There’s something lovely about being in the city in January. The kids are at home, the traffic reduces to a manageable level and the pressure is off — at least for a little while. So while friends may have packed the car to the roof racks and headed up or down the highway, there’s plenty to be gained by holidaying at home.
Interior designer for Coco Republic Jase Campbell says it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a staycation over summer.
“Lots of people don’t necessarily want to leave home for the summer because they don’t get a lot of time at home,” he says. “I can’t wait to wake up in my own bed and enjoy the luxury of a little time off.”
Whether you have time off or not, you can still create a ‘holiday at home’ experience. Jase says it’s all about surrounding yourself with the things you need and love.
“Comfort is key,” he says. “Luxury used to be associated with glitz but now it’s all about comfort.”
Housework is definitely low on the priority list so keep clutter to a minimum to allow for a quick vacuum before you get back to the serious business of relaxing.
Go with easy care furniture that needs little more than a quick wipe down to keep looking good. Add a textured floor rug underneath to anchor the dining setting in the space, preferably something that can be vacuumed or washed easily. Positioning a storage unit close by means you won’t need to go far for dining essentials such as plates and glassware.
While it’s tempting to choose the most beautiful outdoor setting, Jase says you want something that is a pleasure to sit in so that you’re not uncomfortable after an hour. Choose furniture that is robust enough to withstand the weather but light enough that you don’t need to be a weightlifter to move it around.
Natural materials including timber, rattan or water hyacinth will lend your space a little island style, which you can accessorise by adding low-maintenance palms, succulents or cycads in decorative pots.
If the Italian Riviera is more your style, then the designer looks of the Noosa and Antigua ranges from GlobeWest will help set the scene. Look for sun beds with easily adjustable back rests and small, flexible side tables ideal for perching a drink or a book on.
For furniture that transitions from day to night, low-slung lounges with upholstery that can take a little sunshine, rain or chlorine are the best option.
An outdoor rug will add colour and stop the deck getting too hot underfoot.