I’ve heard the style at the Omni Homestead described as traditional southern elegance. You definitely get that feel as you pull up into the entrance with its deep columned porch and white rocking chairs. The Omni Homestead calls itself America’s first resort because it was started back in colonial times in 1766. Luckily the decor is not that old although parts of it are definitely heading for shabby chic. After the recent purchase by the Omni hotel chain, the resort is undergoing a slow revamp of its decor. Luckily it’s maintaining is traditional Southern charm but just refreshing the look for the new millennium.
Stripes and Florals Oh My!
So what seems to be the traditional southern charm aesthetic? A natural muted palette incorporating lots of greens along with a liberal use of patterns in the form of stripes and florals. Punctuating the green shades were pops of yellow and green.
You Can Never Have Too Many Plants
I love the use of greenery indoors and outside the resort.
Wicker for Laid Back Living
The use of wicker furniture (another Southern staple) makes a room look less stuffy. Something about warm climates and outdoor living makes wicker and rattan furniture appropriate.
Pink Stripe Wallpaper
I volunteered as a candy striper as a teenager pushing the hospital book cart around to patients who were bed bound. The pink stripe wallpaper at the Omni Homestead reminded me of my old uniform!
The sweetness of the candy striped wallpaper is offset by the naturalistic bird prints. I noted Audobon prints all around the Omni Homestead. My father loved the Audobon prints in my childhood home but I always thought they were a bit creepy. I can see why there has been a move towards flower prints instead as a more soothing alternative.
The Omni Homestead’s Tower and West Wing rooms have been refurbished by Beaty and Brown, an interior design firm based out of Richmond Virginia. A quick look at their portfolio shows their inspiration is based around stripes, florals and nature.
The Refresh of the Omni Homestead
We didn’t stay in either the Tower or West Wing rooms. With a room capacity of nearly 500 rooms, presumably the rest of the hotel’s room will reflect the renovated rooms as well.
Our rooms were not as swanky as those in the West Wing but were comfortable and charming.
Here you can see a pink and green floral pattern that appears in the unrenovated section of the Omni Homestead (top) versus the modern take that appears in the West Wing (bottom).
What does this revamp show you? Good design never goes out of style.
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