The madness is nearly upon us and it’s probably too late to run away so instead of going to the hotel for a rest, this week we are mostly mad about creating the boutique hotel look at home.
The key to this look is that it is supposed to really be a home away from home. In a way that most hotels really aren’t. So a little personality is key.
It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t all match. But it must make life easier and a little more luxurious. So you will need:
A comfy chair for reading. With a lamp beside it. And a few books.
Bedside lights that are fixed to the wall so you don’t clutter the bedside table or run the risk of knocking them over.
A soft rug by the bed for cold toes.
A faux fur throw that you can snuggle up in while you read in that chair.
An ottoman at the end of the bed – space permitting – for last night’s clothes and the tray for the breakfast that perhaps someone will bring you in the morning.
Storage is vital. One of the most relaxing things about a good hotel room is the lack of clutter. Make sure you have space to put everything away. One idea is to build a false wall with shelving in it. Then wallpaper the front and no-one will guess at the mayhem behind as the bedroom will look so calm. I did this in my house.
A great bed. A really dramatic headboard can really add to this look and give the impression of luxury.
Cushions and throws definitely add to the feeling of luxury.
In the, preferably en suite, bathroom, great towels, two basins, a big deep bath. A place to rest the wine. And the book. And the radio.
A fireplace in a bathroom adds instant luxury, even if you don’t light it.
And don’t forget the mini bar. Or perhaps just a mini fridge; big enough for a bottle of champagne and a carton of orange juice.