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Happy Hour : Bed Making

Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?" You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun. Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour. Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating. In this series, we'll look at some quick and happy mood changers for our very own Happy Hour. Each should take about an hour - a mere 60 minutes - to perk up our minds and our rooms. Let's get the party started.

Here's a simple Happy Hour - take a look at your bed making to see if there's room for improvement. How many pillows on a bed is too many? I count at last 10 pillows on this bed and I'm not sure if that includes the ones that go under heads. That's a lot of taking off and putting back on each morning. And that's a lot of karate chopping to get the correct dimple. If this style brings you joy, I'm all for it. Around here, we've taken a much simpler approach. Let's take a look at bed making.

Years ago, P asked why we had so many pillows on our bed. Hmm, I couldn't give him an answer. In our 2nd bedroom, bed making is as simple as it gets. Just two sleeping pillows, a top sheet and a feather light comforter. Easy peasy. details a "luxury bed" including : 1. pillows, 2. European square pillows, 3. accent cushions, 4. duvet cover, 5. flat sheet, 6. fitted sheet, 7. throw. I see this style often in shelter magazines. Lately, have you noticed casually made beds are being featured? I wonder if just having the necessities on a bed are becoming more popular.


If you've traveled to Northern European countries, you're familiar with beds made up in this fashion. There's a fitted sheet on the mattress and a duvet for each sleeper. Each duvet cover is washed with the sheet and pillow cases. I once spent a winter in St. Moritz working as a hotel maid (in return, I got a ski pass, a cozy room, all meals plus a little money). I spent hours un-buttoning and re-buttoning duvet covers when cleaning rooms. Still, I was and am a fan of this style of bed making.

For decades in the U.S., most beds were made by using a simple bedspread. Over the years, styles changed to include quilts, duvets, throws, bed skirts and a ton of extra pillows.

A couple of weeks ago, on Shark Tank, two women were selling a giant headband that goes around the box spring to keep the fitted sheet in place. I was all set to buy but reviews are mixed. But wouldn't you love to wake up on top of a military-like tucked fitted sheet?

We have found a great comforter for sleeping in Northern California. The comforters in both our bedrooms are from Amazon - $70 for a king - and they wash beautifully. They are so light - it doesn't really feel like anything is on top of us. All we use is a top sheet and this comforter, pictured here..

Turns out, I've always been into bed making. Here I am in the 1960's proudly showing off my bed making skills. Ha! Hope you'll take a Happy Hour to access your bed. A little tweak might be just the ticket to making life a bit simpler.

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