NEW Bridal Suite - Designed to be Green

Tue, 03/15/2011

Nonantum’s Young Design Team – Green Indeed!
What do blushing brides, eighth grade middle school students, and a riverside resort in Kennebunkport have to do with one another?

For five years now, local students have been the chosen design team to transform a room at the Nonantum Resort. This collaboration with the Talented Artist Program at the Middle School of the Kennebunks has resulted in unique and beautifully appointed rooms at the Kennebunkport resort. This year, the students unveiled a brand new Bridal Suite for the Nonantum Resort, which has a history as a popular wedding destination dating back to 1883.

Under the direction of Art teachers Mary McCarthy and Claudia Dalton, Kennebunk Middle School students are provided a $6,000 budget from the Nonantum, and one rule – their design must be environmentally-friendly in keeping with the resort’s green theme. This design program, celebrating five successful years, is aptly named “The Green Room Project.”

The 8th grade art students start with a design plan, followed by shopping trips to select furnishing, fabrics and all the necessary decorative items to be placed in the room – right down to the bath fixtures and new technology. 

This year’s Bridal Suite bedroom, bathroom and sitting room had an outdated look before the student transformation. The team’s finished Suite is an elegant setting accented with a natural palette of seafoam green, creamy whites, ocean blues and chocolate browns perfect for the Nonantum’s riverside setting. The Bridal bed is a focal point to the new Suite featuring a white padded headboard, with a regal peaked center. Student Ebonie Burritt said, "I wanted it to feel like a princess bed. Every bride should feel like a princess.”

Nonantum General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon said, “Each year we are so impressed with the hard work and talent these aspiring design students demonstrate. And the finished product is professional and extremely pleasing, something that the students and our guests can be proud of.”

As a special treat this year, HGTV host Michael Payne, of "Designing for the Sexes," visited the students at the start of the project and returned for the unveiling. "If someone hadn't told me this was done by middle school students,” said Payne, “I would never have thought that. These rooms look like they were done by designers."

The 'Green Room Project' is an example of the Nonantum’s community involvement. Inviting these local art students to design a “green” guest room or suite each year during the winter while the resort is closed is a win win for the resort and the young “green” designers. Since 2005, the middle school students have completed their eco-friendly design duties and debuted a newly decorated room in time for the Resort’s spring opening.

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