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We have been very busy over the past few weeks with a variety of things but part of the activity has included hosting overnight guests from Russia (actually for two weeks).   Along with making sure our everyday guest room was ready, we also set up the office as a temporary guest room.   That meant upgrading a futon mattress from thin to thick along with new sheets.

I am a big fan of white bedding (and use them on our master bed) because it’s simple, fresh, and easy to clean.  But I recently picked up two sets of sheets from Marshall’s for our guest spaces and I went with patterned linens – specifically polka dots!  I chose red polka dots for the temporary guest space in the office but blue polka dots for the guest room.  They are so fun and I love the change!

I’m also always on the lookout for good gift ideas whether they are DIY, like this gift basket or jar,  or just useful or fun finds, like this vase,  so I wanted to share that I love these Land’s End totes to give as gifts!   I ordered two  for our house guests and they are really great quality.   The canvas is really thick and they are sturdy enough so that they stand up on their own.  I am also loving the combo of navy trim with green embroidered letters.

Almost everyone can use a extra bag around, and being able to embroider it with a monogram, word, or graphic makes it a great gift for a wedding, anniversary, graduation – pretty much any occasion!


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On my list of things to do this year is organize and improve the closet situation.   Really, I want to completely revamp my master bedroom closet and design it for better storage and organization.

But before I get there, I decided a first step for the closets in the other bedrooms could be a quick update with paint.   Wouldn’t it be fun to see a bright color when you open a typical, lackluster closet door? I wasn’t quite sure which direction to go in, until I saw this clearance shelf in Lowe’s one day.

Look at all that pink!  I picked up a few quarts to paint the closet in our guest room, which happens to feature fuschia curtains.   The closet in this room is where we store our luggage, but it’s also where guests can hang their items during their stay.

After emptying the closet,  I patched holes (left from removing old wire shelving) and taped off the carpet.   I wanted to see what kind of coverage Pantone paint has so I just started painting.  That was a mistake because I should’ve primed the walls first.  1. This closet has not been painted in over 20 years and 2.  Pink is like red, it takes a lot of coats to get the right coverage.   [I painted 4 coats of red in the dining room!]

I got so uninspired after the 2nd coat went on and you could barely tell a difference between it and the first coat.  I kind of gave up on the project and just quickly finished the 3rd coat using up all the paint I had .  It could use another coat but I gave up and called it done.

I took the opportunity to sort through all of the stuff we were storing in there and I was able to throw away and donate items so that there’s actually less in there now than there was before – which is a good thing!

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