I'm fortunate enough to have amazing light, and the bedroom is actually larger than my entire last apartment! I originally set out to create a zen retreat, but over time it's involved into a girly boudoir...
I needed the heavy dark curtains to keep the blinding light out at sunrise, and they ended up leading the room's direction. For my nighttable, I use an ancient end table my 80-year-old aunt gave me when I first moved to NYC. I DO need a new alarm clock, however (reader suggestions welcomed), as I recently had Lasik and I no longer need a clock with gigantic numerals.
I put up the pink chandelier about a year after I moved in, since I had always wanted one. It's from a store in the lighting district in Manhattan. The dresser is probably my favorite piece in the bedroom -- it was the first piece of "adult" furniture I bought on my own, and brought it to NYC with me from Buffalo, NY. Since it's a hard type of wood to match, I've been mixing woods in the bedroom and it doesn't look half bad.
I fell in love with the vintage wool rug on a spontaneous trip to RePop (which won Best Thrift Store!), and it's great to walk on it barefoot on cold mornings.
My tips? Try to de-clutter as much as possible, but fill the space with meaningful things. Some of my favorites include a china bowl inherited from my late godfather, Hawaiian nut leis, and a childhood photo of my mom.
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn