Simple Front Porch Ideas for the Summer

This post is sponsored by RC Willey

I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season.  If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!

My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post.  I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them?  They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators. 

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Summertime Outdoor Refresh – Simple and Inexpensive

 

This post is sponsored by The home Depot and affiliate links are added within the post.

 

Each year, when the rain settles down, I get excited to work in my front yard and prep it for the summer.  I like to focus on getting my windows cleaned and putting in fresh garden beds.  I am partnering with The Home Depot to show some simple and inexpensive ways to add some summertime refresh to your home.

Window Cleaning 

Window cleaning is a must for us here in Utah.  We are coming out of many months of snow and rain, so my windows always need a good clean.  Recently I discovered this amazing product called Windex Streak Free Shine Outdoor, from SC Johnson.  I have used Windex for years, but there is something extra amazing about this one.  You can clean outside windows with just your garden hose!  It is the perfect solution for me and my tall windows. 

Garden Beds

I have a small garden bed on my front walkway that I like to add new flowers to each year.  Before I purchase new flowers, I take an assessment of what I have, what is growing well, and new spaces I want filled.  I take some notes and bring my ideas with me to The Home Depot.

Shopping

After assessing what I needed, I was ready to head to The Home Depot and get my supplies. My budget was $150. I wanted my window product, flowers, soil and flower food within that price. I love to give myself a budget to work with before I go in so I don’t get carried away.

Window cleaner was my first stop.  At my local Home Depot, the cleaning products are on isle number 5.  If you want to purchase this online you can buy it here

They have lots of Windex products, so you want to look for the one with the hose adaptation to it. It’s roughly $8-9, but right now it is on sale!  You can purchase it online here. 

The best part about this outdoor window cleaner from Windex is how easy it is to use and the super low cost.  I was so excited to try it out!

After that I headed to the garden center. There are so many options there. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, and pre-made baskets. If you have any questions about flowers, just grab an employee in the garden station, they are so helpful. 

I picked up some annuals and perennials, compost, plant food, and my Windex Outdoor Cleaner.

The plants I grabbed were Zinnias, Cala Lillies, Marigolds, Petunias, Dipladena, Dalias, Day Lillies, and Tickseed plants.

Window Work

Before I planted all my flowers, I wanted the windows done.  You can use the Windex Outdoor cleaner with plants in the ground and it will not hurt them, but I wanted to do this step first.  The process with the Outdoor Windex is super simple.  You will first screw your hose into the red nasal, and take out the yellow cap.

Then follow the instructions on the back, but for best results apply suds from bottom to top of your window (lots of detailed directions on the back of the packaging my friends!). 

  1. Rinse windows (set dial to rinse)
  2. Clean windows (set dial to clean)
  3. Let sit for no longer than 20 seconds
  4. Rinse windows well (set dial to rinse)

I wasn’t sure if would truly dry well without me busting out the squeegee – but they REALLY DID!  I was beyond please with it.  Spray on, spray off – it’s that easy! 

Something I was really impressed with is how far the solution went. I washed 6 windows and there was still so much solution left in the bottle. Additionally, the stream went super far. I had no problem getting the water to reach the tall windows on my house.  I will for sure be using this again to clean my windows – huge win for me!

Plan Out Flowers

I like to set out my flowers in the garden bed first, then move them around as needed. This helps me get a vision of how it will mature together. I am not a professional gardener, so I just study the internet to learn about plants and placements.  You can ask a lot of questions to local gardeners and the Home Depot employees in the garden department.

Plant Flowers

Grab your gloves and trowel and get started! Dig the appropriate depths for your plant (it will say this on the plant tag) and water immediately. Sometimes they look sad because they are in shock, but they will perk up. I added planting spoil and plant food as I went.

Additionally I planted my own baskets for the front steps.  I used the same flowers I added into the front garden bed. 

All of this took me the afternoon, and I was delighted with my simple refresh. I loved partnering with The Home Depot and Windex to share these simple ideas with you. Good luck prepping for summertime and make sure to gran your Windex Outdoor cleaner right here!

Kelly

 

 

Simple Kitchen Organization

Organizing Your Kitchen Is Easy!

