Inspiring Hotel Decor Part 1: Suites

Have you ever walked into a hotel room and instantly felt at home? The goal on most interior designers’ minds when decorating for a hotel is to make every guest feel like they are in a home away from home. The decor is often elegant and comfortable, but there are thousands of hotels out there with varying designs to fit everyone’s taste. That’s why hotels are a great source of inspiration when decorating or staging your own home. Most hotels will let you take photos of the lobby and restaurant(s) and tour the hotel without being registered, and sometimes they will even let you preview a room.

To start off this series of posts on inspiring hotel decor, I’m going to show you some of my favorite examples of beautiful hotel suites…

 Connoaught Hotel in London
Photo via Offset Architects

St. Regis Hotel New York
Photo via St. Regis NY

Hotel Castille in Paris, France
Photo via Chillout Spot

The Tides South Beach
Photo via King & Grove Hotels

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Photo via

Is your mind already churning with great ideas? If you’re decorating a home for yourself, hotels can offer great ideas for color schemes and decor. If you’re staging, there are little touches that hotels have like a fresh towel hanging over the tub or a coffee pot and cups situated on a tray near the bed. These touches bring warmth to a space and make anyone walking into it feel like they are someplace special.

Stay tuned for our next post on inspiring hotel lobbies!

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What is “redesign”?

People ask me this all the time: what exactly is “redesign”? It’s actually one of the fastest and most fun ways to give any room in your house a makeover. Redesign is simply taking what you already own and rearranging it in a fresh way. For most of my redesign clients, I never use anything that isn’t already in my client’s home before I get there. I just rearrange things in a more efficient way and use furniture and accessories from other areas of the home. It’s truly amazing just how big a difference redesign can make. Here are some before and afters of some redesigns I’ve worked on recently:

 We swapped out the curtains and chairs for something lighter and cleared out the clutter.
The addition of the right accessories and voila – beautiful new room!

Look at how removing a few things and exchanging some pieces made such a big difference.
Note: EVERYTHING in this redesign was already owned by the client!

So, do you believe in the power of redesign yet? Try it for yourself! You can also hire a professional redesigner if you’d prefer. My company offers redesign services so if you’re in the central Florida area and would like to learn more, please contact me at or call 407-383-4361.

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Evoking A Sense of “Home”

Whether you’re selling a home or just trying to add some warmth to your own, there are some easy ways to add decor to a space so that it evokes a sense of “home.” It’s one of the most important parts of home staging because while furniture definitely fills a room, the details are what give it warmth. Here are some of my own examples of those special home staging touches:

Having the table set at all times makes the dining room look full of life and adds interest for the eye. Don’t stop at the plates – bring in extra color with a bottle of wine and fruit arrangements.

Beautiful bedding and pillows are the best place to start in a bedroom, but don’t stop there, especially when staging to sell. Add a tray with some glasses and a bottle of wine to help buyers imagine living there. Ever noticed they do this a lot in model homes? Because it works!

This is another great option for the bedroom, either for the bed or an ottomon with a comfy chair nearby: a breakfast setting with a teapot, fruit (for color), wrapped flatware and a book.

Don’t forget the outside! Try staging your patio or front porch with plantlife and a nice bench. Adding some outdoor pillows and a couple of books gives it some extra color and warmth. Imagine how different this corner would look if it were bare. Much prettier this way, isn’t it?

Try some of these ideas if you’re staging a home to sell or if you just want to add something fresh to your own home. To learn more about home staging, check out my book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell or if you’re in the Orlando area and would like to hire professional staging services, check out Happy staging!

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Home Staging Trick: Book in Bloom

You’ve probably heard this before: Beauty is in the details. This is definitely true in home design and staging. The accessories pull the room together and add those little touches that truly make a house feel like a home. Here’s a cool tip that comes from one of our MHM team members, Heather Isaac:

Open up an old book halfway and fold inward two pages from the right and two pages from the left. You’ll be left with this beautiful (yet very simple and inexpensive!) design element that you can place on a coffee table, next to a bed, or even on an ottoman beside a comfy chair.

What are some of your favorite accessorizing tricks? Let me know in the comments!

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