The Dwelling Bnb

Nothing great is ever accomplished alone.  I was so encouraged by the supportive community around these clients.  Even down to late night cleaning sessions so they could open up in time, there were always friends and family lending a helping hand.  Those are just a small part of the values that built this Bnb and […]

Nothing great is ever accomplished alone.  I was so encouraged by the supportive community around these clients.  Even down to late night cleaning sessions so they could open up in time, there were always friends and family lending a helping hand.  Those are just a small part of the values that built this Bnb and in the community it resides.  The Dwelling sits atop one of the many rolling hills in Amish Country, Holmes County, Ohio.  As always, function first then on to the “pretty” details.   ( I still cringe a little when I say the word “pretty”.  That adjective was so frowned upon in design school, but I can’t help but use it to describe this space!)

I was brought in after the building was going up.  So the floor plan was decided but we had free reins on all the finishes and furnishings…yay!!  There are two identical floors to rent out, easily accommodating groups up to 8.  They include a master suite, a guest room and bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a sitting balcony.  Also, there is a rooftop with a panoramic view overlooking the land for miles. Up there you will find a kitchen that includes a grill along with a huge island to host from and a fire pit surrounded by cozy couches off to the side.  Basically the needs for the space were to offer a modern option for tourists, vacationers, weekenders, or anyone wanting to get away and unplug.  My clients also wanted to stay true to the roots of the community.  So we still included LOTS of local quality Amish made products the community is known for such as the kitchen cabinets and all the beds and headboards.  Even the beautiful leather cabinet pulls are from the leather shop just down the road!  I am already hinting to the finishes.

From the start the wife envisioned a rich navy tone to dominate the space.  LOVE! It is a very modern tone right now and there is not a better color to contrast with the beautiful fall season! Side note, Holmes County is 3rd in the world to experience fall foliage, according to a 2015 National Geographic Article. So naturally we painted the exterior a deep navy.  The structure is waayyy to modern to go with the tradition choice of stone for the foundation.  So like always, I pushed the Amish contractors to their personal style limits, when I suggested we instal ceramic field tile.  It looks great and I am so proud of it!  We trickled the gray tone from the tile and concrete elements throughout the rest of the exterior with corrugated metal siding.  Onto the interior!

So this area is know for it’s quality furniture and cabinet shops.  Because of this, Oak was the dominate design element that I introduced.  But not your Grandfather’s Honey Oak!!! This is a modern take!  Again, stretching the Amish craftsman, you should see a pattern forming here, I designed navy stained oak base cabinets and kept all other oak finishes in their natural color.  We painted the walls white and all the tile is mostly white to contrast the natural wood elements.  Plus, who doesn’t love Carrera marble right now!? We added lots of soft flowy textures seen in the window treatments and inviting bedding.  The living room was designed to host family and close friends.  When you first open the door, you are immediately drawn in and feel a sense of peace wash over you!  Come and book a stay!  You will love it! 

 Visit the http://thedwellingbnb.com/ for more details or call 330.407.6864 to book a stay!

As always, I cannot do what I do without my amazing Subs! Thank you to Elite Flooring and Tile, B&K Home Improvements, and Buckeye Counters!!! And lastly, a big thanks to 12Stones Photography !

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