Redecorating The Inn
Redecorating The Inn
Room 25: The Dog Room
Room 25 is often requested because it was and still is “The Dog Room,” – but the Inn's owner and I wanted to change it bit and create a more subtle canine reference. A light-colored upholstered headboard, stately chairs and lighter wall color (Benjamin Moore's Standish White, HC-32), were all intended to lighten the room and create a serene, relaxing environment. To continue the understated, uncluttered feeling in this room, simple shades were chosen instead of drapery. Contrast is provided through wood textures and various intensities of brass – from the large nailhead trim on the headboard to the heavy brass bedside lamps.
Innkeeper James Greathouse mentioned this is the most-requested room at present – both repeat visits from guests and others who saw the room and book it for their next visit.
We put Cris Angsten, our Interior Decorator, to work on Room 20 and she did not disappoint once again. Room 20 received a few touch-ups including new paint, new bedding and decorations, and new chairs.
Room 20 Before Renovations
Room 20 After Renovations
Room 24: The Colonial Room
Inspiration for Room 24, now officially called "The Colonial Room", came from some of the key elements of the room such as the fabulous fireplace mantel, the four-poster style bed, the round, black mirror and pair of pewter candleholders which point to Colonial Williamsburg. Cris Angsten, our Interior Decorator took these classic elements from that period's design style and aimed to make the room decor more comfortable and approachable. Cris said "The idea isn’t to feel like you just stepped back in time. It’s the look, but updated and more comfortable." The classic bedside lamps are an unexpected surprise. Guests will also notice the richer color of the fireplace mantel.
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It's been so much fun designing these rooms as we go along. The starting point for Room Twenty-Six was the rug, it has great colors like deep rich red and navy in it, and before too long I came across a fabric with much the same feeling and same colors both to edge the draperies with and to contrast with the new white bedding as a luxe pillow.
Rearranging the room allowed for the two natural focal points - the head of the bed, and those marvelous windows - to work together. The linen draperies catch the light and let the room just glow in the late afternoon sun. The antique chair found new life wearing two fabrics – a woven plaid and a great floral with the same colors in them as the rug.
The finished room captures everything we want for the Inn: timeless, gentlemanly, stately, with a few feminine touches.
- written by Cris Angsten, Interior Decorator
Over the past few months, Cris Angsten, Interior Decorator, has been busy assisting the StoneFort Inn with redecorating the Inn. Here are some of her thoughts:
"The general idea for the redecoration of the StoneFort Inn is to make it a little more balanced between feminine and masculine. It's naturally a masculine building, with its Civil War history, exposed brick and solid timbers. We sought to make it a little more timeless than historic – for example, using classic furnishings and prints, but updating them so they offer that wonderful gathered-over-time feel."
Room 28 is a bit Gentleman meets Elle Décor – Old World richness, texture and a touch of glamour. The trim on the curtains is a rich, deep green velvet Greek Key, too luxurious not to touch! Green is found in doses throughout the space.
Textures are in all the textiles in the room – from velvet pillows to the almost carpetbagger feeling fabric on the channelback chair. The large gold-framed mirror reflects more light into the room and adds a little drama, and contrast is brought in with wonderful antique and vintage wood furniture.