Have you ever wondered how your interior affects your mind and your body? What feelings do you have while entering your home? Does your home inspire you to be relaxed or creative? Is it reflecting your personality and your passions?
Allow your surrounding to tell a story, and let a simple smell, sight, sound, or taste take you back to your happy place.
Be inspired by your recent Club Med holiday and start a mood board for your home!
Here are our top 5 tips to help you make your home feel like your little piece of paradise:
1. Collect unique local items during your trip
The object will not only be an additional styling piece for your home but also a combination of stories and emotions you felt while buying it. Meeting with local designers will also encourage you to deepen your knowledge about the culture of the country, the materials and the techniques used to create these unique items. Cheap in price but valuable in worth! Make sure you’re careful with non-treated wooden items which may not be allowed through Customs at the airport.
Our favourite spots to visit here:
Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali
Carga – perfect shop for gifts/homewares, cushions and textiles that will please both adults and kids. The kids handmade toys and dolls are even more than beautiful, they also help to raise money for street-kids in Bali.
Bungalow Living Bali - Designed and produced in Bali, these homewares are mostly all handmade products, we can’t resist!
Less than 30min by speedboat and ferry from Club Med Kani and Finolhu Villas
Oevaali Art Shop – you will find painting inspired by Maldivian culture, as well as cushions and candles.
Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Guilin
Morningsun Gallery - Get an authentic taste of Yangshuo and find art pieces representing nature using traditional calligraphy art.
Less than 1 hour drive from Club Med Cancun Yucatan
Ki Huic Market - Dive into Mayan culture and unearth colourful serape fabrics, hand-crafted gifts and other accessories for your home such as traditional blankets.
2. Indoor plants
Adding indoor plants to your home is a great way to inject a pop of colour and hint of exoticism, while also providing the best Instagram picture. Indoor plants also improve air quality in your home - according to the NASA’s Clean Air study, some plants have positive benefits on health by eliminating harmful toxins, such as the Chlorophytum comosum (the spider plant), the bamboo palm, the Ficus elastica and benjamina. Create your own nature therapy and get some inspiration from the plants below:
3. Add a touch of blue
Blue is a colour that reflects trust, freedom and calm - doesn’t this sound like the perfect feel for a home?
The possibilities are endless so add as much or as little as your please - a splash of blue on your pillow, carpet, painting or even alternate some of your curtains with blue hues like below for some sweet Mediterranean vibes.
4. Candles and lighting
Lighting can help transform your home from a stark space into a haven of tranquility and calming atmosphere. Simply light a few scented candles and place them around your home, or get creative with some of the below ideas:
Bring a touch of nature into your home by wrapping leaves or vines around the base of your candles (careful not to place them too close to the flame). Very fairy-chic! Another great idea is to place flowers and leaves in a bowl of water and float your candle on top.
Wondering what to do with all these rocks your kids collected for you from the beach?
5. Do It Yourself
Feeling creative or looking for a rainy day activity with your children? Sourcing materials that inspire you while on holiday and creating your own personalised decorations at home is the best way to get your interior as unique as you are. Feel the texture, shape your object as you imagine it to be, create your own style and find how the small irregularities add charm. You will soon find you value this object much more than something you’ve purchased in a store, especially if you enlist the help of your little ones. Let your imagination run wild and create your own pillow cases, a tablecloth, a small statue, or art for our wall.
At Club Med, we believe that holidays are the best time to free your creativity and explore new sides of your right brain. Join us for an arts and crafts must-try activity in Bali, Phuket and Kabira and meet local artists who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you to create a unique piece that you’ll be able to bring home afterwards.
Looking for the temples of fabric in the world? We’ve pulled some recommendations for you:
Less than 30min drive from Club Med Phuket
Ban Boran Textile - where you will find cotton textiles from Chiang Mai as well as fabrics sourced from Southeast Asia's tribal communities.
Thai Silk Collection - vendor of quality silk fabrics for homeware and also fashion, everything you need to create soft bed sheets, pillow covers and ultra-soft cushions.
Approx. 1 hour drive from Club Med Bali
Jalan Sulawesi - Denpasar’s textile heaven selling Balinese fabrics such as cotton, Batik, silk and even delicate lace fabric.
Wardani Textiles - this textile temple has more than thousands of fabrics to choose from amongst silk, cottons, linen and some traditional fabrics such as ikat, sarongs and sashes.
6. Not going on holiday yet?
You can also use your own surroundings as inspiration for your interior. Here are some of our favourite New Zealand home designers:
Discover more about our Club Med offers to travel to these destinations here.