Home Upgrades for the Holidays

Guest Post courtesy of Kerrie Kelly, ASID.

It seems that every year the house to-do list gets bigger and bigger. With the holiday season quickly approaching, you should spend your time with loved ones instead of working on a long list of home improvements. From a no-fuss kitchen remodel to an easy entryway revamp, these quick upgrades won’t take away from the holiday spirit. Let’s look at a few projects that will get your home ready before the guests arrive!

A cozy living room decorated for the holidays

An inviting entry

Revamp your entryway into a welcoming place for your guests. The entry is the first impression to your home, so why not take it up a notch with storage, function, and some holiday cheer? An understated console is fantastic year-round, but during the holidays you can accent it with beautiful arrangements or yummy treats. A restyled gallery wall or a fresh coat of paint is all you need to take your entry walls from dull to “wow.” An entryway storage bench is a great place for guests to sit and change out of snow-filled boots, all while providing storage for winter accessories and holiday decor. A new coat rack holds the whole family’s coats, while a festive rug or a few cheery pillows on the bench will get everyone in the holiday spirit in no time.

An inviting holiday entryway

A proper holiday kitchen

Are you stumbling over each other during dinner preparations? Can your fridge barely hold a few condiments? Now is the time to upgrade to the functional kitchen of your dreams before family and friends arrive for the celebrations. If your appliances are puttering out, upgrade to ones that will maximize efficiency. A gas stovetop can cook much faster than electric, while a larger oven can hold a Thanksgiving turkey with ease.

If your layout is working and your cabinetry is still in good condition, cabinet refacing is a cost-effective solution that can reset the look and feel of your kitchen in less time than a full remodel. Whether it’s upgrading to streamlined, contemporary cabinet faces or bringing in a classic Shaker door, simply replacing the doors with new styles and colors can transform your kitchen to a holiday haven. While you’re at it, you can easily add an island or new countertops. Even something as simple as replacing hardware or adding a new backsplash can give your kitchen a much-needed breath of fresh air.

A proper holiday kitchen

A cozy breakfast nook

What better place to have a holiday breakfast than in a cozy new breakfast nook? Once a forgotten space of the kitchen, an upgraded breakfast nook can become an intimate spot for entertaining. Whether it’s upgrading to a new bistro set adorned with jolly dishware or adding built-in seating decorated with festive pillows, bringing a breakfast nook back to life will add both function and cheer. However, it’s not just for breakfast — a nook is a wonderful place to set up extra food and servingware during big holiday feasts or have friends over for a late-night catch-up in cozy chairs.

A cozy breakfast nook

A shiny new mantle

Make your fireplace the focal point it deserves to be with a new mantle. Whether it’s a simple mantle shelf or a full surround mantle, improving your fireplace can instantly upgrade the style and feel of the whole room. For a quick fix, an updated mantle shelf is all you need to bring in a sleek, contemporary accent or a rustic farmhouse addition. Adorn your new mantle with a few fun stockings, twinkling lights, and some holiday greenery, and all you need is a crackling fire to ring in the New Year.

A shiny new holiday mantle

What home upgrades are you eyeing for the holidays?

About the Author
Kerrie Kelly is a Sacramento, California based interior designer who heads up Kerrie Kelly Design Lab and provides design tips on topics such as updating your kitchen. She advises readers about how upgrades like cabinet refacing or painting can dramatically change the look and feel of your space. To find out more about how to refresh your kitchen with cabinet refacing, visit The Home Depot.

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