Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style

My Palm Beach: Carleton Varney

They call him, “Mr. Color.” One look at Carleton Varney’s eye-popping portfolio, which spans over the last six decades, and you realize the title is not hyperbole. 

As one of America’s best-known interior designers and president/owner of Dorothy Draper & Co. Inc. (one of the oldest interior design firms in the country), Varney embraced Draper’s design philosophy, which stressed “the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab.” His calling cards — color, floral patterns and bold contrasts — continue to grace the world’s most breathtaking castles, celebrity homes, governor’s mansions and even the White House. He particularly made a mark in the resort market. In Palm Beach alone — where he spends more than half the year, he has left his mark on three famous luxury hospitality retreats: The Colony Hotel, The Breakers, and The Brazilian Court. Palm Beach makes him happy. “It’s home,” he says.

We caught up with Mr. Color himself, fresh off the ceremonious re-opening of his eponymous restaurant, Café Carleton, inside the Museum of Style Icons in Kildare, Ireland. We asked the legendary designer to share a few of his favorite Palm Beach hotspots.

Island Company - Worth Avenue Palm Beach, Florida 

Island Company - Worth Avenue Palm Beach, Florida 

Island Company –  256 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480

“It has clothing that is easy to wear for men and women. I love the surf board interior design and the friendly casualness of the place.”

Greens Pharmacy – 151 N County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

“I love to sit at the counter at Greens and read The Shiny Sheet. I order citrus fruit and fluffy omelette.”

al Fresco at Palm Beach Par 3 – 2345 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

“This restaurant is on the Palm Beach Par 3 golf course with great views of the ocean. Try the sangria — red or white — and the calamari or lobster salad as appetizers.”

Belle and Maxwell's - Antique Row West Palm Beach, Florida 

Belle and Maxwell's - Antique Row West Palm Beach, Florida 

Belle & Maxwell’s – 700 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

“Belle & Maxwell’s is in West Palm Beach. It’s special because of the owner’s attention to detail and the mix matched interior with stained glass hanging windows. The owner is Ms. Taylor who plans the menus. The big jumbo meatball is a favorite of all! Belle & Maxwell’s is on antique row and the ladies who lunch in Palm Beach all go there.”

Polo Bar at The Colony Hotel – 155 Hammon Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

“We decorated the restaurant with the Harry Benson murals and the deep green walls and Brazilliance wallcovering. The place is the hangout for the polo and glam set. Try the Russian mule and the steaks are cooked to perfection.”

Ibis Isle

“I go wherever there is a changing scene of boats and yachts. It’s definitely my favorite place on the island — close to all the bridges, Southern and Lake Worth, and a ride past Mar el Lago. It is a visual, oceanside treat.”

The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach 

The Colony Hotel - Palm Beach 

The Colony Hotel – 155 Hammon Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480

“It’s the truly iconic hotel where Palm Beach greats like Marjorie Merriweather Post lived and hosted the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Right off of Worth Avenue and on the ocean block, it’s the perfect Palm Beach destination.”

Norton Museum of Art – 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

“Just across the bridge, this museum has an impressive collection. You should also visit the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden and enjoy viewing the art while surrounded by nature.”

Our Pre-Fixed Summer Menu Is Here!


Our Pre-Fixed Summer Menu Is Here!

First Course

Choose One
Cup Of Our Daily Soup
Fresh Garden Salad
Caesar Salad

Main Course

Creamy Italian rice mixed with asparagus and tomatos.

Sweet Italian sausage & broccoli over a bed of Linguini.

Slow cooked ground veal meat sauce, chuck pork and Pancetta over a bed of Fettuccine pasta. 

Chicken breast coated in Parmesan cheese, and Pan-Seared with white wine, butter sauce, mashed potato and veggies.

Mashed potato and veggie of the day.

Shrimp sautéed in garlic, olive oil and lemon angel hair pasta.



Our Summer Hours for 2017

Our Summer Hours for 2017

Our summer hours at Belle and Maxwell's have started! We offer our space to private groups and parties for the garden and inside space. Below are dates we will be closed.

Memorial Day

Saturday, May 27th
Sunday, May 28th
Monday, May 29th

Fourth Of July

Sunday, July 2nd
Monday, July 3rd
Tuesday, July 4th


Labor Day

Saturday, September 2nd
Sunday, September 3rd
Monday, September 4th

Special Events

We enjoy hosting events from bridal & baby showers to birthdays, intimate dinners in our garden & more!

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