The Greenbrier

February 13, 2015

We leave today for a family trip to West Virginia to visit the Greenbrier hotel.  One of my best friends from high school goes often so I have known of its existence for a while, but it was only after I started blogging that I learned about its famous interior design by Dorothy Draper.  Us interior design bloggers just love Dorothy Draper, her color combinations, her furniture designs and her fabulous fabric and wallpaper designs. So it will be such a treat for me to visit. I have heard it is bright in there and since it will be really chilly during our stay I will look forward to all those vibrant colors.  And hopefully we get some snow so we can take a horse drawn sleigh ride. Fingers crossed.

The history of this hotel is very interesting.  It was founded in 1858 as a go-to summer destination since it was located nearby some natural mineral springs.  Then during World War II the U.S army converted it into a hospital.  After the war was over the owners turned to the famous Dorothy Draper to redesign the entire place.  Every. Single. Last. Inch, which she turned from drab to fab with a budget of $4.2 million, which was astronomical back then. In 1948, at the Greenbrier's, reopening, the hotel counted with Bing Crosby and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as their guests. Dorothy Draper was then established as the country's most famous interior designer. 

Dorothy Draper was born to a wealthy and privileged family in 1889 and she is said to have been the first person to make interior design a profession.  She established the first interior design company of the United States in 1923.  Imagine, the first interior design business in the US run by a woman!  She was quite a character indeed.  She is well-known for her vibrant and lively color pairings as you will see in the following photos.

Her advice on antiques and oriental rugs? Paint the former and dye the latter. “Just don’t be dull”. Dull she never was.

They have an indoor pool, ice skating, movies for the kids, cooking lessons, and lots of dancing.  I don't think we will be board.  I hope to take my own set of photos and show you next week.

Wishing you all an amazing Valentine's Day Weekend!  I hope you are loved and pampered plenty!

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  1. Have a great time! I have always wanted to go there--it is on my someday must visit list! I can't wait for more pics from your trip!

  2. I am SO jealous! I have not been since I was 11 or 12 and would LOVE to go back! I have such fond memories! And now being older and loving interior design so much I would have a much greater appreciation for this hotel!

  3. Have a truly fabulous time! I'm from West Virginia, and so The Greenbrier has long been a special treat known to my family. It's so beautiful and charming.
    Little-known secret: you can have them specially add your name to the menu on your birthday. You're welcome to take the menu home with you. (There are people who go there yearly for this experience and collect their menus!)

    Have a lovely visit!

  4. Ahhh I am so so jealous! Have a fabulous time, and take lots of pictures!! :)

  5. Have a fantastic time! We went for Thanksgiving and my family had a blast. Such a beautiful, special place and a Chinoiserie lovers dream.

  6. I haven't been in several years but it's a special place - just love the history! Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  7. The Greenbrier is at the top of my bucket list! Have fun!!

    The Glam Pad

  8. I can't wait to see it from your perspective! Enjoy!

  9. Wow...what incredible color! Hope you are enjoying it - I can't wait to hear details when you return! xoxo


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