Varney, who has written a weekly design column for the Palm Beach Daily News for over 30 years, is associated with the restoration and decoration of such properties as 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.
Varney is the president of Dorothy Draper & Co., the oldest established interior design firm in the US. 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.
Varney’s design philosophy stresses the use of bright colors and the rejection of the impractical, uncomfortable and drab. In embracing this practice, he continues the tradition of Dorothy Draper by being associated with the use of vibrant colors, floral patterns and bold contrasts, reflected in his interior designs and in his fabric and scarf designs.
The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach recently completed an extensive $20-million renovation. Featuring penthouses and two bedroom villas, the property also boasts such restaurants as the Polo Steaks & Seafood, offering dining al fresco in the hotel's newly remodeled Palm Court by the pool; Royal Room, offering cabarets; and Café 155, which is a petit New York-style deli.
Photo shows designer Carleton Varney, The Colony Hotel’s VP & GM Roger Everingham, and Brinsley Matthews, director of design and operations for Dorothy Draper & Co.