We have spent a total of 5 weeks of our lives in Kauai, HI. We consider Kauai to be our ultimate, real-deal vacation. The small Island is SO inexplainably beautiful and relaxing – it feels primal!
On our first trip we bought the classic Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, but after that trip what we loved was simply driving until we got “lost” on the Island. We discovered so many things on our own and continued to crave Kauai year after year, both as a couple and as a family.
Coming back from the trip is the WORST. You still have a little vacation buzz, but you quickly realize you do not live on a perfect-temperature Island. Kauai versus reality is hard to digest! After our first trip my husband and I questioned exactly what it is that makes your mind/body know you are on vacation. For us it was the hotel and the awesome feeling of crawling back to your room after a HARD day of play in the sun. We discussed how we could recreate that feeling of relaxation and incorporate it into our daily lives.
Our list was simple: 1) big bed with sheets we love 2) plump, comfy pillows 3) visual serenity 4) a minimal amount of stuff in the room 5) the sound of water. (For our son it was simple too: 1) unlimited water bottles and fruit snacks access 2) cereal for dinner 3) turkey rolls from Costco 4) all day swimming and snorkeling!)
We set out to conciously incorporate things from our vacation lists into our daily living. Because I’m writing a post, not a book, the below pictures will feature only our bedroom (but we did address the kid list in our home too, and we have a room we simply call “the travel room”!). Click on the first picture and watch the slide show in larger size. I added my comments beneath most pictures.
What we created for our bedroom space over the years has made a huge difference in our relaxation all week long. I LOVE walking upstairs, seeing our clean room with everything in place with items and colors that remind us of the Island we love.
Do you have a space that inspires you, makes you proud, or evokes a feeling that you love? I want to hear about it.