Last month, my husband and I had the privilege of attending the grand reopening soiree for The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach. The Colony had closed temporarily over the summer to complete its multi-million dollar renovation, led by renowned interior designer Carleton Varney.
Located within steps of Worth Avenue, the Colony has been a symbol of Palm Beach glamour since it opened in 1947, and it boasts an impressive guest list that includes American Presidents, British Royalty, movie stars, and corporate czars.
Mr. Varney’s task was to refresh while preserving the legacy of the hotel’s rich past. Precisely 285 fabrics were selected for the curtains, throw pillows, and various upholstery throughout the hotel’s 91 rooms and suites, featuring Floridian shades of pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. My all-time favorite print, Brazilliance – which features palm fronds and grape clusters, is used repeatedly throughout the hotel. Each room has its own personality with unique colorways, pattern combinations, lamps, and artwork including original watercolor paintings by Palm Beach resident Edwina Sandys. The renovation instills a happy, whimsical vibe that stays true to the hotel’s traditional British Colonial architecture.
The famous Polo Lounge now features photo murals by photographer Harry Benson, gingham and cowhide fabrics, and generous doses of emerald green.
Want to see more of this spectacular hotel? Click here to read an earlier post I wrote on the Colony renovations, or visit thecolonypalmbeach.com. For more on Dorothy Draper & Co. and Carleton Varney products, shop online at www.dorothydraper.com or www.carletonvarney.com.
And if you are in Palm Beach this season, make sure to take advantage of cabaret at The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room, described by The Palm Beach Post as “probably the best place for cabaret on the planet.” More on that to come!