You know what they say – home is where the heart is, but we love to travel and anytime we return to “sticks and bricks” we feel as though part of our hearts are left behind. It can be very hard having the trip of your life and then coming home; to have to get back to laundry, work, and other chores. But, what if your home felt like you were on a vacation? Maybe you would feel like you were just traveling to a new destination, or your favorite destination with the people you love. If this sounds like a great idea to you, here are a few ways to make your home feel like you are on vacation:
An Outdoor Oasis
Creating an outdoor oasis is your #1 step when it comes to making your home feel like you are on vacation. I want you to think about your favorite vacation spot and then try to recreate the outside feel. If this is not possible, then just think about what you can do to add a vacation-like feel to your outside space. There are so many things that you can do! For example, any type of water is a fantastic addition because it is so relaxing to me and to most others, as well, which is why they always have small waterfalls and ponds at spas across the country. LifeHack says, “When we’re near water, our brains switch off from busy mode to relaxed mode. This naturally leads our brains to open up because it’s not focused on the millions of thoughts swirling around that can often lead to stress or anxiety. When your brain is in this relaxed state, it is open more to inspired and creative thoughts. In essence, we are switching our brains off or giving it a rest from the norm causing a better mental environment for insight and introspection. When we hear the crashing of waves by the ocean, it can actually put us into a mindful, meditative state. The sound of waves has been found to alter the brain’s wave patterns and invoking a meditative, relaxed state. Even simply observing the movement of water causes our minds to calm. This has numerous benefits for contributing to lowering depression, lowering stress levels, anxiety, and promotes better mental clarity and sleep patterns.”
Other options, water aside, are hammocks, lots of greenery and flowers, a swing (or swings), stringed lighting, and maybe even a really nice outside bar area, where you can grab drinks and snacks.
One of the most important aspects of a nice hotel room is the bathroom. Normally, it is very luxurious and you feel like you are in a spa. In order to make your bathroom at home feel this way, make sure it is clean, well-kept, and stocked with luxurious towels and linens. Also, find soaps and body wash that remind you of your travels. One great example of this is the lavender hand soap by Mangiacotti. My friend has this in her guest bathroom and all of her guests rave about how amazing and luxurious it is. It truly feels like a luxury just to wash your hands, and that’s how you normally feel when you travel, as well (if it is a nice place, of course). There are many different things that you can do to your home to make your bathroom feel more luxurious such as replacing tile, renovating your shower, and installing different decor items, but sometimes, a little soap and linens go a long way.
One thing that you might notice about resorts is that they have a lot of artwork – usually of the area around them. This is a great way to include scenery shots around your home from your past travels. You should also have pictures of your family traveling to your favorite spots, as well. This will not only make your home feel more ‘homey’ and loving to you, but it will also bring you back to some of your favorite memories every single day.
What To Look For In A Home
If you are searching for a new home in Florida, let your real estate agent know what is important to you. Maybe it is a backyard oasis, calm (beach-like) colors throughout the home, or a luxurious, spa-like bathroom. No matter what it is, your real estate agent should be able to help you find the home of your dreams to make you feel like you are vacationing, even while at home. Erin King Jax Historic Realty definitely helps his clients find their dream homes. Erin was featured as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Jacksonville Real Producers Magazine and is a Best of Zillow® REALTOR® who specializes in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods.
“Erin, who previously worked in financial services and holds an MBA with an economics focus, brings a deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with clients, from how to fit a 21st century lifestyle into a historic home and where to seek financing for renovation with a home purchase, to accurately pricing homes in Historic Districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill, and San Marco. Erin, who prides himself on close attention to detail and quick response to clients, has put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.”
No matter if you are looking to find your dream home that will make you feel like you are on vacation, or if you are looking to expand your investment portfolio, Erin has you covered. Jax Historic Realty is a division of Bloom Realty and Erin will help you each step of the way throughout the entire home buying (and/or selling) process.
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