Since Chris and I bought the Inn almost a year ago we have been busy adding our own style to the property. We started with the kitchen and office. Everything has a new paint job and curtains and decor. We also purchased new dishes and cookware. We switched to local maple syrup and nitrate free bacon. The kitchen staff and I have been trying out new recipes and honing our baking skills. We’ve made about 20 different kinds of cookies and our sprinkle collection is a little ridiculous. Assistant innkeeper, Lilly, has become a biscuit and scone baking expert. Her sweet potato biscuits are the best.
We have replaced almost all the furniture in the common areas: dining room, music room and parlor. It’s been fun becoming an antique store regular. The staff at Bostwick’s in Candor https://www.facebook.com/antiquemallatbostwicks/ have been a great help and we’ve purchased a few things from our local store Mimi’s Attic http://mimisatticithaca.com/ . I’ve hung up many pieces of local art painted by my friend Patrick O’Connor who has since moved to California https://www.oconnorartgallery.com/ and the Inn already owned several pieces drawn by Ithacan Tim Merrick. Our goal is to continue adding more local art. My brother and sister-in-law gifted us a drawing of the Inn done by an artist they met at a Jeep rally of all places…It now hangs above the fireplace in the music room. For the winter months I set up a puzzle table and we have several puzzles with pictures of local scenary that you can buy at Sunny Days https://sunnydaysny.com/ just down the street.
All of our rooms have new bedding. We switched to the triple sheet method so that all the linens can be washed after every checkout. The Retreat Room has been redecorated with a bird theme using antique prints and prints done by a local artist. I am making my way through all the rooms, moving furniture, switching out the art, doing some painting. All the magazines I’ve read and hgtv I’ve watched have prepared me for this and I love it.
On the outside we removed all the white rocks and have replaced them with mulch and plantings of flowers and soon shrubs. The back and side yards are already full of so many beautiful perenials and we will be thinning them out and spreading them around. At the suggestion of our building inspector I have removed all of the ivy. It looks so nice but it is not so nice to the bricks and trim. We have plans for some painting touch ups, all using William Henry Miller Green that we are required to use due the historical designation by the City.
We look forward to meeting new guests and welcoming our returning guests. Please let us know what you think of all the changes. We will continue to provide all of you with attentive service, a comfortable atmosphere along with our delicious breakfasts and desserts.