THE PERFECT STAYCATION: CREATING A FIVE STAR BEDROOM WITH CRANE & CANOPY

What would be your perfect staycation?

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The luxury bedding line Crane & Canopy asked me to describe my perfect “staycation.” I LOVE to travel so this proposition made me really question what would make me want to stay home?!?

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We just returned from a fabulous trip to New York and stayed at the iconic Pierre Hotel. There is nothing like staying in a five star hotel to make you appreciate the attention to every detail…impeccable service, luxurious surroundings, stunning views and impeccable bed linens.  Our room overlooked the Plaza Hotel and Central Park and the staff anticipated our every whim. I was determined to bring some of this luxury home and make our own home feel like we were always on vacation!

1. Create a lovely bedroom.

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coral-stacked-sheet-2-featured_largeThe beginning and end of every day should be all about comfort surrounded by your favorite things. High thread count, exquisite piping, beautiful embroidery, and gorgeous patterns make Crane & Canopy linens extraordinary. For my virtual bedroom, I chose a palette of coral and navy to create a fun bedroom that would be a joy to wake up in every morning. A large abstract work by Selena Beaudry from Hidell Brooks Gallery would anchor one wall providing the perfect focal point to gaze at lounging in my beautiful bed.

2. No clutter.

The next best thing to daily maid service is make sure you have cleaned up before your staycation.

3. Plan your day.

It is easy to fall into the everyday routine at home. Planning is necessary to ensure you seize the day! After a 10 hour slumber, my perfect staycation would involve taking advantage of all the things I rarely have time to do in Charlotte that I love.

Photography of the Midtown Park area of Charlotte NC's Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a public park with more than 19 miles of trails and land connectors. Charlotte designed the Sugar Creek Greenway with the goal of connecting neighborhoods, landmarks and activities and increasing the Queen City's pedestrian-oriented activities. The Midtown Park section, located next to the Metropolitan mixed-use development, is a one-acre site that until recent years held a gas station. Today the park use of  stone, artwork and other materials brings new life to the area.

Photography of the Midtown Park area of Charlotte NC’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a public park with more than 19 miles of trails and land connectors. Charlotte designed the Sugar Creek Greenway with the goal of connecting neighborhoods, landmarks and activities and increasing the Queen City’s pedestrian-oriented activities. The Midtown Park section, located next to the Metropolitan mixed-use development, is a one-acre site that until recent years held a gas station. Today the park use of stone, artwork and other materials brings new life to the area.

4. Exercise

Mint Museum of Art patrons dine at Halcyon, a Flavors from the Earth restaurant that features artisinal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond.

Mint Museum of Art patrons dine at Halcyon, a Flavors from the Earth restaurant that features artisinal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond.

5. Brunch

I never make time for brunch unless I am on vacation. An alfresco brunch overlooking the city at Halcyon would definitely make the cut.

"The Firebird" stands in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. The museum is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism. JCI Photo - Todd Bennett

“The Firebird” stands in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. The museum is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism. JCI Photo – Todd Bennett

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6. Catch up on Culture

Museum and gallery hop to all of my favorite spots…the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum, and all of our great local galleries.

Scenes and food from Heirloom restaurant in Charlotte NC.  Chef, Clark Barlowe.  Food - Blueberry and Lemon - Blueberry and Lemon buttermilk cake, liquid nitrogen blueberry ginger ice-cream, Childress Starbound and honey reduction, Lemon marscarpone cream and Lemon thyme Tuile.  Salem Hills Beef Assomer - Sunburst Farm Tomato Salad, Sunny Quail Farm Quail Egg, Feba Farm Cress Blossoms, Beef Jus. Shot on May 30th 2014. Photographs by Peter Taylor.

Scenes and food from Heirloom restaurant in Charlotte NC.
Chef, Clark Barlowe.
Food – Blueberry and Lemon – Blueberry and Lemon buttermilk cake, liquid nitrogen blueberry ginger ice-cream, Childress Starbound and honey reduction, Lemon marscarpone cream and Lemon thyme Tuile.
Salem Hills Beef Assomer – Sunburst Farm Tomato Salad, Sunny Quail Farm Quail Egg, Feba Farm Cress Blossoms, Beef Jus.
Shot on May 30th 2014. Photographs by Peter Taylor.

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7. Eat more!

There are always so many new restaurants popping up  that I never have time to try. Two places at the top of my list…Heirloom and CorkBuzz.

8. Be inspired.

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For an inspiring end to my staycation, I would end the night with a world class performance by the Charlotte Ballet. It performs classic, contemporary and cutting-edge dance with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence. Always pushing their creative limits, Charlotte Ballet always takes my breath away with their imaginative choreography and impeccable techinical skill.

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