Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fancy.



I am at a questionable hotel, stranded in Pittsburgh due to some flight cancellations. This is my bed. That thing draped near the foot of the bed should be a blanket, right?

IT'S JUST A STRIP OF HEMMED FABRIC. What is this? A dickey? A bed dickey? Seriously? A belt? A sash? A giant eye patch? A tourniquet? Does this have any purpose? Maybe to keep shoe scuffs off of the bed for people who, uh, don't take them off before taking a nap? I don't get it.

Keep it classy, Marriott!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a luxury hotel designer who has interned in the not so luxury hotel business - its a "bed scarf" which is the cheap version of a nice bed throw. Luxury hotels have white bedding and a nice throw at the end of the bed. Cheap hotels now try to have white bedding (or what looks like just a sheet in your case) and the "bed scarf" it has the same look (in photographs) for a fraction of the price. SSSHHHHHHHHHH you're not supposed to notice the difference!

Anyway I'll take a useless bed scarf over those horrible poly comforters with tropical patterns that NEVER get washed anyday.

KWF said...

Agree with all but must point out Kelly Wearstler made the same choice of bed dickey usage in my suite at the Viceroy Anguilla. Though I must say it was a ecru poly instead of the blue suiting you had. Hmm...

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Bed Dickey - hysterical.

Nothing like mass market hotel decor to inspire Decorno to get her freak on.

Anonymous said...

Bed bib?

joanny said...

WOW - is right -- I feel like Alice who just fell through the rabbit hole and landed in Las Vegas.
The pics in following order:
The mad hatter in his bedroom.
The queens bedroom
The tea party room
The Cheshire cats photo above the piano
Alice's bedroom in wonderland
The cast of characters and all their photo's in the green room

Interesting decor, I confess I like the green room - a tad?

Joanny

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Eh.

If you haven't stayed there before, you might want to read this, by the way...

http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2009/09/dont-bug-me.html

Kelly

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I can still remember the exact hotel where I saw those for the first time (I work for the government, so my lodging allowances have me staying in some shabby places).

As I was unpacking, there was a news story on the local news about how those scarves don't get washed and they are as bad as comforters because people put their suitcases on them when they unpack.

I threw the thing over a nasty wing chair. Bleck!

Tara.Fields said...

If dickies hide hickies, then what do hotel bed hickies hide? Just don't turn on any black lights in there.

Lovely Little Nest said...

haha that is hilarious!

I think you're probably better off sleeping on the floor!

Hope you get out without catching something! :p

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

That was a good laugh. U Funny!

Thea Beasley, formally known as Talitha Love.... said...

Oh, and I just LOVE when I am in a hotel, which utilizes these, for multiple days.... I take it off, fold it up, put it in the bottom drawer, back of closet, trash bin, and yet, miracously, when I return to my room. there it is back on the bed.
If only the windows would open, I would happily toss it out......

Susan said...

I bet you wish you'd packed a black light, huh?

Nick Klaus said...

bed dickeys, like toupees, are fakes and the average person shouldn't be able to tell the difference. Except we can.
But this is one of those hotels you stay at if you want to pretend to be fancy.

Eliza Coleman said...

"Anonymous" in comment #1 has it exactly right! As a fellow hotel-designer, I've come into contact with this concept too-- hotel operators (the "brand," like Four Seasons or whathaveyou) will take whatever you design for the bed and strip it down to something that can be laundered using the harshest detergents and hottest dryers and not fade, shrink, pull, etc. However, obviously when you reach that point it's something you'd rather not even see or use as a doormat, much less put on a bed.

In high-end hotels, however, we can usually manage to come out with something decent like a soft bamboo throw instead of a cashmere throw. Your hotel, it seems, took it a step further with the cost-cutting measure of taking the yardage to the bare-minimum required to make a statement at the end of the bed!

comfyrumphy said...

People in the workroom business started creating "scaldinos" for high end projects a few years ago. The fancy name comes from the Italian word for "little heater".
They can be incredibly beautiful, even useful and are fun to make if you have pieces of gorgeous fabrics to use up!

AppleTree said...

night at questionable hotel.......$150

club sandwich from room service.....$19

bed dickey.......priceless

emilyjp23 said...

if you are still there...get to Pamela's for the best pancakes of your life!

Sharon said...

This web site is calling it a bed runner. You can order one for your very own bed at home here:
http://www.hotelsapart.com.au/shop/category/bed_runners_and_valances/136

I know you are happy I found this for you.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Ahhhhahahhahaha...and you know that shit has never been washed. Like, ever. Carefully remove and toss in a corner for your own safety

Kari said...

butt scarf...

honey living said...

hilarious.

i have to share a post i did the other day because its the antithesis of the "decor" you experienced. check it out - unbelievable:

http://honeyliving.blogspot.com/2010/02/stay-night-or-forever.html

HM, CID said...

"IT'S JUST A STRIP OF HEMMED FABRIC."

You act like hemming is just this super-easy thing! Like anyone could do it!

So ungrateful.

Ivy Lane said...

Decorno... You just made my day! :)

Kate F. said...

Bed dickey, brilliant.

Ugh, I've seen that in the last few, um, mid-level hotels I've stayed in. All of which had the thinnest "down" comforters ever and thus would have benefited from a real BLANKET.

Kerry said...

Too freakin' funny! I was looking for my next DIY project. A bed dickey... wonder if they could be marketed to the masses?

Travel Muse said...

A bed dickey, you are hilarious! We had one of these made of suede in our last boutique hotel. I guess it cuts down on folding time for the maids. LoL!

LB said...

I have been seeing these in more and more hotels. What drives me crazy is when I stay at a hotel for a length of time and the staff insist on returning that silly thing back every day. It doesn't matter if I neatly fold it and put it to the side some place. It makes it back.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I'm thinking Etsy sale item for sure, in a varity of colors of course. You are hilarious!

Kelley B said...

I could have saved you the bedding trauma had I known you were stranded - your biggest fan could have hosted you in our big ol' 100-year queen anne that we just bought! so sad. hope your stay in the burgh wasn't all about questionable bedding! : )

Anonymous said...

fucking pittsburgh. i love it b/c i'm originally from there, but man -- it is a depressing place about 8 out of 12 months.

marianne said...

I noticed these showing up in business hotels a few years ago. I hate hate hate hate hate them.

Although I do much prefer the new double-sheeted top comforters that they're all using. Less nasty than a bedspread and blankets that never get washed.

Anonymous said...

Pittsburgh! Contrary to the other poster I don't think its depressing 8 out of 12 months. I am also a former resident of 24 years and found it only depressing for about 2 months. Its a sleeper city! Tons of great stuff there.

Anonymous said...

Outside of the hotel decor, Pittsburgh rocks. I grew up there. It's truly a "dive" city. You have to know where to go for the good stuff. The Frick, Allegheny Cemetery, PPG place, the strip...and the auctions are incredible. Don't judge Pittsburgh on its shitty bed scarfs.

Mary Grace said...

its so you can put the suitcase on the bed w/o damaging the linens.

Jason said...

I like you.