Styling Tips For Your Holiday Home
If you’re one of the 500,000 odd Australians who own a holiday home, the start of the silly season will mean one of two things: (1) you’re planning your own summer getaway in house number two; or (2) you’re getting it ready for the onslaught of guests that will check-in over the course of peak holiday season. Either way, making your holiday home an appealing place to be is an important task and one that can be tricky to master, given it’s only a ‘sometimes-home’. The good news is that if you’re looking for tips, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading and get ready to have your best getaway yet or, if you rent your place out, get your best-ever reviews.
Take inspiration from your surroundings
Everybody loves a breezy beach house with spacious outdoor living, a crisp colour palette and tongue-in-cheek anchor art, but if you put these design aspects in to a cosy cabin in the middle of the woods, chances are it will just feel a little off. The fact is great design takes inspiration from its surroundings, creating spaces that mirror the environment and facilitate the best enjoyment of it. So if you do have a beach house, go nuts on nautical; if you have an inner city loft, amp up the urban flavour; and if you have a cabin in the woods, it’s cosy timber and luxurious texture (like our Hawthorn Textured Quilt Cover Set or Royal Luxury Knit Throw ) for you.
Include flexible configurations
Make your holiday home work for groups of all shapes and sizes by furnishing it thoughtfully. Families tend to congregate en masse over Christmas, meaning three bedrooms with double beds might not work so well, particularly if you have people who don’t usually share a bed. Consider furnishing your bedrooms with two singles that can be pushed together or separated to best suit their occupants and remember that a fold out sofa will always come in handy. If you haven’t already, keep your holiday home’s maximum occupancy in mind when choosing furniture for other areas of the house. Is your dining table big enough? Can everyone sit comfortably in front of the TV? Is there enough crockery for all your guests to eat a generous meal at the same time? As well as making your home more appealing for your own use, flexible configurations and generous seating will immediately increase its appeal on any of the booking sites like Airbnb or Stayz, effectively widening your market and increasing your income.
Get generous with storage
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your holiday destination, flinging open your suitcase and discovering there’s nowhere to hang your belongings for the week. Make sure there’s space in the wardrobes, room in the bathroom cabinets and a handy communal surface near the entry for all those things that need a temporary home as soon as you walk in the door. If you sometimes play guest at your own holiday home, consider keeping your personal belongings in locked storage between trips. You can pick up DIY locking mechanisms for cupboards at any good hardware store, making this task a breeze.
Stock the essentials
As well as providing bed linens and bath towels for you and your guests (try our Caressa Collection for a little bit of luxury), consider keeping a healthy stock of beach towels on hand - especially over summer. If your holiday home is situated somewhere chilly, provide extra blankets and throws so everyone can be comfortable throughout their stay. You should also keep the kitchen stocked with basics (salt, pepper, oil, coffee and tea) to help everyone feel at home in the kitchen. Chances are you know from experience how a home cooked meal can suddenly become less appealing when you realise you have to purchase every single item on the ingredients list.
If you’ve ever stayed in a holiday home that felt like a cross between a sparsely-furnished student house and a hospital waiting room, you’ll know how off-putting a lack of character can be. Just because you’re not in your holiday home full-time, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put care and consideration into its interiors. Add some quirky art, statement furniture, a vase of flowers, collection of books, or cosy cushions. The more your house feels like a home (albeit a clean, well-ordered one) the better.
Include thoughtful extras
If you really want your holiday home to make a great impression on your party or your paying guests, go the extra mile with inclusions. It can be something as simple as leaving a bottle of wine and a welcome note for their arrival, a cache of board games for rainy nights in or a cosy arm chair for lazy Sunday mornings. Trust us: it’s the little things that count.
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