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Get your home ready for the holidays

Get your home ready for the holidays Author: Style At Home

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Get your home ready for the holidays

For many Canadians, the winter holidays are the year’s busiest social season. Is your home ready for entertaining friends and family?

The key to creating an inviting home is to concentrate on making social areas as warm and welcoming as possible. Key areas in most homes include the foyer, living room and powder room. Updating them takes minimal time yet provides maximum results. Read on for projects you can do this weekend. (You’ll find everything you need at The Home Depot!)

THE FOYER

Why it’s so important: This small space is what gives guests their first impression of your home – so make sure it looks terrific, not tired. Classic details with a modern twist channel an au courant eclectic style.

Must-haves:

Architectural details courtesy of easy-to-install flip-face crown moulding , the new one-cut crown, and primed architrave, give any home period charm. Learn how to install moulding at Enhance Your Décor With Moulding.

Hampton Bay’s apothecary–style hanging pendant light and wall sconces enhance the look of any foyer with their eclectic charm and warm, oil-rubbed bronze finish.

Anatolia polished marble is a classic golden tone that channels a warm, luxurious vibe. The small space of a foyer is the perfect spot to splurge on real marble! Learn how easy tiling can be at Transition To Tile.

A bronze wall sconce adds ambience to foyers and halls. This style pairs traditional styling with modern flair. Installation is easy and the warm patina of oil-rubbed bronze looks super luxurious - for less!

THE LIVING ROOM

Why it’s so important: Friends and family will spend a lot of time socializing and relaxing here, so comfort and style take priority. Classic lines and of-the-moment hues combine for a new take on traditional decorating.

Must-haves:

TrafficMaster Urban Walnut laminate flooring pairs the rich look of exotic hardwood with the durability of melamine. Getting a luxury flooring upgrade was never so easy or affordable!

The 5’ x 8’ Dazzle Verdi area rug adds warmth underfoot, giving a warmer feel to a traditional living space. To extend the life of your area rugs and for a fresh seasonal look, buy two area rugs. Use the spice-toned one for fall/winter, and a more neutral one for spring/summer.

Hampton Bay’s chandelier with black shade and crystal drops is so eye catching, your guests will be talking about it all night! Standout lighting fixtures are must-haves when it comes to creating stellar living and dining areas. Get the scoop on how to choose lighting fixtures for any space at Interior Lighting: A Buyer’s Guide.

The Duchesse velour pole top drapery panel in Burgundy adds a hit of colour and a warm, tactile element. The resulting look is extra inviting to guests. Click on Window Coverings: Treat Your Windows for more on how to choose the right window treatment for your living room.

THE POWDER ROOM

Why it’s so important: It’s a high-traffic space that everyone sees. Wear or tear has nowhere to hide in this small space, so give it a facelift if needed. A sleek, monochromatic palette creates an urbane, contemporary look.

Must-haves:

Contemporary vanity sconces do more than just provide flattering lighting for makeup touchups. They give any powder room an upscale look and paired with a dimmer switch save energy too.

Natural concrete vinyl tile provides a city-chic polished concrete look with the ease of installation that only 12” x 24” vinyl tiles can provide.

Behr Premium Plus Ultra™ is a new, time-saving two-in-one primer/interior paint. For baths and powder rooms, its moisture and mildew-resistant finish is key – whatever colour you choose! Visit Thinkincolour to explore your colour options.

Price Pfister’s ultra-modern Modena faucet adds a glamorous accent to any powder room. The polished chrome finish conveys contemporary elegance, but its solid brass construction proves it’s as strong as it is sleek.

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