Lately we’ve been working on clearing out and tidying up our bedroom. We’ve been talking about doing a renovation down there for years; the bedroom itself is too large and the bathroom is too small (and too blah). And, I really, really, really would love a bathtub.
Renovation aside, our biggest problem in the bedroom at the moment is our bed. We have the world’s worst mattress. The so-called memory gel, plush top mattress has a topography that rivals the most mountainous regions of the land. My husband jokes that he’s sleeping in a canoe. There’s a berm between us.
We tried a mattress from Casper, one of those new mattress companies that deliver memory foam mattresses in a box. It arrived incredibly quickly and seemed to be quite well made, but it was just too firm. I awoke each day with aching hips. (Insert old person joke here.) So we sent it back with hopes to try another.
They offered to send us a plush mattress topper to ease its cement-like quality, though I declined. (They arranged for pick up, no fuss no muss, so if you like firm mattresses I highly recommend them.) I think we may try a mattress from Helix Sleep next. Not only do they sell mattresses in different firmnesses, they custom make mattresses with different qualities, split down the middle. You and your partner take a little quiz and they create just the mattress type you like/need. Kind of fun.
My kids are obsessed with memory foam sleep products. Pillows, beds, mattress toppers. Just yesterday my son was asking for a memory foam sleep topper. I suppose I should do some research on sites like the Sleep Judge to find something that makes sense, maybe for our bed too. (Once we ditch our current wavy mattress.) Apparently there are different prescriptions depending on whether you’re a side sleeper, back sleeper, etc. Same goes for mattresses. Consumer Reports here I come.
In the meantime, now that the crap is cleared out of our bedroom we’ve been focusing on what art to hang. Lucky for us we have enough of a surplus that we have choices. I’ve long thought about doing a wall of nude paintings and drawings in the bedroom. Something dreamy and romantic. We also have a lush abstracted green landscape that looks great in there.
I kind of wish I could be the person who is restrained enough to hang a single minimalist statement piece of art. I’ve notice that the most sophisticated contemporary bedrooms have clean lines and very simple, graphic abstract artwork. The kind of artwork I love to admire, but when push comes to shove, I often have trouble purchasing. And then where would I put all the other art. Perhaps a dinner party art sale is in order? Here are a dozen examples of perfectly appointed bedrooms with abstract art.
Photo by Gaelle LeBoulicaunt • Lonny
Designed by David Netto
Farrow & Ball
Photo by Richard Powers • Vogue
Architectural Digest Espana
Design by Kelly Wearstler • Photo by Melani Acevedo
Design by Champeau & Wilde • Elle Decor
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