Banana Leaf Brazilliance

banana leaf dorothy draperHallway by Dining Room at The Greenbrier

While banana leaf has been popular since the glam 1940s, it’s certainly having it’s moment in 2016.

The banana leaf print – Dorothy Draper’s Brazilliance and the Martinique wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel – is both timeless and on trend, recently. I’ve seen the print pop up everywhere – like Dolce & Gabbana’s banana leaf collection (honestly, I’m not sure how I’d feel about wearing wallpaper, but who am I to question a fashion powerhouse?)

Interior design blog The Glam Pad gives a delightful overview of the two banana leaf patterns with plenty of photos in Marvelous Martinque Banana Leaf Wallpaer vs. The Thrill of Brazilliance, by Dorothy Draper.

The Greenbrier in West Virginia, Dorothy Draper’s masterpiece, has the banana leaf on carpet and wallpaper throughout the hotel. Pictured here, the carpet in the grand hallway outside of the Main Dining Room provides a pretty base for the Jamaican aqua, ballet slipper pink, and glossy whites dotted along the corridor.

The preppy print is adding a pop of leafy greens to coozies, stationery, and even a match box this year.

Dorothy Draper wisely stated, “It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.”

A few accessories with the banana leaf print … Because banana leaf is never wrong.



banana leaf stationery

Personalized notecards & note paper

shop Horchow

Horchow’s banana leaf stationery collection includes folded notecards, a note paper cube, and personalized notepaper in an acrylic tray.

banana leaf platter golf

Michael Aram Gold Banana Leaf Platter

Shop Neiman Marcus

Glam and simple, this pretty banana leaf platter can add a little glint to a table or be used to serve pick-up snacks at a party.

banana leaf lamp


Shop The Well Appointed Home

The price tag on this lamp is surprising until you learn each one is custom made. The website describes, “The lamp features banana leaf design in green. It made using handblown glass, and then lovingly painted and decorated from inside the glass and fitted with brass parts and silk gold wires.”

Banana leaf cups

 Cheers! Preppy disposable cups

 Shop Swoozies

Glam up your next bar cart (would look pretty next to a six-pack of Pelligrino!) or picnic with these banana leaf cups from the ultimate gift and party shop, Swoozie’s.

brazilliance pillows


Throw Pillows

Shop One King’s Lane

Throw pillows are a good nod to the banana leaf without wallpapering the entire room or using the fabric for a chair. Throw pillows are subtle.

banana leaf tray copy

Lucite Tray

Shop Domino

Trays are every designer’s secret to make a glob of objects suddenly styled. This is a great tray for a party, bedside table for books and jewelry, or any table that needs a little definition.

banana leaf coozie

Custom Coozies

Shop Beau-Coup

And who wouldn’t want to put their beer in this glam coozie?

personalized banana leaf match box

Custom Matchboxes

Shop Beau-Coup

Matchboxes remind me of the Art Deco Great Gatsby… These would be pretty as a party favor or to keep on hand to give with candles as gifts.

banana leaf pouf

A Square Pouf

Shop Domino

A pouf for your feet or cocktails in this pretty print will add a splash of leafy green pattern to a living room, playroom or reading nook.

Banana leaf lamp with bamboo

Dana Gibson Banana Leaf Lamp

Shop One Kings Lane

Dana Gibson prints are a meritage of Dorothy Draper and Lilly Pulitzer – distinctly retro, stylish, and Palm Beach chic without being mainstream or overplayed. This lamp is a statement piece for any stylish home.

Keep reading… Decorate like Dorothy Draper

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