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Banana Leaf Print

Banana Leaf Print

The print that started it all, Brazilliance, by Dorothy Draper in 1937

The print that started it all, Brazilliance, by Dorothy Draper in 1937

I can remember the first time I saw this print, and thought to myself "that's hideous". I was watching a video of Shay Mitchell on YouTube in her home, and she had a banana print wallpaper in her garden room with matching pillows (the link it to the direct video, I can't find any other pictures of this room online, and yes I really pulled this from my memory!). I just didn't get the esthetic. While I have always loved the color green, (I don't know another pre-teen who wanted to paint her bedroom sage after watching a million episodes of Trading Spaces) the print didn't instantly appeal to me. Now, after seeing it pop up in magazines and the internet, I finally get it. I started to love it's "chic" vibe, but didn't understand why it was chic. It was made infamous by the Beverly Hills Hotel and has popped up in hotels and restaurants around the world ever since. It was in a scene in Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, featured in Blanche's bedroom on Golden Girls, and has been glued to the homes of countless celebrities. 

Town and Country gives a timeline of the history of the infamous print here, starting in 1937 with the Brazilliance pattern created by Dorothy Draper.  The more famous print is the Martinique, by Don Loper designs, which is in the Beverly Hill Hotel. You can still buy the original wall paper here. It has stood the test of time and the palm print is currently on the runway for Dolce & Gabbana's fall/winter 2016-17 collection.

Photo via MyDomaine.com

Photo via MyDomaine.com

Nate Berkus and Brian Atwood  have this print in their home in Milan. 

Nate Berkus and Brian Atwood  have this print in their home in Milan. 

The original Martinque wall paper is not exactly budget friendly, (upwards of hundreds of dollars per roll) so where can you go to get your banana leaf fix? I went hunting for the past several months for the perfect shower curtain, as I wanted to incorporate this trendy but timeless print into our home. Currently, you can buy the Brazilliance patterned shower curtain on Ebay. I also found this Tommy Bahama shower curtain on Amazon (which, as it turns out is in this beautiful Brooklyn apartment). In the end I thought that these bold prints would overwhelm our tiny apartment (and even smaller bathroom).  I decided to go with a muted, watercolor version, the Beverly II found on Society6. I remember the days when Society6 was just art prints and maybe frames, and now you buy nearly anything from home decor items, to tech pieces, to clothing, that is all covered in your favorite artist's design. The art is so unique, that I triple dog dare you to find the same piece in your friend's homes ( unless you buy it for them).  

Beverly II via Society6

Beverly II via Society6

Sky Above Me via Society6 

Sky Above Me via Society6 

Don't Leaf Me via Society6

Don't Leaf Me via Society6

Etsy has beautiful digital files available for purchase as well, so you can print your own copies to the specs of your choice. The banana leaf with the pink bathroom is begging to go on my gallery wall.

via WallArt2Decor on Etsy 

via WallArt2Decor on Etsy 

So whether you want to put it up on your wall, use it as a throw pillow, or cover your phone in it, there is a multitude of options for injecting this banana leaf print trend into your every day. Or you can simply admire it via your Pinterest page.

Thanks for sticking around through this long post, I hope I leave you feeling inspired. My bathroom reveal will be coming soon! In the mean time you can check out my Pinterest page for my latest inspirations. 

I hope you find the good in today, 

-G

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