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vacation style decorating advice for making your home away from home shine The Silhouette® window shadings with EasyRise™ cord loop from Hunter Douglas (available at The Blind Gallery) allow light through while still filtering harmful UV rays. Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas W Pamela Kofsky, of Elegant Interior Designs, came up with the design concept, furnishings and accessories for this stunning outdoor room that looks like it belongs inside the home! Photo courtesy of Bob Graham, Jr. www.nextstep4u.com 24 SOUTH JERSEY HOUSE & HOME JUNE 2011 By Lindsey Getz When it comes to decorating a vacation home, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. Whether it’s a beach house down at the Jersey Shore or maybe a lake or mountain house up in the Poconos, decorating a second home is likely to be a much different experience than your primary residence. “A vacation home gives you the opportunity to be more daring with decorating,” says Elisabeth Secosky, owner, EASYdesigns, LLC. “Because it is a ‘home away from home,’ think about being a bit more whimsical than you might in your primary residence.” D OWN THE S HORE In the current state of the real estate market, the price is right for
decorating advice for making your home away from home shine<br /> <br /> When it comes to decorating a vacation home, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. Whether it’s a beach house down at the Jersey Shore or maybe a lake or mountain house up in the Poconos, decorating a second home is likely to be a much different experience than your primary residence.<br /> <br /> “A vacation home gives you the opportunity to be more daring with decorating,” says Elisabeth Secosky, owner, EASYdesigns, LLC. “Because it is a ‘home away from home,’ think about being a bit more whimsical than you might in your primary residence.”<br /> <br /> DOWN THE SHORE<br /> <br /> In the current state of the real estate market, the price is right for Many shore properties, so beach lovers are snatching them up left and right. There’s certainly nothing like enjoying time by the ocean. For most beach property homeowners, an outdoor space is critical. “You spend more time outdoors when you’re down at the beach,” says Jennifer Troll, an owner of Extension Patio. “You sit outside to relax and you even eat your meals outside. It makes sense to invest in good quality outdoor furniture.”<br /> <br /> While that wonderfully salty air makes the beach experience even more enjoyable, it can also wreak havoc on a vacation home’s furniture, says Troll. “It’s important to select aluminum furniture—not wrought iron,” she insists. “Iron will rust. Even with the outdoor wicker products that are popular at the shore, you need to choose one that has an aluminum frame.” <br /> <br /> Pamela Kofsky, founder and principle designer, Elegant Interior Designs, agrees that good quality outdoor furniture is important. She says that also means selecting something heavy duty. “Beach front properties get a lot of wind so you want to make sure you don’t select something that’s too lightweight and will tip over.”<br /> <br /> For the interior, Kofsky says that a shore home should reflect its natural surroundings. “Make an effort to bring the outdoors in,” she suggests. “Keep it relaxing, soothing and close to nature with a color palette that uses a lot of blues, greens and sandy browns. That brings in the blue of the sky, the blue and green of the ocean, and the browns of the sandy beach.”<br /> <br /> Of course, the window treatments are also an important consideration. Luke Castle, co-owner of The Blind Gallery, says that shutters—particularly plantation style—make for a vacation-look that works well in this type of setting. “They’re nice for a window that has a good view because you can open up the shutter doors and access the entire window,” explains Castle. “With blinds, even when you raise them up, the slats are still there and blocking part of the view.”<br /> <br /> Castle says that vertical blinds are also popular for the shore because of their durability. They come in a vinyl that looks like fabric, but isn’t affected by the moisture-filled air. A sliding system called Vertiglide from Hunter Douglas, which is mounted on a track system, is a top pick in the vertical category. Castle says that Silhouette Shadings from Hunter Douglas are also popular. They allow some light through while still stopping the majority of UV rays. “That’s important, because with the sun coming straight in all the time, it can damage hardwood flooring or even fade the furniture,” says Castle.<br /> <br /> UP IN THE MOUNTAINS<br /> <br /> If the beach isn’t your thing, maybe the mountains are. Properties that take advantage of the beautiful Pocono Mountains, complete with its scenic lakes, also allow for some unique decorating opportunities. “I like a mountain home that really plays to the natural surroundings and has that ‘rustic’ feeling,” says Secosky. “Natural woods can be used for flooring. Exposed wood walls are often part of the decorating theme and a fireplace is a must!”<br /> <br /> In terms of color palette, Secosky recommends some bold but warm color choices like rusts, reds, sages and golds. And she adds that Bamboo blinds or composite wood blinds make great window treatment options. Castle would also recommend a Hunter Douglas Screen Shade for a mountain or lake home. “It’s a screen mesh fabric that you can still see through from the inside, but you can’t see into them from the outside,” he explains. “If you have a really Western exposure, that would stop the heat and glare but you’ll still be able to enjoy the view.”<br /> <br /> Of course, with a mountain home, an outdoor space is still a must. But one of the biggest issues with woodsy mountain homes is the bugs. Kofsky says there’s a stylish way to overcome that. “Utilize decorative candles that have citronella in them,” she suggests. “There are also pretty lanterns that you can place a citronella candle in. This way it can be attractive while still be effective.”<br /> <br /> The right furniture is also critical. “With the mountains, you’re not dealing with the salty air, but you’re dealing with a space that might get use in multiple seasons for things like hunting, fishing, swimming and skiing,” says Troll. “And even in the dead of winter, you can have a nice sunny day, so choose outdoor furniture that you can keep out year round. Then you can sit outside and enjoy the crisp air and the sun reflecting off the snow as you sip your hot chocolate.”<br /> <br /> Speaking of sun exposure, regardless of whether it’s the beach or the mountains, Troll says that selecting the right fabrics is important for outdoor furniture. “There are a lot of cheap fabrics out there that are going to fade in the sun,” she warns. “Buy solution-dyed woven patterns—not printed—that can endure long-term use and a lot of exposure. Sunbrella is a great brand, and there are others as well.”<br /> <br /> No matter where your vacation home is located, make the decorating experience one that you’ll enjoy. After all, a vacation home is all about enjoyment. “Don’t try to duplicate your primary home’s decorating style,” Secosky adds. “A second home is the perfect opportunity to create an escape that looks and feels unique and different. Have some fun with it!”
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