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Checking in with two design experts on creating hotel-style luxe at home

From rustic lake lodges to boutique downtown penthouses, hotels and inns are leaving behind cliché coverlets and outdated tapestries, and transforming their accommodations into fashion-savvy sanctuaries. Here, lodging experts provide insight on making your master suite feel like a sumptuous getaway.

• When interior designer Linda Jo Clough and her husband, Rodney, built their Sawyer-based, four-room Rabbit Run Inn in southwest MIchigan, they created a peaceful retreat full of sleek and contemporary touches.

• “I made it very glamorous,” says Linda Jo, who incorporated modern details like granite counter tops, glass shelves, and a lot of textures.

• To bring 5-star style to your own master suite “start with good quality, 500-thread-count-and-above white sheets,” suggests Caroline von Weyher, interior designer and managing partner of Two Birds in Flushing.

• When Caroline renovated the 6,000-square-foot Lake Huron Inn in Northeast Michigan’s Harrisville in 2012, she traded classic oak pieces for chic furnishings and soothing color palettes of soft blues and greens.

• Linda Jo suggests incorporating a sitting area. “It’s what makes a master suite a master suite,” she says. Comfortable, upholstered chairs and an ottoman give you a place where you can “get away from everything.”


• While some say plush robes and sumptuous bath towels in classic white are a must for a luxury escape, for the greatest indulgence, invest in a bedside coffee maker or teapot — it’s the ultimate in early-morning comfort and convenience. — GN

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