Right after months of renovations, The Colony hotel unveiled its revamped lobby, and a new staff addition, on Dec. 18. The foyer, which will now be known as the Living Home, has reopened underneath the supervision of Megan Brolley as the freshly appointed living room manager.
The new house caters to hotel guests and the local community alike, serving as a gathering spot for check-ins and a quick cease for locals to seize cocktails prior to dinner or sip coffee with the morning’s newspaper. Guests will have access to all-day beverage and cocktail assistance, and soon the resort will insert a menu so men and women can get light-weight bites in the foyer.
Sarah Wetenhall, who co-owns the resort with partner Andrew, is powering the renovation. She worked with community corporations and renowned artists for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to comprehensive the Dwelling Room. When Palm Beach front County ordered necessary closures for motels, motels and other lodging institutions back again in March, the Wetenhalls made a decision to kick-start out the hotel renovations they experienced prepared for later down the highway. The lodge failed to reopen right until Oct. 29.
The Dwelling Room’s major feature is its custom hand-painted wallpaper, which was was inspired by old Palm Beach and a mural that adorned the resort lobby back in 1947.
“I learned an old postcard graphic of the mural titled ‘The Early Days in Palm Beach’,” she reported. “We labored hand in hand with de Gournay to make this distinctive ‘love letter’ to The Colony and Palm Seaside. It was our mission to embody the whimsy and humor of our beloved lodge, introduced to existence via the meticulous artistry of de Gournay.”
De Gournay is a London-based wallpaper company known for its in depth hand-painted panels and scenic layouts. Doing the job with the founder’s daughter, Hannah Cecil Gurney, Wetenhall designed the wallpaper that wraps all around the overall area.
It options Florida’s native flora and fauna on a personalized pink Edo Xuan Paper. Among the alligators and diamond-putting on panthers are personal touches this sort of as The Colony’s mascot monkey Johnny Brown, the Wetenhall’s family dog Palmer, and small animals in sets of three representing the couple’s three children — Maggie, Drew and Amelia.
“I have extensive adored The Colony and simply cannot feel of it without the need of smiling,” Gurney said. “The merged passion The Wetenhalls and I have for our family members manufacturers and building a thing that will be a section of the two of our histories is tremendous.”
The lobby’s décor was designed by Kemble Interiors, which made use of its layouts as very well as vintage finds to beautify the place. Blush pink seating locations, touches of brass sconces, wicker lamps and carved elephant tables sit atop the hotel’s first black terrazzo flooring, which have been revealed and been through a complete restoration. The Living Room’s focal issue is a 10-foot tall pagoda earlier mentioned the fireplace greeting guests as they wander into the resort.
A historic landmark with a modern touch
Before this year, the resort was landmarked by the City Council. The British Colonial design and style building at 155 Hammon Ave. was intended by the architectural business of Simonson & Holley and erected in 1946-47, through the town’s next building growth. Back then, it was a winter roost for royalty and dignitaries alike, which includes the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who ended up acknowledged to get pleasure from month-prolonged stays.
The Colony has 89 rooms on 5 floors and three penthouses overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Truly worth Lagoon, Everglades Golf Training course and Truly worth Avenue. Across the avenue are seven villas with a personal pool and parking.
The Wetenhalls purchased the lodge in 2016 for $12 million with the objective of renovating most of it. Back then, the lodge had already undergone a four-year, top-to-base, $14-million renovation venture overseen by inside designer and Palm Beach Every day News columnist Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Co.
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So much, the Wetenhalls have renovated the dining space, ballroom, lobby and four of the seven villas throughout the street.
The hotel’s villas have been renovated in collaboration with area businesses and each has its very own flair and ornamental scheme.
Just one was a collaboration involving décor and home furniture store Serena & Lily and Palm Beach Lately’s sisters Beth Achenbach and Danielle Norcross another two were renovated by Kemble Interiors and the latest renovation was performed by resident Aerin Lauder, who redesigned Villa Jasmine with the lights, beauty solutions, fabrics and bedding located in her Via Mizner store.
The Colony also has renovated the outdoor location and created a backyard east of the Pavilion ballroom for out of doors functions and gatherings.
New space, new manager
Brolley stated she’s exicted to be part of The Colony spouse and children.
Like her boss, normal manager Bruce Seigel, Brolley has a prolonged skilled historical past at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge Co., wherever she’s held many administration positions in this kind of destinations as the Hotel Arts Barcelona. She left a placement as food items and beverage manager in the Boston locale for he Colony.
Brolley will be responsible for all areas of the Living Space working experience.