The official end of summer is almost upon us. Even though the rules say we have to put our white jeans away, we can keep the summer holiday feeling around the house all year round. Think about the places and rituals that made you happy on holiday and see if you can incorporate them at home. Here are a few suggestions.
Set up a fire pit. Nights are getting chilly and a bunch of chairs thrown around an outdoor fire pit is the next best thing to being away on a camping trip. Actually, I think it’s much better, because after the fire burns out you can sleep in your own bed and enjoy indoor plumbing.
Hang a hammock. A hammock is a piece of furniture that can really take you away. Enjoy one for as long as the weather allows.
Consider a hanging chair. These add fun to a bedroom, family room or study — especially in the study. When you need a mental break, you can hit the swinging chair and play a little Candy Crush.
Set up a kitchen garden — in the kitchen. Plucking fresh mint, basil, rosemary or lavender from the garden is one of summer’s big benefits, and many of us mourn the loss as our beloved herbs wither in the autumn. Small herb plants are usually readily available from the supermarket. Place them near a sunny window (herbs need sun to thrive) with your other plants and enjoy their aromas and flavours indoors.
Keep holiday reminders around. Whether it’s a family photo from your mountain trip, a painting or basket you picked up on your travels, or a few shells you collected on the beach, display your mementos somewhere where you can enjoy them.
Make time for reading. Nothing screams holiday to me more than being able to loll with a magazine or finish four books in a week without feeling the least bit guilty. While you won’t be doing it on the beach with a piña colada, it’s still a good way to recharge.
Unplug. Pretend you’re on a remote island without Wi-Fi, with zero bars on your phone every now and then. Put the phones on airplane mode when you’re with friends and family and connect with one another. Resist every temptation to pull out your phone. Trust me, your friends don’t really care about seeing your holiday photos (and they probably already did on social media).