STAYCATION SET UPS TO GET READY FOR HOL­I­DAY FUN

Avoid the crowds and the traf­fic by hol­i­day­ing in your own back­yard this sum­mer, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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all need a break from the de­mands of work and school — and sum­mer is the per­fect time to get away from it all and put your feet up.

How­ever, not ev­ery­one has the op­tion of es­cap­ing to a trop­i­cal is­land for their hol­i­day.

In fact, some may not even be tak­ing a break from work at all.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t en­joy that hol­i­day vibe when you’re home, right in your own back­yard.

Home for the hol­i­days

Whether by de­sign or de­fault, de­sign man­ager for Globe West Keti Ly­tras says hol­i­day­ing at home is the re­al­ity for many fam­i­lies — and it can be a lot of fun. “A ‘staycation’ is a great idea,” she says. “I think it’s nec­es­sary for lots of fam­i­lies but it’s not a re­al­ity for many peo­ple to go to an amaz­ing is­land and stay at a re­sort,rt, es­pe­cially if they are a larger fam­ily.”ly.”

But shrug­ging off the usual stresses and de­mands re­quires the right set­ting.

Keti says there are now plenty of ways to set up your home to cre­ate that mini re­sort feel in­side and out.

“As peo­ple get busier or they work from home, you need to cre­ateate places of re­treat,” she says.

“This whole trend of softer in­te­ri­ors is ex­tend­ing to the out­doors with more com­fort in seat­ing and co­coon­ing op­tions.”

Ide­ally, the tran­si­tion be­tween in­door and out­door spa­ces will be seam­less, al­low­ing you to treat the back­yard as an ex­ten­sion of the house and cre­ate an out­door liv­ing space.

“We used to step up or down onto the deck but now it is step­ping straight onto it,” Keti says. “The role of floor­ing is re­ally im­por­tant.”

Keti says choos­ing fur­ni­ture has be­come much eas­ier with the ad­vance­ment in out­door cush­ions and fab­rics that are bet­ter able to han­dle our tough Aus­tralian cli­mate.

“They used to be quite hard but the ma­te­ri­als have de­vel­oped and are a lot softer and more durable,” she says.

Liv­ing the dream

If you’re strug­gling to cre­ate your own “hol­i­day at home” ex­pe­ri­ence, take some cues from ac­tual re­sorts.

“I was in Thailand last year where they use teaks and warm woods with weav­ing tech­niques as well as cush­ion­ing,” says Keti.

“It all leads to a tex­tu­ral in­ter­est and lay­er­ing of colours and cush­ions.”

With­out re­sort staff at the ready to cater for your ev­ery whim, you might have to go for fur­nish­ings in more prac­ti­cal colours rather than high-main­te­nance white. “Wh “White is not al­ways the eas­i­est colo colour,” she says.

“Neu­tral colours are restive to t the eye and are of­ten eas­ier to live with.”

Keep fur­ni­ture re­laxed and low, whether you’re opt­ing for a s struc­tured lounge set­ting or the n new ranges of bean bag-style lou lounges. Nat Na­tional re­tail man­ager at Cosh Liv­ing, Shane Saun­ders, sug­gests in­clud­ing an old is­land favourite.

“Re­sort colours tra­di­tion­ally are navy blue or blue and white stripes with beau­ti­ful tex­tures and things such as ham­mocks, easy arm­chairs and the like,” he says. “Uphol­stery and big cush­ions are key.” If you don’ want to get up from your chair — or get out of the pool — think about where to store drinks and snacks for east ac­cess.

“You need a glam­orous side ta­ble that dou­bles as an ice bucket to keep your wine or cham­pagne cold,” says Shane.

Low lounges with side ta­bles from Globe West make for lazy days by the pool.

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