The 12 Best Spaces for Relaxing

This list of the 12 most serene spaces is our nod to National Relaxation Day—a holiday that we should all take time to celebrate. From porches and hammocks, to bedrooms and bathrooms, this list is sure to inspire your inner lounger.

1Waterside Picnic

Pretty Lakeside Hammock

It doesn’t get more peaceful than long afternoons spent swaying in a hammock by the water. What are you waiting for? Pack a basket full of delicious snacks and get to relaxing!

2Rustic and Refined Retreat

bathroom with dark wood shiplap and soaking tub
Photography by Jeff Roberts Photography

This spacious soaking tub is calling our names. Please excuse us while we drop in a bath bomb—or 12! And how gorgeous are the dark paneled walls and rustic pebble shower?

3Light and Airy

large living room with French doors
Photography by Jeff Roberts Photography

Who else falls asleep the second that warm sunshine hits their face? The rays glimmering through these windows blur the line between outside and in, transforming this living room into a haven for relaxation.

4Coastal Patio

Beach cottage patio
Photography by Jean Allsopp

Everyone needs a little break from the sun on a beach trip—and we know just the place! This beach house along scenic 30A wouldn’t be complete without this lounge-worthy patio perfect for relaxed living.

5Breakfast in Bed

white bedroom with window seat
Photography by Jeff Roberts Photography

French toast, eggs Benedict, or bagels and fruit—we don’t care what it is. Any meal in this tranquil bedroom is a win. And why don’t we wrap up the morning with coffee on the dreamy window bench?

6The Cozy Corner

Cozy window nook
Photography by John O’Hagan

The paneled walls, timeless patterned cushions, and perfectly placed window give this darling little nook a fairy tale-like charm. Put us here on a rainy afternoon with a good book in hand and our hearts are content.

7Crisp and Cool Bathroom

white bathtub

This bathroom is a sanctuary away from the rest of the world. The neutral palette and clean lines make this space all the more appealing while the wall sconces add just the right amount of warmth.

8Enchanting Views

Porch swing overlooking autumn forrest

This is the spot, the place we’d like to start and end each day. With a view this picture-perfect, we would have a hard time justifying ever leaving this swing.

9Simple and Serene

Black iron canopy bed with white bedding
Photography by Jim Bathie

A four-poster canopy bed draws the eye directly to the large and cushy piece of furniture, making it the star of the show in this airy retreat.

10Beachside Reading

Porch swing by the sea
Photography by Marcy Black Simpson

Reading by the beach is a hard job, but someone’s got to do it. A glass of kiwi lemonade and the sound of waves coming and going send this gorgeous porch swing to utter perfection.

11The Spa Treatment

serene bathroom with large soaking tub

The subtle fabrics and natural light in this bathroom add to the spa-like quality and elevate the feel of the space. Winding down in this spacious tub would be a dream!

12Wind Down in White

White bedrrom with black iron canopy bed
Photography by Colleen Duffley

This neutral and serene canvas evokes a spa-like feel and beckons afternoon naps. The whitewashed floors and walls make you feel like you’re right on the beach, without the heat or sand.