The Oxford Hotel with Contemporary Southern Charm
The new boutique hotel in Oxford, MS, Chancellor’s House Hotel, represents a mosaic of Southern nostalgia, transitional timelessness and Ole Miss-inspired energy.
A stroll through the space reveals key features that often repeat throughout, including focal fireplaces, elaborate chandeliers, barrel vaulted ceilings, marble floors, and white trim and molding.
Creating a True Ole Miss Hotel: Interior Design
Principal and Design Director Michael Crosby of Wilson Associates, and hotel founder David Porter, wanted to pay homage to Ole Miss while creating a timelessly Southern look that was distinctively local.
Crosby wanted to evoke the grandeur of a Southern mansion while avoiding outdated elements; so he chose warm colors and transitional interior fit outs and furnishings.
To add local flair, he decorated with subtle accents that fit into the color scheme of Ole Miss, and he adorned corridors with a gallery of images of the city and university.
Let’s walk through the interior space:
- Hotel lobby: The barrel-vaulted ceiling creates an open feeling, while the focal fireplace and grand piano offer comfortable charm that guests expect and welcome. Crystal chandeliers complete the look with sophisticated elegance.
- Hotel bar: A custom fireplace fender and attractive bar hallmark this space, featuring a Hammerton Lighting chandelier and elements of walnut and brass. The bar spills out onto the cocktail terrace.
- Library: An homage to author and Oxford local William Faulkner, this eclectic space spills out from the bar and looks out onto the famous South Lamar Boulevard. Boasting another fireplace and crystal chandeliers, the library features a game table fashioned from trees on Faulkner’s estate.
- Formal garden terrace: An extension of the library, this formal garden terrace is inspired by a backyard garden and often serves as a watering hole for guests.
- Restaurant: The exposed brick wall gives this area a feel of both industrial nostalgia and classic NYC grillroom. With wood plank flooring and reclaimed furniture highlights, the elements of this restaurant combine casual urbanism with fine dining.
- Ballroom: One of the only spaces near Old Miss that is large enough to host a wedding, this space features crystal chandeliers, neutral paneling, clean trim and white molding.
- Guestrooms: A neutral gray and white color palette, coupled with large windows that let the natural light shine in, help promote a relaxing experience that exudes cleanliness. Add fine linens, textured fabrics and comfortable bedding to the mix for perfect tranquility. Each room opens to a Juliet balcony (or terrace, in the case of suites).