Winter wonders

As the cooler months unfold, keep your home cozy and beautiful with these simple tips from your friends at Stone Center. Now is the time to start thinking about holiday entertaining, seasonal décor and improving your surroundings. Here are a few easy ways to brighten up your living space, inside and out.

Exterior spruce ups

Start by taking a walk around your house to find areas that require attention. Are your gutters full of debris? Do your flowerbeds need a pop of fall annuals, fresh mulch or gravel. Pull out those old summer weeds and make sure that all leaves are raked and cleared away. Trim your grass and prune those bushes, too.

Once you’re cleaned up, it’s time to amp up the curb appeal. Outdoor lighting adds much-needed drama to your home, especially with shorter days ahead. Think about some path lighting to illuminate the way to your front door and flank your entrance with stately sconces or lanterns.

Your front porch sets the scene for what’s inside. Upgrade your hardware with new address numbers, doorknob, knocker and mailbox. Then add colorful, patterned planters to your entrance, filled with hearty winter-proof plants, like evergreens, pansies and witch hazel. And don't forget some charming decorations – a pretty doormat, wreath and stacked firewood make any home feel instantly welcoming.

Interior fixes

For an instant update, rely on fresh paint to transform your interior with unforgettable style. Choose a warm, cheerful neutral and repaint your ceiling, chair rails and moldings. Paint the risers and rails on your staircase for simple charm and extra dimension. Chalk paint on a tired piece of furniture changes the look of your space immediately. And you can even paint lamps, curtain rods and mirror frames.

Nobody likes a dreary home. So be sure to let the light in as much as possible. Our quick tip? Put away the window screens and remove area rugs in darker rooms, thereby letting natural light reflect off the hardwoods and walls. Brighten up your sofa, armchairs and dining room with ivory or light-colored slipcovers and tablecloths, and keep the vibe going with lighter drapery.

Once you’ve completed these fixes, get ready to turn up the wow without breaking the bank. Thin-cut stone veneer is an exquisite, affordable way to beautify your home. Available in a tremendous variety of colors and designs, natural stone looks amazing on walls, fireplaces, pillars and doorways. Accent a foyer, reading nook, bar or kitchen with impeccable glamour. Thin-cut stone is extremely lightweight, simple to install and totally gorgeous.

The Stone Center experts can’t wait to help you rethink your home for fall, winter and beyond. Come visit our showrooms today!