10 Holiday Gift Ideas to Help Make Home a Little Cozier
1. Armchair Upgrades
There’s something irresistible about wrapping up in a soft new throw. Look for one in super-cozy cashmere or an oversize knit that will look great draped over their favorite chair. If you know your gift recipient (and their home and taste) well, consider a pouf or footstool to take this gift to the next level.
If your favorite homebody loves leisurely baths, help them make the most of their soaking time with a tub tray and a few add-ons, such as spa-inspired waffle-weave towels, a candle and an assortment of nice-smelling bath products.
For any big reader on your list, new books are the obvious go-to. But if choosing specific titles is too tricky (because they’ve read everything!) consider pairing a gift certificate to your local independent bookshop with a fun bookmark and a set of stylish bookends — so they can squeeze in a few more tomes even if their shelves are packed.
So many streaming services, so little time. If that sounds like the refrain of someone on your list, help them make their next movie night or Netflix binge even more fun with a pro-level popcorn setup. Pair an air popper with a generously sized serving bowl and a jar of high-quality popping kernels. Take it up a notch with fancy flavored popcorn shakers and a curated list of movies or TV shows you’d love to watch together.
If you’re shopping for someone who always has a project at hand, treat them to some fresh crafting supplies — or a new way of organizing their overflowing stash. Fill a pretty basket or tote with materials to complete a project, an inspiring craft book or a gift certificate to a local yarn shop.
7. Deluxe Bedding
Have someone special you’d love to spoil rotten? Encourage long winter naps with new bedding made from a delightfully touchable material — think of a thick and cozy wool blanket, linen duvet cover, sateen sheets, plush velvet quilt or silk pillowcases.
This is an instance where knowing your recipient is especially important — the holidays are not the time to attempt to convert a brown-thumbed friend! But for the right person, a small green plant can make a thoughtful gift. Seek out a hard-to-kill houseplant, place it in a good-looking pot and include care instructions and a small watering can.
10. Framed Photograph
For the truly hard to shop for, making it personal is always a good idea. Look through your photos from the past year — or dig through your boxes of old ones — to find a great, frame-worthy shot. Put it in a frame with wide matting and write a personal note to go with it, sharing the story behind the image.
What's a "wow!" exterior these days? Think bold, clean lines. Maybe a touch of stone. Graceful porch columns. These new house plans deliver head-turning style and modern open layouts. Sleek Metal Roof This bold design shows the modern side of Prairie style with its sleek and low-pitched metal roof and lots of windows. Double columns draw your eye to the entry porch. Inside, a great room flows into an island kitchen and open dining room for a modern feeling. A two-sided fireplace warms the great room and the rear porch. Upstairs, the master suite shows off a big shower, two sinks, and a walk-in closet. All three bedrooms enjoy easy access to the laundry room and media lounge. Four-Bedroom Farmhouse You’ll find all the modern must-haves inside this chic farmhouse. A large island anchors the kitchen, which overlooks both the great room and open dining area. Step out to the rear porch from these gathering rooms or from the relaxing master suite. Family-friendly
The pandemic has influenced so many areas of our lives these past few months. It’s not surprising that it’s also affecting the design of our homes. Let’s look at some of the biggest home design trends influenced by the pandemic. 5. The waning appeal of open floor plans. A growing complaint with the open floor plan: It’s noisy. As many people transitioned to remote work, a lack of barriers to buffer noise became a real problem. The open floor plan combines the kitchen and living space to form one big, open room. It isn’t exactly the best for privacy or concentration. Add in hardwood flooring, and sounds can really echo. But homeowners aren’t rushing to add walls just yet. Instead, they’re turning to privacy screens to section off areas, or they’re adding in large area rugs or artwork to help absorb noise. If the open floor plan really wanes in popularity, it will become apparent first in new-home construction and then in home remodeling. In new homes, we may start to see more pocket doo
The World Health Organization warned—again—on Feb. 28 that the virus that causes COVID-19 could soon reach most, if not all, countries around the world. So what will be the impact of this mounting crisis on the American real estate markets? Already, mortgage interest rates have fallen as investors take their money out of the stock market and put the cash into safer U.S. Treasury bonds. When bonds are strong, mortgage rates typically go down. While this is a short-term boon for buyers on a budget and sellers trying to drum up offers on their homes, a prolonged stock market plunge could put the brakes on home sales, especially in luxury markets. If the stock market continues its slide, that could help usher in a recession—and that could drag down the housing market by sidelining potential buyers, low rates or no. "People don't make big decisions in a vacuum, and buying a home is a big one," says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale . "If the stock mar