This probably isn’t a surprise, but even though we got married in September, we haven’t been able to go for our honeymoon yet! We’re still waiting for some of the travel restrictions to lift. But that hasn’t stopped us from figuring out where we’d like to go.
One of the hotels we loved featured a beautiful beachfront suite with a vaulted ceiling and a little deck with a hot tub—and that was the inspiration for this build! It was a really fun project because it’s definitely outside of what I usually do, so it presented me with a few challenges.
The open beachfront
I’ve always been intrigued by designers that can make inside feel like outside, because it’s definitely harder than it looks. At first, I’d tried to make my beach with a series of stage panels and lighting, because that was the best way to get the ceiling height I wanted—but it didn’t look realistic enough.
Then, I experimented with a combination of stage panels and Azim Steppe phasmascapes, but that limited the height I could use and necessitated the skylights.
And finally, after seeing an oceanview build on Reddit, I decided to introduce some of the unmelting ice partitions from the winter event a few years ago, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
The custom furniture
One thing that almost every hotel we looked at had in common was canopy beds. It makes sense; they look incredibly romantic, and in warmer climates, they can be pretty practical. At first, I wanted to try and create something like that, maybe with the new dance poles—but as I started working on customizing the bed, I really liked how it turned out.
I might end up saving that design for future builds, too. After all, there’s only so much you can do with a default double feather bed!
The hotel listing that this build was inspired by didn’t show a bathroom at all, so I was on my own as far as this room. So of course, I decided to go with something a little luxurious!
This was my first attempt at building a floor using something other than a rug of some variety, and I love how it turned out. It also gave me some flexibility to change up heights of items in a way that rugs normally wouldn’t allow, especially with the towels beside the tub!