Hello! Welcome to my (current) home! You may remember me mentioning on several occasions that we sold our home this summer… We went from a four bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment; and it’s been a journey. No complaints, I feel blessed to have a roof over our heads! What I mean, is that it has been a challenge to decorate. We’ve bought a new sectional, bar stools (because there is no dinning area), sold furniture, you name it. So it took some time, but it finally feels more like home now.
While, I had said that I wouldn’t decorate for Christmas this year, as soon as December came around I changed my mind. I did bits of shopping and got to decorating. There is much more I wanted to do but I think I’m at a place now where my focus is shifting from decor to making plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas day instead.
Today, I wanted to share a bit of my home with you. Although the space is really small, I have made the best of it and sprinkled bits of Christmas everywhere possible. You’ll be touring the Master bedroom, the girls’ bedrooms, living room and front porch area. I’m sure that by now you’ve got all your decor ready but I am linking some items in case that you’re in the shopping spirit. 😉
In this space, I didn’t do much other than swap out an abstract painting that hangs over the wall for a berries wreath. I also swapped out the blue throw pillows for red ones because nothing says Christmas like red, am I right? Added a fun sign that I found at Target and added a buffalo checker pillow that ties in with the pillows in the living room.
We SOLD & moved to an apartment! While this isn’t completely new… the fact that the girls are sharing a bedroom is. This is the first time EVER they’ve had to share a room. For that reason, I wanted the room to feel like a special place. Now that the room is finally set up (inset praising hands emoji), I thought I’d share it with y’all. 🙂 I feel like I did pretty good because they seem to love it as much as I do. What do y’all think? Because another reason for me doing a room reveal is to inspire anyone that comes across my post. But that’s enough chatter on my part, let me take you on a tour.
Call me crazy but gallery walls are in my opinion the easiest form of decor. Sure, it can take some time to figure out which pieces to put together (like a puzzle) but they cover a great deal of any wall. This is the largest gallery wall I’ve put together and because it’s a shared room, I tried adding pieces that fit both their personalities. I picked up a few pieces at some of my favorite stores and added some DIY pieces as well. I finished it off by adding more personal touches like framed photos from recent years. 🙂
I’ll admit that I wasn’t concerned with home decor until we bought our home three years ago. Even before the house was completely built, I would search and save all sort of ideas on Pinterest. I would day about decorating every space in our soon to be home, from the nursery to the guest bedroom. Three years later, I still enjoy decorating. The only difference is that I do it on a much smaller scale.
Our master for instance, is neutral. I’ve made it that way so that with the simple motion of swapping out throw pillows, I could make the room feel fresh and ready for a new season. Our bedroom usually has pops of blue – you may have seen it as I have shared it on Instagram before.
This summer, I thought it would be fun to add bolder prints and colors. Since nothing says summer like leaf prints, I had to have these when I found them online. The yellow pillow covers, I found at our local IKEA and thought they’re contrast well with the bold leaf print. I do love that they have a velvet feel – super soft. While, I know it doesn’t seem like much, throw pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to change up any room in a home.
The foundation of a bedroom is good bed linens, so I also got a new king size set from Bluebird Linens. I am beyond pleased with this linens set! They’re great quality unlike the last set we had. So, if you plan to decorate your bedroom consider them for all your bed linens needs – you won’t be disappointed.
School’s out! The kids are home and this is the perfect time for vacations. Friends and family that you haven’t seen in months are likely to come visit and spend a few days in your home. And if your guest bedroom is like mine – only occupied during especial occasions – it probably needs some TLC. While, I will admit that I was worried about what I’d do with out guest bedroom, I just followed these easy steps to get it looking and feeling cozy.
1. Pick Out Colors or Theme
This is the starting point, whether it’s a coastal theme or blue tones, it is important to have a clear vision of what you want for the space. Otherwise, you’ll waste time, money and can easily end up with something that you may not be happy with.
2. Find Affordable Bedding
Bedding can be one of the most expensive items in a room. So it is important to find pieces that look great, feel great – your guest will sleep on these – and look great. In our home I use lighter pieces like quilts and coverlets, because they’re light and can be layered with extra blankets if needed. I’m linking some below, including the style I have in our master – which you might have seen on Instagram before.
You shouldn’t have to stay in a luxury hotel to get a good night’s sleep. Here are several ways that you can make your bedroom feel as cosy as a five-star hotel room.
Cut down on clutter
A sense of tidiness is calming. If every surface of your bedroom is covered in clutter, consider sparing some time to sift through these items so that you can get rid of anything you no longer need. Find ways of storing other clutter away, even if it means buying new storage options. By cutting down on visible clutter, your room feel much cosier.
Upgrade your bedding
It could also be worth upgrading your bedding. If you’re able to splash out some serious money, you could consider a hybrid mattress – these contain a layer of memory foam on a hard mattress give you sturdiness and softness. Also consider buying some bright white Egyptian cotton sheets for that inviting hotel bed feel. Don’t be put off white sheets by the fact that they stain easily – there are many guides online that can help you when it comes to how to get sheets white. Also consider other elements of your bedding such as your duvet and pillows. For many people the thickness and material of these is personal preference.
Having a bedroom that’s perfectly prepped for sleep will help you to drop off easier at night, stay asleep, and have a better quality of sleep overall. Maybe you think you’re bedroom is perfectly prepped for sleep, but after reading this, you’ll come to realize that it’s not.
Here are some things you need to consider, think about, and do if you want a bedroom that’s perfect for sleep.
The Right Temperature
Your bedroom needs to be the right temperature for sleep, or you’re going to struggle. You may end up lying awake, or waking up constantly because you’re uncomfortable. Being too hot or too cold can do this. Your bedroom should be between 60-67 degrees for optimal sleep.
A Comfortable Bed
Your bed needs to be tailored to your own individual needs. There’s no one size fits all that suits everybody. It can be even harder to set up the perfect bed if you sleep with another person. The best thing you can do is go and test beds in person. You need something that’s not too firm, but not too soft; usually, this means being able to fit two fingers under your back while lying down. Also focus on having breathable, high quality bedding that will last. The higher the cotton count, the more luxurious the bedding, usually.