Whether you’re opening your home up to friends and family or preparing your holiday house for short-term tenants, a lot of work goes into making sure everything works.
These five easy steps will take the experience from nightmare to holiday!
Declutter living spaces
This task may seem mundane, but once you have your living spaces tidied up and freed of any hoarded objects, the more exciting tasks can begin. When it comes to decluttering your home (and keeping it tidy), minimalist is the décor look to go for.
A clean canvas
An entirely new look needn’t be a major job. You can transform your exterior and interior spaces easily by playing around with colour – a bold shade painted on one wall of the living room and a quirky painting here and there will make a world of difference.
Make the essentials accessible
Fresh linen, towels, basic toiletries… these are the things your guests can’t go without. Use this as an opportunity to add subtle décor updates – woven baskets are a hit this season; paired with Bamboo Venetian Blinds, a Balinese feel is within reach. (Bonus: to clean, all you need is a damp cloth; perfect for the water-saving times in Cape Town.)
Enjoy the view
Summers in South Africa can become unbearable. Luckily, controlling the temperature indoors is easy. The multitasker Roller Blind Screen Shades is our hero – the fabric window shades not only block out heat, they also allow you to enjoy the view.
The finishing touches
This is where you can get creative and play around with simple additions. Fill a basket with snacks - fruit, crackers and nuts - and leave it in the kitchen to instantly make your guests feel more at home. Fresh flowers, pot plants and scatter cushions will liven the place up.