When the fashion designer Frank Muytjens and the artist-slash-restaurateur Scott Edward Cole laid eyes on the 1792 home known as Kenmore Hall, they fell hard and fast. Perched above rolling hills in Richmond, Massachusetts, the Georgian-style building still boasted original details like a detached carriage house and broad wood floors. The duo decided to turn it into The Inn at Kenmore Hall—and, as you can guess, they had some pretty excellent ideas for how to make the space modern and airy, while preserving the calming character. Take a peek at how they did it—and how you can bring the same old-meets-new vibes to your own space.
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The Vibe: It’s as if you had an extremely chic uncle who renovated classic homes as a hobby, filled them with modern furniture and art sourced from his world travels, and loved hosting weekend guests. There are plenty of preserved Georgian details—think elegant wood banisters and arched windows. But this is far from a period piece, thanks to the addition of Eames lounge chairs, pops of robin’s-egg blue paint, and subway-tiled glass showers.
Fun Fact: In the 1880s, the building was home to a prestigious boarding school, and after becoming a private home again later, it hosted musical bigwigs Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copeland.
How to Recreate the Feel at Home
Soft paint colors in shades like pale gray and washed-out lavender set a serene backdrop for framed museum posters (propped up for a more casual vibe, naturally) and muted marble fireplaces. Traditional rugs add warmth and texture, mixing seamlessly with both the mid-century sideboards and Shaker-style chairs.
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