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6 easy steps to treat yourself like a guest in your own home.

We all dream of owning a vacation home. In fact, most of us dream of simply renting one. But what is it about these homes that give us the feeling of relaxation the moment we walk in the door?

Usually, it's because the owners chose home décor that makes them clean, bright, and welcoming. All the necessities are at your fingertips, with not a bit of clutter in sight — no stacks of mail, piles of laundry, or to-do projects. 

So, before you can make your home feel like a vacation spot, you first need to remove or hide everything that makes it feel like there’s work to be done. We know. Easier said than done, but isn’t your happiness worth the effort? 

Even if you only devote a living room or a few separate areas in your home to relaxation, it’s always nice to have a place where you can escape. Here are a few tips to help you find nirvana in your own home and make daily life more like a staycation paradise.

1) Turn your bedroom into a hotel room experience

Well-lit bedroom with sun coming in through the windows

How can you get that “ahhhh” feeling when you open your bedroom door? First, remember that it is a bedroom — a place to rest, relax, and feel calm. It’s not an office, workout room, or laundry room. Try to pare down furniture and clear off dressers and bedside tables to only hold what is necessary.

If needed, trade nightstands for those with drawer space or cabinet doors that can hide night-time clutter.

Use a soothing paint color for the walls and simplify bed coverings to soft shades or solid white. Invest in the softest sheets you can find. Remember, you spend a third of your life in bed.

It would be nice if housekeeping would come in daily and tidy up. But it really doesn’t take that long to make a bed and put clothes away. A made bed makes the whole room look put together and soothes the mind. It also invites you to come back later for a nap.

If possible, open windows to let in some fresh air, or increase your window space to take advantage of a view. Add a ceiling fan to make the most of the air while the soft whir gently lulls you to sleep. If you want to be extra nice, treat yourself and your roommate to a piece of chocolate on the pillow.

2) Turn your bathroom into a spa experience

A charming bathroom at night

You might have to lock the door to achieve it, but make your bathroom experience one that is devoted to you and your happiness. If the countertop is cluttered with medicines and personal hygiene products, tuck them away in a drawer, makeup bag, or covered basket. Save the space for niceties like soaps, bath salts, or a pretty plant. (If you have room in the shower, ferns love the moist environment.)

Treat yourself to a new set of fluffy towels, a new bathmat, and a new robe. Attach a lighted magnifying mirror to the wall to ease makeup prep. Then, consider adding a dimmer to your overhead lighting to soften the mood for an evening soak in the tub. Grab a scented candle, a bathtub tray, a book, and a glass of champagne, and voila, you’re off to a vacation of the mind in resort style.

3) Create a mini oasis

Sliding glass doors looking out on a couple sitting around a fire pit on the patio

Make the most of whatever outdoor space you have by treating it like the inside of your home by breaking it up into rooms. If possible, create an outdoor dining area, an entertaining area, and a cooking area.

Think about your surroundings as wall art. Where would you like to focus attention? Direct your seating area to take in the view, or put up a dividing wall or trellis to hide unsightly areas. And potted plants can make any space feel fresh and lush.

Make sure your outdoor furniture is comfortable. There’s nothing like a lounge chair to give you that resort feel. Then, add pillows and throws that invite you to linger outside, and create a small bar area with an ice bucket and a fruit-infused water dispenser for children and guests. 

You can also stock your bar to make cocktails or mocktails and serve them in fun or fancy glasses. Play a little calypso or reggae music for vacation vibes. Or maybe just clear a spot for yourself and a cup of chamomile tea. Whatever makes you feel special.

Make sure patio doors are clean and the areas around them, both inside and out, are welcoming. The view through the door should invite people to go outside and relax. If your kitchen is adjacent to the patio, consider replacing a double-hung window with a sliding window and an outdoor shelf as a pass-through for entertaining.

Outdoor lighting can set a relaxed mood, whether it be from string lights, solar lighting, festive tiki torches, or a mesmerizing fire pit. Now, just add water. Water features, including elaborate koi ponds, cascading fountains, or even a simple wall-hanging fountain, can produce the soothing ambiance you’re looking for.

4) Every family resort needs fun and games

Kids playing in the backyard in an inflatable pool

You may not be able to offer an Olympic-size swimming pool or a water slide, but it’s amazing how much fun an inflatable pool, a slip n’ slide with an attached sprinkler fountain, or a bubble blower can be for kids and the young at heart. If you have space, add a croquet, bocce, or cornhole set. Wintertime calls for fires and a tray of chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

5) Make breakfast an event

Mom and daughter sharing breakfast in a well-lit kitchen

The rush of everyday work life sometimes means a leisurely breakfast goes by the wayside. Empty your countertop of appliances, and treat yourself to a basket of preserves, honey, and Irish butter. Indulge in fresh fruit, muffins, toast, or scones. Make it delish but simple and easy to clean.

Maybe bring out the fine china hiding in your cupboard once in a while, and try a new flavor of coffee or tea. Put out a creamer pitcher while you’re at it.

This may be a good time to survey your coffee mug shelf for any old cups that can be retired. Toss out anything chipped or just plain silly and trade them for a matching set that's simple and classic.  

Let your kitchen or dining room be a morning sign of a great day ahead. Play a little classical music, put down your phone, pick up an actual newspaper or local magazine, and plan the day’s adventures.

6) Find your napping space

A comfortable bench surrounded by windows

Reserve a spot that invites you to put your feet up and doze. Maybe it’s a chaise lounge in the bedroom or a sunny window seat. Or perhaps the birds call you outdoors to a hammock or lounge chair. Wherever you go to nap, a few minutes of serenity can be a mini-vacation on any day.

Whatever feeling you’re looking to achieve in your house, your friends at Window World will help you get there. We can suggest product options and provide you with a free quote that includes worry-free installation. Backed by 25 years of experience, you can trust our personalized, local service. Find your local Window World store today.

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