‘Tis the season for giving and getting. This means putting together a list of all those home improvements you’ve put on the back burner for the past year and then gifting your home with a little makeover. Replacing one worn out element in your house with something state-of-the-art can transform a room in an instant.
If you love to cook, having a top-of-the-line oven range can make all the difference in food preparation. Shoot for one that has all the extras to ensure the best possible cooking experience. You’ll want a range that’s self-cleaning, with multiple cooking modes and a state-of-the-art convection system. Little things like electronic controls and digital temperature probes let you be the captain of the kitchen. While a sleek chrome or stainless steel finish with sealed burners cuts down on clean-up time and looks beautifully modern.
Whether you decide to replace wall-to-wall carpeting or switch out a well-loved rug for something new, a change in carpet can totally up a room’s aesthetic value. Pick a floor covering made of high quality wool that’s soft to the touch and feels good on your toes. Underlay your carpet with a high-end pad and make sure it’s stain resistant to insure longevity.
Turn bath time into a luxury experience by just switching out your shower system. Wanna make it rain? Choose an overhead shower with multiple settings that massages you gently with simulated rain. If you’re looking for more variety, choose a vertical spa system that has several heads so you can be hit with multiple streams of water at one time. For those who like a little more control in their shower experience, look for shower systems that have hand showers and personalized settings.
A home theater is not only a gift to yourself, but to friends and family who you invite to enjoy it with you. For the ultimate experience create a home theater with a flat screen HD television and wireless surround sound. Round out your set up with a high quality DVD or Blue Ray player as well as the capabilities to hook up a gaming system.
A new home theater can’t be enjoyed from uncomfortable seating. Getting a really chic recliner for your living room not only ups your comfort quotient, but may inspire you to give the whole room a new look. Whether leather or fabric, choose a chair that is constructed from high quality materials that are stain resistant and easy to clean. Pick a piece that blends in well with your existing furniture. Or choose to make this chair the inaugural piece in your soon-to-be-revamped living room set.
Whether you gift these pieces to yourself, or put them on your wish list for friends and family, this is a great time of year to take stock of what you have as well as what needs sprucing up your home. Use your new piece as inspiration for more changes you can make in the coming new year.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown