When I moved into my new apartment in Brooklyn, I might have gone a little overboard. I went from a 350 square foot studio with a lofted bed (it just barely held a queen sized mattress) to a 1,400 foot one bedroom apartment. While my studio was really cute (it had high ceilings and so much light!) I had gotten really tired of climbing up a ladder every night to go to bed. I could not wait to have a bedroom door, and (gasp!) a real bed! The part where I went overboard was that since I was buying a real bed for the first time in years, I sprung for a king. A few friends teased me… did I really need that big of a bed when I live alone? Probably not but honestly it was probably the best decision I’ve made. To me, one of the best parts of traveling or staying in a hotel is getting to sleep in a big old king sized bed. Now, that’s my everyday! I actually find myself wanting to travel less as I like my bedroom so much.
Today, in collaboration with Bloomingdale’s, I’m sharing five ways to make your apartment feel like a hotel. As a side note, my friends all refer to my apartment as “Hotel Stripe…” it’s silly and a little hilarious as they’re making fun of my obsession with perfection, but I kinda love it. Ever since getting an actual bedroom, I have become obsessed with making it feel relaxing and inviting like a hotel. Also – I will be sharing a full home tour eventually, but I’m still figuring out art and my sister and I are going to wallpaper it together!
ONE // Think about the “amenities.” This is a silly thing but anytime I stay at a really fancy hotel, I always take the slippers. When I make my bed in the morning, I will then lay out my hotel slippers out next to my bed as if I were in a hotel. I keep a phone charger on both sides of the bed, and in my nightstand drawer I keep all of my little luxuries: hand cream, foot cream, lip balm, and a luxurious silk eye mask.
TWO // Invest in the best mattress you can afford – and be sure to try it first, in store. As a part of this collaboration, Bloomingdales’ invited me in to choose a new Kluft mattress and it was a life changing experience. Everyone is really different in terms of what they fall asleep (and stay asleep) best on. Some like a mattress that’s super soft like a cloud, others want something more firm. In all honesty, I thought I preferred something extra firm until I went to Bloomies and laid on every single one of their mattresses. (This is actually a really fun activity, by the way.) I ended up going with something in between. I chose the Latex Collection in Park… ultra supportive (so I’m less tempted to sleep on my stomach) but still soft. I have had my new mattress a little over a week and have been sleeping better than ever… it’s amazing what a huge difference a great mattress can make.
THREE // Hang plants and put fresh flowers on either side of the bed. I am something of a black thumb but have a few plants that I can’t seem to kill. (I recommend Aloe and Philodendrons… I’ve had my Philodendron since April and it’s still going strong!) Plants immediately make a space feel more relaxing and inviting, but they also help to purify the air. And what’s better than waking up to fresh flowers!? When I am on top of my game, I go to the farmers market for something local and exciting like these snap dragons… when I’m not, it’s bodega roses. I like to use matching vases on either side of the bed so I will do either simple mason jars or these gold striped vases from Kate Spade.
FOUR // Minimize Clutter. This is an important one! As I work from home + entertain a lot, it can be tempting to shuffle all of my clutter inside and into the bedroom. I really try to avoid doing this though… I sleep so much better when everything is put away. I don’t know what that is but for me, if my sleep space is clean and clear, I always have a better night sleep.
FIVE // When in doubt, choose all white bedding. Sure, I have some fun colored bedding and love a pattern from time to time but there is a reason most hotels do all white. It’s universally beloved, always chic, and so soothing… like falling asleep inside of a cloud. I actually LOVE Ugg’s home collection… I feel like it’s a secret that no one knows about yet. This set is super soft and cozy. (Total side note and unrelated to bedding, but these baskets are also really great.)