Saturday, July 14, 2012

Staycation Ideas fresh from my Vacation

Craving that vacation feeling, but are back to the grind?  I’m fresh back from a two week vacation on a sleepy, shell filled key in Florida. That beachy, coastal living feel can be brought into your home by reinventing your spaces, repurposing or showcasing your vacation treasures.  Here are some ideas to make your vacation last a bit longer.

Bathroom Decorating (Coastal Living Photo)
In the bath:  Add a bar of soap in a scent that reminds you of your vacation, better yet, add sea glass to the dish for a reminder of those morning walks along the surf.

Dress up Your Foyer (Coastal Living Photo)
Your Foyer:  Create a beach themed entry.  Your foyer table is the perfect muse to set-up a tropics inspired tablescape both on top and underneath.  A bowl of shells resting on a "treasure chest," framed maps, tropical fronds and a display based lamp with a sandy bottom will make your forget your daily worries when you get home.

Sunset on Manasota Key (Photo by Julea Joseph)

Your Walls: Create Art. Costco and many other store have photo blow-up options.  They transfer your photo to canvas.

Jute Wrapped Trash Can ( The Creek Line House)
Accessories: Jute It. Give old stuff a nautical lift by wrapping it with jute or twine. From lamp shades to trash cans, this material give your plain jane things a bit of coastal pizazz.

Sarong covered pillows (Design Sponge Photo)
Living Spaces: Beach cover-up to Pillows: Your trusty sarong can be retooled to cover pillows.
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