Recreate a staycation in your own home

January 13, 2016 | Decor | Travel
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Staycations are becoming increasingly prevalent as many are looking for a place to get away and relax. However, staycations in Singapore can be pretty expensive if you do it often. Instead of going for short-lived vacations, you could fashion your own sanctuary in your own home. Here are some effective ways you can create some staycation vibes in your own home.

1. Recreate your ideal staycation theme


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Where is your favourite staycation spot? Be it at the beach resort or a grand hotel, you can always recreate the it in your own home by deciding on a theme and sticking to it. Having a consistent theme also help you avoid clashing colours and mismatched furniture styles, making it more pleasing to your eyes. Ultimately, we all love staycations for their beautiful interior.


2. Light up your home


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Seek refuge in a different world with quirky lamps and whimsical lights. Create an unconventional and different environment at home so that you will anticipate returning home everyday to avoid the strain and dread of work.


3. Lounge and relax


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Staycations are meant to give you an opportunity to rest and relax. The perfect lounge chair gives you exactly what you need. Have a day off just by laying in the comfort of your chair. Invest in a hammock that you can hang in your home for an exceptional relaxing day.


4. . Unwind in your bathroom


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What we love about bathrooms in hotels during our vacations is its cleanliness, design and of course, their bathtubs. You can actually achieve such bathrooms in your own home by doing simple refurnishments. If you have a bathtub, spruce up your bathtub space by adding decorations such as flowers and candles. Alternatively, if you do not have ample space for a bathtub, ensure you display your bathroom essentials neatly by categorising them according to colours in order to make them look more presentable. Tip: you could even buy a set of similar bottles to store your soaps to avoid the mess of clashing brands and colours.


5. Get comfy underneath the sheets


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We take vacations and day offs to get more rest. You could easily have a good night's sleep at home by purchasing new sheets or pillows. Buying sheets and pillows of complementary colours would also help your bed look much more enticing and comfortable.


6. Plants for a sanctuary


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Plants generally have a positive effect on one's well-being and mood as they have a calming presence. Place some potted plants to lighten up the mood at home.


7. Luxurious rugs


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With your feet buried amongst the comfort of your floor rug, you'll never want to leave the room. Purchase rugs that have neutral colours such as grey or beige such that they will blend in easily with the rest of your furniture. For those who are more adventurous, you might love the eccentricity of rugs with bold and loud colours that will add an unique touch to your home.


8. Display some art pieces

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Channel your holiday vibes with interesting art pieces that gives you fresh new perspectives from time to time.


9. Create a balcony space

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If you are tired of looking at the same four walls of your home, you could spruce up your balcony corner with a few simple touches: plants, outdoor tables and chairs and a few drinks laid out. Furthermore, getting some fresh air time to time is also beneficial for your health. If you don't have space for a balcony, you could always create a pseudo balcony space in a corner of your home.


10. Have a hearty breakfast


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The highlight of every staycation is definitely the breakfast that everybody looks forward to in the morning. Breakfast at home could also be as enticing and even more delicious. Spend some time and effort whipping up your breakfast - eggs on toast, fresh fruits and a cup of hot coffee, and you will feel like you are in the midst of a vacation! For more holiday vibes, purchase a set of matching cutlery and tableware for a picture perfect moment. To pamper yourself more, why not have breakfast in bed?


11. Have a drink or two


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What's a staycation without having thirst quenching drinks? Have a tray of your favourite drinks displayed in your home. This is not only visually appealing, but it also gives you easy access to a relaxing drink anytime. You could even kick it up a notch by creating popsicles with your existing drinks. Your well-rested body and mind will definitely thank you later for these colourful drinks and sweet treats.


12. Put away your work


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Last and most importantly, you have to switch into the 'staycation' mode. That means its time to put away your mobile and laptops - stop checking your work e-mails! Instead, put on a good playlist or a movie and allow yourself some real quality rest time.



Ultimately, there is really no place like home. No matter how beautiful hotels and resorts are, we will always be more comfortable in our own nest - we just need a lil effort to spruce it up!