The ultimate pillow-buying guide

Everyone wants a comfortable pillow to sleep on each night, but did you know that what’s comfortable to you might depend on your sleeping position? Different sleeping positions require different levels of support. People who sleep on their side need the most support, while those who rest on their stomach require very little. Those who prefer sleeping on their back will feel best with medium support. Read on to learn the various types of pillows you can buy and which one is best for each sleeping preference.

Goose down: Real down is very soft, which makes goose down pillows a great option for stomach sleepers. Choosing down will ensure that your neck doesn’t turn unnaturally when sleeping, which could cause your neck to feel sore the next day.

Feather: Classic feather pillows are very common and easy to find. Feathers are more supportive than down, but not as firm as other options, which makes them best suited for people who sleep on their back.stacked pillows from bellacor

Natural blend: Natural blend pillows like Hi-loft or 50-50 combine down and feathers to create a pillow that is both soft and supportive. These pillows are well-suited for all types of sleepers.

Down-alternative: Those who are sensitive to down can choose down-alternative pillows that offer similar comfort levels by using synthetic filling. Micro-gel pillows are also a great alternative to down and are recommended for those who are allergic to dust, pollen or down.

Memory foam: Back and side sleepers will enjoy memory foam pillows. The foam contours to the curves of the head and neck for better support, and some even feature gel to offer sleepers a cooling comfort.

Latex: If you’re tired of fluffing your pillows or replacing them due to flatness, choose a latex pillow. Latex is highly resistant and these pillows bounce back without fluffing. Latex pillows can be used for all sleeping positions.

By Wendy Weinert

How to put sheets on your bed without losing your cool

Putting on bedsheets – you’d think this task would be a no-brainer, but you and I both know that’s simply not true. There’s a reason why videos like the one below exist (watch if you’re looking for a good laugh). I can’t count the number of times I’ve become frustrated with my bedsheets! Fortunately, we’re not the only ones to have experienced problems with making the bed, and I’ve found some useful tips that can make the process more manageable. Just follow these steps.

1. Make sure you have the right sheet size. If you’re struggling to put on your fitted sheet, it may be simply because the sheet is too small.

2. When putting on your fitted sheet, start with one corner. Stretch the sheet corner over the mattress so that it completely covers the mattress and pad, if you have one. If the sheet is not securely tucked underneath the mattress, you could easily undo your work when moving on to the next corner.

3. Pull the second sheet corner over the mattress, choosing the corner that is diagonally opposite from the one you just completed. Repeat steps with the two remaining corners.

4. Smooth out the fitted sheet, making sure each corner is tucked securely underneath the mattress. If it’s not tight, the flat sheet will look lumpy.

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

5. Place your flat sheet over the fitted one, with the wrong side up. That way when you fold over the sheet at the head of the bed, the decorative side will show. Make sure that the sheet hangs evenly on both sides of the bed.

6. Tuck in the bottom of your sheet and then move on to the sides, tucking them in about three-fourths of the way toward the head of the bed.

7. Place your comforter on top of the flat sheet.

8. Fold the flat sheet over the comforter so the decorative side shows and there is about 15 inches for pillows. If you would prefer not to fold the flat sheet over, put it on your bed right-side up instead.

Voila! No longer do you have to struggle making your bed. And with practice, the process will only become easier.blue bedding

By Wendy Weinert

How to pick the perfect headboard for your bedroom

I’m sure many of you would agree with me when I say that a bed simply doesn’t look complete without a headboard. To me, headboards are the finishing touch. They easily enhance a room’s style.

While headboards are essential to your bedroom’s overall design, not just any headboard will do. Keep these factors in mind to find a headboard that complements your room.

Ceiling height
Photo Credit: Design 59

Photo Credit: Design 59

When buying any piece of furniture, you’ll have to consider the room’s size and make sure that the sofa, dresser or table is scaled accordingly. When buying a headboard, the room’s ceiling height also needs to be taken into consideration. If you have a low ceiling, a tall headboard would look out of place and overwhelming in the room. With a high ceiling, you can choose either a low or tall headboard, depending on your preference.

