We’ve all been there… the day after Christmas, lugging a giant bag of assorted plastic trinkets back from your relative’s lunch or dinner.
So if you’re buying a new home, you may think that you’re too old for a Christmas list, but it can help prevent that dreaded bag of trinkets on Boxing Day.
If you haven’t given it much thought, here are some must-have items for every new home-owner this Christmas.
A quick way to revitalise any outdoor entertaining space is with a few colourful cushions.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, then there’s no limit to how creative you can get with your cushions. Just make sure that you choose a hard-wearing material.
For the rest of us, places like K-Mart have seriously affordable cushions that will transform your outdoor areas, but without any sewing required – or breaking the bank.
Hide Your Hose
Whether you’ve got a lush, green paradise in your backyard; or you’ve paved the whole thing for entertaining; a hose is something that every homeowner simply has to have.
Sadly, however, they’re also extremely ugly.
From the standard, dark green, kinked one that your old man used to have; to the strangely over-masculine, heavy-duty black rubber ones in Bunnings; it can be hard to be simultaneously house proud and hose proud.
Golden Garden Gnomes
When German artist, Ottmar Hörl, released his cheeky range of golden garden statues; we just had to have one. Sadly, however, our bank accounts didn’t agree.
So a much more affordable option this Christmas is to head into your local hardware store, pick up a can of base paint and a can of golden spray paint, and give your garden gnomes a few coats of golden grandeur.
For best results, make sure that you clean your gnome first; and try to apply your gold on a still day, when the wind is less likely to cover your gnome in fluff.
Most mornings, you’ll want to wake up and admire your modern, stylish Thrive-built Bedroom; and appreciate the natural light and fresh air that fills the room.
Some days, however, it’s wonderful to be able to just draw the curtains and lock the world - and the light - away (this is particularly true for New Year's Day).
If you can find a four post bed with curtains on eBay, then well done – you win.
For the rest of us, IKEA has a seriously affordable alternative.
If you’re looking to seriously improve life at home this summer, then a cotton hammock should be on your shopping list. Just imagine relaxing in the hammock in the backyard of your Thrive Home, slowly rocking back and forth, with a cold glass of something celebratory within reach.
If you don’t have a few, sturdy trees in your backyard suitable for stringing up a hammock, then swing by a camping store. They usually stock strong hammock stands, so that you can laze about wherever you please.
Of course if it’s a Thrive Home that’s on top of your wish list this year then forget Santa and get in touch with us here.