Make Your Own DIY Spring Wreath

Spring is here! Spring is here! Spring is here! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

And now that Spring is officially here, I can share this post with you guilt free. If you’re anything like me, if you can stretch the use of your seasonal décor longer, you do. So my Christmas wreath hung around for quite a while. I won’t tell you when exactly it came down, but let’s just say that my door has been wreathless for only a few weeks. That Christmas wreath was going to be used for as long as I could.

But now it’s time to move onto better, brighter things, so yesterday, I sat down and made my Spring wreath, which I must confess, was easier and funner (that’s a word, right?) than I thought.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

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  • A metal wreath frame (I actually saved this one from my Christmas wreath)
  • 8+ faux flower bouquets (Mine were from the dollar tree)
  • 2ft length of wide ribbon (not pictured)

One word about your choice for the flowers: try and stick with a one or two color scheme. My flowers were all white and yellow. If you want to go more for a wildflower feel, then you’re welcome to mix colors, but pay attention to the type of flowers you pick. The cohesiveness of this wreath really depends on the colors (or type) you go with.

This really doesn’t take much work. All you need to do is stick the stems into the prongs of the wreath frame. Start from the top of your wreath, and work your way down each side. Try and weave your stems into the prongs as much as you can, so that they end up either covered by the other flowers, or come to the bottom of the wreath (which you’ll wrap with the ribbon).

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At this point, if you have extra flowers, you can continue to put them in and make it flowers all around, or you can do what I did, and add in the ribbon.

Your last step is to wrap the exposed stems and wreath frame with the ribbon. If you choose a silkier ribbon, it will feel more formal; burlap will make it feel more rustic. Choose whichever you prefer.

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Tie a pretty bow, and you’re done!

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This project probably took me 20 min max, and that was with photo-taking and dinner prep happening at the same time! Super easy.

Hope you’re enjoying Spring where you live too!

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Make a Seasonal Scrapbook Frame in 3 Easy Steps

Yay! Spring is finally here! Well, ok, technically it’s not for another few days, but here in the PNW, you need only look outside to know that it has arrived. Daffodils and cherry blossoms are EVERYWHERE (and that’s an awfully good thing).

To celebrate this momentous occasion (that happens every year, but hey, it’s still exciting!), I am going to share a fun little project with you, just in time for the weekend (again, I’m celebrating a bit early).

These scrapbook pages are the result of several years, mostly because I didn’t have always have time at the beginning of a season to put on together. The actual creation of one of these pages really only takes 5-10 min, but somehow, Spring was the last one that got made (Spring cleaning, anyone?).

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • A 12×12 picture frame
  • 12×12 Cardstock/scrapbook paper
  • Clippings of fun photos or illustrations
  • Double-sided tape (a glue stick works fine too)

A few words of advice on picking your cardstock and photo clippings: you can pick a patterned backdrop or one without for your cardstock, but if you choose a patterned one, try and pick one that will “frame” your work, like the one I picked. A patterned one will create movement and add color and life to your overall composition, but with the movement comes busyness. Keep that in mind when you’re picking out your photo clippings too; you don’t want your backdrop to clash with the images that are supposed to be the main event. As for the clippings themselves, pick photos or illustrations that speak to the season you’re going with (for example: fireworks are a perfect choice for Summer, but not so much for Winter. Unless you celebrate Chinese New Year).

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Your first step is to figure out which photo/illustration you want to have in the center. It should be one of the biggest ones that you have, to maintain a balanced look over all. Go ahead and adhere it to the paper.

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Next, arrange the remaining cuttings around the big one (but don’t adhere them yet – you may want to rearrange them). Play around with the layout until it looks balanced and feels right. Go ahead and layer your clippings on top of each other, but remember to only overlap slightly; you want to be able to still see the majority of the image.

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Once you’re happy with the layout, go ahead and adhere the remaining cuttings to the cardstock.

And you’re done! Stick that paper into the frame, and hang her up!

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Just for fun, I’ll share some of my other seasons with you:

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I really can’t decide which one is my favorite… it might be Summer. But I’ll have to wait a little longer for that one.

Modern Met Chic Etsy Shop

Hi friends! Remember that surprise I was telling you about in my last post! Well, it’s reveal time!!

