As everyone knows, the economy has taken its toll on families in our area. It is especially hard during the holidays, as people struggle to make ends meet. A local ministry run by Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, called We Do Feet, collects furniture to distribute to families in need. If you have an old sofa, chair, bed, mattress or dresser taking up space in your home, consider making a year-end donation to We Do Feet. You can find more information, including contact info, at the Trinity website. By contacting the church, you can arrange for pick-up or drop-off of your items. Thanks for your consideration – all donations are truly appreciated.
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Here is the bed I mentioned in my last post. I thought it might be fun to show you what can be done with a can of paint or two and a weekend. I got this bed for free, and thought it was great – just not girly enough for my little princess. So, I spruced it up with yellow-ivory tone, and painted on scolls in pink with apple green accents. Perfect for a big-girl bed! I just finished the restoration of an old vanity for the same little girl. One tip: I always use oil-based paint to refinish furniture. It is more durable than latex, and it washes up well.
I love making the old new again – never underestimate the power of paint!
Next, consider your bed, which should be the focal point of the room. While a down comforter can be used for year-round comfort, the duvet cover may need a little freshening up. Remove that heavy, dark duvet cover, quilt or bedspread, and exchange it for a lightweight quilt or coverlet. The sense of touch is so important in a bedroom. What about bringing in high thread-count cotton sheets for luxurious comfort? Or, silky satin sheets for that special evening with your honey? The pattern of your bedding isn’t important; flowers or stripes can both be wonderful choices. Just make sure that both you and your partner are comfortable in the room. A man floundering in a sea of roses may not feel fully at home! A contrast in textures makes the bed visually appealing and will add interest to the room. Why not try a faux fur throw or pillow, mixed with a sheer bed throw and a variety of embroidered decorative pillows? If you have been to your local home decorating store recently, you know that pillows are everywhere, and very well-priced. I have found pillows encrusted with slices of bamboo, made from woven grass cloth, bejeweled with rhinestones in all colors and appliqued with an array of summery motifs. Find several in colors to coordinate with your quilt or coverlet, and enjoy the blend of textures and colors. If you use a bedskirt, exchange it for a lighter color or lighter-weight fabric. Or, if the style of your bed allows it, remove it altogether for a clean, crisp look. You may, however, need to temporarily find a new home for that box of gift wrap you store under your bed! For even more drama, adding a sheer mosquito net or canopy near the head of the bed will bring you the ultimate in luxury and will help set the mood for romance.
The wrong window treatment will weigh your room down. Heavy, velvet drapes are cozy in January, but can become over-bearing in June. Remove those heavy panels and replace them with sheer, gauzy panels in a color that will contrast your walls. Your hardware can remain in place; simpy remove your existing panels and replace with the new panels. Voila! An inexpensive seasonal change, which can make a big difference in your bedroom.
Clutter and chaos do not bring a peaceful feel to any room, especially the bedroom. Purge those closets, so everything in your room has a home. Do not allow your bedroom to become a dumping ground for random homeless items from other rooms. A clean, serene room is a decluttered room; and the organization it will bring to your life will allow you time to focus on what really matters.
We have heard it a million times, but I do have one more tip for enhancing those summer nights in your bedroom – hide away the TV! A television in the bedroom is NOT the way to a woman’s heart, and merely serves as a distraction to more important matters. Instead, think of soothing sounds, such as classical music or the calming sounds of the ocean. Summer is about warmth, sunshine, simplicity and fun. Enjoy it!