Create a Romantic Breakfast in Bed

A Special Treat for the One Who Has It All

We live in a world where items can be purchased online or in person and be enjoyed immediately, so this doesn’t leave a lot of room when it comes to gift giving. What do you do for a special person in your life, whether it’s your parents, spouse or a friend coming to visit? Consider a kind gesture instead. The act of giving of one’s self without the need for something in return is something the person you do it for will not soon forget. One of the ways you can do something kind for someone, especially if they are in your home with you permanently or temporarily is to make them breakfast in bed. This shows you care for them and their needs while they are with you, and you want them to be as comfortable and welcomed as possible. You can make it a surprise or you can tell them in advance that they need not leave their room for breakfast time since it will be coming to them. That way you can inquire about their preferences for their meal. It can be as simple as a black coffee, orange juice and bowl of oatmeal or as fancy as a cappuccino, chocolate crepes and fresh fruit assortment-this is all about making the recipient feel valued.

Once they have placed their order, ask them what time would be best for them to receive their at-home room service and start gathering your supplies. To really make it special, use a large wooden serving tray with placemat covering and fabric napkin. Include a morning newspaper if they so desire and plate their food on a washable plate with silverware-no plastic forks or paper plates! For the final touch, add a handwritten note mentioning how much you appreciate them and the role they play in your life. At the end of their morning meal, they will hopefully be energized, ready for the day and grateful to have a wonderful person like you in their life. Never underestimate the impact of a kind gesture.

Guest Bedroom Must Haves

When getting a guest room ready for house guest, there are some things to consider. The guests should be comfortable and have some necessities. Read along to get a better understanding of stocking this room for comfort.

The bedding should be comfortable and versatile. Make sure the bedding is soft and layered. Always use the top sheet covered by a duvet or comforter. It is also nice to have a throw or quit folded up at the end of the bed. Do so just in case it gets cold at night. Guest can always take blankets away, but they can’t add warm bedding if it is not available to them.

Make sure there is storage space for their clothing, belongings and their suitcase. Storage for clothing should be a dresser with some free drawers available. It is a good idea to have room in a closet with empty hangers. It is nice to have the option to hang clothes when traveling. Also make sure there is enough room in the closet for guest to store their suitcase. If no closet is available add a luggage rack or two at the end of the bed. This is convenient for packing and unpacking, using the bed as a place to fold and get organized. Having the suitcases at the end of the bed on luggage racks, makes it easier to pack. Plus, the bedding will not get stains from dirty suitcase wheels.

Place at least one night stand next to the bed. Add a bedside lamp to the night stand as well. A bedside lamp will add extra lighting for guest to use at night.

Place clean towels on the bed before visitors arrive. Whenever possible have a place for people to hang their damp towels. It is nice to have racks on the back of the door. This allows for someone to get ready in their bedroom without having to go back to the bathroom and find a place to hang a damp towel.

Details make for an inviting space. To make the room extra welcoming add a vase of fresh flowers to the night stand or a dresser. Visitors will be very appreciative of your hospitality if you take the details into account.

Banquette Style Seating

While standard kitchen chairs are great, banquette style seating is chic and it is a great way to add an area of interest to your kitchen. Banquette seating are built in benches that you would normally see in a restaurant. However, in recent years this style has transcended into homes becoming an increasingly popular seating option for the kitchen area.

If you’re in the process of redesigning your kitchen here’s why you should consider adding banquette style kitchen furniture.

Short on space? Perhaps the greatest feature of banquettes is that they allow you to maximize the available space. Tables and chairs require clearances between other kitchen furniture so that your family is able to navigate through the kitchen. Since banquettes are built into the walls usually taking on a U-shape that opens up the traffic flow in the kitchen. Usually, banquettes are installed in corner or near the windows. Such locations allows you to use the remaining real estate as you desire.

Depending upon the build of the banquette you can fold the bench in when it’s not in use. In addition, you can turn your banquette into storage. When you lift up the seat there will be space where you can store extra dish ware and linen.

Banquettes seating is cozy and creates an intimate atmosphere. Just think, during family meals and when you entertain guests you won’t be seated far from each other which allows you to enjoy discussion. This can also serve as a work station and a relaxing area for the children to do their homework.

If you’re considering implementing a banquette seating arrangement in your kitchen know that their numerous design styles on the market. You can purchase benches that have been upholstered with print designs and padding for comfort such as the banquette bench below.

For added sense of charm you can purchase a wooden crafted banquette table. When choosing a banquette table and bench get creative. Don’t limit yourself to more traditional banquette tables and benches.

Yes, banquette style seating is ultra stylish, flexible and can be just what your kitchen needs to add drama and character to the space.

Bringing the Bed And Breakfast to Your Home

Who doesn’t love a getaway? There’s nothing like escaping to your favorite bed and breakfast in the mountains and getting pampered for the weekend. If you’re really set on the bed and breakfast experience then it’s time to bring the getaway to your home.

Bringing the bed and breakfast feel to your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are simple and affordable ways you can get started.

