May 22, 2014
Hello hello! We’re still off on our island vacation this week, visiting enchanting places that make you sigh and dream and wish you could stay forever. But we all know that’s not a reality (at least in the here and now) so it’s essential to create special nooks, corners, or places of bliss indoors and out in our homes for those weeks of the year that we can’t be on holiday.
Summer is upon us, so what better time to create a “staycation spot” of your own if it doesn’t exist yet ?! I asked some of my favorite bloggers to share theirs, be inspired to create one of your own too!
Melissa from The Inspired Room:
“In the spring and summer months, my favorite “staycation spot” is on my covered front porch! It is such a peaceful and relaxing setting. The breezes are cool here so I can escape to read, write or just get away for awhile by stepping outside my front door”
Dana from House*Tweaking:
“If I were on staycation at home, you would probably find me in my bedroom. With swing arm wall lamps, an upholstered headboard and a nightstand full of design books, my bed is the perfect place to relax and read. Add live greenery and a glass of wine and it’s a bona fide vacation to me!”
Matthew Mead from Holiday with Matthew Mead:
“Engage your backyard and make it magical for entertaining and relaxing. Corral vintage bamboo furniture, candles in colorful vintage glass, cozy pillows and white lights to hang from trees, decks and pergolas. I love evening in my backyard with a few simple decorations, candle light and lots of refreshing drinks to entertain my guests and enjoy a long summer evening.”
Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick:
“Our favorite place to hang this time of year is our stone patio that we had built a few years back. It is truly a dream come true for us and we love sitting out there at night enjoying drinks and making s’mores in the fireplace. The nature, fire and quiet relax us immediately — and isn’t that what a staycation is all about? “
Jennifer from Rambling Renovators:
“When I want to vacation at home, I head down to the comfy banquette and old craft table in my basement. Its the one place where I can set my imagination free and surround myself with the things I love – pretty papers, gold-handled scissors, colourful washi tape. And if I’m really lucky, my daughter joins me and we make a big old crafting mess and find ourselves covered in glitter.”
Kristin from Hunted Interior:
“Even though our new patio is in on view to the nearby streets, we have somehow achieved a feeling of being tucked away and secluded in our suburban oasis. Being able to relax with my husband, play bocce ball with our daughter, or entertaining with friends makes this our new favorite spot.”
Carmel of Our Fifth House:
“My husband and I have said it a million times already, ‘Screening in our deck was the best house decision we’ve ever made!’ This space is so cozy and livable, we do everything from entertaining friends and playing board games with the kids to at home movie date nights after the kids have gone off to bed.”
Holly from In The Fun Lane:
“My staycation spot is easily our dining room. We have a coffee station in one corner and one of my favorite things in the world is lounging around in my PJs here with my morning coffee, a good pastry and catching up on the news or my latest book. Also, using the dining room during the morning for a big family breakfast is pretty high up on my idea of a perfect day (my love of waffles might have some influence on that).”
Where do Matt and I hang out during the summer months? Most evenings, you can catch us sipping Chardonnay in our courtyard just off the kitchen. A vintage iron sofa and chair found at an antique faire years ago covered with DIY cushions and pillows makes our summer nights at home casual and cozy.
I hope you’re inspired by this collection of “staycation” spots! Where do you relax at home during the summer months? Link to your spaces in the comments, I’d love to see them!