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
Dorothy Draper, and refreshed in 2007 by her protégé Carleton Varney.
was featured in InStyle magazine.
Martinique in Nicky’s kitchen
Steven Sclaroff via House Beautiful
I ordered a sample of the Martinique wallpaper, and I must say I was a bit disappointed. The leaves were not the bright green I had imagined, and it had a creamy background with quite a bit of brown, described on their website as “burgundy and deep mustard.” And then there was the price… $249.95 per SINGLE roll, ouch.
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.