The Beverly Hills Hotel – infamous for its pink walls behind which Hollywood starlets would meet with Casting Directors, Marilyn Monroe frequented its bungalows, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton honeymooned & John Lennon and Yoko Ono once spent a whole week in bed…… AND its wallpaper – yes that’s right, a Banana Tree Leaf print wallpaper was created especially for the Hotel in 1942 and has become one of the most iconic interiors prints ever since.
It’s still there to this day and the Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper is available to buy from the Beverly Hills based interiors shop who produce it – if you are happy to pay nearly $350 per roll!
(Pics from Pinterest)
I’ve always loved tropical prints and for me, palm greens mixed with blush pink tones are the epitome of retro, Californian cool.
This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year , greenery, has sparked a wave of jungle and foliage patterns popping up everywhere for both fashion and interiors.
I’m a big fan and as I’ve been obsessively internet shopping ready to revamp our lounge, I thought I would share a few of my ‘foliage finds’:
(Pic 1 @deborahlake instagram, Pics 2&3 from Pinterest)
The print of D&G’s wrap dress has a great resemblance to the iconic wallpaper:
For a more subtle look, this chic shirt dress from Sugarhill Boutique could be dressed up and down so easily, or a more casual maxi dress from Forever 21 is perfect for the summer months:
Both of these swimsuits from Topshop are flattering and sexy!
There’s a very pretty and chic range of palm print silk scarves, clutches and bags from Bella Ballou if you prefer to just accessorise with prints:
(Pic 1 @mcblakewich instagram, Pics 2&3 from Pinterest)
There are lots of modern, alternative palm print wallpapers to choose from such as these from Graham & Brown:
and a great choice of soft furnishings if you’d rather make a statement with something less permanent!
Cushions – Etsy
Duvet cover – Next
Black and white cushion Zara:
Liven up a plain bathroom with this tropical shower curtain from Society 6:
or adding some pattern with these pretty retro wall prints:
……and finally, why not just introduce some real Palms?! This one from IKEA is an absolute bargain:
I hope that’s given you a bit of shopping inspiration, next week I have a lovely guest blogger talking about Corfu and a review of cruelty free cosmetics!