Ye Kendall Inn - Historic landmark renovation

Established in 1859, this Texas Hill Country hotel is a registered state and national historic landmark. Over time, the décor at Ye Kendell Inn had become dated and the owners wished to recapture some of the traditional charm of the property while sensitively modernizing the hotel to create a more inviting ambience for visitors.

Ye Kendall Inn - Historic landmark renovation

Design Challenge

The hotel comprises the main building, which includes the famous Limestone Grill restaurant, a spa and a number of cottages and cabins, all of which were included in the renovation plans.

Our interior designer’s biggest challenge was to inject warmth into the dining area, which had become more of a gallery for local artists over time, with a Victorian feel to the furnishings, rather than a fantastic restaurant known for great food and wine. Additionally, the exterior needed a more practical and attractive entrance for guests, without moving away from the quaint style of the property.  This involved adding a car port and introducing new paving all around the front of the hotel.

The finished project

We wanted to harness the original elements of this property, so Michelle, our designer, reintroduced the original limestone in the bar area of the restaurant, reflecting the name of the well-established restaurant within the hotel.

Limestone reintroduced to wall
Limestone reintroduced to wall in bar area

To create more warmth and depth to the dining area she removed a portion of painted bead board walls and visually created more depth of space through adding mirrors on the walls and dividing columns. Moveable wood planters, mounted on rollers, were sourced which could then act as dividers in the room, giving the restaurant more flexibility for functions.

Newly renovated Limestone Grill dining room, featuring mirrors to create depth

Around the garden area of the property, new rooms were added in the renovation for additional accommodations, with custom furniture, fabric and trim selections throughout, all of which created cozy accommodation, reflecting the history and the style of the landmark hotel while providing comfort for visitors to the hotel. In addition there were several existing rooms in the main part of the hotel that were updated in the renovation too.

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