Wish We Were Here: The Gold Hill Hotel

(Photo courtesy of the Gold Hill Hotel)
With the new year approaching, I've been thinking a lot about reinvention—namely, who needs one (cough, Miley Cyrus, cough) and who has done a good job with one. Enter today's Monday Design Daydream, the historic 152-year-old Gold Hill Hotel in Virginia City, Nevada. While slightly off the beaten path, the state's oldest place to rest now deserves a visit thanks to a recent overhaul of its first-floor parlor space, the work of Catherine and Justine Macfee of California-based Catherine Macfee Interior Design.

(Photo courtesy of the Gold Hill Hotel)
Set in a mining town that still produces some 200,000 ounces of gold and silver each year, the 12-room hotel channels the pioneering spirit of a bygone century with rugged materials such as reclaimed wood, burlap, and metal. While an industrial-chic design concept modernizes the space, Victorian elements incorporate warmth throughout, from the antique furnace in the corner to the blue-leather chesterfield in the seating area.

(Photo courtesy of the Gold Hill Hotel)
Still, there's an overwhelming sense of place that remains despite all of the additions. An old-timey piano lends the feel of a Gold Rush-era saloon, as does a spindle-back rocking chair and layers of faux-fur and grain-sack throws; crock pots lined on the mantel feel cozy and personal; and weathered brick walls make a fitting backdrop for a rustic retreat with a new attitude.

(Photo courtesy of the Gold Hill Hotel)
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