In our rental apartment, the bathroom is nicer than any one we have lived with before: marble, high ceiling, fixtures that work. The towels are luscious - thick and large. But the bathmat that came with the digs is one of those pathetic thin ones that looks like an old dishtowel.
As we walked home one night, we couldn't take it any longer: our feet needed some plush post-shower! So we popped into the local home decor store, and left with a $30 white bath mat as thick as a New York strip steak.
Did this moment of irrational exuberance make a difference? You bet! It is amazing how much it changes the experience of taking a shower to step out onto something really comfortable. It's one of those times when a small touch makes an enormous difference.
Remembering all five senses - not just sight but touch, smell, taste, and sound - can pivot how we interact with our homes. When you are out of budget or time and need a lift, run down the list of the five senses. You may be one plush bathmat away from happiniess?
Here are two great bathmats, one from Crate & Barrel: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/bed-and-bath/bath-rugs/reversible-stone-bath-rug/s655221 , the other from Garnet Hill: http://www.garnethill.com/lilly-pulitzer-26-23174-3b-chinoiserie-bath-rug/bedding-home/bath/bath-rugs/129475