For a lot of us, our holiday plans have changed this year. So if you can’t get away on holiday this summer, how about bringing some holiday vibes to your own doorstep? We’ve scoured the Internet and come up with some ideas to inspire you, from alfresco dining to accessorising your interiors.
Splashes of Blue
Bring the colours of the Mediterranean Sea directly into your home with this stunning Watercolour Stripe Teal roller blind, designed by Clarissa Hulse, for Blinds 2Go (made to measure from £32.70). Each band was originally hand painted in Clarissa’s own unique style, inspired by her exotic adventures and the constantly changing sky. Also available as a Roman blind.
You don’t necessarily need big-ticket items to give you Safari holiday vibes. A few cool, jungle-inspired accessories will give you an instant update. We love the Wilderness Animal Print Velvet cushion £14 and Wilderness Monkey Tealight holder £8 from Sainsbury’s Home.
Boutique Villa Style
Transport yourself to the Amalfi Coast and the grand villas of Ravello. This Ravello Sideboard from MY Furniture (from £899.99) has been inspired by mid-century Italian design. Eye-catching brass handles and brass frame enhance the beautiful walnut veneer.
Recreate the elegant interior of a luxurious Caribbean villa by adding some cool white shutters to your rooms. These super-stylish Mayfair Pure White Shutters from Blinds 2Go (made to measure from £75.21) will bathe your home in sunlight, while stopping passers-by from peering in. Made from an advanced waterproof polymer, they are suitable for any room including kitchens and bathrooms.
Al Fresco Dining
Maisons du Monde has some lovely colourful tableware with definite tropical vibes. This cute Acacia Snack Tray with three multi-coloured earthenware bowls (from £27.50) is just the thing for some olives, nuts and nibbles to accompany an al fresco glass of wine. All you need now is some sunshine to go with it!
Set the table
There’s nothing better than laying up the table outside for a long, lingering, al fresco lunch with friends to recreate that holiday feeling. The White Company has put together its top tips for styling your table. Mix and match tableware, add natural textures such as woven seagrass placemats (£16 for a set of 2) and arrange seasonal flowers to dot along the table.
Tile it up
Bring a flavour of the southern Spain into your kitchen or bathroom with some Moorish-style tiles. These beautiful Fiesta tiles, from Porcelain Superstore (from £39.60 per square metre), have been inspired by the geometric mosaics that adorn the Alhambra in Granada. Use them as a striking backdrop to offset a neutral colour scheme.
Bring the Mediterranean to you
If you can’t get to the Mediterranean this year, bring the Mediterranean to you. We’ve found this stunning Amalfi Coast mural from Wallsauce.com, custom-made to fit your chosen wall (from £29 per square metre). So instead of closing your eyes and dreaming, you can pull up a chair and gaze out to sea to your heart’s content.
Chill out on sunny days in your garden, on the beach or at your local park, with a book in one hand and a cool drink in the other. This Fatboy Lamzac can be easily carried with you wherever you go; no pumps required to inflate. It comes in a variety of sizes and funky colours including aqua blue, tulip orange and the patterned Hawaii brown (from £74.50).