The importance of layering is my decorating advice of the day. 

It’s a concept that most of us understand when we get dressed for a night on the town. Color, I think, is a key to successful layering.

I recall many decorating adventures in Palm Beach in which my fearless love of color played a big role. 

In the 1980s, The Brazilian Court had been sold and my team of decorators and I were called in to redo the boutique hotel at the corner of Australian and Hibiscus avenues. 

Carleton Varney
Feb 18, 2022

Embrace the Healing Power of Joyous Color

I recently spent a month working on my recovery from a case of pneumonia at Good Samaritan Medical Center on the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach.  I’m happy to report I’m now at home in Palm Beach and feeling so much better. 

So here I am again, talking about color.

Those who love color as much as I do are not sitting around talking about walls of beige, gray or white. They’re thinking about happy colors, and I believe that’s just what we need right now.

This year is the 126th anniversary of the founding of The Breakers. Some years ago, my staff and I served as decorators for the property.

Then as now, the resort was privately owned by the Kenan family. The Kenans are descendants, of course, of Mary Lily Kenan, widow of hotel-and-railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, who in the 1890s began transforming Palm Beach into America’s premier winter resort. 

Carleton Varney
Jan 28, 2022

Mix It Up a Little When Decorating

The former Biltmore Hotel — today the Palm Beach Biltmore condominium — has long been an iconic part of life on the island. 

So many of the Biltmore’s apartments are showplaces, decorated by wonderful Palm Beach professionals.   

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