This dream of mine has been in the works for a while, and I’m so excited to share it with you! I’ve opened an Etsy shop, and will be selling one of a kind crocheted items.

It all started about a year ago when I taught myself how to crochet. I mostly did it for fun, but man, is it fun! I ended up with a real passion for it, and have been toying around with the idea to sell my creations for a while now.

Then, about a month ago, I finally decided to go for it. And now here we are.

I would like to introduce you to:

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My new shop.

You can find the shop here.

Go check it out! And as a reader, I’d like to offer a little gift to you. For the first month, I will offer 10% off any order above $5 to all my readers (offer expires on 4/4/2016). Simply put down “BLOGFOLLOWER” into the coupon slot when you check out on an item, and it will automatically be applied to your order.

Hope you like my shop! And be sure to let me know what you think!

How to Remove Paint from Hardware

Ah friends, blogging is much harder than I thought it would be. I apologize for not being more consistent with my posts. I have to admit, I’ve found that Instagram is a much easier form of social media for me to keep up with. Perhaps partly because I don’t have to take pictures on one device and then move to a different device to share it. Anyway, if you’d like to keep more “up-to-date” with my days, you can find me here. There’s also something special in the works that’s kept me busy, and I’ll share that with you all soon, promise (If you already follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know what that is).

Anyway, I do have a fun project to share with you all today. Recently, my mother-in-love shared with me a huge box of hardware from their recent renovation. This is coveted vintage hardware, folks. And it is beautiful. The downside was that over the years, some of the pieces had been painted on. So, after a little research (since I don’t have paint remover), I figured out how to bring them back to life.

This is what the hook I cleaned looked like before I started:

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Talk about caked in paint!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Paint-crusted hardware
  • Nail polish remover
  • A plate or some surface to protect your table
  • A putty knife for extra stubborn paint (I used a table knife)
  • A Q-tip
  • Cotton wads

You’re first step is to setup. Be sure to have a surface that can handle the nail polish; that stuff can eat through a lot of things (made me wonder how in the world it’s safe for our skin; guess our skin is really resilient?).

Next, dip your Q-tip into the nail polish remover, and test it on the hardware surface on an inconspicuous spot. If your fixture is a solid metal (like mine was), you won’t see any of the color come off when you do this; if you see any color come off, then you won’t be able to safely use the nail polish remover to remove the paint.

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Once you’ve confirmed that the nail polish is safe to use on your hardware, go for it! Seep the remover into your cotton wads and go at that paint. Depending on how much paint is on there, this could be a fast or a slow process. Mine had quite a bit caked on, so I probably spent a good half hour on it (hence the reason I only got through one). As I mentioned earlier, having a putty knife handy is helpful; for sections that are particularly thick, I softened the paint with the remover, then scraped it off with the knife.

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And that’s it! Be sure to wash the hardware once you’re done; you don’t need any residual nail polish remover getting on your clothes.

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Doesn’t it look so good?

Go ahead! Go put it up, and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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How to Update a Jar

Hi friends! Isn’t this weather glorious?? I’ve been waiting for just such a lovely, sunny day for this project, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

I shared with you a while back about the beautiful glass jars that I have in my pantry. They were given to me by my mother-in-law, who had collected them over many years for use in her own pantry. But in their recent kitchen update, they decided to switch to different containers that fit their new setup better, and she asked if I would like to have them. Would I ever!! There was no hesitation in my answer: yes.

I’ve loved using them ever since, but had always wanted to paint the lids so that they were all the same color. Also, the advertisement for pickles was kind of getting old. And so, I recently purchased a can of gold spray paint, and today was the day I stepped out and did some spraying.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

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  • Jar lids
  • A can of spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • A sunny day (or a well ventilated room, such as your garage with the door open)

Your first step is to make sure that those lids are clean. Mine were in pretty decent shape, as I had washed them all recently, so I didn’t clean them again, but if they do have any dust on them, go ahead and suds up and get them clean.

Next, spread out the newspaper.

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Lay out the lids on top of the newspaper, and spray away!

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Now, I found out that these lids needed a lot more paint to totally cover them than I thought, so I actually ran out of spray paint, so make sure to get a large can if you have a lot of lids to paint.

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Next, let them soak up some sun for at least 30 minutes (check the label on your can; some spray paints may require more time to dry).

