Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

“Don’t Lose Dorothy”


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http://www.amazon.com/Decorating-Fun-How-Your-Decorator/dp/0977787516/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-1518043-1261711?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173819106&sr=8-2It’s strange how design news arrives. Yesterday I received a fancy-schmancy mini-mag from The Greenbrier, former playground of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and rumored to have a bunker big enough for every important person in the US government underneath, or in a Wargames-esque mountain or something. I guess it’s because my mom co-signed on my mortgage with me and she’s somehow on some fancy-schmancy mailing list – funny now I can track that having a mortgage makes you a target not only for a million scam artists looking to refinance or insure you, but also a target for expensive resorts in the middle of nowhere (no offense to White Sulpher Springs intended).


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Anyway, the publication had quite a bit of information about the redesign of the accommodations. It seemed clear that the main reason was for high speed internet connections and separate water closets, but the most important design advice the redecorators were trying to follow was “don’t lose Dorothy.” They are referring to the great Dorothy Draper, of course. Draper’s influence on style continues on as powerfully as Diana Vreeland’s, Jackie’s and Audrey’s do today, especially with the resurgence of Hollywood Regency style embraced by popular decorators like Kelly Wearstler.

I certainly hope that the renovations are able to keep the Dorothy feel as they modernize a bit. As you can see, a lot of it still is perfect as is, while some of it is a bit dated looking. That Greenbrier green (like that sofa a few photos up) is looking pretty ’80’s to me. However, you can see all the fun in the decorating – glamour can be fun and over-the top, with a dash of kitsch thrown in. If anyone visits after the renovations, please share your photos with us!


Random Nostalgic Thought: What a view in that last room. It reminds me of the coldest place in North America, the bald top of Snowshoe ski resort during the Jose Cuervo Tequila weekend (skiers hint: the slopes are empty on Sundays during weekends like that one due to the overindulgences of tequila/Leggz Diamond fans. I haven’t been since I lived in Virginia about 8 years ago, but I assume it’s still the case, and I hope that Leggz Diamond is still rockin’ out those covers at the mountaintop bar. FREEBIRD!).

photos of rooms from TheGreenbrier.com

photo of Decorating is Fun! from Amazon

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. Jennifer Mitchell says:

    March 20th, 2007 at 5:21 pm (#)

    Yeah, this looks real 1980’s to me, and I don’t remember that sofa ever being in style. It looks like they took an old sofa from the 1960’s and reupholstered it in teal. That’s the 80’s thing. And this looks so “blue blood country club” to me. In a country club ( and I speak from the experience of my tragic youth) you want everything to look like it’s never changed and always in a slightly dissheveled state. It’s so everyone can stand around and act like they don’t care – that these things have been in the family for years and one has much more important things to attend to – like messing with the downstairs maid.

  2. Becky says:

    March 21st, 2007 at 2:28 pm (#)

    Pefect descripion of country club Jennifer – actually, I think The Preppy Handbook recommends decorating in such a manner as well!

    I called The Greenbrier to see if these were the original Dorothy or if they had been redone in the interim, and I was told it was the original Dorothy, which surprised me on some of them as they looked a bit like 80’s makeovers. It will be interesting to see how the remodeling turns out.


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