Home Decorating Designers On How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Resort

Designers On How To Make Your Home Feel Like A Resort

Photo: Brittany Ambridge

“I thought the black tile was a little too harsh for the beach environment, so the tactile nature of the rug served to ground the space. This one feels like wool, and we did it just because of the chunkiness and the warmth of it — and obviously the all-weather wear of it, because this is in a covered porch that does get rained on.”
–Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc

Photo: Brittany Ambridge

“Every color at the hotel is something that’s inspired by basically the island itself. So to make your own home feel resort-like, take hues from your surroundings. If you see the color of the ocean and then look at the colors of the fish, they’re literally the same.”  
–Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc

“Don’t be scared to do something bold, because that’s the kind of beauty of a resort. Pick what vibe you want and what type of resort gives you that sense of inner peace, and then extrapolate on that. In the end, it’s all fantasy related, so just think of what your favorite surroundings are.”
–Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc

Photo: Brittany Ambridge

“My directive, in terms of this resort, was to choose things like your rugs that are very durable, but beautiful so that they stand up to people. In a resort situation, guests are coming every couple of days, so we had to be cognizant of that, because people are gross. 

The idea was to connote the beauty of the island through colors and textures, as opposed to, say, signs with seahorses. I think that it elevates it a little bit to not be that basic. We used this rug because the chunky nature of it feels very hand-hewn. Number one, it’s beautiful. But number two, from a practical point of view, it is an outdoor rug, so it’s very cleanable, but if something happens that isn’t cleanable, the texture hides mistakes.”
–Eddie Lee, Eddie Lee Inc

“Invest in bed linens so each night feels like a retreat.”
Charlotte Lucas,  Charlotte Lucas Interior Design

“One of the quickest ways to make your home feel like a resort is to select patio pieces that combine the elegance of indoor furniture with the durability of outdoor furniture, like tailored slipcovers, woven woods, or exquisite cane detailing. Forget about matching sets; when it comes to an elevated arrangement, it’s all about the mix!”
–Marie Flanigan, Marie Flanigan Interiors

Photo: Patrick Cline: Interiors Photographer

“I try to keep my home as de-cluttered as possible and focus on having a spa-like bathroom. The ultimate luxury is having enough space for a large soaking tub and dual head shower, not to mention a steam room.”
Callie Jenschke, Native Design and co-owner of SUPPLY Showroom

“When I think about designing a space, I think about what is going to create peace for me, what’s going to create a space that feels like a refuge and will be regenerating. Sleeping really well is important, so that means a high-quality mattress and soft cozy bedding. I love a soft, washed linen in a beautiful pastel color. It might sound funny, but when you think about vacation, it’s about sleeping in and lazy mornings.
Faith Blakeney,  Faith Blakeney

Photo: Ryann Ford Photography

The master bedroom is often the focus when designing a retreat feeling. To create that, it’s all about incorporating subtle textures and patterns and how we mix and match those while using practical materials and finishes. For example, all the bedding needs to be washable, but it should still feel soft and beautiful – basically, anything that is super soft and super luxe feeling and looks as good unmade as it does when the bed is made.”
–Killy Scheer,  Scheer & Co. – Interior Design

“I have crisp clean white sheets on every bed, fresh white towels stacked on the shelf ready for use, and the fragrant burning of my favorite candle – Diptyque’s ‘Baies’ scent.”
–Sam Cram, Sam Cram Design

“I must have a plush and cozy bed. Perhaps it’s the Taurus in me (we love our sleep and home comforts) I go for the best linens and feather pillows. With bedding I stick to natural fibres. 100 percent cotton (organic cotton even) sheets and linen duvet covers. Natural fibres wash and wear well, getting softer but never tiring over time. Plus they feel amazing against your skin. Having quality bedding makes our home feel like a resort. It’s hard to want to travel when you have everything set up the way you like it.”
–Rebekah Higgs, DIY Mom

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