And you’re done!

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I’m so happy with how these turned out!

While I’m on the subject of the pantry, I’ve been wanting to change the liner that is currently in there, and I wanted to share a sneak peak of the options I’m looking at, and I would LOVE your feedback:

Option 1:

Isn’t this so bright and fun? And apparently it’s scented too; not quite sure how I feel about that, but it sounds somewhat attractive. (Here‘s the Amazon link for it)

Option 2:

Michel Design Works Scented Drawer Liners, Blue

I recently decided to change my kitchen colors to blue, white and gray, so this is an option that would match the kitchen. (Here‘s the Amazon link for it)

What do you guys think? Should I go with the bolder pink one? Or stick with the kitchen color scheme?

If any of you have a shelf liner that you love, and would be willing to share it with me, I’d love to see it! Feel free to leave a comment with a picture of what it looks like and where you got it.

How to Make a Necklace

Now I know that this how-to has nothing to do with interior design or home decor, but it was a fun little project I did this week that I simply had to share with you all.

Several months after our wedding, I lost one of the earrings that I wore for the ceremony. I was so bummed; they were my favorite pair that I owned at the time, and I was so disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to wear it any more. I held onto the leftover earring because I couldn’t bear to part with it, and I had hopes that I would be able to find a way to use it, or perhaps even find another identical one (or, miracle of miracles, find the lost earring).

Then, a few months ago, I had the idea to turn it into a pendant. I was so excited about the idea, but didn’t get around to doing it til this week, and I am so pleased with how it turned out.

Here is what you’ll need for this project:

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  • One earring (you may be able to use a post earring for this project, but I used a dangle earring)
  • Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Necklace chain

The whole process is really quite simple; all you need to do is to twist the earring post around the joint portion.

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Once you’ve finished wrapping it around and creating a loop, cut off the remaining wire with the write cutters.

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Then, string the chain through the loop, and put it on!

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I’m so happy to be able to wear my earring again!

The First After

It’s finally here, folks! I’ve had these photos for a week or so, but I’ve been busy working on an office project that has kept me busy, so forgive me for neglecting my blogging “duties”.

The duplex project that I was able to record and be a part of alongside D&R Concepts is finally finished, and I can’t wait to share the transformation with you! Remember the graffiti, and all the other messes that this duplex had? You’d never guess that it was there now.

Let’s start with Unit A, which by far had the worst damage:

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Remember the stairwell that had the graffiti? Here it is now:

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Isn’t it breathtaking? I’ll share the before just so you can compare:

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Talk about transformation.

They put bamboo flooring in upstairs, and it is gorgeous:

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Here’s the kitchen:

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Now onto Unit B.

Although the damage to this unit was less severe, it was the one that needed the most flooring replacement, and again, the bamboo flooring in here is beautiful.

Kitchen:

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Dining and Living room area:

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Upstairs:

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I’m so impressed with how these units turned out. What did you like best?

(If you’d like to see more of the before, here‘s the original post.)

 

How to Organize a Pantry

Can you believe we’re already almost halfway through the first month of this year? Didn’t we just celebrate New Years? Seriously, this whole “life just gets faster the older you get” thing is too true.

I’m sure many of you have made new years resolutions, and I hope that you have been able to stick with them. I, for one, have done…. all right. Perhaps one of your resolutions was to be more organized this year. Well, organization, and keeping it up is a tricky thing, because (as I’m sure you’ve noticed), it’s something you have to do continually. Nothing stays organized. If you use it, it gets unorganized. So the real trick is to organize it the right way the first time. The right way being, the way that is most maintainable.

My pantry is a workhorse, as I’m sure many of your pantries are as well. It gets used EVERY DAY, multiple times a day. I probably go into that room no less than twenty times on any given day. So keeping it organized can be tricky.

When we first moved in, I placed things in there where I thought they would be most useful. And while it’s worked well (the setup lasted almost a year, which is pretty impressive), when the new year struck, I felt the need to reassess it’s layout.

Now, I’ll warn you ahead of time, this post probably won’t be one where you’ll ooh and ahh over it’s prettiness. My pantry (although nice) is, at this point, more functional than pretty. Let’s just say that aspect is a work in progress.

Here’s what it looked like when I started:

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As you can see, it needed some reorganization.

