Project Name: Hotel Le Toiny
Location: Saint-Barthélemy
Date Completed: 2016
Company Name: Osborn Interiors
Designer: Bee Osborn

Osborn Interiors were invited to St Barthélemy to complete an entire refurbishment of Le Toiny Hotel and inject elegant, bespoke luxury materials whilst retaining the hotel’s reputation for relaxation and comfort. Organic luxury at its best with the understated individual pieces. With special planning throughout, the creation of new public spaces, including a new bar, beach bar, restaurant and lobby was commissioned, along with a refurbishment of all guest rooms and the building and creation of 9 new luxury suites. Hotel Le Toiny is known for its luxury, privacy and 5-star service. The goal of the planned refurbishment by Osborn Interiors was to bring a hint of glamour to the public spaces, without compromising on the comfort which is such a focus of this hotel.

The new elegant and welcoming reception includes an original commissioned ceramic artwork, as well as bespoke lighting and furniture. Bee Osborn and her interior team changed the hotel around completely and used the old shop and bar as the reception due to its amazing height. Taking full advantage of this, made joinery infilled with leather to take your eye up and make the most of the elegant height, creating a calm, welcoming but very dramatic entrance. The neutral colour palette leaves the focus on the extraordinary materials within the space and ensures a sense of calm throughout. A coffee table created from a unique piece of aged teak with a contemporary blue resin infill sits in the centre of the space. Petrified wood side tables add more glamorous texture. Elegant commissioned lamps filled with sand allude to the seaside location. An adjacent cosy, chic library space continues the neutral palette with the addition of mirror and chrome highlights for a comfortable yet fun contemporary feel. Locally taken photographs keep the scheme grounded in its surroundings.

As you move into the restaurant, contemporary mirror consoles are topped with centuries old fossilised giant clam shells. At the centre of the space two huge limestone slabs sit on pebbles hand shaped from 18th century barnwood. This monumental bespoke coffee table also has an integrated champagne bucket for long relaxed evenings enjoying the view. A pop of the hotel’s new signature blue links with the sea and sky beyond. New cosy corners of seating will give each table its own unique feel, relaxed and intimate.

Overlooking the pool, the new bar will be the high point of the glamorous transformation of the space. The bar has to be seen to be believed, and was a joy to design. The bar front composed of natural oyster shells preserved in glass is the only one of its type in the world. Behind this mother of pearl, alcoves filled with glasses will sparkle at any time of day. Custom bar stools offer a pop of pink, and are designed to bring indoor comfort outside. Moving down to the area surrounding the pool, the focus here is really on calm and comfort with elegant new furniture chosen to encourage guests to lounge long past sundown. The huge bespoke day beds in aged natural oak provide the perfect spot to watch the sun set.

In the guest rooms a neutral colour palette, and a range of natural materials and textured accessories will encourage relaxation. The new softer tones push the focus onto the beautiful surroundings of each suite. A mix of modern and more traditional gustavian furniture ensures the scheme honours the spirit of St Barths whilst being contemporary enough for the sophisticated clientele. At the end of each sumptuous emperor size bed is a pair of trunks based on an antique bought at a market in 1914. The attention to detail included in each piece even extends to a copy of the original plaque dedicating the trunk to its owner Tom Richards at the start of a journey to South Africa.

In the living room area generously proportioned sofas and armchairs are upholstered in the best quality Belgian linen. Artwork is kept subtle to ensure it doesn’t draw attention away from the view outside, handmade mirrors with a subtle mercury sparkle are dotted throughout the space to bring the outside in. Details such as antique mirror handles on the gustavian pieces, and custom dyed leather handles on the footstools add a touch of luxury. In addition, there are rope finials and door pulls to add to the unusual organic luxury feel that has been introduced to this hotel.
As an internationally respected interior designer, who has a long association with the island of St Barthelemy, Bee Osborn made reference to her favourite aspect of the Hotel, unique bespoke lamps made of glass and filled with sand. These had the hotels new signature blue stripe in sand running through the middle (representing the horizon) and had a stitched leather base for glamour. They bring the beach into the hotel reception. Two very tall lamps were made to sit on the reception desk, and there is nothing like them anywhere else in the world with guests always commenting on them. The bespoke handmade ceramic swirl artwork made of ceramic pieces were constructed on a handmade linen canvas, which adds to the feel of the sea as you walk in. All in all, getting the guests to unwind and relax immediately. Osborn Interiors feel very lucky to have been asked to do design this project and are currently working of stage 2 of building and designing nine new luxury suites.