We live in our homes throughout the year. However most of the time it’s just us or our immediate family. Private spaces that allow for private behavior. Maybe you are one those people who keeps everything super organized except for the bedroom. Or maybe you are one of those people whose lives thrive on organized chaos, except in the kitchen.
All of this changes when the holidays come around. Although you may have company coming to visit all year, it’s usually less frequent and less extensive than around the holidays. Often a quick cleaning will suffice, and then the visit passes and you are free to resume private lives. The holidays have a way of putting your home on display for all to see. So why not take advantage of it? You’re going to be decorating anyway.
1. Finish the projects you started, or never started
We all have those projects, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. These are the projects our friends and family ask about in jest. To test us, to try our patience. Why not give them a surprise this year and finish them? Maybe you've been talking about finishing the basement, attic or addition to create more living space. It’s a sure way to impress your family and improve your home at the same time, a total win-win.
2. Change your Hardware
Hardware is easy and much more budge friendly than larger projects. This is an easy way to give your home a quick facelift without making a big mess. Looking to make a bigger change? Try adding a barn door somewhere in your home. It looks greats, is highly functional and your friends will surely be impressed.
Often when we think of cabinetry, we think of huge projects with large time and money invested. This doesn’t have to always be the case. You can add a hutch or vanity to a room of your house outside the kitchen. This can actually help create space through organization. Cabinetry can come with drawer organizers, wine racks and more to help de clutter your life. Looking for some bigger? Consider sanding and repainting a cabinet or table in your home. There is something fulfilling about doing the work and your people will be impressed. All you need is a sander and some paint, it’s easier than you think.
4. New Rugs, Plants or Art
Holiday decorations are wonderful, but while you are changing things up, why not consider something that will last past January 1? Plants can bring life to any space, and if your thumbs are more green than black, try something like Jade that will prosper with neglect. A new rug or piece of artwork can really add to your environment too. Plus they can be great conversation pieces.
5. Moulding + Millwork
If you didn’t quite get around to the baseboards in your living room or always dreamed about putting some crown moulding in the dining room, why not now? It can help make a room feel more complete. Don’t forget to consider chair rails or wainscotting. They can really help break up a space to create some contrast and design.
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