How we updated our primary bedroom this Spring without any renovations, as well as how we expanded our closet storage by adding a dressing area to our bedroom corner.
There’s something about springtime that makes me want to refresh my bedroom. I don’t know if it’s the spring cleaning that inspires me or just the longer and warmer days. Every year I always swap out a few decor pieces in my bedroom to make it feel new, and this year I wanted to share what I changed to show how much of a difference these small swaps can make.
Spring Bedding Refresh
Nothing makes me happier than climbing into the bed at night when it has fresh clean sheets and blankets. During my spring cleaning sessions, I always sanitize the mattress, wipe down the bed frame, and steam the floors underneath. Once the bed area is nice and clean, I wash all the bedding, including the pillow shams, throw pillows, blankets, and even the mattress pad cover.
I still really love the lightweight quilt we have, and the duvet is still perfect for chilly nights, so I didn’t want to change those. But I was in the mood for a neutral color scheme with lots of texture, so I swapped the taupe suede pillows for these taupe patterned pillows from Loloi. I also traded the small blue pillow for an oversized lumbar in beige and cream.
I also swapped out the rug under the bed for this Billie rug from Loloi. I love the neutral colors and texture of the rug, and while it’s very thin, it’s so soft on our feet. As a parent of three cats and a dog, I’ve learned that thick cushy rugs are not our friend, and these low-pile rugs are so much easier to clean.
Bedside Lighting Upgrade
Ok, truth time. I fell for that puck light trick that took Instagram by storm. You know the one where you cut off the wiring on a wall sconce and put a battery operated puck light inside the lamp shade to be controlled by a remote? It’s a great theory, but it was a total fail.
The puck lights are not bright enough to provide bedside lighting for reading. They’re pretty much just accent lighting. We had our puck light hacked sconces up for a full year, and we used them maybe three times. And all three times, I gave up on trying to read in bed within a few minutes because I was doing more squinting than reading.
So I chalked it up as a loss and got these sconces that plug into an outlet. I was worried about the cord showing, but it really doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. The sconces came with a LED bulb and the switch has a dimmer so I can adjust the brightness.
I love being able to have my nightstand clear of a table lamp so there’s more room for things like my sound machine, phone charger, and a place to put my book and cup of chamomile tea at bedtime. And the sconces flanking both sides of the bed gives my symmetry-loving heart all the good feels.
The Seating Area Swap
This seating area has been a journey. I knew I wanted a seating area in our bedroom because it’s so long and feels empty without something in the middle. And our bedroom is where I keep all my books and crystal collection, so it’s the perfect zen place for afternoon tea with Nigel. But I had two bulky chairs in front of the window that felt clunky and out of place.
I ended up bringing up the loveseat that was in my Studio and put it where the chairs had been. Instant upgrade! Having one single piece of furniture instead of two big pieces made this space feel more intentional. And if you’re wondering if the loveseat has been taken over by our cats as their new bed, it has.
Our New Bedroom Dressing Area
We have struggled with this corner since we moved into this house, and it had previously been the home of The Fortress Of Catitude. Aka, two giant pieces of cat furniture. It was time to better use that corner so relocated one cat tree to the other side of the room, and the other is still in limbo until it finds a permanent home in the house.
We just finished installing our new closet system in our small shared closet, but even with the semi-custom shelving, there still isn’t enough room for all of our wardrobe items. So when we were picking out our new closet system, we realized the drawer towers would be perfect for that corner to become a functional place to get ready in the morning.
One tower holds some of my books and crystals, as well as our two pet urns. I really love having these things in the bedroom, but I have had a hard time finding a way to display them. I plan on adding some lighting inside the shelves later to really make those gemstone sparkle.
On the other tower, it’s the “accessory zone”. The shelves hold jewelry, glasses, perfumes, and lotions, and the drawers house accessories like hats, gloves, neckties, belts, bathing suits, and scarves. PS: You can use code LELA for 10% off these closet towers.
It’s the perfect place to get ready because the giant mirror is right beside it all, and we have the loveseat behind us to sit down to lace up our shoes.