When we first tell people we are having a baby, the first thing they ask is if we will be moving to a bigger apartment. And with the rental market being what it is in San Francisco, it’s just not something we are willing to do. We decided to make living in a one bedroom work, and to make that happen, we had to commit to majorly revamping our space.
In the past, our bedroom was always a mishmash of hand-me-down furniture. And while, we like the eclectic look (and I loved our old bed frame), to make space for the baby, we needed to make sure our furniture was smaller and had ample storage space.
In case you hadn’t noticed, everything before was grey or brown. You think neutrals are safe, but when put together, they just look horrible. The furniture was bulky, mis-matched and it had an overall blah feeling. We never really cared, because it was a place to sleep, not hang out in.Clothing piled up on chairs and clutter covered our makeshift nightstands. When rethinking our bedroom, matching furniture and a bed with built in storage underneath were both priorities.
We started with the bed. We had our eye on the Tate Bed from Crate and Barrel, but couldn’t bring ourselves to pay $1500 for it. Then we found a very similar bed from Mancini’s Sleepworld for a third of the price, with storage underneath (score)! One of the must haves on our list was a rug. I got mine from One Kings Lane, it was a bit of a splurge, but it was well worth it! Not only did it bring in a lot of color, but it’s nice to not have to keep shoes next to your bed. Stepping directly onto gross hardwood every morning was not my favorite feeling.
The bedroom set and glider are from West Elm. I obsessed over these both for months and broke down and bought them both when the glider went on sale. The dressers were solid wood and I love the fact that they seem timeless. I plan on not buying new bedroom furniture for a long ass time. Like 20+ years would be ideal.
All thats left now is small finishing touches. Some extra storage for the baby, a mattress for her crib and hanging some art on my super bare walls. I’m so excited for this project to be done and just enjoy my bedroom rather than be stressed out by it. It also makes me feel like a grown up to have a sassy bedroom. In 4 months I may still have a roommate that incessantly babbles and barfs on herself, but I’d say it’s still a huge step up from my first living situation here in San Francisco. Yay, progress!