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6 Easy Upgrades for Your Home

Your man cave. Your humble abode. Your pile of bricks. Your castle. Whatever you call it, your home says a lot about you as a person—which, depending on how much effort you put into it, can be a good or a bad thing. Even if you’re not planning any photo shoots with Architectural Digest any time soon, here are some simple ways to make walking through your front door a pleasure.

Deck the Walls

The only thing worse than a totally bare wall is a wall festooned with crooked posters of bands and cocktail recipes. You’ve grown up, and your choice in décor should too. Even if you can’t afford original artwork, there are plenty of classic black-and-white photographs and painting reproductions on sites like AllPosters.

Try a Tray

You’re a guy, which means the first thing you probably do when you get home is empty your pockets. Instead of simply tossing everything onto your kitchen counter, pick up a handsome leather tray to house your personal effects. You’ll add style to your tabletop and save time looking for your keys every morning. We’re big fans this canvas model from Best Made this luxe model from Ghurka.

Dry Off in Style

Towels are one of those items where quality doesn’t seem important—until you get a feel for the good stuff. Restoration Hardware sells their premium cotton towels in every shade imaginable, and there’s always the option to add a monogram if you feel like tapping your inner Gordon Gekko.

Just Duvet It

Like towels, quality bedding can yield some serious dividends. Opt for neutral solids or subtle prints that won’t compete with the rest of your bedroom. You can find some worthy spreads at Calvin Klein.

Improve Your Alarm

Thanks to the miracle of smartphones, there’s no need to start your day with the Godforsaken buzz of a traditional alarm clock. Now you can just pick your favorite song and you're good to go. This cool clock from Areaware is the best of both worlds; it seamlessly combines iPhone compatibility with cool, retro looks.

Class Up Your Glassware

The hodgepodge of plastic cups from all your past frat weekends, 5Ks, and concerts doesn’t exactly reek of sophistication. If you must hang on to them for sentimental reasons, so be it, but pick up a set of simple highball and lowball glasses to use when you have people over. For highballs, we like these from Crate and Barrel. For tumblers, try Teroforma.

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