If you’re anything like me, you live for vacation. You might frequently find yourself pinning photographs of exotic travel destinations around the globe, dreaming up the most Instagrammable outfits and blog-worthy, semi-candid moments you’ll create once you’re there. So lately I’ve been looking for ways to bring a little more vacation into my everyday life.
I don’t mean following FOMO-inducing celebrity summer Snapchat stories or double-tapping your friends’ breezy beach wedding selfies—I mean bringing a small slice of sun and sand into your home with vacation-inspired décor. If it’s evoking that endless summer vibe (it’s almost Labor Day, after all) or simply bringing a little bit of the beach indoors, these pieces can turn your home into a destination all its own. It’s time to add spark to your next staycation: Scroll for 11 rooms that will keep summer with you long into fall.
If you often find yourself California dreaming, it doesn’t get more glamorous than classic Beverly Hills Hotel inspiration. Banana-leaf wallpaper adds a lush tropical touch to this dining room, and the choice to focus on an accent wall makes it elegantly understated, perfect for those who love vacationing in utmost Hollywood-style sophistication.
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There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the view while you’re planning your next trip to the Italian riviera. The Amalfi Coast photographic art on the wall in Damsel in Dior’s L.A. abode might as well be a honeymoon for the home. Mixed with bright whites and stylish modern accents, it’s easy to let this imagery inspire your packing list.
You don’t have to go to surf camp to get a little slice of Pura Vida for the home. Chic fashion surfboards can add a beach-inspired bohemian edge to the home when casually leaned against a wall as décor.
A palm tree lamp makes an excellent accessory for getting that glam-cation look at home. Normally I wouldn’t endorse sunglasses indoors, but in this case, I might make an exception: The combination of the brass finish and coconut bulbs might just be brighter than sunshine.
This beach-to-bedroom look photographed by Laure Joliet is pure surfer's paradise. A rad surfboard gallery wall makes a splash above the beds, playing off deep-blue ocean-inspired throws. Clean lines, cool colors, and warm wood paneling create a casual, modern beach house vibe.
A well-placed palm leaf pillow adds personality to a Scandinavian-inspired black-and-white living room. The small burst of botanical energy inspires happy vacation vibes against a monochromatic backdrop.
Dining room lighting is often a go-to technique for setting the mood at a dinner party. Why not let guests feel as though they’re being fanned with palm leaves in a private dining oasis?
Few vacation destinations are chicer than St. Barth’s, so it’s the perfect solution for a sophisticated sofa vignette. A beautiful beach photograph is all you need to transport your living room á la plage, where the sun bleaches the sand and the waters are a crystal-clear turquoise.
Using feathers as palm fronds gives a whole new meaning to birds of paradise. This fun froufrou light fixture is a feminine take on tropical décor, adding exotic dramatic flair to this lounge space.
If you’re yearning for a vacation where the tropical drinks flow freely, coconuts can be an authentic, rustic approach to add island flavor to a space. Vacation state-of-mind required; drink umbrella invited.
It could be the call of vacation or simply the call of the wild, but this botanical gallery wall speaks to me. A little bit safari, a little more tropical, and a touch whimsical: Now, who wouldn’t love a vacation like that?
What's your favorite way to bring your vacation home?