I'm not a skilled interior decorator, but, I do try to keep the beds looking nice, especially in the guest room since it's the only bedroom on the main floor.
That bed and the kids beds have pillows with pillow shams on them.
I'm also not one of those people who insists on pillow mania, you know square pillows, round pillows, tubular pillows, big pillows, little pillows that have to be arranged "just so" every day, I just like the bed to look nice.
The guest bed has 2 pillows with shams and 2 pillows without, so, that ostensibly, all the potential occupant needs to do is remove the decorative pillows and sleep on the regular ones.
You see, my husband's family and friends are apparently missing the "pillow sham" gene.
For years, my MIL would sleep on the pillows just the way they were on the bed.
I then began taking the decorative pillows off the bed and putting them aside before she retired for the night, and, the next morning I found that they had been put back on, and, slept upon.
I thought maybe the regular pillows were uncomfortable, so, I switched them with the decorative pillows.
No dice. Same thing.
I replaced all the pillows, and, told her that it was fine to take the shams off.
While the shams aren't terribly formal, they are notably not pillow cases, so, I can't imagine they'd be all that comfortable to sleep on.
Additionally, I told Busy Dad to remind her (maybe you have to know her to appreciate some of this) that it was fine to remove the shams from the decorative pillows, but, that didn't do anything because he is pillow sham-impaired as well.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Eventually, she just began bringing her own pillows with her when she visited, apparently in order to avoid the sham thing altogether.
A close friend of Busy Dad's stays with us from time to time.
He just cuts to the chase, and for reasons unclear to me, he discards the regular pillows and sleeps on the decorative pillows.
I want my guests to be comfortable, but, pillow shams do not care for being washed with that kind of frequency, and, I sure as hell ain't gonna dry clean them.
While none of this is terribly tragic, it causes me low grade consternation, but, the final straw was when I realized my kids had this apparent gene deletion when I found the (fairly nice) shams from Busy Boy's room rolled up in the windows of his room to keep out drafts, and, I found Busy D. actually inside the pillow sham on his bed, sleeping-bag style.
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