5 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Summer Rental
There’s nothing like the escapist promise of a summer abode: It most likely has a backyard that’s perfect for lazy evenings and it might even come with a water view…but it may also come with a heinous ’70s kitchen, rock-hard pillows or bathroom lighting that makes Duane Reade’s fluorescent glow look downright subtle. While you can’t redo that kitchen, here are five easy ways to add some of your style to the place.
Bring Home With You
Not your entire home! But a little bit goes a long way. Depending on the length of your stay, it may be worth packing your comfiest pillow (for better zzz’s) and a throw blanket for those chilly mornings. If you’re staying for more than a week or two, consider packing a couple of picture frames from home, filled with your favorite people.
Don’t even think about leaving that suitcase on the floor by your bed. Yes, you’re tired after dealing with the traffic, and yes, you want to head to the beach or the winery, but take ten minutes to unpack. That means putting things on hangers and in drawers. It sounds silly, but having your stuff put away will subconsciously make you feel calmer—not to mention ensure that sundress is wrinkle-free when you need it.
Pick Up Some New Goodies
If the place still isn’t feeling fresh, pop into one of the Hamptons’ many swoon-worthy home-decor shops, like Serena & Lily or One Kings Lane’s new Southampton outpost. A few fancy candles, a luxe set of sheets or even a bigger purchase like a mirror or vase will brighten your day every time you use them. And when it comes time to pack up in August, you’ll have a few beachy souvenirs for your apartment in the city.
Switch It Out
If you’ll be calling the same place home for longer than a couple of weeks, consider switching out the lighting. This can be as easy as changing the bulbs in the bathroom to instantly take the space from creepy motel to chic spa. (Look for warm-white LED bulbs for the coziest, most flattering illumination.)