There comes a time during every design project when you can start to see things coming together.
All the hard work, careful planning and creative inspiration combine and you get glimpses of how it will look when it is finished.
I had several of those beautiful glimpses this week and it took my breath away!
The Little Inn has been a cornerstone in Bayfield for many generations.
Being part of the amazing team brought together to revitalize her has been a pleasure.
The stellar graphic design creatives from Chad Roberts Design gave us a taste of what is to come with the launch of the new website holding page yesterday.
I can not wait to see what the full site will look like.
It will launch when the Inn reopens.
And what is in store for your taste buds you ask…
I have been privy to the exciting culinary vision that is Chef Michael Potters as he designs truly mouthwatering menus for both the Willow Room and the new Taproom.
I have absolutely no doubt that he is creating the groundwork of superb destinations for anyone who loves food.
Master sommelier John Szabo is also on board…
Yes, I agree…
That gives you a peek into the new website and the exciting food program…
What about the interior design you ask…
Well, that is my department as you know.
The past three weeks have been a whirlwind.
On Jan. 2 the main Inn closed its doors and we began the renovation process ( the cottage property is still open to guests, for reservations call 1-800-565-1832 ).
Kent and I had been working in the background for months redoing two guest rooms on the Q.T. and making plans for the redesign of all public spaces but the heavy lifting of the project began on the 2nd.
With help from Brittany, Cassidy and the rest of the staff of the Inn we cleared out and began to work.
I snapped a few pics that first day to remember where we started!
This chimney and wall is gone now…
Unobstructed views from the parlour into the bar area have been created.
It is simply beautiful!
In removing the old bar flooring we made some fascinating discoveries!
Some ironstone shards, a wonderful pipe by Henderson’s of Montreal and this adorable baby in a shoe.
We weren’t sure what the story of the shoe was so I did a little research…
Turns out it is a whistle given out at fairs!
There is quite a bit of plaster work to be done.
We also found several layers of wallpaper under the wainscotting ( Don’t panic, we didn’t remove all the wainscotting! Just the portion between the bar doors where the wall was removed. ) This discovery did verify that the wainscotting was a later addition.
The best treasure for me has been the discovery of some original hand painted wallpaper. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to find that my chosen colour palette for the parlour was spot on with one of the historic incarnations of the Inn!!
Thank you for all the wonderful emails, messages, comments on Instagram, FB etc.
It is fantastic how excited and involved you are with the process.
I can’t wait to share more with you.
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