Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 29
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 29

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
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By Connie Shearer * T Grand new things are happening at the Greenbrier, but. unless you are a frequent visitor at the stately resort, you would nfe'ver know it. ; Over the past couple of years a new wing was quietly and discreetly added; The wing has been decorated with the same lieht. bright elegance for which the Green- biaer has always been famous. OOne is easily overwhelmed by the size of the various, halls, foyers and rooms at the Greenbrier. The new colonial hall, for example, will accommodate 2.000 guests. It has five chandeliers, each measuring 15 feet in diameter. There are eight full size sofas and 20 large chairs in the Eisenhower foyer. There also are lamp and occasional tables and a larger table surrounded by four chairs. ...' ' * * * ^COLONIAL HALL has a red and green color scheme. The carpeting has a red fern-like design on black and the draperies Colonial Hall in Black, White and Yellow Colors Give Light, Bright Feel to Room Chesapeake Foyer Incorporates Red, Green and White are done with the same design in green on black. -·' The draperies are trimmed with black and the valances are shirred and edged with a black scallop. The lining of the draperies is red and shows just slightly when the black tiebacks are used. Chesapeake foyer has the same color scheme, but it is carried out in a different way: .. · The carpeting is lush, grass green. The dado is light polished wood and the wallpaper is a bright/greeii bamboo pattern on white. ~ 'The treatment given the French doors, which are used across one entire wall, is quite possibly the highlight of the room. The entire wall is draped with sparkling polished fabric which incorporates a huge strawberry and leaf design in red and green on white. The draperies open so that only the French doors are seen to give the effect of draperies between the doors. Black leather chairs and very tall, gracefully slim white floor lamps are the only furniture used in the area. * * * \VHAT MAKES Colonial foyer so outstanding? Is it the fact that the hall seems to be surrounded by beautiful white stairwells leading down to and up to the room? Is it the yellow, black and white color scheme, or is it the perfect combination? If you walk up to Colonial foyer, you will pass between huge white pedestals which hold white urns filled with boquets of French silk flowers. The floor is done in an 18 or 20-inch square black and white design. The almost floor-to-ceiling windows have yellow, black and green printed draperies. The draperies have shirred valances which are overlaid with a huge bow design done in the same fabric. The bow form was cut to specifications and then covered with the fabric in such a way that softness prevails even on a gigantic scale. , .-..The sofas in the rooirijare done in the same" polished material as the draperies. The accessory pieces which" include lamps, cigarette tables and fern stands are stark white. * * * SIZE IS AGAIN an important factor to consider when discussing the Eisenhower foyer. Remember there are eight sofas and 20 chairs in the room? The color scheme switches only slightly here. It keeps the green and white and adds pink. As in Colonial hall, the dado is light wood and the walls covered with the same green on white design. . The carpeting is brilliant green and the seating pieces are covered in a green, white and pink huge floral design. The accessory pieces again are white. * * * SPECIAL TOUCHES are seen throughout the Greenbrier. Just outside Colonial hall an 18th Century Chinese screen is used behind an original and unique table. The table which could easily seat eight, has a pedestal designed to resemble a stylized tree trunk. Looking down onto the table gives the illusion of looking into a tree, complete with leaves, branches, birds and nests. The table is handmade and hand- painted. Special touches are not new at the Greenbrier though. Window treatments have always outstanding feature of the decor --a.caseitfpbmt -- the arch- shapeU-windows just off the main lobby. '"" They are done in green and white brocade with swags carefully executed to create the illusion of braids. The magnificent gold-leaf chandelier in the writing, room near the lobby was brought down by Dorothy Draper from her New York apartment and hung shortly before the hotel doors opened for the party held to celebrate the major redecorating job completed in 1945 by the famous designer. Carlton Varney, president of the Dorothy Draper firm, is in charge of interior design at the Greenbrier. 1C -- August 3,1975 Photos By Frank Wilkin Eisenhower Foyer Adds Pink to Color Scheme Green and White Patterned Walls Give Light French Silk Flower Bouquets Are Used in Tall Graceful Urns

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