Monday, May 16, 2011

To change or not to change, please answer the question

This will be year 13 for Blueberry Cove Inn. Many things have changed over the years. Some have been driven by sheer necessity to bring the house from a trashed SRO to its current state. Some have just been for fun. Some have been to fix the first choice - who knew that antique bureau drawers wouldn't hold up to daily use? All have been driven by a desire to enhance the guest experience.

I have the itch again. In 35 years Dave has never understood why he might come home and find a room completely turned around. I like to migrate furniture. Ask my mom, as a teen I rearranged my room frequently much to her horror.

The focus of my discontent is the Glen Room. Don't get me wrong, it is a perfectly sweet room. Guests have said nice things about the room. No one has ever run from it screaming in horror. It is a comfortable room with a traditional motif.

But I wonder if it is too sweet or too traditional. Is it time to move away from toile and the antique dresser? Is the stained glass too pink? Are the green walls too unfashionable? Is there a great way to deal with the slanted exterior walls and lower ceiling that hasn't come to mind?

I love the comfy red checked settee but that TV has always been awkwardly placed on the dresser. Now that the Glen has a LCD TV maybe it should be wall mounted? The antique oak dresser with harp mirror is nice and roomy but showing its age. Unfortunately the windows and the 11 degree slant of the walls limit the furniture placement.

Help me out here. Should I leave it alone? Make it more modern? Go for a mid-50s retro/Madmen look? Does it need a shelf like the one in the Shells Room? Paint all the furniture purple? Mirror all the walls like a fun house or gym?

Share your thoughts folks. As an incentive to tap into your inner interior designer, if I run with your idea I'll give you two free nights (Sun. to Thurs.) this year in the newly designed room.

But, shhhh, let's surprise Dave with this one.

Innkeeper Seely


  1. I'm not even close to being an interior designer, but I always loved shabby chic. You have many nice elements in the room, like the settee and the bedspread. I think wall-mounting the TV would be nice, especially if you can find a way to keep it out of view some of the time. A fresh coat of cream paint. Don't know if you're up to painting the furniture, but having them all whites or creams instead of browns would be nice. Maybe some new lights around the bed.... As for the uber-modern idea, I like to visit B&Bs to relax, not to feel like I'm at the disco. :)

  2. When I look at the photos, the walls actually seem blue rather than green. Maybe you want a fresh coat of paint? I'd still go with green (it is a relaxing color and it goes with everything) but I'd pick out one with less of a blue undertone. Somehow it has an 80s feel to it.
    I like toile a lot, but if you want something different you really can't go wrong with a solid bedspread that has some texture in it. Add a few throw pillows, too!
    Unless the stained glass is a real antique or a family heirloom, I'd lose it and put something else over the bed. (If you keep it, get rid of the dry flowers--they are just dust collectors. I'm assuming that's what's on top of the mirror?) Maybe you could do 6 or 8 photos with a related theme set up in a grid--all the same frames. Ooooh, how about some black and white photos of light houses? You could work the nautical theme throughout the room.
    And I'd make the frames black. One thing the room lacks is that touch of black that designers say 'anchors' a room. If you can paint the metal part of the wall sconces black, that would look nice. You could also do the same to the post of the lamp behind the chair.
    Is there any way to angle the bed where the settee is? Or would your guests be clocking their heads on the slanted walls?

    You know what I'd do before anything? I'd measure the room and map it out on graph paper. And make little scale silhouettes (like a rectangle for the bed) to move around. That way you can do all the muscle work in your head first.
    Whatever, I hope you have fun redecorating!

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