Sometimes I come across something so cute/sweet/charming/funny/pretty/inspiring/lovely that I just want to share it with you. These are the things that have made my honor roll.

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The Things We Love

The Randolph Street Vintage Market is happening this weekend — their last indoor/outdoor show of the season. I’ll be there tomorrow, partnering with Scotchgard Brand to show people how to protect the things they love. I’ll be chatting with people, making a few videos, and checking out all the vintage awesomeness for sale. Come say hello!

I talk a lot about how to incorporate special things over time — it’s the idea behind my whole Making it Yours series. It applies to the furniture in our homes, to the clothes in our closets, to all of those interesting items we gather over time. One of my favorite things that I’ve had for years now is my owl purse.

Kate Spade Owl Purse

It’s just a thing, sure. A purse. But it’s a kooky purse that I love to bits and hope to either tote around when I’m an eccentric old lady (life goal), or pass down some day, should my kids want it. It’s mostly suede though, so it isn’t the hardiest of materials, and it has to make it through Chicago winters with all of the ice, snow, slush, and salt that accompany them. Scotchgard Protectors come in a range of products for carpets, fabrics, upholstery, suede, and leather too, protecting them from stains and water without changing the item’s look or feel. Treating my bag keeps it in good condition so it can last longer, because it’s got many more seasons ahead of it.

Protecting a Suede Purse with Scotchgard

To learn about all the ways you can protect the things you love, come find me with Scotchgard Brand at the Randolph Street Market this weekend! I’ll be sharing all my tips and tricks, you can check out some cool demos, and join the conversation by tagging your social posts and images using #LoveYourThings and #Scotchgard. See you there!

Our New Mattress

The stairs in this house don’t make it easy to get anything large up to the second floor. A traditional spring mattress? Only if it’s a twin size. Anything larger and it needs to be foam so it can round the corner on its way up. A mattress that arrives magically compressed into a box that’s smaller than me? Ideal.

Leesa Mattress

Leesa ships their mattresses, for free, rolled up in a box that makes it easy to transport. The mattresses are made in America, with three foam layers: the bottom is dense foam for support, with a 2″ layer of memory foam in the middle that contours to the body, and then a 2″ layer of Avena® (similar to latex) that adds bounce and keeps the mattress from feeling too hot.

Because they’re a direct-to-consumer company, they can offer lower prices than brands typically bought through nationwide showrooms. Yep, this means that you’re buying a mattress online without ever having slept on it, but they offer a 100 night risk-free trial period. If you don’t like it, they’ll arrange for the mattress to be picked up and recycled or donated. Leesa also has a charitable component to their business; for every 10 mattresses they sell, one is donated to a homeless shelter or others in need.

I was easily able to get a king-sized Leesa mattress setup by myself. Gif time! Enjoy.

Leesa Mattress Unboxing

* A few people have asked about the box spring in the comments, so I thought I’d better add the info to the post itself. It’s actually just a foundation (no springs), it is indeed one piece, and I had to build it in the room. It’s not needed for the mattress, but it is necessary for the bed I ordered. *

I like shopping for bedding — looking for colors and patterns that will mix well with the linens we already have, and giving the bedroom a little update every time I swap out the sheets or change the throw pillows. Heading out to go mattress shopping though? Not so fun. Being able to order a luxury mattress online is so much nicer.

Forty Winks

If you’re in the market for a new mattress and want to go with Leesa, the first 30 readers to redeem promo code MAKINGITLOVELY at checkout will get $75 off.

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