Mill Falls Renovation Nearly Complete!

Over 30 years ago, in 1985, the original Inn at Mill Falls was added to the newly developed Mill Falls Marketplace, which opened its doors only the year before. This visionary project began the inspiring journey of Mill Falls at the Lake, and has helped transform the sleepy town of Meredith into a revitalized, world-class resort village while maintaining its old New England lakeside character. In that same spirit, the Inn has been undergoing a transformation of its own, with an updated look that keeps its original country inn charm!

Each of the four Inns and Lodges at Mill Falls gets a new makeover every 7 – 10 years, and this is the second renovation for the original Inn at Mill Falls. The first phase of this makeover took place last winter and early spring. At that time, the guest rooms and main lobby were re-colored and redressed with new wall coverings, fresh paint, draperies, bedding, and upholstery, and hardwood flooring was installed in the main lobby. Phase II of the renovation is now underway and will complete the hotel renovation. This phase includes repapering, recarpeting, and changing out all the lighting for the upper and lower lobbies and all corridors of the Inn. The guest baths have been extensively renovated as well.

Pat Sava of Sava Designs has been dressing Mill Falls since its inception, and for this new renovation she has created an updated, bold palette, transforming the rooms from a washed linen floral motif to a bright red and white design that’s contemporary yet country, in keeping with the unique style of the Inn.

“They all have a different flavor and different style,” explains Pat. “Church Landing and the Lodges are Adirondack. They were designed to feel like a New Hampshire lake house that has been lived in for generations. Bay Point’s design approach is taken from the antique classic mahogany boats that cruise Lake Winnipesaukee. Chase House is more of a New England traditional design, and the Inn at Mill Falls has always been more like a ‘Country Inn.’ It has simple, Shaker-style furniture and country fabrics and wall coverings.”

For the guest room baths, Sava Designs chose a small-width gray and white stripe wall vinyl to complement the guest rooms’ carpet and décor. The bath floors are heart pine, freshly re-varnished and accented with modern braided rugs that incorporate various hues of red and gray. The white toilets, shower surrounds, and chrome hardware have all been upgraded, and the cream and white limestone countertop adds yet another texture to a stunning bath makeover.

The corridors have been freshly repapered with a linen-textured large-width gray and cream stripe, while the upper and entry lobbies and the corridor to the Waterfall Café have been repapered in a cream textured fabric. New corridor carpet in shades of gray completes the décor of the rooms and halls.

“Red herringbone and red and white hounds-tooth patterned chairs are placed in the lower and upper lobbies to provide bright counterpoints to the subtle hall coloring,” says Pat. “A hand-woven red and white stripe loveseat is in the lower lobby. Antique furniture pieces make the public spaces feel warm and inviting. Guests can work on puzzles in the upper lobby, sit and read, or have group conversations in front of the fireplace.”

The new palette evokes Pat’s first theme for the Inn. “I originally designed the Inn at Mill Falls 30 years ago,” she explains. “At that time, it was also done in dramatic colors. All rooms had a Portuguese traditional stripe fabric for draperies and bedding. In the last renovation I did for the Inn, I used a faded linen floral fabric of Ralph Lauren with soft pastel colors. In this renovation the colors are light and bright. The new sofas are more contemporary in design but they complement the simple Shaker-style furnishings we have had since the beginning.”

Framed prints of local Meredith artist Stephen Hoedecker are hung in each of the guest rooms. Christine Hoedecker George, Stephen’s sister, has painted all the new artwork for the public spaces, with a subject matter of Meredith and the Lakes Region. In the lobbies, interesting black & white photographs of early Meredith are interspersed with Christine’s paintings.

The corridors are now light and bright with new LED brass lighting fixtures and linen shades. These fixtures replace the light fixtures original to the first décor scheme, and make the Inn more eco-friendly with energy-saving technology that will be incorporated throughout all the inns at Mill Falls at the Lake.

“Guests have been very pleased with the new décor from Phase I, especially the hardwood floors in the lobby,” says Michelle Brown, Marketing Production Manager & Executive Assistant at Mill Falls at the Lake. “We’ve heard comments ranging from ‘even more inviting than before’ to ‘fresh & vibrant.’”

“Mill Falls Inn is at the hub of downtown Meredith and the Marketplace, which makes it a popular choice for many guests,” Michelle continues. “Because of this we made every effort not to close the entire Inn for any length of time. We chose to strategically close down alternating floors so that we could remain open and avoid disruption to guests staying with us.”

Phase II of the renovation started in February and will be completed in early May. Pat Sava is happy to report that this part of the renovation has gone very smoothly with a minimum of down time or disruption.

“Design for the Inn at Mill Falls has come together as a whole as I dreamed it would,” says Pat. “When a renovation takes place over a couple years it is hard for people to envision the whole concept. Now all its finished colors, textures, and parts interweave. I couldn’t be more pleased! Sava Designs is grateful to have been a part of the growth and design continuity since the beginning of Mill Falls at the Lake.”

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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