After 25 at the top of the cosmetics game, Bobbi Brown stepped away from her namesake company late last year and now we know what she’s been up to: creating a gorgeous boutique hotel in her hometown of Montclair, New Jersey.
In March, Bobbi will open the doors of The George Inn, a hotel that reveals her natural talent for interior design.
Her love for collecting and curating vintage décor is also obvious and many of the paintings and accessories are from Bobbi and her husband’s personal collection.
“Montclair is the new Brooklyn, but here, you can breathe,” Brown says of the location, in conversation with MyDomaine. “The vibe here is very cool. Montclair is very diverse, eclectic, creative, and ever-changing.”
Bobbi has lived in Montclair since she got married, 29 years ago, and says its a prime location for New Yorkers in search of a relaxing weekend away.
“I understand how lucky we are to be in this nice, cool town, which is not a typical suburb, just 12 miles away from New York City.”
She describes her personal style as eclectic with a “mix of highs and lows,” which is obvious in the decor of the hotel where you’ll see high-end buys mixed with budget accessories.
In regards to the colour scheme Bobbi says: “we chose to make the main color of the hotel a soothing gray (which ended up being much harder than you’d think!) so that we could add brightly colored accents to each of the rooms, either with furniture or decorative accents,” she says.
The ‘new’ hotel is in fact a restoration of an old hotel which she says “was in need of a major face-lift. It hadn’t been touched in years.”
Talking about the 32 suites she says each is “completely different,” and are decorated with old photographs of celebrities who share the moniker.
So can we expect a series of Bobbi Brown boutique hotels? Unfortunately, no.
“The process of renovating, restoring, and designing a hotel is something I was not familiar with doing, especially without a team of people to help. It’s been an amazing experience to do this with my husband, but we are definitely one and done,” she says.