Design and lifestyle ideas, from hotels to your house
When I talk about “taking something from the hotel” I stay at, I don’t mean bathrobes, towels, slippers and all that kind of stuff. It’s not simply out of a personal travel ethics but also because there’s definitely no chance I can squeeze more things in my baggage and especially in the place I live.
I actually mean ideas and feelings.
I love to get inspiration and even copy (or take away with me) some brilliant interior design ideas that I find out in many accommodations I get the chance to visit, which can also have a strong impact on your lifestyle.
Let’s see what ideas I’ve noted down in my mind during my last trips to Italy and abroad.
A work corner in your chilling room
Wallpaper, modern style and classic furniture. A view of the large living area of the Presidential Suite at Rimini Suite Hotel
During a recent trip to Rimini, I stayed at the 4-star Rimini Suite Hotel.
My passion for extra cuddles and the total lack of any guilt feelings when I dedicate time to myself, have been particularly helpful to thoroughly appreciate the private jacuzzi on a large solarium area, the rich room service menu and the huge and bright spaces of the Presidential Suite.
That said, some interior design features have also tickled my imagination!
Freelancers and digital nomads or whoever carries out part of his/her work at home, often have the need to recreate their own workspace within unequipped, and very often unsuitable home spaces.
I actually think that a living area for evening chilling or devoted to meals should not make any reference to work.
Yet, often we digital nomads, guess why, don’t live in apartments with 8 rooms and 6 bathrooms and we need to cut out our living space wherever possible, while confining our working space in our living room/kitchen/bed.
Design definitely helps! I’ve seen a live example of modern wallpaper concept for the first time in my life at the Rimini Suite hotel, with patterns that are far from those seen in our grandparents’ houses and, by the way, it was happily hung only on one corner of the living area.
It came pretty naturally to me to start working there, as if I had visually and mentally detached myself from the bright relaxing area equipped with TV and sofa.
I believe it is a real treat in terms of design, and we can all reproduce it at home: let’s create a space with a clear visual impact, even in our chilling room. Imagination is stronger than a wall, end of the day.
Bathroom: my small spa
From the hotel spa to your home bathroom: I’ll never say no to a bathtub.
During my recent blog tours, I’ve learned how important it is to constantly take care of your body (from your skin to your diet) rather than just for a few days a year when you’re on vacation.
Body care must become a lifestyle, just like food choices and the ethics of consumption.
Therefore, once every three to four months, I’ve decided to replace the shower for a day with a really long regenerative bath with bath salts and natural masks.
Not more than once every three to four months though, because excessive water consumption doesn’t belong to my ethics of consumption and it’s not my habit, so I’d rather schedule it.
Nevertheless, I always like to turn my home bathroom into a small private spa, and not just through my beloved lavender essences, which, as some of you may know, have a particularly beneficial effect on me due to biographical reasons. I also like natural wood furniture, the one with no added formaldehyde, or custom-made handicrafts (I’ll talk about this kind of furniture in another post).
Your living room like a hostel
You don’t just learn from luxury hotels, my dear friends.
Even youth hostels, those in Cracow in particular, taught me something about how to live well at home and take some travel spirit back with me.
Clearly, I’m referring to the common areas of modern hostels, equipped with game consoles (Wii and PlayStation) or reading corners where you can chat with someone or even share long and intimate silent moments with people you will probably never see again.
Even at home, in your living area, you can recreate spaces and furnishing techniques that foster communication and sharing of ideas. I’m trying out these ones:
– leaving an open book on the small sofa table with an underlined sentence on a page, so that everybody can read it and start a conversation about an interesting subject.
– putting up pictures from different parts of the world, to promote travel conversations with people who come visit you.
– leaving my Wi-Fi password in plain sight (on a small chalkboard for instance) because we all know that “home is…where your Wi-Fi connects automatically”.
– blankets, tea cups or wine glasses must always be at your disposal, and let your guests serve themselves: your home is not a hotel but part of the trip.
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