Guess what. Brian is now officially an Atlanta resident! It’s a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, I’m so excited for him to be working this great new job in a great new city, but I’m also really really going to miss him, and this whole long-distance thing isn’t something I’m so thrilled about. Sadness aside, one of the few positives to come out of the move was the fun of furnishing Brian’s new bedroom. Other than a couple of choice items, neither one of us has/had furniture that I would call sophisticated. “Crap that you buy after college” is more accurate. So, it was time for some growing up and we had lots of fun (and at times agony) doing it.
I may not be in Atlanta yet, but it was important that the room be friendly for us both, leaning slightly on the more masculine since Brian will be the room’s sole master for the next few months. It was also imperative that we loved whatever we bought and that the items had lasting power to someday be used as guest bedroom furniture in our future home. I have a good idea of what I want for a real-deal master bedroom (feminine and few compromises), but committing to that stuff (king or queen bed?) wasn’t something I was ready to do right at this time, so the guestroom approach (without totally emasculating Brian) it was. Here’s a quick look at some of the items we’ve purchased to make his place feel more like a home.
1. Scoop Table Lamps in Antique Brass from West Elm. The brass color is sold out online, but I was so thrilled when I was able to pick up the last two from the store I went to.
2. Travis Side Tables from One Kings Lane. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like the traditional nightstand look, something about it is just so boring to me. The simple antique look of these tables with the brass accents manages to be both classy and different without being too far out there.
3. Picking a bed was so much harder than I expected it to be. I looked at several hundred online before landing on the Breanna Pull Tuft Bed in Navy, also from One Kings Lane. It strikes a happy medium for a his and hers bed, don’t you think?
4. This Mid-Century Modern Dresser from Wayfair. Brian deserves the credit for this one, but if I remember correctly, I told him I loved the Mid-Century look. I’m a little concerned the color of the wood doesn’t quite match that of the side tables, but because they’ll be on opposite walls, the difference shouldn’t be so obvious of egregious. Plus, no one wants matchy-matchy anyway.
5. And finally, for our bedding, I convinced Brian to go with nice organic white cotton sheets. He’d prefer grey jersey (ugh! jersey!), but as a compromise, we went with West Elm’s Organic Brighton Matelasse Duvet Cover and Pillow Shams in Platinum for the rest of the bed. Of all of the bedding I looked at, West Elm’s was my favorite in terms of quality, texture and the prices weren’t bad either.
I’d love to get a rug to tie everything together, but because the room is carpeted and we have a hundred other places where we could spend the money, the rug is tabled for now. Until then, I’m loving our new, less embarrassing furnishings. Who knew growing up could look so good?