Room Transformation: Edmonds Suite
As you know, we have been renovating the Inn ourselves, focusing on the bedrooms and suites. When this house was originally turned into a bed and breakfast in 1983 by the Fairbournes, they spared no expense when designing and decorating the rooms. The quality of the items and materials is apparent because everything still looks pretty decent nearly four decades later. Still, time does wear on things and styles do change. We wanted to make the rooms fresh and clean and definitely more modern. We did the renovations ourselves, partly because we could and partly because we couldn’t find a contractor that would fit within our time line. We have done something in every single rental suite and I am going to show you the before and after photos of the rooms.
That being said, the first room to show you is what we now call the Edmonds Suite, and it is the room we have touched the least. It was formerly called the Rose Suite– named for the wallpaper–and the decor is so over the top and so Victorian that we opted to keep this room pretty much the same.
As you can see, we really only moved furniture around and cleaned the walls and drapery really, really well. We created more of a sitting area in the front room. In the back sitting room, we again cleaned all the walls and drapery as well as rearranged the pictures on the wall (eventually the wallpaper will be removed in this area).
The biggest change in the Edmonds Suite was the bathroom. We removed the old built-in cabinet vanity and replaced it with a vanity that looks more like furniture. We stripped the wallpaper and opted for a bright, pale cream that coordinates with the creams in the wallpaper in the sitting and bedroom. We updated the toilet to a dual flush toilet– and one without a wooden seat! We regrouted the tub and replaced the shower head. The tiles and tub were scrubbed within inches of their lives and literally changed colors: the tiles are gleaming white now and not a dull, nasty beige color with years of dirt and soap scum on them.
Edmonds Suite bathroom
The second biggest change for this suite was the name change: the Sarah Emma Edmonds Suite. Most bed and breakfasts name their rooms to reflect the era and area. For an inn located in the midst of a Civil War battlefield, we did want to acknowledge that history but focus it on women. Most people immediately think of Clara Barton when you say “women in the Civil War”. We wanted to recognize someone else– someone with a more a tie to Antietam. Hence, Sara Emma Edmonds. She was a spy for the Union Army and enlisted as “Frank”. Her biography, and her autobiography Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: The Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battlefields, are completely fascinating and is available in the suite to read while visiting. She wasn’t the only woman spying for her side– there were several others: Belle Boyd, for example, spied for the Confederates and her house is located in Martinsburg, WV (about a 25 minute drive from us). We have placed several historical works in the Edmonds Suite to give our patrons an opportunity to learn about these women and others. This room name is a small tribute to their extraordinary contributions to the Civil War.