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  • Writer's pictureJannet Gibson Butzinger

For our Hotel Bar Project, we were asked to renovate an existing Bar/Restaurant space in Stuttgart, Germany. Before, it had a mixture of colors and textures that did not come to a conclusive design aesthetic. However, we wanted to keep some of the color scheme, as it had to compliment the neighboring room, which was to remain the same. The Hotel Bar is located near the airport, so we took that into consideration when planning the space for the customers needs. We wanted it to be a place where people can enjoy a drink at the bar as well as some food, either alone or in a small group. For this, we planned banquet seating along two of the walls as well as two larger tables in the center for a maximum of 4 people, and a Bar height table for 5 guests. As far as lighting, we chose two main lighting features in the center of the room in an oval shape, mirroring the shape of the tables below and pendants for the surrounding smaller tables. For a feature piece, we used a great material which is an intricate chain-link hanging curtain at the entrance to the bar. On the remaining walls, we applied light wooden slats, as well as a greenery feature wall and a tall chalkboard by the bar. The bar itself also has wooden slats. The ceiling was dropped down along the edges of the walls, and above the bar. See the dotted line below on the Floor Plan. We had fun planning this project and implementing interesting wall features and lighting to make this airport bar inviting and interesting!

  • Writer's pictureJannet Gibson Butzinger

Jannet Butzinger's 1831 anno Farmhouse project (see last post for an in depth look), was featured on Best Design Projects. In the article, you will see a glimpse into my inspiration, the design process, as well as how I turned the clients wishes into a reality. Additionally, the article features a variety of beautiful photos from the Project. Read on below for a sneak peak, and click the link for the full article and photos!

Excerpt: Be Inspired By This Luxurious Farmhouse Project! – If you’re looking for inspiration for your southern inspired project you should definitely see the modern interior design from this innovative farmhouse created by Jannet Butzinger! Are you ready to take a look?

Jannet Gibson- Butzinger was the interior designer behind this modern and luxurious farmhouse project. Her style is all about the unpretentious and authentic, charming and graceful,timeless and sophisticated while grasping an essence of modernity.

  • Writer's pictureJannet Gibson Butzinger

Updated: May 12, 2020

This project is the interior renovation of the 450m2 main house in this 1831 historically

preserved “Fachwerk” (timber and beam and clay plaster constructed) farmhouse ensemble set in the rolling hills outside Heidelberg, Germany.

The house had been rebuilt 20 years ago from the ground up to replace the rotted timbers

and decaying clay plaster, but the interiors left much to be desired. The clients wanted an interior that was durable for the country, elegant yet understated and

had a touch of the Hamptons, using as much ecological materials as possible plus all the

modern conveniences of a new home. I chose to modernize the interiors using natural

organic materials with simple lines, keeping true to the structure.

The total interior was gutted to make way for new pipes and electrical. A new stairway in a

traditional land house style was rebuilt to replace an ugly metal stairway. A gallery was

added in the living room to add space for bookshelves to be reached through a small spiral

stairway. All exposed timber was white washed to get rid of the heavy darker oak feeling.

Sandblasted French limestone was chosen to use throughout for its durability and give a

light elegant feel. Grey washed oak wood flooring was used in the living room and upstairs.

I designed a criss-cross pattern using wood planks and limestone in the winter garden to

connect the wood floor in the living room with limestone in the kitchen and front hall. Some

walls were finished in shiplap paneling reminiscent of the Hamptons and to add warmth to

the northern walls. All other walls were finished with a new coat of clay plaster and

distemper paint. The walls in the bathrooms and kitchen were finished with colored plaster

and a durable, water resistant finish or waxed.

At night time the winter garden with all its candle lights, is like a beacon in the

countryside calling one home! Old and new are perfectly combined!

Scroll through the slideshow below to see the before and after photos!

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