I checked out the Olde Bell Inn months ago for inspiration but I thought it was just too bland. One my readers left me a comment suggesting I take another look. The simple color palette, natural textiles, and uncluttered accessories fits the historic space and allows the rooms some air. My house has really small rooms and poor natural lighting. I appreciate the tight color palette in the inn allowing a great flow from room to room.
The Olde Bell Inn was recently renovated by designer Ilse Crawford. I love all of her work. My biggest decorating struggle is designing for the real bones of the house rather then my fantasy —a center hall colonial with tall ceilings and lots of light. I need to remind myself simple can be cost effective (perfect for my tight budget) and beautiful.