You know a gracious home when you see it – everything has been selected and arranged with your care and comfort in mind. Wall sconces shed flattering light, the rooms are warm and welcoming and your every need is anticipated. The bathrooms are stocked with plenty of towels, fragrant soaps and other amenities and the overall effect is one of gracious living and effortless style.
Pentaro Wall Sconces (Set of 2), $29.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Perhaps you have company coming - you want your own home to reflect your hospitality and personal style and you don’t have the time or the inclination to retain a professional designer or interior decorator. Not to worry – with the internet you can gain access to all sorts of ideas, inspiration and information which you can then use to create the exact look you seek.
Tudor Pillar Sconce with Mirror, $24.99 - Target.com
When dealing with a bathroom or powder room you will want to first clean it from top to bottom and remove anything you no longer need or use. The less stuff you need to deal with the better. Donate any unwanted toiletries to a homeless shelter; old towels and bath mats can go to an animal shelter and anything else can be donated to a charity or saved for a yard sale. Take a look at your guest towels – this might be a good time to invest in something like linen hand towels or monogrammed bath towels.
Take the time to clean the bathroom and hall lighting and replace any burned out or missing light bulbs with new ones at the highest wattage recommended for the light fixture. This is a good opportunity to switch over to energy efficient LED or CFL bulbs.