ENTERTAINING GUIDE:

HOW TO HAVE A SUMMER STAYCATION

We may be unable to easily travel overseas, but we’ve got some easy tips to have a getaway without leaving your front door. Here’s how to get that been-away feeling even if you stayed at home all summer long

Upgrade your bedroom

White bedlinen is calming and timeless, which makes it the go-to choice for five-star hotels. We're particularly taken by 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 factor. A pair of bumblebee bolster cushions continues 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 for the ultimate staycation mood.

For more nature-inspired decor, check out our range of bee-print homeware.


Have a five-star breakfast

Make the most of sunny mornings by having breakfast outside, just as you would on a summer vacation. 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


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 worthy of a staycation. Make like Lindsay from @lindsaysfeast with 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.


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 towelschic bathroom accessories and luxurious bath salts and oils. Hang a do not disturb sign on the door to complete the hotel vibe.


Words: Miranda Eason

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