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Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Gets a New Look

March 17th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

The winter months are a time period when we devote lots of time and energy to updating our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and this year has been no exception.  Of course, we do lots of little things, like fixing the chipped paint in each and every guest room (boy, do those vacuums do a number on the baseboards!), fixing wallpaper seams, and replacing rugs that have seen better days.

Before the renovation...

Before the renovation…

We move furniture and reorganize, just to make things work better for each and every visitor.  So our days are just jam-packed keeping our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast in ship-shape.

But we can’t stop there, because we always want to keep things interesting by throwing in a bunch of big time renovations and major design projects. We’ve teased you with a few sneak peeks at our design work, but now we have some real photos to show.

... And after!!!

… And after!!!

Sometimes, though a small change turns out to totally transform a room – and it’s always a real surprise!  This year we decided that Abbie’s Retreat Room 17 really needed a gas burning fireplace to complete it – I mean, with a plush pillow top king bed and double whirlpool tub, it was just begging for a fireplace too!  Who would have thought that would totally change the vibe, but it totally did!  Even with cool colors, it is such a warm and inviting space (and not just temperature wise!).  This year, though, all four rooms on the second floor of the Main house got new looks, with small but powerful changes in Captain Walker’s Suite, and complete redesigns in both Rooms 15 and 18.  Despite the face that Room 15 was well loved, it was time for a new look, and boy did we deliver – now “The Elmview Room” boasts a modern take on the traditional bed and breakfast experience.  While I’d love to go on about our many renovations this winter, you’ll have to stay tuned for more on our design changes, because this entry is just getting too long!  We know you’ll enjoy our changes in Room 15 as we bring an updated look to our loved Victorian, but don’t forget to let us know what you think about the updates to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

New Pictures of Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast are Coming!

February 24th, 2014 by Judi Hauer

Although chilly weather is in this week’s forecast, everyone at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast knows that springtime is in the air, because Christian Giannelli, specialist in Inn Photography, arrived this evening. We always look forward to Christian’s visits, because over the past few years he has become a great friend.  And, after months of hard work, his visits generally mean we’ve finished some

Beautiful shots like this one are all thanks to photographer Christian Giannelli!

Beautiful shots like this one are all thanks to photographer Christian Giannelli!

big projects.  In fact, we’ve been so busy renovating across the property that we will have to have him back for a second visit this year!

For a while Christian brought his lovely wife Melissa along, because photography is definitely a job for two, but his father Andrew has returned to the team.  And this father-son duo is so full of energy, enthusiasm, and our course, great design ideas! Before meeting the Giannellis, it never occurred to me that someone could be an Inn Photographer, but they truly are specialists!  Somehow they manage to blend art and science with design and storytelling to capture Kennebunkport Maine and the Maine Stay Inn in their true light. Your iPhone camera and Instagram really are no match for the resolution of their equipment and the expertise behind their well trained eyes.

Anyone that follows us on Facebook knows that I certainly don’t have the knack for elegant photography, so we leave that up to Christian and Andrew. Because, after all, you want to really envision your getaway to a Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, right? During this visit, they will be checking out three rooms in the Main house, the Elmview Room #15, Abbie’s Retreat #17 and the Four Poster Room #18.  Plus, Romantic Cottage Suite #1 got a whole new look that just has to be captured on film! It’s hard to believe that this will be the third time that Christian Giannelli has has to work in Suite 1, but we’ve got to keep you all up do date on the new looks.  So stay tuned for new pictures of the just renovated rooms and suites in our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Starts a New Renovation

October 30th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

We're saying goodbye to the Victorian Charm Room and welcoming a new look!

We’re saying goodbye to the Victorian Charm Room and welcoming a new look!

With October drawing to a close, our Maine bed and breakfast is gearing up for some exciting renovations and one is already underway!  While we’re not going to spill the beans on what is coming during the rest of the winter in terms of new room designs, we’re happy to announce that the Victorian Charm Room (#15) in the main house is no more.  The wallpaper has come down, the walls given a new coat of plaster, and are already boasting a new color palette.  And with all these changes, “Victorian Charm” is not going to suit the new look, and in a week or so we’ll be announcing its new style and new name.  Now, this room was much loved, and we’re not going to change that – we’re just going to add more of the things you love about our Maine bed and breakfast!  You can be sure that you’ll find a blissful bed, comfy seating, and all the modern amenities you expect from the Maine Stay Inn.  But we’re not ones for spoiling a surprise, so stay tuned for pictures and updates about all the changes going on around our Maine Bed and Breakfast!

A Maine Bed and Breakfast: Before and After

April 14th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Crisp whites and soft blues accent the bright new Cottage Suite 3!

Crisp whites and soft blues accent the bright new Cottage Suite 3!

As many of you know, the winter time is full of hustle and bustle at our Maine Bed and Breakfast, because in addition to visiting with incredible guests, we also are working to check off an infinite

number of projects.  And of course, there are the not so fun tasks, like helping Walter clean out his office, which morphs from office to storage room/workshop/closet for outdoor winter clothes in record time.  But the most fun are the transformations of rooms and suites across the property.  We certainly tackled some big ones this year, and Romantic Cottage Suite 3 is no exception!

With rich burgundy wallpaper, Cottage Suite 3 sometimes made it feel smaller than other rooms of the same size, so when planning the makeover, we knew we had to lighten it up.  Renovations, like most things at the Maine Stay Inn, are all about teamwork and the team all agreed on one thing – the great mahogany plantation bed  just had to stay!  That said,

Before the renovation...

