Winter brings all the magic of Christmas and thoughts of hunkering down in cozy cashmere with fairy lights strung against the windows. But before you inject that festive cheer into your house it’s worth doing a bit of maintenance on your property for the season ahead. Looking after the interior and exterior of your home season-to-season means fewer problems will arise in the future. And when guests arrive for the holidays it’s great to show off a sparkly fresh home full of Christmas delights. Read on to find out some of the ways you can spruce up your home in time for Christmas.
First Impressions Count
The holiday season is usually a time that brings lots of extra guests to your home. Make sure that the exterior of your home looks welcoming and fresh by paying attention to cleaning up the outside. The exterior of our house is often something we leave for months to years. But it’s also an area that is hugely affected by dirt, pollution, dust, grime and the forces of nature. Pressure washing can do wonders for the front of your house. It can be hard to reach high up windows, so give them that that magical gleam with a pressure washer service. This type of service can also tackle your driveway, patio, fencing, walls, and siding. Also, make sure that your porch looks inviting in time for winter guests. Get rid of any clutter and shoe stacks round the doorway and clean up chipped paintwork. And then give the whole area a fresh lick of paint. For Christmas add a contemporary wreath or a pine cone garland to the door. And invest in festive poinsettia planters on each side of the porch and some fairy lights for added magic.
A Winter Wonderland Living Room
It goes without saying that before you even start thinking about having guests around for Christmas, you probably need to do a bit of a winter clean. It’s time to ditch the clutter put the kid’s toys in their proper place and get rid of all that miscellaneous paperwork making a mess in your living room. Not only is it therapeutic to de-clutter, but it’s also a great way to enter a new year. For an elegant Christmas living room theme invest in ornate silver candlesticks for the mantelpiece and flickering tea lights for the dining table. A timeless color scheme is obviously red and green, but all silver or gold look just as grand. Choose candles that evoke the scent of Christmas and provide cashmere throws or blankets for that cozy wintery feel. If you’ve got kids, let them spray pine cones with gold and silver glitter. And inspire them to create their own decorations that can be your table centerpiece. And of course, no holiday season is complete without the addition of fairy lights scattered around the room in all the nooks and crannies. And want some magical Christmas movies to cozy down too? Here’s my list of favourite films for the holidays.
A Christmas Kitchen
Before you reach the new year, make a pact with yourself to bin all burnt or old baking trays and tins. Go through your drawers and cupboards and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year. And also invest in a professional oven clean before you start cooking for the festive season. Once your kitchen is free from clutter, you can spend time creating that Christmassy feel. Put a small fiber optic tree in your kitchen space and also add a Christmas wreath over your cooker hood. Make sure you have cookie cutters in the shape of snowmen and Santa Claus to delight both young and old guests alike. Whip up a batch of ginger cookies for a sweet smelling festive kitchen and learn how to bake your own bread too for a homely aroma throughout the house. A festive kitchen is all about the warm, welcoming scents of winter. Festive tea towels and luxury red ribbon wrapped around pitchers and milk jugs also go a long way to adding some festive cheer.