Our Bedroom: Everso Slightly Different Than The Last Time You Saw It

Hey, let's stop talking about babies for a second so I can invite you into my bedroom. You know, in the least creepy possible way. Actually, I don't think there's any way to say "so I can invite you into my bedroom" non-creepily, so maybe we should just back up so I can start over. What I meant to say was that we've made a couple of updates to the bedroom since you saw it last—almost three years ago, whoa—and it's finally at the point where I'm like "yep, done, over it, onto the next room," which is fortunate, really, since the next room is the nursery, and that's slightly more pressing. 

So here's how it looking these days, where I am sticking a fork in it and placing it firmly in "after" territory.

Apart from the fact that Instagram has clearly been invented in the three years since I last took any pictures of this room, you're probably thinking "uh, what's changed, Holly? The walls are still grey, the pillows are still hot pink, and you still have that large DIY sign above your bed. Okay, I'll admit that you do seem to be slightly better at ironing your bed linens these days, but I guess I don't really see a huge difference. Am I missing something?"

Well, first of all I did iron my duvet cover this time, thank you for noticing, and second of all, yeah, you're right, this isn't exactly an extreme makeover or anything, but we did add a few little tweaks and changes that I think make it feel a lot more like a properly finished room. I am now going to point them out obsessively to you, like a person forcing you to sit through their vacation slides in their garage in 1970. 

For a start, do you see the bench at the end of the bed? It's this one from Overstock, and it makes it a lot easier to blowdry your hair and put your makeup on in the morning when you have somewhere to sit in front of the mirror (at least that's what Sean tells me, ba-dum-dum.) 



Please ignore that handle on the dresser that's come a little loose and is now irritating the crap out of me. Hey, I didn't say EVERYTHING was an improvement. 

You may have also noticed that we have an actual light-that-is-not-a-boob-light on the ceiling now, which I think we can all agree is much, much better. 


This light used to hang in my hairdresser's salon and I had frequently admired it over the years while leaning my head back to have my hair washed, when there is sort of nothing else to look at but the ceiling light. When she told me a couple of months ago that she was selling the salon and moving on to pastures new, the first words out of my mouth were "oh, how exciting for you, congratulations!" and the second words were "hey, if you're selling that light, can I have first dibs?" 

(Wait, is that the order I said those things in? God, I hope so.) 

We also hung the huge vintage biology classroom chart I bought in Paris, and by "hung," I mean "stuck to the wall with thumbtacks" because I have yet to find a frame big enough or a framing place that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It's a little more dormroom chic than I'd like when it's hung like this, I must admit—if only there were space next to it for that iconic poster of a shirtless man holding a baby, am I right?—but I'm sure I'll get around to framing it like an actual adult at some point in 2016. 


Speaking of frames, here's my bedside table featuring the framed setlist I took from the Lemonheads concert I went to with my dad, which still remains the best concert I've ever been to, and not just because this setlist boasts the smudged footprint of Evan Dando on the back.


Oh, I see, you can iron your duvet cover but not your pillowcases, huh?

A year or two ago, I realized we were never watching the TV in the bedroom—correction: I was watching twenty minutes of the Today Show every morning while I got ready for work, mostly for the weather and the soothing tones of Meredith Viera, two things I think we can all agree aren't exactly indispensable, particularly now that everybody has the weather on their phones and Meredith isn't even on the show anymore—and so we got rid of the TV and hung my beloved 1940s-schoolboys-in-a-movie-theatre print there instead (which used to be in the kitchen, but was then moved when we hung the giant map. Also, the lamp in that second picture is now the one on the dresser below. It's like musical chairs up in here!) 


And finally, along with a new duvet cover—I think it's a knockoff Restoration Hardware number, but I got it at Home Goods—we added a couple of new pillows to the bed, where I firmly believe there can never be too many pillows (a controversial opinion, I know, but I like to live on the edge. Which is what I will quite literally be doing if I add any more.)  My sister Susie made these pillows for me a year or two ago and sent them to me as a thank you present for having her to stay. I love them wildly, and as a bonus, they always help us remember whose side of the bed is whose. 

So there we go, that's our updated bedroom, which in two months' time will be ruined, I am sure, by the addition of a garishly-hued Pack n'Play and three hundred spit-up stains, but which I am continuing to enjoy as a calm and pleasant sanctuary until then. First, though, I'm going to fix the handle on that dresser. 

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honeypops
May 26, 2013

I love the ceiling light! That it came from your hairdresser made it even more charming, like so many of your things, which come with a story. I love the pillows Lucy made. So sweet of her!

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Pretzel Thief
May 26, 2013

Oh, Holly.

You rock so much casbah that even the casbah is all, "Dude, stop it with all the rockin', you're killing me here!"

