So you think you know how to make the bed? Do you do hospital corners and tucked in sides? Or do you have neat tight corners and loose sides?
How about tight sides and loose ends? Or how about you are now lost in a world of confusion!
Bed making used to be an art. Beautifully executed hospital corners ( This was a fold the sheet, tuck it under, and appears a bit like an envelope on the bottom corners of the bed and never came untucked) and tight as a pin sheets that you could bounce a coin of (Army terminology here) like Grandma did.
Then came the amazing idea of feather/down or goose quilts that replaced blankets and people started to loosen up a bit about the tight sheets and wanted a bit more slack when they climbed into bed and slept under the soft layer of feathers as opposed to the heavier blanket.
Finally in this day and age 50% of us sleep with a fitted bottom sheet, loose top sheet, and a quilt in a duvet/quilt cover. The other half ditches the loose top sheet and sleep just under the duvet/quilt cover. We dress our beds with lots of pillows and shams. We place beautiful hand made quilts on top for decoration and you know what...We rarely show these rooms to anyone as they are our sanctuary. When was the last time you invited someone into your bedroom?? (To look at the bed folks!)
So how did YOU make the bed today? Did you tuck in corners or leave sheets loose?
Do you have a special way that only you know how to do that your partner knows they cannot duplicate?
I love chatting to people who tell me all sorts of things about how they make a bed, the way they sleep or style their bedrooms and I look back to my time growing up and what I learnt and it made me remember, I think I forgot to teach my children how to execute a hospital corner sheet tuck!
Maybe that’s why our children don’t like to make a bed… We forgot to show them!
Happy bed making everyone :) I have added a How to make hospital co
Jane EcoSleep Australia
As a child I loved swimming. My parents however didn't know how to swim, my mum wouldn't even have a bath for fear of water so why did I love it so much?
I remember talking my dad into letting me join squad when I was 9 and promised I would get up at 4.45am every morning without fail! Well as you can imagine some mornings I didn't and there he would stand at the end of the bed until I dragged myself out, pulled on my bathers and headed for the pool.
My commitment didn't falter though and I continued on this path for all of my school years, swimming competitively both in Australia and overseas and finished up teaching others when I was an adult.
Funnily though I look back and realize that for me it was never about the winning but my love of swimming that kept me going. Now don’t get me wrong yes I did love to win but it wasn't the driving factor. Today I realise how much that commitment helps drive me in my business.
Now along came my children and yes they also loved to swim and as the good mum that I was I also got up at 4.45am to take them to squad and why did they go? Because they loved to swim!
Now my blog today isn't on swimming but on doing what you love to do and why it becomes so important in our lives. Richard Branson talks about telling his children that they may have to leave the schools they were in when things got tough and look where he is now! I started a business from designing bed linen that would help people find a happy peaceful place in the bedroom. Why? Because we all shared the same problem and someone had to solve it so we could all sleep better!
Running a business or following a dream is a big step in anyone’s life but for some of us it is what makes us want to get out of bed everyday and brings a smile to our face even when times are tough. It isn't about the winning it is about the love of what we do and what we can do for others so maybe all those long sessions in the pool helped shaped me into doing what I love today and gave me the ability to keep on trying :)
Bedroom storage solutions for all seasons.
How often do you walk around your bedroom with an item in hand looking for a place to put it? I do it so many times that I wonder how it felt when I first moved into our home and wondered how I was going to fill it!
Storage in the bedroom for bedlinen or personal items can be tricky as some things we like to display and others we don’t! So where can we put them?
Below I have listed some easy decorating solutions and ideas that will hopefully bring some harmony and storage to your bedroom!
· Have a bed head made that will open on hinges so that it may be used for storing extra pillows or small blankets that are used seasonally.
· If, like me, you have a bedside table that has draws but are an avid reader think about having a small bookshelf built in to your wall between the studs to display your most favourite night time reading and small prints of the family.
· Look for a glory box (yes they are still around) or chest or long seat with a lid for the end of the bed to store your bed pillows when you hop into bed at night.
