It has been touted as one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world…. “The Original” Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel, has since developed an iconic status amongst the design world.
The Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Coffee Room actually can’t remember when – or how – I first fell in love with this wallpaper, but I do know one thing…. It wasn’t Mr. Loper’s fabulous Martinque I fell in love with. It was my design idol Dorothy Draper’s Brazillance wallpaper, made famous at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Look closely….
Martinique in Nicky’s kitchen
Steven Sclaroff via House Beautiful
That is when I realized these were two different patterns! After a bit more research, I discovered that Carleton Varney produces all the original fabrics and wallpapers of Dorothy Draper, including her Brazillance. I promptly ordered a sample, and requested pricing. To my delight, a DOUBLE role was $136… a huge savings! Furthermore, the colors were exactly what I was looking for, including bright Pantone 2013 Color of the Year emerald green, as opposed to Martinique’s army green and mustard tones. It also had the crisp super white background I was looking for, and it contains black accents as opposed to brown, which is just so much more… well, Dorothy Draper.
Mr. Varney’s patterns are available for purchase through Carleton Varney by the Yard or through the Greenbrier Hotel Gift Shop. While you are there, check out their fabulous line of Brazillance pajamas and robes!
Beautiful powder room, via Bourbon & Pearls
Banana Leaf clad shoes and bags, Spring 2012.