Design and Technology Advice From the Inn’s Interior Designer
Recently while sitting at the Inn’s Library Bar, a guest asked me if something had changed in the room – he shared with me that it felt even more warm and inviting than he remembered. “Yes,” I quickly responded – “we’ve added a large screen TV to the room” – No a large screen doesn’t add to a room – but a beautifully detailed bookshelf with aged books does. Here’s a design tip that I would like to pass along – when you have to have “technology stuff” in a room, think about how it can become an added plus or feature. My solution for the Inn was a shallow bookshelf with false bookspines. When this bookcase is opened a fantastic television for sports viewing is revealed – yet the use of antique books on the inside of the cabinet maintains the look and feel of a bookcase, whether open or closed.
A TV can be creatively integrated into a room and in the end can actually add to and enrich the feel of the space. At the Inn, the addition of aged books continues to enhance the comfortable yet sophisticated feel of the Library Bar. I have other design ideas for a clean modern tv book cabinet with all neutral and white book spines. I can envision it in a future suite at the Inn.
So, now that you know about the hidden television – Do stop in and enjoy a football game with us in the Library Bar.
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