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5 home upgrades you can do this weekend

/ Source: House Beautiful

Want to wake up happy?

Eight hours of sleep and ample hydration are a good start, but how about opening up your eyes each day to a beautiful home? Good morning, indeed!

You don’t need a major overhaul to feel good about your home, just a few easy tips will guarantee you a fresh start. We found a few do-it-today–worthy ideas in House Beautiful — here are our faves:

Restyle your bookcase.

Jonny Valiant / Courtesy of House Beautiful

Strip off those garish dust jackets, assemble an arsenal of pretty like-colored objets, and paint the back wall of the shelf a calm — or glamazonian — hue to make it all pop.

Add a pendant as a lighting fixture.

Simon Watson

Try something eye-catching and cinematic. It should take less than an hour to replace the current fixture, to the tune of about $100 for installation.

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Add new family photos to your old ones.

Nicole Hill Gerulat / TODAY

The kids aren't two anymore.

Aim to love everything in your house, even the trash bin.


This porcelain version is embossed like woven rattan ($70, Kassatex).

Shrink linens.

Stephania Stanley

Vacuum-pack seasonal items, like duvets, and win back major closet space.

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