Usually, guests aren’t allowed in the laundry room of an inn. But The East Hill Inn isn’t like other accommodations, and artist Kevin Spetifore isn’t like other innkeepers.
At his three-story guesthouse near the edge of downtown Vernon, Spetifore gladly escorts visitors to the Laundry Gallery. There, designer sheets tumble dry and Spetifore’s hypnotizing collages hang. It’s just one of many signs you’re not in the Holiday Inn, but the East Hill Inn.
“I find this house so inspiring and peaceful. I wanted to share it with others,” said Spetifore, who converted his 1929 heritage home into a four-bed long- and short-stay guesthouse so he could offer people an ‘un-hotel’ experience: hardwood floors, Chinese antiques, walk-in closets, Nina Campbell curtains, and hot, organic coffee. All that in addition to walls strung with dozens of works by Spetifore, a studied artist known as ‘the colourist,’ and others.
Becoming an entrepreneur in addition to an artist hasn’t been easy, said Spetifore, whose signature collages of coloured paper bands were recently featured in a solo show at Headbones Gallery, The Drawers. “It’s kind of like preparing for an exhibition,” he said. “The to-do list never seems to end.”
But Spetifore has enjoyed the preparations, from choosing linens and baking cookies to setting up a Facebook page and signing up for credit cards.
“I’m learning a lot about how to run a business, and this is a project I really believe in. The East Hill Inn is unique, and I think people are going to love it.”