Bedding Styles That Are Cozy Winter Modern

Make your bed comfy and cozy with these modern bedding styles and ideas for winter. Relax and enjoy staying indoors cuddled up in your bedroom — nobody said you had to be alone…

 

Amazing Winter Modern Bedding Styles

Check Out These Cozy and Comfy Ideas

 

The winter season is here and it just makes us want to hide further inside the bedding layers and not deal with the cold world outside. A perfect bed is a must to make the whole room come to life and to unwind after work and lazy in on the weekends. However layering your bedding doesn’t in any way means that it can’t be cozy yet modern and stylish!

The Layered Trend

Add an extra layer of comforter and duvet to stay extra warm and on top of the layering trend. This season is all about fluffy bedding styles.

Stock up your pillow collection for this season. Adding a few extra pillows gives that added fluff and warmth to the bed which is just what we all need in this harsh winter. Having a large pillow collection also comes in handy when you want to change up your room a bit. Just throw in a few fun, quirky pillows and the whole vibe changes instantly!

Add Throws

Throw in a faux fur, nubby blanket in no particular order for that added texture and warmth. Let one end of it touch the floor and it just yells ‘come lets snuggle’
Keep a couple of these in your winter collection too to give the room a changed look with different colored throws

The Tassel-Pompom Trend

Adding to the throw trend, this season is all about incorporating latest clothing trends into bed sheets and comforters in one way or the other. Tassels and pompoms have been on a roll this year and the style is here to stay. Just add another layer or warm fuzzy sheet with tassels or pompoms hanging on the ends. Find a sheet that has a nice contrast with your comforter and voila! A chic new look to your bedroom.

Stock up on blankets

Just like pillows and throws, go get your blanket collection sorted! Blankets are what make the whole bed pop!  Add Egyptian cotton blankets (this can be used both in summers and winters) and wool blankets to your bedding list.

Colors and Patterns

A good color scheme is important to maintain a certain vibe of any room. Why must the bedding be left behind?! This season, change things up a bit by contrasting the colors. Keep the bedding in warm tones according to the overall theme of the room. This gives a very autumnal and warm feeling which makes any cold harsh day better. If you want to step aside from the norm, go all out and bring the color in. Throw in colored blankets and pillows to spice up any room. If you’re like me and you are into the white bedding trend but still want some color, throw in pillows of deep browns or burgundies. A white-lined bed with a colored blanket or pillows will look trendy yet classic.
If you’re someone who likes to be edgier than the rest, throw in some cushions with quirky patterns or sayings on them.

 

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Holiday Foil Pillow Cover DIY

Looking for that something special to add to your holiday decor? Regular Contributor, Michelle James has just the thing–A DIY Holiday Pillow Cover!

 

Holiday Foil Pillow Cover

A Fun DIY Project To Add To Your Holidays

I am so happy to be back at Life with Lorelai today with a fun holiday tutorial. In the scrapbooking/stamping world, one of the hot trends right now is foil. It is used with heat and bonds to paper, fabric, and other surfaces. I had never used it before, but thought it was about time I got with the program.

I wanted to create some home décor; so, I made an envelope pillow cover and used the foil to create a holiday design.

 

 

Holiday Foil Pillow Cover Tutorial

Supplies needed:

Drop cloth – pre-washed

Pillow form

Envelope case tutorial from A Curiously Chic Life – she has a great tutorial on creating the actual pillow cover envelope case

Deco foil in red and green

Fusible Adhesive

Iron

Scrap paper

Some sort of tape (washi or scotch)

Holiday stencil

Sewing machine

Scissors for fabric and for paper

(There are different kinds of foil that work with different tools. This is the one that works with the iron and the fabric. It’s always good to try a scrap piece with a scrap piece of fabric first.)

Are you ready to get started?

First, we are going to cut the fabric for the envelope pillow cover. Follow the tutorial and measure accordingly for the size of your pillow form. This is the same tutorial I used for my Guest Room Welcome Pillow Cover, and it was easy to follow.

Then decide where you would like your design to be on the pillow cover (as if it were sewn together). Remember that it is “poofier” when the form is in the case. If you have your design too low when it is laying flat, it may be underneath the pillow when you add the form. So, just be aware of these things.

Before you sew your pillow cover, you want to get the foil design ironed on to the fabric. (I did the design after I had sewn, and you can see where I had a slight mishap. The bottom of the lower, red snowflake did not adhere like the rest of the design. This will be avoided if you get the design on before you stitch it up. Also, the green foil on the snowflake was a little wrinkled. I think this happened because it was between the two edge seams, and it didn’t get the proper pressure needed. Lesson learned!)

Lay your fabric down, and place your stencil on top. Tape it down, so it doesn’t move. I made my stencil using the Cricut Machine and the Doodlecharms template. I used the snowflake design. All three snowflakes cut out together, so it makes a great stencil. I also cut mine out on a scrap of Cricut vinyl. Since it has the sticky back it helps to keep it in place on the fabric.

 

I did not photograph this part, but I taped scrap pieces of printer paper on all four sides of the stencil to avoid over-spray onto the rest of the fabric. I covered all of it.

Then, shake up the spray adhesive. Keeping it fairly close to the fabric, spray it over the stencil. I went over it about 4 or 5 times. It looks like snow. Remove the stencil and the extra paper scraps.

Grab a piece of red foil and a piece of green foil. Cut pieces of the foil just big enough to cover different areas of the design, and place them pretty side up onto the adhesive. Be sure there are no bumps or seams under your fabric.

