Interior Design: Inspiration and Advice from Hotel Experts

Interior Design Epiphany Premium Jr Suite. Image via Passport

Interior Design Epiphany Premium Jr Suite. Image via Passport

Once upon a time, it would be a tremendous compliment to describe a frequently visited hotel as your “home away from home.” Nowadays, though, well-heeled, style-conscious travelers are often inspired by great design they discover on the road. Twenty- and thirty- somethings who travel frequently for work may have years to familiarize themselves with the compact chic of space-savvy boutique hotel rooms before being able to afford a cosmopolitan condo of their own.

They may covet ownership of a tidy city apartment with the cool flair of a “hotel away from hotel.”

Passport recently reached out to five notable design professionals to get their perspectives on ways in which hotels and homes are influencing each other. We also gleaned some inside tips on what hotel rooms can teach us about smart home design.

“I love it when we get inquiries from guests who want to source things they’ve seen in our hotel rooms,” says Colum McCartan (, the Irish-born designer, “Let’s be honest, in any hotel you are going to get a certain percentage of business travelers who don’t give a fiddle about design.”

McCartan’s eponymous bicoastal firm created the stunning interiors at New York’s urbane Le Parker Meridien(, San Francisco’s yoga-vibed Hotel Vitale (, and, most recently, the stunning overhaul of a Palo Alto eyesore formerly known as Casa Olga into The Epiphany Hotel (, a whimsical new hub of Silicon Valley chic.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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