The interiors by famed designer Dorothy Draper are so much a part of The Greenbrier’s identity, that when new owner Jim Justice saved West Virginia’s beloved resort from bankruptcy and embarked on a dramatic renovation project, those pinks and greens were dutifully preserved. Now the resort has announced plans to launch the "The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating." Offered throughout the spring and summer of 2012, the one-week interior decorating courses were designed by Carleton Varney, the curator of The Greenbrier, Ms. Draper's protégé and the President of Dorothy Draper and Company. Interior design enthusiasts can learn tips for creating bold interiors from the design gurus behind The Greenbrier, The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI and New York's Carlyle Hotel.
Open for limited enrollment from February 26-March 2, March 25-30, April 29-May 4 and June 10-15, 2012, "The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating" will feature two-hour morning and two-hour afternoon sessions in such subjects as "Around the House, Around the World," "Creating the Wow Factor," "Putting Your Home Together Symphonically," and "Tools & No Rules." While staying at The Greenbrier, students can indulge in the resort's top-notch amenities, including afternoon tea and special receptions for "The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating." The enrollment fee for "The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating " is $5,000 (with $1,000 advance deposit required), and five-night packages are available at The Greenbrier, ranging from $1,847 to $2,642, including roundtrip airport transfers, breakfast, lunch and group receptions.
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