With a short trip over the bridge, Tampa residents can visit the newly renovated travel lodge turned boutique inn. Located along the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg has just added another treasure trove to its shorelines; The Post Card Inn.
At quick glance this inn looks like a fun and funky residential space, but with handmade and found objects the collaborative team of SLDesign and B.R. Guest designed a lower budget modern hospitality spot. Its exciting to hear that designers are taking steps to move away from pulling items such as furniture and wall systems right out of magazines and using their creativity to think out of the box when it comes to designing a space.
This is a great space that proves that by adding a little TLC to some found and pre-loved objects, you are able to create an up to date and modern atmosphere. Scouring consignment shops and flea markets the SLDesign and B.R. Guest designers took vintage lamps, side tables and art work, added a little love to these faded items and made them new again. The designers also got their hands dirty by spending more than 10 hours creating 1,500 feet of macramé rope loops entwined with lights to form a custom sculpture that hangs in the lobby ceiling. These are just some of the inventive ideas that this design group had come up with.
The Post Card Inn is a fantastic example of how recycling used objects can make a space look modern when done right and not tacky. Designing with recycled items is cost effective and a way to practice sustainability. Maybe this is the beginning of a new trend for hospitality design!?