Dreaming of a Vacation?Turn your home into a boutique hotel in 10 easy steps.
If your summer vacation turned into more of a staycation, look no further than a new boutique hotel for inspiration on how to bring the escapist vibes home. is a new eco-friendly destination located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, and is topping our list of retreats that we can’t wait to visit. Housed in a 130-year-old Victorian mansion, the Pinterest-worthy interiors include statement pieces from CB2 and Ikea next to splurge-worthy finds, like Italian marble poufs from 1stdibs. Here, Dreamers Welcome founder, Stephan Watts, sounds off on wallet-friendly design hacks that can be easily recreated in your own space. It’s almost better than being there.
Decorating with pink can be tricky; you want it to be sweet not saccharine. On midcentury–style furniture the look is all-grown-up. Watts doubled down with a from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop x CB2 collection and a dusty rose backwards couch from Anthropologie—his go-to for affordable furniture with a curated feel. Quality couch-time, indeed.
According to color therapy experts, as we associate the shade with clear blue skies, calm blue waters and the like. Design-wise, the color choice has a number of added benefits. For example, at Dreamers Welcome, “The Visionary” suite features 10-foot ceilings; however, by extending the Yves Klein blue paint job from the ceiling to the floor, the room feels cozier.
Ditch the curtains and let in the sun with a DIY plywood headboard. By emphasizing natural light in your bedroom without obstructing a window, it’s visually appealing, affordable and practical, too.
When fresh flowers are scarce, opt for dried arrangements as a seasonless and sustainable alternative. The look was all the rage in the ’80s, and judging by the larger-than-life blooms sprouting up at Dreamers Welcome, it’s poised to make a comeback. No green thumb required.
Interior designers are always looking for creative ways to conceal a TV, which can be an eyesore in any setting. Watts and his partner Roy Delgado, who is also an artist, created custom fabric covers reminiscent of mini tapestries to hang over every flatscreen.