Staying Put in Style
During this time of non-travel, inward reflection and with a heartfelt yearning to check into a hotel, I have decided to “hotelerise” my home – I’ve pulled out the scented candles picked up from fond hotel stays around the world to remind me of better times. From La Reserve in Paris to Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, these candles are lighting and warming my home and let’s be honest … nothing screams “hotel stay” like a scented candle!
My bedroom has been fluffed with pillows so high it resembles a Firmdale Hotel bed (my bedhead designed by Anna Spiro helps to “get the look”) and on that note, hop over to Shop Kit Kemp to buy anything in the Firmdale Hotel collection. My top picks are the Mythical Creatures Mug Set to set up your morning flat white in style and Tim’s Glassware – the classically designed wine goblets that will elevate your daily wine-time. And when you want to grab another moment of inspiration, head over to Kit’s blog and learn first hand her tips on restyling your shelves.
*Shop the entire Shop Kit Kemp collection here.
Other hotel brands are also making it easier to hotel at home. The Luxury Collection Store sells its famous hotel bed online along with their Peru inspired clothing range in collaboration with Sofía Sanchez de Betak, also known as Chufy. They also stock their Hotel Secrets book which belongs on every coffee table.
But best hotel bed in my opinion is made exclusively for Adelaide’s Mayfair Hotel. These deliciously cloud-like mattresses are manufactured locally by A.H Beard in South Australia and can be purchased only through the hotel.
Best stay-at-home hotel robe goes to Ace Hotels and their collaboration with Wings + Horns. I bought one during a stay at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles a few years ago and still wear it daily. The hooded, old type boxer-robe-drape seems to suit me and it washes up so well.
A quality piece.
Halcyon House, my go-to beach boutique hotel getaway may be closed for now but you can hop on over to their Halcyon Atelier website and pick up some Anna Spiro cushions to brighten up that sofa you are spending all day on and then treat yourself to one of the best fitting mens linen shirts around. Tailored exclusively for Halcyon Atelier by Di Viao in Italy, pick a colour you love and wear it to death!
Soho Hotels also have their Soho Home boutique online where a vast collection of their hotel’s unique design items are available, you can even shop by each “house” style.
Drinks Trolley in Brass anyone?
Finally, set the scene with music. Other than fragrance, music is the greatest memory reminder of all so seek out your favourite hotel soundtrack and turn it up!
W Hotels Poolside and Living Room lists on Spotify will have you dreaming you are poolside in Miami or checking into W Mexico City in a second. Macakizi Hotels’ jazzy soundtrack will brighten any in-iso late night dinner plans and you can’t go wrong with a classic playlist like Hotel Costes to bring back memories of European glamour.
Got a favourite hotel playlist? Please share it with me!
Until We Travel Again ..
Now is the time to tweak your interior and add a splash of hotel inspired luxury.
So … iron the sheets, grab some greenery from the garden and vase it up throughout your home (even just a sprig or bloom will do à la Heckfield Place below), light those scented candles and turn the music up and you’ll be hotel-ing at home in no time!
Enjoy your time at home and I hope my tips encourage you to dream of travelling again soon.
*Firmdale online shopping has been paused for now due to current COVID-19 protocols, keep an eye on their website for the latest updates.