Shhhh! My dirty little secret.

Monday, March 22, 2010

You'll have to take my word for it but we are generally the ideal hotel guests. We pay our bill, don't ask for much and leave our room in good order. You would never catch us with suitcase full of pilfered towels. Heck, we don't even take the complimentary amenities 99% of the time. But there was one occasion that warranted sticky fingers.

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It was this do not disturb sign from the George V hotel in Paris (If you want to see more of the trip, you can read my recap here.) Maybe it was my advanced age getting to me (it was my 30th birthday)? Maybe it was all the buttery croissants I ate that weekend (too many!)? I had to have it! Or I should say I really wanted it but was too chicken to steal it myself so Mr. L did the deed and surprised me with it when I got home. Isn't his larceny sweet?

In fairness, I suspect the hotel would have likely given me one if I had just asked nicely - but didn't bother with that formality.

Here is the proof of our evil ways. It graces our bedroom door. Not that we have anyone else living with us that we need a do not disturb sign but it makes me happy.

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It didn't occur to me until I photographed it for this post that it just happens to have the very same colors I incorporated into the bedroom design: Gray, yellow and blue. Coincidence?

So now I've let you into my heart of darkness - lets keep this between us, shall we?

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Now its your turn to confess: Do you have a dirty secret to share?

57 comments:

  1. hahaha love it! it so fits in with the style & feel of your home - & i bet they didn't even miss it :)

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  2. I think that is a minor infraction and totally worth the very petty larceny Mr. L committed. I usually don't take anything from hotels except for the pens. My desk is filled with pens from hotels. The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC has great pens but they don't last very long. When we were in NYC in December they had my face wash in the hotel in this adorable travel size so I took the face wash every day so I would get a new one. I can never find my face wash in travel size so I was so excited!

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  3. oooh you are sooo clever. i love that little doorknob sign. i love to take the stationary + pens from hotels.......which i think is fine.
    but i will sometimes sneak the slippers too ;)

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  4. I love the sign (totally theft-worthy). And, I love your big, sparkly doorknob. It looks like the crown jewel of doorknobs!

    P.S. I'm psyched we can be friends!

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  5. i love that little doorknob sign.
    antalya homes

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  6. With a door sign that cute, I would of taken it also!

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  7. such a nice touch! I'm sure they didn't even notice it was gone ;)

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  8. I've had one I took from our hotel in Hawaii years ago. It's on my guest room, don't feel bad :)

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  9. I would totally take something as awesome as that!

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  10. um...I would have totally taken it and not looked back! You have a better conscience than me!

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  11. I may or may not have a slew of Kimpton pens. I don't know why, but they are better than any other cheap, ball point I've found.

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  12. Hahha it looks so cute! Great little secret

    I usually take all the pampering they give, I still have some little hermes bottles from my trip to argentina

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  13. Everything about this post is bringing a smile to my face - I love that Mr. L stole it for you!

    I don't ever take hotel freebies - I guess I'm kind of a shampoo snob. However, my dirty little secret is that I LOVED the pillows when we went on a Carnival cruise (cheesy right!?) - I didn't steal them but they offer them for sale and I'm seriously considering buying some. I feel so silly about it though.

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  14. Awwww! I wish Mr. FC would commit larceny for me. I can't say I've ever taken anything from a hotel. Though I do "borrow indefinitely" the hydrangeas that bloom outside my work office window every spring. Weekly. HA!

    Love the sign. ADORE your beautiful doorknob/plate.

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  15. I went to a New Moon party this weekend!!

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  16. I'm the same type of hotel guest and I would have totally taken that sign too. It's the perfect souvenir and it doesn't cost them anything to replace so hell, I think pilfering is almost mandatory in cases like this. :) I always take pens and pencils and lately, key cards as souvenirs. They're usually well-designed.

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  17. ADORABLE!!!!

    My secret is that I hate the color of our bedroom, so when my husband goes out of town for a class in two weeks, I'm going to have my folks babysit while I paint it antique white (the color I originally wanted it to be). I know he won't care if he comes home and it's already done :)

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  18. It fits perfect in your room, it was just waiting to come home with you :) I took some cherry tree branches from up the street this weekend. Made me feel like a thief, but they look really pretty in my vase :)

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  19. Sometimes I only paint the toes that show in my peep toe shoes. There, I said it. I feel better.

    ♥ Kate

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  20. Anonymous12:22 PM

    I love "do not disturb signs", and have taken as many as I can...Tokyo, Berlin, Paris. They hang on my bedroom door. Since they are all paper, I don't think anyone minds that I took them. But my favorite thing I have taken was from the Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, the soaps come in the sweetest Tagin containers, and the scent is so wonderful! I will probably never be able to afford to be a guest there again, so I never use them, just take them out and smell them! RebeccaNYC

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  21. Hah! One of my Nan's friends constantly swiped rolls, sugar, and flatware from restaurants. Her purse was empty when she arrived, but full when she left, and my Nan was so embarrassed and worried that the staff would think she was the thief! In the grand scheme of larcenies, I'd say swiping the super-cute DND sign is a minor offense, and worth it since it looks so good in your house!

