We’ve now been in our new home about a month. All the boxes are unpacked and our objects have been assigned their respective places, but there’s also a lot of sparseness around here (which I far prefer to clutter, so I’m not complaining). I sold most of our furniture and major accents before moving, and the only two furniture pieces we really brought with us were an antique bed that I found on Craigslist (for $100!) many years ago, and an old vintage dresser I found on the side of the road last time we lived in Boston and then painted white. (I actually also kept our mismatched vintage nightstands but plan to replace those once budget allows.) So furniture-wise, we are starting over.
And because we are not millionaires, investing in major furniture pieces and light fixtures and rugs isn’t going to happen overnight—that ish is expensive! Nor would I really want to in all honestly, because I’d probably get stuck with too many pieces from not enough places and build rooms that feel like a page from a CB2 catalog rather than a reflection of the much more nuanced “us.”
As I mentioned in my last post, I lived across the street from my shop in Philadelphia, and for a number of reasons, I never felt renewed, refreshed, or relaxed in my own home. So my number one priority for this space is to make it an oasis – an escape from being “on,” an indulgence in comfort and serenity and calmness. And that is all starting with the bedroom for me.
I struggle so much with being able to sleep through the night: I toss and turn and generally wake up between 1 am to 4 or 5 am, not able to sleep or turn my mind off. So, number one, we invested in a new mattress from Casper – and that was a game changer. Then I painted the walls a soothing, semi-dark (for me at least) gray, and upgraded our bedding to breathable linen rather than cotton or fabric hybrids. And no phones on our nightstands. Those are charged out of reach from where we lay our heads. And guess what? I’m sleeping much, much better.
So overall here’s my plan moving forward with the bedroom space: