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Bed Sheets……Crisp or Soft?

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Bed Sheets……Crisp or Soft?

Can you remember the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept in?  What was it that made it so comfortable?  Probably the sheets (and pillows) right?  I love crawling into bed at night with cool crisp sheets?  Are you a crisp or soft person?  I’m definitely a crisp gal.

The sheer volume of sheets on the market creates a real dilemma when choosing just the right feel , and considering the cost the choice better be a good one!

There are:

  • Percale (the crisp kind)
  • Sateen (the soft kind)
  • Jersey (the knit kind ~ kind of like a t-shirt)
  • Flannel (these give me claustrophobia J)
  • Cotton (the “I’d better get a high thread count” kind)
  • Silk (the EXPENSIVE kind)
  • The bamboo blend (that’s right, bamboo)

I just bought a set of sheets, white-on-white, 450 thread count and they’re my favorite sheets yet.  I replaced a set of “Egyptian” cotton sheets, 650 TC.  I like my new ones better.  Maybe it’s the crispness the higher TC did not offer, I don’t know.

I always thought that the thread count (the number of threads in 1 square inch of fabric) was what made the difference between soft and yummy or sandpapery and scratchy.  Well, all other things being equal, high thread counts will translate to softer and yummier.  However, it is not necessary to pay the extra $ for sheets in the 850-1,000 thread count range.  For the extra money, sometimes BIG money, there is not enough difference to justify that cost.  Staying in the 400-450 range should offer all the comfort one needs to snuggle down on a trip to dreamland.

When buying sheets make sure you get the proper size.  I hate wrestling a sheet when trying to tuck the corners into place.  I really like the sheets with elastic all the way around the sheet.  Also, every time I have purchased a twin sheet set, I am always disappointed that the fitted sheet fits so snug that it crushes the cozy featherbed I have as a topper.  So, the last time I bought sheets for a twin bed with a featherbed topper I purchased a sheet set for a full size bed and I just tuck in the extra fabric.  That way the featherbed stays nice and poofy.  Whatever your preference make sure you get the right size for the right fit.

And don’t forget about pillowcases.  If you have oversize pillows for your bed you will probably have to buy some pillow cases separately.  I have to do that all the time.  I still use the cases that come with the sheet set on different pillows.

Sweet dreams!


Fabulous Ways to Create or Decorate a Mantel

DIY Mantel Decor Ideas (1)

Mantels?  Gorgeous!

No fireplace?  No problem!

Is there anything prettier or more nostalgic than a mantel decorated with pine boughs, poinsettia blossoms and candles?

We used to have a beautiful mantel in our first home.  I really miss it.  I loved decorating it from Spring to Winter and especially for holidays.  A mantel can be a stunning focal point.

So, you ask, what if I don’t have a fireplace?   Well, shelves aren’t just for books you know!  Do some research and check out the beautiful mantels available and think “mantel minus sides (if applicable) = shelf = mock mantel.”  A big, bold shelf hung low on a wall above a leather ottoman would be a striking vignette.  I have the perfect place for this.  I think I’m going to do it!

Think outside the box.  These beautiful pieces of art are too good to go to waste.  Think, think, think!  Where can I put one of these?  My kitchen?  My bedroom?  Oooo!  My bathroom!!  I know!  The entryway…….so many ideas, so few walls.

I know, traditionally speaking mantels go over fireplaces.  Well, remember those distressed brick walls we’ve talked about?  You can create a stunning “fireplace scene” using the electric heaters that look like a small fireplace, distress a wall with brick (not very hard), add a mantel and voila!  I actually considered doing something very similar to this in our basement bathroom but we didn’t have quite enough room unless we eliminated the door.  Not the best idea! 🙂

Remember:  Mantel = big shelf.   If you don’t have a fireplace, use some of these mantel ideas to create an impressive look on a shelf, and put it anywhere you want.  Dazzling!

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How to Enhance your Closet with Paint

How to Enhance your Closet with Paint

Attention Closets!

I guess I have an affinity for lizards….mmmm…….no I don’t, but I do love the Geico Geco and Lowe’s Valspar Chameleon.  I just love to watch the commercial and see the lizard change colors to match his paint cans.

