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I’ve been on a tropical punch lately with summer approaching! The tropical style has been around for years and years, but lately I have been noticing it showing up more and bolder than ever! 

Let’s picture an island. What do you see? Palm trees? Sand? Vibrant colors? Let me give you some inspiration!

Bora Bora

British Virgin Islands- St. Thomas

Phi Phi Island- Thailand

 

Okay, those pictures are almost too perfect and basically thousands of miles away! Why not bring some of that tropical  into your very own home for a vacation you never have to leave?!

Colors! Colors! Colors!

This is the perfect opportunity to bring out those big, bold colors and prints! Come on now, don’t be shy with those either! The more colors, the better! Pick at least 3 different colors to start out with! Here are a couple of different color pallets that are fun and tropical!

Sherwin-Williams

Paint colors from Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams

The “Escape Hues” color palette from Design-Seeds.com is one of those amazing palettes which offers a tropical palette with less than typical shades.  We used Let’s Chip It! from Sherwin Williams to see what colors they recommend using

Better Homes and Garden

2015 Better Homes and Gardens Color Palette of the Year.  Gorgeous colors!  Especially loving Fresh Berry and Behr Essential Teal. Paint color names and brands on link.

Patterns

Lets add some patterns in there with those colors!

#pattern #flamingo Encontrado en americanapparel.tumblr.com

14wehi Tropical Hibiscus & bird of paradise, plumeria flowers, vintage apparel style fabric.  More fabrics at: BarkclothHawaii.com

Liberty of London: Flower Show – Botanical Garden Digital Prints

Don’t Forget That Greenery!

Here is a great go to guide for those greens to add into your space! Remember… there are more plants out there than just palm trees!

Statement Leaves glossary via Justina Blakeney

Lets Put It All Together!

There’s only one thing left to do and that’s to put it all together! Remember, this is your tropical vacation spot! You can alternate any of these designs to make it all your own!

relaxed and laid back feel for the sitting room, no tv's allowed in here. this room is for reading and chatting

The lesson here is the versatility of a basically white palette.The tropical accents can easily be switched out to quickly transform the room.

THIS. IS. BEAUTIFUL!! although I would like it much better if the counter wasn't floating

Martinique Wallpaper (made originally for the beverly hills hotel and reproduced for years since) - I REALLY want to have this wallpaper in some home, at some stage of my life...so far I haven't been able to convince anyone I have co-habitated with that it's fabulous, psshh what do they know!?

Tropical Bedroom design by Tampa Design-build Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Tropical Guest Bedroom Idea... love the colors

 

I hope this gives you some inspiration to design your own tropical paradise!

Images found on Google and Pinterest

***For more inspiration check out our Pinterest Pages at

https://www.pinterest.com/thesimplelifede/a-tropical-touch/

https://www.pinterest.com/thesimplelifede/color-is-beautiful/

 

 

BONUS!

Here is a simple recipe I have found to enjoy while in your vacation spot 🙂

 

Ingredients:
Large Batch:
– 1/2 cup lemon juice
– 1/4 cup strawberry puree (approximately 10 strawberries blended well)
– 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
– 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup pineapple puree (crushed pineapple works too)
– 1 gallon water

Single Serving:
– 2 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 Tbsp strawberry puree (approximately 3 strawberries blended well)
– 3 Tbsp sugar
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp pineapple puree (approximately 6 pineapple chunks)
– 12 oz water

Directions:
– Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher or a large glass until sugar is dissolved and well mixed.  Serve over ice or chill in the fridge.  Enjoy!

http://www.whilehewasnapping.com/2014/07/strawberry-pineapple-lemonade/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like many of you, I have found myself wishing I was somewhere else when chaos and imbalance have gotten the best of me.  While I won’t be able to eliminate the chaos, here are some tips I have found for creating an escape in the midst of chaos.

  • Create a playlist on your MP3 player with songs that remind you of awesome times.  Songs have a special way of tying to memories. A song that can calm me down and make me smile no matter what is going on is “Never Let You Go” by Third Eye Blind.  It reminds me of a great spring break in college (now I’m dating myself) and takes me back to that awesome trip.  Another great song is “Island in the Sun” by Weezer that has such an awesome mellow tune that reminds me of being on vacation.  Throw on some Bob Marley or Jimmy Buffet. There are so many other great songs out there. Pick ones that remind you of happier times.
  • Find a picture of your happy place and pin it up at your desk, make it your desktop wallpaper, tape it to your kids’ foreheads (okay, not really) but you get the idea.  Keep it handy in those places where stress and chaos are prevalent for a quick mental vacation.
  • Buy a scent that reminds you of vacation. Coconut Lime Verbena from Bath and Body Works reminds me of sun and sand. It’s a great way to calm myself when I’ve hit my limit.
  • Make a fruity cocktail.  I know this won’t help you at work but when you get home, throw together a margarita and top it off with a little umbrella.
  • Watch HGTV or The Travel Channel. You may become a bit jealous but there are plenty of shows with people buying vacation homes on the beach to help fuel your dreams
  • Load a digital frame up with pictures from your vacations and let them rotate throughout the day. I have one on my desk. Not only do I finally get to use my digital frame, I also get to finally see those thousands of pictures I never printed. Even though I’m not on vacation, the memories always make me smile.

These are some of the ways that have helped me create an escape amidst chaos. What are some of your tricks?

 

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