Indian Creek Lodge

Submitted by Ann Borrelli Smith

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Client: Bluegreen Vacations

Location: Ridgedale, MO, United States

Completion date: 2010

Project Team

Architect

Larry Eakins

Slone Architects

Interior Designer

Ann Borrelli Smith

DPOVinteriors contracted by Lauderdale Design Group

Other

Timothy Schwering

Interior Designer

Ann Borrelli Smith

DPOVinteriors

Overview

Nestled into the shores of Southern Missouri’s Table Rock Lake, stands Bluegreen Vacations’ Indian Creek Lodge Building 3000. It is an 18 Guestroom Lodge, created in a rustic setting. Carefully planned, all the units showcase natural materials, custom furnishings, and original artwork. Handcrafted by Northern Americans, including local artisans, each piece tells its own story.

Goals

The design team’s ultimate goal was to create an unforgettable experience for the guests. One way it was achieved through integrating original artwork into the guestrooms. When possible, the artists were local and if not, the art was inspired by the region.

Artwork came in various forms, including the following: a regional inspired art collage by Artworkstudio Inc., watercolor paintings by Glennon M Scheid, glass mosaic mural by JB Hirsch Glass, leaded glass windows by Kay O’Neal, handmade pottery vase by John Forker, hand-forged metal details, custom lighting and casegoods by BPS Fabrication Shop. In detail, the master suite, in every unit, highlights a standard "running line" freestanding pedestal tub, elevated with custom hand-forged metal leaf accents. In addition, the Presidential master suite includes a luxurious floor to ceiling glass mosaic mural, inspired by the great outdoors.

Creating this type of environment allows guests staying in these units to gain true appreciation for talented artists and craftsmen and their one-of-a-kind creations.

Process

The collaborative relationship between the artists and the designers came together seamlessly. It was achieved by understanding and communicating the end result; creating a fun, unforgettable interior. Initially, the artists were provided with the proposed design ideas, which were developed for the resort to give an idea of the direction for their designs.

Once they had the vision and direction, the artists had free range to interpret these ideas and incorporate the regional area and nature, including their personal style. The next step was for them to provide schematic sketches for the design team to review. During these reviews, everyone had input and revisions were made. Several rounds of these reviews were conducted until the final draft was approved by the design team. In the end, everyone involved, was able to feel proud of the collaboration and end product.

Additional Information

Another unforgettable layer, added to the project, was in highlighting the area’s wildlife. A game of “Find the Frogs” was created to entertain guests of any age. In each unit, more than a dozen custom images of frogs were creatively positioned, to make sport of identifying their hidden locations. Whether they were carved or attached, painted or projected, finding the frogs added to the merriment that has invoked lasting memories.