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.
Personalized notecards & note paper
Horchow’s banana leaf stationery collection includes folded notecards, a note paper cube, and personalized notepaper in an acrylic tray.
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.
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.”
Cheers! Preppy disposable cups
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.
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.
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.
And who wouldn’t want to put their beer in this glam coozie?
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.
A Square Pouf
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.
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