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Annie’s Tip of the Week: The High-End Hotel Look

There’s a reason why high-end hotels have a reputation for being havens of calm and relaxation. Beyond the nice mattresses, the gift baskets, and the pretty much round-the-clock room and concierge services (not that there’s anything wrong with those), high-end hotels offer a minimalist design aesthetic that relies on a neutral base and a few graphic elements to create visual interest without sleep-chasing clutter.

To get the look of a hip, high-end hotel bed at home, try these tips from Annie:

1. Buy the best-quality bedding you can afford. We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, so why not invest in something that will stand up to years of snuggling and trips through the washer?

2. Choose a single, light neutral shade as your foundation. Here, Annie went with a snowy white duvet and sheets. A bedcover with some sort of detail—like the ruched ribbon set in two strong lines—gives the look an extra bit of oomph.

3. Top the bed with a pair of shams that match the duvet, then pile on the decorative pillows in one or two graphic patterns. For this bed, Annie chose an eye-catching graphic print in two neutrals, tobacco and taupe. But you can also try the Four Seasons’ trick of pairing a patterned pillow in a shade complementary to the detail on the bed’s duvet. The overall effect is boldly graphic without being overwhelming.

4. Ground the lighter colors of the bedcovers with a darker color on the bed skirt. The tailored chocolate skirt on Annie’s bed not only picks up the hue on the ribbons of the duvet and shams, but also makes the white bedding look even crisper.

Four Seasons, Seattle

Loews Hotel Vogue, Montreal

W Hotel, New York City

What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at? Tell us in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a Lyall embroidered sheet set from Pine Cone Hill (valued between $184 and $284!) in your choice of Fossil, Ink, Citrus, or Chocolate. The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 14, 2012. View full details.

Congratulations to our winner, Pattie from Illinois!


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Allison @ Two Thirty-Five Designs October 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

LOVE hotel bedding and the W Hotel is fabulous!!
The sheet set looks wonderful!

Tori October 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Our hotel stays have never been too high-end… Most of our life is done on a budget! So, I’d say a Hilton, Hyatt or Sheraton would probably be our highest end hotel stays.

Can’t tell you how much I’d love to win these sheets! I recently purchased some gorgeous linen Brunschwig & Fils fabric for drapes in our bedroom; and these (probably in citrus or ink) would go beautifully!

Thanks for the chance to win. LOVE Pine Cone Hill!

Leigh Ann Patterson October 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

The Ritz Carlton!! Those sheets look divine! Would lovvveeee to own them!!

Leigh Ann Patterson October 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

The Ritz was a fabulous place to stay!! Would love to wake up in these sheets!!

patty watson October 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

embassy suites

Amy October 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Best hotel I ever stayed at….hmmm….a tie between The Waldorff Towers in NYC and The Westin Grand in Vancouver!

Chloe October 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The Hotel Santa Cruz in Chile is incredible…not posh, but so full of character and in the most beautiful neighborhood.

lynda October 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Banff springs hotel – stunning setting and wonderful ambiance. Love the sheets too!

Dawn October 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

The best hotel EVER is the Ritz in Half Moon Bay, CA
Every few years, I meet up with some life-long girlfriends. One year we were lucky enough to stay at the Ritz, upgraded to their club level, and enjoyed the breathtaking view! We slept, ate, and enjoyed luxury at it’s finest! To this date I have never experienced that kind of luxury at a hotel, but I still meet the girlfriend and get the joy of being together.

Sarah October 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon. Simple, luxurious, and green. A lovely hotel in a lovely locale.

Betsy October 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

A bed and breakfast in St. Anton, Austria. The feather bed made it the most comfortable night sleep and the Mountain Air was wonderful.

Katy D. October 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

The hotel San Jose in Austin. We live in Austin and stayed there on our wedding night. We love to go there for drinks and sit on the patio. It is minimal and quiet.

Gretchen October 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Lovely linens! I think the nicest hotel in which I’ve stayed is the Dead Sea Marriot in Jordan. Fabulous service and amenities.

Susanne October 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

The Gallatin Gateway Inn in Bozeman, Montana, qualifies as the best hotel I have ever stayed in. I would characterize it as rustic elegance. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rochelle October 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

A lovely hotel in Carmel whose name escapes me. It was very pet friendly and just lovely!

Pattie October 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It was a small place in Dublin, don’t remember the name. The sheets are beautiful, with those who needs a hotel.

Melissa Kite October 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Il San Pietro di Positano — was lucky enough as a young woman to go with my aunt and uncle. A dear memory of a man now gone and a woman who I love so much. Different times now. But what an amazing hotel!!! A paradise.

The sheets are gorgeous! xo

Monica Flegg October 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm

The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston!

Kristin October 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Having had the good fortune of spending time in many lovely hotels, cozying up at home is what I do best. On Sundays I worship Our Lady of the Sheets and St. Mattress. This Fall has me downsizing from a large home with an obnoxiously large bed to a sweet little cottage and a Queen. While I’ve yet to buy anything but the new mattress and a Hollywood frame, such a gift of new sheets would probably find me at my place of worship more often. And at my old age…the possibility of entertaining there becomes more than just a prayer. I jest, sort of.

Megan October 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California. Quite the splurge but wonderfully appointed without being stuffy. Lovely!

Greg October 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

The Sheraton in Osaka, Japan.

Edwina October 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

While in school in Mass. I spent the summer apprenticing a goldsmith in Lenox. My dad came to check up on me and stayed at Wheatleigh. I have since stayed at the Gritti, various 4 Seasons and a Ritz or two, but the Wheatleigh was the most elegant, fabulous, Gatsby loving place I have ever seen.

Leslie F October 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

My favorite hotel visit was the Fairmont in Quebec City in Autumn. Would love yo win win you sheets!

Linda Merrill October 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

The best bed I ever slept in was The Hotel Scribe in Paris. The bed was form, but was topped with clouds! The sheets were crisp and cool- exactly the kind of bed you never want to get out of! But of course with Paris outside, no lounging!

Heather | Vivid Hue Home October 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I always find it a special treat to stay at the Soho House in NYC. I love that it’s a boutique hotel and that the kids are home with the grandparents when my husband and I visit there. We get to visit the places we used to go to when we lived in the city. We usually get to just relax and sleep in for a change which is probably why I think the sheets are comfy, I don’t have little ones tugging at my night gown waking me up to turn on the cartoon channel! ha. Great give away!

Libby October 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

A lovely small hotel in St. Remy: Sous les Figuiers. Charming! We could pick fresh figs off the tree just outside our room…

Barbara Segal October 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I had to think long and hard on the answer and put some considerable thought into my answer. Many hotels I have stayed at have been in beautiful place, luxury, and some in exciting cities abroad. The best hotel I have ever stayed in is, The Peninsula, Chicago. They always have beautifully appointed guest rooms, with a high standards of service, and attention to every detail one can only praise.

Debra Lee October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

The best was the W in Chicago. Great view of the Navy Pier and the fireworks were at room level!


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