One of the world’s best-known and in-demand interior decorators, Carleton Varney is the President/Owner of the prestigious Dorothy Draper & Co., Inc, and has been decorator to stars such as Joan Crawford and dignitaries such as President Jimmy Carter. Varney is a current cabinet member of the White House Council on Historic Preservation and continues his colorful work for landmark luxury hotels including The Greenbrier, The Grand Hotel, The Colony Hotel and others.
Varney has decorated the Vice President’s Naval Observatory residence as well as the Governor’s mansions in West Virginia and Connecticut. He also served as decorator for the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland and is the author of over 34 books on design and decorating and has penned two novels. His wide range of books, fabrics, gifts, and home décor is available on www.carletonvarney.com.
This year, Carleton Varney will talk about the historically-based projects he has worked on over the years and share stories about Dorothy Draper’s sense of fun in everything she decorated and how she entertained. His books as well as Mrs. Draper’s books, Decorating is Fun and Entertaining is Fun will be available during his two presentations.
Chuck Chewning’s award-winning international interior design work includes the much-celebrated restoration of the historic Gritti Palace and the Palazzo Berlendis in Venice, Italy. He has also completed highly acclaimed projects for royal residences in Great Britain, and many luxury hotels.
Chewning served as Creative Director for the American lifestyle brand, Donghia, and Design Director of Studio Rubelli. An honorary scholarship was set up in his name at his alma mater, The Savannah College of Art and Design, inviting notable industry leaders to teach the history of 20th century interior design at SCAD.
A resident of Savannah, Georgia, Chewning has completed stunning renovations for clients including Richard Kessler for the iconic Armstrong-Kessler Mansion and for John O. Morisano and Carol Sawdye’s historic home that will be on virtual tour this year.