White & Blue, but no Red

Bed Pillow Linens at HomeGoods

I have been busy in a very domestic way this week. I have been getting the house ready in preparation for 6 guests who will be staying with Ed and me this 4th of July weekend. We have not hosted this many overnight guests at once in a long time.

Blue and white bed linens from Home Goods

I have been cleaning, stocking the fridge and freezer, and making beds….lots of them.  I haven’t had time for anything else.  I am not complaining. Getting to see family and friends for an extended visit is always worth the effort.


I always have my guest room ready, but I needed to figure out the sleeping arrangements in the other bedrooms. We had to move a few things around and ended up putting a twin bed and a blow-up bed into the fitness room.  We have a king bed in another bedroom and a double mattress and boxspring in the basement.

I realized when I started to pull bedding to make the beds from my linen closet that I had plenty of towels for guests to use, but not enough pillows and bedding for all of the beds.  A trip to HomeGoods  was in order.  I needed 6 pillows, a king comforter or blanket, and a set of twin sheets. I like buying bedding at HomeGoods since you get quality sheets, plush comforters and plump pillows at a huge savings.

Summer bed linens in a blue and white color scheme

While I was searching the aisles for the bedding I needed, I spotted an all white Tommy Bahama quilt and a duvet along with a set of blue and white shams from Max Studio Home. I have always wanted all white hotel style bedding.  So simple and elegant.

My mind quickly went into that mode where you begin to reason with yourself on why you should buy something that you really don’t need.

In my case, I did need to buy a comforter for the king bed in another bedroom. It didn’t take me long to come up with a plan to move the king sized bedding in my bedroom to the other king bed and use the new white quilt and duvet in my bedroom so I could have the white hotel bedding I wanted…. 

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