Hotel-style Home Décor

If you have ever been fortunate enough to stay in a fine hotel or upscale resort then you know that hotel style home decor is different than what you have at home – the luxury pillows and bedding enhance the experience and you leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and invigorated. With some savvy shopping it is actually possible to experience many of the best hotel amenities at home in your bedroom and bathroom for less than even the cost of one night in a luxury hotel.

Start with bedding – look for fine quality Egyptian cotton sheets with a high thread count and invest in the very best set you can afford. When you think about it you spend almost a third of your life in bed and the sheets are in direct contact with your skin; this is not the place to cut corners. If you spend money on nothing else than top-quality sheets you will still have invested wisely and will enjoy a more restful and comfortable night’s sleep.

Black and Grey Bedspread on Bed and Pillow

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A mattress pad can help to improve the sleep surface, especially if your mattress has some age to it. There are mattress pads designed to address a variety of issues so if you seek a less firm or more firm sleeping surface you can achieve it. Look for memory foam mattress pads along with mattress pads and toppers designed to reduce motion transfer and relieve pressure points. Much like sheets, mattress pads are available in a variety of sizes ranging from twin and twin extra-long to queen, king and California king.

Pile on the pillows – hotels use lots of pillows to make the bed the focal point of the room plus they are comfortable to lean against while relaxing, reading or watching televise while in bed.

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8 Lovely Things To Add To Make A House A Home

What is it that makes a house feel like home? The people, the decor, or the accessories? It’s probably down to individual tastes, but living in a homely, personalized house is important for our sense of well being, belonging, and relaxation. There is a whole host of different things you can add to your home if you think it still needs a homely touch, from books to rugs, and everything in between.

  1. Sentimental photographs

There’s nothing more comforting than being surrounded by people you love, so when they can’t be there, make your home feel special and personal to you by filling it with beautiful pictures of your nearest and dearest. It immediately adds a sentimental edge, which can be both reassuring and grounding.

  1. Cozy rugs

Whether you have hardwood floors or carpets, nothing quite says comfort like rugs. Layer rugs of different textures and patterns to create a really comfortable look – faux sheepskins are especially great for this. Bedrooms and living rooms have never been cozier.

  1. A fire

Is there anything more romantic than snuggling in front of the fire in a room you love? If your home is fireplace-less, you’re seriously missing out, and this needs rectifying immediately. Check out the fireplaces on this blog to choose one which fits your decor, and see how much difference a fire can make to the comfort of your living room.

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  1. Soft layers

Without rugs, blankets, throws, and cushions, homes can see quite sterile, with lots of straight lines and sharp edges. Layer fabrics to soften these harsh lines. It works in any room – dishcloths in the kitchen, towels in the bathroom, fluffy blankets in the bedroom, and you can really go to town with cushions and throws in the living room. Soft layers can really make a house a home and add a sense of luxury.

  1. Feature walls

Painting all four walls in neutral colors might be the easiest to coordinate, but it’s not pushing your style to the next level. Consider creating a feature wall as a focal point in a bedroom or living room. Dark or bright paint, wooden cladding, or even a curtain wall all act as a point of interest, making the room feel cozier and more unified in style.

  1. Reading nook

Every bookworm’s dream is a reading nook, and every home should have a library, so why not combine the two, while also making use of a little space that’s always been forgotten before? All it takes is a few book shelves, a wall lamp, and loads of comfy cushions to create the reading nook of your dreams.

  1. Fairy lights

The soft twinkle of warm fairy lights can make a space really relaxing in the evening, but can also add classy elegance to any space.

  1. Something fluffy

Every home needs something fluffy to curl your toes into on a cold winter’s evening. Whether it’s a cat, a fluffy cushion, or a faux sheepskin rug, it immediately brings the home to next level cosiness. Throw in a fluffy housecoat and slippers, and you’ll never want to go outside again.

Fill your home with beauty and things that you love, and you’ll see that making a house a home is as easy as pie.

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How To Create Hotel Luxury At Home

Part of the excitement of taking a break is that feeling you get when you step into your hotel room for the first time. Just one night spent in the right hotel can lift your spirits, give you a great night sleep and even bring you closer to your partner.

If you have children at home, you’ll know how important it is to create a zone that is peaceful, tranquil and above all tidy! The bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. So it makes sense to create a place of luxury and class here. It might be worth reviewing Is It Practical To Create A Room Just For Relaxing In after reading this post.

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You don’t need a huge budget to make a few changes to a bedroom. One of the most important things about this room is, of course, the statement bed.

