Thanks to all the comments on my recent romantic break post, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the internet looking at luxury hotels recently (I know, poor me). James and I are 99% certain we’ll be heading to the Cotswolds I just need to find a hotel that isn’t über expensive for a Saturday night.
With the clocks changing last weekend I know the dark nights will tempt me to slope off to bed earlier. All this hotel room inspiration has made me think about how to achieve the five-star look back at home. I feel I’m half way there in my own house but could definitely do with a few additions (as well as a butler and a mini bar).
A couple of weeks ago part of the RMLtd team were invited to stay over in the stunning Georgian setting of Iscoyd Park. The country house bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous and ooze luxury. I think there are a few ideas we could all steal to bring home a tiny bit of their opulence to our own houses.
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Luxury Bed Linen
No self respecting hotel would make their beds with anything other than the crispest white linen.
My current white bedding set is from Morrison’s! Who knew you could pick up such classic basics with your cornflakes? It washes so well and doesn’t require any ironing but it’s coming to the end of it’s life. I would adore a 400-thread count Egyptian cotton set from The White Company. A friend of mine has similar ones and I struggled to get out of her bed when I stayed over as they sheets were so smooth against my skin!
A certain budget hotel chain likes to lay a flimsy bit of silky fabric over the bottom of the bed spread. I don’t understand its purpose? I prefer a tactile throw or a quilted bedspread and have a few from Homesense.
While most of us aren’t going to be able to swap our double for a four-poster, an upholstered headboard adds an edge of glamour.
People still send me emails to find out where my upholstered headboard is from so I’ll mention it in this post just in case you’re interested. Mine is a mink linen sculptured version from an eBay seller. If you have space to squeeze in a luxurious chair then you’ve added another element to achieve the deluxe look.
Lavish lighting is essential to create the luxe look. I found my vintage crystal drop sconces in an antique shop in Rutland and love the old school glamour they bring to the room. The very nice folk at Homebase recently introduced me to their chandelier collection* and it’s definitely worth a gander if you’re considering adding some elegance to your decor.
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Fresh flowers are a must for the luxe hotel look but I’m actually really warming to good quality silk flowers. A friend bought me some roses from an interiors shop on Northcote Road and I love that I don’t have to constantly change them.
If anyone has a bath in the middle of their bedroom then you are super duper posh. The closest I can get to creating a spa in my own room is donning a fluffy dressing gown. My current towelling robe is an absolute disgrace. Despite a frequent hot wash it permanently has make-up around the collar and I’ve lost the belt. I need a new one pronto. White waffle is essential for the hotel look and John Lewis have a cosy cotton spa version
Slightly random fact here, years ago I actually used to have a travel kettle in my bedroom at home. I think I must have been fascinated by my grandparent’s teasmade and wanted my own breakfast set up. I had canisters of tea, hot chocolate and sugar to make tea when my school friends came round. I still had to nip downstairs to get milk though so the reason I had my own tea-making facilities completely escapes me!
How do you like to get the luxe look at home? Any recommendations for places to get amazing crisp white bed linen? I can’t imagine many people had their own kettle in their bedroom as a child but please do share if you did!
*Homebase have sponsored a link within this post.