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High Point University Forms Partnership with High Point by Design

High Point University interior design students’ were recently challenged to refurbish guest rooms inside the J.H. Adams Inn, a Historic Boutique Hotel in the heart of High Point, NC.

J.H. Adams Inn selected designs from two HPU student teams as part of a community partnership to provide students with real-world experience of working with a client and following a budget. Each team designed one of two rooms being renovated, said Bethany Whitt O’Dell, guest services manager at the J.H. Adams Inn.

Modern Luxe was the winning design created by Morgan Botwinick, Davis Price and Luca Reich, who are students of Dr. Jane Nichols, chair of the David R. Hayworth School of Arts and Design’s interior design, furnishings and fashion merchandising department and an associate professor of interior design.

Mark Hampton was the winning design created by Kaylin LaFleche, Sarah Fernandez Bravo and Hailey Morris, who are students of Gary Inman, HPU’s designer in residence and assistant professor of interior design.

“There is not an aspect of their design that we wish to change,” O’Dell said of the Modern Luxe design. “It is our belief that future guests will thoroughly enjoy the look and feel of the room once it is complete.”

O’Dell noted the arrangement of furniture in the room, color palette, molding detail, lighting choices and Roman shades as well as details from mirrors reflecting the pendant lighting to the cityscape rendered outside the windows. The Inn staff was also equally as excited about the Mark Hampton design, O’Dell said.

“We loved the look from the first presentation to the last,” said O’Dell. “The final renderings were very impressive with a cohesive design throughout the entire room. It is our belief that this will be a wonderful and fresh addition to the variety of design styles our property offers.”

The project is the first of what is expected to be an ongoing community partnership with the historic inn and vendors from home furnishings industry group High Point by Design to provide an experiential learning opportunity for students, said Nichols.

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