As far as feeling relaxed and refreshed, it’s hard to beat a holiday. When we travel we leave our routine behind. We find ourselves in new places, immersed in new cultures, and meeting new people. Breaking with routine is a great way to unwind, and recharge your energy and creativity.
But what if you could attain this state of blissful rejuvenation all year round, at home? Interior stylist and author Jason Grant believes you can.
“Paris, Palm Springs, Austin, Los Angeles and Byron Bay are some of my favourite travel destinations,” said Jason.
“But at some point you have to come home. And sometimes you can return from a holiday feeling like you need a holiday. So I think bringing elements of your holidays to your home is important.” he said.
Jason suggests that you can create a relaxed space that shares the curiosity and aesthetic of travel, in order to transport the “holiday” psychology to your everyday world. For example, if you like beach life or island resorts, he suggests keeping things coastal. “Motifs like stripes and anchors and anything with a nautical or tropical vibe, conjures up those laid-back feelings for me,” he explained.
The book, in collaboration with Sydney photographer Lauren Bamford, is filled with beautifully curated imagery of relaxed, beachside interiors, boutique hotels and road-trip snapshots to inspire your inner stylist.
The pair followed the sun and surf across the east coast of Australia to capture that holiday vibe ― described by Jason as “relaxed, uncluttered and not over-styled”.
“It really is about inspiring people to create a home that makes them feel happy,” he said. “Your home should be a haven; a space you really want to be in.”
- Play with patterns. I’m a big fan of decorating with stripes which add a touch of poolside holiday to the home.
- Add a splash of your favourite shade. Yellow is my favourite colour, so I can’t help but add touches of it here and there when I’m decorating.
- Bring the outdoors in. Using indoor plants to decorate can create a happy, feel-good element to your home.
- Add a little luxury. To me, luxury is comfort. Add a little luxury to your home by thinking sensually; concentrate on smells, visuals and feels. Spoiling yourself with small indulgences can do wonders for your everyday state of mind.
- Remember the journey. Collect souvenirs and decorate your home with them. I collect something fun from every city I visit for a tangible memory.