Everyone wants their weekend home to be just as comfortable as their full-time house — but with a little something special. Be it antique furniture collected over the years or stylish modern decor that gives your abode a luxe feel, it's all in how you style it. Discover some design inspiration with these 33 getaway houses from the ELLE DECOR archives. The only problem once you give your home an upgrade: How will you ever leave?
In a Ralph Lauren exec's beach house, a George Nelson pendant light hangs above the dining table, whose base is a tree trunk salvaged from the beach; the armchairs are by Ralph Lauren Home, the photograph is by Lynda Churilla, and the pillows are a mix of Ralph Lauren Home fabrics and a vintage check.
In the master bedroom of Rela and Don Gleason’s retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Gleason added iron posts to the bed, which is covered in a Hinson fabric and draped in a linen canopy. The bedding is by the , the vintage indigo throw is Indian, the 18th century Danish trunk is from a Tel Aviv, Israel, flea market, and the kilim is from .
Antique Italian mirrors hang above consoles by Conde House in the living room of a Capri villa; the slipper chairs are by Creazioni, and the antique tile flooring is original to the house.
Inspired by Grey Gardens, a East Hampton home designed by Celerie Kemble shuns the stereotypical beach house palette of white and navy. The kitchen chairs are by Palecek, the pot rack is by Urban Archaeology, the vintage tole chandelier is from Etsy, and the floors are oak.
In the dining area of an upstate New York pool house owned by a former performance artist, the Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen are from Fritz Hansen; the lacquered floor is painted in Sailor's Delight, the doors in Nosegay and Lily White, and the ceiling beams in Nosegay, all by Benjamin Moore.
Fashion designer Veronica Swanson Beard turned a staid estate in Long Island into a colorful weekend retreat for her family. In the kitchen, the table and chairs (with cushions in a Schumacher stripe) are by McGuire, the tole chandelier is antique, and the flooring is oak.
The great room of a cottage on the Swedish island of Hölö, designed by Stockholm-based architect Ninni Ryott for her family. A custom sectional also serves as guest beds, and one of the storage units underneath is used as a cocktail table; the hemp rug is from , the fabric in the doorway is from , and the sculpture fragments on the wall were discovered in the studio of the property's previous owner.
In the bathroom of a 19th-century Bridgehampton home, the ceiling lights are by , the walls are painted in and the window frame is painted in ; the wooden ship artwork was found in Europe.
In this beach house on Long Island, the den’s modular sofa is by , and the ottoman is covered in a hair-on-hide leather; the photograph is by Darren Almond, the floor lamp is vintage, the rug is alpaca, and the walls and ceiling are painted in ’s Super White.
In the living room of a retreat on Martha's Vineyard, which was designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of Ashe + Leandro, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials linen, the Hans Wegner chairs are upholstered in a Brochier fabric, and the walnut cocktail table and stool are custom; the rug is a vintage Tuareg, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and the room is painted in Benjamin Moore's Super White.
In the living room of French designer Jacques Grange’s guesthouse in Comporta, Portugal, the rattan armchair is by , the cocktail table is Brazilian, and the 1950s rattan-and-metal chair is Austrian; a shield from the African country of Burkina Faso hangs alongside an Indian wall hanging, the floor pillows are covered with Syrian kilims, and the rug is Iranian.
In a remote New Zealand surf town, architects Lance and Nicola Herbst ingeniously tuck a spacious weekend retreat amid a lush grove of exotic trees. In the living area of the house, designed in its entirety by the couple, the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
Spanish supermodel Eugenia Silva's summer retreat on the edge of Portugal's agricultural heartland, Comporta, is a humble shack turned purest expression of easy, barefoot living. The living room's custom-made daybeds are covered with a cotton fabric bought locally, a Moroccan rug tops the concrete-tile floor, and the walls are painted in Blanco Cal, with door trim in Chauoven, both by . The surfboard and chair were found on the property.
More than 200 years after Catherine the Great commissioned a Chinese village for her summer palace outside St. Petersburg, on its pavilions now exists a charming escape. This weekend house study's custom-made sofa and chair are covered in fabrics by , the vintage secretary was purchased at , and the antique chandelier was bought in St. Petersburg.
Renowned French designer Jacques Grange spends a stretch of each summer on the southwest coast of Portugal in a bungalow that is the essence of simplicity, yet abounds in high style. A two-minute walk from the beach, the house's bedroom features an Indian mirror, a lamp by Grange, and a 1950s Italian chair.
Vanity Fair style chronicler and social fixture Amy Fine Collins' weekend home is a century-old house on Fishers Island, New York, that overlooks a pond where her family swims and sails. The entrance hall features a custom-designed rug by and a painting signed by above an 1870s English chest.
San Francisco designer Ken Fulk may be the toast of the town, but it's when he escapes to his Victorian cottage on Cape Cod that he feels most at home. In the library, the wing chair was bought at , and the antique brass bed is covered with indigo fabrics and pillows made from grains sacks. The ceiling fixture is crafted from a salvaged boat hatch, and the walls and ceiling are painted in .
In this -designed glass-and-steel house in New York's Hudson Valley, designer emphasized the verdant surroundings by keeping the breakfast-room furniture streamlined. The Martin Szekely birch plywood table with attached benches is from .
In this Mississippi family's Florida Gulf Coast home, architect Michael Imber and designer Lynn Myers conjure a whitewashed Moroccan fantasy, which includes a courtyard holding teak lounge chairs by , a custom-made banquette with cushions in a Perennials fabric, and antique Spanish lanterns found in Belgium.
Fashion designer Lorry Newhouse embraced the whimsical spirit of a faded cottage's rich decorative history in this Southampton property. Painted Chippendale-style chairs surround a dining table covered with Marimekko fabric. The striped rug is by .
When a couple found just the right Palm Beach penthouse for a getaway from their Manhattan home, they encouraged their longtime designers, Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, to go all-out mod. The master bedroom features stools by from , 1970s bedside tables by Karl Springer topped with lamps by Roberto Rida, and a 1960s Italian armchair.
Inspired by classic American seaside homes and expansive downtown Manhattan lofts, a Danish couple created this weekend retreat. Armchairs by surround an oak table by on the terrace. The lounge chairs are by , and the decking is made of ipe.
In designer Kelly Behun's weekend getaway in Long Island, the sofas are upholstered in a linen, the wicker stools are by , the rope stool and blue chair are by Christian Astuguevieille, and the custom rugs are made from African raffia ceremonial cloths. Behun designed the loggia's table, which has a base of hand-cut ceramic mosaic tiles and a Macassar ebony top.
In hotelier Costis Psychas' secluded getaway in Therassia, a speck of an island off the coast of Greece, the low tables in the living area are family heirlooms that were originally used for making flatbread. The wool pillows and cotton rugs were handwoven in Greece, and the handmade floors are a mix of white cement and sand.
Ralph Pucci, a dealer in designer furniture and art, retreats to his Long Island, New York beach house, which was designed by Vicente Wolf. In the guest room, a bed is dressed in bedding by , and a Bertoia chair is paired with a vintage Indonesian desk; the photograph is by .
Prominent DJ Victor Calderone and his wife Athena envisioned the ideal summer getaway when they discovered a neglected 1960s ranch house in Amagansett, New York. The dining area's klismos chair was purchased on eBay, and the 1950s lb Kofod-Larsen armchair is covered in a silk.