Though it’s a daily task some of us may dread (or even avoid altogether), making the bed each morning gives us a space that’s all the more inviting come bedtime. In fact, some research suggests that making your bed every day can actually result in a better night’s sleep – it seems those tidier surroundings contribute to an inner peace. Plus, sliding under crisp, smooth sheets just feels so much nicer than rooting around a jumbled pile of linens trying to find the right covers.
Luxury hotels and interior designers alike have long considered duvet covers an ideal way to dress beds – and we have to agree. Not only does a duvet cover protect your down comforter and help it to last for years, it also gives you greater decorating flexibility. Simply swap out your existing cover for a fresh one when the seasons change or whenever the mood strikes. Even better, duvet covers tend to be an easy-care option. Since they have no batting or fill, they can usually be machine-washed at home and won’t take up much storage space in your linen closet.
Probably no laundry task is more frustrating than attempting to fold a fitted sheet. Those elasticized edges and the puffy corners they create make it seemingly impossible to achieve a nice, flat fold. If we’re being honest, many of us just give up, wadding the sheet into a misshapen ball, shoving it into the back of the linen closet, and hoping the resulting wrinkles aren’t too bad.
It’s that time of year again. We’re talking about football season and all the food, family and fun that goes with it. When you plan your game-day food and decoration, make sure to include flowers. Katie Morrow from Southern Living shows us some of her favorite ideas for pretty fuss-free game-day flowers.
First and foremost, plan your game-day flower arrangement around your team colors. For a chic look, pick just one of your team’s colors and buy a variety of flowers in that one color, Katie advises. “As long as the color is the same, the different flowers should mix beautifully.”
The Away Game-Day Arrangement
Transporting flowers to a tailgate party can be a challenge, but Katie has an easy solution. “I like to call it cup holder arrangements.” Simply use a drinking glass as a vase and stick arrangements in the cup holders of your car. (Or you can easily carry them in our Southern Living Seagrass Condiment Caddy.)
“Glasses are the perfect chameleon vase,” says Katie. “You can embellish or leave the arrangement plain so flowers are the star.”
To create your own cup holder arrangement, measure the stems by standing them against your glass, then cut and arrange. Keep the arrangement easy to transport by cutting blooms so they stand just over the rim. Katie likes to add in a few twigs, such as curly willow, to loosen up the look and give it some height.
The Home Game-Day Arrangement
If you’re planning on watching the big game at home, you have several options for displaying your glass flower arrangements. For a buffet, serve up your flowers right along with your spread. Katie used our Southern Living Tiered Wire Basket. “Just tuck your glasses into the three-tier basket along with the napkins, buns and condiments,” says Katie.
Eating at the table? Make smaller arrangements in glasses and place them at each setting, Katie suggests. “I also like to group them together on a tray as a centerpiece and add in fresh thyme that adds a stylish look and fragrance to the table.”
Another winning touch is to tuck a few flowers into your drink bucket. Fill a few empty bottles with water and add stems. An added bonus: the ice will keep the flowers fresh longer.
Echo the look of turf with a wheat grass centerpiece for your table or buffet spread. It’s an easy arrangement that guests are sure to remember, says Katie. Start with a flat of wheat grass from a florist. Use a serrated knife to cut through the roots and fit it to your serving tray. Wrap and pin floral ribbon around the bottom to hide the roots, and tuck cut flowers around the tray. For the finishing touch, insert small water picks of flowers into the grass.
“This works great as a centerpiece or on your buffet,” Katie promises. “Either way, you’ll score with your fellow football fans.”
What are some of your favorite game-day floral decorations? Share with us in the comments below.