It’s interesting how the light plays off the thin gold lines. How it moves with you when you move across the room. The sleek minimalist design is sombre with that grey, but with the gold lines, it’s also alive. And the hint of Art Deco those lines give, I like very much. An added dose of elegance to the room.
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Day 20 – 11th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bed
Requesting for fresh sheets is done via the WhatsApp messaging app. I make the request once a week which I think is reasonable. That’s how often I change my bedsheets at home, anyway.
By the way, the mattress is HEAVY, even heavier than it looks. 👏🏽Respect👏🏽to all the housekeeping ladies (and men) for the back-breaking job💪🏽. And I imagine they have to move fast too, to efficiently cover a certain number of rooms and bathrooms. AND they have to maintain standards even as they work fast. My work would probably earn me a big fail even though I was so slow 😂.
Day 19 – 10th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Reading Lights
I love the minimal design of these nifty little lights. They may be small but the LED bulbs pack a punch and provide a reliable light source for reading.
Day 18 – 9th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Television
A 55″, it’s huge. Well for me, anyway. I only have a 32″ at home. I’ve never been much of a TV person, since ages ago when I could start getting news online. And at anytime I want instead of at a fixed time. And enjoy different viewpoints because I could access many different websites.
I also live in a tiny apartment, and the bigger your TV, the more space there should be between the TV and your self for viewing comfort. So yeah, 32″ was just about right.
But hilariously enough, though, the quality is not only not High Definition, it’s actually pretty bad for a flat screen TV. And it’s the same across all channels. Well, might as well just have a regular, modest 32″, then.
To make it worse, on some days I think the connection is dodgy or something, resulting in missing chunks of a film. It’s distracting to the point of being annoying enough for me to give up watching a film (The Goldfinch, for instance) because it can happen many times during a film, and for longer than just a few seconds.
Thank goodness for the free Wi-Fi.
Day 17 – 8th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bedside Headboard Light
I love the hint of Art Deco and understated elegance in this simple design. It matches beautifully with the headboard and drapes, while the acrylic cover features a subtle onyx-inspired design which matches the onyx top of the bedside table.
Day 16 – 7th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Painted Pelmet
Another splash of gold, this time more yellow than the shade above the headboard. It’s pretty, but not something I would replicate at home as it’s a bit too flashy for my taste. However, I appreciate it here for the added glittery sparkle to the room, thanks to the swirly brush strokes. It livens up the room in a fun, interesting way.
At first I though it was wallpaper, but I can spot little bleeds of the paint onto the ceiling which, funnily enough, I think is nice as instead of being a defect, it shows the work was done by hand. That makes it more special.
Day 15 – 6th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Painted Wall Finish
I would never have thought to put the colour gold on my walls, no matter how muted the shade and even just as a little accent, but it works really well in this room. It adds a dash of fun and glamour, complementing the headboard and drapes perfectly.
Day 14 – 5th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Rain Shower
Oh my God, I absolutely adore the rain shower set in my bathroom here. I don’t recall bathing under one being as utterly delicious as this one in this hotel room. I try to never linger under the glorious downpour of water, but I can tell you it’s not easy!
And since I’m isolated on quarantine and obviously not going anywhere the whole day, it’s so tempting to enjoy three showers instead of two daily. But I’ve resisted so far 😔
Day 13 – 4th June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Headboard
The headboard has a mock sewn-in diamond tufting look which nicely matches the diamond pattern of the drapes.
I rather like the sewn-in tufting (otherwise known as blind tufting) look of the headboard, which does not show buttons or other objects holding the indentation in place. It’s a more modern take on the luxe look, plus I’d worry buttons would get ripped or popped out by naughty, itchy fingers 🤭 children’s and adults’ alike. 😂
Day 12 – 3rd June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Graphic Design
Hardly ever given a glance, but the most important sign in a hotel room is the one detailing where the nearest exit is in the event of an emergency.
I don’t think most people bother to read the evacuation plan, but if they’re scrambling to do so because the fire alarm had just been set off and had jolted them into shock and panic, the information offered here can be absorbed quickly and easily thanks to its clear and straightforward display.
Moving on to the safe, it’s great that the instructions on how to use it are succinct with such few words.
The only thing I would change is to put the ‘leave safe open when checking out‘ sign on the outside of the safe door too, to better remind the departing guests. I have read of previous hotel guests leaving safes closed and therefore locked, causing an inconvenience to the next guest and the staff.
The bathroom, while still featuring sparse minimalist graphic design, offers a bit more variety in colour and mood courtesy of the amenities.
Two of the utilitarian signs below: