The Colony Lodge reimagines its foyer through the coronavirus pandemic

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. 

Megan Brolley is the new living room manager at The Colony Hotel. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The Colony was erected in 1946-47.

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.

This postcard that inspired Sarah Wetenhall's idea for the custom hand-painted wallpaper in the The Colony's lobby.

“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. 

The custom-designed wallpaper is an ode to Florida's native animals and flora and fauna. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The Worth Avenue clock tower also made the cut in The Colony's custom wallpaper. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The Colony Hotel lobby features a pagoda, vintage and new furniture and de Gournay hand painted wallpaper December 22, 2020 in Palm Beach. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The lobby's second floor was also renovated to use as a game room. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
Tiny animals in sets of three represent the Wetenhall's young children Maggie, Drew and Amelia. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News

“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.” 

Images:The Colony Resort lobby reimagined

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. 

The Colony Hotel's mascot Johnny Brown appears throughout the wallpaper design. At times, it's holding the hotel's pennant flag. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The Colony Hotel lobby features a pagoda and de Gournay hand painted wallpaper December 22, 2020 in Palm Beach. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News
The Wetenhall's family dog Palmer is also featured in the de Gournay custom hand-painted wallpaper. MEGHAN McCARTHY / Palm Beach Daily News

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.