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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.

How Do You Hang a Curtain Rod?


Curtains will change the entire feel of a room. They are both ornamental and functional. The right curtain will block out the sunlight, insulate a window or provide privacy — not to mention shake things up aesthetically. Decorative rods, finials, hold backs and ties that you choose are the jewelry of the room defining a window with added texture and detail. Choose from the House Parts Drapery Hardware Collection’s unbelievable range of styles which include trendy poles, finials, brackets, rings, tiebacks and medallions with a variety of finishes to enabling you to add a personal touch to your window covering decor and complement your drapes, creating the look you will love.

The right window treatment will enhance not only a window’s size, but its shape and the way it filters light. The following steps will make the whole process pain free.

1. Measure the height from where you will place the rod down to the floor. Most curtains should brush the floor for a full, elegant look. Then measure the width of the window. These measurements are necessary when you purchase the drapery hardware.
2. Make sure the rod you choose is strong enough to hold your curtains — if you want curtains in a heavy material, you’ll need a stronger rod. Also make sure that the hardware that attaches the rod to the wall will be suitable for your wall. You may need to anchor the rods into the plaster.
3. Drill the holes and install the curtain rod.
4. Hang the curtains along the rod. Bunch the curtains to create fullness.

A few tips to remember:

The curtains should always hang with a few soft folds when closed; each panel should be 1½ times the width of the window frame.
For a crisper look you should measure window width plus 2″. For a more sumptuous looking window, measure three times the window width. When in doubt, err on the wider side.
Floor-length curtains: measure from the top of the rod to the floor and subtract as needed to allow for hanging hardware. Add 6″ to 8″ if you want the curtains to pool on the floor. For high-traffic rooms like kitchens or baths, the curtains should skim the sill. If you are choosing ready-made curtains remember that they are measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom edge. And always round up––it’s easier to hem curtains than to lengthen them.

5 easy upgrades:
Custom curtains cost a fortune, but for a few dollars you can transform an inexpensive ready-made pair.

Sew on a border. On both sides of each panel, sew on ribbon, twill tape or a complementary fabric.
Trim the edges. A strip of fabric trim will add a bit of flair and as a bonus, it will highlight the view it frames.
Color-block. It’s the latest trend in clothing, do it to your curtains as well – sew a piece of fabric in a contrasting color or material onto the bottom 1′ to 2′ of each panel.
Accessorize with hardware. Quirky finials or sculptural holdbacks dress up simple curtain panels like jewelry on a little black dress.

Continental Window Fashions is proudly presents the House Parts Drapery Hardware Collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.