Before the renovation…

we knew the queen sized bed was just not going to cut it, so we turned to local craftsmen for help.  Fortunately, they were able to create a stunning California King headboard out of the original!  So now, not only does Romantic Suite 3 have a double whirlpool, a gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and a breakfast room with the option of

breakfast delivered straight to your door, but it’s got a huge bed with a super plush pillow top mattress!  We decided to take a truly transitional approach when designing this suite, with contemporary geometric patterns and design elements balancing out the classic lines pieces like our beloved headboard.  Truth be told, we couldn’t be happier with the results, but the most important opinions to us aren’t our own – they’re yours!  So let us know what you think of the change we’ve made at our Maine bed and breakfast!

A Modern Cottage Transformation

March 17th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Every winter, the Maine Stay Inn undergoes a series of renovations, transforming spaces across the property, and none have been as dramatic as that of Cottage Suite 11, from a classic New England cottage feel to a sleek, modern suite.  And while modern design can sometimes feel stark and cold, we’re extremely proud of the warmth and comfort emanating from the room.  Plus, the new wall-mounted electric fireplace sets the mood in every season, with the



option to enjoy the ambience without producing any heat!

The idea for this transformation began with the simple concept of wanting a room with “a little bit of teal,” and it expanded from there.  This charming room with two double beds has been replaced by a sleek leather king size bed with  an ultra plush pillow top mattress, and a microsuede sofa, leather chair and ottoman have taken the place of wicker arm chairs.  But families and friends traveling together, don’t despair, there’s still room for four, because the American Leather Comfort Sleeper offers a bar-less sleeping surface with Tempurpedic mattress.  And

... and after!

… and after!

while the vibe has entirely changed, you can still enjoy one of the signature amenities of our Maine bed and breakfast – a gourmet morning meal delivered to right do your door (if you want it, that is!).

And while many B&Bs can get a “cutesy” wrap, we know that with a renovation like this one, a modern Maine bed and breakfast is possible.  But if modern design isn’t your thing, don’t worry – we firmly believe in offering a variety of styles so that every person can find a space that is perfect for them and their getaway, so you will still find updated Victorian, casual cottage, soft contemporary, and transitional looks in rooms and suites across the property.  Most importantly, though, we want to know what you think about this new look, so let us know!

Sneak Peek at Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast Renovations

February 19th, 2013 by Judi Hauer

Now this might sound crazy, but one of my personal favorite things about wintertime at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is the chance to work on renovation and redesign projects.  That probably sounds crazy, planning a new look is a ton of fun (although watching guests’ expressions when they walk into a room they love is definitely better)!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

A sneak peek at our renovation!

We love that each one of our rooms and suites has a distinct personality – you certainly won’t find that at a hotel!  But even more fun is sharing our vision with visitors before we carry out the plan, and often they shed great light on things that would enhance their stay.  Sometimes their suggestions are simple as adding extra shelves or hooks, and sometimes they help us with bigger things like bed placement, but it’s always helpful!  And this winter has been no exception.  A little less than a year ago, I stumbled across a wallpaper pattern that I thought was the perfect union of modern geometric patterns and traditional styling, which seemed like an ideal fit for an update on Cottage Suite 3 at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.  I filed that away, and during December we started searching in earnest.  After bringing more than a few wallpaper books back to the inn, we narrowed down it down to two, but after the input from friends, family, Maine Stay staff, and guests, the one we picked out so long ago won out!

Fast forward a few months and the renovation in Suite 3 is nearing completion, and although we are waiting on a few final touches on the bathroom, the delivery of a new love seat, and a chandelier (yes, a chandelier!), we’ll be ready for visitors at the end of the week.  This room has seen an incredible transformation in a short period of time, and we can’t wait to share the pictures with you once the photographer comes at the end of the month.  But we couldn’t keep you in suspense, so we’ll give you a peek at the wallpaper that inspired the entire transformation.  We hope you love it as much as we do!

Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast’s New Look!

August 5th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

We were pleased to welcome back photographer Christian Giannelli to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastto check out our newest renovations.  It’s been like torture to wait and show all of our friends and visitors the changes we worked so hard on this spring and summer.  But the wait has finally ended!  So while we haven’t quite gotten the chance to update the pictures on our

Kennebunkport bed and breakfast living room

Out with the old…

website, we’re proud to show you the fruits of our labor.

So here’s the story:  This spring, as we walked in the front door, my mother and I commented on the fact that, despite renovating every guest room, the kitchen, dining room, and hallways over the last four years, the very first impression (the living room) has maintained much of its previous character.  It needed to change.  So we discussed it and decided that the best time for a big-time overhaul like this one would be after Christmas Preludein December.  Well, as you know, once we get an idea in our heads, we’re just not very good at waiting!  So as soon as we finished serving breakfast, the ladders came out and the wallpaper came down. Poor Walter just didn’t know what hit him.  We had to scrape his jaw off the floor when he saw the bare walls and said

new Kennebunkport bed and breakfast living room

And in with the new!

“But…but I thought you said after Christmas!” He got over it pretty quickly, though, as he welcomed our color change, but he certainly was skeptical that we could pull off a change with so little preparation.  It took some creative thinking when it came to furniture, but we carried off the swap in stages.  That said, it has been fully complete for a while now.  Recent visitors to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast have really enjoyed our new look, and are really utilizing the new space to lounge and watch the Olympic Games.  Overall, it seems like this is a great new look for the Maine Stay Inn, but you’ll just have to weigh in and let us know!