How I Spent My Tax Refund Vacation

I kicked off this winter by spending two full weeks in bed with the flu. The rest of the winter seemed extra harsh after that, and I really wanted to blow this year’s tax refund on a trip to anywhere warm. I mean I REALLY wanted to get to a beach. But, after Trey and I woke up with sore backs for what seemed like the hundredth time, we chose to be responsible adults with our tax refund money, and put it towards a new mattress instead. I decided that if we were getting a new bed, I should splurge on some grown up bed linens too. And if we were getting new bedding, then maybe our entire bedroom could use a little refresh. So, I didn’t get a few days in a warm place. Instead, I got a bedroom that feels like I’m on vacation every day. After spending so much time stuck in bed, I didn’t think I’d ever want to spend time in my bedroom ever again. Now, I never want to leave it!

Our Bedroom

The Mattress

A new mattress is a significant investment, so I really wanted to do some research before selecting ours. I remembered the headache of shopping for mattresses in person, and absolutely did not want to visit any mattress stores this time around. Instead, we’d be buying our mattress online. I read every article and review I could find about the online mattress brands we were interested in. I can now tell you the definition of edge support, the difference between memory foam and latex foam, the pros and cons of having an all-foam versus innerspring mattress, and pretty much anything else you might want to know about mattresses. To keep track of everything, I organized my research in a spreadsheet comparing all of the mattresses on the list. If you’re interested in taking a peek, you can see the entire thing here. Ultimately, we went with the Nest Bedding Hybrid Latex mattress (firmness: medium.)

First impressions: we love it! But we have 100 nights to change our minds and still get a full refund. If you want to see more about how the process of ordering/receiving the bed went for us, and how we’ve been sleeping on our Nest mattress, you can check out my Bedroom story highlights on Instagram.

The Design Inspiration

Our bedroom walls are the color we painted them when we first moved into the house five years ago. I chose that color because it was the color I’d painted my bedroom in my old apartment three years before that. Eight years later, the paint color remorse was REAL, but the idea of repainting the entire room made me want to hurl myself off a cliff (dramatic). So, we decided to just work with the color we’ve got. Since it’s so very bright, we went with a totally neutral palette for everything else in the room, in hopes that it might make the blue feel a little less intense.

The bedroom furniture is a gorgeous midcentury set that actually belonged to my grandfather. When we first moved in, I wasn’t in love with the set, but we hung onto it out of convenience. I’ve since grown to absolutely love the furniture and it works beautifully with the new setup. Other vintage elements include a rattan shelf and felted wool rug that belonged to my mother in the seventies, a thrifted bamboo tray on the dresser, and a thrifted painting on the wall.

There are still a few things I’m going to tweak in the room. I’d like to replace the old wall sconces with brass globes, spray the hardware on the cabinets brass, and find something to hang on the wall above the bed. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect throw blanket, and maybe another pillow or two. But overall Trey and are are really happy with how it turned out. And the dog seems to like it, too.


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For more of my design inspiration, take a peek at the Pinterest board where I gathered ideas.