I, for better or worse, tend to be a last minuter. I might have bought the gift for my friend a month ago, but five minutes before I have to leave for the birthday party, I’m feverishly wrapping it while choosing something to wear and putting on a final coat of mascara. Even worse is when I realize that I have the gift, but nothing to wrap it with, then panic really sets in (newspaper gift wrap anyone?). I have since solved this dilemma by never being without the means to wrap a gift.
Do you ever get tired of looking at the same stuff in your house? I do for sure. That’s why I like to do a little “updating” every so often to change things out (be it new pillows for the couch, a new coffee table book, or a new tchotchke for my book shelf), just so my eyes don’t glaze over when I walk into my house. New stuff (sadly) makes me feel happy.
When Spring turns to Summer, I find myself pulling the down comforter off of the bed and exchanging it for a quilt. This year I knew I wanted to find a new quilt. It was time. I was simply tired of looking at the old one that comes out every summer. And, since the bed is such focal point in the bedroom, changing out the comforter can make you feel like you redid the entire bedroom. It’s also relatively inexpensive to buy new bedding (provided you know where to shop), yet it makes such a big difference in a bedroom.
I was on the hunt and it took some time, but alas, success! I found this quilt, pillow shams, and accent pillow at T.J. Maxx and Homegoods (I had to go to two stores to find the combination) for $80 total. I think it was worth it!
I always try to have fresh flowers around the house and for summer, I love sunflowers. They’re cheery and bright and just scream summer to me. They’re also relatively inexpensive and they last a while, as flowers go.
I love coffee table books and I think that at least a couple (for me, it’s actually between 7-9) belong on everyone’s coffee table for both you and your guests to peruse.