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Fall Home Refresh | Part 1

As we say goodbye to the warm summer days, it’s time to get your home prepped for fall! And guess what? Big impact can come in small changes! I’ve got some ideas for small, simple projects that can make a huge difference in the look and function of your home this season.

Let’s start with one change I’m a huge fan of… adding or upgrading ceiling fans! Yes, it’s Fall and I’m talking about ceiling fans. They aren’t just for summer, they’re valuable year-round. Simply flipping a switch to circulate blades clockwise will push warm air down keeping your room comfortable and cozy. Not only is installation easy to do, but you can cut sky-rocketing energy bills by up to 30-40%, while also adding a design driven focal point to your space.

Check out this smart idea from Hunter Fan Company - they’ve been turning out Trusted Fans for Inspired Spaces for over 130 years. Their latest design, The Signal, is the only Wifi-enabled, Apple HomeKit smart fan on the market! You can control Signal from anywhere with the touch of a button or a simple voice command. Plus, I love the sleek design and classic finishes. For more info, visit

The next idea to add some “wow” factor to your home this Fall…. How about kitchen countertop makeover?! This is another change that can make a big difference, but doesn’t have to be a big project. You just have to find the right surface. Here are two of my top picks from Wilsonart. Wilsonart has a huge variety of decorative surfacing for any lifestyle, aesthetic or budget. They have more than 50 Quartz patterns and 40 HD Laminate designs to choose from, so there’s something for every kitchen.

One idea is to invest your countertop remodel budget in a stunning kitchen showpiece like a quartz island. This is a chance to do something bold, dramatic and modern that’s still timeless. And Wilsonart Quartz helps you achieve that perfect combo of luxury and practicality. Quartz is a manmade material that’s known for looking beautiful while still being durable. Check out

Or, another option is to do an all-over kitchen transformation with an HD Laminate countertop refresh. This will give you style and function that’s affordable. Take a look at some of the dramatic designs and textures of Wilsonart® HD® Laminate collection. These give your countertops the look of a natural stone with minimal upkeep and environmental impact.

And here’s a feature I love - enhanced antimicrobial protection is built into the laminate to protect the surface against damaging microbes. It actually inhibits the growth of stain and odor causing mold and mildew on the surface, keeping the surface looking and smelling better, longer. And these have Enhanced Scratch and Scuff-Resistant AEON™ Technology. In my opinion, these are the best laminate countertops on the market. You can find the patterns for both the HD Laminate and Quartz at kitchen and bath retailers and home centers.


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