Materials

If you like to sit up in your bed to watch TV or read a book, you might want to consider an upholstered headboard. Upholstered headboards offer plenty of variety, allowing you to choose from different colors and patterns to suit your room and personality. That being said, not every room would benefit from fabric upholstery. Depending on your room’s style or personal preference, you might be better off with a wooden or metal headboard. If that’s the case, you can still sit up in bed; just use pillows for additional comfort.

Your room’s style

As I said earlier, your room’s style can help you determine the appropriate headboard for the space. If your room has a romantic style, choose a headboard with soft curves. A rustic or country-style bedroom would look best with a weathered wooden headboard. If you prefer a modern style, consider a black metal frame.

Does your bedroom appear incomplete? A headboard might be the missing piece to create a finished look and tie the room together!

By Wendy Weinert

The trend that’s here to stay: ombre and interior design

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

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Ombre became a popular trend on the runway last year and now the look can be seen everywhere, from hair styles to cake designs and even interior design. The word ombre describes when colors gradually fade into each other, usually from light to dark. For example, in fashion you might see an ombre skirt that starts white but gradually shifts shades into bright pink. This popular trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and it’s easy to see why. The look can be casual, sophisticated or simply fun depending on the colors you choose and the shading technique used. Here are some ideas for incorporating ombre into your own home’s interior design.

1. Paint the walls 

If you want to go bold, an ombre wall is the way to go. You may have to hire a professional to get the look just right, or you could also consider hanging up ombre wallpaper. If you like the dip-dye look but would rather make a subtle statement, start with a dark color of your choice on the bottom. Have it gradually change to a lighter shade within that same color family, rather than white.

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

2. Incorporate ombre with bedding or curtains

You might like ombre now, but if you think you’d only enjoy it for a year or two, try to incorporate the look into accessories that can be switched out easily, such as your curtains or bedspread. Decorating with trendy accessories allows you to keep your home up to date on all of the latest styles.

The trend that's here to stay: ombre and interior design

3. Update your furniture

Even furniture can feature the ombre style. Add a new chair in the living room that features the dip-dye style or give an old dresser new life by following this fun DIY ombre project.

Ombre may be the latest craze, but it doesn’t look like it’s going out of style anytime soon. Use any of these ideas to freshen up your home with ombre and give your space a new look!

By Wendy Weinert

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Every bride is different and what might be considered the perfect gift for one girl might be returned by another. How to find the perfect gift for the blushing bride-to-be in your life comes down to one thing: her personality. Here are ideas to get you inspired.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 820548

The “always think before you jump” friend or relative

You know the type. The one person who never does anything spontaneous and always has a plan. She’s practical, but that’s why you love her. The best gift for a practical bride is something she needs. If she doesn’t have a registry, don’t be afraid to ask the bride what gifts would be useful. Items like cookware are often popular with the practical types.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1522287

The wild one

She might have calmed down over the years, but you knew the bride when she was in college and a little wilder. Look for a gift that indulges her wild side, but also fits in with her present life. Anything that incorporates zebra or leopard print, such as throw pillows, towels or a blanket would work.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1524725

The bride with an artistic side

You’ve always been a little jealous of her creativity, but now’s your chance to show off your creative side as well. How about a fabulous piece of art? Or one of those DIY projects you’ve pinned to your board on Pinterest? A handmade gift is a great way to give something more personal.

Bridal Gift Suggestions for every Personality

Bellacor Number: 1223209

The laidback, one-of-the-guys girl

The word “drama” isn’t even in her vocabulary. This girl would much rather be at a sports bar than watching romantic chick flicks with her girlfriends. Get her tickets for a local sporting event that she and her new hubby can enjoy. Another great option is to buy a case of her favorite adult beverage and pair it with new drinking glasses.

The adventurous girl

While you might not be able to buy this girl a plane ticket to Europe, you can give her something to take along on her next adventure, such as a new camera or quality hiking gear.

With the bride’s personality in mind, you can buy a gift you know she’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert