We’ve compiled our best tips for designing a staycation-worthy room, with a bit of inspiration from entrepreneur and natural living expert, Sky Landish, and her fiancé Andrew.
Meet Sky & Drewski
Based in New England, Sky and her fiancé Andrew (nicknamed Drewski) own four different properties together. Needless to say, they’re not one bit scared of tackling a good old fashioned home DIY project or total room makeover. Their latest venture? Designing and furnishing their summer home on the coast of New Jersey with a few carefully chosen Zinus pieces.
Ready to create your very own vacation spot at home? Check out our recommendations below.
1. Choose a theme that says "getaway"Want to feel like you’re on your own private island? Or maybe in a rustic cabin? Choose decor and furniture pieces that evoke the feeling of your ideal destination.
For Sky and Drewski, the concept for their spare bedroom began with a few pieces of wall art. “In one bedroom we found two identical anchor wall decor pieces...so everything we chose thereafter came from the nautical theme of the anchor wall decor we fell in love with.”
Sky and Drewski designed their second bedroom with an east-coast inspired nautical feel featuring two of our Wesley Platform Beds.
2. Start cutting the clutterHouse chores are the last thing you want to be reminded of while on vacation. Before you can create the perfect place to escape, laundry, an unmade bed and other clutter should be eliminated. Walking into your staycation-ready bedroom should feel like entering a newly cleaned and prepped hotel room. Eliminating excess mess gives you more physical and mental space to dream up a room that’s uniquely your own.
3. Upgrade some of the furniture
Although it’s not really necessary (or inexpensive) to completely refurnish your room, one or two new pieces can add a welcome breath of fresh air. Consider trading up from your frame and box spring to a new platform bed with a gorgeous headboard to give the space a centerpiece. Or add a cozy loveseat next to a big window to create an inviting spot where you can sip on that morning latte.
For Sky, choosing our Charlotte Platform Bed Frame came down to the headboard. “I wanted an extra large headboard for the main bedroom...it is the statement piece in that room and a great contrast to our very faint grey wall color.”
4. Refresh your bed linens
Investing in new bedding works wonders to enhance that resort feel. Crisp white ones are our preference, since they pair well with virtually any theme and brighten up a room instantly. But any set that brings you joy and feels good to lie on will work just fine. And although you may not be able to get the sheets tucked in quite as tight as a hotel housekeeper, making the bed is also a surprisingly simple way to help home feel a little more luxurious.
5. Focus on the natural
Whether your ideal destination is a tropical island or a snowy ski lodge, very few vacations are meant to be spent entirely indoors. Embrace the climate you’re dreaming of by adding natural elements like flowers and plants, seashells, branches, or antlers.
And don’t underestimate the power of natural light. In fact, a natural light source is Sky’s number one must-have in any room. “Darkness deprives us of Vitamin D, so natural light is a must-have...I absolutely love a natural, outdoors inspired room.” Removing heavy blinds or drapes in favor of sheer curtains will bathe your room in sunlight that has the power to boost your mood along with overall visual appeal.
Natural light is your best friend in any bedroom. To maximize this feature, keep window treatments lightweight and minimal. (Plus, natural wood furniture pieces look exquisite when bathed in a healthy dose of sunlight.)
6. Replicate the hotel mini-fridge or snack station
Once you’ve all but converted your bedroom to staycation mode on the aesthetic side, it’s time to add the perks that make it a great place to relax. This includes having supplies on hand for when the munchies strike! Set out a tray or basket with your favorite variety of prepackaged snacks, or a bar cart with glassware, a bucket of ice and your preferred sodas, wine, and elixirs. If you’re really dedicated to spending serious downtime in your new restful retreat, you may even splurge on a mini-fridge or small coffee maker so you can extend your stay as you please. And the best part about this setup? These refreshments will be just as yummy as the outrageously overpriced ones you’d find in a hotel room.