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Two manor homes in a collage with a logo for the Kaleidoscope Project.

Innovative Renovations

Logo for The Kaleidoscope Project

The Cornell Inn property encompasses buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and has been welcoming guests for many years, with a wonderful sense of history.

We now step into the future – we are thrilled to be the Showhouse for The Kaleidoscope Project, a “thought-provoking venture to to amplify Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the design community. We seek to show the true colors present within our community and create welcoming and inclusive spaces that reflect a broader design narrative.”

The inn will be closed while the Main House and Carriage House are renovated and redesigned by twenty-two Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) designers, with spaces including rooms and suites, the dining area and the lobby. Each space will be named for its designer. The rooms and suites in the Kemble House will be redesigned by the head of The Kaleidoscope Project committee, herself an award-winning designer.

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The designers will work within a brief, but bring their own unique style to their assigned spaces. The brief encompasses three tenets: Rest (Neutral colors), Relaxation (Cool colors), and Rejuvenate (Warm colors).



The inn will re-open for guests on June 15, 2021 after an exhibition period during which the public may view the newly designed areas. Reserve now to be the first to stay in our brilliant new spaces.

Update: The exhibition took place on May 15th. The articles below showcase some of the designers’ world-class work.

The Kaleidoscope Project Designer Showhouse is proud to partner with educational programs and 501(c)(3) organizations providing scholarships to those in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community interested in a career in the arts and design industry. It is our responsibility as professionals to provide opportunities and a pathway to higher education for future creatives. As a part of the broader community of the visual and performing arts, we must lead by example and shatter the stigmas. In line with our educational efforts, participating designers are encouraged to mentor a BIPOC student or intern studying a design discipline throughout this project.

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