This year I have been on a mission to make our apartment feel more permanent. Although we are still renting we finally decided we are not going to be leaving anytime soon so instead of changing things around all the time I wanted to invest in pieces that we would have for a long time. I struggled with our bedroom since we moved in because I didn’t know what I wanted to do in there. I have always been into a neutral bedroom, but it never felt finished and always lacking in layers that would take it to the next level.
The first piece I knew I wanted to invest in was a new rug. We have had an array of styles in here – everything form a jute to a flat weave Dhurrie. None of them felt right for our bedroom and I longed for something much cozier. Although a Moroccan Beni Ourain is absolutely everywhere these days, they are popular for good reason. They are so soft and plush underfoot and the neutral coloring tends to go with everything. I scored ours on Etsy at a great price. It instantly warmed up the room and Norman loves curling up on it for naps!
The next area that felt flat was our windows. I always wanted a woven shade layered under our drapery, but didn’t feel like spending the money on something custom if we were just going to move out. I finally decided to just go for it and ordered a two custom shades on Blinds.com. I use these all the time for clients that don’t want to splurge on custom window treatments. They have excellent price points and have sales going on all the time. We went with the Bonaire Flaxen color with no lining to let the light come through. These in combination with the drapes make the windows fully private. It amazing how much two shades helped the room look finished.
The last two pieces I was eager to swap out were our nightstands and bedside lamps. Our bedroom is an interesting layout and because of the window placement we can’t have the same sized pieces of furniture on each side of the bed. I still haven’t fully figured out my side, but on Daniel’s side I went with this nightstand appropriately named the Sausalito. I didn’t love the hardware so I swapped out the knobs for these cute ring pulls. The simple style and wood tone goes with everything and I love the bigger size!
I had my eye on this lamp forever. It seriously feels like a sculptural piece of art and fills the corner of the room so well. This is a slightly cheaper version and RH does sell their lampshades separately if you like that style. I am so happy with the way the room is coming together. Our new dresser finally came and I have a few more kinks to work out so I will share the full look for the room in the new year!
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*our ceiling light is from Ballard Designs
Photos by Torrey Fox