Across the river, away from the bustle of Cambodia’s capital, sits a rustic boutique accommodation called Red House. The homey unique guesthouse is run by Stéphan and his partner Sreypaou. They offer a relaxed getaway for Phnom Penh’s inhabitants and visitors that offers a slice of country life.
- Graphic Design
- Photo Editing
- CMS Theme Styling
RED HOUSE GUESTHOUSE WEBSITE PROJECT
10 km away from Phnom Penh, Sreypaou, Sengou and Stéphan offer a rural slice-of-lifefew are lucky enough to see. Their guesthouse, Red House, On Silk Island (Koh Dach) is nestled by the side of the Mekong. Its doors open directly onto rich and true Cambodian rural life. Sreypau is the resident chef who creates sumptuous traditional Cambodian soul food meals for the discerning traveler. Stéphan acts as caregiver, interior decorator and arranges tours of the nearby villages and places of cultural interest.
The boutique bed and breakfast offers a choice of 3 rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The cozy wooden building allows a maximum only 8 select guests at a time. This limited number ensures all visitors to the lodging are treated to a truly unique and personal stay. Red House is a welcoming traditional Khmer home where wood is king, especially in the bedrooms. The beds, furniture and even the floor were crafted by local artisans. The wood is sourced from local “tiep barang”fruit trees.
To popularize his inn, Stéphan chose Branderz, where I was acting Creative Director to create a simple-yet-beautiful website. Due to his time and budget, we opted for a personalized CMS theme with parallax functionality. I didn’t want to give him a generic-off-the shelf looking site but was also sensitive to his constraints. To make this webpage stand out I wanted to work with two font styles for all headers. A bold sans serif font paired with an elegantly curved script type. While the script shows the personal nature of Stéphan’s decorations, the sans serif font pointed to the solid and no frills construction of his escape from the city.
No matter how good a site’s framework though, a design is only as good as the content that fills it. Luckily for us, Stéphan also had a keen eye for photography and supplied us with some amazing photos of his property. And the best part about it was that he’d taken them all himself! After I gave the pictures some final tweaks and color grading to make them all fit with the feel of the site, they were good to go. In the end we came up with a great site with a perfect synthesis of my team and I’s devotion to clean, functional design paired with fantastic creative feedback and content from the client.