In this post i am using affiliate links to my amazon store.  I am so excited to be partnering with Mdesign to bring you some exciting organizational products that i love using in my home!

Every spring I start giving my kitchen a refresh.  After a long winter in Utah, I need it and so does my kitchen!  This past month I updated my pantry and refridgerator.  It was quick and easy, and I can’t wait to show you.

Many of you know I built an entire room into a pantry that you can read about here.  But now my kitchen closet (aka pantry) needed some love.  I found the coolest company on Amazon called Mdesign to share with you and I am so excited to be collaborating with them!  They have to greatest solutions for storage with quality product (that ships in 2 days with Amazon Prime – yippee!).

First things first – let me show the hot mess I was dealing with:

Before…

This space has 6 shelves (one is up super high) that are 16 inches deep and 14 inches apart. It is not the best use of space so I needed some pieces that would help me stay organized.

I discovered MDesign online and fell in love with all the choices they had for getting organized. I will not confirm or deny that I spent a long time on their Amazon store day dreaming! Once I finally figured out what I needed I was so giddy to get this space cleaned up. To get an idea of what you need for your pantry, try out these steps:

1. Assess the food you use most frequently

2. Measure the sizes of each cupboard

3. Determine which groupings you can create (food categories)

Here are the pieces I grabbed for my mini pantry:

Lazy Susand

MDesign Lazy Susan

This turning plastic bin is perfect for my condiments.

Metal Pantry Basket

Farmhouse Grid Open Front Basket

I love the open front of this basket for easy access to food.

Modern Stackable Basket

Modern Stackable Basket

These are stackable and come in different sizes.

Metal Wire Food Organizer

Metal Wire Bin Basket

They have so many different lengths of this one, and I choose the 16 inch deep and 6 inches wide.

Since these are all available on Prime shipping, I received them super quick and was ready to go. Here are the steps I went through during my organizing:

1. Pulled out all of the food from the pantry

2. Cleaned all the cupboards down

3. Threw out all the expired or unneeded food

4. assorted the food into the bins I had originally planned

5. restocked the pantry

It just took me an hour or so to do this since the pantry is quit small. I ended up getting rid of a ton of food that we were not eating. I decided to keep the pantry as simple as possible.

Here is my end result:

I was so excited about how it turned out. It is refreshing to open the door each time and see it so clean!

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I also worked on the refrigerator and used the same format for this process. They have amazing plastic bins for the fridge and I love them. Look how much better this looks with organized shelving and a few lights turned on!

I grabbed two types of pieces for this space:

I am feeling so ready for summer with my kitchen all in order. I hope you have a moment to organize your space and get ready for summer memories too. Happy organizing!

Laundry Room Reveal – One Room Challenge Week Six

This has been such a fun 6 week challenge for me.  It has pushed me to GET IT DONE!  The new laundry room is perfect for our family’s needs.  I have been so grateful to participate with the One Room Challenge team and Better Homes and Gardens.  Make sure to see all the final reveals right here on their blog

I won’t keep you waiting any longer – HERE IT IS!  Working with Kirkland’s for this reveal was so much fun!  You can watch all of my shopping trips on Instagram as well as the video of decorating – it was a great experience.

Isn’t she cute?!  In this post I will be sharing all of my DIY links to previous posts, as well as all of the links to the products I have used. Here is a simple recap of the last 6 weeks:

 
Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table (READ HERE)
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal

This transformation really gave me extra space to do my work in here without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. Each post will explain the process. But now lets get on to the fun part – decorating!

I collaborated with Kirkland’s for this One Room Challenge. If you have not visited their website before – GO NOW. I will make it easy – CLICK NOW! Seriously their prices and selection are so amazing. Let me give you some ideas for your laundry space.

Storage Ideas – Kirklands

They have so many items online to get you organized. Check out the eye candy right here. The one I used was called the Natural Farmhouse Multi-Use Wall Organizer that you can pick up right here.

Laundry Hampers

I loved the black rolling hamper. You can find all of the hampers right here.

Laundry Signs

They have so many signs to add to this laundry space. Take a look at all of them here. The two are chose are The Towel Plaque and the Fluff and Fold.

Greenery

They have so many options for greenery, which I think adds a lot to the space to keep it bright. Check all of those out here. I used the Fern Glass Bottle Set here and it worked perfect for my space.

Baskets

Round, square, soft, firm – Kirkland’s has them all! Here is a compiled list from their site. I snagged some large rectangle ones that were a great size.

Rugs

I needed a certain size rug and I was so glad to see that Kirkland’s had them all. Check them out here. I chose the Natural Jute Scatter Rug and I love how it looks!

You really could spend hours on their site and in the store getting ideas on how to decorate your space. Laundry room is just the beginning. Patio, Bedrooms, Kitchen and Living Room decor. It’s all there. The the prices can’t be beat!

I appreciate you all following along on this One Room Challenge journey with me. I had so much fun and I hope you gained some inspiration on how to update you laundry room too! Until the next project – so long!

Kelly

How to add a Laundry Room Table – One Room Challenge Week 5

My One Room Challenge Laundry Room Renovation is just about finished – welcome to Week 5! I am so grateful to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this project, they have the most amazing laundry room pieces – check those out here!

 

Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the updates of the designers participating – their feeds are so inspiring.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves (read here)
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

It was now time for me to build a table to cover the washer and dryer to fold my clothes on. My space is limited and I needed all the usable area I could get. This ended up being super easy and very effective for me.

Step One – Shop

I wanted butcher block, but it was out of my price range. You can build a butchers block board, but in the end I decided to use 1×8 pine boards instead.

I measured a 66 inch length and a 30 inch depth in my area. This required four 1×8 boards at 6 feet long and one 1×4 board (this is for the back edge of the folding table).

You can have Home Depot cut them for you as well.

Step Two – Cut and Mount

Cut each of your boards to the length you need. You will then add pocket holes to 3 of the 1×8 boards (read how to do that here).

Attach your boards together, using wood glue and pocket hole screws size 1 1/4 inch. Use clamps to make sure your boards are fitting snug. I also used extra weight on the boards as I attached them together to make sure they were flat when they were screwed together.

You will then add the 1×4 board to the back of the boards. You can use screws right into the back since noone will see these.

Step Three – Sand

Sand down your folding table. I used my Tacklife sander that is from Amazon ($25!). I actually sanded the 1×8 boards first before I mounted the 1×4 board. Additionally I had sanded the 1×4 board seperately. You can do what works for you.

Step Four – Stain

Add the stain of your choice. I used Old Barn Living Weathered One Step Stain – it’s one of my favorites and matched the other shelving in the room. I used 2 coats and then added a top coat.

Step Five – Add Braces

You will lay the folding table onto 2 braces. These are 2×3 boards that are mounted to the wall into the studs. Measure where your studs are, then mark that spacing onto the board and pre-drill your 3 1/2 inch screws into them.

Use a level to mount these into the wall. Make sure they are level!!

Step Six – Add Table

You will gently slide your table onto the 2×3 boards. We added a 1×10 board underneath our table for stability because we didn’t want it sitting on top of the washer and dryer.

Add screws or brad nails into the sides of the table and into the 2×3 boards. Then you are all finished!!

Next week I will showcasing all of the amazing pieces I have picked out from Kirkland’s to finalize this space.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Simple Shelving – One Room Challenge Week Four

My 4th week of the One Room Challenge has ended and I love the turn out! I worked with Kirkland’s to design shelving for practical and decorative use. I have the cutest pieces coming from Kirkland’s to decorate this space and I am so excited.

The One Room Challenge is sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and so many bloggers are participating. Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – Orignal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards (read here)
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

I love floating shelves. I learn all I can from the Shanty2Chic sisters. So make sure to watch all their floating shelf tutorials here – you will learn so much!

I measured and added my “bones” (aka “cleat”) of the shelves.

Then I built the shelf that goes over the “bones”. This measurement was very simple. Once again, to learn how to do this, head over to the Shanty2Chic blog.

I sanded down the shelf with my Tacklife sander. It’s easy to hold and a great starter tool for any DIYer.

We added on the cupboards that we purchased from Ikea. Farmboy had to do this part for me.

