Once upon a time I was a champion sleeper. I come from a family of champion sleepers, too. Call anyone in my family before noon on a weekend, you’re guaranteed to get a “What’s wrong?! Why are you calling so early?” in a sleepy voice.
My husband and his people, not so much. And now he’s infected me with his sleeplessness.
We bought a new bed. We sleep with separate blankets. I don’t touch him in the middle of the night (no cuddling!). We have a box fan going year-round. He takes Benadryl “recreationally” (as a sleep aid). We have dark curtains covering the windows with stuff leaning up against them to block any stray light. Animals aren’t allowed to sleep with us.
All to no avail. And since I’m infected with the bad sleep, I wake up with a sore neck (despite trying a bunch of different pillows), aching body, and bad attitude. This week has been particularly bad for some reason. So bad that last night, I was googling “Feng Shui for bedroom” on my Blackberry under the covers.
Something’s gotta give. People, I am willing to spend money, if that’s what it takes.
And hey, as long as money’s being spent, a girl can dream, right? This might be my favorite before and after. So much drama.
And yes, I’m totally in love with Making It Lovely’s gorgeous bedroom redo. Seriously, does the woman do anything mediocre? I’m thinking no.
via Making It Lovely
Would it be terribly loser-ish of me to run right out and buy that exact same paint color? You know how bad I am at picking paint colors, yes? (I will remind you: no less than 10 coats on the living room fireplace wall. ‘Tis not right.)
And I want this lighting. It had me at “DIY.”
via The Brick House
Someday we should play a game where I post home design pics and you tell me where they came from. I bet you’d know! (Liz, my money’s on you for quickest right answer.)
My husband wants a ceiling fan — and I admit they’re nice to sleep under and not as freaking loud as the box fan he loves — but I’d rather have a couple of these. In bright yellow, please (as long as we’re dreaming).
Via Young House Love
And one last thing. We have a rather neat-o bay window-ish bump out in our bedroom. (It’s “ish” because the room bumps out into a bay window shape, not just the window part. I’d love to show you a picture, but I can’t find one, probably because our room is almost always completely trashed and therefore not available to model for the camera.)
Anyway, I want a window bench there with storage for books underneath and heavy curtains from one side to the other. Not curtains following the angles of the window, but going straight across from wall to wall so when you close them, there’s a little hideaway spot for reading or napping or, I don’t know, something awesome.
A little bit like my hotel room at the W Seattle:
Imagine dark walls and buttercup yellow curtains going from wall to wall. Yummy, yes?
But really, the thing we need most is to be able to sleep. Our mattress is relatively new, very large, and good quality (individually-wrapped coils, thankyouverymuch). Our pillows suck but we can’t find any better ones. I bought black out curtains for each of the three windows. As far as Feng Shui-ness, our feet don’t point to the door, we have no plants, and each side of the bed might be easily accessible if not for all the crap everywhere. We do have a TV in there that looms over our heads, but we don’t ever turn it on so I could stick it in a closet. We sleep with the bedroom door closed but the closet door is often open.
Any other ideas? Burn sage? Dream catchers? (Bueller? Bueller?)