The first step in any project is to clear the space. Completely. If you can’t tackle the whole thing, work on one or two shelves at a time, but go ahead and take everything out. I kind of cheated on this, because I had just recently reorganized some of my homeschooling supplies, which live on the top shelves of the pantry. So they stayed. I also kept my bags of flour on the floor, since they weren’t moving either.

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Once you’ve cleared everything out, your next step is to go ahead and clean it all. Break out that vacuum, and a wet rag if needed.

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Next, you’ll move everything back in, but be purposeful here.

You probably already know to group like with like, but also think about positions too. Are there items you use all the time? Put them just below eye level. This was a mistake that I had made in my original layout. Although my glass jars were close to eye level, they were on an upper shelf, which made taking them out more difficult. So I moved them down a shelf.

Do the same with your canned goods, and your potatoes and onions (if you store them in your pantry).

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Store your lesser used items on the shelves directly above and below the middle shelf (where you’ve put your main staples).

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When you’re putting things away, get creative; use a cakestand to group small items, and store things in wooden boxes (like in the photo below). You can also repurpose shoe boxes (like I did in the photo above) to group things together. I also used a shoe rack to make use of every square inch. It’s perfect for little boxes and cans.

On your top shelf, put items you use the least often (in my case dog treats, birdseed, and dishes I don’t use very often), and store large/bulk items on the floor (like your flour).

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This is what I ended up with:

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To summarize, here’s how my pantry ended up: top shelf: dog treats, dishes, birdseed, etc.; second shelf: boxes of cans, small cans and jars, boxed pasta; third shelf: jars of bulk items; fourth shelf: party supplies (paper plates and napkins), onions and potatoes, cans; fifth shelf: bottles/containers of extra liquids, everyday napkins, etc.; floor: bags of flour and rice, catfood, big dog treats.

I can tell you this project made my pantry a lot more productive, and definitely made me want to use it more often!

 

Do you have any organizing tips for your pantry?

How to Dress Up a Shelf

I know I already posted a how to this week, but this was a little project that I did that I simply could not wait to share with you all. It’s a perfect weekend project, so if you’re looking for something crafty to do this weekend, look no further.

It all started when I was working on simplifying my kitchen décor. I had some stuff that I still wanted to display, but no longer wanted to display in my kitchen. Then I remembered the shelf that I had sitting in the laundry room, waiting for repairs. We all have those projects, right? The ones that just sit in a dark corner, that we’ll get to “someday”? Well, someday had come for that shelf.

The shelf had been in our old laundry room, and I had put our laundry detergent on it. However, over time of using our detergent, it had eaten a hole right through the paint (I didn’t know detergent could do that!). I brought it with us because I liked the shape so much, and had intended to repaint it “someday”, but had never gotten around to getting paint.

Then I had an “aha” moment, and came up with the idea to cover it with fabric! Not only would the fabric cover the hole, but it would add some color and pattern to an otherwise plain shelf.

So, I promptly went upstairs to my craft closet, and pulled out my material. Here’s what I ended up with:

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Isn’t that fun?

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

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  • A shelf (it need not be damaged)
  • Fabric
  • Glue
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric pencil
  • Fabric cutter and mat (or fabric scissors)
  • Coffee (optional)

Your first step will be to measure the shelf to find out exactly how wide and long you’ll need to cut your fabric. If your shelf has a beveled edge like mine, then only measure to the first edge.

Next, you’ll want to cut the fabric to length. If you want a softer edge, you can add an inch or so on each side so you can fold them under (I didn’t do this, and it came out fine; just make sure that your edges are cut cleanly). Mark your fabric where you’ll need to cut with your fabric pencil.

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Then cut your fabric.

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You’ll end up with something like this:

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Be sure to iron it if you have creases in it like mine did.

Then, glue your fabric onto the shelf, and you’re done!

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I’m SO happy with how this turned out, and wish I’d thought of it a long time ago!

I hope you have fun with this project. Send me pictures of your shelves! I’d love to hear from you.

Ta-ta for now.

How to Make and Style Your Bed

This post just seemed appropriate for the first Monday of the year. What’s the number one habit that everyone tells you to take on? Make your bed. EVERY. DAY. Which, is one habit that used to be a habit for me, but lately, well, not so much. Must have something to do with becoming a mother of two.

