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In the Pink: Dorothy Draper--America's Most Fabulous Decorator Hardcover – January 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Shannongrove Press, Inc.; 1 edition (January 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972766189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972766180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 11.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carleton Varney grew up in Nahant, Massachusetts. After Varney graduated from Oberlin College, his studies took him to the University of Madrid and Europe. Upon returning to New York in 1962, he earned a Master's Degree in Education from New York University and later joined the decorating firm of Dorothy Draper and Company, Inc. Varney writes a regular syndicated column that appears in the 'Palm Beach Daily News'. He has published twenty-seven books on decorating including his latest, 'Mr. Color',penned two novels, and written the official biography of Dorothy Draper. He has just released his first CD, 'Music with Style', for Rick Dees Entertainment. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Carleton Varney grew up in Nahant,
Massachusetts. His parents loved to garden and one of
his greatest influences was living among the natural
colors of flowers. Varney graduated from Oberlin
College, where he majored in Spanish with dreams of
becoming an ambassador. His studies took him to the
University of Madrid and Europe. There he was forever
impressed by the simplistic cottages as well as the
magnificent cathedrals and palatial interiors he visited.
Upon returning to New York in 1962, he earned a
Masters Degree in Education from New York University
and later joined the decorating firm of Dorothy Draper
and Company, Inc. Now forty years after becoming
the company's president, he still imbues each design
with a color-filled imagination. Varney writes a regular
syndicated column that appears in the Palm Beach
Daily News. He has published twenty-seven books on
decorating, penned two novels, and written the official
biography of Dorothy Draper. He has been the design
consultant to the White House, decorated Mackinac
Island's Grand Hotel, and now serves as the curator
and designer to the Greenbrier in White Sulphur
Springs, West Virginia. He appears often on his live HSN
television show, Live Vividly, and has just released his
first CD, Music with Style, for Rick Dees Entertainment.
Mr. Varney resides in New York and Palm Beach.

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A book about great style, and a book with great style.
Collector
Interesting book about the life and style of Dorothy Draper and the history of her career.
Dawn M. Vera
From a designer's point of view it is a little slim on factual info and is a bit gossipy.
G. Beekman

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Greg Robertson VINE VOICE on April 1, 2007
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I bought this book for my wife, who is an artist and color consultant, because I thought she'd enjoy seeing an iconic designer known for her bold use of color and thematic environments -- especially done on a grand scale. And, yes, you will find page after page after page of grand ballrooms, hotel lobbies, mansion-size dining rooms, and so on here.

80% of them, unfortunately, are photographed in black & white. So much for the bold use of color.

There are two great color photos -- pages 161 and 207 -- that show off Draper's lush, vibrant style. But the rest of the book is either slightly out of focus color photos, color illustrations and old ads, or black & white photos. It's just sad in how it under-represents Dorothy Draper.

"But be fair," you say. "Dorothy Draper's peak took place before the advent of color photography." That's fine. But this book is a perfect example of the rare publishing project that truly is BEGGING for Photoshop colorization. On page 53, for example, the text refers to a House & Garden magazine article which declared one of Draper's most visible design projects, Hampshire House, to be "a gold mine of decorating ideas, particularly in color." And yet all four photos on that spread are in black & white, as are the spreads before and after it. A very good Photoshop artist -- and several do perfect, true-to-life work -- could give those old black & white shots the vivid, vibrant colors that would represent Dorothy Draper properly and accurately without changing Draper's style one iota.

As I say in my title, as a history (of the advent of superstar designers) and a biography (of Draper), this is a very good book that should not be overlooked.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sybe Sijt Meerstra on June 1, 2006
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The book is very well made and the photography is good given the age of the photos available. But it is mainly about hotels,lobbies and so on. I would like to have seen more houses of individual clients as well and more rooms done by Carleton Varney of a recent date. I think we will have to wait for a book about Carleton Varney himself to see the "Draper" touch in this century.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jill McCurdy on June 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As an avid fan of Dorothy Draper style, I found the quality of the photography, and the lack of color photos, frustrating. In this digital age, it would have been interesting, and possible, to view the b/w photos alongside a digitally colored version to get the real impact of these beautiful rooms. A few glossy pages would have also helped. Happy to have this book in my collection, but unlikely it will be viewed as frequently and lovingly as Kelly Wearstler's books.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In The Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator by Carleton Varney is an incredible collection and celebration of timeless interior design concepts by the renowned interior designer and decorator Dorothy Draper, a woman far ahead of her age. Deftly compiling an profusely illustrated compendium of Draper's remarkable work, In The Pink holds the reader's total attention from first page to last with an informative text enhanced with photography showcasing memorable designs created by the sharp eye and even sharper imagination of Draper throughout her world acclaimed career. A "must" addition to professional and academic library Interior Design reference collections, In The Pink is to be given high praise and recommendation for non-specialist general readers with an interest in interior design.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By blackjack humbug on May 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While Kelly Wearstler was still in the womb, Dorothy Draper was jetsetting the style world in a solid gold Deusenburg that was fueled exclusively on Chanel no. 5. Her contribution to the interiors and custom fabricated furnitures and fixtures has forever seared a scar into the homes of hollywood and beyond. Liberace himself would be sent into a seizure over Dorothy's hallucinagenic oppulence and fearless approach to her indulgent, decorative torture chambers. Get this book and blow your mind.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Witherspoon on March 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I HAD BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AND NOW I AM SO DISAPPOINTED.....WHILE THE COVER IS STUNNING AND IT PULLS YOU IN TO LOOK AT THE REST OF THE BOOK THE PHOTOGRAPHS INSIDE ARE NOT GOOD AT ALL...I AM SURPRISED WITH TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY THE PHOTOS WERE NOT BETTER....IT ALSO SHOWED ME THAT THE DORTHY DRAPER STYLE WAS NOT AS CLASSICAL AND LONG LASTING, EXCEPT FOR THE GREENBRIAR HOTEL WHICH IS STILL BEAUTIFUL...MOST OF THE INTERIORS THAT SHE EXECUTED AND WERE SHOWN WERE LIKE AN AMATEUR DID THEM..SORRY D.D. AND MR. VARNEY.....SOMEONE OK'D A BOOK THAT NEEDED TO BE RE-THOUGHT AND RE-EXECUTED BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED......MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT..........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kko on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like other reviewers, I was disappointed in all of the black and white photos. The content is very good but it just needed more color to really show what Draper's style was all about.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Attila The Sub on July 5, 2006
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For all design professionals, modernism addicts, and even the layperson. The book is filled with wonderful images culled from a lifetime of decorating. Dorothy Draper's style was always fancyful, playful and above all else comfortable~she was not a devotee of the Eames pared down sterile and functional school of design. If you are done with Danish, numb over Knoll, and way past Panton~~~check out "In the Pink: Dorothy Draper: America's Most Fabulous Decorator" she will have you going for Baroque!
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