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10 Must-Haves for the Home

Jan 27, 2015 02:08PM, Published by Megan Wiskus, Categories: Home+Garden, In Print




With the days of dorm furniture long gone, it’s time you graduate to the finer things in life—home furnishings and décor included. Upgrade your springy, stained mattress and outdated artwork for the items below, and your home will thank you.

1/LUXURIOUS THROW

Add warmth and a touch of class to your dwelling with a luxurious throw—it may be the easiest way to take a room from drab to fab. Guests will especially go gaga over this Oversized Luxe Faux Fur Bed Throw, which is artfully woven from finely spun strands that recreate the natural weight, depth of color and indulgent softness of genuine fur. $249 at Restoration Hardware in Roseville.

2/WALK-IN CLOSET

Imagine having your clothes, shoes, hats and accessories beautifully stored and easily visible so you can “walk in” and select your outfit every day with ease. With the well-designed closets created by California Closets—ones that fit each client’s aesthetic and functional needs—your mornings will go off without a hitch. Showroom located in Roseville; pricing is based on the customization of your system.

CLOSET ORGANIZATION TIPS:

Courtesy of California Closets’ Chief Design Officer, Ginny Snook Scott

  • Organize your closet the opposite you dress yourself by hanging pants at mid-level and shirts and tank tops at a lower level. This makes the closet seem bigger by maximizing space.
  • Fold sweaters and store them on shelves, rather than hanging them, to keep them in good condition and take up less space.
  • Store shoes on higher shelves at eye-level to help you easily see what you have.

 

3/SIGNATURE SCENT

Give new meaning to the phrase “home sweet home” by burning Linnea’s Lights all-natural, handcrafted soy candle in Cashmere. Packaged in recycled materials, printed with soy inks and hand stamped, the sophisticated, herbal scent (with patchouli, vanilla and lime) is certain to take your home to olfactory heaven. $17 (15 hour) and $34.99 (60 hour) at Gracefully Vintage in Folsom.

 

4/PLANT LIFE

Houseplants don’t only improve the ambiance of your abode, but help to purify the air too. According to a study by NASA, one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning and personal care products, is the snake plant (sometimes called mother in law’s tongue). Place this low-maintenance beauty in your bathroom or bedroom and breathe easy. $4.50+ at Green Acres Nursery & Supply in Roseville and Folsom.

5/ART YOU ADORE

Make your home uniquely yours with a piece of art that speaks to you and your style. Not only will it serve as a talking point for when guests gather, but it’ll revive a lifeless room. We especially love Kelly Rae Roberts’ assemblage-style What Is Calling You? canvas that’s inspiring, whimsical and lighthearted. $64.95 at Tree House in Placerville.

 

6/QUALITY MATTRESS

A quality mattress that’s designed specifically for you is a means to better sleep, which is key to good health. At European Sleep Design, they take concerns that may be hindering your rest (sleeping hot, inadequate support, motion transfer, etc.) into consideration and fit a mattress system precisely to you and your issues, as well as for partners with differing support needs. Thanks to breathable materials and pressure-relieving components with no off gassing, you get maximum comfort and peace of mind. Try the Mediterranean 3 (A/B or C/D), which offers a more substantial, denser feeling without the hardness or surface tension of most conventional mattresses. $1,800+ at European Sleep Design in Folsom.

7/A VACUUM CLEANER THAT CLEANS

Vacuuming is much more fun, and easier, with the right piece of equipment. With Dyson DC65’s self-adjusting cleaner head and re-engineered brush bar, it’s able to clean both carpets and hard floors throughout the home—no matter how merciless the mess is. What’s more, the vacuum doesn’t have dusty bags to empty and is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. $399 at Brothers Sewing & Vacuum Center in Cameron Park (price subject to change).

 

8/ACCENT CHAIR

Furniture should be equal parts functional as it is decorative, which is why we love this comfy-cozy Friesia Chair. Made in the U.S., the mid-century modern design with tapered wood legs and a cool blue hue will add a splash of color and hint of urban attitude to your crib. $849 at Scandinavian Designs in Rocklin.

9/ORGANIZED BOOKSHELF

Make a statement by showcasing your favorite reads, knick-knacks and pieces of art in a streamlined, stylish bookcase; to really illustrate your personality and up the “wow” factor, put a few books on each shelf, mix in family photos and, to hold the tomes up, add heavy, decorative items. Repurpose a bookshelf you already own by painting over it with the effortlessly easy Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. Pick yours up ($38.95/quart) at Not Too Shabby in Folsom, The Vintage Bricoleur in Loomis and Heart & Soul in Sutter Creek.

10/COFFEE TABLE

Put your feet up and rest those cocktails on a head-turning coffee table—one that walks a fine line between art and furniture. This Noguchi-inspired beauty marries form and function with its curved, wood base and freeform glass top, and is sure to become the centerpiece of any living room. $299 at Affordable Furniture & Blinds in Placerville.

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