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Be Our Guest - By Diana Mosher
A Relaxing Respite
The Cornell Inn also features an opulent guest room designed by
Rydhima Brar, founder and principal of R/terior Studio. Brar's direction
was influenced by the room's location right off the main entrance with two
large windows facing the street. Privacy was the first concern that came
to mind-she also thought about ways she could make it more of a calm,
relaxing space.
" That's how the narrative for the room started to come together, and it
resulted in elements of jewel tones, deep colors, heavy drapery, and very
bold, abstract tile in the bathroom, " explains Brar. She instantly gravitated
toward greens and blues and later added in pops of pinks and reds.
Growing up in Kuwait-and in her father's native India, too-there was
always amazing drapery with rich details and luxurious velvets and brocades.
" You may wonder why would hot countries with 100-plus-degree heat
use velvet indoors, but they actually keep the heat out, work really well as
blackout shades, and look very opulent, " says Brar.
While keeping in mind the experience of actual Cornell Inn guests, who
would be enjoying the space after the showhouse, Brar also came up with a
fictitious persona and narrative during the design process. " I call the project
the Empress' Quarters. I was imagining a princess from the ancient Mughal
empire visiting the Berkshires on vacation... How would this room be
transformative for her and how would she want to experience the space? "
Rydhima Brar
Likewise, Brar would like Cornell Inn guests to
feel as if they have been transported to a different
place-a unique, magical place that is very
luxurious. " I want them to feel like they're fully
cocooned. " They might not feel like they're in the
Berkshires anymore when they come back to their
room for a relaxing evening. But they will emerge
the next morning extremely refreshed and ready to
do more of everything the Berkshires have to offer.
Every hospitality design project has its unique
challenges and opportunities and requires a
narrative that must welcome visitors from near
and far. The end results will not always look
the same, but the measure of success is always
found in the ability to provide guests with a
true escape.
DIANA MOSHER, Allied ASID,
is a New York-based interior designer and
media consultant. She was the 2017-2019
communications director for the ASID
New York Metro chapter and continues to
be active on the communications committee.
Rydhima Brar
worked to
combine opulence
with comfort
and privacy in
a bedroom at
The Cornell Inn.
(Image: Frank
Francis_Elle)
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