Whether it’s the balmy weather, the change of scenery or just the prospect of sleeping past your alarm – it’s hard to not daydream about your next vacation. But, with just a few tips, it’s possible to channel summer resort vibes into year-round enjoyment of your very own home.
Create an outdoor kitchen
One of the best ways to take advantage of summer weather is to spend time outdoors, and cooking is no exception. Today’s weatherproof cooking systems go way beyond the grill. Trimming your outdoor kitchen with professional masonry and adding touches like a gazebo, drink cart, lanterns or an outdoor speaker-system can turn social get-togethers into summer parties and quiet nights at home into romantic evenings. Cooking outdoors also helps to alleviate heat in the house from oven and stove.
Breaking from the everyday routine to experience a change of scenery can be one of the most refreshing parts of vacation. Thankfully, anyone with a yard or even a few window boxes can create the same effect at home. Try adding pops of color with flowers you normally don’t plant to make your outdoor space feel more like a destination. For truly tropical foliage consider container gardens that allow you to bring the beauty inside when the weather begins to turn cold.
Revive your deck
It’s hard to feel relaxed on your deck if you’re worrying about splinters, mold and mildew after a long winter of rain and snow. Decks that look shabby also might be hiding more serious concerns. Signs of wear and tear mean it’s time to call in the pros.
Dine al fresco
Skip the hassle of making reservations at fancy restaurants. Instead, dine al fresco. A pretty patio or deck dining set can make every occasion feel like a getaway. Today’s fashions and weatherproof fabrics make it easy to bring beauty to the backyard while remaining comfortable and worry-free. Many styles of outdoor cushions or light fixtures are available.
Spa-ify your bathroom
Resort spas are a treat for all, but repeated visits can be pricey. Bring that serene atmosphere into your own bathroom with a few simple touches. Adding some humidity-loving plants and smart storage solutions to remove unnecessary clutter can spruce up a bathroom fast. For added indulgence, incorporate items like essential oils, a fresh pair of slippers, a new robe or, with proper planning, a whole new bath.
Make your bedroom tranquil
A good night’s sleep does not have to be limited to resort rooms or snoozes on the beach. If you’re itching for vacation vibes indoors, try changing out winter blankets for light linens. Exchange scented candles for floral touches and use decorative containers to minimize clutter. A coat of paint can spruce up tired walls and gauzy curtains will allow you to embrace the seasonal sunshine without sacrificing privacy.