Vacation can only last so long, and before you know it you’re packing up the family and heading home with Mouse ears and loads of laundry. When you get home the post-vacation blues kick in, and fresh memories of the beach or the snow make you wonder why you came back at all. Use the memories from your summer adventures to make your home a little more fabulous year-round.
Freshen Your Photos
This is really two tips in one. Update your family photos with ones taken on vacation. Replace tired art with blown up shots of landscapes or sightseeing you did on your trip. Bigger prints can be surprisingly economical if you print black and white large outputs at your local copy shop. For a more permanent solution, choose from a number of online vendors that will transform your photos into canvas prints.
Bringing home just a few yards of fabric can make a huge difference in the overall look of your home. Throw pillows are easy to recover and turn into a great reminder of more leisurely times. Change the look of your living room furniture with decorative pillows or perhaps a throw blanket from your most recent destination. If you find the right textiles, you could also have custom window treatments from The Shade Store made.
Choose quality over quantity. If you go to Ireland, for example, bring home a Waterford crystal lamp or vase to use as a focal point in one of your rooms. Mexico has beautiful hand-painted ceramic tiles that could be used to update your kitchen or to make a tiled tabletop. Bringing home souvenirs from your trips can add to the current look and feel of your living room, or completely change it. Why not shake things up and get a little Italian flavor going with plenty wood, stone and iron accents?
If you’re on a strict budget, you can still find ways to bring your vacation home. Dornob design blog has five different projects to reuse wine bottles. Take a gander through your house and see what can be reused to accessorize.from the beach you visited could be placed in a mason jar and used as a votive candle holder. If you’ve made a habit of collecting T-shirts, you could re-purpose them into a blanket to cuddle under for a mid-afternoon nap. A great bottle of local wine can be enjoyed, afterwards recycling the bottle into any number of useful items.
Redesign a Room
If you’re feeling especially ambitious you can redesign an entire room to reflect your favorite vacation experiences. A classic European bed and breakfast could inspire a romantic and peaceful bedroom redesign. A serene, Nordic getaway might translate well into a spa-like bathroom overhaul. A visit to Mexico might inspire you to choose a bold wall color for your kitchen or dining room. Bring home the best bits of your vacation and integrate them into your everyday life.
Author: Michelle Alvarez
Michelle is a DIY kind of gal. She is constantly coming up with crafts and projects that are cheap, easy and fun.
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