Pillows from India.

My boho bedroom in blue.

A global-inspired bedroom in teal, white, and silver.

My boho bedroom in teal and white…


I spend way too much time in my bedroom. But there’s really nothing more comforting than crawling onto a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, covering yourself in a thick comforter, propping up a million pillows and reading a good book…or binge watching Kimmy Schmidt on a laptop…or passing out from exhaustion.

I probably spend too much time in bed, I know. And I’ve been trying to consciously only go to bed when I’m ready to go to sleep, to not hang out there all day, to not work from there, to watch TV on the actual TV in my living room. But it’s kind of hard, not just because my mattress is so incredibly comfortable, but because my bedroom is also kind of super cute.

I’ve been really excited to start sharing the progress of decorating my apartment, and my bedroom is one of my favorite rooms (OK so I only have like three rooms, but still…). I’ve been hesitant for a while because it’s not quite “done” yet. But, really, I suppose it never will be. That’s the thing with decorating, I guess, there’s always something you can add, always something you might change.

There are several themes that run throughout my apartment. One is teal. Besides my pink bathroom, most of my rooms have a lot of teal. A lot of teal. I don’t know where that came from exactly. I never had been a big fan of blue. But there’s something about home decor in teal and turquoise and aqua that I just love. And so, my whole apartment became saturated with it.

Another theme is this worldly, boho, look. I love mid-century modern furniture and I also love things that remind me of my travels or my future travels, whether I bought them in a foreign market or online. While traveling I picked up a lot of souvenirs that I dreamt of decorating with. But you can only fit so much in a backpack, so most of the things I bought were small. So I’ve supplemented with some things are more globally inspired…

As I grow older and travel more I hope to pick up more bigger things from abroad, but, for now, I have some beautiful things that remind me of all the places I’ve been.

My bedroom might be a little too minimal to be considered true boho, as most of those looks seem more piled on, lots of textiles, lots of layers. But it’s worldy, global, and pretty, and everything I dream of for the place I dream. And there’s still time to add more things. And, yes, there are still a few things the room needs. I eventually want a desk chair so I can, you know, sit at the desk (though I doubt that would happen anyways…). I’m looking for something white and comfortable, not a typical desk chair, more like an upholstered dining chair or a small armchair. Somewhere I can drape another blanket from India. And maybe, someday, a big, fluffy, white flokati rug. Something to sink my feet into in the morning. And then there’s the bed. At some point I’d like an actual bed, with a nice headboard. Either something with a nice carved detail or some bright wicker peacock design. But, as my box spring does just fine, that’s at the very end of my boho bedroom wish list.

Is it bedtime yet?


A tour of my teal and white boho bedroom:

Blue boho bedroom: My nightstand.

My nightstand in my blue boho bedroom. OK I lit this candle so can we make out?

Not going to lie, one of my favorite things in my bedroom (or my apartment…or my life, really) is this candle. Who doesn’t want a candle next to their bed that says “OK I lit this candle so can we make out?” Because who doesn’t want someone to come over and light a candle and make out. Though notice it’s collecting dust… (anyone want to come light it?) The candle was from ADAMJK through Urban Outfitters and I had to have it in my life when I saw it. But seriously, it needs to get lit sometime soon…

Also on my nightstand: a sparkly lamp from Pottery Barn, a “wish box” also from Pottery Barn, and a frame…also from Pottery Barn… (I seriously didn’t put that together until I was typing that out right now…)

The frame reads “remember this moment,” and it’s a nice thought to have by your pillow. For a long time, in my old bedroom, it had held a photo from Amsterdam, my first solo trip abroad, so I could always wanted to remind myself how amazing it was to travel, that I was capable of traveling alone. Now I keep a photo from salsa dancing in Cali, Colombia, one of my favorite stops in all my travels, so I can remind myself how much I love dancing, how much I love Colombia, and how much I want to go back.


