Remember The Golden Girls?


The set for the Miami home shared by everyone’s favourite silver-haired sirens is surely one of the iconic interiors of the ’80s – blond, cane-framed furniture, an abundance of creamy pastel pinks and turquoises, that dreamy lanai (a word that only seems to exist south of the border) and, the clincher for me, that huge-repeat banana leaf wallpaper that wrapped Blanche’s bedroom in over-the-top tropical splendour…


Turns out the wallpaper – a pattern called Martinique – was originally commissioned for use in the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1940s, and continues to pop up in select rooms there to this day.

I was really pleased to see Brian Atwood and superstar designer Nate Berkus use this classic pattern in the dining room of Atwood’s Milan apartment in a recent issue of Elle Decor. I admire their guts in mounting this fantastic foliage in such a large-scale application. This is an 80s throwback I could definitely live with!

picture-33From Elle Decor, April 2009 (Photography by Simon Upton)