When Shari Savitch stays at the fashionable W Hotel in Chicago, she feels remarkably at home, and it's not just because of the pillow-top mattress or the crisp linens. Not unlike the guest rooms at the W, Savitch's two-bedroom Beacon Hill condominium possesses all the earmarks of a posh boutique hotel. Her clutter-free bedroom is a study in sleek minimalism, and the living room is a meticulously planned gathering area that could very well be located in a secluded nook off a swank lobby. All that's missing is the cocktail lounge with a DJ spinning records.

"I wanted a look that was simple, very clean and uncluttered with sleek, elegant lines," says Savitch, who works as a nursing administrator. "It just so happens that is exactly what you find in these high-end hotels. It's 'less is more,' which is my new philosophy."

Savitch is one of a growing number of dwellers who has adopted the ultimate less-is-more philosophy by re-creating the calm surroundings of boutique hotels at home. It's easy to see why: Most designer hotels possess gorgeous, spotless rooms tastefully appointed in muted palettes of warm browns, soothing grays and hints of aubergine. Hotel style, a phrase that once would have raised eyebrows and brought to mind visions of pilled, scratchy comforters and spartan Super 8 shower stalls, is now a designer buzz word for modern elegance.

"It's all about self-indulgence," says Leslie Fine, an interior designer in Newton, Mass. "If you enjoy staying in these hotels on vacation, then naturally you want to bring that facet into your home."

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