Dreaming of being whisked away to a French Villa or getting in touch with your inner goddess at an Indian yoga retreat? It's often this time of year when our minds start to wander off to invigorating holiday escapes. The reality is most of us don't have the luxury to pack our bags and jump on the next flight to Paris, however, there's nothing stopping us from creating our own private get away at home!
If majestic Mumbai nights, colourful festivities and the rich culture of India is calling, then this holiday style will be right at home at your place. India’s beautiful culture and rich history is full of colour and spirituality and even though we may not be able to re-create the aromatic scents and hot winds of a true Indian summer, we can create the feeling of an Indian retreat in your very own home. Hand woven baskets, heavily embodied fabrics, weaved rugs and colourful draped fabrics are trade mark tells of Indian design. Spirituality is also a major aspect of this design style so why not try to create your own quite yoga space! Incense, woven floor mats, spiritual music and a beautiful element like a water feature or large fretwork screen will help set the tone. A colour palette rich in red, pink, purple and orange hues matched with detailed tiling and dark timber will help create that temple feeling.
Ingredients for an Indian Summer home:
- Draped coloured or Sheer curtains around a four post timber bed
- Woven baskets, mats, lamps and thatched architectural elements
- Timber or metal fretwork screens and panelling that filter light into interesting patterns
- Low slung furniture in rich coloured fabrics
- Round cushions for the floor and chairs
- Tassled features
- Fabric wall hangings
- Tin and glass light pendants
- Intricate tiled flooring
- Lots of layering
If your ideal holiday includes snow-capped mountains, hot saunas and plenty of time skiing, then the Nordic Slope holiday style will be right at home at your place. Taking its tone from classic Scandinavian design aesthetics, this décor is cool, calm and collected. The principles of Nordic design are all about the Scandinavian landscape and environment with lots of natural tones like snow white, pebble grey, birch timber and leafy greens. Just like the quietness of a still mountain, Nordic style is all about creating a calm and cohesive space that is functional for holidaying with the family or with friends. Furniture is simple yet beautiful and incredibly functional. Invest in a beautiful Scandinavian timber extension dining table that caters for everything from family dinners to large dinner parties or a deep seated leather recliner to curl up in with a good book. This style promotes entertaining indoors – think a warm fireplace, candlelit dinners and cosy furniture that can be lounged on for hours – and being protected from the elements. If you’d love to jet set to the Swedish Alps but the budget doesn’t allow, create a Nordic nook at home for your own Scandinavian get away.
Must haves for a Nordic holiday home:
- Simple furniture that showcases clean lines, beautiful refined timbers and is often multi-purpose. Extension dining tables, hidden storage pieces and beautiful writing desks with lots of compartments are key Nordic designs.
- Natural fibres like woven jute rugs, linen fabrics and pastel cottons
- A wishbone chair in any room is a trademark of Danish design
- A soft yet refreshing palette of white, pastels and teak
France is renowned for being the most romantic place in the world. Rustic farmhouses, cobblestone tracks, pristine gardens and lots of delicious bread, cheese and wine to satisfy your senses. An escape to the French countryside may be slightly out of reach but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate this idyllic feeling at home. The French country feeling is all about slowing down and appreciating the beauty of life around you. The French country design style is a blend of feminine rustic charm that is relaxed yet impeccably refined. To really get the feeling of being in a French villa, maximise the natural light as well as making any garden a feature point for your home. Position your dining area with a view of your garden or create a window daybed that lets the window frame the garden like a beautiful piece of art.
Key elements of the French Country holiday home:
- a beautifully comfortable reading chair that blends rich timbers with linen upholstery
- Round arm lounge suites
- Distressed timber dining table
- A cream armoire filled with antiques and porcelain treasures
- Elegant lighting features like chandeliers and wall sconces
- Lattice back dining chairs
- Wrought iron accessories like candle sticks and statues
- Scalloped edging on timber furniture
- Plush ottomans
- Round arched windows and doors
- A soft palette of off-white, duck egg blue, natural timbers and greenery