Hands up if you’re craving a weekend away in an upscale hotel? While we’re still limited in real travel, make your home feel like a luxe hotel with tips from someone who does it for a living: Canadian-born, London-based designer Dale Atkinson. Born and raised in Calgary, Dale is the founding director of
Rosendale Design, an award-winning company with 15 years of experience working with luxury brands and celebrity chefs. Scroll down for lessons on bringing hotel style to the comfort of your home, using examples of his designs!
Among Dale’s projects is
The Stafford in London, which snagged a win for the Best Bar/Club/Lounge in Europe at the International Hotel & Property Awards 2020 for their work at The American Bar at The Stafford.
Try An Outdoor Fireplace
During the pandemic, outdoor rooms have become even more important as a way to extend our living space. Lavish the details outside that you would typically find indoors, including living room touches like comfy sofas and a generous coffee table.
Invest In Beautiful Chairs
Velvet upholstery is a sumptuous (and timeless) seating option. There’s no better way to encourage guests to linger — other than a tasting menu.
Use Moody Lighting
The best restaurants make you feel like you just stepped into an intimate, friendly environment that’s your personal escape, where the other patrons just melt away. The secret is clever lighting, and in this case, it’s given an added layer with picture lights to create pools of light.
Level Up Moldings
If knocking down walls aren’t an option, try building them up. Applying surface molding is an instant way to give plain walls dimension and a heritage vibe that can also highlight artwork.
Consider A Restaurant-Style Banquette
There’s something so cozy about sliding into a chic leather banquette — it makes dining feel like an occasion. But banquettes are also a smart way to use dead space. This corner can comfortably seat at least three, with extra space for chairs when needed.
Invest In Quality Bedding
You may have been spending more time in bed than ever before (it’s a home theater! It’s a space to send emails! It’s a spot to hide out from the kids). Splurge on a high quality mattress and Egyptian cotton bed linens for a five-star experience.
Stock The Bar
When you can’t visit your favorite watering hole, turn your living room into a cocktail lounge with a beautiful bar cart or drinks cabinets, as seen in this room at
Keep On Top Of Clutter
From books to toiletries, it’s easy to let things pile up on the nightstand, but your sleep sanctuary should be as neat and tidy as possible. For a hotel touch, treat yourself to a nice carafe of water and vase with flowers.
Set The Scene For Conversation
It may have been months since any guests have crossed your doorstep, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be lots of catching up to do in the future. Rearrange the furniture in your living spaces for a fresh look, and keep it as flexible as possible. In this hotel suite at The Stafford, occasional chairs can easily be pulled in closer to the sofa or the tub chairs.
Author: Alice Lawlor & Wendy Jacob