Sometimes you stay in accommodation so beautiful, you wish it was your permanent address. The good news is that many hotels, and even cruise lines, allow you to buy the bedding, furnishings and even some of the decor items found in their rooms and cabins, so you can transplant a piece of your holiday into your home. Here are six places where the decor is yours (for a price).
People love the sleeping experience in Novotel hotels around the world so much that the hotel chain’s eco-friendly Live N Dream bedding – including the bed, mattress, pillows, doonas and linen – are for sale. The hotel’s philosophy is that you spend a third of your life sleeping, so you should sleep well.
Parents may be interested to know that the Play Interactive Table found in hotel lobbies from Milan to Rio, is also for sale. The digital touchscreen tabletop lets kids and grown-ups play noughts and crosses, computer games, Sudoku and more. You can buy the table and the bedding in the online store.
Art Series Hotels
The Art Series Hotels are inspired by Australian artists, and you’ll see their original artworks adorning the walls and halls of the six hotels dotted around Australia. The latest is Brisbane’s The Johnson hotel, which opened in September, and celebrates the work of abstract artist Michael Johnson.
Other hotels in the group include The Watson in Adelaide (Indigenous artist Yannima Pirkarli Tommy Watson); The Larwill Studio in Melbourne (David Larwill); The Schaller Studio in Bendigo (Mark Schaller); The Olsen in Melbourne (landscape artist Dr John Olsen); and The Blackman in Melbourne (Charles Blackman). You can purchase limited edition prints by these artists at the online Artefacts shop, as well as the Art Series Signature Beds, designed by AH Beard.
The edgy W Hotels have a keen eye for design and if you like it, you’ll want to own it. Known for their collaborations with musicians, artists and fashion designers, the hotels are liberally scattered all across the globe.
Not only can you buy bedding and robes in the online W Hotels The Store, but you can also pick up cool design touches, such as the W Montreal Foxy Throw, a faux-fur and faux-leather throw exclusive to W Montreal (get the matching Montreal Pillow to complete the look). The chain also has a range of photographic artwork inspired by its WET Deck poolside bars. Add to that candles and Bliss body products used in the Bliss 49 Spa NYC at W New York, and it’s like you never left.
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Another chain of quirky design hotels, Mama Shelter was founded by French designer Philippe Starck and has sites in France, the US, and Brazil. You can bring home a taste of its unique hospitality with Mama’s Kiss coffee, or breathe in the scent of one of the Mama Shelter candles designed in collaboration with Lola James Harper.
Browse the online shop for the colourful Mario Luca Giusti glasses that are found in Mama Shelter rooms, as well as a range of Mama Shelter themed clothes, chocolates, coffee cups, games and more.
Holland America Line
Cruise lines, too, know that their passengers need a good night’s sleep, and Holland America Line makes its luxury linen, Mariners Dream Polyester Pillow and Mariners Dream Bed available to buy. It’s the same mattress found in some suites on HAL cruise ships, such as the newest vessel, ms Koningsdam.
You can also purchase coffee and tea that you have enjoyed on board, along with wine and Ravenscroft Crystal decanters and wine glasses. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the perfect work of art in one of the cruise line’s on-board art galleries, art events or art auctions.
QT Hotels also pride themselves on unique design elements at their hotels in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Port Douglas, Falls Creek and Bondi. QT Gold Coast, for example, describes itself as a mix of nostalgic surfer chic and Miami catwalk cool.
There are retro pin-up shots in the lifts, a candy bar in the lobby, Astroturf in the pool area, vintage-style mirrors in the rooms, and an abundance of decorative pineapples throughout. Head to the QTique store in the lobby and pick up some retro touches, like watermelon beach balls and glowing bunnies, as well as homewares by contemporary Australian designers.
Featured image: The Live N Dream bed. Picture: Novotel
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