Turn your cabin into a home away from home

Ah, the cabin life – so peaceful and quiet. As a Minnesotan, I know many people who own and vacation in their cabins throughout the year. It’s as if their cabins are a home away from home. In order to create a homelike environment, of course, certain decorative decisions need to be made. Consider adding these five essentials to your cabin and enjoy that home-sweet-home atmosphere even when you’re on vacation.

Pictures

It’s very rare to walk into a home and not see pictures of family and friends. If there are photographs you love but don’t have room for in the house (due to all of the other photos already being featured), display them in the cabin instead. Surrounding yourself with images of friends and family is an easy way to make any place feel more like home.

A comfy bed

Have you ever noticed that after a long vacation, you’re always happy to go back to your bed at home? Although you won’t be sleeping there every night, a comfortable bed in the cabin is a must. Make sure the mattress, blankets and pillows meet your comfort preferences and allow you to feel at home when you slip under the covers.

Decorative touches

It might seem silly to decorate a place that you only inhabit for a few weeks throughout the year, but it will make each stay much more enjoyable. Accessories like throw pillows, artwork and stylish light fixtures can give your cabin a more welcoming and comfortable appearance.

Personalitytowel rack

A space will never feel like home if it doesn’t reflect your personality in some way. Incorporate little bits of “you” and your family into the cabin’s interior design to create a space that is appealing and makes sense for you.

Warmth

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Photo credit: Pinterest

No one wants a home that appears cold or uninviting. Cozy up your cabin with a fireplace, large rugs, snuggly throw blankets and warm colors. A little warmth can go a long way toward making a space feel more like home.

There’s no place like home, but that doesn’t mean your cabin can’t be comforting, too. Turn your cabin into a home away from home that you can escape to whenever you need a break.

By Wendy Weinert

Helpful home tips for when you’re away on vacation

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Summer isn’t over yet, and I’m sure many of you are still preparing for your family vacation. Before you take off and enjoy a week of relaxation and sightseeing, follow these tips to keep your home safe and ready for your return.

1. Suspend your mail and newspaper

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Unless you’ve made a habit of not bringing in the mail everyday, a stuffed mailbox will tell others that you’re out of town and might not be back for a while. Put your mail and newspaper services on hold until you get back.

2. Invest in timers

Once again, you don’t want to make it obvious that you’re on vacation, and people might notice if your lights are off all week. Consider investing in a timer that you can program to turn the lights on and off during your absence.

3. Keep your plants watered

You’ve worked hard to keep your plants alive and thriving. Don’t let them start wilting now! Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by your house and water your plants throughout the week.

4. Unplug appliances

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Photo credit: Pinterest

You’re not going to be home all week, so you might as well save some energy. Unplug all of your appliances before you take off. This will also ensure that you don’t leave anything on while you’re away.

5. Clean the house before you go

Vacations are relaxing, but they can also be exhausting. When you get back, you’re not going to want to come home to a messy house. Take some time to ensure everything is in order and cleaned before you go. There’s nothing better than coming home to a clean house after a fun-filled, but tiring week!

By Wendy Weinert

Summer staycation ideas for a relaxing break at home

Sometimes the best vacations are spent at home. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to go out and see new places. But, I always come back home exhausted from all of the sightseeing and activities. Don’t you? When I’m looking to just take a break from work and relax, a staycation sounds much more enjoyable. You don’t have to spend time driving, waiting in line at the airport or trying to read maps. You can just sit back, relax and enjoy your week.

Plan your own staycation this summer and go back to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are some ideas to get you inspired.

1. Add a front porch swing 

Porch swing

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You won’t want to spend all of your time indoors, especially in the summer. A front porch swing is a small investment that will allow you to create a relaxing environment outside for your staycation, and for spring, summer and fall as well.

2. Organize your home before the vacation starts

Organized pantry

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It’s hard to relax when your house is a mess. Believe me, I know. Plus, there’s a reason why hotel rooms often feel so refreshing. They’re not cluttered. As your staycation approaches, take some time to make sure everything is in order. You’ll be able to enjoy your week much more fully if you do.

3. Take your coffee outside

Coffee on the porch

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Instead of chugging a cup of coffee like you normally do on mornings before work, take it outside and allow yourself to enjoy it on your porch swing or patio. Mornings are the perfect time to spend outdoors because the weather isn’t unbearably hot yet.

4. Refrain from checking emails

If you absolutely have to check your email throughout the week, set aside a time each day where you can check it…and then forget about it the rest of the day. It’s also a good idea to turn your phone on silent, and call or text only when catching up with old friends or ordering food.

Let yourself take a break this summer and take a staycation. A week at home with no errands or work to do is the perfect way to enjoy the summer and rejuvenate.

By Wendy Weinert