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9 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like a Modern Resort

Newport Beach designer Raili Clasen shares her go-to ideas for making your home feel like a vacation.

<p>David Land</p>

Want to bring the relaxing feel of a vacation home with you? We asked Newport Beach interior designer Raili Clasen to share her favorite tips for making your home feel like a modern resort. The former surf industry executive turned coastal designer is sharing her insights for blending indoor and outdoor living, dining alfresco, and adding thoughtful touches, like a poolside shower for a quick post-dip rinse. With her advice, your family and friends may be booking their next getaway at your house.

1. Get Away in Your Own Backyard

There’s nothing like a good meal to help transport you to another world. Clasen recommends creating a space in the yard (back, side, or front) that feels akin to the most magical getaway. “Under the patio, hang multiple paper lanterns or woven pendants and they’ll float in the breeze. Or place your table in the lushest part of your garden and string lights over the table and from the trees,” she says.

<p>Carmel Brantley</p>

2. Bring the Outdoors Inside

A surefire way to create a seamless link between indoors and out is with bi-fold windows and doors. Whether in a living room, dining room, kitchen, or bedroom, opening a wall of doors to a sprawling patio or garden will make your home feel bigger, brighter, and totally breezy. Another option is placing bi-fold windows in a kitchen that links to a backyard and placing an outdoor bar and stools under the window. This makes passing cocktails and popsicles from one location to another fun and easy while making the spaces feel connected.

Related: How to Decorate with Biophilic Design to Bring Nature Indoors

3. Plant a Picture-Perfect Garden

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