10 Must-Haves for the Home
● By Megan Wiskus
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 Upgrade your springy, stained mattress and outdated artwork for the items below, and your home will thank you.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 THROWAdd 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 CLOSETImagine 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 SCENTGive 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 LIFEHouseplants 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 ADOREMake 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 MATTRESSA 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 CLEANSVacuuming 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).