Our bedroom used to be the most spacious room in the apartment, until we decided to get a king-sized bed. Now it takes up most of the space in our room so I like to keep my bedside pretty minimal. We had simple floating shelves built, where I keep a rotating collection of nighttime reads. My reading tastes are pretty all over the place, with books ranging from people like Seth Godin and Pema Chodron to Dorothy Draper and pretty technical wildflower guides.



Above my books I keep a cherished piece of hand-painted wallpaper by Karen Combs of Nama Rococo. Since I’ve always lived in rentals and can’t install wallpaper on my walls, I chose to frame it and use it as artwork instead. Next to that is a bronze sconce from Schoolhouse Electric and some fresh andromeda in a handmade vase by Cassie Griffin. I loved this pitcher so much that my wife Julia bought it right off the dinner table at Dimes for me. Next to that is a framed note that Julia wrote to me when we were first dating. I framed a lot of them last year and rotate some of my favorites in and out every month or so. I’ve never been a big personal photo person, so these notes are my way of having a reminder of her and my family close to me every day.

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