Carleton Varney: Carrying on a Design Legacy
Draper remained The Greenbrier’s decorator into the 1960s. When she passed away in 1969, the torch of her legacy was passed to the late Carleton Varney, who continued to steer the ship of creativity with the same dedication and brought his own creative flair to the forefront. Like Draper, Carleton Varney believed that color makes people happy — not white and beige rooms.
As The Greenbrier Designer & Curator, and President of Dorothy Draper & Co until his passing in 2022, his design philosophy stressed the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable, and drab. Throughout his career, Varney authored 37 books, including his final work, Romance and Rhododendrons: My Love Affair withAmerica’s Resort, in which he writes about his personal connection to The Greenbrier and shares his insights and experiences related to our resort’s design, history, and unique charm.