How I Use Hotel Rooms

can you spot the pair of Laboutins?

can you spot the pair of Laboutins?

Since I happily couchsurf my way around the world and have vowed not to ruin my love for travel by mixing it with work, most of my time spent in hotel rooms is with brides and bridemaids, choking on hairspray and perfume and trying not to trip over shoeboxes, makeup artists, and shopping bags.

I survey the hotel room, figuring out how to best showcase their wedding attire without damaging light fixtures, furniture, or — heaven help me — the wedding dress. I look for things I can stand on to reach doorframes, I’ve had mothers of the brides sit on chairs so I don’t tip the chair over or fall and hurt myself in the process of trying to hang a dress.

When you think of a hotel room, you probably think of, er, a variety of fun things, but the first thing I think about is “Can that curtain rod support a 10lb dress?” or “How do I hide that ugly air conditioner?”

I make use of lampshades a lot

I make use of lampshades a lot

not quite a hotel room but a meeting room

not quite a hotel room but a meeting room

my new favourite hotel room: the Tower Suite at the Gladstone

my new favourite hotel room: the Tower Suite at the Gladstone

here's another shot because I loved it so much!

here's another shot because I loved it so much!

the rented beach cottage in all its finery

the rented beach cottage in all its finery

I've scratched a few doorframes in my time

I've scratched a few doorframes in my time

room with a view (of Yonge Street)

room with a view (of Yonge Street)

And if I’m not in a hotel room, I’ll find a tree:

lace dresses are in season early this year

lace dresses are in season early this year