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  22. Anonymous1:58 PM

    At Hôtel de l'Université in Paris I took a poster from a sort of elevator/stairwell area where they would hang announcements/posters for gallery shows, concerts, productions (like you often see hanging on coffee shop walls)...The poster was for a gallery show - of a painting of a blue toned woman - quite beautiful, I still have it. I reasoned they would have thrown it away once the event was over.

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  23. That is charming, I can see why the pilfering was necessary. You are forgiven.

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  24. why, WHY didn't you have the Mr. take two and send it me?

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  25. Anonymous3:44 PM

    You stayed at the George V????? Holy crap!

    Quinn

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  26. i would have been tempted, too. more than tempted. it's gorgeous.

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  27. Gotta feel sorry for the poor old George V..they're going to have to print a gazillion more of those things now you've let the cat out of the bag! How fabulous are they...it's not pilfering is it? More sharing I think!

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  28. George V--that's pretty swank! They won't miss it a bit.
    LOVE your doorknob and brass plate, BTW....

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  29. That is absolutely the coolest "Do not disturb" sign ever! It looks so sweet hanging on your door!

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  30. Anonymous5:51 PM

    When the lilacs are in bloom I drive up and down our neighborhood's alleys with my cutters

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  31. I love your little sign! It does go well with your room, so funny.
    It will always bring fun memories of Paris and your 30th b-day. Great job Mr. Limestone!

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  32. Your secret is safe with me! I adore it!

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  33. OMG!! I took the same thing from the Beverly Hills Hotel - Shocking pink, it still hangs on my doorknob!! So funny!!
    xx-Gina

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  34. sooo cute... its a sweet reminder of your trip...i once took the most cushy bathmat from this amazing hotel in asia... i still feel guilty...

    happy 30th!!! i am sure you had a fabulous time... xx

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  35. Ooh I love that sign! It wasn't really pilfering more like "acquiring a souvenir" ;)

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  36. What a good "find". It is fab and I love the idea to make you remember the trip every time you look at it.

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  37. I bet this will be your most memorable treasure from your trip! Happy Birthday! My hubby and I were wanting to get out of Brooklyn for a few days but we couldn't. Instead we created our own PARIS staycation this weekend. It was too fun hitting all the french spots around town.

    xx
    S.S. DOBBS

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  38. wow, look at that, very creative and inspiring, I wish I could design something like that

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  39. I took the DND sign from Bellagio but now I'm not sure where it is. I loved the colors in it.

    I always take all the soaps/shampoos although I never use them. Last year a boy wanted to earn his eagle scout wings by collecting the small samples for a Ronald McDonald House. I gladly donated all the samples that I had taken.

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  40. If that's not love, I don't know what is :) Looks like it was made for your room.

    BTW, if you want to see what I "plan" to do with one of your photographs that I won, it's on my blog today.

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  41. The last thing I snuck from a hotel was an extra apple from the complementary breakfast bar to have as an afternoon snack! Not too bad, I guess!
    I do love the sign for your bedroom though. I have heard of people that collect those signs from every hotel they stay in.

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  42. I would have been just like you...wanting the hubby to do the deed so I wouldn't have to:)

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  43. I love it!! Inspired to, perhaps, craft one of my own? What a great little gift a homemade version would make!

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  44. I don't think I have any dirty secrets, but I absolutely love the sign. It looks so cute...especially with that totally gorgeous door knob.

    = )

    Perhaps a DIY in the future..?

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  45. That sign is perfection - I would have taken two! LOL

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  46. My first thought was "I'm too chicken" but I love the idea so much that I'm inspired to do the same in Japan. :)

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  47. Not once, but twice we've taken pillows. There is a lovely hotel we go to every now and then within our city that always has the most amazing pillows. The first time I took one, I stuffed it into my big overnight bag and said "screw it, if they want to charge me I don't even care, I love this pillow so much" and that led to my boyfriend and I pretty much fighting over it every night. So the next time we went, we took another... so now we have a pair. And they never charged us a single penny, but we still use them today, like 3 years later. They even came with 2 protectors and a lovely case.

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  48. I don't think you'll do hard time for this particular theft, but if you do I'm pilfering this from your limestone while you're in the big house! (among a few other things I can think of) ;)

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  49. Lovely.. and the door know is even lovelier. I'm a sucker for crystal door knobs. Are they original to the house? Very different from the style in my own home but I'm looking to blend them into my decor.

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  50. I don't think you'll do hard time for this particular theft, but if you do I'm pilfering this from your limestone while you're in the big house.

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  51. I would have been just like you...wanting the hubby to do the deed so I wouldn't have to,thanx for the post.

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  52. Wow, It looks so sweet hanging on your door, thanx for all this.

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  53. I have heard of people that collect those signs from every hotel they stay in.

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  54. Haha this is silly and i like it. Such a bright idea. No one would surely miss it. Thanks for sharing me this post.

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  55. mediator2:01 PM

    i love that little doorknob sign.

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