Decorator Carleton Varney, longtime Palm Beach Daily News columnist, dies

Poppy Slater

Editor’s note: This is an abbreviated version of a more in-depth obituary. The full version can be found here.

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Palm Beach resident Carleton Varney, the internationally known interior designer whose “Your Family Decorator” column appeared for more than 40 years in the Palm Beach Daily News, died Thursday, July 14, 2022, at a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens. He was 85.  

Mr. Varney was nicknamed “Mr. Color,” thanks to his liberal use of what he called “happy colors” in his decorating projects.   

Mr. Varney was president of Dorothy Draper & Co., one of the country’s oldest interior design firms, which he bought in the mid-1960s after working at its office in New York City for several years. The firm was named for its founder, a pioneer in the decorating field and Mr. Varney’s mentor. 

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