This summer I took a long weekend to visit old friends in California, and I must confess I felt the strong urge to drop everything and move to the West Coast. This feeling is like a familiar old friend, as it tends to visit me every time I travel. In these moments I try to remind myself of this saying by Marcel Proust, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” It’s a brilliant approach to skipping the grass-is-greener complex, and instead looking at what I already have with new eyes – whether it’s my home, my closet, or even my city! During this season of travel and wanderlust I think it can be just as important to practice gratitude for that inimitable feeling of coming home.

Console table – If  space is tight around your bed, this console table mounts to the wall and has a very small footprint.

Swing chair – Our Texas heat is keeping my hammock napping dreams from coming true, but an indoor swing chair is the next best thing and can be enjoyed year round.

Pillow – I love the way a tapestry hung behind the bed is a makeshift headboard in the inspiration photo. A tapestry or oversized throw pillows can be space-saving stand ins when you don’t have room for a headboard.

Rug – Even if you have a carpet in your bedroom, layering another rug next to the bed can add warmth and a soft place to land when you get out of bed in the morning.

Print – If you’re just starting out your art collection, a simple line drawing like this can be easily to mixed and matched with other prints and photographs.

Wall lamp – If you have a small bedside table, you may not want to take up valuable real estate with a lamp. This one doesn’t need to be hardwired so you can avoid the added cost of calling an electrician.

Journal & notebook – When my mind won’t settle as I’m trying to fall asleep, sometimes it’s handy to have a notebook nearby to jot down a quick to do list for the next day.

Bowl – Rather than keeping my best bowls hidden in the kitchen cabinet, I like to use them to hold jewelry next to a sink, couch or bed (so as not to lose any tiny earrings). And little handmade pieces like this make the best souvenirs and gifts to bring home from your travels!

*inspiration photo by Amber Interiors

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    kristin | August 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

    so pretty. really like the idea of a runner alongside the bed.

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    Vanessa Steil | August 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Beautiful inspiration photo. I love the look of the tapestry hung behind the bed and I have always wanted a swing chair in my house. They look so relaxing!

    • Cristina Cleveland | August 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I’ve seen swings in other peoples’ houses before and they’re such a fun touch!

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    arielle | August 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I love that quote about having new eyes. someone once told me that the key to being rich was to want what you already have. kind of the same idea and it’s totally something I need to work on. thanks for sharing! this space is beautiful.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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    Shannon at | August 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I love that inspiration photo. The different designs go together so well. A journal is a must have really – so many great ideas thought of in the middle of the night and forgotten by morning if not written down.

    • Cristina Cleveland | August 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Shannon I have that problem with having ideas in the middle of the night too, and it’s worst in the shower.

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    Candice | August 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    absolutely crazy for this! we’re in california right now and I love the bright sun flooding the front of every shop and cafe and the light airy decor. Loving how this translates in your post, Christina!

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    Traci | August 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    This actually got me thinking about a rug in my bedroom for the first time in a while (it is carpeted!). It would feel nice, you are right!

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    Kendra | August 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Love this look! One of my favorites 🙂

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    preppyandfunny | August 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Love the first 2 items!

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    Anna Coyne | August 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    where can I get the blanket on the bed?

    • Paige Padon | October 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      the blanket is from Hollywood at Home!!

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    Mara Evans | September 11, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    THE BLANKET. Must. Have. Take my money! What is it?

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    Lucy Zhang | June 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    hi! where can i get that blanket?

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