I have a problem with multitasking. The problem is the multitasking. Doing one thing and doing it well? Not likely. Luckily, I’m not alone with this problem, #cruxofmygeneration. In limited space it can be especially hard to relinquish oneself to simplicity and not design a room for ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. Our last bedroom was equal parts sleep space and music studio/electronic workshop/computer station. The end result? Chaos and a room I never wanted to spend time in. So, when we moved we made a pact- the bedroom would be designed for coziness. We would exhibit restraint and not ask any individual room to need to do too much so that none of it was done well. Fool me once. I wanted a cozy AF bedroom.
Our main goal was to design a space well suited for sleeping, reading, and inevitable screen usage. The kind of room that would make you excited to call in sick (fake or not) and luxuriate in all day (just add saltines and gatorade). I’m warning you, don’t scroll any further if you’re in need of a nap. It’s not my fault if you drool on your smartphone. Let the sleepy-time inspiration begin.
Cozy Bedroom Recipe.
- Texture is king. Bonus points if it’s exaggerated.
- A mix of “masculine” and “feminine” (double ugh to both of those tiny boxes we put ourselves in) textiles/prints helps to keep a pastel pallet from verging into TheLandofNod territory. Not that I don’t love a Jenny Lind bed.
- It’s okay to not have a ton of stuff on the wall.
- Plants provide a sculptural element without looking too fussy. Also? Oxygen.
- Grey is everywhere. Nevertheless, I refuse to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke.
When we moved out of our rental we torched everything in the bedroom. Only a slight exaggeration. We had bedbugs back in 2014 and there was no way that we bringing any of that furniture to our new place. Yes, we hadn’t had an attack in years but YOU NEVER KNOW. It’s likely that bed bugs can survive on fear itself. So we were starting from scratch. NEW HOUSE, NEW LIFE, NO BEDBUGS.
First on the list- a bed. We got a Slumber Solutions, much to the chagrin of every podcast we’ve ever listened too, #sorrycasper. Is it the best bed ever? No, but it was on sale for just under $400 and it wasn’t a used full bed from a store named “Treasures and Pleasures”. Moving up in the world. The bed is absolutely fine. It has enough sink (we got the medium) and the very fact that it’s memory foam makes us feel like astronauts. In hindsight I would have gone with the 10″ versus the 12″ because it can be tough to get fitted sheets on- but in the realm of things worth complaining about this doesn’t exactly rate very highly for me.
Next up? A rug, bed frame, and MATCHING NIGHT STANDS (I have arrived).
We went with a traditional platform bed frame in black. I wanted something simple and timeless. I also couldn’t afford anything much more complicated. If I could have and wasn’t afraid of the cats turning it into a giant scratch pad, this one. Meanwhile I decided to go a little more old-timey for the end tables. I liked that color was neutral yet had some personality and well, beadboard. Need I say anything else? I love a turned leg. Now I’m done. Storage for all the unmentionables. Done for real. The rug? Well you know all about that.
All together this set (bed, bed frame, 2 nightstands, rug) set us back about $1,500. Not a bad price to be bedbug free. We painted the room BM Classic Grey and got ready for the move in. Somewhere along the way I stumbled into Muji, and came out with two duvets, a denim pinstripe and creamy white linen. Oh hello impulse buy. I blame their renovation sale. I bought the duvets the way I buy clothes, without any consideration what so ever if they’ll match the rest of what I own. Just peachy. It appears as though I’ve ended up with two very different cozy bedrooms.
Collective “ahhhh” as you now understand my thinking behind the bizarre Dickensian joke in the blog title. Okay, you’re right. That can’t be considered a joke.
Relationships are about compromise and for us this meant having the bookcases in the bedroom. We got rid of a ton of books before we moved but one of us (Danny) is more tied to his books that the other. We paired it down to two bookcases. The initial plan was to keep the bookcases in the living room but after we moved in that meant that the living room would basically be the media storage room (one of us may also collect records…and video games…) so we decided to split it up and put the bookcases in the bedroom. It’s still a lot of visual stimulation (for me, and I’m lame) so for the time being I’ve kept the wall bare. At some point I want something above the bed- I’m just not sure what.
With the denim pinstripe duvet I did my best to style out the space with some more “feminine” textiles and accents. While I love the rug (added cozy points) it went more purple-y than I had expected in photos. Our darker indigo throw has helped to connect the duvet and the rug which I initially felt were clashing. Now? I don’t think it’s perfect but I also know perfect is stupid. I like the various textures and prints- and if I do say so myself, it looks pretty cozy.
The linen on the other hand was a whole different story (LIKE A TALE OF TWO CITIES). Suddenly the colors are quieter and the bookcase no longer feels like SO MUCH visual stimulation. If the denim is PM cozy than the white is AM cozy. The linen provides that lived-in texture that we all crave- looking unfinished yet perfect. Just like the most expertly crafted Bachelor hair (only 1.5 weeks!).
You can never go wrong with plants and wicker. At least I come by it honestly. #floridian
There’s still tons to do. We need art, a dresser (because apparently the first was a fail), CURTAINS, and a ceiling lamp that isn’t literally a bare bulb. Oh what a little cropping can do for you.
But I keep getting distracted by those paws on the bed. Yes, cats count as added texture. Especially torties.
I need to fold the laundry.
And do the dishes.But, bed.
If the side effect of increased coziness is lack of productivity then I’m just fine with that. I’m productive enough. It’s time for a nap. Or at least a “scroll through Instagram while I should be asleep”. Screw multitasking, I’m going to bed.