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July 29, 2016

Hints from Hotels – Add Luxury to Your Home

When you go on vacation and splurge on a high-end hotel, it can be quite a shock to return to everyday life. The elegance, comfort and relaxation you experience when you’re living the high life can seem so far away when you open the door to your own home. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could live in five-star hotels all of the time? Well, most of us can’t afford to do that, but there are lots of hints, tips and tricks we can pick up from luxury hotels that can make us more comfortable in our own homes. Pamper yourself with some of these fantastic ideas and upgrades! The Bedroom If you’re like most homeowners, you tend to scrimp and save a bit when it comes to furnishing and decorating your bedroom. After all, most people don’t see it. It isn’t a public area of the house, so bedrooms are usually given the short end of the stick when it comes to spending. However, a great night’s sleep is one of the best ways there is to feel good, look good and have the energy you need to get through every day. Some tips for copying a luxe hotel bedroom: Buy a good mattress and good sheets – the best you can afford. Add soft, washable comforters and pillows. Invest in thick coordinating curtains that block out the sun. One of the nicest things about staying in hotels is that you’re never awakened before you’re ready by the bright glare from the windows. Try sewing them yourself or hire a seamstress to create them for you, so that you can have the exact fabric that you want. Make sure each sleeper has a night table within easy reach for quick access to alarms, glasses, water or any other item needed at night or first thing in the morning. A classy hotel will have plush armchairs for relaxing as well, because not everyone chooses to lounge on the bed. Choose a comfy recliner for a cozy corner, and outfit it with reading lamp.  An HD TV with a clear picture and good audio can be tucked into a stylish armoire to keep the look of the room tidy and upscale. As a finishing touch, make sure to leave a small dish of wrapped quality chocolates on your handy nightstand. It’s your own version of chocolates on your pillow! The Bathroom A few small tweaks will turn your everyday bath into a spa – and many of them are readily available with today’s new construction. For example, at Ernest Signature Custom Homes we offer bathrooms with dual sinks, deep garden tubs and stand-up showers with top quality shower heads and elegant fixtures. Add thick, fluffy towels, scented candles, a glass of wine and a mound of bubbles, and all of a sudden, you could be back at the Ritz! If you’re feeling flush, add another small TV for the “WOW” factor. Entryway Chic When you first walk into a posh hotel, you’ll see glitzy mirrors, flowering plants, elegant vases on stylish tables. Choose one or two of these elements to decorate your entryway or foyer. Imagine a small table in highly polished wood, lacquer or perhaps even marble, topped with an artistic key dish, decadent bowl of fruit, fresh flowers or a pretty lamp. Add a gold-trimmed mirror for last minute touch-ups on your way out the door. Viola! You’re done! Throughout Your Home Climate control is a trademark of high-end hotels. Programmable thermostats and wireless climate control systems you can operate from your cell phone make keeping your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature easy. Lighting is also important. Luxury hotels usually have dimmers on the lights in guest rooms so that everyone can have the level of light they need and want. Make sure you have enough lamps in high-use areas to increase visibility. Quirky or elegant lamps also provide unique decorative touches to your rooms that express your personal style. Wall sconces placed strategically over artwork gives your home a sophisticated look. The addition of greenery or natural décor helps to strike an elegant note throughout your home. Never use artificial flowers or plants if you’re going for a high-end look. If you don’t have a green thumb, a vase filled with dried flowers or twigs, a bowl filled with acorns or river stones or a fish tank are all wonderful ways to bring a touch of life to your home. On-Site Recreation A swanky hotel has workout rooms, a pool and a hot tub that completely spoil you - you don’t need to go anywhere else to get fit and get happy. You can mimic these amenities in your own home more easily than you might think. Convert an extra room or part of a guest room into a home gym by adding a treadmill, stationary bike or weight set, a TV for entertainment, a home water cooler and a stack of hand towels in the closet. If you don’t have to trek to the gym each day, it’s amazing how much more exercise you can squeeze into your busy schedule! You can also create a yoga studio in your own home. Choose a quiet, dimly lit area. Add candles, a cozy floor pillow and comfortable mat or rug for stretching or meditating. An eye mask and incense for a lavish relaxation period afterward is the perfect finish to your workout. You may or may not want to invest the money and effort required to have use of a full-size pool (Even though here in Georgia it’s nice and hot…we can usually swim from April to October…) but you can install a small swimming pool like one of these from Endless Pools for less than you might expect. You can also indulge in one of the many portable, inflatable hot tubs on the market today that provide the joy of a spa at a fraction of the price. Check out models by Coleman, Intex or Mspa! So, how many of these ideas are making their way on to your ‘to-do’ list? Probably quite a few – it’s tempting to make just a few small changes here and there that can make every day a vacation…right in your very own home!

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