One of the best parts of a bed and breakfast is getting to relax in a fresh and clean room that’s free of clutter. So the first order of business is to declutter and declutter some more. That means all those old magazines in the corner and the storage bins filled with old clothes taking up space needs to go. There’s nothing that will kill the romance and relaxation faster than junk. You’ll want to make sure the room is cleaned every day and that the bed is made up.

  1. Quality bedding is a must have to simulate the feel of a bed and breakfast. There’s no way you’ll feel totally relaxed on cheap scratchy sheets. Therefore, you’ll want to invest in quality sheets and comforters with a high thread count. Purchase pretty sheets with a nice pattern that you will love to look at, and will bring you joy.

  2. Don’t forget the layers of warmth which will include the fluffy decorator pillows and the duvet. There’s nothing like sinking into a bunch of comfy pillows at the end of the night. Set the mood by setting up candles, investing up to a faux fireplace or purchasing glowing lampshades.

  3. You’ll want the bedroom to smell really good. Try using a linen spray to freshen up the sheets and the air in the room. Also, give some thought to the colors that you use to decorate the space. Because colors can contribute to the mood.

  4. Although you’re at home you can really make it a true getaway experience. That means you’ll want to be surrounded by beauty, peace and quiet. Enjoy!

Kitchen Backsplash Options

Today there are so many types of material to choose from for your kitchen backsplash.

Glass is a great material to use as a backsplash. One of the advantages of a glass backsplash is that it is non-porous making it durable and easy to clean. It comes in sheet form as well as tiles. Another advantage is you can have it made from recycled glass, which is better for the environment. It is also extremely durable.

Metal is also a wonderful option. This might sound simplistic but there is a lot that you can do with metal to create a beautiful backsplash. Metal can be cut into tiles, metal sheets, or small panels. Almost any type of metal that you can have fabricated and installed will work as a backsplash. Metal can be textured which creates different decorating styles. Some examples are pressed tin, or pillowed and pressed sheet metal.

Solid surface is a great option for a backsplash. It is available in many colors and designs. It is also easy to remove stains and scratches from this material because it is renewable.

Stone backsplash offers a natural beauty, but is heavy and porous which means it can stain easier and needs to be sealed periodically. Some options are granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx. An advantage to stone backsplash is that it is very durable if it is cared for properly. There are also many types of finishes such as tumbled or matte which add to the décor of your kitchen.

Cleaning your backsplash is important because your backsplash is one area of your kitchen that is constantly exposed to grease and oil. Some sources recommend cleaning it regularly with a half white vinegar and water solution. This will cut through the oil and grease. You can also scrub it with baking soda, which will also get rid of remaining residue. Cleaning the grout is also key in maintaining your backsplash. It is important to research effective cleaning for different types of backsplash. For example, certain stone backsplashes should not be cleaned with acidic cleaners. Make sure to educate yourself about how to clean the type of material you have chosen for your backsplash.

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Be An Expert In Organization

You are having company over and feel as if your home is one giant, disorganized mess. You do not know where to start, but things must get done! Take a deep breath, organizing does not need to be overwhelming. Start with one room at a time instead of jumping back and forth between rooms. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish then we are ready to begin:


1. Set a schedule. If you want to accomplish a lot before your guests arrive, you will need to make a schedule. The schedule should include your top priorities for each room, the amount of time it should take you, and your list of secondary priorities that you would like to accomplish if you have extra time. You will need to take into consideration how many days you have to organize your home before your guests arrive. If you have more than one day, try to spread the tasks out over the course of two days.

  1. Sort it out. Drawers, closets, and rooms get filled with an assortment of household items. To sort through them, you will need four piles: keep, donate, trash, and put away. First, your keep pile will be the essential items that you use regularly. Second, your donate pile will be things that are in good condition. Third, your trash pile will be things that are of no value. Lastly, your put away pile will be things that you want to keep, but can be stored for later use.

    Examples:
    Keep Pile: The current season’s clothing.
    Donate Pile: Jeans that do not fit you anymore.
    Trash Pile: A shirt you ripped underneath the arm and never wear.
    Put away Pile: Last season’s clothes (winter jackets, boots, etc.)

  2. Stash away. Storage is critical when you are organizing your home. You want to make sure that everything has a proper place to go. If you are low on storage, try purchasing low-budget storage containers or furniture. Bookshelves can be a perfect solution for your decorations.

  3. Stay sane! There is a lot to get done when you are trying to organize and clean your home, we totally get it. The most important step is to remain calm. Take breaks when you need them and do not push yourself past your breaking point. Keep in mind that things will get done because you have a plan. You just need to keep breathing and keep in mind that your company will still love you even if your house is not in perfect condition. Remember that our worst critic is always ourselves.

If you need more inspiration while organizing, turn on your favorite song to get you pumped. Music can boost your mood and help you get into the groove of straightening up. We hope these tips helped you with your organization efforts. If you have any tips of your own, we would love to hear them in the comment section below.