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Didn’t manage to snag so much as a weekend away for the summer holidays? Here’s how to get that been-away feeling even if you’re staying home

Upgrade your bedroom

White bed linen is calming and timeless, which makes it the go-to choice for five-star hotels. We’re particularly taken with this spotted white duvet set, seen here styled by @laura.elizabeth_. The textured spots add interest to the set, which is made from responsibly sourced cotton for extra feelgood vibes. Bumblebee bolster cushions continue the smart hotel feel, while an artificial fiddle leaf fig tree and straw basket add an on-trend natural touch. A scented candle maximises the chill factor.

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Velvet bumblebee-print bolster cushion
This bumblebee cushion is super sweet
 Artificial fiddle leaf fig tree
No green fingers, no problem
Large straw belly basket
Stylish storage or plant pot camouflage
Three-wick candle with calming scent
Drift away with calming lavender

Have a five-star breakfast

Make the most of sunny mornings by having breakfast outside, just as you would on a summer holiday. Transform an overlooked area into an outdoor nook for eating and relaxing like @monicabeatrice, who gave her space a summer-ready makeover with comfy cushions and throws in a neutral colour palette. “This is my new favourite place to start the day: I love sitting out here in the morning – it gets the best light,” she says. Cover a table with a cloth or table runner, bring out a pot of coffee or a jug of juice and a platter of fruit or breakfast pastries served on our colourful picnicware.

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Cotton medium-sized natural-coloured cushion
Add comfort with neutral cushions
Black and cream cereal bowl
Mix and match classic tableware
Woven natural-coloured geometric throw
Keep a stack of throws to hand
Natural-coloured cotton ribbed table runner
Give a table a high-end hotel vibe

Dine in style (no reservation required)

With just a little bit of effort you can turn a mid-week meal into a five-star dining experience. Make like Lindsay from @lindsaysfeast and serve up a summery feast in classic white pasta dishes. Elevate the table with bistro-style tea towels repurposed as placemats and arrange a posy of seasonal blooms in a simple glass vase. If you’re celebrating, serve your favourite fizz in elegant champagne saucers.

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Glass champagne saucer
Dishwasher safe so no washing up
£15 for four
White pasta bowl
White tableware is a classic choice
Small glass urn vase
Put a seasonal bunch in a simple vase
Two tea towels with black stripes
Tea towels by day, placemats by night
£9.50 for two

Take a spa-style soak in the tub

A relaxing bath is an indulgent treat, whether you jump in the tub in the morning, at the end of the day or somewhere in between. Kayte of @simpleandseason is a fan of the daytime bath. “Something about it still being daytime just feels so opulent,” she says. With just a few tweaks you can upgrade a regular soak into a spa-style experience. Think fluffy new towels, chic bathroom accessories and luxurious bath salts and oils. Hang a do not disturb sign on the door to complete the hotel vibe.

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Pile of patterned towels
Transform a plain bathroom with patterned towels
From £6
Marble soap dish
For an instant upgrade, add chic accessories
Bottle of Tranquil bath salts from the Apothecary range
Lace your bath with soothing salts
Artificial trailing asparagus fern
Add some artificial greenery

Words: Miranda Eason

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