs and vibrant floral rug. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.Happy coral is chic and fresh in a rustically elegant “American Lodge” gathering space with enchanting floral rug. Design: Elizabeth Drake.

Colorful fall arrangement in a living room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty. Coral decor accents in a magnificent interior with lovely floral arrangement. Design: Elizabeth Drake.

Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty

American lodge style living room with fireplace. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Coral drapes and upholstery brighten the cheery and living space in a classic “American Lodge” home. Design: Elizabeth Drake.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Peacock blue sofa in a coastal family room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Elegant yet cozy family room with coastal decor. Buffalo checks, beadboard, built-ins, and bold beautiful blue! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Wing chairs in a cozy family room.  Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Elegant yet cozy family room with coastal decor. Buffalo checks, beadboard, built-ins, and bold beautiful blue! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design:Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Design Inspiration: Screened Porch

Rustic elegance on a screen porch with coral accents. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Rustic yet elegant design elements sing in this charming design! The designer reveals the sofas are replicas of the furniture used on FDR’s yacht, USS Potomac, during his presidency. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Traditional, Classic, and Lovely

Traditional living room with blue loveseat. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Traditional details, blue accents, and the warmth of rich wood in timelessly tranquil living room. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic living room with cozy fireplace and blue accents. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Traditional details, blue accents, and the warmth of rich wood in timelessly tranquil living room. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Cozy and elegant family room with blue and red accents. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Handsome and timeless design in a cozy interior with deep blue sofa and bold red rug. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Cozy Conversation Inspiration

Blue windsor chairs near a cozy fireplace in a family room with grasscloth wall covering. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Handsome and timeless design in a cozy interior with fireplace, blue dining chairs, and bold red rug. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Traditional living room. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Traditional details, blue accents, and the warmth of rich wood in timelessly tranquil living room. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Bedroom Design Inspiration

Camp blankets inspired this guest bedroom. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Subtle aqua meets the striking stripes of camp blankets in a bedroom evoking a smile, with simple yet elegant style and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Blue bedroom with windowseat. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Hushed chambray blue wall coverings, navy upholstered bed with nailhead trim, and window seat harmonize in a lovely relaxing bedroom. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a lovely Glenview, IL home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: Daniel Lesus. Kitchen Planner: Kathy Walder. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic red, white, and blue bedroom. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Red, white, and blue create magic in a charming bedroom with porch, check window covering, wicker storage trunks, simple yet elegant style, and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Traditional style bedroom with blue and pops of coral. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

An airy elegant bedroom with blue and touches of coral evokes quietude and a restful mood. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Charming check on a settee in a blue bedroom. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

An airy elegant bedroom with blue and touches of faded red evokes quietude and a restful mood. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Red, White and Blue

American flag framed on wall near staircase. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Red, white, and blue preside over a stunning design with simple yet elegant style and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Timelessly tranquil summer style with red, white, and blue in a conversation area with simple yet elegant style and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube. Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Classic Bathroom Design Inspiration

Luxurious white bathroom with light blue walls. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Breathtaking and timeless, this elegant bathroom with subtle blue walls and freestanding tub seems the answer to everything at the day’s start and end. Design: Elizabeth Drake.  Interior Design Inspiration: The Art of Pretty.

Classic and coastal white bathroom. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Timeless design in a bathroom with simple yet elegant style and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic black and whtie bathroom with walk in shower. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Timeless design in a bathroom with simple yet elegant style and superior craftsmanship. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Rich dark painted paneling and wood vanity in a bathroom. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Handsome and timeless design in a bathroom with elegant wood vanity, deep blue paneling, and a breathtaking twig motif mirror. Deep sigh! Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic bathroom with light gray vanity. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Soothing light grey and timeless design in a bathroom with classic hex marble mosaic flooring and plentiful geometric interest. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Classic Interior Design Inspiration: A Mini Cabana!

Cheerful red, white and blue pool cabana or mud room with star rug. Come see more interior design inspiration from Elizabeth Drake. Photo by Werner Straube. #interiordesign #classicdesign #traditionaldecor #housetour #elizabethdrake

Stars, stripes, and smiles reign in a happy cabana space filled with summer time fun and pool essentials. Classic, colorful, and beautiful interior design inspiration from a Lake Geneva, WI home. Design: Elizabeth Drake. Architect: John Hagenah. Builder: Lowell Custom Homes. Photographer: Werner Straube.

Have a favorite pretty moment from Elizabeth Drake’s beautiful work above?

A special thanks for permission to post photos goes to THE BRILLIANT Werner Straube, whose enviable client list reflects an exceptional artistry and passion for beauty.

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

 

Linen & Oak Settee
French Linen Accent Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Wing Back Twin Platform Bed
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Silver Butler End Table
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Antiqued French Lamp
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Linen Modern Wing Chair
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Marble Coffee Table
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Column Table Lamp
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Tufted Chesterfield Sofa
Modern Brass Sphere Pendant
2-Light Chic Sconce
Black Tray Table
Upholstered Bench with Bolsters
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair

 

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6 Comments

    • michele
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Me too! The way that design unfolds from the kitchen to the breakfast area to the fireplace room…such pretty eye candy!

  1. August 22, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Here are several ideas I may adapt for our new retirement complex apartment as we continue planning for a spring move. Thank you!

    • michele
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      Exciting! I do love a dreaming phase of design!

  2. Joanna
    August 22, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    My favourites are the front entrance with the slate floor (same as mine) and the beautiful, antique table, and the classic bath with the free standing tub (swoon!). I saved the bath to my Pinterest board.

    • michele
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      That tub has me all woozy too! So sculptural and romantic!

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