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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Naps Happen

*Please welcome Alicia from Naps Happen. Alicia was so gracious to guest post while I am in Haiti. Her napping shenanigans always crack me up!

While Kerry is away, it gives the rest of us a chance to dabble in home blogging. I mean, I don’t usually get to share my vast decorating knowledge, so this is a great opportunity for me. Mostly, I’d like to talk to you all about trends that are, like, so last month/year/decade. It’s time for us to get real about design. First off, I want to discourage all of you from continuing to use ottomans as multipurpose furniture items – especially if they are covered in a hideous discount fabric such as this one. We’re all grownups, folks. Let’s get ourselves some coffee tables.
 Next, let’s talk about those trendy dark floors from about five years ago. I must admit that I thought these were really cool when I had them installed in 2006. However, it seems that design is moving toward more rustic, wide-planked farmhouse flooring. Don’t let yourself end up like me, looking like a bachelor pad that needs freshening up.
Speaking of floors, if you must have a cheap bachelor-pad rug on your floor, don’t get mad for plaid on top of it. Keep the rest of the room neutral for heaven’s sake!  
 Do, however, keep that upholstery bright and fresh! Punchy chairs like this comfy-looking little beauty can add sophistication and charm to your room. Just don’t let your kids sit on them.
  Speaking of bright upholstery, have you taken an honest look at your saggy old couch lately? If it’s seen one too many naps, I have one word for you, people: SLIPCOVER.
Lastly, if you are still hiding a ghastly 1980’s country-style wooden chest (complete with hearts? ducks?) in your bedroom, get real. Outdated furniture is a total snooze. Pack it away with the dried flower basket.

With a few handy tips from your favorite home bloggers, you can keep your place right with the times. Don’t put up with drowsy d├ęcor.  


  1. Oh my gosh - LOVE!! Napping pictures never get old - and I think I might have that 1980's country style chest in my house somewhere... :)

  2. My kids are 12 and 14 and we still have an ottoman instead of a coffee table. At least it doesn't show dust!;) Ellen

  3. That's SO funny! We do have a coffee table, but it's much more comfortable than our last one, so I'm not sure if I'm in violation or not. ;)


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