During the settling in process after moving, my bedroom usually receives the most neglect. For the past 6ish years, I’ve moved at least once every year. So that’s about 6 years of my bedroom being the dumping ground for all the stuff I don’t know what to do with.
With our new place, I was ready to settle in. I wanted to make our bedroom an oasis of comfort and calm. No junk spread about. No half-hearted decorations. Just a cozy place to escape from the day and rest.
I have to say, since making up our bedroom, I have had the best sleep of my life. Every morning, I wake up feeling rested knowing I slept like a baby the night before.
Shortly after we got married, Ian and I moved into a small apartment in Atlanta with our two cats and our dog. All of which slept in the bed with us. We had a full at the time and with our minds in the future, thinking of the kids we wanted to have and the animals we currently had, we decided to spring for a king.
Target may be my go to for all bedding needs at the moment. Our sheets are from Target and our mix-matched pillow cases are leftovers from previous bedding I’ve had throughout the years. Our giant knit is another Target find and our throws have been picked up over the years. One throw blanket was a birthday gift that has become a favorite amongst everyone in the family (including the dog) and the other was a homemade gift when Oliver was born. Okay, it was for Oliver.. but he got a lot of blankets and I get cold at night.
I really liked the idea of making our room all about us. Not about kids or family. As selfish as it may seem, I wanted it to be our space. Of course kids are allowed when they want to come in, but for the most part it’s a place all to ourselves. There’s no kid toys, no messes. Just a relaxation station for Mom and Dad.
Our side tables are made up of Ian’s guitar amp and an old table made by, I believe my great-grandfather. Ian tends to keep his side fairly bare, but mine is made up of notebooks, photos, a jar full of things Ian and I like about each other, and my most prized possession: the gold unicorn lamp from Target.
I would have to say this little corner is my favorite. I thought for a second about making it a reading nook, but then I remembered I don’t read a lot.
If I get back into make up it may become a vanity or I may make it a little baby corner for the newest little one. For now it is a nice spot for our dresser, guitar, and plants.
The dresser is another borrowed piece from my family. It’s been around for a while and I just love the stain with the brass accents. It’s followed me everywhere I’ve lived and it always adds a nice vintage touch. Honestly, it keeps my head on earth when I start day dreaming about home decor. It reminds me how much I love mixing old and new and that I should appreciate what I already have.
As far as decorations, we have a guitar that Ian is modifying. It’s been a hobby of his for a while now to upgrade his guitars and he may even build his own one day.
I’m trying to fill our home up with as many plants as possible and our bedroom is definitely lacking. One day I’ll have a few trees, but for now we just have 3 little succulents, our pothos plant (which is seriously a black thumb or beginners dream. They don’t die.), a fake plant that Ian got me a while back, a golden skull coin jar from Marshall’s, and an old chai jar from my old coffee shop job with a dried bouquet from the farmer’s market here in Waco.
The two photos side by side are my crafty little art projects. A few years ago, I tried out hand lettering and this phrase was one that Ian said to me when I was looking for random things to write to practice with my new pen. He shouted out the first thing that came to mind:
“Lovely love, loving love, all the live long day.”
For some reason I loved it, the lettering turned out nicely, and this has followed us back and forth through 3 states.
The picture on the left is made up of three elements: my favorite photo of Ian and I from our first Valentine’s day as a married couple (featuring the lettered photo) that can be seen up close here, a print that I found on Pinterest, and a wallpaper sample that I got when I thought I would wallpaper our piano that we had to leave behind in Louisiana.
Honestly, if you want to decorate your walls but don’t have a giant budget, I’m your gal.
So this is our bedroom. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s cozy. It’s a place filled with all my favorite things and it was, for the first time ever, the very first room I decorated when we moved into our new place.
Everything sort of fell into place and just made sense in this room. We had everything we needed. We didn’t need to buy anything to fill out empty spaces. I just put things where I knew they belonged. It really was the first room that felt like home and it made me feel very confident in our move to Waco.
Slowly but surely the rest of our house is catching up to the completeness of the bedroom. For now, this room is our little vacation from the world.