How To Create A Pretty Bed On The Cheap~

Hello Lovelies!

I'm so glad you can join me today!

Today I wanted to share with you a little secret.

I'm going to share with you how to make a bed look pretty without spending a fortune.

We all know that the bed is the focal point of any bedroom.  So having a bed that looks pretty (and dare I say - luxurious) is very important for the overall feeling of the space.

But, bedding can be very expensive, so finding a way to make your bed look pretty - and luxurious - without spending a small fortune can be challenging.

But that's why we're here.

It's pretty simple actually.  Just follow these few easy steps and you'll have a pretty bed before you know it.

  • Choose a color scheme. Perhaps this seems like a no-brainer to you.  If it does, that's good!  You're halfway there.  A coordinated bed is a pretty bed.

  • Layer.  Layers=Luxury....at least layering makes a bed feel more decadent, and that creates the illusion of luxury without all the expense.

  • Pillows.  Some may accuse me of using too many pillows...but honestly, pillows add personality.  And pillows are one place you can splurge a little bit.  You can add one amazing throw pillow made from an expensive fabric and you won't have to sell off your jewelry to afford it. ;)  I also suggest using Euro pillows as a back drop...they're big so they look expensive...but they don't have to be (I'll get to that in a minute.)

  • Mix it up.  You can certainly buy a bedding set...and that's not bad....but don't use it exactly as it is straight out of the bag.  Mix it up by adding in different prints and fabrics with pillow shams and throw pillows and sheets.  Having different patterns or textures on your bed automatically gives it a more luxurious feeling.

  • Find Inexpensive Bedding Options.   I admit this part can sometimes be tricky.  So I'm going to share with you what I did to create the look you see on my bed.


The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook~

This post is sponsored by The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook.

Hello Lovelies!

I love paper.   I love paper planners.  I love paper calendars.  I love stationery, and cards, and lists.
And going right along with my love of paper, is my love of hand lettering.  There is just something so personal about cards or notes that are hand written.  I am so glad that there are people out there that agree with me, and that there is currently a trend toward the personal, paper and hand-lettered items that I love so much.

When I was a young girl, I took a calligraphy class.  I learned how to do the traditional calligraphy strokes, and I got pretty good at it...for a ten year old.  And I've been intrigued with calligraphy ever since.

So as one of my New Year's Goals this year, I decided that I wanted to learn the art of modern calligraphy.  I want to be able to do some beautiful hand lettering.

I am also a huge bookworm.  I adore books.  It is this love of books combined with my love of hand-lettering that made me jump at the chance to review a copy of  The Botanical Hand-Lettering Workbook by Bethany Robertson.  It's not a book about modern calligraphy, but it is a whimsical guide to hand-lettering with a floral flair.

Read more after the break...


Getting My House Ready for Bed (A Simple Evening Housekeeping Routine)~

Hello Lovelies!

Earlier this week when I shared my Wake Up Your House Routine, I promised that I would be back to share my routine for getting my house ready for bed.

This routine is simple and short, much like my morning routine, and is designed so that I can go to bed with a reasonably clean house...and my family can wake up and have an easier morning as we all get ready for our various activities.

Read more after the break...


Waking Up My House~

Hello Lovelies!

Last week, I shared with you my new philosophy, Honest Decorating.  As I have been contemplating all of the different facets of what I consider Honest Decorating to be, I started thinking about the ways I honor our home.  Honor our home.  What does that mean, exactly?  

Well, I believe -  as I've mentioned numerous times - that the home should be a haven and an escape from the world.  Because it plays such an important role in our lives, we should treat our homes with respect.  One of the ways that I do that, is by "waking up my house" each morning.

Read more after the break...


How To Make a Cupcake in a Jar~

Today I wanted to share how to make a cupcake in a jar!  I posted about these adorable treats a few years back, but they bear repeating!  This clever little creation is a perfect gift or a unique dessert. I made the ones I am going to share with you today as hostess gifts, but I think they'd make perfect Valentine's gifts as well.

Get the instructions after the break....


The Master Designer Manifesto~

It's interesting what has happened since I decided to follow my heart and blog about "Honest Decorating".  I've been so inspired in so many ways. 

For example, yesterday I ran across this design manifesto on the lovely blog Fieldstone Hill and it resonated so strongly with me, that I wanted to share it with you today.

Image via Fieldstone Hill
This Master Designer Manifesto beautifully defines how I feel about design.  I feel that design is my calling.  I believe that bringing beauty to a space is a gift that I have been blessed to share with the world.  I do love beautiful things but they are not what is truly important to me.  Sharing my love of design is my passion and if I can make anyone's world a better place though design, that is important to me.

A few years back I wrote a post about my obsessive need to redecorate. I discussed the fact that design and decorating  nourish my soul.  I truly feel that we are each given gifts in this life.  For me, I  believe that my love of design and decorating is a part of my personality that is intrinsic to who I am... and I am intensely thankful for it.

I am also thankful for the chance I have to come here and share something which means so much to  me.  And I am grateful that you all come here and share in it with me!