But seriously.

Love your posts, love your writing, and loooove your design talent. You definitely inspired me when my boy and I decorated our apartment last year (I recently linked to an old post about it when I had no time to write a proper post, hahah) (hoo boy!)...when we eventually buy a house (you know, on the twelfth of NEVER), I'd love to do a room à la your gorgeous study.

Oh, whom am I kidding -- ALL of your house is gorgeous! (Er, DUH.)

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Ashley
May 26, 2013

Your light made me gasp when I saw it in the first picture.

Glad the handle bothers you, too. ;-)

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Anja
May 26, 2013

I really like your bedroom - the dark grey with white and pink looks great. Did your sis make those silhouette pillows with photos of you guys? Or did she just create a pattern?

PS And how considerate of you to buy a bench for your husband's beauty needs ;-)

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kristen
May 27, 2013

where is the bedside lamp from?!

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Shelley
May 27, 2013

Beautiful! Soon you'll have pictures of your own little boy laughing uproariously.

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Shauna
May 27, 2013

First of all, the room is gorgeous! Do you feel like you're always staying at a botique hotel? I'd love that! Also, I had to go back and double check, a pack n play in TWO months time?! Ahhh!

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Nothing But Bonfires
May 27, 2013

Thanks so much, you guys!

Anja: I don't think she used a picture of us (I hope not, anyway--they don't look like us at all! I think she just created a pattern.)

Kristen: The bedside lamps are from IKEA -- I think they're called Barometer.

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jen
May 27, 2013

Your room is so calming and lovely. I think white is a nice choice for bedding, especially when you're about to have your first baby. I mean, that's what bleach and line-drying/sun-bleaching is meant for, right? Love the ceiling fixture. We have a purely functional ceiling fan which I hate the look of but love the moving air while I'm sleeping.
Now stop stalling and get that nursery put together. I know we're all dying to see it! ;)

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Shannon
May 28, 2013

I love the light fixture! The room looks great! Just an FYI...I go to Homegoods or TJ Maxx and buy one of their ugly paintings that they have on sale and chuck the painting for the frame. You can find a rather pretty frame for $20-30 dollars and the sizes should be great for what you need!

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Hannah
May 28, 2013

I love that line from the Desiderata, it is my ultimate coping strategy when the shit hitteth the fan! A little shrug and a calm "no doubt the universe is unfolding exactly as it should" and I feel soooo much better!

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Nothing But Bonfires
May 29, 2013

Shannon, that's a genius idea! I'll take a look next time I'm in Homegoods or TJ Maxx. Which will likely be very soon since I'm in one or the other all the time!

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Caith
May 29, 2013

I know you probably don't want other projects on your front burner right now, but what about making a frame for the poster out of molding? That way you can design the shape/style of it, and one or two pieces is MUCH cheaper. You can usually get the glass for free or cheap on Craigslist.

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Dianna
May 30, 2013

Great updates! Looking forward to seeing the Nursery! By the way, it took me some moments to find the jacked up handle on your dresser. I read your text and suddenly felt like I was looking for Waldo in a Where's Waldo book!

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Stacey
May 31, 2013

When you said nearly three years ago I had to make sure you were correct.. three years since you've first shown us that room? I feel like you were just in the apartment! I started reading when you moved to SF and now I feel like that time has flown by. Wow.

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Lori
May 31, 2013

Your mention of Overstock inspired a very important, but probably very dumb, question I have. I just moved into an apartment that is much bigger than my last one, so I have been and will be shopping for a lot of new furniture. But I am single, work M-F 9-5, and feel like I can't order things from Overstock or other websites because I won't be home to accept shipment, and I can't expect UPS to just leave a piece of furniture/rug/giant box on my stoop. I also don't want to have something shipped to work, because then I'll have to worry about getting the furniture/rug/giant box out to my car, into my car, and carried up my flight of steps home. How do you order furniture from Overstock and other sites, given that I think both you and Sean work FT out of the house? I have been limiting myself to brick and morter stores that can set delivery dates, but that's definitely not as economical as the online options.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Jun 03, 2013

Lori: That's a really good question! Unfortunately, it's not really one I have much of an answer for: I seem to do a mix of "having stuff sent to work, driving in that day, asking someone kindly to help me load it into the back of my car, then having Sean unload it again once I get home" (not the most efficient, but at least I always know someone will be there to sign for the delivery) and working from home the day after I get the UPS "we tried to deliver this!" slip, so that I know I'll be home when they try again the next day. (I also work from home most Wednesdays, so sometimes I get lucky!) It's definitely not ideal, so I feel your pain -- and am sorry not to have a better answer!

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Laura
May 05, 2016

Hi,
Love your lights,

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