When you’re traveling and away from home for work, we know it can be depressing to live in a generic hotel room. Corporate housing can be an excellent solution to this problem, but even with the most luxurious accommodations and decoration, we know it can’t compare to the feeling you get when you walk through your own front door. So we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from our favorite designers and interior decorators on how to make your corporate apartment feel like a real home away from home!
1. Personalize Your Space
One of the things that makes home feel homey is your family, your roommates, and/or your pets. Since they’re not here with you, have some pictures printed at your local Walgreens or Walmart and frame them. Placing pictures on your bedside table, your bathroom counter, or your coffee table means you can see them and be reminded of the people (and animals!) you love most.
2. Take “Command”
Most furnished apartments prefer that you don’t use hammer and nails to hang things, but Command strips and hooks can help you hang posters or pictures and create key hooks and a place for your jacket. When you’re out and about in the evenings and on the weekend, one of the fun things about traveling is picking up neat tchotchkes and art – and there’s no reason to wait until you’re home to hang or frame them!
3. Trade Out Some Linens
One of the best things about renting a fully furnished corporate apartment from Arkansas Suites is that you have everything you need at your fingertips. We provide everything from bedding to shower curtains, and it’s all done in a high-quality, tasteful style. But everyone’s style and preferences are unique, and we all have our specific quirks and preferences. If everything is feeling a little too perfectly put together or you’re not into neutrals, try making some easy changes with linens!
Curtains, shower curtains, throw pillows, slipcovers, and new bedding can all go a long way towards transforming your home away from home into something that feels more personal and warm.
Pro travel trip for those who spend months and months of the year traveling away from home – invest in your favorite bedding, curtains, shower curtain, etc. and have it shipped to your new apartment. For a few extra bucks in shipping, it’s like having home everywhere you go!
4. Sign In and Check Out
All of our apartments come with highspeed internet and flatscreen televisions, but you don’t want to have to watch Netflix on your laptop in bed every night (Unless you want to of course! No judgment!). If you travel a lot, investing in a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick or a similar portable streaming device can save you a lot of time and frustration. And being able to log into your own shows and apps is a comforting way to feel more at home.
You can also use apps and ideas like Netflix’s Party Chat to watch TV with your family and friends and chat about them in real-time!
5. Aromatics Can Lift the Spirits
Scent is known to trigger memories and influence our moods. Nothing transports you back home faster than a familiar smell! So if you’re feeling homesick, choose a familiar scented candle or freshener. Or set a new, more cheerful mood with something bright like lemon or green apple!
No matter what small things make you feel more at home, remember that personalizing your space means that you’ll be more comfortable and work more productively. And if you have any questions or you’re missing anything in your corporate apartment that you’d like to have, just contact Arkansas Suites and let us take care of you!