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How to Design a Stunning, Low-Maintenance Vacation Home

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Your vacation home should be as well-designed and meticulous as your primary residence. But having a well-designed vacation home shouldn’t involve tedious upkeep. Our senior designers have these tips for creating a stunning, low-maintenance vacation home.

No-Fuss Greenery

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We love the look of houseplants. But unless you make weekly trips to your vacation home, or unless your ideal vacation involves gardening, houseplants have no place in your vacation home. Instead, go for a low maintain option, like tree branches. To match the rustic, masculine vibe of this Sag Harbor getaway, we flanked the sofa with two sets of branches.

Keep It Simple

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When designing your vacation home, pick out a simple color scheme, and stick with it throughout the space. In this Montauk beach house, we decided to go with a black and white design scheme. It’s a high-contrast option with minimal upkeep. Check out how we got the look with black cabinets, white countertops, and a checkered tile floor pattern.

Easy on the Eyes

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You’re on vacation. You don’t need an eyesore to deal with. When sourcing furniture for your vacation home, pick relaxing colors and simple, abstract wall art. In this Manhattan pied-à-terre, we painted the walls a light grey color, and placed a flowing, abstract art piece above the sofa. The combination creates a soothing and relaxing oasis within the city’s hectic atmosphere.

More Relaxing; Less Cooking

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Your vacation home should have plenty of space for kicking back and relaxing. So skip out on a full-scale dining room, and give the living quarters some extra square footage. In this Miami luxury condo, we placed a small breakfast nook adjacent to the living room, giving our clients ample space for unwinding.

Work / Play

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If you’re forced to get a little work done while you’re on vacation, or if your ideal vacation involves catching up on work, then consider a home office space in your vacation home. But carefully consider placement. If a vacation home office is a necessity, then section it off from the rest of your space. In this Hamptons home, we placed a reclaimed wood divider between the office and the living area, for a healthy work-life balance.

Location, Location, Location

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If your vacation home happens to be on some prime real estate, then consider ways to incorporate your locale into your design. This Miami luxury condo is on the 30th floor of a high-rise, and has picturesque views of the harbor. So we sourced high-sheen turquoise area rugs for the master bedroom and living room, as a way of referencing the waterfront locale.

Travel in Comfort

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Your vacation is supposed to be relaxing. And it’s hard to unwind without a comfortable place to sleep. So if there’s one place where you splurge on your vacation home, make sure its the bed. Even if you skimp on everything else, at least you’ll catch some z’s while you’re on vacation. In this Sag Harbor getaway, we sourced a comfortable bed, and layered it with a collection of neutral-colored cotton bedsheets.

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