This past weekend I redid my bedroom. To be honest, Blake and I have been married for almost 5 years, and for the first 2 years with him in med school, we never really had enough money for me to spend even a cent on something that seemed so frivolous as bedroom decor.
Maybe some of you can relate?
But even after med-school, in our quest to be frugal and allocate resources appropriately, it never seemed like a worthwhile cause.
Well, I’ll have to say, getting this stunning, fair trade organic cotton bedding set by Sol Organics changed everything this past weekend. It was like getting a new pair of jeans and all of the sudden wanting to get a new haircut or upgrade your makeup too.
I’m thrilled about Sol Organics because their mission is so aligning with my own. They are sustainable, organic, fair trade, and transparent. Honestly, even their “about” page on their website gives me chills and makes me proud to use this bedding. They have a commitment to no child labor- EVER, and they partner only with facilities that pay a LIVING wage and are committed to the wellbeing of the people who work there. I will be sleeping well at night knowing the sheets I’m using were made fairly and justly.
SOL uses 100% organic cotton grown from non-GMO seed. They are committed to supporting better farming practices that reduce carbon footprint, converse and protect drinking water, and keep us and our communities safe.
And one of the best things about them is that in all of this, they have made their products affordable.
So back to my bedroom… receiving my SOL bedding in the mail sparked something inside of me- why do I care about styling the rest of the home to be a representation of Blake and I, but our bedroom- this sacred space where there is precious sleep, pillow talk, cuddles… has been put on the back burner?
The cool thing is- 90% of the decor you see in these photos are things I already had. Most of it found at antique or thrift stores. But a new bed set (white instead of dark grey), a few throw pillow and some shelves made the BIGGEST difference. (I wish so badly that I had taken a before picture of our bedroom!!! You honestly would not have recognized it now.)
I would describe my style as midwestern mid-mod. And I am a full believer that with a little time and patience, you can decorate your home sustainably. I’m now going to walk you through some of my tips for sustainable home decorating and how I applied them to this latest project.
The biggest thing to remember when decorating sustainably- patience is key! It’s so tempting to run to target over the weekend and grab everything you need to make a well decorated room, but sustainable decorating is a much slower process as you acquire quality, unique and sustainably created pieces.
Tips for sustainable decorating:
1. Less is more. Question everything that comes into your home. Instead of trying to fill every nook and cranny with something, embrace blank space. Only buy what you LOVE and brings you joy.
2. Go with classic vs trendy styles. This is true in your wardrobe, but also in your home decorating! Will the items you buy be out of style in a year and will you want to “upgrade”? Consider this when you are finding and honing in on your style!
3. Quality > Quantity. This is applies to everything- furniture, throw blankets, pictures etc. When you purchase something- ask, will this last for years to come? This is why I love to find furniture and the bigger items at thrift and antique stores. I can get amazing quality for a fraction of the price. In the case of throw blankets- consider investing in a quality, organic cotton throw blanket instead of 10 synthetic ones.
4. Shop local & support local artisans. For example- instead of buying a macrame from target, look for a local artisan! If you don’t have many local artisans, check Etsy! It’s so rewarding to support small companies and creatives who are trying to make a living with their craft.
5. Hit up thrift stores and garage sales: I have found the BEST things at thrift stores. Just remember- consistency is key. You probably won’t find THE piece if you go to the Salvation Army 1 time.
6. Decorate with (real) plants instead of “things”. Plants are so hot right now! haha! Huge bonus- you have a natural air filter!
7. Utilize what you already have. For example, the curtains are nothing special- they are blackout shades Blake and I have had for 5 years. To spruce them up, I added the light blue ribbon on them to act as hooks. It made the way they drape much cutter! In my opinion.
8. Of course, the final tip I have for sustainable decorating is to invest in high quality, sustainably sourced bedding, such as SOL organics.
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I hope this has been helpful and encouraging in your sustainability journey,
Sustainably Supported by SOL Organics. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love! #sponsored