Cute Portland Apartment Bedroom

Cute Portland Apartment Bedroom | redleafstyle.com

Over the past few days, I visited Portland, Oregon for a fun long weekend with friends. We spent the time shopping, trying out microbreweries and drinking a lot of coffee. We rented an adorable apartment to stay in. It was an old house that had been converted into apartments. Exactly my kind of style. Check out the cute pink, blue and yellow bedroom.

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Do you think the apartment is as adorable as I do? Want to see the rest of the apartment? Check out the bathroom, kitchen and living room.

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The Secret to Making Your Bed Every Day

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If you’re like me, it’s a struggle just to get out of that comfy bed in the morning, let alone make it. On those days when I do actually manage to put the sheets back in order, smooth out the comforter and fluff the pillows, I’m always happy that I did take the time to make my bed.

I love the feeling of contentment it brings. My day seems to start on a more calm—and ordered note—whenever I make my bed. And, I immediately feel productive. It even makes a stressful day seem a tad better when I come home to a bed that’s in order.

Apparently making your bed every day doesn’t only bring contentment; it might actually make you happy. In The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, she discusses the happiness benefits of making your bed every day. She even wrote about this idea again on her blog because she has gotten such great responses from people who find that their favorite “happiness project” is simply making the bed every day.

The thing is, not everyone likes to fully make the bed. Personally, I all out make my bed with sheets tucked in, comforter pulled up and blankets perfectly folded. Because I’m detail-crazy. But, maybe that doesn’t work for you. Maybe the idea of a perfectly made bed irks you. So…

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Make the bed that makes you happy. Simple as that. Maybe you just want to pull the covers up and fold them over, that way you can climb straight in without any fuss. Or, maybe you just line up the pillows. Your home is for you to be happy in, not anyone else. So, don’t worry about making the bed the way you think it should be made. Do it the way that you love, and then you’ll actually want to make it every day.

How do you make your bed? I’d love to hear your thoughts on making the bed every day in the comments…

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Mix-n-Match Your Way to Your Favorite Bedding

Mix n Match Your Way to Your Favorite Bedding | redleafstyle.com

I have a thing for mixing old and new in my home. Take the bedroom. Layered on top of my 3-year-old Target comforter is an I-don’t-know-how-old handmade quilt. Vintage and modern. Something about the mix of the hand stitched quilt and the contemporary-patterned comforter just works for me.

Pairing the modern comforter with the old world quilt creates an overall look that feels more texture-ized and comfy. It’s not as “flat” as either one of the pieces by themselves. And, even though the colors of the quilt and comforter don’t exactly “match”, they do work with each other. Like friends. Even in their distinct differentness, they’re both similar-hued and neither overpowers the other.

So, what about you and your bed?

You can use this same idea of mix-n-matching with your own bed. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a mixture of old and new. Just think about combining opposites. Pair a simple white duvet with a rich faux fur throw. Layer a plain yellow bedspread over polka dot sheets. Drape a ruffled throw over a smooth duvet.

Anytime you look at the beds in magazines, they’re all decked out in blankets, shams, duvets and sheets in different textures, similar-style patterns, and various fabrics. All of those layers (even if they’re just visual) make the bed look all fluffy and snug, and wouldn’t it be perfect if you could just crawl into the magazine and take a nap? Transform your own bed into a comfy wonder by layering opposites.

What do you love about your own bedding? Do you like layers and mixing fabrics, colors or textures? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments…

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