A decade ago, no one would ever have looked to a hotel for design inspiration. Even the best rooms were, well, hotel-y, with bedspreads of scary fabric, dreadful curtains, bland brown furniture.
Thankfully, times have changed. Now anyone who checks into the W New York or New York's Mercer hotel can spend a night in a room designed by David Rockwell or Christian Liaigre, getting a taste of what they likely could never afford at home.
Or could they?The stuff these rooms are made of is often for sale—and often at reasonable prices. Just ask Peter Greenberg, travel editor for NBC's Today, whose California house is filled with finds from 47 hotels. "When you're on the road as much as I am, you learn what works in a room and what doesn't," says Greenberg. "I started asking hotel staff if I could buy things, and they said yes." Greenberg's showerhead came from the Savoy in London. His mattress, from New York's Four Seasons Hotel, is covered with the same Frette sheets as the beds at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. In some cases Greenberg had to track down suppliers himself, but he found other hotels selling products through their own catalogue. The end result?Greenberg's house is sophisticated and thoughtfully considered, but doesn't feel at all like a hotel. "Well," he says, "I don't buy hotel art."