On a recent trip around the coast of Lake Michigan, we had the privilege of seeing the Grand Hotel, a historic hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The building was constructed in the 19th century and boasted having the world's largest porch.
The structure was designed by architects Mason and Rice and took only 93 days to finish its construction! The location was a great spot for people visiting the lake not just from local states, but from throughout the country. There were quite notable guests throughout history who have checked into the Grand Hotel, such as Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, and some US presidents, just to name a few.
As you walk through the interior of the Grand Hotel, you will see bright and bold colors, a complete rejection of what we call drab. Carleton Varney is the oldest established interior design firm in the United States. He was strongly associated with the Grand Hotel's restoration and decoration processes, as you can clearly tell from his design philosophy being reflected in these fun photos.
Varney had designed all the rooms to be different from each other in at least one aspect, giving every room a different vibe from your traditional hotel experience. It truly is quite the place to be!
It was fun seeing the Dorothy Draper Cafe Chair in red, whch we had recently put into a project in Hinsdale, IL in black with Vervain ochre gold velvet seat. Carleton Varey is also the President of Dorothy Draper & Company. Dorothy Draper is often credited as being the first American, professional female Industrial Designer.