If you’re like us, right now you’re relying on technology to remain connected with loved ones and coworkers. Zoom has quickly become a favorite video conferencing tool for millions of Americans, spanning all age groups. In the first three months of 2020 alone, Zoom’s number of new users surpassed its total tally in 2019.
When attending virtual get-togethers and meetings, people have been getting creative by swapping out their backgrounds to make it appear as if they’re on a beach in Phuket rather than in their home office or living room.
If you want to err on the side of being slightly more realistic, and give your colleagues some serious envy, here are the best photos of Vacasa-managed homes to set as your background, so you look like you’re living large. We sorted these homes by style, so you can quickly identify the best fit for you.
Suffering from cabin fever? Us, too. Temper it by making an actual log cabin your virtual setting. Cabins represent tranquility and a slower way of living, which may give you a sense of inner peace. Plus, your coworkers will liken you to Henry David Thoreau. You may even get inspired to write a novel of your own—we have ample time to do it, after all.
Blacktail Cabin in Lakeside, Montana
The Tea House in Sea Ranch, California
It's Got It All in Sevierville, Tennessee
If the hot sun on your shoulders, towering palms, and golden sand make you feel serene, you probably belong someplace like Arizona. Since you can’t make it there now, we’re bringing the magic of the desert to you.
The Saguaro House in Scottsdale, Arizona
Hacienda Montezuma in La Quinta, California
Paradise Village #70 in Santa Clara, Utah
Most of us are feeling a little blue right now, as we’re confined to our homes and unable to celebrate milestones like weddings or birthdays for the time being. We hope these eccentric homes brighten up your day—and any tense Zoom conversations you may be having with colleagues.
Coral Apartment in Muralla Roja in Costa Blanca, Spain
Casa de Nieve - "Snow House" in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hunter Creek in Gold Beach, Oregon
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, we have the perfect backgrounds for you. Each of these homes have a unique sense of elegance, with modern decor that may suggest to unassuming coworkers you’re using your (entire) paycheck very wisely.
The Pirate Ship Chalet in Fish Haven, Idaho
Conch Cottage in Key West, Florida
Does gazing at peaceful, rippling water ease your mind? There’s no better time to virtually transport yourself to a beachfront home, where you can escape day-to-day stress. Imagine the cool water between your toes, and maybe open up that forgotten grill in your backyard to replicate an afternoon of watersports and swimming. Those you’re Zooming with will think you’re living your best life.
Lands End 39 - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Sahhali Luxury Beach House in Neskowin, Oregon
Clair de Lune in Sea Ranch, California