Holmes, Doris Colquhoun

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Holmes, Doris Colquhoun

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1892- 1958


An interior decorator to some of Victoria's most prominent citizens, Doris Holmes supervised every aspect of a home's furnishings. She attended Victoria College and probably was taught by Louisa Mills who had studied at the Royal College of London. Although she aspired to study architecture, she eventually turned to interior design after a number of years teaching in public schools. Holmes took a one-year decorating course in New York in 1918. She then returned to Victoria where she worked for Spencer's store, which later became the T. Eaton Company. In 1920, she became assistant to the interior decorator then quickly moved into the senior position which she held for over 30 years. Although she favoured period furniture, with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement as major influences, she also worked with modern designs. Clients included the Spencer family, Mr. and Mrs. Nikola Pavelle and, perhaps most notably, Victor Fleming, director of "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz," for whom she decorated a Knapp Island home.


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  • IYOUNG 2021-10-05




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