Romance and Rhododendrons: My Love Affair with America's Resort - The Greenbrier (Hardback)Carleton Varney (author)
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In 1946 (after a stint as a World War II military hospital), quintessential American decorator Dorothy Draper was brought in to restore the Greenbrier hotel. She created a signature look - described at the time as 'Romance and Rhododendrons' - that has influenced and delighted not only designers and decorators but also travellers, weary of the grey and beige colour schemes that permeate most hospitality properties even now. Draper transformed the interiors with bold colours, classical influences and modern touches.
When Carleton Varney arrived in Mrs. Draper's office in 1961 to work as an assistant in the design department, one of his first tasks was to accompany the design icon by train to one of her most well-known and publicised projects. Since that time, he has been involved with every aspect of the hotel's design, maintaining and continuing the look that Draper designed, as well as modernising, upgrading and putting his own stamp on it. Working with his experienced and innovative team, Varney has turned the historic hotel into a resort for the 21st century.
Publisher: Shannongrove Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 260 x 185 mm
"Discover why the storied West Virginia resort is widely regarded as the decorator's masterpiece." -- Galerie
"Chronicling his most intimate and long-lasting decorating and branding story that began in 1961, Varney begins the book with memories of when he was hired as an assistant in the design department at Dorothy Draper & Co." -- Designer's Today
"For the past 60 years, Dorothy Draper & Company has maintained the interiors of this beloved hotel, a story [Varney] tells here through his personal anecdotes and never-before-seen sketches." -- House Beautiful
"In the book, Varney tours through the interior spaces at The Greenbrier-affectionately called "America's Resort"-in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, as well as the cottages and other buildings that surround the historic hotel." -- Palm Beach Illustrated
"The book is a love letter to The Greenbrier, nestled in White Sulphur Springs, with its opulent but inviting decor." -- Charleston Gazette Mail
"...the book highlights the design and history of the storied resort and contains over 200 photographs of interiors in this fanciful world where the imagination runs wild." -- News Break
"With more than 50 years of hands-on design expertise at the resort, Varney understands the iconic property's historic and design significance better than anyone. He explores it all in the book, the pages of which are filled with photos of the Cameo Ballroom, the cottages, the indoor swimming pool, the Victorian Writing Room and other well-known spaces." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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