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Cozy Beds

Posted by Alyssa on November 30, 2018

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It’s winter time and that means shorter days, but don’t let that get you down. That gives you even more time to cozy up in your bed! Is there anything better than climbing into a warm, inviting, soft bed at the end of a long, cold day? Get ready to make your bed as cozy as possible by following these tips. 

Cozy Beds

Get a nice mattress that you actually like sleeping on. If you are wondering whether or not it’s time for a new mattress, this guide will help you know if you need to come in.

Invest in nice sheets. You’ll love climbing into bed each night and will definitely notice a difference from the cheap, ratty sheets you may be sleeping on now!

beds

via Domino

Get a pillow that works for you and how you sleep. Did you know that the position you sleep in makes a difference in what pillow you should use? Side sleepers should choose firm pillows, back sleepers should use a medium pillow, and stomach sleepers need a soft pillow.

Toss away the layers and layers of heavy blankets and get a down comforter. Warm and weightless, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a cloud.

cozy bed

via Hairs Out of Place

Don’t get rid of all your blankets though! Throw blankets add texture and warmth, and are easy to swap out for a different look whenever you need a change.

Pillows pillows pillows! Obviously, you still need room to fit on your mattress, but a pile of pillows to snuggle up with will make your bed super cozy.

While lighting isn’t necessarily part of the bed, candles and lamps will make your bed feel extra inviting. Turn off that overhead light and get cozy!

How cozy is your bed? 

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Reclaimed Wood Fireplaces

Posted by Alyssa on November 29, 2018

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While it may sound appealing to have a fireplace in your home, I’ve seen some pretty unfortunate ones. Using reclaimed wood to cover up a fireplace is a great way to make what was an eyesore into the main focus of your room! Reclaimed wood is simply wood that you are taking from its original source and using for something new. Don’t think that using reclaimed wood will immediately make your room feel rustic - it all just depends on the styling. Check out some different reclaimed wood fireplaces below and if you’re interested in doing a DIY fireplace makeover, this article has some good ideas on how to get started. 

Reclaimed Wood Fireplaces

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via Kate's Creative Space

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via HGTV

via Kristi Murphy

fireplace

via Apartment Therapy

Would you have a reclaimed fireplace in your home? 

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Nursery Art Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on November 28, 2018

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I have a new baby in my house and even with my two-year-old running around, it’s amazing to me how much time we spend in the nursery. What with feeding the baby, rocking the baby, changing the babies clothes and diapers, the nursery is one of the most used rooms in our home! Which is why it’s important to make sure that space is just as comfortable, beautiful, and homey as the rest of your house. Hanging up just a few pieces of artwork will make the nursery in your home feel special and one of a kind - just like the little one sleeping in the crib! I found some of my favorite artwork for nurseries I thought I’d share below. 

Nursery Art Ideas

art

via RC Willey

rainbow

via Little Lief Creative

animals

via RC Willey

art

via Art Prints Factory

art

via My Paper House Shop

ballet

via RC Willey

flowers

via RC Willey

nursery

via Paper Paint Pixels

Where did you find art for your nursery? 

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White Kitchens

Posted by Alyssa on November 27, 2018

Is there anything more clean and simple feeling than a white kitchen? I love how classic and simple an all-white kitchen can look. Whether you’re planning on doing a complete remodel or you’ve decided to pick up a paintbrush for a quick touch up, you can’t go wrong with a white kitchen.

Keep reading for white kitchen inspiration! 

White Kitchens

white kitchen

via Ideal Home

via Decoholic

via The Everygirl

kitchen

via Home Bunch

white kitchen

via Love Grows Wild

Once you have your white kitchen, don't forget about the appliances! RC Willey has everything you need to make a gourmet kitchen.

What do you think about white kitchens? 

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Posted by Alyssa on November 26, 2018

Do you dread doing laundry each week because the thought of trying to shove a fitted sheet into your linen closet is too overwhelming? Is your linen closet a pile of crumpled sheets? It might be time to figure out how to fold a fitted sheet! 

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Seriously, watching this is a game changer! And now that you know how to fold a fitted sheet, make sure you check out washing machines and dryers from RC Willey. Laundry day will never be the same again!

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Mixing Patterns in Living Room

Posted by Alyssa on November 8, 2018

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If you haven’t ever tried it before, mixing patterns can feel a little scary. How do you know what patterns will work? Won’t the room look too busy? What if it look horrible when I’m done? If you find yourself asking these questions when it comes to deciding whether or not you’ll be mixing patterns, don’t panic! With just a little guidance you’ll be able to mix patterns like a pro. Check out some of these tips to help get you started. 

