10 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

Despite all the fun and fancy hotels we may stay at on our many travels, there’s one thing we can all agree with- they just don’t feel like home. Sure it’s nice to get away, but whenever you’re on the road for a period of time, whether it’s for work or pleasure, sometimes we just miss that comfortable feeling of being in our own familiar space. But don’t let that get in the way of your travels! Instead, why not take a few things with you to not only make you feel at home, but give you your own little place of zen?

1. Candle

One of the quickest ways to make your hotel room your own little spot of familiar zen is to add a delicious scent to the room. How many hotel rooms do you walk into that you immediately recognize how great they smell? Not many. PIck up one of your favorite candles to stuff in your bag, and you’ll soon feel like you’re right at home.

2. Portable Speaker

Our phones are amazing, but they can only do so much when it comes to emitting sound. When you’re hanging out in your hotel room, make sure to bring a long that portable speaker so you’ll be able to relax (or party) like you’re on vacation.

3. Mini Fan

 Ever climbed into your hotel bed, turned out the lights, and found that you’re suddenly surrounded by a deafening silence? If you’re one of those girls that has to have a little white noise in the background, even a little air circulation without the drying blast of ac, a mini fan might be just the thing to make your hotel stay ultra comfortable.

4. Flowers

 You know how placing a vase of fresh flowers in your home instantly brightens the room? Do the same thing in your hotel and you’ll find the room transforms into a sanctuary, not just a foreign space. Buy some flowers from the grocery store, local market, or even pick some on your own. Don’t have a vase? You’ll usually find glasses in the bathroom perfect for your bouquet!

5. Water Filter

Seems like an obvious and practical thing to bring a long, but clean water is something that is so often overlooked. Forget having to stock up on water bottles from the store and instead bring your own water filter you can just fill up and drink right from your hotel sink. No need to run out to the store whenever you’re out!

6. Essential Oils

Sometimes it isn’t that easy to get a full night of sleep when you’re in an unfamiliar bed. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender on your pillow and you’ll find yourself relaxing in your own peaceful dream bed.

7. Robe and Slippers

Forget wrapping yourself in a wet towel or quickly changing into pajamas to get warm. Pull out your own fluffy robe and slippers and you can sit back nice and cozy on your hotel bed just like you’re in your own bedroom back home.

8. Night Light

Don’t find yourself banging into chairs and tables in the middle of the night. When you have your own night light plugged in and ready to go, the soft glow in your room will help you know exactly where you are at all times.

9. Bath Products

If your hotel room has a nice big bathtub, make sure to take advantage of it. Nothing helps you de-stress faster and feel nice and relaxed than a long hot bath. Pack a few bath bombs or bubble bath so you can really take advantage of your new home away from home and jump start a relaxing night of sleep.

10. Comfort Item

Whether it’s your good luck charm you always have with you, a healing crystal that can be placed on your bedside table, or a framed photo of a loved one (because photos on your phone sometimes just don’t have the same effect!), bringing something with you to help bring some balance and positive energy into your temporary new home can make a powerful impact.


Cheat Sheet by Susanna

 

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.
When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 
She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)
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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Quick Bohemian Home Decor

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This week our Nashville home will be featured in one of my seriously all time favorite interiors & home decor magazines. Ouiiiii! I spent weeks and weeks preparing for that photoshoot and today we're sharing tips on how to boho up your own space. I'll be sharing a behind the scenes tour of our home soon (and that feature as soon as it's out) and in the meantime I enlisted Susanna to put together a quick tip sheet to show you guys how to add a little boho flair to your own home.

What is it about walking into a friend’s gorgeous bohemian style house, or getting lost in the stunning imagery of those fascinating homes on instagram that really makes us want to capture a little of that boho spark for ourselves? A boho atmosphere is dreamy, carefree, and wildly magical. It’s the kind of dwelling where you feel your creativity come alive, surrounded in your peaceful, artist sanctuary.

Here are a few tips on creating some boho magic in your own home - or adding to the bohemian style you’re already building.

String Lights

For an instant boho magical feel, try adding some string lights to a room (or two!) in your house. Whether they’re tiny wire fairy lights, or larger edison bulbs, when these lights are twinkling at night, you’ll instantly feel like you’re in your own fantasy world.

Patterns/Colors

The great thing about a boho style is you can mix and match colors and patterns. This is one style where you don’t have to coordinate. In fact, the more colors, the more brilliant your home will shine. Throw a bunch of patterned pillows and large comfy blankets together and nestle down with your friends - or relax alone and let your imagination run wild!

Plants

When you fill your home with plants, not only does this already give you a wildchild look, but being in tune with nature, watching your “babies” grow, can bring such peace to your home. Some great houseplants to start out with include english ivy (perfect for creating clean air!), spider plant, aloe vera, various succulents, air plants, etc. Gather together some colorful decorative pots, and you’ve got an interesting boho element going on.

Record Player

Your phone and Alexa provide music at your fingertips, but there’s something extra special about the vintage charm of record players. They add a fun, different look to your home, and collecting records is an exciting hobby on its own. So turn on your string lights, sit back on that couch full of colorful pillows, and enjoy the unique experience that only a record player can truly bring.

Objects from Nature

Sometimes, some of the best touches to your boho home are free. Connect with nature and bring a little of that spirit inside with you. Some shells from your trip to the beach on your nightstand, dried flowers in a vase, a collection of unique rocks, that perfect piece of driftwood...keep your eyes open on your next outdoor adventure and you just might find a new decoration or two.

Lanterns

Upgrade your candles with a few worldly lanterns and watch your rooms glow from various tables and shelves.

Unique Wall Art

Dream catchers, macrame art, travel maps - anything that catches your eye is sure to always have you feeling happy and free spirited each time you look at them. Think of your bohemian decor as if each element serves to tell a story.


Travel Souvenirs

Most importantly, every boho girl knows that some of her most valuable decorations are her treasures picked up on travels. Each place you go, grab something special that speaks to you. That way, everywhere you look in your home, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful memories.


Cheat Sheet by Susanna

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.
When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 
She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)
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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".