National Clean Up Your Room Day

 Happy National Clean Up Your Room Day! Despite what you might be thinking, I did not make up this holiday—and if you don’t believe me, just go check Twitter.

To be sure we’re all celebrating this day in all of its glory, I made a list of everything I’ll be doing to tidy up my bedroom today. Hope you’ll celebrate in style with me, too!

Make the Bed: I’m a huge advocate for making your bed every single day, but if there were ever a day to really make it a priority, that day is today. Click here for all of my bed making tips.

Refresh Nightstands:  I love to play around with the decor on my nightstands, and you better believe I’ll be doing just that today. Whether it’s placing a new book to read on them or buying a candle you’ve been wanting, there’s so much you can do to freshen up your nightstands.

Dust and Wipe: A big part of the cleaning up is the actual cleaning itself, so don’t forget to dedicate some time to that!

Clean Curtains: Oh and while you’re at it, bust out the vacuum cleaner to get the dust that collects atop the curtains. I hardly ever remember to do this, but it makes such a difference.

Spray a Nice Scent: As a finishing touch, give the room a sweet smell by spritzing some room spray.

1 Nightstand, 3 Ways

I’m constantly playing with unique ways to style my apartment (hence why I am constantly posting design refreshes), which is precisely why these little design challenges are so fun for me. Since I’ve already done my dining and coffee tables, next up was naturally my bedside table. Without further adieu, here are 3 different ways to style a nightstand.

Nightstand 1:  Fresh flowers? Check. Deliciously scented candles? Check and check. Simple bedtime reads? Check. I love how this variation has just about everything you need on your nightstand but doesn’t look cluttered at all.

Nightstand 2: I don’t know about you, but I hate sleeping in jewelry, no matter how dainty the ring. I love that this styling variation has a little tray for jewelry to go at night, plus the addition of a crystal to promote calming energy.

Nightstand 3: I suppose you could call this nightstand the perfect marriage between the first two—beautiful flowers, bedtime reads, and calming geodes.

Which nightstand option do you like best? Share in the comments below!

Wish List: Vintage Quilt

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As someone who loves nothing more than crisp white bedding (as seen in my bedroom here), I’m actually really liking the look of a vintage quilt. I love the unexpected pop it creates, especially when placed at the foot of the bed.

I still don’t know if I’m ready to abandon my all white look, but I’m putting this one on my wish list regardless. Who knows, maybe it can be inspiration for a guest bedroom someday!

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Photos from: Pinterest.

Happy National Make the Bed Day!

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Bet you didn’t know it was National Making the Bed Day, did ya? Well, that’s why you have me! In honor of this truly sacred holiday, I’ve outlined some simple steps you can follow to make sure your bed looks beautiful today and everyday.

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Step 1: Start with your base. Though it may be faster to just cover wrinkled up sheets with the duvet, you’ll be so much happier if you take the time to straighten out the sheets.

Step 2: Cover the sheets with your duvet. Pay close attention here to where it hangs on each side, as to be sure it is evenly dispersed.

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Step 3: If you have another blanket that you place at the edge of the bed – I’d highly recommend getting one if you don’t already! – then here is when you should place it over your duvet. Again, be mindful of where it hangs on each side. IMG_4536IMG_4540

Step 4: Place the pillows. I like to start with my biggest pillows and then move to my sleeping pillows, and finally my throw pillows. I know, I know, I have a lot of pillows! IMG_4546

Step 5: Once my bed is all made, I like to spray a little bit of my favorite scent, red currant by Votivo. It makes my whole room smell delicious and lasts throughout the day.

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P.S. Remember that even something so small as making the bed can be a great way to start your day on a positive, productive note.