inspiration for our greenbrier hotel party

In two weeks time, I’m going to be hosting a dinner party (along with my dear friend, Perrin!) that is inspired by my favorite hotel in the world, the Greenbrier. Any of you ever been? It’s located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia with interiors originally designed by Dorothy Draper. Since Draper, the hotel has been rejuvenated by her protege, Carleton Varney, who has given the place a bit of a face-lift in recent years. For some reason, the Greenbrier has really come into fashion–no pun intended–in the past year with its famous palm print showing up in Charlotte Olympia’s Spring collection. Bergdorf Goodman has gotten in on the action shooting their Fall catalogue at the Greenbrier. Below, a hallway carpeted in the famous Brazilliance pattern. Black and white tiles mixed with turquoise stripes and palm wallpaper. Talk about mix master. Carleton Varney has said, “The Greenbrier represents one of the last bastions of the glamour resorts in the world. It’s American Baroque at its best. No one has been able to imitate it. Many people have tried to do the color schematics Dorothy Draper did, but they always miss.”A scene from an actual Greenbrier dinner in the 1950’s. Love the red leather sofa against the sky blue walls! The cover of the most recent Bergdorf Goodman Fall catalogue. We’re planning on using pink hydrangeas on all the tables. Here is an example of the famous palm leaf print in a modern interior. I believe this wallpaper is by Hinson. Below, left, are the two fabrics we’ll be using for table linens and pillows. The palm leaf fabric is a Carleton Varney fabric that we’re going to use a table runners, and the black and pink floral is going to be used for outdoor pillows. Right, a black and white stripe pavilion from Zentique that will house the bar. All I need to complete my party outfit is a piece from Charlotte Olympia’s Spring collection. How great is that clutch?We’re pretty psyched for this party, especially since one of our favorite magazines is going to be photographing it. Will share photos when we can! In the mean time, let us know if you have any great Greenbrier-inspired ideas we can draw on. Happy 4th, everyone!

  • SLM

    So excited to see photos from the party! Some great images of the Greenbrier here too! – love the chandeliers in the dining room.

  • Anna@InTheNext30Days

    I love the Greenbrier and the way it feels modern and vintage at the same time. The dinner party picture you posted is just perfect! I know your party is going to be fabulous!

  • Geekwife

    Please catch a golden trout for Uncle Peter! One of his favorite spots!

  • Brandy@ChateauAGogo

    How ironic….I just posted about you guys, your new book and the Greenbrier on July 5th.  I love this post and the party idea.  I’m a huge fan – Brandy@ChateauAGogo