It's been a few years since "staycation" was the buzzword of the summer, but the idea of "traveling" in your own hometown is still a popular concept for budget-friendly vacations. With luxurious linens and a whole host of conveniences, staying in a hotel is always a major treat, even when it's just a few blocks from your front door. But that hotel feeling? You can get that anytime. Even at home. All you need is a little boutique bedroom overhaul.
Step 1: Start with Plump, White Bedding
What sets apart a hotel bed from any other is those fluffy pale sheets. Turn in for the night in style by giving your everyday bed the same treatment with simple white sheets. The next time you're at a hotel, check the sheets for labels or ask the hotel desk who their supplier is. You can find high-thread count white linens almost anywhere, but here are our favorite 10 sources for luxury bedding. Add interest with colorful throw pillows or a sheet set with a decorative border, like the photo at top from a Saskatoon, Canada home designed by Atmosphere Interior Design.
Step 2: Accessorize with Trays
A simple tray is a key piece for simple-chic glamour, and hotels know it's a quick way to make knick-knacks look organized. Use a tray to collect jewelry and watches on a dresser, or perfumes on a vanity. When staging your space for company (or prying eyes at a party), a tray placed on the bed with some magazines and bottled water looks welcoming and luxurious, like in the photo above from Ace Hotel in Seattle.
Step 3: Outfit the Bedside Table
One of the best parts about staying in a hotel is feeling like everything is at your fingertips, probably because there is literally so much within arm's reach on the bedside table. Your home's nightstand can be tricked out too (or nightstands; hotels always have a matching pair). Start with a great lamp, then add fresh flowers, lots of outlets and, yes, maybe even a retro-cool alarm clock radio.
Step 4: Add a Coffee and Refreshments Station
It's a treat to have bed-side coffee ready for you when you wake. Setting up a well-styled coffee station is as easy as finding a spot and plugging in your favorite coffee maker. For your nightcaps, know the trick to adding a mini-fridge without transforming your bedroom into a dorm room is finding one with a luxury finish. Instead of glossy white, go for stainless steel, cabinet-fronts, or a fridge with a sleek glass door (think wine fridge). Give it a faux built-in look by sliding it under a tight-fitting side table or between pieces of furniture with similar heights.
Step 5: Create a Seating Area
Because they need to be your living room and bedroom all at once, most hotel rooms feature a seating area just steps from the bed. It's a luxurious and comfortable element at home, too, offering a great spot to get ready in the morning or read a few pages of a book before bed. If there's some wiggle room in your floor plan, see if you can squeeze in a sofa or a pair of chairs.
Step 6: Dress the Bathroom to Match
If you're lucky enough to have a bath attached to your bedroom, treat it like the posh-sounding en suite that it is. Mentally and visually connecting the spaces with complementary decor makes the whole master suite feel more spa-like. If the space allows, you might even consider arranging the bed to face the bathroom doorway for a more cohesive connection between these two separate rooms. Then use these tips to dress the bath up like a boutique resort.