My bedroom recently got a complete makeover: new bed, bedding, mattress and more. Check out the before/after pictures!
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Just like you, I care about the way I look. I try to dress in a way that’s comfortable, stylish and appropriate for the occasion – whatever the occasion might be.
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And like many men who are into style, I also care about the space in which I spend my time – my home and office.
Like my outfits, I want my space to be comfortable, functional and pleasing to the eye.
When I moved across the country into an old Southwestern house in southern Arizona, my girlfriend and I were pretty intentional about setting up and decorating our new home.
We spent a lot of time figuring out how to arrange the furniture, what to put on the walls, and everything else that goes into turning a new house into a home – a place in which you want to spend time.
And, not to brag, but I think we did a pretty good job. Our living room, kitchen, home office, bathroom and back yard all looked great.
But, for some reason or another, our bedroom was sort of an afterthought. We just never really “finished” it like we did with the other rooms.
There was nothing wrong with it. It was functional and pretty comfortable. But it definitely wasn’t the most inviting room in the house.
We also wanted a slightly bigger bed, fresh sheets and super comfy mattress that we would both love.
So we decided to give it a makeover, and we agreed on a couple of things:
First, we wanted to upgrade from a full size bed to a queen size bed. The size difference is subtle but noticeable, and a queen size bed is plenty of room for two relatively small people.
Second, we wanted to love how the room looked. This was a little tricky because I tend to like neutral colors and minimalist decor, but my girlfriend prefers a more colorful, eclectic aesthetic.
Finally, neither of us was very interested in buying furniture or a new mattress the traditional way – you know, in a fluorescent lit showroom with a bunch of high pressure sales people circling around you, trying to close the deal and earn a commission.
Plus, why strap a mattress to the top of your car or pay an exorbitant delivery fee when you can have everything shipped right to your front door with a click of the mouse?
So we did what any Millennials in our situation would do: we took to the Internet and found a couple of modern, young, online-first brands that are on a mission to make upgrading your bedroom a pain-free and even pleasant experience.
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Here Are the Results
Our new and improved bedroom, including a new bed, mattress, bedding and decor:
I’ve always liked a firm mattress, and my better half prefers something a little softer. The Leesa mattress is made from three layers of foam – each serving a different purpose.
The result is something that feels soft but distributes weight very evenly. So if you just push down on it with your hands, it compresses easily. But then you lay down and discover a surprising amount of support.
To me, it feels like a cross between a relatively firm coil mattress and memory foam. In other words, it’s very comfortable.
The new bedroom is fresh, clean and modern. It’s simple and relatively neutral (just the way I like it) but not sterile or empty.
There’s a fair amount of meaningful decor (i.e., not just random stuff from World Market or IKEA), like the handmade vase from Basin & Range, the little wooden elephant and our large photo collage.
There are also a couple splashes of color throughout the room. Just like with clothing, color is really effective in small, intentional doses, especially against a neutral backdrop.
Speaking of neutral backdrop, we decided on a wood and metal bed frame that would match the biggest piece of furniture in the room – our dresser – and the little shelf in the corner.
We already had the deep green Roman style shades, so we went with neutral bedding – a mix of solid white and grey stripes.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with darker, richer colors or even bold patterns. Just be aware that if your bedding is very loud and eye-catching, it’s going to be the center of attention in the room.
Since this room is relatively small, we decided to let the bed blend in (rather than stand out).
The decor is a mix of trinkets and gifts that we’ve collected over the years, mostly from friends and family.
It’s the stuff that never got left behind, given away or put in storage – the meaningful stuff.
For example, I got this little wooden elephant at a tiny little village in Cambodia during a three week Southeast Asia trip. I removed the tusks when I packed it away before moving out west, and I never actually found them.
That Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I’m reminded of it every time I see this little wooden elephant.
Plus, elephants are amazing creatures. They’re huge and powerful. They have incredible memories, and they’re highly emotional, just like humans. They play, laugh, hug each other and even mourn their dead.
How awesome is that?!
Some of our trinkets are gifts, like the porcelain deer head with the dried lavender antlers (from my girlfriend’s sister).
But it’s all special in some way!
We’re really happy with our new bedroom. The mattress and bedding is soft, supportive and comfortable, and the room is warm and inviting.
I’m glad we finally took the plunge and brought our bedroom “up to par” with the rest of the house.
What do you think of the room? Let me know in the comments below!