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Staycation Travel Guide


Travel-Inspired Style || Bring home the look of your favorite vacation destination

Among “nations,” the imagination is probably the most powerful, and most inspiring. Even if your far-flung travel plans may be temporarily on hold, with a little imagination you can still bring the look of your favorite destination home with furniture, accents, and well-chosen accessories. Whether your preferred getaway is a local beach, mountain lake, desert oasis, southern sanctuary or blend of places, you can create the look of your favorite escape right at home. If staying nearby is your thing, outfit your rooms in classic New England style with nautical blue and white, which can also extend to your outdoor space. For a more exotic look, add an accent chair with a leafy botanical print or a woven wicker side table for easy casual texture. Include sun-drenched hues like yellow, coral, white, chartreuse, and turquoise if you want it to feel tropical. If you’re inspired by old-world charm, maybe update your bedroom with a bed or dresser that features carvings, crown moldings, and antique-style hardware. Complete the look with a vintage-faded area rug, and patterned toss pillows finished with tassels. If you’re leaning toward a desert chic look, add a rustic wood and metal coffee table, and cozy, dusty-hued rug to your living room. So grab your go-to armchair and start exploring.

Create the look of your favorite travel destination right at home.

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Head for the Coast || Few destinations evoke a sense of relaxing comfort more than the coast. With the New England coast comes a familiar, historic charm that’s easy to create inside your home. Typical design elements include beadboard walls, slatted furniture, Windsor-style spindle-back chairs, Adirondack chairs, and lots of beachy blues, saltbox greys, pine greens, clean whites, and sand hues. If you want to conjure the west coast, add surfer motifs, or sophisticated earth tones mixed with touches of Hollywood glamour. One of the simplest ways to add coastal vibes is through wall art – beach photos, prints or paintings, even abstract images with watery blues and sandy hues work beautifully.

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Return to Old-World Elegance || Old-world details and deep rich colors like burgundy, gold, teal, ruby, navy, sage green, and royal purple will give your space plenty of traditional elegance. Use commanding furniture pieces like sofas, dining sets, hutches, bedroom pieces, and mirrors that feature beautiful wood carvings, arches and curves, glass-front doors, crown moldings, and other details borrowed from places like France, Italy, Spain, England, Asia, and Africa. These furniture pieces give your rooms character and presence, along with accents like floor clocks, curio cabinets, etageres, and intricately patterned area rugs to complete the look.

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Embrace Desert Vibes || If you want to evoke the raw natural beauty and wide open spaces of the Southwest, details like bold Aztec patterns, stucco textures, cactus plants, and dusty desert hues will help you create the look. Your color inspiration can easily be pulled from the landscape with bright blue sky, red sandstone rock formations, earthy browns or green cactus plants. Leather furniture works especially well in anchoring a Southwest-inspired room. For accents, you might include authentic pottery pieces with brown, orange, turquoise or pink hues to add more color. Woven hanging baskets are perfect for adding texture.

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