photos by kristin leitten + Tom Marasco

Canandaigua 1892 Hotel is a boutique hotel minutes away from Canandaigua Lake and in the heart of the Finger Lakes. This property features five fully furnished units; one studio, two 1-bedroom units, and two 2-bedroom units. Each feature a charming living room, fully outfitted kitchen, and a glamorous full bath. The carefully planned amenities make these spaces feel cozy and inviting. Lindsay Laine Interiors was engaged to design the hotel. Our design plan included all material selections from the flooring and fixtures to the custom touches, uniquely curated pieces, and a finished result that speaks to the timeless charm of the building itself.

When Lindsay Laine Interiors was approached to work on this project, we understood there was an incredibly tight timeframe to work within. The current state of the building was just post demolition to the studs. Every single decision concerning all material selections from the flooring, cabinetry, backsplash, tile, fixtures, lights, paint plan, millwork, furniture layout, sourcing all furnishings (new and vintage), source all custom elements, source all accessories, coordinate logistics concerning delivery and receiving must be completed inside a specific budget, and a very specific timeline; NINETY DAYS.

"Are you sure you can do this?" asked Danielle Clement, (hotel owner/prospective client) of Lindsay Lucas (owner of Lindsay Laine Interiors). With quick resolve and incredible excitement as she reimagined the hotel in her mind, Lindsay asked for Danielle's trust and answered "Yes, we can do this." Eighty-two days later, and only possible because of the most incredible designers on her team pulling together, Renee Ruff and Liz Colombo, we were able to deliver on that promise, early and just under budget. 

Our vision matched with the incredible skill and seriously impressive talent of the Swiss Army knife trades people and builders on this team, was a dream scenario. It was such a blast to work in lockstep like one big, happy family to lift this incredibly special project off the ground together. We are forever, grateful for the teamwork and new friends we found in David, Pat, Gib, Richie, Roger, and Kent.

Canandaigua 1892 Hotel


The cabinets were crafted by a local cabinet maker. The cabinet color was a selection we found interesting in the paint shop. We started by looking through a paint fan deck, then purchased some samples, painted some boards, and held them up in the hotel space. We do this to determine which played best with the wood flooring we selected and tied together happily with the gorgeous brick backdrop. The brick backdrop was cleaned and preserved because it alone holds so much character and most importantly, is original to the building. Many of the design decisions we made along the journey as we wove the selected elements together, was always to check back in with how harmonious each selection would feel with the brick we all love so much.

The kitchen in every unit is fully outfitted with all the amenities you would want to unpack and stay a while. You will find dishware, flatware, mugs, glassware, cookware, a range, microwave, refrigerator, and a Nespresso machine. Each suite has generous space to enjoy meals and snacks at a table or at an island on woven leather seating.

Kitchen & Dining

The fox is a trademark of the Lindsay Laine Interiors signature branding. In this project we found a couple of spots where we could "slyde" him in. You'll see a fox on a hook in the bathrooms as well as one in the living spaces on the brass drum end tables, sitting on a marble base.

The feedback we keep receiving is the big-time cozy vibes the living spaces in each unit evoke. We installed mahogany leather sofas with soft, mossy green velvet swivel seats around wood coffee tables stacked with interesting books, flameless candles, floral frogs, and antique bowls.

We added custom framed mirrors and artwork on the walls. There are adorable black and white striped dog beds in corners. Fox lamps on brass barrel tables appear in each living room. Our favorite layer is the vintage Heriz area rugs sourced selected for each space. We love them for their timeless elegance.

Living Space

Our approach with all of the spaces in this project was to imagine how this building might have been in its glory days. When we started planning the bathroom design, we determined we would go with a clean, sophisticated, and just a little bit elegant look and feel. We understand when people opt to stay in a hotel, the experience should be uplifting and even a little bit inspiring. With plush 1892 embroidered bathrobes, Boll and Branch towels, and marble and brass elements as a the backdrop, we hope this is a space people love getting ready for a fun night on the town in!

Bed & Bath

There was a piece we found while sourcing that once we found it, we all felt like we absolutely had to have it. This piece was the Heatherfield bed by Anthropologie. The description on the Anthro website reads: "Bring the outdoors in with this light and airy piece - its elegantly curved caning headboard and luxe velvet upholstered frame are well-suited for a contemporary bedroom. Valencia Velvet upholstery: Kiln-dried hardwood frame bed with an ash wood finish, and brass-capped ash wood legs..." Oh how this avocado, velvety, caning rattan, with brass capped feet tugged at our collective heartstrings!! Then came the heartbreak as we learned this bed would not be available in time for our tight timeframe to turn this hotel project around.

True to our "nothing is impossible, let's get it done company character", we began the serious brainstorming sessions to make this happen! Here's what we found: we could order the Heatherfield bed from Anthro completely stripped down without all the detail we love so much, and it would arrive in time for us to just roll up our sleeves and customize them as we wanted. We started calling upholsterers, going to fabric stores to source velvet, met with our paint crew to ask them how confident they were to be able to stain the headboards exactly as we needed....and once we had relative confidence, we dove right in and committed to getting these beds created. We are so incredibly grateful to our tradespeople who dove in with us and did whatever it took to help realize this goal as well as our clients who put their trust in us to achieve the mission. The night we delivered these beds successfully, the entire Lindsay Laine Interiors team slept like babies!

Canandaigua 1892 Hotel was featured in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

While out sourcing and antiquing for our project, we happened upon this special chest brimming with opportunity for the honor bar. This bar would be created in the space underneath the staircase. We brought the chest back to the hotel, removed the original mirror, popped off the top, and replaced it with a beveled edge, stone countertop that runs across this chest as well as the ice maker beside it. We found original wood in the basement of the building and had just enough to add what was left to the walls of this special space. Details in this hotel abound!

The Honor Bar

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