Obviously, jealousy is one of the deadly sins and no one likes the green eyed monster when it really rears its head. But a little bit of envy from your friends because your house looks so fabulous is no bad thing and it isn’t hard to create just a little jealousy without spending a fortune. Big things like a new kitchen or a garden makeover are not something that many of us can do more than once or twice in a lifetime, but some little touches can have the same effect, if you give it some thought.
Green fingers – green eye!
Gardening is very relaxing and it also can make your friends absolutely green with envy. If you have a conservatory, you can bring the garden inside, so you are not even at the mercy of the weather. Sensible flooring in the conservatory will make it cosy without being hard to maintain so something like a natural fibre rug would be a good choice or go for colour matching with a green rug. Keeping the lawn away from the door with a well-positioned patio will be a help and you can also make sure you are lounging elegantly with something cool to drink when your friends pop by.
Club lounges for leisure
If your friends think you live a life of luxury, they will be jealous from the moment they step into your home. Leather furniture, well-chosen lighting and a luxury pile rug in autumnal colours will look the business. A well-thumbed leather bound book, some really spectacular sound equipment and a well-stocked bar will finish the look and if you have to work every hour to pay for all this leisure, there is no need for them to know – it’s all in the window dressing after all! Of course, it may be that when you visit your friends you will get a little envious too – they will also have a few tricks up their sleeves such as some funky rugs in the guest room and a TV screen bigger than your car windscreen! Just remember, that they may have gone all out to make you jealous just because they would kill for your lounge furniture or your garden loungers. When it comes to envy, what goes around definitely comes around.