10 Ways to Make Your Home Feel More Like a Staycation This Summer
This summer is shaping up to be different than any other. With events and travel plans cancelled, many are looking at how to maximize their enjoyment right at home. Jane Austen wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” So, make your home feel more like that dream resort with these straightforward improvements.
What room is more important for relaxation than your bedroom? It should feel like an oasis, a safe haven, a sanctuary. It’s where you go to get away from it all—at least in a perfect world. Of course, you could always start with some new furniture, but there are more affordable changes. Install dimmer switches to get that just-right lighting to create any atmosphere. Throw some luxurious sheets on your bed. Or consider replacing those old, bent and broken vent covers with solid steel vent covers to give your floor that five-star resort feel.
Build a Fire Pit
S’mores in your backyard. Need we say more? Fire pits are an affordable way to add cozy ambiance to any outdoor setting. And building a fire pit doesn’t need to be a grandiose undertaking. Plus, it’ll create that perfect setting for backyard campouts. Just be sure to check with your city or county for ordinances prior to building a fire pit. And practice proper fire safety when using your new fire pit.
Add a Porch Swing
What says lazy summer day more than rocking the afternoon away in a porch swing? Whether it’s adding a hanging porch swing to an existing structure or simply placing a freestanding patio swing somewhere you wouldn’t mind spending some serious time, creating a relaxing outdoor space is easy either way.
Add a Pop of Color to Your Yard
One of the best and easiest ways to freshen your yard is by planting some new flowers. Adding colors you aren’t used to seeing at your own home will give you a visiting-somewhere-new feeling. Here is a resource to learn about the annuals and perennials that will grow best in your area.
Have Some Fun
Outdoor games are a great way to entertain kids and unite families. And they’re one of the best excuses to spend a summer evening outside. From classics such as croquet and horseshoes to modern favorites like cornhole and the European lawn game Mölkky, this is one of the fastest, easiest and least expensive ways to create a new stay-at-home experience.
Install a Screen Door
Ahh . . . the sounds of summer. Birds singing, the tick-tock of sprinklers, crickets chirping. Let in the sounds that take us back to childhood and keep the bugs out with a screen door. Retractable models are affordable and relatively simple to install. Close your eyes and the warm breeze flowing in will make it feel like you’re at a tropical resort.
Actually Enjoy Cooking Outside
Who doesn’t love a good backyard barbeque? And the key to a good barbeque? Good equipment. Whether you have outdoor cooking equipment or not, adding a new grill to the deck or patio is a surefire way to please everyone. And exploring a new type of grill, whether charcoal, pellet, kamado or propane, can be a fun way to experience new flavors or smells—right in your backyard.
Hang a Hammock
Nothing says leisure time like a good hammock. All you need is a quality hammock and a couple of trusty trees. No trees in your yard? No problem. Make your own hammock stand. Spending an afternoon “hammocking” away in the shade is akin to camping at any alpine lake.
Be a Kid Again
Install a tree swing, put in a slip and slide or buy a trampoline. These toys are, of course, for the kids (wink), but just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a little adolescent fun every now and then. Let’s face it, a big part of going on vacation is simply to do something new. Well, if your summer plans have been cancelled, bring the “new” to your backyard instead.
Get New Outdoor Furniture
Enjoying your patio, deck or other outdoor area is hard to enjoy on subpar furniture. Fix that problem quickly with new outdoor furniture. From a new sun umbrella to that adirondack chair you’ve always wanted, this summer is the time to update your old, stained or broken outdoor furnishings. Expand the life of your outdoor furniture by making sure to select the right material, types and brands.
Home Sweet Home
Don’t let cancelled plans ruin your summer. Take it back and improve your home at the same time by making a few of these simple improvements. Interior designer Jeff Lincoln said, “The ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home.” So, what are you waiting for? Relax and enjoy your home this summer!