Over the years I have found that there are a few inexpensive, easy ways to take your home and daily living to the next level. These are small touches of luxury that won’t break the bank or seem extravagant no matter where you are in life, things I began to integrate even as a college student as I could and now consider essentials. Here are 5 inexpensive ways to add luxury to your home:
This is a lesson I remember learning from Oprah many years ago and it’s something my mother taught me as well. A home just doesn’t feel like home without fresh flowers! Keeping a fresh bouquet in your home can be as simple as cutting some stems from your yard or garden or arranging a simple grocery store bouquet in a mason jar. I like to keep an arrangement on my dining table and entryway table at all times as well as bud vases with a single stem in the bathrooms. It’s a little touch that can go a long way!
This is another tip I learned from my mother. Growing up we always used cloth napkins and her real silver for meals, not just special occasions. Her theory-why wait for the special times to use your finest? Celebrate every day! Over the years as I’ve grown my own family we have always used cloth napkins, I have quite the collection now! they are easy to launder (even with 3 boys mine survive just fine) and it saves the space in your trash can you’d otherwise take up with paper napkins or paper towels. I buy most of my affordable and durable cloth napkins at World Market, especially looking out in their sales section.
When I married my husband years ago he had never heard of linen spray but now notices right away if we run out! I like to spritz my sheets and duvets as I make the bed, and perhaps another spritz before bed if I’m using a relaxing scent like lavender. It’s also very easy to make your own linen spray by combining 2 tablespoons of witch hazel or vodka, 6 tablespoons of water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray it on and inhale, it’s so relaxing! If you want to buy a ready made spray I usually have the best luck finding nice ones at stores like Homegoods or TJ Maxx for $10 or less.
Using a silk pillowcase is something I only very recently switched in my own life but I can tell you I won’t be going back! I personally switched because I was having a lot of hair breakage and my stylist suggested it. Upon further research it’s also wonderful for you if you are a side or stomach sleeper like I am, it’s more gentle on your facial skin and may help prevent wrinkles, who knew? I was able to find this inexpensive silk pillowcase for under $20.
Look in any home decor catalog or magazine and you’ll notice an abundance of houseplants in the pictures. Having a bit of greenery in your home is a subtle but definitive way to add a higher-end look. Low maintenance plants such as pothos, aloe, and cactus can be grown easily without a green thumb.
Do you have any tips to add? How do you like to inexpensively add touches of luxury to your home?