Necessary Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

The Basic Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

Creating zen at home is a must. And with a new job on the horizon, I wanted a bedroom that would feel like a 5-star resort. I started my zen bedroom remodel this summer when I was in the final interview stages for my new job. My prior bedroom pieces (including bed and mattress) were about 10 years old, and it was time to take my space to a new level. 

The new decor needed to be functional because storage is important. My apartment is not equipped with ample closet space. I also wanted to incorporate elements from my favorite hotels while staying budget-friendly. The hotels I drew inspiration from were the 1Hotel on South Beach and The Edition. I love the beach glam look that’s very Miami! 

Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

I’m unveiling Part 1 of my bedroom remodel with the foundational elements I needed for the transformation. The goal of part 1 is all zen.

I also tapped into my good friend Mallow Shaw for some advice. She is the sweetest and helped me with professional advice to ensure my new space was a reflection of me. 

Start with a Neutral Palate for the Wall Color

I love color. You guys know I’m a bubblegum pink girly-girl all the way! But, my bedroom isn’t a nursery and I wanted a nice neutral for my wall. Mallory suggested white. WHAT? I know. I had a gorgeous seafoam green color on my walls before, but she suggested to keep it very simple and chic with different tones of whites. So I went to Sherwin Williams and picked up the same white that’s on my other walls to keep it consistent. I love the crisp white look. My bedroom immediately transformed after one coat of paint. 

The Basic Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

The Bed

I am OBSESSED with my new bed. I checked out City Furniture for their anniversary sale and fell in love with the Marco Bed. And I wanted a white upholstered bed but the options online were limited. The Marco bed is a dream for small spaces because it comes with storage.

I also added additional storage from Ikea and found that the Vardo Underbed drawers fit perfectly under the Queen bed. I keep my ski clothes, Halloween costumes and holiday decorations under my bed now. 

This bed looks like it’s from Restoration Hardware. In fact, I was eyeballing a similar one from RH but the Marco bed is a fraction of the price. City Furniture also has a great warranty and if anything happens to the bed, they will send someone to try to fix, clean, or replace if needed. 

The color of the Marco bed is an eggshell white, which with my crisp white walls works perfectly. The bed also comes in grey which is also gorgeous. Check it out here. 

The Basic Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

The Mattress 

I searched high and low for a new mattress and after reading several online reviews, I decided to check out Lull. I knew I didn’t want a mattress with springs. My prior mattress was a Tempur-Pedic, so I knew I wanted to stick with memory foam. I also didn’t love my Tempur-Pedic because of the off-gassing smell.

Lull had the best reviews online and they have a 100-night sleep guarantee. This provides the perfect opportunity to test the mattress before committing. It’s been a week since my mattress arrived and so far, I’m loving it. The mattress was very easy to unpack and more importantly didn’t have the chemical smell found with most memory foam mattresses.

I love that the Lull stays cool during the hot Miami summer days which is muy importante for me.

The Basic Elements Needed to Create a Zen Bedroom

Marco Bed (similar) // Mattress // Dressers // Down Comforter // Paint

Hand Crafted Dressers. 

My prior dresser was from 2005, and although I love it, it just wasn’t going to fit bedroom 2.0. I decided to check out Wayfair for white wood dressers to go with the 1 Hotel Vibe I was trying to recreate in my bedroom. I found these dressers from Panama Jack Home on Wayfair.  They are the perfect height for my bed and I love the carved detailing on the drawers. In the photos, they look a little dark, but they are a true white oak which looks phenomenal against my white floors and walls. 

Now that I have the foundational elements, I’m ready to add decorative details to my space! I’m hunting for art, lamps and a rug to tie anchor my space.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 of my Bedroom Remodel.

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Evelyn Torres
Evelyn Torres

As one of Miami’s top bloggers, Evelyn Torres has become one of the leading voices in fitness, fashion, and Miami. Brickellista started as a Twitter alias in 2009 and has expanded to become a lifestyle blog capturing a Miami girl’s perspective. Evelyn is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, brand ambassador and on the pulse of the Miami social scene.

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