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5 easy ways to transform your Holiday Home on a budget

Holiday Home

2020 is the year of the staycation and those who are lucky enough to have a holiday home to retreat to will be getting to enjoy it more than ever this year.

But why is the decor of these little retreats so often neglected? Perhaps it’s only a holiday house so why waste money on it? But let’s face it, this is the place you will be going to, to relax, escape and recharge, especially this year. So shouldn’t you do that in a nice environment? Here are 5 ways to elevate your holiday home without spending a fortune.

Avoid ‘Stuffication’

Stuffication is the title of the book by trend forecaster James Wallman, which talks about how we have more stuff than we could ever need and how all this stuff isn’t making us happier, it’s filling up our homes and causing us stress. His book encourages us to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. That’s exactly what a holiday is, an experience you should remember fondly for years to come. So often holiday homes are filled with mismatched furniture and other bits and pieces that really should have been thrown away. Your holiday home should contain only the absolute essentials. Don’t let it become some sort of overflow for all of the things you can’t bear to get rid of and don’t have space for in your main house.

Paint holiday home

Paint it

Painting is probably the most cost-effective way to give your holiday home a whole new lease of life. Don’t just go for a safe shade to clean the place up. Think about the colours as you would if it was your main home. This is where you will go to relax and unwind so make the space feel calm, cosy & inviting. Don’t stop at the walls. Any woodwork, old timber furniture, wardrobe and even timber kitchen cupboards will look like new after a fresh coat of paint. With a bit of dedication, you can transform your home from dated to chic with minimal investment.


We live in a country where the weather is totally unpredictable and there’s nothing worse than a cold damp house. So invest in proper heating. I met someone recently who has a holiday home in Wexford. Fed up of arriving to a cold house after a long drive she had storage heaters installed which can be operated from an app on her phone, meaning now when she and her family arrive from Dublin for the weekend they walk into a warm, cosy house. She also invested in a stove. ‘We can set the fire and go out for a walk on the beach and when we come home the house is lovely and cosy.’

Tiles bathroom


If you only invest in revamping one room make it the bathroom. This is the fastest way to bring some luxury into your holiday home. You don’t have to spend a fortune, you could keep your existing sanitaryware and simply replace tiles. The range of tiles available has expanded rapidly in the last couple of years and there is a huge variety of stylish and affordable styles to choose from. Make sure the room has some form of heating. There’s nothing worse than a chilly bathroom and invest in some good quality towels for added luxury.

Holiday home bedroom


FInally more than anything you’re going to want a good night’s sleep. Invest in a great mattress. As a general rule, the more expensive the mattress; the higher the spring count, meaning it will perform better, conforming to your body shape, so the less interrupted and more comfortable your sleep should be.

There are four main types of mattress on the market: open-spring mattresses, which are the most common and affordable but not the best choice for good support; pocket-spring mattresses, which are made up of springs individually encased inside fabric pockets and are more supportive; memory foam mattresses, which do not have any springs but are made up of a material that is sensitive to heat and moulds to the contours of the body to eliminate pressure points and give a supportive night’s sleep; and finally there are latex mattresses, which are popular with allergy sufferers and offer a good distribution of pressure and the thicker the mattress, the better the support.

The best way to discover which bed is right for you is to test out the different options before you buy. Top off with some lovely bed linen and you’ll feel like you’re in a luxury hotel.

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Denise O'Connor

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