I bought a cornice painting pad which turned out to be useless. So I went to the hardware shop this morning to get a brush, and was advised to get a nylon bristle brush. What a great paintbrush. Easy to use, it didn't lose one fibre, and cleaned out completely.
One way to spruce up your house is to grow some plants. Accomplish this by changing a small corner of your yard. You don't have to do it yourself; you could hire a landscaper to do it for you. You will also improve the air quality if you choose to grow plants.