Unhung art leaning on the walls, stacks of books with dog-eared pages—to me, these details are what make a home look lived in and full of stories (literally). I love to imagine living in an all-white apartment with not a thing out of place (ok, I want to be Olivia Pope), but let’s get real. In my real life I have well-loved books and magazines piled on every surface of my bedroom, much like Stephen Shubel’s home in Domino. And I quite like it that way! I’ll also be filing this photo away just in case I ever have to decorate a loft bedroom; I’d say Shubel masterfully made this one feel like an intimate space despite the half wall. Keep reading to bring this look home…

pillow — This Pendleton pillow is like your go-to flannel shirt in cushion form. The perfect bedding addition for cool winter months.

q&a journal — This journal asks you a question a day over five years, so you can go back and compare your answers! I got one as a gift (such a good gift) and keep it next to my bed, and it’s a quick fun way to reflect.

magnifying glasses — Maison Martin Margiela’s take on a magnifying glass.

side table — Bravo Urban Outfitters on this surprisingly stylish side table!

cheetah rug — Cheetah is not a choice I would normally make, but taking a cue from this bedroom I’d love to layer it with this fish scale rug for some unexpected pattern play.

horn side table — Take a cue from our inspiration photo by using two night stands at differing heights. Visually it adds another layer to the space, and some extra surface area!

leather bench — I would love to place this piece at the foot of my bed for extra seating, a place to put on shoes and lay my clothes when I don’t feel like tidying (I’ll never be Olivia Pope).

inspiration image by William Abranowicz for Domino

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | February 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    i couldn’t agree with you more cristina, i actually love the look of a home that is ‘lived-in’ infinitely more than one that is immaculate!

    • Cristina Cleveland | February 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Plus you feel like you can relax a little more when you’re in a ‘lived in’ space 🙂

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    Traci | February 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I have the every day question and answer journal! I’ve been writing in it since July or August. I can’t wait to make the full year circle and see how much answers have changed. :]

    • Cristina Cleveland | February 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Very committed Traci! I don’t do it every day but I like to do a bunch when I’m feeling motivated.

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    Pauline Kiwii | February 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    These last days, I heard a lot about the q&a journal, french and english version, so I think I will adopt it too, sounds so cool ! Love the colors of the room 🙂

    • Cristina Cleveland | February 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      I highly recommend it, I’ve definitely enjoyed looking back at my answers so far!

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    Fariha | February 17, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I agree–those bare white rooms are pretty in photographs, but in reality we live with magazines, books, and signs of living everywhere in our rooms. Great post!

    • Cristina Cleveland | February 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way Fariha 🙂

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    LisaT | June 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I’m in love with that mirror! Point me in the right direction please….

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