Bedroom #1: MK's Brooklyn Retreat

Bedroom #1: MK's Brooklyn Retreat

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 8, 2005

Our first entry. Photo and 3 tips below the fold. (Thanks, MK!) MGR

Why our bedroom is the MOST beautiful:

"Our bedroom exemplifies the pure function of a sleeping / dressing space in NYC. We are big believers in bringing the feeling of a space/location into its decor. The mix of organic and man-made, hard and soft materials reflects to us the feel of NYC and the former factory the apartment is in.

Nothing in the space is at odds with anything else. The lines don't clash, they rest. We have never slept as well as we have here, and that in itself is beautiful." MK


The FULL Bedroom decorating tips:

"1. The bedroom should be a place of retreat, relaxation, and passion.
Make sure the necessary evils of phones, alarm clocks, tissue boxes, etc. are easily available but discretely placed (ours are on a sunken shelf behind the headboard. You can reach through the slats or around the edges but they remain out of site unless you are in the bed).
We've also placed uplights on this shelf which makes the headboard area glow in the evening.

2. Bedrooms in loft spaces like ours can create problems of intimacy and privacy. We used a sheer curtain and tall wardrobes to mentally separate the bedroom from the rest of the apartment. In spaces where the bedroom is not defined by walls, use visual cues like curtains/screens/shelves, changes in paint color, etc. to mentally separate the space.

3. The odds are you sleep 6-8 hours a night. That's 25-33% of your life! Spend some extra money on truly luxurious sheets and a good mattress. Not only do high quality sheets look fantastic, but they feel wonderful. Invest in some egyptian cotton sheets and don't believe that thread count is everything. Many high thread count sheets (over 400) use twisted thread. It's a handy way to double the count, but it makes for a very stiff heavy sheet that may not be as soft as a 300 count sheet made from better cotton."

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