Well, anyway, I was thinking about this habit/not-habit of ours (is it ok if I say that?), and I was realizing that if you don’t know how to make a bed, or if you don’t know how to style a bed, then you won’t really know the joy that making your bed can bring. ‘Cause who cares, right? You’re going to mess it up at the end of the day anyway.

My hope is that this post will change that (for you, and for me). Making your bed is important, not just because it makes your bedroom look nicer, but because we all know that wonderful feeling of sliding into a bed that has been made.

So, let’s get to it.

Your first step is to start with clean sheets. Now, I get it, you’re not going to have clean sheets everyday, so this is more of a weekly step (apparently you’re suppose to wash your sheets AT LEAST once a week, for hygienic purposes).

Start with the base sheet. That’s the one with elastic on the edges. Tuck that sheet around the mattress nice and tight.

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Next, I place my pillows. I do this because I hate having to take off the pillows and put them under the top sheet every time I go to bed. It’s just not efficient. (Note: this step will only work with The Minimalist style I’ll discuss later.  You’ll need to skip this step for the other ones.)

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Third, spread that top sheet nice and tight over it all.

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Now, here’s the tricky part.

Most of you know how to tuck in a top sheet, but I’ll share the basics again,  just in case you’ve forgotten:

First, tuck in the bottom of the sheet under the mattress. Be sure to pull it tight and flat. No lumpy bedsheets allowed. You’re going for a cocoon feel here.

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Next, pull up the corner of the sheet until it’s parallel to the top of the mattress.

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Then, tuck in the edge of the sheet.

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Lastly, tuck that corner in.

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Voila! A nice, neat edge to your bed. Tuck the rest of the edge of the sheet all the way to the top, and repeat steps 1-4 on the other side.

Your bed should end up looking like this:

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Now that you’re all done with the sheets, it’s time to dress it up.

Styling a bed is all about color and theme. I’ll show you three basic styles that all use the same items, just so you get the basic ideas.

A quick note on colors; I like sticking with solid colored sheets. If you have patterned sheets, it can become harder to find a comforter/blanket to match, and personally, I would rather have the pattern showing on top than have it hidden under a blanket.

Spread your basic blanket down. This should be your cozy, thin blanket, the one that makes you want to cuddle. This step holds true for all three styles.

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Another quick note on bed styling: ALWAYS tuck your blankets behind the footboard, if your bedframe has one.

Ok, style no. 1 is The Minimalist. I LOVE this style, because it’s easy to do, and looks nice and sleek.

Fold your comforter in half, and lay it down at the foot of the bed. This accentuates the contrast between the base blanket, and the plushness of the comforter, making it look extra cozy.

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I’ll call the next style the AirBnB, because it’s a little cozier than The Minimalist, but not full on Bed and Breakfast (the third style I’ll show).

Keep the comforter at the bottom of the bed, and don’t put the pillows under the sheets (like I mentioned earlier). Stand them and another set of pillows along the headboard. For a fuller look, use king size pillows for the back two, or put three pillows instead. Put the patterned pillowcase pillows up front. Last, add a couple bed pillows on there. Make sure that these are smaller than your typical throw pillows, since that will overwhelm the whole thing.

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All right, now here’s the Bed and Breakfast. This one is all about comfort.

Go ahead and pull up the comforter, but make sure that the end is still tucked behind the footboard. Then, stand those pillows up at the top again, but flip them so that the patterned pillowcases are at the back. This is important for visual cohesiveness. If you want it to be extra cushy, add a third row of pillows. Add the bed pillows, and if you have one, put one of those tube shaped pillows in front (anybody know what those things are called?). Your last step is to add a throw blanket; you can spread it out at the foot of the bed, like I did, or just toss it on.

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And there you have it. Three different styles for your sleeping pleasure.

Before I sign off for today, I want to share one last tip. Obviously, you won’t be taking everything off everyday to make your bed. So a quick tip on freshening up your bed in the morning; Pull up the edge of your blanket so that you can see the top sheet, then pull that flat, both up to the top of your bed as well as down along the sides. Repeat the top sheet tucking as necessary. Then, pull the blankets back up and to the sides, and you’re all done!

Here’s to a year of freshly made beds.