Eight Rooms Designed by Carleton Varney at
Season’s First CULTURE & COCKTAILS on Monday, November 5
(Palm Beach, FL – October 29, 2012) The Colony Hotel, the center of Palm Beach Society for the last 65 years, will unveil two one-bedroom suites and six rooms newly designed by Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers, at this season’s first CULTURE & COCKTAILS event on Monday, November 5.
Varney, who has written a weekly design column for the Palm Beach Daily News for more than 30 years, is associated with the restoration and decoration of countless hotels and resorts all over the world, including Dromoland and Ashford Castles in Ireland; The Waldorf Towers and Plaza Hotel in New York; Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (Michigan); The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
“The goal of Mr. Varney and his talented design team was to ‘re-imagine’
“I have known and loved this property for years and it is truly the one iconic hotel in Palm Beach,” said Varney. “My goal from the beginning was to enhance and continue the classic tradition of The Colony.”
The result of Mr. Varney’s eye-catching design is an amazing explosion of bright colors and floral prints, ranging from Carleton Blue and Windsor Pink to Irish Mint Green and Hibiscus Red. With comforting slow-glow lights in the bathrooms, striped walk-in closets, luxurious Frette linens on every cushy bed and dazzling views of the ocean, the Everglades Club golf course and the town of Palm Beach, the six newly designed rooms and two one-bedroom suites will be offered at premium pricing.
The extensive room-by-room redesign will be officially unveiled on Monday evening, November 5, when Mr. Varney will be conducting personal tours of the fifth floor rooms following his appearance at the first CULTURE & COCKTAILS event of the 2012-213 season.
About Carleton Varney
Carleton Varney is the president of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc. (New York) the oldest established interior design firm in the United States, named after the founder of the company who was one of the doyennes of interior design from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. In addition to is award-winning work with major hotels around the world, Varney was the design consultant to the Carter Presidential Library and for numerous functions at the White House. He also restored and redecorated the Official Vice President’s Residence in Washington D.C., the Governor’s Mansion in West Virginia, and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
His versatility in design can be seen in the wide range of products that bear his mark, ranging from furniture, lamps, dinnerware, crystal, and linen designs. His own line of fabric designs, launched under the name Carleton Varney by the yard, grace the private residences of his impressive roster of clients which include superstars from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business.
Varney’s design philosophy stresses the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab. In embracing this practice, he continues the tradition of Dorothy Draper by being associated with the imaginative use of vibrant colors, floral patterns and bold contrasts – a legacy that is reflected, not only in his interior designs, but also, most notably, in his fabric and scarf designs.
The author of The Draper Touch – The High Life and High Style of Dorothy Draper, Carleton Varney has also published numerous books on design, two novels (Kiss the Hibiscus Good Night and The Decorator) and his autobiography, There’s No Place Like Home. For more information, please visit www.carletonvarney.com.
About Culture & Cocktails:
Now entering its eighth season, the popular CULTURE & COCKTAILS series is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. From November 2012 through March 2013, three one-on-one Conversations will be held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion in Palm Beach, where the series was born in January 2006, and several more will be held at the Cultural Council’s new headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in downtown Lake Worth.
The first CULTURE & COCKTAILS event of this season is a Conversation with Carleton Varney, who will be chatting with Robert Janjigian, Fashion Editor of The Palm Beach Daily News. Admission is $50 per person, and free for members of the Cultural Council ($250 level and above). All proceeds go to the nonprofit Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with registration and cocktails from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the “Conversation”
As an added bonus, attendees at any of the three CULTURE & COCKTAILS events at The Colony Pavilion will be offered a free bottle of wine with dinner or two-for-one drinks at the hotel’s celebrated Polo Steaks & Seafoods following the Conversation.
People interested in attending this CULTURE & COCKTAILS event can RSVP by calling the Cultural Council at 561.472.3330.
About The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach
Host to Presidents Bush and Clinton, various Windsors and other royalty, The Colony is an intimate, friendly boutique hotel with British Colonial flair. It is located just steps away from shopping on world famous Worth Avenue, and about 100 yards from a beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach. This landmark hotel recently completed an extensive $20-million renovation and offers guests the choice of charming hotel rooms, luxurious suites, spectacular penthouses and spacious two bedroom villas.
The Colony's popular restaurants include:
+ Polo Steaks & Seafood, which is now Palm Beach's number one steakhouse, offering dining al fresco in the hotel's newly remodeled Palm Court by the pool
+ Royal Room, which is widely considered to be one of the nation’s premier cabarets
+ Café 155, which is a petit New York-style deli serving delicious breakfasts and lunches prepared in the hotel’s award-winning kitchen.
Over the last several years The Colony Hotel has won numerous prestigious awards, including:
+ Hotel of the Year Award from the Hotel & Lodging Association of Palm Beach County (2012)
+ The Quintessentially Palm Beach Award from the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce as part of the town’s Centennial Celebration (2011)
+ The Bernays Award for Best Branding Campaign from the Gold Coast PR Council for the 10th anniversary of the Royal Room Supper Club (2011)
+ The Providencia Award from the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau. South Florida’s most impressive annual honor recognizing excellence within the local hospitality and tourism industry, this was the only time in the 24-year history of the Award that it had gone to a smaller, boutique hotel (2009).
(Photo #1 by Gary Heil; Photos 2-7 by Corby Kaye’s Studio Palm Beach)
1. (L-R) Designer Carleton Varney, The Colony Hotel’s VP & GM Roger Everingham and Brinsley Matthews, Director of Design & Operations for Dorothy Draper & Co.
2. Varney Suite – Carleton Blue Sitting room
3. Varney Suite – Carleton Blue Bedroom
4. Varney Room – Red Hibiscus
5. Varney Bedroom – Windsor Pink
6. Varney Bedroom – Irish Mint Green
7. Varney Room – Striped Closet
The Colony Hotel