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James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

One of my primary requirements of a hotel is that it capture the essence of its surrounds, and when we read that Carleton Varney’s criterion regarding the re-imagining of the Colony Palm Beach was that “people on vacation in Palm Beach should feel like they’re staying in Palm Beach,” we knew that the Colony would be perfect!

Varney’s mentor, Dorothy Draper, was fearless in her use of color, and imbued all of her work with tremendous personality. Carrying on this tradition, Varney has certainly given his decoration for the Colony loads of Palm Beach personality! Throughout the hotel, Varney’s “Draperization” includes a marvelous mix of Dorothy Draper fabrics and wallpapers. He utilizes a custom designed carpet based on the Brazilliance pattern (a beautiful and exuberant banana leaf motif) combined with fretwork and striped wallpapers, each floor with a different color scheme.

Colony Palm Beach - hallway detail

Colony Palm Beach – hallway detail

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

The luxurious lobby revolves around a central seating area, with a custom designed hibiscus and banana leaf motif carpet set against a dramatic black backdrop, providing the perfect contrast for a monumental curved sofa upholstered in aqua velvet with black bullion fringe. The armchairs are upholstered in “Brazilliance” fabric, and the walls are sheathed in Jasper Peony wallpaper by Sebastian Varney of Carleton V Ltd. in a coral colorway with a complimentary fretwork pattern — accents of coral and aqua throughout. All present and impossibly fresh interpretation of bygone Palm Beach glamor!

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

Do secure a suite when you go. Having both a sitting room and a bedroom made all the difference in the world!

I’m photographed (top) in the lovely lobby soaking up endless inspiration. I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in a lilac rose silk wool melange twill and royal silk dot pocket square, a bespoke Mark Pomerantz “Liberty of London” esq lavender and blue floral print cotton shirt with fabric covered buttons, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel accentuating my tan, and Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance with notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Mint, Thyme. Luminous!


  1. Charles Allen says:

    What a lovely place! I live elsewhere in THE SUNSHINE STATE, but Palm Beach is our GARDEN OF EDEN. It has it all…for a price! Head south and enjoy the real elegance and beauty of life!

    Charles Allen
    Daytona Beach, Florida

  2. LA CONTESSA says:

    I adore your whole LOOK!
    Question for you……the scarves MEN wear around their necks…….the ELEGANT MEN and from years ago.What are they called……ASCOTS?Not the scarves for going outside but for around the house with the smoking jacket.
    If anyone would know YOU will!!

  3. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Contessa,

    Thank You!

    Stay tuned for a few posts with- ascot,cravet,scarf- I think is what we refer to them as – the instead of a tie – option.

    All Best and Much Love!


  4. James Andrew says:

    Dear Charles Allen,

    It is indeed a little piece of heaven!



  5. Karen Albert says:

    Such a dreamy setting James! Your elegant suit is perfect and I too look forward to your feature on ascots (thinking of Cary Grant)!

    The Arts by Karena

  6. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello Karen Albert,

    Thank You!

    The Colony was the most perfect base for us whilst in Palm Beach!

    Can’t wait to go back and yes – an Ascot – blog would be fab!



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