When it comes to your home’s exterior, updated house numbers are an easy way to make a difference. I recommend standing across the street to determine whether the current placement of your numbers is clearly visible — especially if they are not lighted in the evening.
If they are set back and hard to see, consider moving them to the most front-facing part of your property, whether that’s a garage wall or a gated entry. Bold, modern styles such as the numbers pictured are an elegant upgrade.
Outdoor lighting can be easy to overlook, but it’s one of the first things you see before walking in the door. Gorgeous fixtures are easy to come by and more affordable than you might think.
The outdoor lights on this midcentury-style home are not only the perfect size for the elongated front porch, they cast an unexpectedly interesting sunburst pattern on the wall.
It’s important to keep style and scale in mind when swapping out fixtures. You don’t want to choose something so small that it gets lost, but you also don’t want a fixture that overpowers the style of the home.
Note: I strongly recommend having a professional electrician install new fixtures. You never know what condition the existing wiring might be in (frayed wires or rusted components are common outdoors) and whether repairs need to be made.
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Chic options such as LeGrande’s Adorne collection elevate the humble switch in a major way. Today’s choices come in a wide range of colors and finishes — some of which have built-in dimmers and motion sensors. (Genius if you have young children who forget to turn off lights when they leave a room!)
I once toured a magnificent home that became a turning point for the way I looked at luxury. One of the things that struck me most is that no electrical cords were visible anywhere. They weren’t traversing the family room floor or tacked down with a plastic cord keeper. They weren’t even twist-tied together. I felt like I had died and gone to design heaven.
I decided that it was truly the height of luxury to have electrical outlets placed exactly where you need them — such as in the floor. Older homes tend to have a dearth of outlets, while open-concept floor plans make it challenging to figure out where to plug in your lights and electronics.
Having floor outlets installed gives you the opportunity to place your side table lamps exactly where you want them without mucking up the space with unsightly cords.
A shower or tub drain probably isn’t something you would put into the luxury category. And yet, functional things made aesthetically pleasing are the absolute definition of luxury, because they are beautiful for no other reason than they can be.
Replacing your current drain cover with a decorative model, such as these from Designer Drains, can make even the blandest shower look a little fancier.
No matter what changes you make in your home, choosing quality items will always make a big impact. In nearly every article about refreshing your home, throw pillows are mentioned. But what you may not consider is that pillows stuffed with inorganic inserts such as Polyfil look much different than a pillow filled with down or cotton blend.
A pillow with a quality insert sits better on your furnishings, is more comfortable to lay your head on, and lasts far longer than an inexpensive one. Acrylic inserts tend to get misshapen and lumpy very quickly and are not really comfortable to lean against.
Switching out your pillows is a relatively inexpensive way to add some glamour to your home, but the difference between a good-quality insert and a bad-quality insert is readily noticeable. Compare them side by side, and you’ll see what I mean.
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