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now and later ~ designing a serene bedroom

I mentioned a little while ago that the decorating itch hit me pretty bad. I think it was the few weeks of downtime following a busy summer of wedding projects, but I was ready to get creative around the house.

While we all probably have dreams of a total room {or house!} revamp, that can be hard when you’re living in apartment with limited design options {like painting} and are trying to keep to a budget. But, knowing the itch was one I needed to scratch, I allowed myself one pretty major update in our bedroom this month — I finally ordered a vanity, which I’ve been wishin’ & hopin’ for since January.

It’s actually a desk from Target’s Threshold line {still obsessed!} but was the perfect width and length to fit in the corner of our bedroom.

Target Threshold Console desk as a vanity | jessalayne.comvia

Traditionally, a vanity is a place you can sit and literally get dressed or at least apply make-up and jewelry. But, depending on the purpose you want it to serve, desks, sofa tables, entry way tables, and so much more can double as a multi-tasking vanity. So, if you’re considering adding a vanity to one of your spaces, keep in mind all the options you have during your search process! Or, if you’re feeling particularly handy, some are so simple you could DIY them!

Various Types of Vanities | jessalayne.com


  • Safavieh gray console table
  • Lachlan sofa table – a knock-off of the ever-classic Parsons desk
  • Threshold desk
  • PB Teen traditional vanity

Having a higher desk versus a low side table has taken some getting used to, but ultimately, I’m loving the way it’s helping complete our bedroom. Plus, it’s fun to style a larger table top {pictures coming soon!} and it has an amazing amount of storage in the low but wide drawer {tip: I’m using old Birchbox boxes to group like items inside the drawer}.

But what’s the “later” I referenced in the title of this post, you ask? Well, I’ve dreamed up an entirely new bedroom — one that may or may not use this fabulous new vanity that I purchased {it’s fun for now, but don’t we all love changing things up?}.

Keeping in mind the size of your typical city bedroom {read: 11×11 ft}, I like the idea of using light, airy colors and making great use of window(s) to help a small room feel bigger. Some hints of metal, a few pops of color, a great mirror to reflect that light and some personal elements like black & white wedding photos will help give this otherwise neutral room, a personality.

Serene and sophisticated bedroom inspiration | by jessalayne.com


A dark, cozy bedroom could be fun, too, though. Maybe I’ll dream that up and let you guys decide which direction we go in long term!

Listening to: Ellie Goulding – Burn

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