Hotel beds are always dressed to impress. Think minimal when it comes to choosing your bedding. White sheets will entice you to crawl in. They look clean and calm. Adding a plethora of cushions may seem pointless when you’re just going to throw them off at bedtime, but every time you step into your room, you’ll feel a sense of pride. You might even start leaving the bedroom door open for your guests to see!

Hotels tend to offer a simple white dressing gown and the fluffiest towels you’ve ever buried your face into, this is probably why people often ‘borrow’ them!

Instead of cluttering up your dressing table with make up and cuff links, leave your surfaces bare placing a couple of neatly folded gems like these bath towels on show, perhaps with your favourite body lotion next to them.

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A well upholstered chair. There is something wonderful about having a seemingly pointless chair in your room. However a chair placed by a window with a good book laid next to it always entices you to read and even if you don’t get the time, simply knowing it’s there will remind you of the relaxing peace a quiet read can give you. Try reupholstering and painting an old one.

Well hung, contemporary frames with large white mountings and photos of your fondest memories or things you love can have a huge impact on a room. Waking up in the morning to see your kids smiling back at you, kick starts your day the right way. Unlike a miss mash of slightly off centre frames. Be precise.

Monkey business: One of the beautifully bizarre lamps by Abigail Ahern Edition's for Debenhams 

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Finally, lighting. Lighting can change a room completely. Instead of switching on your ceiling light, invest in a statement lamp like these from Abigail Ahern. If your budget won’t stretch to that, consider something soft which creates an amber warmth. Place in the corner of your room and let it work it’s magic.

It’s time to see your bedroom in a new light. Make small, well considered changes. It’s not about impressing other people. It’s about impressing yourself. Lying in your bed, surrounded by luxury.  

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Gadgets & Gizmos You Had No Idea Your Home Needed

Your home should offer you the highest standard of living. It should make life as easy for you as possible and should be somewhere that you look forward to returning to all day long. If your home is pretty basic in terms of appliances, the chances are, you’re not as in love with it as you could be. You might not realize it, but there are some gadgets and gizmos that every home needs. To give you a better idea of the things your home is lacking below is a guide to all the essential gadgets and gizmos every house needs.

Digital doorbell and wireless security alarm

Let’s start with the entrance to your home. Our homes are our sanctuaries, our private retreats from the world. When they’re breached by an intruder, it can leave lifelong emotional scars. The home that you once loved can become a place of terror and fear, leading to you having to sell up and move somewhere new. The impact of your home being broken in can last a lifetime, so it’s more than worth investing in top notch security.

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One of the best security gadgets is a digital doorbell. This is because when it’s pressed, it calls your smartphone and works like a camera. This allows you to see who’s outside your home. You can then talk to them to see who they are and what they want, before deciding to let them in. Or, if you’re out and about, it’s a great tool for seeing who’s hanging around your home. As for a wireless alarm system, these are fantastic because they’re much harder to disable than traditional, ones. And, can even be linked to your smartphone, alerting you when the alarm has been set off. So that you can choose what steps to take, such as calling the police, for instance.

Instant hot water dispenser & water filtration system

Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to wait for the kettle to boil? Well, now you don’t have to, as you can opt to install an instant hot water dispenser. This heats water up in just over 30 seconds, so that by the time you’ve put your teabag in the cup and got the milk out, the water is ready to pour. What could be easier? As well as this option, there are also iKettles that you connect to your smartphone and can boil by using a simple app. These are also a fantastic tool to have in your kitchen. It’s just a case of choosing which you’d prefer.

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As well as being able to boil water quickly, it’s also important that the water you’re drinking tastes as good as possible. That’s why a water filtering system, like those sold on theberkey.com, is also a must-have gadget. There are lots of makes and models to choose from; it’s just a case of selecting one that is right for your home. Look at your options and pick a system that fits into your kitchen well and isn’t too large for the space.

Intelligent thermostat

Have you ever wished that your home knew when you needed it to be warm and when you needed it to be cooler? Well, now it can do, that is if you invest in an intelligent thermostat. These thermostat learns when you need your home to be warm, such as early in the morning and late at night, and when you want it to be cooler. They’re incredibly effective at keeping your home at just the right temperature. Of course, should it not work exactly as you want it to, you can always control it from a handy app on your smartphone. To learn more about how this would work, check out lifehacker.com.

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There are lots of other gadgets and gizmos that you could add to your home to improve it, but these are some of the best ones.

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