Solutions: Vegas touches offer spark design creativity

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Not all that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. After a recent trip to my mother’s timeshare in the popular tourist destination, I was inspired by the resort’s design ideas and amenities that had me reworking my own home environment in my head.

For starters, our spacious villa at Marriott’s Grand Chateau was highly efficient with features that included a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer and more.

In the main area positioned between our rooms, a round glass table offered the perfect spot to check email and enjoy a meal with other family members who were traveling with us. The sizable flat screen TVs made ours look like small computer screens by comparison upon our return home.

A firm mattress served as a reminder that we need a new one in the near future. Though I realize the fact that I slept through the night without my usual tossing and turning was partly due to the rigorous schedule we kept, I’m sure the incredible bed had something to do with it, too.

An upholstered headboard reminded me of the one we have at home. This feature is ideal for avid readers and late-night TV fans and it’s an added bonus when on vacation.

Modern bedside lamps and convenient phone chargers convinced us to upgrade our own arrangement at home with some new accents for our nightstands.

While my husband and I have never had the luxury of double sinks in the master bathroom, our villa had me reconsidering my original idea for a remodel when the time comes. Not only did it include a spare sink, but it was located outside the bathroom for added convenience.

The addition of a small stool and a magnifying mirror left me wanting to duplicate these details with my daughter’s old vanity that found its way to my master bedroom.

Though many of the hippest hotels in Vegas provide endless design inspiration, from the Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan to the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, it was always a pleasure to return to our smoke-free lobby each night.

There, even the food presentation was fun, like the soft pretzel my daughter and I ordered that surprised us when the giant appetizer made its debut hanging from a banana holder.

Of course, a touch of humor never hurts when you’re away from home. Another favorite was the do-not-disturb door hangers that said “still counting sheep,” a small detail that made us smile.

The spectacular mountain views outside our window that stretched beyond the bright lights of the city contributed to the unique setting. Though the heat was often too hard to handle, we were lucky to have a couple of overcast days that were more tolerable.

Maybe it was the mere thought of the desert location that led to my constant thirst during our stay. For that reason, it was a relief to return to our condo with its view of the pond. No matter how good it feels to go on vacation, it can be comforting to come home and try some design ideas inspired by the trip.

Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at