Thanksgiving / Pre-Christmas Decor

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas soon to follow I was ready to clear out Fall décor and start thinking about Christmas. Not quite ready to get a tree but wanting to start the Christmas cheer sooner than later. I love, love, love Christmas time and all my decorations and I only get to enjoy them for a month each year.
Here is my Thanksgiving/ Pre-Christmas mantel:
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Made these little mason jar snow globes last year with some of my grandkiddos:

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My bedroom retreat layered with quilts and pillows:

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So that’s a sneak peek into my home at the moment. As the Thanksgiving turkey is being made into leftovers the real Christmas decorating will begin with JOY !

Come back again after Thanksgiving and see my home glitter with Christmas cheer !

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Lamps Shades and Tulips

After posting about my need to have my bed made daily and how my bedroom has transformed over time, I am already considering a minor change.

I have been loving the look of burlap lamps shades I have seen lately. They have a current but cottage-like feel and seem to really go well with a formal lamp base such as mercury glass or crystal. I like mixing the formal or traditional with casual relaxed style.

Pottery Barn has some great ones and I have been tempted to purchase.Burlap Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

However I have a tendency to love the look but think I can do it for less money.

Yesterday I stopped by World Market and in my wandering through the store noticed they had some burlap shades as well for less than half the price. Not quite as well made as Pottery Barn but since I was using them in my bedroom and I just wanted the ‘look’, I brought them home to try. Now I am trying to decide but I think I like them and they lighten up the look for Spring. Only thing I don’t like is that at night you can see the light bulb when the lamp is on. Since that only happens when we are reading in bed I think I can live with that. The plastic is still on the shade until I make my final decision but at $19 vs $49 I think I just might keep them. What do you think?

   Burlap Shade                                                                                    Brown Silk Shade

I love tulips and since Spring is few months away they aren’t blooming in my yard yet. However they are everywhere in the grocery stores and this makes me so happy. I think they brighten a room and add a pop of color. I love them in red, white, yellow, pink, I love them all! So my house has them tucked here and there and they just give me joy. For $6.99 that’s a cheap mood booster.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Linda

My Bed Obsession Confession

I admit it, I have a ‘thing’ about how my bed is made. It may change throughout the seasons but a few critical requirements are still of importance to me.

#1 Crisp clean sheets. Must be changed weekly. Costco has some nice high thread count sateen sheets that wash up beautiful and are very luxurious at a great price.

#2 Feather bed on top of mattress for that sinking into the “nest” feeling. Must also be fluffed weekly.

#3 Duvet or Coverlet must be equally draped on both sides of the bed. When the down comforter is on any lumps in the feather bunching needs to be evened out. ( or at least not too lumpy)

#4There is an order to the pillows. However since I change that frequently it depends on the linens I am using at the moment.

#5 The  quilt at the base of the bed needs to be placed to hang equally on both sides.

I know this is self-imposed order, but it makes me happy. My husband knows this and can make the bed to my standards everytime. Well he has learned how I like it and on a Sunday morning when I am crunched for time getting ready for church the sweet man does his best to make it ‘just so’. We’ve been married for 34 years so he know me well.

Besides the way I make the bed on daily basis I also change the look of it with just a few minor adjustment.  The picture above is how it looks at the moment, however with a change of pillows and losing the feather comforter for the warmer months it takes on a fresh look often.

Sometimes I just change the pillows and the throw.

It has been a process through the years…..

These last pictures are taken years ago and I must admit I like it so much better now.

I thought I also had other pictures of what I do for the summer, but can’t seem to find them. I will share when I freshen it up for warmer weather.

So how do you make up your bed? Pottery Barn layers and  turned down duvet? Or old school bedspread up to the head board and pillows laying flat? Or do you bother to make it at all?

I have to make it every morning, it is like brushing my teeth to me. We all have our ‘things’, this just happen’s to be one of mine.

Have a great Monday ! And “GO MAKE YOUR BED!

Linda