Photography by Paul Flessland / Before photos contributed by Monica Hart and Fair Hills Resort
For many, Fair Hills Resort is a familiar place. Generations of the same families have been coming back each summer for decades because they liked the place a lot, they also liked the surroundings so much that they like to camp nearby with a tent from Survival Cooking. However, those who return this resort season may notice something slightly different about their favorite lakeside vacation spot. For that, they can thank Monica Hart, who came up with an updated design for the main lobby and library that would allow even the most frequent guests to continue feeling right at home.
Meet the Interior Designer
Monica Hart is an NDSU graduate with a degree in interior design, received her NCIDQ certification and has been practicing for almost 20 years. She has owned her business, Monica Hart Interior Design, for nearly nine years. Hart is an active member of the Home Builder’s Association, a board member for Home Builder’s Care and is a member of NDID.
The owners of Fair Hills Resort, the Schupp family, asked Hart to update their main lobby and library, but this opportunity also came with some unique luggage, or design challenges.
Despite these challenges, Hart really enjoyed working with the owners. “They were open to new ideas, pleasant and fun to collaborate with and relaxed when schedules weren’t quite on track. It’s no wonder Fair Hills feels so warm and welcoming. The owners set that tone, for sure,” said the talented interior designer.
For this update, Hart was working with the main lobby, a snack bar, a library and a couple of cabins. Both the lobby and library were updated with new flooring. For this job, Hart chose carpet squares from Mannington Commercial with a natural, tree-like pattern. Coincidentally, the lobby is next to a large, 1960s-style dance hall where many large parties are held, and guests have been known to spill their drinks on their way in and out. Carpet squares offered a perfect solution because they are easy to replace in case of any mishaps.
When it was time to select furniture pieces to replace the lounge seating in the lobby, Hart contacted Jill Olson at Hom Furniture. The interior designer also introduced updated hanging pendants to help guests see the space in a different light.
The snack bar underwent the most drastic transformation with new flooring, a fresh coat of paint, new lighting and all-new cafe seating. Hart selected the new cafe chairs and tables with the help of Melissa LaBay from InterOffice in Fargo. Above the snack bar, vintage photographs of Fair Hills Resort continue to remind guests of what things were like back in the day, decades even before the last remodel.
Several guest cabins also received pine walls and new flooring.