Staycation Style: Create Your Own Summer SanctuaryAugust 7, 2015
Where do you go when you need a little summer getaway? Is it the seaside? The mountains, perhaps? A trip to the country? We’d like to throw a new destination into the mix: home. Don’t get us wrong—we never turn down a vacation. But sometimes (ahem, peak travel season) there’s nothing more relaxing than a weekend spent in your own abode. We want you to enjoy your stay, so we asked our Home Office experts for tips on creating a zen-inducing summer sanctuary. So clear your schedule, pour something bubbly and feel free to sleep in—check-out time is up to you.
For a toned-down take on the print-mixing trend, try a low-key, neutral combination. “I’m big on two-color prints,” says design director Bernice M. “They’re effortless, yet there’s real depth.”
Want to feel like you woke up at a luxury resort? Look no further than linen. “I love linen bedding in the summer – it’s so airy and breathable,” says home merchandiser Jen O. “I also like a lightweight throw for the end of the bed.”
“Flowers are a must, in all seasons,” says visual director Lance D. “Bring the outdoors in!” For a perennial look, try supplementing your freshly-picked stems with a little year-round flora and fauna.
We like to let the sun be the star of the show during its waking hours. But when it starts to dip in late afternoon, an array of candles adds just enough light for evening to find its way.
Of course, no getaway is complete without the ones you love. “Everyone needs a big, soft, sink-into-it couch that hugs your whole family in one embrace,” says creative director Carolyn K.