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Vacation Home Style: 3 Relaxing, Refreshing Trends

Whether you’re shopping for your vacation home or you’re looking for ways to make your everyday abode feel like a getaway, today’s post is for you. Below we profile three design trends that have a soothing effect. By incorporating a few new pieces into your home, you can transform your interior into a breezy staycation spot that will relax and refresh you. Read on for fabulous new finds and helpful styling tips…

Shades of Blue

With phrases like “Make your house a summerhouse,” “Casual Oasis” and “Coast into Cottage” peppering their site, Crate & Barrel is definitely in vacation home mode. And shades of blue can also be found all over the brand’s product photography. A definite “it” color this season, blue evokes the feel of the ocean and the serenity of the sky. Below we see a trio of Fernley Vases, which are absolutely divine when filled with fresh greenery:

Soothing blue and white vases from Crate & Barrel
Soothing blue and white vases from Crate & Barrel

Rich blue progresses to sage green on this Dusk Reversible Outdoor Rug from CB2. An ombre watercolor effect results, the work of designer Aelfie Oudghiri. Thanks to its recycled polypropylene construction, this rug is also super easy to tote around and clean!

Blue and green outdoor rug from CB2
Blue and green outdoor rug from CB2

Celebrate blue on your patio with the Mosaic Bistro Dining Table in Blue Spider Web from West Elm. Ceramic tiles in soft blue are the perfect accent to the table’s FSC®-certified hardwood base. And it’s hard to beat dining al fresco when it comes to creating a vacation vibe:

Blue bistro table from West Elm
Blue bistro table from West Elm

Beachy Artwork

Beachy motifs make home a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat. And nothing takes us away quite like the photography of Gray Malin, which is all “about capturing a moment you want to live within.” Many of these moments involve aerial shots of the beach, like the Bondi Beach print below:

Beach photography by Gray Malin
Beach photography by Gray Malin

Max Wanger’s Waikiki #5 Art Print is available at Urban Outfitters. Printed on archival paper made from cotton pressed in Italian mills, this piece literally puts you in the middle of a beach vacation. Another fabulous aerial shot that’s sure to lower your blood pressure:

Beachy art print by Max Wanger
Beachy art print by Max Wanger

Beachy art isn’t limited to photography. This Beach Dear Print from Crate & Barrel is the work of Teil Duncan. Colorful umbrellas dot a sea of aqua and green. A matte white frame finishes the print with a crisp touch:

Beachy print from Crate & Barrel
Beachy print from Crate & Barrel

Earthy Accents

We end today’s post with a few earthy pieces that remind us to stay close to nature. After all, the desire to connect with the natural world is often what drives us to travel (and hunt for a vacation home) in the first place. This Driftwood Round Side Table from Crate & Barrel is made from pieces of driftwood collected along the shores of Indonesia. A floating glass top creates a smooth, sleek surface:

Driftwood table from Crate & Barrel
Driftwood table from Crate & Barrel

These Graphic Printed Warming Baskets from West Elm are proof that earthy style can also be colorful! Handwoven by Wolof craftswomen in rural Senegal, the baskets are crafted from millet grass and recycled plastic threads. Plus, they’re perfect for keeping clutter at bay, which creates a harmonious feel at home.

Earthy patterned baskets from West Elm
Earthy patterned baskets from West Elm

Last but not least, the Lulu Rattan Headboard from Urban Outfitters evokes the festive yet relaxed flair of a peacock chair. Like most of today’s featured finds, the result is a tropical feel. The look is grand and laid back at the same time:

Rattan headboard from Urban Outfitters
Rattan headboard from Urban Outfitters

Will you be giving your dwelling a vacation home makeover this spring? Happy decorating!

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