And THAT’S what I love about paint; that and it’s cheap!….for the result you get.  If you want to do stripes, DO IT!  Start in a closet if you’re a chicken J.  TIP:  I’ll tell you a secret.  Back many years ago while on a very tight budget I bought some paint from WalMart.  It was very good paint.  Not nearly Valspar quality, but still good paint and a fraction of the cost. And you know what else is great about paint?  If you don’t like it, paint over it.  Simple as that.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Consider painting the inside of a closet a bright, bold color.  How fun to be met with a cheery surprise when you hang up your coat.
  • What about your pantry?  What a great closet to paint bright yellow.
  • Purple or pink or lime green inside a little girl’s closet?
  • Orange and blue inside the little boy’s?
  • Brown and turquoise inside the bathroom linen closet?
  • Toy closet? All kinds of possibilities there.

I would love to do this to either a closet or a reading corner of a child’s room.  Throw some brightly colored throw pillows on the floor, a cool rug, and a set of book shelves and you’ve got a darling modern library for the little ones or a teenager.  HECK!  I would LOVE this in a craft or hobby room, right?

Poppytalk offers these instructions for this adorable “swatch painting.”  “All you need to do is grab a heap of paint samples from the paint store, make a rectangular stencil. Paint in strokes to emulate water colors –not painting perfectly, let dry then hand write with a thin sharpie the color names on each rectangle.”

Following are some more pics for you chameleon closet painters out there!

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Mixing it Up- Decorating with Patterns

Decorating with Patterns (1)

Do you remember, not too terribly long ago, that mixing stripes and plaids was a big fat NO-NO?  I’m sooo glad times have changed.

Decorating with patterns is a fun and fabulous way to add more and more pizazz to a room.  Now, I will admit, this style of decorating can be a bit tricky; it’s not really an “anything goes” kind of deal.  There can be some misses with your hits.

Here are a few tips:

Let’s start simple.  Let’s choose pillows to practice your layering.  You can do this in a store and not have to buy a thing.  Just for fun.  Arrange some pillows on the floor or better yet a nearby chair or bench.  Once you have something you feel comfortable with and like, take a picture of it for future reference and decide if it’s a hit or a miss.  This will get easier with practice, I promise.

  1. First, choose your colors.  Delete the ones from your selections that don’t seem to get along with the other colors.  What you ultimately want are different shades of the same color (to start with).  Red-different shades and hues; Blue, same thing, etc.  And you want to look for different shapes working in different directions.
  2. Add a contrasting color. Once you have your main color chosen, add a bit of contrast.  Say your main color is blue, try adding an element of yellow or orange.
  3. Choose patterns with differing scale.  Some large, some medium, and some small.  Try not to use more than one size pattern in a close setting (like pillows).  More than one element of the same scale tends to look like you tried and missed.  There are some fabulous designers that have this down to an art, but those of us novices….well we better start easy.  If you have a fabric that you are in love with, especially if it’s a large scale, don’t choose another large scale pattern for it to fight with.
  4. The complete picture: a small geometric pattern, a medium fluid pattern, and a large floral pattern; or any variation of the above.  Ideally, each of these patterns would run in a different direction.

Now, notice I said the “complete picture”, not the only picture.  There are thousands upon thousands of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from.  These are decorator’s guidelines and we all know that our inner decorator is the boss!  Have fun and love your result!

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Fun Wall Decal Ideas

Decorating with Decals

Decals…..I love this touch of decoration

I have been trying to think of something for our wall in a hallway downstairs.  We originally planned to have a full-wall bookcase.  I’ve changed my mind.  There are just too many cute options to stick with one boring idea.

So as I’m perusing decorating sites and magazines (yes, I still look at magazines) I find these tree decals that I just love.  There are so many designs to choose from and each very different; whimsical, shadowy, wind-blown, leafless, ones with birds.

I think I’m going to choose one that reminds me of a family tree you might find on a genealogy website.  I am going to add floating shelves to it like one in a picture I saw so I don’t want one that is really busy.  I’m also adding more floating shelves on the rest of the wall.   This is a work in progress in my mind but I’m excited to get started.

Other tree decals I loved were a set of 6 leafless trees that look great on a large bare wall.  I haven’t used decals before but I’m assuming removing them should be quite easy with much less damage than wallpaper used to leave.  Wallpaper’s coming back and I love it, but walls are never the same if you just want the look of fresh paint again.  And the decal look is minimal and airy.

The birch trees by Popwall is also one of my favorites.

I love the different feeling these decals give in each of these settings.

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