We just returned from a photo shoot at Brass Lantern Inn on Nantucket, Massachusetts. We are thinking this might just be the most dramatic transformation we’ve ever seen in 11 years! Also, we picked up some innovative tips on creating a functional and beautiful pet-friendly guest room. Our hats are off to Innkeeper and Proprietor Michelle Langlois and designer Barbara Halsted.
You can see all the new pictures on the current Brass Lantern Website, but watch for a brand new White Stone Marketing website soon!
Here are some of our favorite Before and After shots from the shoot…
Same Room, Another After shot…
After shot of Wisteria Room….
Before shot of Wisteria Room….
After shot, Family Suite bedroom…
Before shot, Family Suite bedroom….
1.Synthetic, washable “outdoor” carpets have come a long way in the last few years. You can find great designs and colors and can hose them down if a red wine or pet accident occurs. The gorgeous wood floors are awesome for pet-friendly rooms; they add a beautiful warmth to the room and give it a contemporary flair.
2. From an aesthetic, functional and sanitation point of view, the all-white triple-sheeted bedding is a perfect solution for a pet friendly room. We always recommend a bed saddle (AKA bed scarf) or quilt at the foot of the bed to protect the bedding from “foot of the bed” wear and to add color and interest to the otherwise white bed.
3. This is not your grandmother’s wallpaper…We love they way they used fresh, new wallpaper to accent the wall behind the bed. It makes a boxy room warmer, softer and accents the “face” of the bedroom (the head of the bed).
4. Another clever wallpaper application: using it in the dormers around the bed. It creates a subtle canopy effect with the pattern and color. It also visually softens those very hard angles.
5. Innkeeper and Proprietor Michelle Langlois looked to a local Nantucket photographer for fresh room decor. Just like the finest 5-star hotels in the world, the rooms feature original art from a local source!
6. Sunbrella fabric (the sun-proof, waterproof, “wears-like-iron” fabric) previously came in very limited patterns and colors that were more appropriate for your aunt’s 1980’s Florida sunporch than a upscale boutique inn. That’s all changed!! Here, the inn slipcovered the upholstered headboard in designer Sunbrella patterns and also had coordinating bedskirts and bolsters custom-made for each room. This is an amazing pet-friendly solution–just remove the soiled slipcover and wash. This material is perfect for innkeepers!
7. Wall-mounted upholstered headboards are one of our very favorite solutions for any inn or hotel. Here’s why: They’re easy to clean if slipcovered, easy to redecorate (new slipcover!) as trends change, and comfortable for today’s traveler who does much more than just sleep in the bed. Also, they’re acoustically awesome—they add another level of sound absorption to a hard-edged space. More good news: they tend to be one of the most affordable options. Finally, they are foodboard-less, which means they save space and “open-up” the room!
8. A few coats of white paint on their old pine dressers completely freshened up the furniture and added a seaside feel to the space. This is also a very green idea, giving these old pieces a new life. Lastly, it’s a great budget alternative to buying new furniture!
9. Dormered rooms are notoriously difficult to decorate. Brass Lantern had the brilliant idea to add shelves in the nearly unusable space where the dormers meet the floor. It takes the space from “attic” to “room”.
10. This innkeeper “knows what she doesn’t know”—a very unusual trait. She hired a professional to help her transform her inn. We see multi-million dollar inn construction projects culminate in the innkeeper doing the decorating, often making wrong, expensive turns. It’s fun to participate in the process, but we implore innkeepers to seek outside help. Innkeeper Michelle Langlois hired Barbara Halsted, ASID of Fenwick House Designs in Nantucket to assist. Designers add a cost to the project but can help you save money with clever repurposing ideas and GETTING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.