It's hard to believe that it has already been a year since we moved to Vienna; however, it is even harder to believe that I needed almost a year to redecorate the bedroom and finally make it cosy and comfortable.
Well, now I have finally come round to doing it and I am always amazed by how much can be achieved from little effort (which makes the delay even less excusable). We didn't buy any new furniture, simply shuffled around what we had, and the difference is incredible. I want to use this post to not only show you the redecoration, but also a little about my bed routine in the go - so let's do this!
Let's talk about some structural, architectural things first. Our bedroom is a rectangular room and when the furniture was assembled like in the right picture (the old setting), the room becomes even longer. The bed is aligned with the longer side and lots of space is created in the middle, which makes the room seem more spacious - a feature not necessary wanted in a bedroom.
Additionally, in the old setting, it seemed more like a hotchpotch of furniture with various wardrobes and chests left, right and centre. Bedroom and my working sphere mingled joyfully and there didn't seem to be a cohesive theme to the bedroom at all. My desk was facing the window, which in theory sounds nice, but I live in the city, facing a grim and grey house, and also, the sun really blinds me in the mornings.
Now to the new setting. First of all, the bed facing the door makes the rectangular room more square-ish and also provides a much more enticing welcome than the look at the overflowing chair and white wardrobe. Also, we now have put all clothes-related furniture to the right side of the room, making morning dressing less of a sprint through the room. The mirror has found its place between one of the wardrobes and the chest of drawers, so outfits can be quickly checked and approved of in the morning.
I know it is useless and invites to clutter, but I simply need a chair next to my bed to dump my stuff on, and I am a huge follower of the well-known phrase "too dirty for the wardrobe, too clean for the laundry basket, welcome to the chair!".
At the moment, an old rocking chair that does not really serve it's purpose anymore has been redesigned as my daily clothes bearer, and now resting next to my bed, it's even better at doing the job. My beloved chest I got from the farm we lived on obviously also found its place, now looking even better between the two windows and below the big picture of my beloved dog Lilly. There will be even more pictures adorning the walls, but with our flat having such incredibly high ceilings, it can be tough to find the right size, as normal-sized pictures tend to be drowned by the sheer size of the room.
Yet there is already one more picture I got next to my bed, and it is a wonderful picture of Alice sitting next to a raven that has a tag on which says "writing desk" (the Alice in Wonderland fans will get it). The raven also fulfils his duties in guarding my night products, to which I will change now and venture into my bed routine before turning to my work sphere.
I keep a hand and foot cream on my nightstand to moisturise every night before I go to sleep, and both products were Christmas gifts (watch my Christmas gift video here). The hand cream I am currently using is from Rituals (the Ritual of Ayurveda) and does not only moisturise the hands wonderfully, but has a divine smell that is perfect for a smooth and positive get-into-bed ritual. The foot cream is a Steinöl-Produkt (rock oil) from the Tyrolean region and can be purchased here. It has a very refreshing scent, reminiscent of mint (basically it smells like an Airwave chewing gum tastes).
Sometimes I also put on my Separatoes on for ten minutes - and if you're wondering what those are, check them out here, but basically they stretch the toes to strengthen the foot. I will do a blog post about them in the near future, promise.
But back to the bed routine. Ever since I changed the bedroom, I feel so much more relaxed and much more inclined to read in the evenings and relax in the bedroom before falling asleep. On my nightstand, I currently have Robert Galbraith's Lethal White (read the review of it here), Sol Stein's On Writing and my Kindle. Additionally, there is my phone which I need to charge overnight, and also because my sound soother is on it (I use the Sleep Sounds App, Rain Forest with piano).
My lullaby sheep also finds its place next to the raven, and if the neighbours get kinky, I also have earplugs - just in case. A bright lamp with a white lampshade is also crucial for me in the bedroom, I could never read with a coloured lamp.
As we currently reside in a two-room flat, my working sphere is in the bedroom, as there is no space left in the living room. True, I sometimes also work at the living room table to mix it up, but I love to leave my stuff lying around when I take a break, and in the living room that is not so easy.
Especially with the old bedroom setting, I didn't feel comfortable working there anymore, as it felt almost like a storeroom with no concept or red thread. Now, I have the window to my right instead of in front of me, which is less distracting. As the bedroom is also much tidier now due to the reshuffle, it is a much calmer room in which I find the mood to get to work - and I can leave everything set up and ready to go.
On my desk, I have my laptop, notebooks and stationery, as well as my old stereo when I am in the mood to listening to a CD - yes, you've read correctly, I am one of those freaks who still listens to CDs! Which ones you may ask? Well, at the moment I have Music for Book Lovers, Celtic Airs from Ireland and Les Cornemusses d'Ecosse on my desk, but it might change any day...
For me it was interesting to observe that it took me almost a year to take the step and create the storage room of a bedroom into a cosy room that invites to linger, cuddle and even work. I guess it can take time to adjust to a place, learn its flaws, peaks and secrets. Now, I finally feel it's become a wholesome room - just in time for us to move to the countryside in summer...