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.
- Architectural Digest: “Tour the Kaleidoscope Project, a Show House Celebrating BIPOC Designers“
- Veranda: “This New Designer Showhouse Is Transforming the Legacy of an 18th-Century Inn in the Berkshires“
- Business of Home: “A showhouse that’s creating an enduring legacy for BIPOC designers“
- Elle Decor: “These 13 Rooms From the Kaleidoscope Project Have Us Dreaming of a Getaway“