The head of Dorothy Draper & Co. is already thinking about summer, from pincord suits to outdoor dining accessories.

Fads and trends come and go, whether in hair and nail salons, interior design studios, furniture stores or apparel stores. What’s here today may not be here tomorrow. And sometimes that’s a good thing.

Each year I receive emails from talented artists who want to introduce their work to me and my staff. Some offer sculptures and some present watercolors, while others send fabric and wallpaper designs. 

In the same way, I often look at samples of new furniture, and sometimes I end up using the pieces in projects or introducing them to others. 

Carleton Varney
Apr 22, 2022

Let's Shed Some Light on Lampshades

The decorating accessory of the moment, believe it or not, is the lampshade. Shop the market today and you’ll find lampshades of many different hues — or, dare I say it, shades? You'll also find a wide variety of shapes, from cones and squares to hexagons and octagons. 

Who else in Palm Beach has noticed what seems to be far more traffic than usual this season? It seems like everyone wants to either live on the island or visit it. 

And that means it may take me a little longer in the car to visit some of my favorite destinations, but the following stops are worth the red lights, the traffic tie-ups and the bridge crossings. 

Carleton Varney
Apr 01, 2022

A Collection of Thoughts About Gucci

I recently headed to Broward County to see a movie at a multi-screen theater in Pompano Beach (which is not a bad drive from Palm Beach). The movie was “House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, and I would recommend it. 

Some of my friends had told me they expected the film and its stars to be nominated for Oscars, so it came as a surprise when they were not. 

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