Upcycling, or repurposing, is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘the re-use of discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.’
That’s exactly what Jacqueline Rozenhart and Glynn Jones achieved when fitting out the interior of the eight-bedroom hotel they run on the edge of Lloseta. Jacqueline – who is Dutch – and her South African partner Glynn moved from Holland to Mallorca to renovate the stone-built ‘finca’, which dates back to 1570.
The Pink Pepper Tree opened to guests in 2015. The couple created the unique décor themselves, incorporating many upcycling projects and their individual artistic talents.
“We didn’t have a lot of budget to decorate the hotel, so we had to do it with the things we had,” says Jacqueline. “Rather than throw old stuff away – which is wasteful – if you look differently at it, maybe you can use it in another form.”
“With a lot of money, you can buy what you want, but we were running out of money, so had to be creative,” Glynn adds. “The beauty of repurposing things is that you can create something interesting and unique.”
Anyone buying an old property on Mallorca probably inherits some unwanted furniture; old chairs were among the pieces here. “When I stripped off the fabric, I saw handmade nails,” Jacqueline says.
“When you think of someone making those nails – all that work – if you can re-use them, it’s so beautiful.” Her several artworks for the hotel include one she made for a bathroom, using those nails to spell out the words ‘Hello gorgeous”.
Wouldn’t that make you smile first thing in the morning?
Jacqueline’s talents also extend to lighting – featuring waste baskets, crochet, and bottles with the bottoms sliced off. She used special protective tape and non-heating LED bulbs, and had an electrician check them for safety.
Glynn says that the Dutch know how to use lighting to create a subtle cosy ambience they call ‘gezellig’.
Glynn trained as an architect but worked more in furniture design and production, and interior architecture. An accomplished woodworker, he made wooden artworks for the hotel and also upcycled the old olive wood beams, removed by builders during the property’s renovation, into tactile shelves, tables, and bathroom washbasins stands.
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The couple created some fun alternatives to space-gobbling conventional wardrobes: “You don’t want something closed here on Mallorca because of the humidity, which can cause mould,” Glynn explains.
“And if there’s something closed, guests forget to remove things!” Their inventive hanging/storage solutions were based on modified wall-mounted ladders and traditional ‘mallorquín’ chairs. Seeing these when you walk into a room can’t fail to make you marvel at this couple’s vision.
They incorporated a tree (which had had to be removed from the grounds during the renovation project) into the bar counter: “It was such a beautiful shape, we could hang lights on it,” Jacqueline says. Their builders thought them “crazy”, but were proud to take photos of the finished project.
What’s the secret to successful upcycling? “Learn to look with fresh eyes,” says Jacqueline. “See what you have and how you can re-use it. Be playful, creative, and perhaps add a bit humour.”
Guests comment positively on the hotel’s décor: “We didn’t set out with the purpose of creating a design hotel, but every room is slightly different,” Glynn says. “Because we’ve upcycled and been creative, it’s also more homely.”
The dictionary defines homely as ‘simple but cosy and comfortable, as in one’s own home.’ A good description of The Pink Pepper Tree …
Photos: Lou Musse
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