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Summer Wicker Decor

What is wicker? Wicker is woven fiber formed into a rigid material, usually used for baskets or furniture. Wicker is often made of material that originates from plants, but plastic fibers are also used. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. Wicker furniture will last 20 to 30 years and therefore can be a fiscally responsible choice for furniture. It can be used indoors to improve any bedroom’s decor and also outdoors to dress up a patio or deck.
Pier 1 Wicker Chair

Wicker is made from different materials such as: rattan, cane, kubu, bamboo, willow, seagrass, and banana leaf. The primary material used is rattan vine. It can grow up to 600′ in length in a single day, making it a sustainable resource. Material from the entire rattan plant is used including: peel, core, pole and all. This furniture can be easily cleaned and maintained by wiping with a furniture polish. The durability of wicker is astonishing with the earliest known piece of wicker furniture dating back to 4000 B.C. while the oldest surviving pieces date from the Egyptian Empire.

Pier 1 Wicker Chair

Wicker chairs and sofas can be dressed up with cushions and pillows. A patio or deck can be transformed with a wicker furniture package. Add flair and decor to a boring bedroom with a wicker storage trunk, night stands, and a sitting bench. Wicker furniture is affordable and guaranteed to last many years. It’s reliable and sturdy yet lightweight making it easy to move. Summer decor is not complete without wicker furniture and stores like Pier 1 Imports offers excellent choices.

Wicker can be bought in a variety of pieces such as: dining tables, end and accent tables, chairs and sectionals, patio umbrellas, and ottomans. This furniture says backyard barbeque, summer cook-outs, and indoor elegance for those looking to change things up a little bit.

A Little Color Goes A Long Way In Home Decor

Decorating wisely with color can transform any space from drab to fabulous. Whether it’s with paint, linens, furniture, or various knick knacks, color adds life and flair to any room in a house. To get started, review color palettes that best fit your space. Usually a palette will have four colors that work nicely with each other. This will give you an idea of what the overall color balance in the room will be when finished. Choose one color but use many hues. If blue is the goal color, use dark and light shades of blue to complete the room.

Another good painting and decorating tip is to reference the color wheel. Choose colors that are complementary of each other on the wheel as this creates a balance of color. If you plan to paint a room blue, accent the furniture with orange pillows since orange and blue are opposite on the color wheel. If you are too nervous to go a little bold, start off with a neutral, gray wall color. You can always dress up the room with plush fabrics and pops of pink like you see below.

Gray and Pink

If you really want your room to be a hit, don’t be afraid to mix bright colors. They create a fashionable area and add light and energy to a room. Sometimes it’s best not to match colors as this creates a unique environment.

Colorful Mix

Revamping a room with color can be done without painting the walls. Simple decorative pillow shams, a bed throw, a chair cushion, and lace curtains can add a dramatic touch in just a few minutes. A colorful lamp shade, a patterned rug, or a painted vase are all affordable ways to add flair to any boring room. When in doubt, start small and continuously add items until the perfect color balance is achieved.

 

Beat Sleep Deprivation With 7 Natural Remedies

Are you having trouble falling asleep? Insomnia can cause many effects on the mind and body including depression, fatigue, mood swings, inability to focus, and increase in appetite. Before you reach for the over the counter sleep aid, keep in mind that experts caution sleeping pills are not always safe or effective. Here are seven natural ways to fall asleep fast:

Eat a snack

Eating a calming snack about 90 minutes before bed like 1/2 a bowl of oatmeal with slice banana or a bowl of low-fat ice cream can help the sleeping process. Choose a low protein, high carbohydrate snack that will allow your metabolism to slow before bed.

Take Valerian root

This natural supplement prompts your brain to produce neurotransmitters that make you sleepy.

Take a break

Give yourself a massage by rubbing lotion in circular motions on areas of muscle tightness in your body. This promotes healing and relaxation resulting in a blissful sleep.

Enjoy a nice soak

Soaking in a warm bath raises your body temperature, and the cool down experienced after getting out of the bath produces a calming sleepiness. Add Epsom salts or a soothing lavender oil to the bath for a spa like experience.

Bath Soak

Lavender

A lavender scented eye mask or pillow will help you fall asleep in no time. The scent from lavender oil enhances slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax.

