15 easy home upgrade ideas
Embellish a fireplace
Collect seashells to embellish a fireplace surround. In Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's Palm Beach, Florida, living room, the fireplace is made of concrete embedded with stones, shells, and barnacles. "I've collected them from all over the world," Calhoun says.
Make your bed with all-white linens
Dress your bed in all white for the summer. It's like floating on a cloud. In this dreamy white Hamptons bedroom decorated by Noel Jeffrey, the bed is upholstered in Christopher Hyland fabric and flanked by a pair of night tables that came with the house. Bed linens from Frette.
Paint your closet
Paint your bedroom closet a favorite color, like designer Jeannette Whitson did in her Nashville, Tennessee, house. Instead of the usual chrome rods and white backdrop, Whitson gave her closet a more luxurious look by painting it Benjamin Moore's Blue Dusk and hanging her clothes on unlacquered brass rods.
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Keep window treatments simple
Sometimes the simplest window treatments are best. To create an enveloping, cocoon-like feeling in a New Jersey living room, William Cummings and Bernt Heiberg had the walls and ceiling custom colored to match the Decati Belgian linen on the Todi sofas and ottoman by Lucca & Co. The simple white linen roller blinds, based on an 18th-century Swedish design, appear throughout the house.
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Hang a wind chime
Install a wind chime inside the house where it can catch a breeze. In Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's Palm Beach, Florida, dining room, shell chandeliers were custom made for the room. "I like them less for the light and more for the sound they make when the breeze hits them," she says.
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Bring the garden indoors
Cut flowers and greenery from the yard for each room in your house. In the master bedroom reading area of a Hamptons house designed by Noel Jeffrey, a side table with a small plant and curtains in lavender raw silk by J. Robert Scott add to the relaxed and comfortable vibe.
Create an impromptu outdoor space
Using slipcovers on your furniture is a quick way to make a change without making a huge commitment — plus it's easier to clean. In a New Jersey house's master bedroom, designers William Cummings and Bernt Heiberg upholstered the headboard in a washable slipcover made from a C&C Milano linen.
Paint something purple
Paint a piece of furniture Kool-Aid purple. It's a quick and inexpensive way to get a similar look to this living room in Liza Pulitzer Calhoun's house in Palm Beach, Florida. The furniture sports upholstery in a rich grape color and eye-catching patterns.
Hang a mirror
Mirrors add and spread light wherever they're used. In the master bath of a Hamptons house decorated by Noel Jeffrey, mirrored doors make the room look even larger.