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It’s Party Time!

 

It’s still holiday time, in fact, next week is New Year’s Eve! The weather report in the south is projecting a balmy evening, the guest list is planned, the freezer is stocked – there’s only one problem; no party space. The dining room is microscopic, and the family room is home to every plastic toy known to man. And we all know that once armed with adult beverages, even the most careful of guests can cause serious damage resulting in broken glass, hurt feelings or ruined furniture. A solution- take the party outside to the carport! How? Following are a few simple, cost-effective ways to restyle a parking space into a party space. By introducing pattern, color, draperies and lightweight furniture, your carport will never tell anyone that it was once dressed in oily leaks and muddy tire marks.

 
To begin creating the illusion that a car was never housed within its walls, start from the ground up.Paint the  flooring with  contrasting colors to create a graphic pattern mimicking a rug-like appearance will hide the floor’s dirty past. Don’t get carried away, stripes are the way to go as they are simple and quick to create.

 

Wash down the surface with a hose and let it air dry, then paint the entire space a solid base color using a roller. Once it is dry to the touch, use painters’ tape to mark the stripes. Start with the accent color, reposition the tape as necessary, and then paint your final color. Wait at least 4 hours before stepping on the newly painted space.

 
Proper seating is key to keeping your guests comfortable. Sturdy, lightweight chairs made of metal or plastic can be found at discount stores and yard sales. Don’t worry about the color because you’re going to paint them. The cushions aren’t a problem either, because they are easily changed. Lightly sand the existing finish off the chairs. Add a coat of spray primer, then a coat of high-gloss spray paint. Remove the existing cushions with a screwdriver, remove the old fabric, and use a staple gun to attach the new fabric.
The entire neighborhood isn’t invited? No problem! Attach drapery hardware to outdoor walls or beams using flanges and metal screws. Attach the curtains with rings because you will want to easily remove them after the party when you put your car back. To give the drapery panels a more custom-made look, it’s all about the fold. Once the panels are all attached, run your fingers through the back and front of the fabric, creating a fold from the top all the way to the bottom.

 
Every party space has a great light fixture. To ground your temporary outdoor dining space without having to fuss with electricity hang paper lanterns in contrasting colors; with some hook eyes and string. Add battery operated tea lights inside instead of true candles. Bring in a table draped in a coordinating cloth; add food, music and friends, and the celebration is on!

Mother Always Said “Make Your Bed!”

 

Making your bed is something your mother told you was a requirement in life, so for years you probably didn’t do it. But now, after all those years of mutiny, some holiday company is coming to your house and you’re not sure how to start putting your bed back together after all these years.

Do you even have the proper bedding and linens? What’s under the bed? Give your bed a finished look and hide the junk underneath by adding a bed skirt. A bed skirt should be the size of your mattress and has either ruffles or panels on two or three of the sides. It lies between the top and bottom mattress. The next layer on a well-made bed is a mattress pad; they come in various prices and cushion thickness. There is an amazing difference in your comfort level when your mattress is covered with a mattress pad. Next, on top of the mattress pad, fitting on your top mattress with elastic corners, is the fitted sheet.

Fitted sheets are easy to put on your bed unless your sheets don’t come with elasticized corners. In that case it’s time for the hospital corner. Line your flat sheet up with the top of the bed and making sure the sides are hanging down evenly. Tuck the end between the top and bottom mattress. Stick your whole arm under there to make sure the sheep is snug and lying flat. Take the corner of the sheet directly below the end of the mattress and bring it up to the top edge towards the top of the bed forming a rigid triangle. Holding your triangle in place, tuck the remaining fabric between the mattresses. Perfect corners!

Now comes the blankets and comforter. Veratex Toscano Bedding will add a beautiful new look to your bedroom. The soft elegance of the opulently traditional Toscano bedding collection by Veratex Bedding makes this ensemble the perfect centerpiece for your bedroom décor. The collection features a blush ground adorned with elegant embroidered emblems in warm taupe, finished with beautifully tailored flanges.

Last but not least are the pillows. For a comfortable and a polished look you’ll want at least four pillows. Two should be covered in regular pillowcases, and the other two should be covered in decorative shams that will bring the look of your bed together. Add a nice throw blanket at the foot of the bed and your room is complete.