HI! It’s Courtney back today to share my apartment room with you! As I mentioned in my article about visiting my empty apartment yesterday, this is the first time I have lived in an apartment with a totally separate bedroom. My first apartment was an ‘open bedroom’ so the space was open but had a partially cut away wall that at least separated it from my living room. But now that I know the joys of a bedroom completely separate from my living space (with walls and a door!) I must say… it’s pretty cool!
My apartment is only 500 square feet in total, so I knew before I moved in that the bedroom would be a very small space. It’s good for me! The goal was simple and comfortable, but I wanted to make sure that my furniture choices didn’t make it tighter than necessary.
I have a nice ivory iron bed that I could have taken with me, but I decided for this room that I would look for a bed without a footboard. Even though the iron bed footboard was open enough, it was just more of a barrier than I wanted to feel in such a small space (although this footboard was perfect for visually separating the open bedroom from my old apartment. !).
So the bed hunt was on! It was surprisingly difficult and overwhelming to find a bed within my budget that I was passionate about. I’m sure I’ve watched every bed on all of the interwebs ha! I ordered fabric swatches and went back and forth on many options. At one point I had this cute wingback bed in my cart but freaked out at the last minute (it was a final sale and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to commit to this genre. investment!).
Finally, when my moving date was approaching and I really needed to make a decision, I found this simple upholstered platform bed at a big sale (you can see it below in my moodboard!). It actually reminded me of the one I liked at a higher price point, so it was a great “ search for less ” find.
I had a few fabric choices for the bed. The walls and carpet in my apartment are both light gray, so I wanted to make sure I had a lighter bed that wasn’t exactly the same color. I chose “Zuma White” without even getting a fabric sample first, so I was just hoping for the best and it turned out to be perfect. It’s not too much white, just a pretty off-white in a soft textured fabric.
I was impressed with the quality of the bed and it was relatively easy to put together too.
I started looking online for a mattress that could be easily shipped straight to my apartment when I got the keys. My preference was to find one that was made with healthier materials (some mattresses are full of chemicals that are not good to breathe). While researching the options, I found Tuft & Needle. Their mattresses were Greenguard Gold certified (which means their mattresses meet the most stringent chemical emission standards tested by UL Environment), in addition to other safety certifications.
This was exactly what I was looking for, so I chose the Mint mattress with alternative down pillows.
The mattress arrived at my apartment door in a box, I easily unpacked it myself and just watched it expand before my eyes! It was so easy. The Mint mattress and pillows are both very comfortable and of a very high quality. I have been very happy with it so far and highly recommend Tuft & Needle if you are looking for a new mattress.
I bought this shallow wall shelf with no clear plan for where to put it, but I knew it was versatile and there had to be a good place for it somewhere! It ended up looking perfect on that wall next to my bed. I love that it offers a bit more storage and display space for the pretty things. I have also used it as a perch for some of my most sought after essential oil rollers (I keep them in this lipstick holder).
My bedding is this linen duvet and pillow sham with pom pom trim (mine is light gray), and the optic white linen sheets. Super comfortable! I shared more information about this bedding a few years ago in this article.
My nightstands are the two I borrow from my mom! This tray table doesn’t provide much storage so I can swap it out eventually, but I love the warmth of the wood and how nice and airy it feels for this small space. The little mirror above my bed was once a set of 3 from Target or Home Goods many years ago – it was actually part of the gallery wall in my mom’s family room that you can see here. My mom makes great sets;) and I love taking the same set and finding new ways and places to use it.
I’ve had this little white alarm clock for years and the mint green lamp is Ikea’s Forsa lamp. (Ps… I made this lovely bouquet with flowers from a local florist just down the block from my house – I love living in a city with fun places I can walk!)
The rest of this room is still a work in progress since I just moved in about a month and a half ago, but I love how restful and calm I feel so far! I really can’t wait to nestle into this cozy space every night.
If you missed yesterday’s post, you can see my empty apartment tour and the rest of my design mood boards here!
Thank you for letting me take over the blog for the past few days, my friends. Hope you enjoyed these glimpses of my new place – I will definitely be back to share more as I continue to settle in! 🙂
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Thanks to Tuft & Needle for donating the mattress and pillows!