It's not too late to spruce up the home for the holidays

By: Kathy Maynard Loomis News Correspondent
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'Tis the season to deck the halls and it’s not too late to spruce up those halls for jolly holiday gatherings. Many merchants right here in town can help give your home a quick facelift before you hang garland, put up the tree and entertain friends and family. Upgrading your flooring is one way to make a house feel new in about a week, according to Pam Bosserman, of Flooring America. They carry a large variety of carpeting, hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring in stock, and can usually order anything else you might want. “We have just about any kind and color of flooring in all price ranges, including laminate that looks like hardwood and vinyl that looks like tile,” Bosserman said. “You can also get special rugs made by binding leftover carpet.” An antique Oriental rug from the Truckee Mountain Rug Co., located in High Hand Nursery, can dramatically change the appearance of your living or dining area. Hand-loomed from lanolin-rich wool and dyed with natural vegetable dyes, the rugs are actually more stain-resistant and easier to maintain than synthetic rugs, said Michael Murphy, owner. “They go well with any decor, from traditional and contemporary, to Southwestern or Eastern,” he said. If you’re embarrassed by the thought of your-mother-in-law joining you in the kitchen, it might be time to update your refrigerator, range, oven or cooktop. “We sell a lot of kitchen appliances this time of year, when people know they are going to do a lot of cooking, so we bring in a lot of product for the holidays,” said Cru Gino, manager at Nelthorpe & Son Appliances. You might consider replacing your old microwave range hood with a convection over the range microwave, he suggested. Because it features convection cooking in addition to microwaving, it will give you an extra oven to help with all the roasting and baking typically done this time of year. Adding an EPA approved gas, pellet or wood burning insert to a traditional fireplace will increase its heating efficiency from about two percent to 85 percent, said Bob Kendrick, owner of The Stove Connection. “If you don’t want to spend a lot, you could just add a nice set of gas logs. And we carry a lot of accessories such as fireplace tools, log racks, andirons and screens to dress up a fireplace that also make nice gifts,” Kendrick said. Another quick, easy and very visible way for homeowners to upgrade the look of their homes is to change the hardware on their doors and in their bathrooms, said Hamid Noorani, owner of Homewood Lumber. “If the budget allows, they can install new crown and base mouldings or replace the doors throughout the house,” he said. “If they bring their old doors in, we can match the new ones, morticing the hinges and cutting holes for the hardware, so they don’t have to do a lot of carpentry to hang them.” And you don’t have to go far to find that perfect piece of furniture to welcome your guests. Foothill Feed and Gifts offers carved wooden chairs, benches and tables for your outdoor living space. The Flower Farm Nursery features custom made wooden mirrors and chairs crafted by a local artisan. The Horse and Buggy Consignment, Antiques and More, across the street from High Hand Nursery, carries an ever-changing selection of new, previously owned and antique/vintage home furnishings. Or you can browse through the portfolio of photographs at Vintage Charm Antiques and Collectibles to choose from the extensive collection of furniture they store offsite.