How to Bring Luxury to Your Home on a Budget

 

Staying in a luxury hotel or resort while traveling is a fabulous treat. These hotels are clean and comfortable, decorated beautifully, and lack the clutter and to do list of our everyday lives. There is no reason though to not feel like we live in a clean, comfortable and luxurious space every day, no matter your budget. With some simple tips and tricks, your home can feel like a luxurious retreat too!

  1. Create An Inviting Entryway

IMG 3013th e1473948519700 225x300 -A nice hotel lobby is well appointed and welcomes you to sit down and relax as you wait to check in or while you are waiting to meet up with someone. You can create this luxurious, welcoming feeling in the entryway at your home. Keep the entryway of your home uncluttered by hanging up coats and putting away shoes as soon as you reach home. If you have the space, a small entryway table with a mirror above it looks welcoming. Add a lamp and décor to the table, a decorative bowl or tray to hold keys would work well. If there is additional space, a chair or small bench where your family and guests can sit to remove their shoes would all feel very inviting.

 

  1. Improve Your Bedroom

 

A clean and airy bedroom with a comfortable bed is a hallmark of any luxury hotel. This look is easy to create and maintain at home. Begin with updating your mattress and bedframe if you need to. Does your mattress sag or leave you feeling worse for the wear in the morning?  If you have room in your budget, upgrading your mattress will seriously improve how rested you feel. A hotel bed typically has luxurious pillows and bed linens. A new crisp white sheet set, some fluffy pillows, and a duvet will help you create the look of luxury in your bedroom. Make your bed each morning to achieve the feel of a hotel. Also, take some time to declutter and clean your bedroom. No one can relax when faced with piles of clutter or if they feel like the space is not clean.

 

  1. Create a Spa-Like Bathroom

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Walking into the bathroom at a luxury hotel can make you feel like you have entered the spa, with gleaming counters, fluffy towels, and boutique bath products. You can transform your bathroom into a spa-like atmosphere with a few small improvements. If needed, give your bathroom a thorough cleaning until it shines! Replace your shower curtain and liner and old towels with fluffy, over-sized new ones. Add in some new fluffy bath rugs and some specialty soaps and your bathroom will feel like a spa in no time!

 

  1. Think About Your Flooring

Hotels usually have a layered look with gleaming hardwood or tile floors with area and throw rugs layered on top. This look makes a space look well-organized and thoughtfully planned. Hotel floors are also beautifully clean and sparkling! Keep your floors clean with regular sweeping. Choose new area rugs or throw rugs that compliment your décor and coordinate with your flooring. If you have room in your budget, consider flooring updates such as installing hardwood or refinishing an older floor. These changes can really improve the look of your home, give us a call if we can help you make these improvements!

Transforming Your Teen’s Bedroom

Transforming Your Teen’s Bedroom

The time has come for your teen to move away from the princess/dinosaur bedroom they’ve had since they transitioned from a crib to a bed. It’s not as easy of a transition when they want a more grown-up room; for starters, they want to have more of a voice in their design, and why not? Designing a room that reflects their life or personality is their first step towards adulthood. It’s a great bonding time for you and your teen to learn more about what they like, what they don’t, and what their overall vision is.

 

IMG_1475To achieve a room that will be easy on your budget, and fulfill their desire for a more mature look, start by emphasizing storage. A desk with drawers or shelves, a bed with under storage, or floating shelves to both store their items in a more streamlined way, and get what’s on the floor up and out of the way. Not having to think about cleaning their room every other day will be a stress reliever for both you and your teen.

 

Speaking of less stress, teens need nine or more hours of sleep to distress and recharge daily. Create an environment that promotes better sleep, and comfort.  Keep electronics out of their room, and add blackout window treatments if they don’t already have them. If you have a houseful of children, consider a noise machine to give your teen a way to block out and conk out.

 

Flooring is important to a teen’s overall design, and the carpet they’ve had for the past ten years may have seen better days. If you chose a colored carpet to match the childhood theme they onceIMG_22351 had, it’s time to take it out and add a more mature flooring. This teen will likely be out and off to college in a few years, so choose a flooring that either matches the rest of your home, or will work with a future flooring change (meaning, if you plan to add hardwood to all bedrooms, change the teen’s flooring to the hardwood shade you would likely change the rest of the rooms in in the future). Cork flooring is a great option as well, with the soft underfoot feel and easy cleanup.

 

Lastly, add décor to the room to pull the look together. Your teen will want to highlight their style and have fun with their new room. If they are artists, display their art on the walls. Create a gallery wall with thrift store pieces, or, use frames you pick up from the thrift store to place their artwork in. Add other elements like cool vases or vintage cameras-whatever their interests area, and make their room reflect who they are. Many of them are fascinated by the highly designed rooms they see on TV and in magazines. Make their vision come to life!

 

Ask one of our designers to help you and your teen choose the right flooring to fit the theme of their room, and the overall design of your home!