I've worked with many clients building their dream vacation homes who were inspired by getaways they took to luxury rustic retreats.  In the Adirondack region of New York state there are two exceptional private retreat hotels that have left their guests wanting a piece of this lifestyle for themselves.

Lake Placid Lodge is the only hotel on Lake Placid.  It's architectural details are reminiscent of the Adirondack great camps of the nineteenth century with all of the luxuries and amenities of today.  The main lodge and guest cabins are filled with rustic antiques, custom art and unique furnishings by local artists.

[caption id="attachment_1298" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The custom made twig canopy bed is the absolute focal point of the room.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1306" align="aligncenter" width="420"] I love the large chandelier over the soaking tub and how the runner is the only pattern in the room. Simple and elegant.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1310" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Boldly colored Native American inspired textiles as seen in this guest room were on some of my clients' wish lists.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1311" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Birch bark accents as seen on these dining tables at the Lodge are nice on an occasional piece or two in a home. Just don't overdo it with the birch bark![/caption]


The Point resort in Saranac Lake, NY is built on an original Rockefeller property.  It has eleven unique guest quarters including a romantic private boathouse suite which sits literally on the lake.


[caption id="attachment_1314" align="aligncenter" width="288"] The canopy bed is in the center of the Boat House suite. I like the simple white canopy panels against the bold colors in the room.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1316" align="aligncenter" width="560"] The hunter check and animal print fabrics work together for the holidays in the main lodge. This is not your everyday look but a detail or two can definitely be brought into a home.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1317" align="aligncenter" width="428"] I really like the stone pillars supporting this post and beam lodge. Exterior or interior finishes of stone and wood are such a natural combination.[/caption]


Here are some of the interiors I created with clients to give them rustic retreats of their own.


[caption id="attachment_1318" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Custom pendants were designed for this kitchen where the center island is supported by log columns.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1319" align="aligncenter" width="413"] A simple log canopy bed and linens were selected for this master bedroom so as not to compete with the spectacular view. The flokati rugs were added for a touch of flair.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1320" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The bold red fabric used on these sofas is a warm contrast to the neutral wood tones in my client's great room.[/caption]

Even if you're not building your dream home, a little inspiration goes a long way.  Try an eclectic accent piece that reminds you of a placed you've loved.