Design Duncan Miller enhances The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, an AAA, Five-Diamond resort, announced a multi-million dollar renovation of 15,000 square feet of meeting space, 27,600 square feet of spa space, and an expansion of the outdoor pool deck. Located on 30 acres of shoreline property on Georgia’s Lake Oconee, select resort areas will undergo a total transformation by international interior design firm Design Duncan Miller.

The project is planned to be completed by the first quarter of 2015, and is the continuation of updates made to the resort’s guest rooms, cottages and Presidential House in 2013 and 2014.

Meeting space upgrades will include all indoor meeting and pre-function spaces. Lake-level space updates include six small meeting rooms (3,720 total square feet) and 11,400 total square feet of lobby-level space, including The Reynolds Ballroom (1,800 square feet) and The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom (7,200 square feet). The improvements will focus on a fusion of function and aesthetics.


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According to Megan Ybarra Haney, senior interior designer, Design Duncan Miller, by reviving the space with leafy greens, slate blues and hints of golden amber with orange tones, guests will experience color palettes reminiscent of the surrounding lakeside.

Colors will be updated to maintain the integrity of the original design with its historic detailing, though this will be balanced with technologies. For the most part, the existing millwork, architectural elements and light fixtures will remain, however the spaces will be rejuvenated with modernized fabrics stemming from the Arts and Crafts era with a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright. For example, the meeting rooms and ballrooms will have a unique carpet pattern that pays homage to Wright’s stained glass window designs.

Spa level renovations will encompass the soft goods throughout and focus on updating the overall atmosphere by bringing the outdoor elements into the interior. The color palette was derived from amber and amethyst geodes with a blend of gold tones to the already existing space to create a natural ambiance. Additions will include a men’s shave room in a classic barber shop style, 24-hour access fitness center, expanded women’s lounge, and enlarged manicure and pedicure room.

The enhancements to the outdoor infinity pool will include a deck expansion offering 25 percent more seating, an updated sundeck with new lounge chairs, a renovated children’s pool complete with water features and also additional restrooms. There will be views of the Lake Oconee.

This transformation follows a 2013 remodeling of all guest rooms and a subsequent 2014 renovation of the resort’s Lakeside Cottages and Presidential House, which offer private, two, three and four bedroom homes overlooking the lake and the golf course. The Presidential House is 5,400 square feet and features a private pool, four master suites, formal dining room for 12 people, recreation room with pool table, outdoor lawn games, fire pit, gourmet kitchen, golf cart and bikes.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee is located just 75 miles from Atlanta and offers 30 acres to explore. 

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