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How to Maintain your Memory Foam Mattress

Owning a great Memory foam mattress isn’t all about keeping your mattress on your bed and then sleeping on it day and night, you need to take special care of it to ensure that it doesn’t get damaged soon.

A proper maintenance and cleaning procedure could really help in extending your memory foam mattress’ life and could also ensure that you sleep in a clean and healthy environment.

Here are a few ways to keep your Memory foam mattress healthy for a little longer:

Vacuum it regularly

One of the most important things one must do to keep their memory foam mattress clean and healthy is to ensure that it is not covered in dust or dirt. A lot of times, your memory foam mattress will also be covered in your pet’s or your family’s hair and skin cells which can be removed with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Just use a handheld vacuum and clean all the hair, dust and skin cells that are lying around on your mattress.

Flip it occasionally

Make sure that you flip or rotate your memory foam mattress in every few months to avoid it wearing down from one side. You can flip the mattress from the head to the foot and then back to foot again every once in 6 months, this way the entire mattress will wear consistently and you would be able to avoid sagging for a little while longer.

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Remove the stains

One of the most common problems with a memory foam mattress is that it stains too quickly. If you spill some colored drink on your mattress, then a stain will be formed on the mattress which will make your mattress look ugly and will damage the mattress’ foam.

Make sure that you don’t use a harsh chemical to get rid of the stain as this could further damage your mattress, instead, use a diluted mild detergent and a washcloth and rub the stain in a circular motion to get rid of it.

You can also use a little baking soda on the stain to absorb the water from it and remove the bad odor. Once you have done this, you can use a handheld vacuum to remove the baking soda particles.

Keep it in the sun

Another great way to extend the life of your mattress is by drying your memory foam mattress in the sunlight to dry it naturally and avoid the moisture from getting trapped in the foam. This will also disinfect the mattress and make it safe for use again.

Use a mattress cover

One of the best ways to take care of your memory foam mattress is by using a cover so that you just need to clean the cover and the mattress will be safe from all the stains and dirt.

This way you can just wash your mattress cover once in a week and keep your mattress safe from all the allergens that are available in the air.

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Pottery Barn and West Elm Inspired DIY Rope Chandelier

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Okay so I haven’t done a DIY post in quite some time, so I’m reeeaaaallllyyyy excited to share this with you!

I’ve yet to post about Landon’s nursery because there are a few finishing touches I need to complete! But I thought I would share one of my favorite elements of his room. I decided to go with a nautical theme for the nursery, but not overly cheesy nautical because that’s just not my thing. Nautical like….little touches of it here and there. With my vintage flair. Cause that’s more my style ;)

I found this chandelier a while ago, and I can’t even remember where…probably on Pinterest or another blog. I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect in his nautical-but-not-really-nautical nursery.

{via West Elm}

Then I came across this one…

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 {via Pottery Barn}

Naturally, they were from West Elm and Pottery Barn with a price tag WAY too big for my DIY-self. Whomp won. But that was probably for the better and it inspired my latest project!

I had an old chandelier lying around that a friend picked up for me at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a whopping $10. It needed a little makeover and was the perfect size to use in baby boy’s room. I have an abundance of twine from my Etsy shop and knew that I could get a pretty close replica of the West Elm and Pottery Barn version with some help from a little hot glue.

I would give you step by step directions on how to do this, but it was actually way easier than I thought….I simply wrapped the twine around the chandelier, hot gluing where I felt it was needed as I went.

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If you want to attempt to do this yourself, all you need is:

a roll of twine (I didn’t even use one full roll!)

hot glue

an old chandelier (mine was $10!)

Again…all I did was wrap the twine around and glue along the way! Seriously, easiest (yet, really time-consuming) DIY project ever. And the total cost of the project? Less than $20.

I had debated putting shades on each light but wasn’t crazy about how it looked when I tried it out. And I used a lower watt bulb, so the light isn’t as stark in the room as I thought it would be without the shades. It’s actually the perfect amount of brightness.

What do you think? Does it give the room a touch of nautical flair? I’m loving it!

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Farmhouse Dining Room Table

I’ve been talking about getting rid of our dining room table for a while now. While it’s a great table, it’s simply too dark for my taste. Plus it shows every spec of dust no matter how much you clean it. I had been eyeing these farmhouse table plans from Ana White for months and finally convinced my husband that we just NEEDED to build it. And that we (he?) did.


We made some minor adjustments to the original plans. For instance, I do not need a dining table that’s 98″ long. So we measured our old table and adjusted the plans accordingly. Our table is 72″ long and roughly 42″ wide. (Hint: Home Depot cuts the wood for you!)

We also didn’t bother to use wood glue…we never do. I actually prefer the look of the wood screws in the wood. I feel it adds a rustic touch, plus it’s less time-consuming.


I painted the bottom of the table Simply White by Benjamin Moore, which is my new favorite white. I stained the top my all time favorite Minwax stain, Special Walnut #224. It’s the perfect stain to give a weathered look. I used polyacrylic on top and chose a flat finish because I felt that made the wood look even more natural.


I am SO thrilled with how it turned out! And the best part? It cost a total of $100! Now I just need some gorgeous dried hydrangeas for that galvanized bucket and some really fabulous chairs (which, as you know, I already have two of 🙂 ) More to come!

Things I Love: Reclaimed Wood Flooring

During the wrath of Irene, a friend of mine who lives close to the shore basically lost the entire bottom level of her historical home that was built in the 1800s. About 65K in damage, she was left with buckled original wood floors, moldy and rusty radiators, and a ton of electrical/plumbing/HVAC work that needs to be done. Sure, things can be replaced, but she is a lover of old world things like me and I know her heart is slightly breaking over the fact that those original wood floors are now unsalvageable.
She wants to replace the floors using reclaimed wood to try to keep the historical feel of her home. I helped her find a few great places here in CT that supply batches of reclaimed wood dating back to a similar time period. Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Some ideas…
Using old wine crates as floor boards. This might be easy to recreate as well, although I’d imagine it might take some time.
This reminds me of pallet wood. I have access to an abundance of pallets…might need to keep this in mind for our next house!
Slightly white-washed….so beautiful and also possibly easy to recreate.
A heavier white wash. This is just gorgeous.
Adding a fun pattern to reclaimed wood…adds a little modern touch.
This is heaven. I’ll say no more.
Just perfection.
Reclaimed wood flooring completely tops off the room. Plus, I feel like they are very forgiving when it comes to scratches, dents, and other unwanted scars. This is a must have for me in our next home, but in the meantime, I will be pretty excited to see how my friend’s home turns out!
Do you have reclaimed wood floors? How was the installation? Can you offer any advice to my friend? :)