Making your bedroom a relaxing sanctuary

beautyrest-headerSince our last bedroom makeover, we have upgraded to a king sized mattress (from a tiny double!) and said goodbye to our beloved headboard that I so desperately loved. I’m not entirely sure if we could get a king sized headboard up the stairs, as our box spring came split into two smaller box springs. Had no idea those even existed!

Today I’m showing you our brand new bedroom. Feeling a little more grown up with some new accents added to the room, but still missing a headboard. I’ve added our Ikea 26×26 pillows to the back to replicate it somewhat. But it’s definitely no fancy tufted headboard like we had in the past. Minor problems.

Funny how I’m excited over a new house-things over a few insignificant articles of clothing. Ah, all part of growing up isn’t it. Priorities change. But when you live with an Ironman Triathlete who trains 6 to 7 days a week (that’s three sports you guys) greet him at the door when he comes home, only to realize he’s so exhausted from working long hours then leaving work to either swim, bike or run — you realize that you need an upgrade when it comes to sleeping properly.

Zebra-rugHis evening routine goes a little something like this… The garage door opens. Alfie and I run down to greet him. We talk about his day a little bit, while I make supper. The Guy puts his work bag down and stretches out onto the floor on our new rug (I have to admit, it’s very comfortable, especially that silky tan part under my feet. So smooth!) and relaxes for a minute, which turns into over an hour or more, see where I’m going with this? It’s easy to see he doesn’t get too much quality sleep as it is.

Only since we moved to California, it clicked. The Guy hasn’t been getting enough rest ever since we started sleeping in the same bed, nightly almost 10 years ago. What can I say, I may be a slow learner but I learn from those mistakes!

We may be a small sized couple, but for those last 10 years, we have been sleeping on a double sized bed. Hardly big enough for a teenager, let alone someone who likes to sprawl out, sleep diagonally while the husband gets a few inches of room at the edge of the bed, and little blanket. Poor guy.

So what other way to win the best wife of the year award? I UPGRADE us. Yeah buddy.

striped-beddingBeautyrest allowed us to upgrade from our firm double mattresses, to a king sized Recharge mattress. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t specify the type of mattress firmness we’d like. When the delivery guys came up the stairs (folding a king sized mattress in HALF to bring it up two flights of winding stairs) I realized we received the softest mattress they make. Oops. While we completely enjoy our space and the size mattress we have, it definitely took a lot of getting used to. Hence the late review as we received it back in January.

Paintings-in-bedroomI’m pretty sure the Beautyrest is mainly for side sleepers like my husband, which is fantastic for him. I’m a back sleeper, with one hand over my head most nights, so my neck is a little crinky a couple of times throughout the week. Thankfully it doesn’t last too long after I wake up.

flowers-on-nightstandIf I were to go back and get another mattress by them, I’d definitely get a firmer one. This one I feel like it sucks you in like a big ol’ marshmallow. Super comfortable for the first while, but again — we’re the couple that prefers the opposite. Clearly, we’re used to it now, and it’s best kind.

Striped-duvetFreakin’ eh man, it’s so hard to take photos of bedspreads, duvet covers, and general bedding photography. I got out my steam cleaner and spent a good hour going over both duvet covers to get the pesky wrinkles out, and it didn’t work so well. A complete waste of time, considering they’re going to be wrinkled as we sleep in them. It’s like ironing your underwear and socks. Does anyone do that?

3-pics-in-1I love how our master bedroom looks with all the golds and whites, but it’s definitely missing a nice headboard like we had last time. My husband thinks he can simply attach our double-sized headboard to the back of this one, and it’ll look fine. Uhh.


Christy-Linens-duvet-coverYou might notice there’s two duvet covers shown in the photos. That’s because I have two that were sent to me. I’m still undecided as to which one should be our main one, but I really like them both so much (the striped one is more us, and the embroidered one feels more grown up and fancy to me — like being in a hotel).

Checking-phone-on-bedSide note, it’s incredibly difficult to take self-timed photographs of yourself.

Alfie-with-stripesI think once we add the final touches to our master (aka a headboard and maybe some more paintings on the wall), it’ll really start feeling like a relaxing sanctuary.






I have a question for those that own a king sized bed. Do you have king sized pillows? Because the one’s that came in the Christy Linens sheet set and duvet cover set are almost as long as I am tall. I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever seen a king sized pillow before — because holy guac the cases are enormous!

