How To Create A Pretty Bed On The Cheap: Part II~

When I shared how to create a pretty bed on the cheap a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my favorite inexpensive sheets.  The pattern I shared in that post was a petite black and white floral.  But I mentioned that the sheets also come in a pretty gray and white pattern.  So today, I wanted to share the bed made with the gray and white sheets.

These sheets give the bed a more subtle and sophisticated feel than the black and white ones...although I like both pairs very much.  It's fun to have more than one pattern so that I can mix up the look when I feel like it.

You may not believe it when I tell you that I found these sheets at Walmart.  They are microfiber and they don't ever need ironing.  They come out of the dryer without wrinkles (I love that!)  They are crazy soft and sooo inexpensive.  This post is not sponsored...I just have to share a great deal when I find it!

For a complete list of sources, make sure and visit my previous post on creating a pretty bed 
on the cheap.

Have a great day!




Rainbow Cupcakes~

Today I thought it would be fun to share a little St. Patrick's Day treat from my archives.
 A few years ago, my little boys and I decided to make a special treat for our family to celebrate the wearin' o' the green.

Rainbow Cupcakes

I got the idea from my bloggy buddy Kristin...but hers were much prettier and stayed in nice layers of color while mine blended together...could have had something to do with the enthusiasm of my helpers. ;-)


A Simple Trick for Styling Roses~

There's nothing like fresh flowers to bring a dose of sunshine into a space.

And as much as I love having fresh flowers, we all know they can be expensive.   Especially roses.

But I'm gonna let you in on my little secret for how to have expensive-looking roses on a shoestring.

Are you ready?

It's called the grocery store!

No, seriously.

You can usually find small bouquets of roses at the grocery store for very little money.  (My local Walmart usually sells small bouquets for $5).

The key word here is SMALL bouquets.

So how can a small, grocery store bouquet of roses look full and lush?

I'm going to share my little trick with you today.

Okay, I actually learned this trick from Matthew Mead a few years ago when I helped him with a photo shoot.  And you're not going to believe how easy it is!

Most of the time, when you purchase roses...the buds are closed tight.  The key to making an arrangement look full is to help the buds open a bit.


Gray Is The New Tan~

When I sat down to write today's post, I had total writer's block.  I looked at my editorial calendar with its list of topics, and nothing seemed to work.  I stared blankly at the computer screen.  And then I did what comes naturally for me.  I texted my sister in a panic. ;)

"Quick!  I need a blog topic!  I've got writer's block!"

As is always the case with my sister and me, I got back several snarky and sarcastic topic options.  (Sarcasm is what we do best.)  But she did throw out some serious ideas too...and today's topic is one of them.  (Thanks Holly!)

Working in interior design - and particularly in new home design - as I have for the past few years, I have noticed a marked shift in what people are choosing for their interiors.  This, of course, is not surprising.  We all know that fashions change, and that interior finishes are fashion for the home, so they naturally follow suit.

When I started working in new home design, most of the people I worked with were still picking brown stained cabinets and warm-toned  counters (granite mostly), carpets and flooring.  In the past two years or so, the shift to grays has been dramatic.

My kitchen was designed in 2011 or 2012.  Luckily, the countertops have quite a bit of gray in them, so one of these days when I paint the perimeter cabinets white (or gray) they will work well!  The tile will still be warm-toned however...but that's nothing an area rug can't fix.

I'll be honest. Gray has been my favorite color for many years, so watching this shift to gray in home interiors has been fun for me!

Although there has been a marked shift toward painted white cabinetry - and you all know I have loved painted white cabinets for years - even those people who still favor warmer-toned stain for their cabinets are shifting their other choices more toward the gray end of the spectrum.

Which brings me to the main idea of this post.  Since the beginning of the year, I have been focusing on the idea of "honest decorating".  Decorating with what you have and what you love.  There are many of us who live in houses that were built with warm-toned finishes.  And many of us would like to change those finishes to be cooler gray tones, with white cabinets and marble ( a la Joanna Gaines).  But many of us don't have the budget to do so.  


The Ice Castles~

This post is sponsored by The Ice Castles at Midway.

This past weekend, the kids and I had had an adventure!  We went to see the Ice Castles in Midway, Utah.  I have been wanting to see this amazing site for the past couple of years...and I finally had the chance!  

The castle sits on about an acre of land.  It is HUGE and has all kinds of tunnels and pathways. There was even an ice slide...and yes, I was brave enough to go down it (wish I had a picture).  Elsa and Anna were even there for photo ops with the kids!  It was absolutely magical.  But rather than try to explain it to you, I'm just going to share an overload of photos.  ENJOY!


Simple Valentine's Decor: A Heart Garland~

Hello Lovelies!

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved Valentine's Day.  It's a bright spot in the middle of the winter months where we can share our love with our families!  So adding a bit of Valentine's decor to my house every year is something I always do.

And because I believe in Honest Decorating, I wanted to add some Valentine whimsy to my daughter's room without spending a fortune.  Here's what we did...

We created this darling heart garland out of some paint chips and twine.

It didn't require any special tools...and honestly, anyone could do.  It was so simple, I really don't even need to post instructions.  But I'm going to anyway....'cause that's the kind of friend I am. Lol!

I just cut some hearts out of pink and red paint chips.  Then punched a hole in each one and tied them onto a piece of red and white baker's twine.  See what I mean?  Easy.  So easy.  

Then we just pinned them to the wall above her bed and voila!  A little bit of Valentine fun!

Want some more super-easy Valentine Decor ideas?  Check out this post.


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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.