Designers Marsha and Nikki Glazer Discuss Transforming GrayBarns
When Gaggenau presented Bistro 1683 at GrayBarns on the Silvermine River earlier this season, it was the first event ever to be held in the barn which sits adjacent to the GrayBarns Inn and Tavern. Fresh from the experience, designer Marsha Glazer and her daughter Nikki Glazer of the GrayBarns design collective chat with CTC&G about how the space came together and what comes next for the historic property.
Tell us about the process of transforming the space for Bistro 1683.
"It was such a joy to work with the Gaggenau team. Gaggenau is a brand that also rejoices in its roots of craftsmanship and history. It was important to the GrayBarns team that we maintain the raw feeling of the barn with the holes in the natural siding included. We added driftwood chandeliers and let the Gaggenau event team handle the rest. Their beautiful pop-up cooking stations, beams draped in fern and moss and evergreen garlands created a Black Forest atmosphere."
How the barn arrived on the property?
"The Barn was reclaimed and brought down from upstate New York. There used to be an old barn shed on the property. We raised it on the property and it became the inspiration for the name GrayBarns."
Speaking of inspiration, did you have a specific person in mind when you were designing GrayBarns?
"We want our guests to feel like they can unplug upon arrival at GrayBarns. We chose old rotary phones to suggest a nostalgia for simpler times when iPhones and email didn’t run our lives. Our soaking tubs are in invitation to unwind in what we refer to as a 'haven of refuge.' For international travelers and locals alike, our spaces will always reflect luxury in a natural and modern interpretation."
What informed your design decisions when it came to GrayBarns?
"The history and beauty of the natural environment were of upmost importance to highlight and preserve. Architecturally speaking, the Inn and Tavern allow for ample views of the Silvermine River. We used and preserved a lot of the natural beams and all of the fireplaces from the preexisting structure. We used modern elements like glass to complement the more historic feeling in an attempt to provide comfort for modern user. In regards to the interior design, we chose luxurious natural fibers, like wool, cashmere and mohair to create a feeling of warmth in each space. Custom elements like the beds, nightstands and mini bars reveal our commitment to craftmanship."
Are there any plans in the future to add to the property? If so, in what way?
"It is important to us that GrayBarns provides community gathering spaces. Silvermine was once a village outpost. The old Country Store was a gathering place for locals to come and enjoy the pot belly stove and play checkers. Our plans for the reinterpretation under the name 'Mercantile' will include a cafe and mixed retail space as well as four additional annex rooms."