Weekly home rail, with tips on fixing your shower, a holiday lighting design tip, and more.
Tip of the Week
For many people, the shower is an escape from reality - perhaps the only “me time” in an otherwise hectic day. But if your current shower isn't living up to your relaxing expectations, it may be time for a facelift. Don't think you have the time or money? Don't throw in the towel just yet - an improved shower is within your reach. Simply follow these four quick and easy fixes that will make an amazing improvement to the everyday enjoyment of your shower.
- Shower curtains may keep water where it should be, but they also have a tendency to make a shower feel smaller, dark and cramped. An easy solution to this problem is to install a curved shower rod. These unique rods add an elegant and luxurious look to the room while also moving the curtain away from your body, creating a more comfortable experience and adding up to 7 inches of elbow room.
- Fewer people are living alone these days, reports the National Association of Home Builders, which means you likely share your shower with others. A shower shelf is an ideal solution to provide adequate storage and keep everyone's everyday essentials neat and easily within reach.
- A simple showerhead update can dramatically improve your showering experience. With several styles available, the only difficult part is figuring out which one will suit your needs the best.
- The final step to a fabulous shower experience is to ensure you have a place nearby to hang a warm robe and towel. Adding a robe hook or towel bar just outside the shower is a simple solution that can also add a stylish accent to your bathroom.
Decorating Tip: Holiday light tip
Make your home's entrance a priority when decorating with holiday lights. The front door is more than just the entryway into your home; it's also a welcoming first impression for family and friends. Start by adding a few, easy-to-install landscape uplights to highlight trees and shrubs, or path lighting to illuminate a sidewalk or driveway. - The American Lighting Association
Home-Selling Tip: Landscaping
Landscaping is an easy home upgrade that will pay off, according to FrontDoor.com. The average return at resale is 100 percent, the website says, and the average expenditure on landscaping is $3,502, plus $1,465 for a designer.
Did You Know …
The National Association of Realtors said metropolitan median home prices increased in the third quarter.
New Products: Boxee at Walmart
If you want to get the streaming-media player Boxee TV, you’ll only be able to find it this holiday season at Walmart stores, or online at Boxee’s website, Consumer Reports recently reported.
Garden Guide: Yellow leaves
Homeowners can expect a certain amount of yellowing foliage when they bring in their houseplants for winter, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Those yellowing leaves are the result of the plants adjusting to the lower indoor light levels," said Richard Hentschel. "While they were outdoors, they had all the light they needed and produced foliage based on that. Inside, the light levels are considerably lower, even in the brightest windows." Moreover, plants outdoors receive light from all directions, either directly or filtered through tree canopies and shade structures. Inside light typically comes from only one direction, and it may not reach the leaves that do not face it. - University of Illinois Extension
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