A “second home” or “vacation home” is defined as a home that is occupied by its owner for a portion of the year, in addition to the main residence. When it comes to “holiday home” decorations, it is characterized by comfort, and often abandons the formality of inspiration from tourist destinations, hotels and beach huts, especially those marketed on social media.
In the following, interior design engineer Nadine Al-Noamani informs the readers of “My Lady” how to bring the atmosphere of the holiday to the “second home” without the hassle of traveling?
In one of his novels, the Hungarian writer Béla Hamvas says: “At home you get to know the world, but when you travel you get to know yourself.” The saying is consistent with the tendencies to decorate the “holiday home”. In the latter, features of the amazing resorts and hotels that one has visited or repeatedly seen photos of, on social media and on the pages of magazines, according to the engineer, Nadine Al-Noamani, who loves to travel.
In the following, the engineer guides the readers of “Madam” to a set of ideas related to the “second house”:
- The arrangement of a “holiday home” inspired by marine destinations, such as islands, such as: “Bora Bora”, is achieved by wallpaper tropical patterns or wilderness prints. Tropical decor in general creates an intimate and warm atmosphere in the interiors.
- The walls are covered with solid wood, with some painted in “refreshing” colors, such as the shades of blue commonly found in Moroccan “Chefchaouen”.
- Whatever the budget for the design of the “holiday home”, a feeling of luxury can be created in it by paving the floor with natural “parquet”, granite or marble. The architect also recommends light-colored and neutral mosaics similar to Marrakesh cell cells.
- The furniture in the “holiday home” is intended to make the seated feel relaxed, so it is useful to focus on the comfortable and practical pieces at the same time, ie the pieces that will “stand the test of time”, in the “second house” does not change the furniture every year.
In this context, the architect emphasizes the importance of coordinating soft furnishings and the right color palette, which is bold and bright, especially in bohemian interiors.
“When I think of summer holiday furniture, I can only imagine rattan chairs, Moroccan poufs, trunk rugs and light natural textiles, not to mention the Indian-designed daybed, hammock and bamboo sofas,” says the architect. tropical and trunk pillows and covers, ie with outdoor furniture used indoors, the house is connected to nature. ”
Solar filament and industrial lighting
Whether the location is coastal or mountainous, lighting is an important factor in decorating a “vacation home”; In the morning the sun’s rays infiltrate the interiors, and in the evening the evening lighting is controlled by a dimmer, and its intensity is attenuated. In this context, the architect’s advice is to install Moroccan copper lanterns and use floor lamps and ceiling lighting designed from rattan. In addition, scented candles with a soothing scent, such as: lavender or eucalyptus, are used to improve mood.
The “spa” in the “holiday home”
It is desirable to add some “spa” features to the bathroom, such as: a rain shower head, a “jacuzzi”, a large bath, “terrazzo” tiles and bamboo floor mats, in addition to a set of white towels. And no “spa” atmosphere is complete without scented candles strewn around the bath. For a tropical spa-like feel, the bathroom can be filled with bamboo and natural stones, says architect Nadine.
Natural materials in the bedroom
The bedrooms are decorated in a beautiful and tranquil way, to reflect the aesthetic designs, simplicity and “beauty”. The above goal is achieved through the use of natural colors, fabrics and textiles, such as: linen covers and “suzani” bedspread, ie those woven of cotton or wool fabric, and decorated with floral or geometric motifs, with silk threads, and handmade , and pillows covered with “ikkat” fabric. , which originated in Indonesia and Malaysia. Said weaving is known as the weaving of threads used to create the desired design (drawings and patterns are applied to the threads themselves before the fabric is sewn), traditional woven and macrame upholstery, fluffy pillows and feathers that we will remind you that we are on vacation.
Large plants and trees, such as: the banana tree, the monastira (the palm of Mary), the ficus lirata (or the fig plant with leaves that look like a guitar), the zamia and the “peace lily”, as well as the cactus, such as available in the “Majorelle Garden” in Marrakech, all of which have a tropical style, It also feels a feeling similar to that one experiences when going to the islands. In addition, dried and colored flowers are prepared to add a “pop” of color.