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Casa Craving Recap: A Home Away From Home

Last week I asked you to design a hotel room. The challenge was a little reminiscent of the final Design Star challenge. I also suggested that you take a look at the Home Away From Home posts, or take inspiration from some of the favorite hotel rooms you've stayed at over the years.

You can see all of the Home Away From Home Casa Cravings here, as well as the great lists users created. (TeamSugar has a great tutorial on listmaking if you're not sure how.)

Here are my favorite looks:

Look #1 was designed by htiduj, who writes, "I like to mix different styles, colors, and textures. The base of my hotel room is off white, but the ceiling is more of a creamy, golden white. The floor is the ocean-colored carpet. I love sleigh beds, and so I chose one whose modern shape and upholstery is really interesting to me, especially when you mix the upholstery's texture with the linen and carpet textures. The linen is a mix of the Marimekko Tree print (in both black and gray colorways, with the pleated linen and duvet cover in white. I added the Marimekko Poppy Print in pink as some of the throw pillows, as well as a Marimekko print of red/orange/blue poppy with gray, black, and blue dots to tie the bedding together with the floor. The pleated linen comes with pleated shams and a pleated throw pillow, as does the Marimekko forest print. (I like lots of pillows.) The side tables are off white, with crystal knobs. They match the dresser drawers. I like how they are traditional with a more streamlined modern curve. I would place the leaf lamp on each of the tables — so that the square shape of the lamps and hard stone texture balances out their curve — also adding more interest to the room. In a corner of the room, I would place the club chair and the striped chair. I like the bursts of color that they bring to the room, and they tie in all the color of the carpet and the throw pillows. Between them I would put the metal round side table — another classic shape but with a modern texture, and on top of that I would place the rounded flower-like lamp. Over the dresser I would place the shell mirror, bringing another texture and curve into the room. As for artwork, I would put the cutout print as well as the upholstered prints (but not the green one) on the walls, and add the Jonathan Adler "face" vases on the dresser top. All together, I think the room has character, openness, and a real fun and lively quality to it."

There are some other excellent rooms, so read more

Look #2 was designed by katherynn, who said: "I saw a photograph by Aimee Herring that really inspired my hotel room. I picture my hotel room to be in an upscale, boutique hotel on the shores of Greece, with the warm, golden sun and the soft, cool blues and aquas of the sea. I designed my hotel-room suite with a living and dining area as well as a sleeping area. The bathroom is a luxurious one with access off the main area, as well as from the sleeping area. Keeping the whole area open was my main goal. I wanted to provide a room separation that divides the sleeping area from the rest of the space, but still have that open airy feeling. I want to be able to come into the space and have the eye travel all the way through the space to the back windows that look out onto the sea. I wanted to incorporate the gold and aqua into the space as well, so at night you still get the drama, and the feeling of being in Greece! When designing this space, I thought, 'This is a fantasy scenario . . . why not go all out?' So I did!"

Look #3 was also designed by toby321, who says, "For me, the dream hotel room is about comfort and cleanliness. The top priority is fresh, clean, and comfy bed linens . . . in other words, the Heavenly Bed (from Westin). To keep the crisp and fresh vibe, I've chosen lots of whites and creams and glass accessories. The walls should be subdued, so a pale stone color like Benjamin Moore's Hazy Skies in both the bedroom and bathroom. All metal should be silver toned, i.e. pewters and nickels. Otherwise, everything luxurious is best: the thickest white towels, the best skincare and candles, and fresh fresh fresh in appearance. A room that soothes and doesn't offend any tastes. Relaxing touches like wine and cheese, and good coffee-table books, are always a plus!"

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