how to make a bed & start your day off right!


most mornings, this is what my bed looks like.  #honesty.  post sleep, blankets pulled up and tossed on, pillows plopped on top if they are lucky enough to make their way off the floor.


our euro pillows have seen better days.  i don’t even know how old they are, but they are basically lifeless.  most nights i’m working on my computer from bed, with my iPad next to me (catching up on shows on hulu), and i use one of these pillows as back support.  well, they’ve not been so supportive lately.


i feel much better when i take a couple minutes to make my bed, and really, its just such a good way to start my day!  its kind of like What I Wore – i just feel better when i look better!  when i let making my bed slip, its so much easier to leave the dishes a bit longer, leave the laundry in the dryer, ignore the piles…

so let’s start with some fresh sheets!  i love these sheets from target (no longer available) for their cute cross print and their deep pocketed fitted sheets – i hate it when the fitted sheet slips up the side of the mattress!


next i lay the flat sheet on top, upside down, pulled all the way up the the top of the mattress.  my mom taught me this when i was young, but never really understood the purpose until i cared about making a pretty bed.  just wait, you’ll see why…


when its not too cold, i like to use a pretty coverlet rather than a thick blanket next.  this one was from our wedding (awwww!).


then i fold down that upside down sheet over the coverlet.


see?  so pretty.  so easy.


then i prop up our bed pillows.


and it was time to replace those euro pillows!  the folks at pillow cubes asked me to choose a couple pillows to try out.  i chose a pair of 28×28″ hypo allergenic synthetic down pillows.  i wanted soft and comfy, but sean is allergic to down and we needed to find an alternative.


these pillows are so fluffy, yet firm and supportive – just what i was looking for.  and they look so much better than the limp ones we replaced!


i finish off the end of my bed with our comforter.  we sleep with it most nights if its cold enough but i like how it looks folded at the end of the bed.  i pull it up all the way, then triple fold it back at the foot on my bed.


i like to mix up my throw pillows every once in awhile for a bit of interest, and i’m done!


and just like that, i’m more likely to take care of the rest of my house, just because i made my bed today!

is there anything you do that helps your day go more smoothly?  i wish i also did my s=dishes every night so i start with an empty sink, but alas, that comfy bed is so much more alluring in the evening than those filthy dishes!

and pillow cubes is offering 10% off your order with coupon code PleatedPoppy10.  woohoo!

exciting news!

its always fun to start a post like that, right?!  and i’ll just stop you right there.  no.  i am not pregnant.  i know you were thinking that!

sean and i have been eyeing some property for quite awhile now, even before it was up for sale.  its right next door to some good friends of ours, which is a sweet bonus.  it has a breathtaking view, is close to downtown, in a great neighborhood, and is a little more than 1.5 acres… so much that makes it appealing!

i’ve been daydreaming about building again for awhile.  i love our home.  i really do.  and i’d be happy to stay here forever.  but my wheels have been spinning  with ideas for a new building project (see this board)!   when we heard that this property may come up for sale, we felt like this was it.  this is what we had been day dreaming about.  we were told originally that this property wouldn’t be sold for quite awhile – it was in a trust and some issues needed to be worked through first (trust issues – ha!).  so we decided to stop thinking about it, but it in the back of our minds, and move on.  and then so soon after we had readjusted our mindset, they decided to move forward quickly and sell!

this is a great property and we would be so excited to have it, but its definitely not ours yet.  lots of other people want it as well.  so we wait and see if this is what God has planned for us.  we have decided to pray BIG because God does big things.  and we’ve been asking that He is really clear.  that doors will be clearly shut or clearly open.  and so far, we’ve had all open doors.

i am so excited about the idea of designing a home again, about what i’d do the same, about what i’d do differently.  and about documenting the whole process here!

so, yes, this is all super exciting, stressful, unsettling… and it means we have to sell our home if we get this property.  and that is why i haven’t been blogging much lately.  we’ve been maniacally finishing all the little & big projects we’ve been meaning to do for years (like stuccoing our back yard fireplace).  and clearing out the extra clutter and personal items from all around the house (no easy task to  do!).  here are a bunch of my most recent house pics for your viewing pleasure ;)  maybe i’ll do a more official house tour post soon…



























(i decluttered quite a bit more after these pics)

our house went on the market yesterday.  yikes!!!!  we have already had several people viewing the house (and for the record, it is so hard to get 3 kids off to school and maintain a home that looks like no one lives there!).  so, anyone interested in moving to san luis obispo, california and buying my home?  for reals.  if you or anyone you know is seriously interested, you can email me and i’ll send you the listing link.  its hard to find a move-in ready home in our town, plus a large yard, within walking distance of downtown, with a separate guest space to boot, so our space is pretty unique in that way.  my email is