Herbal tea

Caffeine free chamomile tea is a warm, soothing drink to sip on before bed. It promotes relaxation and peace.

Herbal Tea

Do yoga

As a form of mind-quieting physical activity, yoga does wonders for relaxation. Also, studies show that those who exercise sleep more hours than those who do not exercise. Yoga is the best of both worlds allowing your body to break a sweat and stretch at the same time.

Mix and Match Satin Bedding

Satin Sheet Colors to Choose fromNothing says luxury quite like lush satin sheets. Only, most satin sheet sets only come in one color. What can you do if you want to match your sheets to your bedroom decor by choosing more than one satin sheet color? Well, considering purchasing satin sheets that will allow you to mix and match.

Imagine the contrast that would occur if you were to match a pearly white fitted sheet with a jewel-blue top sheet. Or, think about meshing a ruby red sheet with lush deep brown fitted sheet. When you have the power to mix and match any satin bedding that you desire, you’ll soon find out that creating a custom bedding look is as easy as creating a color scheme that you love.

Even if you aren’t crazy about mixing and matching top sheets and fitted sheets, you are sure to enjoy the look of a satin bed skirt that comes in a complimentary color. For example, a sheet set that is entire sage green will look lovely with a matching pearly-white bed skirt. This way, your sheets will appear entirely customized even though you don’t have to pay any extra money in order to create an entirely unique sheet set.

green and ruby satin sheet

Green and Ruby Satin Sheets

When you have the power to create your own unique satin sheet set, you can even dress your bed for any holiday or occasion. By mixing a ruby red fitted sheet with a sage green top sheet, your bedroom will easily become part of any Christmas decor. You can even match a pink bed ruffle with white fitted and top sheets in order to welcome the spring in style.

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Satin Animal Print Pillowcases

From ruby weddings (imagine a champagne colored sheet set matched with a gold bed skirt) to a lavender bed set fit for a queen, the sky’s the limit when it comes to mixing and matching deluxe satin sheets. If you are like most homeowners, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time making sure that the inside of your home looks exactly right.

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Jewel Blue Satin Flat Sheet

Well, why not take just as much time matching your bedding? After all, the final touch of any bedroom is the perfect bedding set – and you now have ability to create your own satin bedding set as you see fit. Go ahead – mix and match to your heart’s content. You’ll soon find that buying one bland sheet set simply doesn’t cut it.

Bed Bug Protection and Prevention

When you go to bed at night, you probably aren’t thinking about bed bugs – but you should be. Bed bugs are tiny parasitic insects that can’t be detected by the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. In fact, bed bugs can bite your flesh while you sleep, and the only thing that you’ll have to show for it in the morning is swollen and itchy red skin. 

Bed bugs live strictly by feeding on the blood of animals and people. They got their name from their preferred habitat, infesting houses and especially beds or other common areas where people may sleep. Bed bugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts. 

There are a number of different ways to get rid of bed bugs once they have made your bedroom a comfy home, though all of those ways require pesticides and other chemicals. Instead of waiting to find out whether or not your bedroom will suddenly become a bed bug’s favorite haven, take the necessary steps towards bed bug prevention. 

How can you prevent bed bugs? When you purchase a bed bug protection set, you are effectively protecting your bed against bed bugs. These protection sets include a mattress cover, a box spring cover (incredibly important), and pillow protectors. 

Premium Bed Bug Proof Pillow Protector

Simply purchase the bed bug protection set that fits your bed (available in every mattress size), and never go to sleep without being fully protected against bed bugs again. If you already have a mattress and box spring protector, then make sure that your pillows are protected as well. Many people forget about protecting pillows, though this can be a dire mistake. 

Premium Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover

Premium Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover

Bed bugs will make a home wherever they can, including inside of your favorite pillow. When you use a pillow protector, you can are prevent bed bugs from crawling in and around your pillow. Whether you need a mattress cover  with zippers or an entire set, it’s never a good idea to lay your head on any pillow or mattress without complete bed bug protection. 

Keep in mind that you may not be able to see bed bugs, but these biting and crawling insects can survive whether or not you can see them. If you want to keep your bed free from any pests, make sure that your mattress, pillow, and box spring are protected. Otherwise, you just may have to call in an exterminator, and that’s never the optimal choice.