With moderate changes to the cottages, they look fresh and inviting––perfect for today's traveler. Keeping the design inline with the property’s architecture, history and its surroundings, Joanne Palmisano is designing spaces that the guests will enjoy for years to come. Updated paint colors, frames, oars, tennis rackets and vintage trunks, all found on the resort’s numerous attics, have been incorporated into the spaces to bring some unique design as well as a nod to the property’s history.
Mad River Barn, Inn, Restaurant and Pub, is located at the base of the Appalachian Gap, serving skiers (Sugarbush and Mad Rive Glen), cyclists, craft beer enthusiasts, and other travelers exploring all the great things that Vermont has to offer.
The owners were looking for “a rustic farmhouse feel with an edge of industrial". A design was create to a connection to the past, while delivering a more unique and modern experience for the guests, including recycled, vintage and salvaged materials.
Photos by Susan Teare
From the inception of the project, Joanne was extensively involved, managing every aspect of the design. We are astounded by the results Joanne has produced. Since we had seen pictures of her previous work, we expected we would be happy, but she has far surpassed our expectations. In the weeks we have been open following renovation, we are averaging 15-20 tours a week. People who have heard about the renovation are stopping in to tour the property and to view the renovations for themselves. Our pub and restaurant business has exploded – growing far faster than our plans had projected – and we are rapidly growing our Inn customer base. Our existing guests have been our largest supporters, noting that we hit the perfect balance between retention and modernization.
From a financial perspective, Joanne also exceeded our expectations. Not only did she complete the project under budget, but she also passed along her designer discount on purchases, thus saving us substantially on the cost of materials.
To start the “refresh” changes, Joanne created a concept that would not only change the design, but also speak to the branding of Basin Harbor Club while understanding the needs of the guests, facility managers and housekeepers. Goals: the fixtures, wall coverings and furnishings speak to the history and depth of character of the Club, while feeling comfortableand clean. Updated lighting and structural elements create a safe environment that flows from space to space, cottage to cottage, room to room, while allowing for individuality of each space.
Many of the custom pieces using reclaimed materials came from the renovation project itself.
Open since 1886, Basin Harbor Club is a 700 acre resort on the shores of Lake Champlain. Family-owned, the fourth and fifth generations are now making changes to meet today’s travelers needs. With over 72 individual cottages and over 60 guest rooms in numerous historic building, Joanne Palmisano has been tasked with creating a style that speaks to the history of the resort.
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