Mixing Patterns in Living Rooms

Before you begin, decide what overall look you want. This will help determine what types of patterns and colors you want to use. Florals are generally more feminine while animal prints read eclectic. Knowing what you like will help you focus in on what patterns you’ll want to use.

living room

via Eleven Magnolia Lane

Use an odd number of patterns and start out with just three to begin. The scale of your patterns should be mixed. If you aren’t sure what to use, stick with a large scale pattern, a medium, and a small to start.

living room

via Better Homes and Gardens

Stick with a consistent color scheme. If you choose jewel tones, make sure all the patterns you use are in that category. Same goes for pastels. Your room will make more sense if you keep things more unified.

living room

via The Everygirl

Spread the patterns throughout the entire room. If all your patterns are clumped together it won’t look as intentional or thought out as it will if you scatter them throughout.

living room

via Place of My Taste

Include some solids to help your eye rest and break things up.

living room

via Better Homes and Gardens

Most importantly, remember to trust your instincts. If you like it, keep it! If you think it’s bad, it probably is.

 

Do you like to mix patterns in your home? RC Willey is the place to find any home decor you may need to make your house feel like a home. 

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Pumpkin Recipes

Posted by Alyssa on November 7, 2018

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In my opinion, one of the best parts of fall is how pumpkin invades pretty much everything. Pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin decorations, and best of all, pumpkin recipes! This year my goal is to branch out of the typical pumpkin desserts and start making savory pumpkin recipes. I’ve collected some different recipes I’m hoping to try out this month and am going to share them in the hopes that you’ll give them a try too! Don’t forget that you can get any kitchen appliances you may need this holiday season at RC Willey. 

Pumpkin Recipes

PUMPKIN VEGETABLE CURRY STEW

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Find the recipe at Martha Stewart

SAVORY PUMPKIN AND SAGE SOUP

soup

Find the recipe at Good Housekeeping

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti and Garlic Kale

spaghetti

Find the recipe at Pinch of Yum

ROASTED PUMPKIN RISOTTO

risotto

Find the recipe at The Cozy Apron

One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta

pumpkin

Find the recipe at Domestic Superhero

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes to make? 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on November 6, 2018

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Now that it’s November it’s time to swap out the skeletons and ghosts and get ready for Thanksgiving. There are some easy things you can bring into your house to really get into the holiday spirit! Check out some of these Thanksgiving decoration ideas to help inspire your home decor this season. 

Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

thanksgiving

via Home Bunch

thanksgiving

via RC Willey

wreath

via Etsy

wreath

via RC Willey

How have you decorated your home for this Thanksgiving? 

 

 

 

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New Apartment Checklist

Posted by Alyssa on November 5, 2018

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If you are moving into a new apartment, or you know someone who is moving into their first apartment, it can feel overwhelming getting everything set up. Packing, unpacking, and runs to the store for basic supplies can make even the most organized person feel scattered and forgetful! That’s why I’ve come up with a first apartment checklist to help you keep everything in order. 

New Apartment Checklist

FURNITURE

Don’t worry about furnishing your entire apartment all at once. There are a few things you definitely need like a mattress, a dresser, a table, chairs, and a couch. Take your time finding things you like and keep your eyes open for deals.

KITCHEN

In your kitchen, you’ll want to make sure you have enough dishes that your guests won’t be eating off napkins or paper plates. You probably don’t have the room or the budget to have a gourmet kitchen right away, and you don’t need one! Some kitchen basics you may need are:

  • Water glasses
  • Plates
  • Cereal bowl
  • Utensils
  • Frying pan
  • Pots
  • Cookie sheets
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Spatula

BATHROOM

Bathrooms are easy to set up and don’t require too much to get them going. You will want to make sure you have:

  • Shower curtain
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage can
  • Towels
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Laundry hamper

living room

via The Everygirl

CLEANING SUPPLIES

It can be easy to forget about cleaning supplies, but make sure they make your list! You’ll want to clean as you unpack so your apartment is ready to go the moment the last box is emptied.

  • Vacuum
  • Broom and mop
  • Multi-surface cleaner
  • Rags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet bowl cleaner and scrub brush
  • Dish/dishwasher soap
  • Window cleaner

ODDS AND ENDS

There are some basic things you will need so make sure you have them on hand.

  • Extension cord
  • Phone charger
  • Trash cans in each room
  • Batteries
  • Power Strip
  • Clothing hangers
  • First-aid kit
  • Step stool
  • Toolkit with nails and wall hooks

This is a very basic new apartment checklist, but it should get you started on your new home! Once you’ve got things up and running you’ll be able to add accessories, art, and different touches to make your new apartment feel like home.

 

What do you always make sure you have when you move into a new apartment?

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