Friday, September 11, 2009

All growed up.

The other day, we made a furniture purchase that makes me feel like a bona fide grownup:

We bought a bed. Not a new mattress, but an actual, peice-of-furniture bed.

We purchased a memory foam mattress a about 2 years ago now, and it is an absolute dream to sleep on. But we have had it on an old, squeaky, unsupportive boxspring the entire time, and it absolutely detracts from the comfort of the mattress. thus, one side (my side) of the bed is a teensy weensy bit elevated.

That probably wouldn't bother most people, but I am a total insomniac. My body will accept any excuse to make sleeping more difficult for me. Thus, I toss and turn despite the luxurious mattress, and it was time to go and buy a slatted bed frame to preserve my (and Kyle's) sanity.

Being one half of a couple brings certain compromises. We were on a budget, firstly. But secondly, and most importantly, Kyle and I have completely different styles.

I am a minimalist at heart, though my curating skills are poor. Scandanavian style: White space, lots of light, warm wood tones, eclectic touches. Kyle likes...

Well, I'm not really sure what Kyle likes. Urban loft circa 2004 might describe it best, though some of the things he pointed out at the stores we went to were wayyy out of left feild.

Thus, we were at an impass. At the end of shopping day one, we left the store completely frustrated with each other.

Eventually, though, we ended up with something like this:

I know, right? neither urban loft (apart from the dark wood) nor scandanavian simple. But you know what? I kind of love it. I sat on the bed, laid down on it even. It felt solid and maybe even a bed we could keep for years, to transition from this rental to the next, into the home we will one day be able to afford. It felt like the sort of peice of furniture we could snuggle up with our hypothetical children in on sunday mornings.

Yes, it was kind of a compromise for us both, but a buy which we could both see potential in, and both liked. Which is definitely better than one of us getting what we want and the other one losing.

Besides, paired with the right nightstands, bedding, and wall decor, I'm sure I can still have elements of the simple style I dream of, right?

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