Monday, January 12, 2015

SUMMER HOLIDAY AT HOME | CREATING A HAVEN


By Emily Beetleshack
The original author of The Beetle Shack, Emily is a chronic over sharer and collector of unnecessary consumer goods. In a past life Emily was a high school Visual Arts teacher. She always enjoyed the ‘naughty’ kids the most; the ones who were resistant to following the rules and questioned the boundaries. They were interesting, challenging and funny. When she was pregnant with her first child she could be heard saying, “I hope I have a cheeky child, one that speaks his mind and is rebellious in nature”. Unsurprisingly, she did. In the archives of the Beetle Shack you'll find her tales of raising her own ‘spirited’ children whilst swanning about the house dressed as a fruit salad.




Welcome to our new series about Holidaying at Home. A mini series focused on making your home a haven during the School Holidays.

Six weeks of school holidays is a long time for children and parents alike. Of course many of us set off on great adventures from camping to theme parks to holiday rentals. However it's near impossible to spend the entire break away from the family home - that's why creating a holiday atmosphere in your own back yard is so alluring!

Holidaying at home can be just as rejuvenating as a family getaway. It's all about setting the scene and creating a relaxing vibe in your own space.

We love spending time outdoors - working in the gardens, playing under the sprinkler and pottering about with an icey cold beer in the evening. This year we turned our backyard into a holiday haven by adding some potted plants and a dreamy crocheted hammock under our Dragon Palm.

We hit up our local nursery for some terracotta pots and Hydrangeas in muted hues and managed to score them at half price which was a great bonus. Our delicious cream hammock is from Anne at The Toucan Shop - hand made, fair trade and utterly divine. We've added some colour and texture by adding a gorgeous green Otomi and tan leather ottoman from Beyond Marrakech.

It's provided hours of entertainment for the kids (hello giant swing) and many pleasant moments for Dave and I. It makes being home for the holidays a pleasure!


Tell me, do you love a holiday at home? What is your favourite way to spend the Summer?


12 comments:

  1. Ohm I have been eyeing off those hammocks for the longest time. This post makes me want one even more!

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    1. they are SERIOUSLY delicious! We got two singles but i reckon a double would be AMAZING!! Do it! It's a lifestyle investment!

      xx

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  2. beautiful home!! we are a big fan of the summer hammocking :)

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  3. We also holidayed at home this year, it was the best. Just one rule, both hubby and HAD to take some time off our businesses and we also had to lay in the hammock once a day. Yours is a bit more gorgeous than our Bunnings special but you know, same same.

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    1. SO same same. I'm glad you also have to force yourself away from work! ahahah

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  4. Oh that hammock is divine, looks like such a relaxing sanctuary!! I am a big hammock fan, just need to find the perfect place to hang it (and give Hubby a little encouragement to do it!!:P)

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    1. We struggled with that also! I think we will get one of those hammock stands so we can move it around.

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  5. Just beautiful Em! I like the idea of making your own space a bit special for the summer holidays :)

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    1. It's a sanity saver when a 'real' holiday isn't an option!

      Em xx

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  6. I love what you've done. I can so see you there with a glass of wine and Dave peeling grapes for you!

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    1. ahahhahha totally! That's exactly how we live!!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em