Then I stained my shelves with Old Barn Living One Step Weathered Stain (I love this stuff).

Nexr step – installing the cleat onto the wall (measuring for the stud of course to drill the screw into for stability).

I slid the shelf right over the top and used hard nails to attach it to the cleat.

After this I added a faux wood shelf right over the white shelf already installed, staining it first. I used a 12 inch board for the top and nailed it into the sides of the original board. I then put a 1×2 board over the front, staining first.

I loved how these additions changed up the entire room. I can’t wait to get started decorating!

Pantry Closet Renovation

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Every area of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot.  The closet.  It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed.  Each time I opened the door I wanted to close it again!  Want to see what I am talking about?  Here you go:

I hope this photo makes some of you feel better!  It was a hot mess.  This week was time to get it done, and I had to build myself up for it.  I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun.  Now it’s time to show you too.

I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:

Step One – Clean It Out

With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start.  First things first – CLEAN IT OUT.  This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go.  I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.

Step Two – Assessment

I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area.  My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room.  It wears alot of hats for sure!

The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food.  How on earth was I going to get it all in there?  Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.

Step Three – Build Shelving

For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space.  This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design.  This is what it looked like on a larger scale:

I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements.  I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:

  • 2 boards at 11 inches long (photo below)
  • 4 boards at 36 inches long (photo below)
  • 2 boards 51 inches long

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I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards.  I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf.  I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf.  I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.

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This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.

Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses.  They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.

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For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR.  It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries.  If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you.  Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.

Step Four – Sewing Station

I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour.  It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109.  The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.

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Step Five – Organization

I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins.  It was like a breath of fresh air!

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I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation.  The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished.  Yah!

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Peel and Stick Wallpaper Install – One Room Challenge Week 3

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It’s our third week of the One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, and my project is complete!  Make sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog to see all the rooms that are being renovated right now, you will find so much inspiration.

Here is a recap of my 6 week outline:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling (READ HERE)
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing.

This post is sponsored by Kirkland’s – and you are going to so surpised.  Did you have any idea that they carry wallpaper?  And not only wallpaper, they have so many wall decals on their site that I spent hours trying to decide which pattern I wanted to use for the laundry room.  You can follow my step by step instructions of Wallpops Peel and Stick Wallpaper here during my pantry renovation.

Step One – Pick Your Pattern

Kirkland’s has so many different patterns of wallpaper on their website, you will love it! Make sure to scroll all the products right here.  I chose the Gray Ironwork pattern from Wallpops sold on the Kirkland’s site.

Step Two – Align Your Pieces

This part is essential before beginning.  All the directions are included in your Wallpops instructions.  Make sure to read them carefully.

Step Three – Prepare the Wall

Wipe down your wall (clean if necessary) and gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • level
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • razor
  • dry rag
  • spackle tool or straight edge

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Step Four – Mount Paper

Again, follow the instructions on mounting the first strip of peel and stick wallpaper. You have to measure 20 inches out from the wall and make a line to match your strip up to.  You cannot rely on the side wall as it may not be straight.  You will need to measure 1 milimeter out and then your 20 inches from there.  This will ensure your line is straight.  This doesn’t mean that your first strip will set perfectly against the wall.  Mine was off by a small measurement.  But if you align it this way you will not end up with crooked strips.

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Apply your top portion to the wall, matching the line you made.  Push out the bubbles with your straight edge as you move down the strip.  You will also slowly peel off the backing.

When you get to the end, use your straight edge and razor to cut.

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To hang the next strip, you will align the paper to the first strip, overlapping the paper by 1 milimeter. This will make sure there is no separation or pulling.

If you look closely you can see the small overlap in center line.

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The alignment might be a little off but far away you can not see it.

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Continue with this process until your wall is finished.

Give it a really good rub down with your dry rag to ensure that everything is adhearing properly.  And one small tip – for bubbles I couldn’t get out, I poked a very tiny pin hole into them and pushed the air out with my straight edge.  It worked really well.

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I love the way this simple addition changed the look of the whole room.  What a great transformation!

Make sure to check out Kirklands here to find all the different wallpaper ideas they carry!

