Archive for December, 2015

Easy Ways To Warm Up Your Home For The Holidays

December 1, 2015

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner again!  Here are a few projects you can do now to get all the areas of your home holiday ready for family and friends.

1. Seasons Greetings

•  Add a welcome nook near your most used entrance to store winter coats, hats and boots.

•  Add ceramic tile, a rubberized mat, a mirror for checking hair, and extra hooks for hats and scarves.1-entry_497x300

•  Paint interior doors a dark color to hide years of fingerprints, stains and scratches. It’ll add warmth and character while hiding dirt!

2. Kitchen Warm Up

•  Refresh outdated cabinet hardware and give your kitchen a facelift with new cabinet and drawer pulls in seasonal silver or gold.

•  Add counter space for holiday baking! Add a kitchen island – on 2-kitchenwheels – for extra counter space, you’ll gain additional serving space when you need it, and can move it out of the way when you don’t.

•  Now is the time to make sure spices are on hand for holiday cooking. Add pull out storage to existing cabinetry to keep all your spices within reach.

•  Add place setting organizers so that dishes, silverware, and serving utensils will be ready to go when guests arrive.

•  Place recipe books within reach of eyes, but out of reach of messy hands and spills. Now is not the time to be hunting for grandma’s most loved recipes!

•  ‘Tis the season for wine and bubbly. Install a wine storage cabinet so that when guests arrive you’ll be the host with the toasts!

4. Family Room Cuddle Up

•  Decorate the fireplace mantel with festive candles and garland in favorite holiday colors.

•  Warm up cold floors with soft area rugs in warm, seasonal shades of red and gold

•  Create a cozy nook for reading/talking with throw blankets, pillows and a serving tray to hold warm drinks and sweet treats.

5. Guest Bed and Bath Welcome

Upgrade your guest bedroom and bath so that even your mother in law can’t find a thing to complain about!

•  Install a new towel rack or storage shelf and add towels in coordinating holiday colors

•  Place a serving tray on the nightstand, complete with a water pitcher and glass, nightlight and snacks.5-guest-bath

•  Upgrade your lighting. Now is the time to make sure all the light bulbs have been replaced, and replace any outdated fixtures with bright replacements.

•  Time to throw out that old bar soap and upgrade your soap dispenser! While you’re at it, choose matching accessories to give the entire bathroom a mini facelift.

•  A soft rug can do wonders to warm up a cold tile floor.

•  Upgrade worn, outdated faucets and hardware in the guest bath.

•  Add a little luxury with a new showerhead sure to please your guests!

Getting these projects done now will give your holiday décor a clean canvas and free you up later to sit back and enjoy the time with family and friends. So check the halls before you deck them-and start sprucing!