“Mr. Color” returns to Miromar Design Center in Estero on April 10 for a presentation guaranteed to be as lively and engaging as the legendary designer. Carleton Varney, president of the iconic Dorothy Draper & Co., will reminisce about his design career and the host of celebrity mansions he created for the likes of John Crawford, Ethel Merman and Polly Bergen. Expect his “Once Upon a Time” seminar, at 11 a.m., to get you salivating for grand chandeliers, animal prints and lots of color–his signature.
The always dynamic designer took time from table-happing with guests at a lunch in his honor a few years ago to sit down and scribble random notes on two pages of my copy of “Mr. Color” with a self-portrait and inscription I’m still trying to decipher. It was total stream of consciousness and insight into a brilliant design mind.
Varney will sign copies of “Mr. Color” and his 30th book, “Decorating in the Grand Manor: A Design Memoir” following his talk. His new fabric collection is now available at the design center’s MP Interiors.
Tickets are $15 and benefit a good cause–the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Purchase at MiromarDesignCenter.com.
Varney in his very colorful office.