• Anita Vandyke

My minimalist bedroom, San Francisco

Updated: Jan 25, 2018

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. Here is a tour of my minimalist San Francisco bedroom with some tips and tricks on how you can simplify your bedroom space.


Prioritise your sleep

Have a look at your sleep environment, is it cluttered? Is there noise or light pollution? How can you ensure that you at least 8 hours of sleep a night?

In Ariana Huffington's book ‘Thrive’ she talks about the importance of sleep for optimal functioning. Bad quality sleep can also lead to poor long term health outcomes. I suggest you to have a look at your sleep habits and ensure you get 8 hours of sleep. It’s life changing.


An easy way to improve sleep is to remove clutter from your bedside table, including your electronics. Removing your phone, digital clock, smart watch and other electronic devices is essential to promote good sleep hygiene. The blue light from these devices are a huge distraction and can impact on your quality of sleep.


Zero waste bedroom furniture

Bedside table - mid century Danish teak side table from an antiques store in San Jose, California. $200 for two side tables


Hand made ceramic vase, Japanese bowl, mason jar with devil's ivy plant, marble coaster - from Community Thrift, San Francisco. Everything was $4 or less.


100% recycled glass cup from TJ Maxx - $1.99 each


Mid-century lamp - $40 from an antiques store in San Jose, California.


1980s vintage print - $80 from eBay.


Made your bed feel like you're floating on a cloud

Make sure your bedroom is a place for resting. Your surroundings have an impact on your mental and physical health. You spend one-third of your life sleeping, so make sure your bedroom is a restful sanctuary and not a storage room. Your bedroom should be restful and tranquil to promote healthy sleep. I choose quality white sheets and soft bedding to make it feel as if I am floating on a cloud.


Zero waste bedroom furniture

Linen bedding from Kmart Australia - there are plenty of great organic and eco-friendly bedding brands, I just used a set I already had in the cupboard which I brought from Australia


Vases and vintage frame from Goodwill - $2 or less each


Frame contains a postcard from local artist in San Francisco


Make secondhand your first choice

Always make secondhand your first choice! I decorated my San Francisco apartment with mostly secondhand finds. Everything on the dresser is also from thrift stores around the city. I rarely buy anything new, not only is it much cheaper to buy things secondhand, but it's also better to reuse resources.


Zero waste bedroom furniture

Mirror, dresser from overstock.com - they sell overstocked furniture from brands. Be careful shopping from this website- check that it's from a reputable stockist that is actually selling overstocked furniture rather than just selling cheap furniture from overseas.


Every single item on the dresser has been thrifted - each item was $4 or less.


Eucalyptus leaves make great displays - they last ages and don't need any watering!


Vintage chair from antiques store in San Jose


Tips for styling a zero waste bedroom

When styling your secondhand finds, make sure you have a colour palette or style in mind. It's easy to be distracted in a thrift store with all the cheap finds. The key is to be discerning about what you bring into your home. It's important to curate and become your own interior designer. This is an important tip for any bedroom, it's always easier to bring in things later if you decide you need more. However, it's important just to start with the basics and cull everything you don't need.


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