Ah, there’s no rest for a hardworking interior designer, even on vacation:
Each summer I go through a little drill when we arrive at our rental: I walk through the unit and hide all the pillows, accessories, paintings, fake plants, area rugs and assorted clutter in the guest closet. I can’t do anything about the paint job, so I just pretend it’s not there. Over the years I have accumulated an assortment of ready made slipcovers for the rentals, along with throw pillows, drop cloths, and Indian bedspreads which make great cover ups for nasty condo furniture. The picture above is off the rental web site – isn’t that couch a beauty?
And presto! What’s the scene after Joni Webb’s little annual adventure in summer rental redecorating?
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Here’s what it looked like after I cozied up our unit. I used blue and white ticking ready made slipcovers for the sofa and love seat. We bought the pillows on sale down in Padre at the best (and only) decor shop on the island: Park 100. I brought the Dash and Albert rug with me. I’ll buy flowers at the grocery stores and add candles to atmosphere. The books come from home to read while we are there. . . . The wicker coffee table was actually kind of cute – about the only cute thing in the condo!
I moved the blue and white lamp from a bedroom to make it look a little nicer, and came THIS CLOSE to buying a new shade for it. Sad, I know. The white tiled floor is a plus. Whenever we are choosing a rental, we always opt for tiled floor over carpeting because at least you know it will be clean then. I learned my lesson one summer when I had to personally have the carpets cleaned the day after we arrived. Yuck!!!
How does Webb get her makeover kit to her vacation home?
We take a SUV down to the beach, so we have a little extra room to pack up all the decorating materials.
- Must Be Nice! [Cote de Texas]
Photos: Joni Webb