Interior Designer, Carleton Varney, dies at 85

Interior Designer, Carleton Varney, dies at 85

Interior decorator, author, and publisher Carleton Varney died July 14 at a rehabilitation facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Interior Decorator Carleton Varney Dies at 85

Decorator, author, and publisher Carleton Varney died July 14 at a rehabilitation facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. A ceremony will be held at a later date in Ireland for Varney, 85, who died after an extended illness.

Despite being in and out of the hospital before his death, he was still working full-time as much as he possibly could, dealing with clients on the phone and authoring his column for “The Shiny Sheet” in the Palm Beach Daily News, his son Sebastian said. For decades the lively and fastidious decorator’s name was synonymous with the rules-breaking interior designer Dorothy Draper.

He worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Draper for seven years and headed up Dorothy Draper & Company as owner and president for nearly six decades. He joined the company as a draftsman through a friendship with the Texas decorator Leon Hegwood, the former owner of Dorothy Draper & Co.

Now run by Varney’s son Sebastian, the company remains the oldest interior design firm in the U.S. In a 2008 interview with WWD, Varney said, “I worked with Dorothy for seven years and I have never truly worked anywhere else. It was all destiny.”

Carleton Varney Age, Family, Early Life

Carleton Varney was born on January 23, 1937, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He holds an American nationality. His Zodiac sign is Aquarius and belongs to the white ethnic group.

carleton varney family

we don’t have much detailed information regarding the Carleton Varney family. His family’s verified information will be provided later.

Carleton Varney Wife, What about his Children?

Varney and the former wife Suzanne had three sons—Nicholas, creator of fine jewelry, Seamus, and Sebastian, president of Carleton V Ltd.

Carleton Varney’s Career, What was his profession?

Carleton Varney began his career by teaching Spanish, French, and history at New York’s New Rochelle Academy, joined Dorothy Draper & Co. in 1960, and bought the firm in 1964. Dorothy Draper Co., Inc. has offices located in New York, Palm Beach, White Sulphur Springs, and London.

Varney’s design work includes private houses of celebrities and international leaders, hotels around the world, castles in Ireland, yachts, ships, and private, and public buildings. His work includes two historic hotels—The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. Society Expeditions’ World Discoverer ships had public and private spaces designed and restored by Varney.

His public work includes the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the Vice President’s Washington residence, and the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Japan. His celebrity client list includes Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Van Johnson, Fay Wray, and many other Hollywood luminaries. Varney’s product design encompasses fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, dinnerware, stained glass windows, and scarves. He is also the founder of Carleton V Ltd, Carleton Varney By the Yard, and Dorothy Draper Fabric & Wallcoverings.

How much is Carleton Varney Net Worth?

Carleton Varney’s net worth has not yet been investigated in detail.

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Which school and college did he go to?

Carleton Varney obtained his bachelor’s degree in Spanish and fine arts from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1958 and a master’s degree in fine arts instruction in 1969 from New York University.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Carleton Varney is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He has 18.5k+ followers on Instagram and 332+ followers on Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Carleton Varney’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Carleton Varney’s should be knows

Zodiac signAquarius
Relationship StatusMarried