Please research the health hazards of using pallets before starting this project.
How relaxing does that pic above look? Le sigh. Ok, so mayyyyybe you can't go to the beach right this sec. What about a little retreat of your own? This pic and idea comes from Houseandhome (via apartment therapy). I love the colors, but make it to suit your style. Look at the branches and the old sheet for an instant awning. Cute. And even if you don't have a yard, don't let that stop you. I'll be recreating this on my balcony.
All you need are shipping crates/pallets (which I found free on craigslist and can be painted this soft blue or left au naturale), some sort of mattress or foam padding, comfy pillows, and a nice refreshing drink--like this "A Day at the Beach" one. It has coconut rum, orange juice, and grenadine. Did someone say coconut?
What else could we add to this summer retreat? Some romance with candles, that's what! I was on the awesome Found in the Ali blog and peeped these hanging lanterns (above) she made for $1.50!
She found everything she needed at the Dollar Tree--how cool is that? Take some jars, wrap them with twine, add sand and candles and hang or display on the table.
Now all that's needed is some imagination to pretend there's a view of the beach in front of you. My view is currently I-85's traffic, so I've got a lot of imagining to do!
What's your favorite way to create an instant oasis?
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