This past weekend, my counterpart (Miss Lisa Luchaco) and I had the brutal task (*sarcasm) of spending a few days at one of our clients vacation homes in Central Oregon to – get this – shop and accessorize their space…
Brutal – I think not.
Getting away for the weekend is never a bad idea, so why not spend a little time doing what we do best whilst vacationing? (for those of you with homes anywhere outside Oregon, heck, anywhere without rain – I’m available most weekends until June).
As Lisa and I were discussing our plan of attack the night prior to our big shopping extravaganza – we discussed what colors would work best, textures we’d like to incorporate, the client’s overall design tastes and aesthetics, and design theme/scheme.
Vacation homes often have an overarching theme running throughout – via accessories, surfaces, linens so on and so forth. My first reaction to themed homes (or rooms for that matter) is to be careful. Too much of a good thing can translate as kitchy very quickly, and we don’t want that.
Here are a few tips when accessorizing your vacation home (or themed room):
1. Take note of your personal design style, and make sure to incorporate it into your themed space.
2. Scatter themed accessories throughout the room, intermixing accessories you’d incorporate in your primary residence: a little goes a long way.
3. Respond to the home’s setting: it’s only natural to want to use accessories/materials that speak to the homes location (i.e. ocean – shells, lake – fish, mountains – trees…moderation is key).
4. Avoid over-accessorizing: since this is your second home, the less hassle the better
5. Think practically: what materials/accessorizes will work with the weather/climate of your vacation home.
Here are a few inspiration images – vacation homes we think are appropriately themed/accessorized — not to mention gorgeous.
Slightly obsessed with designer Sig Bergamin’s Brazilian getaway, courtesy of Elle Decor.
A sea-inspired Nantucket home brims with classic charm, From Decorating with Style Magazine
Left: A traditional take on a more typical mountain retreat – Architect Kirk Michels and interior designers Philip Hooper and Sally Metcalfe designed the space around the massive fireplace, which not so coincidently was constructed, of local river rock. Right: A significant contrast to the Montana abode, this Millbrook, New York home incorporates a 1950s chaise longue from Amy Perlin Antiques and an armchair made of artificial moose antlers – both bring rustic style to this living room corner.
Left: “This white-on-white master bedroom in a Montana ranch house brings its mountain surroundings indoors with a four-poster custom-made bed from birch trees and a floor lamp made of elk antlers”. Elle Decor. Right: This Sawtooth Mountain home features a spectacular outdoor space illuminated by a driftwood chandelier from Mecox Gardens, a table with a wood trestle base by Custom Furniture & Cabinets and rattan chairs covered in Holly Hunt fabrics.