Clean, Calm Bedroom: Get the Look

Clean, Calm Bedroom: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Sep 20, 2011

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your bedroom isn't buying more, but paring down and choosing only pieces that contribute to a restful room. Vanessa from Oakland lives by the rule, only bring things into your home that you love, and she's applied this strategy to her bedroom. Here's a brief breakdown of what she loves and how to achieve the same look.

Platform Bed

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Vanessa found her bed—a $50 mid-century teak platform— through craigslist. If you're not as lucky with second-hand deals, try one of these stores for a new bed on a budget. Shown left is West Elm's narrow-leg wood bed frame, a platform that's $300 for a queen.

Basic Bedding

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The duvet is West Elm's organic cotton pin-tuck bedding for $20 - $170, and the sheets are from IKEA. The white color keeps the bed feeling simple and classic, while the texture makes it a little more interesting.

Side Table

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In a neutral space, it helps to have a couple colorful accent pieces to liven things up a little. The yellow side table is Live Like You's NightRight and looks darling next to the bed.


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The table lamp came from Bay Area shop, Klassik by Lynne, an Apartment Therapy-reviewed store. From the post: Founded by Danish-born Lynne Jensen, the showroom specializes in vintage Danish (and Swedish) furniture, sourced and imported directly from Denmark.

Alarm Clock

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The alarm clock looks vintage. We've spotted similar ones on Ebay before, where you can always find a good selection of antique and used clocks in working order. Running a search for vintage alarm clocks will turn up dozens of options in varying colors and styles.

Bedside Planter

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The container next to the bed is a simple style that you can find at lots of plant stores. We found these Bianco Linear Votives for various prices ($11.75) at Sprout Home in Chicago or Brooklyn. Vanessa's plant is mother-in-law's tongue, which thrives in lowish light.


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Vanessa's artwork is an exhibition poster from SF MOMA. They have a service called print on demand, where you can order an image to be printed and sent to you in 2-3 weeks. Shown at left is Gerhard Richter's Seascape, available in three sizes for $25 to $85.

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The white toy on Vanessa's night stand is a DIY "Munny" kit, a vinyl toy that can be purchased blank and decorated (or left white). We found one available online from Kid Robot for $25.

To see the full tour of Vanessa's Oakland home, click here.
Photo: Vanessa Jeschke

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