· I have a chaise lounge in my room that unfortunately seems to hold more than my wardrobe some days but it is ideal for sitting on when getting ready and holding some of the clothing items I may need tomorrow!
· Build or buy a long low shelf/draw unit for under the window to store knick knacks, jumpers or everyday items for a quick find. This can be made to be a perfect addition to any bedroom as places like IKEA have them in various colours to suit both modern and old style furniture.
· In children’s rooms the box shelving with the coloured boxes are always a hit as so much can be stored here and are easy to the kids to pack their toys into.
· Hooks on walls in any bedroom can be used to hold both dressing gowns and jackets that are now easy to grab.
Small baskets to hold scarves, or hats can give more room on shelves.
Hopefully all of these ideas will help make your bedroom a warm haven that you love to spend time in.
We work hard, play hard, think a lot, laugh a lot, live life and look for new opportunities…daily. Are you exhausted already? I am!
So at night when my head hits the pillow I want that deep warm slumber that I had as a child that makes me feel refreshed in the morning and helps me to bounce out of bed, but somehow, some days it seems to allude me.
My brain wont turn off, I wake at 3am thinking about the job deadline for the next day, the cat wants to go out at 4am and I cant go back to sleep so by 6am I am now bleary eyed. Where is that peaceful 8 hrs slumber and how do I get it back?
Everyone has points they like to offer but here are a few I have tried and found work for me…..most nights!
A 20 minute siesta mid afternoon between 1 and 4pm if available will boost your energy levels and allow you to function better and sleep more soundly later that night.
Think about what you eat and drink during the day and don’t have your evening meal too close to bed time. Cut down on the alcohol, sugar and carbs when possible. Make sure you see sunlight for around 20 minutes a day to boost your Vitamin D levels.
Have a “to do” list and de-clutter your mind before bed rather than toss and turn on the events you can’t change at 1am!
Choosing the right pillow as mentioned before is crucial to a good nights sleep
Go to bed when you are tired and try to keep to a routine. If you don’t fall asleep get up for half an hour then try again. Don’t keep tossing and turning. Remember we did it for our children and it worked then!
Sometimes adding more calcium and magnesium to your diet or taking supplements will help calm the mind and muscles.
My husband loves his shower before bed and I like to read. We both find when this doesn’t occur our sleep is not as good…..Do we favour routine for a great nights sleep umm I think we do!
As a parent you never stop helping your children even when they are adults, so on the weekend my husband and I found ourselves helping to build a picket fence.
Now we have done this before but the tricky part came when colours were being decided.
Desert sand posts with white pickets….. easy. No it wasn’t! The discussion on white, off white, and antique white was long and vocal.
In the end the antique white won and it does look good but it made me wonder where we go when we aren’t sure and need some assistance in the ever changing world of colour.
Many years ago houses were painted white, then beige. Who remembers mission brown architraves?
Nowadays we want a feature wall or two in a bright bold colours or antique white walls and ceiling with white furniture, with splashes of color in rugs or cushions.
You will need to decide which colours combine well, whether they are toning, harmonious or complementary. By coming to grips with the rules of colour, you can give any room a professional look.
Primary colours are three key colours - Red, Blue and Yellow. They cannot be made from any other colour.
Secondary colours: Your Secondary colours if you mix equal amounts of the primary colours, are- Purple, Green and Orange.
Red + Yellow = Orange
Red + Blue = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green
Tertiary colours: If you mix a primary with a secondary colour, in a ratio of 2:1, you get a Tertiary colour. Red-Orange, Blue-Green.
Cool versus hot Yellow, red and orange are 'warm' or 'hot' and blue, green or mauve are 'cool' or 'cold'.
This is useful when you want to create a mood or feature in a particular room or need to make your space cosier or lighter.
Neutrals Neutrals are one of the easiest groups of colours, or non-colours to work with. They don't appear on the colour wheel and include Black, Grey, White and sometimes Brown and Beige. They all go together and can be layered and mixed and matched. No neutral colour will try to dominate over another.
Accent colours and Feature walls. An accent colour is a colour used in quite small quantities to lift or to add punch to a colour scheme.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
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