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There’s a crisp breeze in the air. The leaves are beginning to turn. Fall is officially here. And with it comes a parade of holidays and reasons to celebrate. But as you’re getting ready for the holidays, take a look around the home and consider any projects or updates you want to tackle before inviting family and guests.
Not sure where to start? Here are six practical and easy ways to prepare and update your home for the holidays. Since the fall season is one of the most popular months to install new floors, Twenty & Oak will explore the best options for quick order and installation to get your home looking festive in no time.
6 Easy Ways to Get Ready for the Holidays
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As you begin to decorate for fall, you start to plan for the upcoming holiday season, too. Here are some things to consider.
1. Hide Away the New Home Office
Make more room for guests and company by tucking away that new home office space. Even if you have a designated home office, you can still use a spare closet to create a gift-wrapping station, complete with your entire collection of papers and ribbons.
2. Inspect the Oven
During the holidays, we tend to do a lot of cooking. Whether it’s freshly baked cookies or the Thanksgiving turkey, you want to ensure your oven is in working order and adequately clean. Use the self-cleaning function before your cooking marathon begins. Otherwise, it could throw off the temperature gauge, which can ruin a batch of cookies.
3. Install a New Dishwasher
If you plan to do a lot of entertaining this holiday season, make sure your dishwasher is in working order to handle heavy loads of plates and silverware. Invest in a quality dishwasher that can reduce the electric and water bills. Plus, a new dishwasher can be installed in a few hours.
4. Incorporate a New Area Rug
During the fall and winter months, you want your home to feel cozy and inviting for your guests. A simple way to transform a room without actually renovating anything is incorporating a new area rug. The fall is the perfect time to swap out chic, clean carpets for Moroccan-patterned colored rugs. Complete the room makeover by bringing out some comfy blankets to drape over chairs. For more fall decorating tips, check out this article.
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5. Install New Flooring
Last but not least, one way you can prepare for the holidays is to install new flooring. Fall is the best season to install new floors, especially if you plan to have out-of-town guests–but you have to plan ahead! From choosing new floors, ordering them, allowing them to acclimate and installation, new floors can take anywhere from four to five weeks. Looking to update your floors fast? Check out this in-depth article or start with ordering free samples from Twenty & Oak.
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6. Place Down New Door Mats for Entryways
A warm welcome is one of the easiest ways to get the home ready for the holidays. And if you’ve installed new flooring, it’s a must-do! Place down a new doormat so guests and family can wipe mud and snow off their shoes before entering. A new doormat not only adds a charming and inviting look to your entrances, but it will protect your flooring from scuffs and scratches, as well as melting snow.
Flooring Options for the Fall Season and Last-Minute Renovations
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Getting the home ready for the holidays? With all the different flooring types, it’s confusing to know where to start, especially for something easy and quick to install. Here are some preferable flooring options for last-minute renovations.
Many homeowners prefer hardwood floors for their natural warmth, beauty and lasting durability. And what a way to impress guests for the holiday season! Hardwood floors are offered in such a wide variety of wood species and finishes. There’s something for every homeowner’s tastes and budget.
White and red oak hardwoods are quite popular. Check out the new Hearthwood Franklin Collection, crafted from long-lived white oak with hues that vary in warm palettes, offering a timeless look to any home. Plus, the Franklin collection features Hearthwood's WetWorx™ Splatter and Spill Guard technology.
Resilient vinyl flooring is available in many easy to install shapes and sizes. You can choose from vinyl sheet flooring, which offers a seamless look and is an affordable option. Luxury vinyl is offered in planks that resemble wood or tile squares. The most significant benefit of installing vinyl flooring before the holidays? They’re perfect for high traffic areas where you will be entertaining.
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