Have you ever come back from a beach trip and been thoroughly bummed when you can no longer watch palm trees swaying, or relax with a fruity drink with a tiny umbrella in your hand? It’s kinda depressing isn’t it?! Thanks to 1942 iconic interior designer Don Loper, the first person to use palm fronds, you can now take vacation with you wherever you go.
First, here’s a little history of palm frond design written by Benton’s Art and Design Blog:
“In 1942, interior designer Don Loper was hired to help decorate the yet to be built New Wing of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He needed something striking for the hotel's coffee shop, something to evoke the easy breezy attitude of this beautiful ocean-side location, and this instantly recognizable look was born. The pattern is called Martinique, and was custom designed specifically for the Fountain Coffee Room in the Beverly Hills Hotel, where it remains a fixture today.”
We also love their shout out to Blanche from Golden Girl’s fancy bedroom.
Wouldn't Rose of Golden Girls be surprised after she said "The older you get, the better you get. Unless you're a banana," to know that even the banana (or at least the leaves) did get more stylish with age?!
Below are our favorite palm frond items we’ve seen recently:
1. Creative Co-Op’s Palm Frond Plates
2. Studio DIY's "Palm Fronds + Bon Bon's Dinner Party"
3. WhitlockandCo’s Pillow
4. Crane Concept’s wallpaper
5. Robert Allen Bermuda Bay fabric
6. Minted’s Thank You Cards
7. Colorzen’s Watercolor Leaf painting
8. Dolce & Gabbana’s two piece outfit
We are sure you have seen some other creative items with this print and we would love if you shared your favorites with us. Hope you “leaf” this post feeling inspired to use palm fronds in your own home!