Clair’s Bed and Breakfast at the corner of 48th Ave. and Bridge Street is a reminder of a bygone era. Situated in the beautifully restored Baker House built in 1922 featuring craftsman-style architecture, the deluxe B&B is a sight to behold. From the grand front porch entrance to the pleasing original wood design details and charming art deco touches throughout, Hostess and Innkeeper Clair Oates delights in seeing guests enjoy their surroundings.
The residence, moved from its original location in 1985, evokes an “arts and crafts” feel, with its geometric lines, square columns, and handcrafted use of mixed-media materials throughout. Clair, who has been in the hospitality industry for 15 years, is drawn to the art deco style and fun of the 1920s era, reflected even in the vintage font chosen for her business sign and card. Clair’s passion for decorating is visible in every room. Stained glass, art deco lighting, glassware and vintage mirrors create the experience of entering a museum.
“I’m trying to take it back to the feel of the 20s,” she explains, crediting an unlikely source for many of her discoveries. “Thrift stores are the perfect place to find vintage treasures,” she explains. Her personal collection of accessories was picked up for a bargain, including a 1957 Hermes crocodile Kelly bag. Each area of the home flows, and even unexpected items such as a collector football or tennis racket, find a special place.
When Clair first purchased the Baker house in 2003, she had plans to replace much of the original décor, including the dated floral carpet. She was delighted to learn that it was Axminster pure wool, originating from Britain’s oldest and most prestigious carpet manufacturer. Exquisite rooms named after semi-precious stones are painted in Ralph Lauren metallic paint, adding a nostalgic sheen. At Clair’s B&B, guests will discover vintage elegance and convenient 21st century amenities, and of course gourmet breakfasts to die for! To learn more, read the reviews.
4919 – 48th Avenue, Ladner, BC V4K 1V4 Canada
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