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We believe that reinvention and change are keys to success and longevity in business. Madonna, Betty White, Cher and Arnold Schwarzenegger are not the only ones reinventing themselves. We just got back from a shoot at Rabbit Hill Inn to re-shoot a room they had redecorated, the “Tavern Secret”.  Maybe redecorated is a bit of an understatement!! When they shared their plans for redoing this room with us about a year ago, I must admit I was a little nervous about the approach. Leslie and Brian wanted a totally contemporary theme for this new redo. That might work for some inns but this property has been hosting guests on this site for almost 200 years. When I think quintessential country inn, I think Rabbit Hill Inn. Contemporary at this inn made me a bit nervous!

Well, they did it. And it worked. Beautifully. Why? The honey tones in the wood-paneled walls and the wall color make an oftentimes “cold”, contemporary approach much warmer. The ambient lighting in the room is beautiful, sensitive and warm. Mark also found some very special contemporary stemware in our props collection for the champagne glasses – they take the form of those vintage champagne glasses, but with very contemporary styling. There it is again–tradition with a twist!

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The New Tavern Secret Bedroom
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New Fireplace sitting area in Tavern Secret

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View from Bathroom to  Bedroom Fire in the New Tavern Secret
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Before of Bath, Tavern Secret
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Before of Bedroom, Tavern Secret

Quite a difference, eh??

The Culinary Twist at Rabbit Hill 

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Chef Matthew helping us food-style a shot

A couple of years ago Leslie and Brian brought in Chef Matthew Secich. Chef Matthew, an alumni of Charlie Trotters and The Inn at Little Washington, also brings a contemporary breath of fresh air into Rabbit Hill’s cuisine. As a photographer, it’s a blast to work with Matthew. He gets very involved in the process, cares deeply and is incredibly creative. Check out a few shots from our last shoot:

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2 Comments

  1. abby jenkins says:

    >WOW~ as a prop stylist working on cookbooks and food shows I have to say your food shots are brilliant! Nicely done!

  2. Sandy says:

    >Brilliant innkeepers, brilliant photographers! Congratulations Mark and Matthew, Brian & Leslie!Keep up the good work. All best, Sandy Soule