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
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.