Love,

Kelly

Wood Ceiling Install – One Room Challenge Week 2

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This One Room Challenge, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens, is getting me so excited.  My laundry room renovation is under way and the first week project is complete – the wood ceiling install.  It has been sponsored by Wallplanks and I couldn’t be happier with this product.  I will teach you all about it, but first here is my 6 week strategy:

Week One – OrigInal Room Reveal (read here)
Week Two – Wood Ceiling
Week Three – Wallpaper and Cupboards
Week Four – Floating Shelves
Week Five – Drying Racks and Folding Table
Week Six – Decorations and Reveal
This post contains affiliate links to help you navigate to products I have used and am showcasing. 

I have seen wood ceilings for some time now and really wanted to try it out in the laundry room.  Additionally, I wanted to use peel and stick wood planks.  I connected to this amazing company and know that their products are good to work with.  Head over to their site at Wallplanks.com to read about the history and how the planks are made.

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Step One – Decide Color and Amount

You can cruise their website to see all the different styles.  I love the rich tones of the Normandy – so that is what I picked.  But they have many different wood stains to choose from!  You will also need to measure the square feet of your space and figure out the amount you need.  They sell them in boxes so you will round up to the next box.  The area I needed covered required 2 boxes. Use my code #CGMFB for 20% off as well!

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Step Two – Find Studs

If you are laying this wood on the floor or a wall, you do not need studs. Quite frankly, it would probably be sticky enough to stay secure on the ceiling, but I decided to find the studs and add a few brad nails into the planks for security.  Find your studs and draw lines so you can see where they are during the whole project.

Step Three – Install

You will want your circular saw or miter saw (I used my Tacklife Miter Saw and you can find that here).  Here are the steps you will repeat:

  • Measure the length you desire

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  • Cut the length you desire

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  • Make sure the tongue and groove are on the exposed side (so you can attach the next piece)

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  • Peel off the backing and press firmly to ceiling (use level)

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  • Make sure to use a level to asure your board is straight
  • Use weighted roller to ensure adhearing

Make sure to stagger your boards how you desire as you continue this process.

The last plank on the final row may need to trimmed to fit the area.  Do this with your circular saw and be careful!

The final product turned out beautiful and only took an afternoon.  I am already trying ot figure out where else I can add Wallplanks Peel and Stick Products!

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Let me know if you have any questions – this was such a fun project!

Love,

Kelly

Master Bedroom Spring Refresh

This post is sponsored by California Design Den and Kasentex.  Affiliant links may be used for your convienance.   

When springtime rolls around I start to get the itch for freshness, and new linens for my bedroom is always a must.  It helps me get excited for sunshine and feels like a new start.  I am excited to share this master bedroom refresh with you today.

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Sheets

I love comfy sheets and always try to find soft ones that are 100% cotton and will fit my deep mattress.  I ordered some from California Design Den and I loved them.  They were a great price point and had very deep pockets, which was perfect.  You can find them here.

I washed them and got them all fitted.  I ordered the straight white set for a King bed.  They are Pure Natural 100% Cotton and fade resistant.  This helps us to stay cool while we sleep.

I also added a small spring bench to the foot of my bed from Kirkland’s. This is one of my favorite home decor stores and I loved the new spring line they launched.  The bench is called the Blue Striped Bench with Rope-Wrapped Legs.

Bedding

Once the sheets arrived and were fitted, I realized I would like a lighter quilt for the spring as well.  The creme one was beautiful but pretty heavy.  I asked around and a girlfriend told me about the company Kasentex.  She loved how lightweight and soft her set was when it arrived.

I love quilts, they are usually all cotton and super soft.  I like a weighted feel and this was the perfect mix between lightweight and durable.   I picked out the Kasentex Ultra-Soft Stone Washed Quilt Set with Decorative Floral Embroidery Design – in Slate Gray.  It was a fun new color that I hadn’t tried and fit my neutral tones.

This quilt has become my new favorite and I love the soft, light weight feel.  I just love how it adds to this spring refresh.  Now I will have a hard time getting out of bed every morning!

 

Resources from this post:

  • Sheets from California Design Den found here
  • California Design Den Blog found here
  • Bedding from Kasentex found here