One of my great joys in life is designing my space. I have lived in many apartments over the years, and have always loved the creativity of putting things together in such a way that not only feels like home, but expresses my personality, mood, and the current season. I just celebrated four years in my Capitol Hill studio on April 4th, and it was a great time to give my place a little refresh for spring. Come with me as I show you how I created a cozy bedroom in my tiny space.
The key here was definitely using my Kallax 5×5 bookcase from Ikea as a room divider. I previously had it against a wall, and although it was perfect for organizing and showcasing my books, records, and a few favorite ceramic pieces, it was actually fairly underutilized. Putting it in the middle of my bedroom/living area divides the main area of my studio into two distinct spaces. Another benefit has been the ability to style both sides of the bookcase, and in some places lining up books back to back for more storage.
I always enjoy bringing something special home from my travels to use in my decor. These little silhouettes are both of me and have a special place in my heart. I got them both at the Silhouette Studio on Disneyland’s Main Street. I absolutely adore Disneyland and these two little pieces work great in my home and also help me remember two pretty wonderful trips to the happiest place on earth, one from high school and the other from three years ago. I’m going to continue to get one every time I visit to add to this tiny collection.
I love to read, and always have a little pile of options at my bedside. Lately I’ve been getting back in the habit of writing a sentence a day in my copy of The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal, created by Gretchen Rubin. I wrote in it off and on last year and have really enjoyed getting back into the habit. It’s so easy to do, and feels like I’m doing something important to remember some of the best days of my life. I’m also totally in love with Moorea Seal’s latest journal, 52 Lists for Happiness. It’s the perfect place to jot down happy thoughts before I go to sleep each night. If you’ve ever thought journaling was too much work for you, try either of these easy, inspiring options.
When selecting the textiles for my apartment refresh, I was going for a bohemian vibe. Lately I’m loving the look of mixed prints with fine details like quilting, and geometric pattern. My winter decor was anchored by a lot of soft grey and white with pale pink accents and chunky knits. I wanted to pare things down with a light quilt, and fell hard for this dark grey palm leaf design in this one from Target’s Threshold line. I love that it still relies on neutrals, yet adds pattern and texture. I wanted to add pops of color to play off the books and objects in my bookcase, and this pillow and throw added just the right amount.
headboard, Wayfair | euro shams, Nordstrom Rack | palm stitch quilt, Target | pintuck standard shams, West Elm | white sheet set, TJ Maxx | throw pillow, Target | throw blanket, Target | nightstand, Thomas O’Brien for Target (painted by me) | milk glass table lamp, Pottery Barn | bookcase, Ikea “Kallax” 5×5 | silhouette art, Silhouette Studio on Disneyland’s Main Street