Carleton Varney renovates The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach

The Colony Hotel, dubbed as the center of Palm Beach Society for the last 65 years, unveiled two one-bedroom suites and six rooms newly designed by Carleton Varney.

The rooms have now been added with two more design elements: new uniforms for The Colony’s customer service team, including a Flamingo Pink Lilly Pulitzer Blazer with cream slacks, topped off by a scarf designed by Varney; and emerald and black wallpaper in jungle style – also designed by Carlton Varney – lining the hallway between the hotel lobby and the popular Polo Steaks & Seafood.

The goal of Varney and his design team was said to be to “re-imagine the hotel to make it more Florida spacious and Palm Beach specific for our sophisticated guests,” according to Roger Everingham, The Colony’s VP and GM.


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The Colony Hotel’s customer service team in their new Lilly Pulitzer/Carlton Varney uniforms - Marta Urrutia, Andrea Goorbarry, Melissa Quizon, Juan Arboleda, Pat Decederfelt, Dominique Bissell and Kay Jackson (Photo by Gary Heil)


The result of Varney’s room design is an explosion of bright colors and floral prints, ranging from Carleton Blue and Windsor Pink to Irish Mint Green and Hibiscus Red. With slow-glow lights in the bathrooms, striped walk-in closets, Frette linens on every bed and views of the ocean, the Everglades Club golf course and the town of Palm Beach, the six newly designed rooms and two one-bedroom suites are now being offered at premium pricing.

Varney, who has written a weekly design column for the Palm Beach Daily News for more than 30 years, is associated with the restoration and decoration of countless hotels and resorts all over the world, including Dromoland and Ashford Castles in Ireland; The Waldorf Towers and Plaza Hotel in New York; Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (Michigan); The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Greenbrier in West Virginia.

As president of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc. (New York), Varney was the design consultant to the Carter Presidential Library and for numerous functions at the White House. He also restored and redecorated the Official Vice President’s Residence in Washington D.C., the Governor’s Mansion in West Virginia, and the US Embassy in Tokyo.

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