On my dresser: a mirror, a vase, and a ballerina music box.

On my dresser is a mirror my sister brought me from one of her trips. Above my dresser is a mirror my friend gave me for Christmas last year. I think it was from Anthropologie.

And here’s a funny story about that ballerina music box. When I was maybe nine years old I had my first ballet recital. I wore a blue tutu and danced to Memory from Cats. So when, shortly afterwards I saw this music box, featuring a blonde-haired ballerina in a blue tutu that played Memory, I made my parents get it for me. And I kept it in my bedroom for the next nine years. And then, at 18, my house burned down, along with the ballerina. But I searched for years, randomly, on eBay until I found the exact same figurine. And so that ballerina is not the one i had at nine, but it’s the same one I had at nine.


Pillows from India in my blue boho bedroom.

I kind of became obsessed with these Indian sari textiles in India. Besides these two pillows I have two other tapestries I use as table runners in my living room and dining room. I had to stop myself from buying more. (But seriously, if I ever go back, I’m buying more.) The other bedding (both sets because I couldn’t make up my mind…) is from West Elm and the sheets are from Target. My bed has about 50 shades of teal, I know. But isn’t it great?


Art above my bed.

I can’t have a room without a map. And I loved the maps from These Are Things (this is their American Flags Map). They now mostly make really sweet patches and pins and stuff, and have moved away from maps. Which I’m kind of bummed over, but it’s probably for the best since I only have so many walls.

Above my bed is a gold tree of life print I picked up at the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos. I carried it all over Laos and Thailand before sending it home. And they had to bend it in the post office to get it in a box. So I was kind of not expecting it to be in the best shape when I was ready to hang it. But it looks really great.

Both prints were framed with Framebridge: a custom-frame-by-mail company. It’s pretty affordable for custom framing (less than what I was quoted at Michael’s), it’s super nice quality, and they have a good selection of frame styles (I went with Modern White Irvine for both. I hate that prints and frames never come in the same standard sizes (unless you get a 4×6 or 8×10) and I hate putting a print in a frame that doesn’t fit right. It’s often a bit more expensive to get prints custom frames, but I think it looks so much more polished and is completely worth it. I’m too old to tolerate bad framing.

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This dresser has been in my life since before I was born. It’s kind of falling apart. And it’s kind of super tiny. But it still works for now. The Moroccan wedding blanket hamper is from West Elm…I swear if I ever make it to Morocco I’m going to buy the country out of everything.

On my desk are some jars that I’ve filled with little things from my travels. The largest is full seashells I’ve collected from every beach I visited during my ’round the world trip. (Yes, I know I’m probably killing the ocean…) In the other are friendship bracelets I amassed. Because you can’t travel around the world without getting arms full of friendship bracelets. The third one is empty. But I wanted to round it out with all three sizes. I have no ideas of what to put in it though…

That metal lantern is from the Chiang Mai Sunday Market. I had bought it before I left in 2012 but I saw the same vendor when I was there a couple of months ago. They’re pretty damned gorgeous.

I considered hanging more travel photos above my desk, but for now, I’ve left the wall blank.


My boho teal and white bedroom.


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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Lindsay
    January 20, 2016at1:56 pm

    Your room looks great! I too love the teal motif. There’s just something about the color that makes any room look so fresh and relaxing.

  • Mark
    February 2, 2016at2:18 am

    Wow… That’s absolutely beautiful!

  • Janna Jamieson
    November 23, 2016at7:41 am

    wwwaaaaoooo Awesome room. That’s really beautiful. I too like to have a room just like you.

  • Jenny Leighton
    February 6, 2017at6:37 am

    Great looking room Val, looks very comfortable and cosy!

  • Lisa
    May 30, 2017at4:07 am

    WOW your bedroom is really beautiful. Thanks for your ideas.

  • Sophie
    July 26, 2017at1:27 am

    Wow, What a beautiful bedroom you have. Those two pillows is so cute.

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