I set my iron to the cotton/linen setting, then placed the iron on top of the foil. I stayed in one place about 10-seconds, then moved the iron to a different spot for another 10-ish-seconds. I kept going until I knew I had ironed and heated the entire design.

This next part is the hardest part of all. Walk away from the project for at least an hour maybe two. It has to be COMPLETELY cool before you peel the foil.

When it is cool, you can peel off the foil off the pillow cover. Start slowly with one piece. If you start to see a lot of it is not sticking, then go over the whole design again with the iron. Then, walk away again!

Hopefully, this won’t happen, but it did to me. And, when I finally got to peel away the foil, it looked good. (Except for that one spot, Grrrr!)

After you have your pretty design ironed onto the fabric, you can finish sewing the envelope cover. Then, insert your pillow form into the pillow cover and …voila! You have a beautiful piece of décor that will last through the holiday season and for years to come.

Have a great day!

 

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Are You Getting Ready?

It has been a crazy couple of weeks on our stretch of the beach, but we’ll get into that a little later. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are getting ready for a wonderful holiday season.

Last month I made Autumn Pillow Covers for the throw pillows in my living room. At that time, I told you my plan was to use the covers for Christmas as well, with just a change of decorations.

So here it is… the Autumn Pillow Covers – Christmas Style!

My Christmas Pillow Covers!

Again, I removed the wire from the ribbon (I don’t want anybody to get poked). I used this ribbon to decorate other things around my house too. Don’t forget to check out the step-by-step tutorial, DIY – Pillow Covers!

It’s Christmastime!

I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas. I turn on the Christmas music and sing and dance around while I prepare my home the glorious festivities.

Here are a few of our decorations…

This display is on my stair landing and features a tree that Rory made in preschool.

I decided my new recessed lighting in the living room needed to be decorated for Christmas. It looks like a winter wonderland! I bought these adorable snowflakes as a six-pack at the 99-cents Only Store. Add a little elastic and some transparent thread and you have a simple and fun decoration.

I continued the snowflake theme in several other areas of our home…
including the guest bathroom.

This is one of my favorite displays. Father Christmas sitting in a sled with elves and sleigh bells. Fresh Christmas greens always add beauty and a wonderful scent all around your home; I love to use them.

If you want to see more Christmas decorating ideas, check out the first annual Christmas Home Tour series at The Road to Domestication. You will love it!

Are you a frugal decorator?

What are some of your favorite decorating tips?

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DIY – Pillow Covers

A Little Pillow Talk

When we fixed up the living room after the flood repairs and renovations, we put neutral covers on our couch and loveseat. Rory and I found some really pretty pillows to brighten them. Since there is not yet any decoration at all on the walls, the pillows really made a big difference. We decided that having seasonal pillows would be something we could have fun with while changing the feel of the room a bit from time-to-time.

It was late spring when we got our lovely pillows, and we haven’t changed them yet. our major budget constraints has kept up from being able to purchase four pillows at $25 to $35 a pop. But last Friday, Rory and I went out to the Sugar Plum Christmas Boutique (you can read more about Sugar Plum here). We didn’t expect to purchase anything. We just went out to look around and have some fun, which we did. Then, we found a 3-1/2 yard remnant on sale for $4.50 … I quickly estimated if that would be enough to cover my pillows and decided we couldn’t pass it up.

At home, I scrounged through my mother’s old sewing stuffs and found thread and snaps, as well as some leftover ribbon that I’d been saving. I measured the pillows and came up with a formula for how much material I would need to cover each pillow and just how I would go about sewing it. This is what I came up with…

DIY Pillow Covers

How Much Fabric Is Needed:

  • Measure Your pillow all the way around both length and width.

For the Length:

  • Add 1-1/2 inches for turning and sewing edges.
  • Add another 6 inches for overlap.

My pillows are square. they measured 33-1/2 inches. So here’s the formula for figuring out how to cut my fabric.   33.5 + 1.5 + 6 = 41 inches

For the Width:

  • Divide the all around width measure by 2
  • Add 1-1/2 inches for side seams
  • Add 1/4 inch for stuffing room

33.5 / 2 = 16.75

16.75 + 1.5 + .25 = 18.5 inches

So, I needed to cut 41 x 18.5 inch pieces of fabric .

How To Sew The Pillow Covers:

  • Start with the short edges of the fabric. Turn fabric right-side down. Fold edge over to the wrong-side of fabric (about the width of the sewing foot). Stitch.
  • Turn the edge over again and Stitch. This will keep raw edges from being exposed. Do both short edges of fabric this way.
  • Fold the fabric length-wise, right-side out, so there is 6 inches of overlap. Pin and stitch each side. (I lined up the edge of the sewing foot with the edged of the material.)
  • Once both sides are stitched, turn the pillow cover inside out and stitch the sides again.
  • Flip pillow cover right-side out. Your sewing is finished!

Options:

You do not need to use anything to seal the overlap flap closed, but you could use snaps (like me) that would be hidden, velcro, buttons, or even ribboning. The possibilities are endless.

This is a basic, simple pillow cover that you can embellish how ever you like. I decorated my pillow with a fall ribbon.

**NOTE –  my ribbon was wired, so I pulled the wire out of the ribbon before sewing it around the pillow. Since I will be using these pillow covers for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, I did not attach the ribbon to the pillow cover, but rather just sewed it around it so that it will slide off when I want to change the decoration. I hand stitched the ribbon at the edges so you cannot even see where I stitched.

So, for $4.50 Rory and I have new Fall pillows just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Do you have any money saving decorating ideas?

I’d love to hear your ideas for pillow decorations.

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