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WHICH DIRECTION DO THE BUTTONS GO ON A DUVET COVER WHEN MAKING THE BED?

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 1:51 PM Comments comments (13)
WHICH DIRECTION DO THE BUTTONS GO ON A DUVET COVER WHEN MAKING THE BED?

It’s a practical question that deserves an answer.
Which direction do the buttons go on a duvet cover, the head or foot of the bed? Du~vet pronounced “due-vay” is French for “down” a comforter filled with down with a washable cover.
A duvet cover is the protective cover that slips over the down comforter.  From a professional housekeeper and an obsessive home-makers point of view the answer is truly a preference, but in all honesty the buttons go to the foot of the bed. Why? Just like a tag on a bed sheet, the buttons should not be an obstruction while sleeping and can cause an imprint on your body, or scratch your face. Buttons and or tags can be a hazard to little children as well not to mention the friction of the buttons when used at the head of the bed can cause them to loosen, the same with pillow cases.

While training employees for a housekeeping position you wouldn’t think making a bed would be such a learning procedure, but in fact learning to dress a bed has many advantages.
Using a distinct and strategically designed fold and fitted pocket will help determine if the bed was slept in and can sometimes help during a home inspection. The trademark of your bed dressing can catch a nosey neighbor or intruder with a spare key lounging on your bed while your home is vacant. A well-made bed can also help determine if a change in linens is necessary. As a housekeeper we don’t always have a choice in the way a bed is dressed depending on directions from the person sleeping in the bed, but as a rule, the above still applies.

Reflecting back to the duvet cover buttons, often designer duvet covers are hand-made based on selected material and a flaw in calculations by the seamstress would place the buttons at the wrong end of a duvet by accident. A patterned material selection has to be taken into consideration as the design must be placed on the bed accordingly and buttons have to be calculated based on pattern. We wouldn’t want to see upside-down palm trees or monkeys now would we just because the buttons were wrong, therefore due to this mistake the buttons would have to be at the head of the bed. Some duvet cover buttons are just so beautiful that one cannot avoid displaying them for show, which compliments the well-dressed bed.

A fold here, a tuck there and a button or two. The choice is yours, you decide.

STAGED HOMES FOR SALE OR SHOW

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (2)
STAGED HOMES FOR SALE OR SHOW

I love fake or artificial foods such as grapes, breads, and pastries. Even as a young girl I had a plastic container full that I now share with my grand children. Good quality artificial foods are fun to stage... around the house. Maybe inside an antique country cabinet or above a wine shelf.
I even have a basket hanging above the sink with carrots, celery, onions and mushrooms. Just can't get enough. Designer homes and homes for sale sometimes stage rooms to make them appear more welcoming.

Decorating with Coffee Beans

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 2:09 AM Comments comments (6)
Mason Jars of any kind, old, or new, antique, colorful or vintage are one of the first items on my shopping list when decorating because they can be used in so many different ways. People fill them with candy, flour, bath salts, and candle holders for outdoor events. I am using this one filled with rich hazelnut coffee beans and setting it in a china cabinet. It’s a perfect place next to the antique coffee grinder and flour sifter.
 
Decorating with coffee beans is a very festive way to add a bit of welcoming aroma throughout your home especially right before you are ready to entertain guests. If coffee is brewing already before your guests arrive, the warm and inviting décor is sure to make them sit back and smile.
 
A hollow wine barrel with a flat top is a perfect place to set a few handfuls of flavorful coffee beans.The barrel sits in the corner of the dining area with a small decorative lamp adding ambiance to the room.
By placing a sheet of wax paper on top of the barrel will help to hold the coffee beans in place and keep any stains from penetrating into the wood.
 
 
 
 

Decorating tips

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM Comments comments (0)
Unfortunate for me I discovered I have a fedish for collecting soaps. They smell good, their charming, colorful, comforting, delightful, dreamy. Soap comes in all shapes, sizes and fragrances and they look beautiful when displayed in a bathroom or glass armoire.
Some soaps are hand made, natural, oatmeal, beeswax, they are made with almond oil, cocoa butter, grapefruit seed, honey and much more. It’s a beautiful combination of quality essential oils, and fragrances that makes us feel like we are in heaven.

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