The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has many Americans postponing or cancelling their holidays.
And since travel is said to lift moods and improve mental health, it can be hard to stay optimistic while sheltering in place during such uncertain times.
Founder Patricia Bonaldi reveals her best tips for making your space look and feel like a tropical paradise to the Daily Mail.
Vacay cancelled: Ready-to-wear and swim brand PatBo (known for capturing the vibrant energy of Brazil with lively prints) just launched home goods
Home sweet home: PatBo founder Patricia Bonaldi reveals her best tips for making your space feel like a tropical paradise
There are ways to make your home feel like its very own well-traveled oasis.
Those souvenirs you stowed away from your last getaway overseas? Bust them out!
‘Throughout my apartment you will find timeless mementos from some of my favorite vacation destinations,’ said Patricia.
‘My home is decorated with hand-made lace tablecloths bought in the open air market of Fortaleza Brazil, a beautiful vase from Careyes Mexico and linens from Cartagena Columbia.
‘These pieces represent a time, a place and a beautiful memory that immediately takes me back to that experience.’
Personal touches: ‘I love supporting local artisans in the places I have visited by purchasing small treasures that I use to decorate my home. These timeless pieces remind me of these beautiful places I have visited’
Calm: ‘I always feel that shades of greens and blues are serene and I have chosen these colors for my accent walls, rug and couch,’ shared the designer
Color affects people in many ways.
‘I always feel that shades of greens and blues are serene and I have chosen these colors for my accent walls, rug and couch,’ shared the designer.
She offsets cool tones in her home with natural textures like linen wall paper and rattan chairs.
Decorating with patterns can be intimidating, but even small accents can breathe new life into a room.
‘My brand is defined by beautiful tropical prints which I have incorporated within pillows and my powder room wallpaper,’ she said.
Due to the global pandemic, the fashion designer felt it was the perfect time to step into the decor market as we have never been so connected to our homes.
Her new Leisure Capsule Collection consists of 4 pillow styles, crafted using remnant fabric from past collections.
Every pillow sold helps benefit PatBO’s Sewing Dreams Project, a school specializing in teaching the art of embroidery to empower the men and women in Patricia’s hometown of Uberlandia, Brazil.
‘Creating this oasis at home is so important to me as it allows my mind to be free of distraction and I design my best in this calming space,’ she explained.
Patricia’s living room is centered around floor to ceiling windows overlooking a sun-filled tree line.
Studies have shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress levels and boost mood.
‘Bringing the outdoors in can help create your very own indoor oasis, said Erin Marino, Director of Brand Marketing at The Sill.
‘The feel-good feeling plants give you won’t go unnoticed. Especially as we spend more time indoors, we are reminded how calming it is to care for our plants, and what their growth can tell us about our own.
Houseplants are a key design element in any room according to the expert.
‘Nothing contributes lightness, warmth and style to a space the way plants do. It’s true when we say plants make people happy.
‘Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but they’ve been shown to boost moods, increase creativity, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants — making for a healthier, happier you.’
To breathe new life into a space, Erin suggests the Red Aglaonema, the Bird’s Nest Fern, Succulents, the Snake Plant, the Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant and many more.
Potted Succulent Assortment from The Sill, $75; thesill.com
By now many of us are in desperate need of some Vitamin Sea, as there is nothing more refreshing than listening to waves crashing.
While a beach vacation may not be on the horizon, the relaxing feeling that you experience while you are there can be achieved.
‘I have always found beauty in the shape and lines of seashells,’ shared Patricia.
‘On a trip to Paris last year I found a beautiful vintage seashell chair that I will treasure forever. I was struck by the way that a beachy element was so elegantly designed and feels like a piece of art within my space.’
Seashells, starfish and coral are easy to obtain accents that you can scatter around the home.
The right ambient scent can also transform a space. Think about how you want to feel in your home and use a fragrance to create that.
‘I love fresh, clean scents,’ said Patricia. ‘My personal favorite is Lime Basil. In fact, I am currently concepting an original fragrance for the brand.’
Mixing aesthetics: ‘On a trip to Paris last year I found a beautiful vintage seashell chair that I will treasure forever. I was struck by the way that a beachy element was so elegantly designed and feels like a piece of art within my space,’ shared Patricia
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