Tuesday, 9 August 2016

5 Ways to Create a Luxury Hotel Ambiance at Home

Source: The Peninsula Paris

After a long day at work, university or wherever you have been that day, that feeling of excitement and glee that we are going back home to relax, unwind and be ourselves again, we can all agree is one of the best feelings ever right? 

However, after doing a few projects throughout the year, it is becoming a bit more apparent that people are going home after a long day and are still in need of a sanctuary and a place to unwind completely and that may be a result of many different things! Perhaps you work from your bedroom a lot of the time or the children's toys are scattered around the house or you can never find time to properly clear our and tidy.. but I'm here to give a few tips on how to create a luxury and relaxing ambiance throughout your home to allow you to feel refreshed, revived and ready to take on your next day! :)

Cleanliness and Simplicity
This is an old tip that still applies, how many of us would appreciate walking into a cluttered and messy hotel room? *looks into audience for show of hands* none of us! Part of adding a hotel ambiance into your home is by keeping your spaces clean, simple and tidy. If you know you have lots of items, have a little think about the best way more storage can be incorporated into your space to save you hassle. Only decorate with things that you love and need and do away with the items that you feel make your space cluttered and stuffy!

Source: Sian Baxter Lighting
Experiment With Lighting
I find that when decorating the home, unless its terrible, lighting often gets put on the back burner and we're all too busy looking into other things such as sofas, cushions and paint for the walls.. A lot of people underestimate just how much the right lighting can do for a space, lighting can make or break the ambiance and feeling of a room or space, so it definitely pays off to take time and get it right! Luxury hotels in particular take special care with lighting to make sure that the guest who is paying top dollar can slip in comfortably into their stay without too much hassle. Bright and vibrant lighting is usually used in the lobby during the day and dims to create a different atmosphere throughout the day and dimmable lighting in the hotel rooms to ease the guest into relaxation and into the feeling that you are away from home.Think carefully about the way you'd like your room or space to come across when you first walk in and also about the way you would like certain parts items of furniture or parts of the room to be lit. Try and pick out lighting that will compliment the rest of your space well.

In my previous post regarding my giveaway, I mentioned the online store Litecraft who sell affordable, lovely and some striking lighting along with other home accessories (so do check them out if you get the chance!) I also love the site LuxDeco and Heal's for the more luxury and high end lighting.

Source: Sarah Hayford Interiors, Made by Me

Pay Attention to Small Details
When most think of interior designing, they think about this part! The accessories, the dressing. The part that can really bring a room together. Luxury hotels just seem to get a lot of it right. When thinking about how to transform your home ambiance into that of a luxury hotel, the little things are key! Honestly, it may be having fresh flowers from your local florist on your dining table, or having brass finishes to your kitchen taps instead of chrome or even trying out textured wall coverings in your living area instead of paint or ordinary wallpaper. Really take care and look into the small things, because when they do come together, you'll certainly be surprised!

Above I have inserted a little idea board, certainly try and make one for your home and see what you can come up with!

1) Buster and Punch  |   2) Alex McCarthy  |  3) Baobab

Source: Sophie Paterson (one of my favourite interior designers!) Surrey
Separate Your Work Space from Your Relaxing Space
If you're lucky enough to have a spare room in your home and you do a considerable amount of work, perhaps consider transforming it into a little office? and if you don't have the space, maybe put some thought into having a computer or office area around the house. This may be a weird point for some who are reading this, but after watching countless "home/apartment" tours on Youtube (how fun are they to watch though!?) and visiting a few beautiful places, I find that many don't want to mix the two often. One of my good friends has made it a rule to try not to work from her bedroom as its for relaxing purposes only! While that may be a had concept for lots of us to come by, its pretty understandable right? I often find myself working in bed on my laptop and that only has one outcome, which is me taking a nap lol so it definitely is beneficial from both sides!

Source: Sarah Akwisombe's Office (one of my favourite bloggers, check her out!)
Invest in Good Quality and Comfortable Bedding
Oooh this is a biggie! Now when I think of luxury hotels, the first things that come to mind are good food, good service and great beds! Sleep is vital for all of us but saying that, how many of us can say we get a good nights' sleep every night? If you don't, definitely try and look to your bedding and your mattress. Its super important and can play a big role in how you sleep as well as the comfort and aesthetic of your room. Luxury hotels pay attention and invest into top quality bedding and you shouldn't be afraid to either! Also pay attention to how you present your bed in your room, make it a spectacle/the main focus of the room if you'd like! Make it that item that you can't wait to come back to from a long day's work/at university/taking care of the kids/whatever! Just make it beautiful and have fun with it!

LuxDeco have a brilliant luxury bedding guide here, if you wanted to give it a read!

Source: Blake's Hotel London - White Signature Room 

Also, please don't forget to enter my giveaway in collaboration with Litecraft, to win a beautiful lamp! 

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

GIVEAWAY! w/ Litecraft Lighting - CLOSED!

Okay everyone! So this is my first ever giveaway on my blog and its quite exciting! One of my lovely readers could be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing lights with thanks to Litecraft!

The great team over at Litecraft were kind enough to send me a beautiful lamp last week that I have inserted a picture of below, they have many different styles of lighting as well as other home furnishings to choose from which is fantastic.

The lucky winner will be able to win one of these lovely lamps, all you have to do is enter here!

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*Please note that this giveaway is open to UK residents only*

1) Only one entry per person please!

2) The winner will be picked at random on by 12:00 on 18 August 2016 (GMT) and will be sent an email and announced on my social media outlets.

3) Winners information will be sent to Litecraft also so that they are able to dispatch your lovely lamp!

Good luck everyone!

My beautiful decanter lamp sent to me by Litecraft! You can get one here - on sale too!
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