Urban Barn faux flowers & white vases | West Elm gold photo frame | Beautyrest Recharge mattress* | Rugs USA Zebra rug* | Christy Linens Chantilly duvet cover & cases*, Egyptian Platinum sheet set* & ivory candle | Unison Home Sailor + Regatta Pewter duvet cover | Paris print & painting (received in a swag bag, I’m not sure where they are from!) | night tables

Disclaimer: Items marked with an * were sent for review.

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  1. Have I said lately how absolutely in love I am with your dog? This bedroom is beautiful, and definitely looks like an incredible sanctuary, but as always, that gorgeous Pom of yours steals the show ;) We are purchasing a King bed this month- thank you for the tip of specifying the firmness! We are planning to order online and I likely wouldn’t have put much thought into that.
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  2. King-sized pillows could serve in place of a headboard…they are very long…two will fit right across the bed so you could have four with cases that you like to give the effect of a headboard.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  3. Great tips! I believe the color, energy and atmosphere in your bedroom plays an integral part on how well you can put your mind at peace and rest. My bedroom spells like camomile and lavender from the polymers I ordered from HSN. The colors are a tranquil blue and I am at perfect peace there.

  4. Sleep is so important, especially for an athlete. Is it too late to switch to a firmer mattress? I’d worry that your back will begin bothering you. Your room is adorable, as is the cute poochie!
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  5. Your bedroom looks so serene and calming with it’s colour palette. I’ve never seen a king-size pillow in my life but have seen the cases, they are huge!

  6. They really do make king size pillows! We have a queen bed, but I always buy king bedding because I always like my duvet to hang down more on the sides. Your room is beautiful, by the way! And your little doggie is so cute and poses like a model.
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  7. That bed is killer. We have a king size bed and can never go back. I can’t imagine how you were sleeping in a double. I actually sleep with 3 pillows. 1 of them is king size because whenever we buy sheet sets it comes with king size pillow cases. We didn’t know what to do with them all, so we finally got inserts. They are HUGE, but they are good for shams.
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  8. I must admit that you description makes me yearn for a new mattress. I am a side sleeper like your husband and would love a more “marshmallow” like bed. Thankfully I at least have a ton of throw pillows and my adorable doggy (just like yours but much bigger) to cuddle with!

  9. Yes! I have a California King. Usually the pillowcases are longer than the regular size ones but I love them. I have 4 on my bed and if my husband is lucky he gets one of them. Haha

  10. Your bedroom looks amazing – I love the colors! I have a king sized bed and we get king pillows :)

  11. Oh your room looks fantastic. It looks like the perfect place to relax. I only have a queen sized bed, but I have normal regular sized pillows

  12. These are great photos. I am looking to replace my mattress soon. I will have to try a Beauty Rest.

  13. Ooo – you’re so lucky to have all of that nice light in your bedroom. The bed looks great, and I know change is hard to deal with, but I’m sure you’ll find a solution to your headboard issue. I’ve never had a king bed in my home before, we’ve always been queen-sizers. I do like a king-sized pillow sometimes…just because.

  14. James would be so jealous of your bed situation. He talks about wanting a king sized bed all the time lol I honestly didn’t notice the lack of headboard, I think with the douvet and pillows is still looks put together. Little Alfie chilling on the bed is my favourite part though :)
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  15. Your bedroom is absolutely beautiful. Upgrading to a king — I bet you feel like you have a TON of room now. I know you said you were in love with your old headboard, have you thought about mounting a DIY headboard on your wall? If your husband have saw horses and you can get a piece of plywood cut to match the dimensions of the bed you can add some of your own personal flair. There are a ton of DIY youtubers who can maybe give you ideas. It seems like a very inexpensive headboard.
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  16. The bedroom looks beautiful, we moved into a rental condo with their bed. We had to get rid of our beautiful bed when we moved to Florida. I miss having a pretty bedroom where I can relax!

  17. I love your room, not sure I could do white because well kids and white just don’t mix! I am actually looking into new bedroom decor and am loving your ideas!

  18. You’re so funny – but I feel your pain! We are about to put our house on the market and taking photos of our bedroom has been a nightmare. Every little wrinkle on the bedspread shows … or the pillows aren’t placed correctly. When you fix one thing you mess up another! But your room is beautiful!
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  19. My son and his wife have a California King and they love it. They just have normal sized pillows though. :)

  20. Nancy!

    This looks GREAT. I absolutely LOVE your window and all of that natural light! So beautiful. Maybe I’ll get to visit next year ;)

  21. OMG first.. your dog is just adorable! Secondly, im in love with your bedroom. It lloks so peaceful and relaxing, and the bed seems perfect.. well for me since I lovee soft mattresses due to my back, but hopefully down the line you guys can get a diff type of mattress even with a headboard LOL
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