Inside Out: Charles and Maurice's Home Away from Home

Inside Out: Charles and Maurice's Home Away from Home

Jill Slater
Jun 18, 2007

Name: Charles and Maurice
Location: New Paltz, NY
Owned/Rented: Owned
Size: Victorian 4 bedroom house (Bed and Breakfast)
Years lived in: since 2003

Maurice and Charles met in Europe and started collecting furniture. They decided to try their hand at a bed and breakfast that felt like a boutique hotel, so they bought a 130 year old Victorian house in upstate New York and started filling it with great stuff.

The philosophy of simplicity, comfort and enjoying one's home, however long it is one's home--is reminiscent of AT's doctrine for living.

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Maurice and Charles' approach stems somewhat from their respective backgrounds. Charles is from the south and Maurice grew up in Holland.

Together, they make sure that each room has a Lousianan bed surrounded by European antiques and modern touches. An appreciation of simplicity, the present, and the beauty therein are elements that run through the design and feel of their establishment.

For each room's wall colors, Charles takes his cue from the gemstone colors used in old plantation homes. His priority is that "each room should have a little drama." Beyond the drama, Maurice and Charles just want to mix things up a bit. They also want to make sure their guests have a lot of places to socialize with their temporary neighbors. Strangers should meet one another, and they should be served a good breakfast!

Style: Eclectic/Classic
Inspiration: Southern (Lousiana) + European antique + Chinese antique + Contemporary
Favorite Elements: Wrap around porch with view of mountains, double shower/steamroom, extra modern kitchen with original wooden cabinetry
Best Advice: Play with color and scale

Originally Posted on February 21st, 2007
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