Guesthouse: 9 Design Ideas to Steal from a Shoppable Boutique Hotel in Baltimore
Three years ago, Shawn Chopra and Anne Morgan opened Good Neighbor, a Baltimore cafe and retail space that celebrates local artisans. “Baltimore has an amazing group of creatives, designers, and woodworkers,” Shawn says. “We really wanted to find a home to showcase their products, make it interactive, and immerse people into their furniture, books, and ceramics in the disguise of a coffee shop.”
Guesthouse, the new boutique hotel in the two floors above Good Neighbor, is an extension of this mission. A stay in one of the seven suites gives guests the opportunity to live with the products that Shawn curates—and buy them, too. Nearly every object in the lobby, bedrooms, and bathrooms is shopable. “All those items are for discovery,” says Shawn. “People can really test everything out.”
In addition to highlighting Baltimore’s creative community, Guesthouse also features Scandinavian brands that aren’t often found in Maryland and honors Shawn and Anne’s Indian and Egyptian heritages. These close-by and far-flung influences mingle to create a contemporary minimalist aesthetic that’s infused with warmth and personality.
Here, nine design ideas to steal:
Photography by Justin Timothy Temple.
1. Design with nostalgia in mind.
2. Install a statement sink.
3. Swap white oak for Douglas fir.