Notes From the Field: Designing for Guests: “Made INN Vermont”

April 22, 2013

By Karin Lidbeck Brent

As a stylist I have the opportunity to work on many different types of projects.

Recently, I had the opportunity to style a small jewel of an inn while visiting one of my favorite New England destinations: Burlington, Vermont. The inn was originally built as a nineteenth century home, and until now, it was a fabulous secret. It’s called Made Inn Vermont, and is a combination of Victorian architecture, eclectic decor and sleek, clean lines of modernism all wrapped into a four bedroom bed and breakfast.

I worked with photographer Jim Westphalen and designer Linda Wolf, also the innkeeper. We were able to capture the unique charm and chic character that Linda created during the renovation.

Photos by Jim Westphalen

The downstairs common rooms are uniquely designed using salvaged artifacts, vintage finds, world-class art and unusual accents along with memorabilia, which makes visiting the inn a journey on many levels. Linda used her unique vision to create an eclectic style. It’s now a wonderful space to gather and converse.

If you love reading about art, interior design, architecture and fashion books, you wont be able to leave the library.

Like browsing a museum book store, it’s a prefect getaway for reading and relaxing and catching up on culture.

Linda preserved much of the home’s original architecture within the breakfast room. She uses bold black trim and accents against stained wood moldings and paneling creating rooms with an elegant metropolitan feeling.

A farm fresh Vermont style breakfast of local cheeses, dairy products and local farm ingredients served country style.

Linda designed each room with a different look. She produced one-of-a-kind headboards from salvaged paneling, wood and antique boards giving the Made Inn Vermont inn its unique name. Much of what you find here are pieces that Linda has designed herself and made locally.



Each bed is designed with under-bed LED lights. Linda’s combined furniture of mid-century modern, 1960’s retro, or European antiques to make each room wonderfully confortable and unique.

The best part is the attention to the small details. Every room provides a retro record player with its very own assortment of 1950 through 1980 LP’s to enjoy.  A ride down memory lane!

If you go to Vermont and stay at “Made Inn Vermont”, please tell Linda Karin sent you.

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