December 12, 2008
Whether you are preparing your home for entertaining guests this holiday season or just want to make your rooms more comfortable for quiet evenings with your family, here are a few things you can do to make your place look and feel better, quickly.
1) Check to see that every room has one blank wall that is free of art. Too much artwork can make a space feel visually chaotic. Having an art-free wall provides a resting place for your eyes that is especially welcome during the holidays.
2) Photos that are framed in a variety of woods and assorted metals can be distracting and can take the focus off of the people in the pictures. Therefore, if you have framed family photos, arrange them together and be sure their finish unifies them all. Using a single material, such as all brass or all pewter, allows the actual photos to remain the primary attraction; plus, they will not compete with your holiday decorations.
3) Be sure that your furniture is not blocking any traffic patterns that run through your rooms. A sofa, chair or table that juts into a pathway can be dangerous and cause bumps and bruises. Remove any pieces that are in the way or unnecessary or simply tuck them out of sight, especially in the room where your Christmas tree is displayed.
4) Clear the countertops in your kitchen. Put away all small appliances that are not used on a daily basis. At this time of the year, especially, you need to free up every inch of space for prep work and holiday cooking.
5) Remember to keep guest towels in your powder room throughout the holiday season. Simple cloth or plain white recycled paper guest towels are better options than those that are dyed.
Creating a peaceful, beautiful and comfortable home for the holidays can also bring you lasting joy, all year round.