Impress the mother-in-law: Home improvements she will notice

Posted: August 31, 2011 in General Information, Home Reno's & Decor
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(NC)—They say “mothers know best” but this goes beyond just maternal wisdom and into the basics of how to manage a home. When preparing for a visit, put down the duster and add these items to impress the one person with often the most discerning eye.

1 Crystal Candleholders and More

Just like a valuable diamond bracelet that makes a whole outfit pop, so too does a treasured home accessory. Whether crystal candleholders or antique table lamps, a mother always picks up on the embellishments that show good taste. Scatter such items around the space for a sophisticated look.

2 Framed Family Photos

Whether preparing for guests or decorating a home, it’s important to remember that a home is not a hotel—it needs to be personal. When entertaining, serving you-know-who’s favourite dish or having a photo of her placed prominently in a room can often do more than any other preparation, warming up a room and… a mother-in-law’s heart.

3 The Well-dressed Window

When designing a home, both interior designers and seasoned homeowners know, the well-dressed window goes a long way towards making a room look truly finished. To get the mother-in-law to say “wow,” try Hunter Douglas Pirouette window shadings for a beautiful new option in light control. This window treatment features soft horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing. The vanes can slide into a flattened position for superior light blockage and a smooth look, be partially opened for a contoured look with privacy or fully opened for a soft-focus view and gently filtered light with UV protection.

4 Forget about Flat Screens, Update Kitchen Appliances

While many men can determine the size of a flat screen by a quick glance, when it comes to most women, they will often eye the brand of an oven before determining if a TV is HD. If you can make more major updates, try an item that is sure to be noticed such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator or a Viking, Wolf or gourmet La Cornue range.

With these new additions that create a more elegant and welcoming home, it goes to show, sometimes mother-in-laws can be right.

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