Of The Moment: Colleen Bashaw
Currently entering: Our wanderlust era with an interior inspo twist, particularly, the newly reopened Shelter Island escape Pridwin Hotel.
Meet: Colleen Bashaw, VP of Design at Cape Resorts and Principal Designer of Brown Hall Design, an interior decorating firm that creates whimsical spaces through the melding of unique and traditional aesthetics. Known for their lively and inspiring designs, Colleen and team have designed and renovated eight resorts along the East Coast, including Sag Harbor’s Baron’s Cove, and the newly renovated Pridwin. When planning and dreaming up a space, Colleen often uses antiques found throughout the East Coast, including those found at J.McLaughlin’s recent Tag Sale. Below, Colleen takes us on a tour of the newly renovated Pridwin Hotel.
NYC / Ridgewood, NJ
Leave home without a good pair of scissors.
The best piece of life advice I’ve ever received…
What excited you most about redoing the Pridwin?
So many things! The building, the campus, and the location on Shelter Island. This is the 8th Hotel that I have designed for Cape Resorts and my first time working with the Petry family. The Petry’s have owned the property since 1962 so it was an honor to be able to design a property that holds so much history and carries an abundance of memories.
Where did your inspiration come from?
Adirondack Camps. Shelter Island is very relaxed and authentic. I wanted the design to have a warm patina but feel current. I used Albert Hadley wallpapers and a multitude of linen fabrics to create a lived in yet welcoming atmosphere. I also tried to use as many original items as possible to pay homage to the history of the hotel including seven brass chandeliers, original wicker, old photographs, fishing rods, signs etc.
Tell us about your inspiration for the Crescent Bar:
I try to convince each client to do an awning over e.v.e.r.y. bar renovation and finally had the opportunity here! Due to the fact that the Crescent Bar is a porch, the awning worked well over the new bar. It’s been a guest favorite that brings a pop of color and a bit of playfulness to the dining room. I used a vintage fabric on the original rattan chairs to add character.
Time for a shelfie. Carefully chosen antiques nod to the heritage of Shelter Island. Photos by Lucy Cuneo.
Any tips for Pridwin-ifying your home…
Think about how you can reuse pieces that you already have, perhaps a fresh coat of paint? And then mix in a variety of fun vintage pieces that play off your surrounding environment.
Other Shelter Island favorites…
I love visiting Marie Eiffel Market to get their Parisian sandwich and an iced tea for lunch. I'll often swing by Shelter Island Hardware afterwards to pick up picture hanging supplies or light bulbs, as I can never seem to have enough of them. I also enjoy going for walks at Mashomack Preserve on a rare but welcomed free afternoon.
Must-have interior pieces:
Always a bit of rattan and lot’s of art and books!
My Personal Style:
My daughter says that I am a preppy hippie.
How does your personal style influence your interior style?
I have a soft spot for anything handmade. My mom taught me how to needlepoint in the backseat of our station wagon on a trip to Florida in 1978. I find so much inspiration in creating! My son just gifted me a needlepoint bag from the 70’s and I LOVE it!
When I need inspiration I…
I just finished reading The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand, a fun read about a new hotel on the grey lady. Apropos to be reading it alongside the opening of the Pridwin.
Hospitality brings with it a unique mix of characters! You have to have a healthy sense of humor.
When I need inspiration I…
Antique, needlepoint or make a dessert. I love baking cakes with my youngest daughter!
Never did I think I would…
Chocolate (Tony's Chocolonely Milk Caramel Sea Salt is to die for)
Style inspiration: Babe Paley for Vogue, 1964.
Pre-fall Style Motto:
Chocolate Brown suede boots and cozy sweaters.
Tell us about what you’re wearing…
I'm wearing the Makenna Dress in French Blue and the Mollie Silk Dress in Dark Brown/Blue. I feel comfortable, yet effortlessly chic in both dresses. Dresses are an everyday staple in my wardrobe so it's important that I can easily transition from the job site to meeting up with friends or having dinner out with my husband.