Creating Quality Time: Breakfast in Bed

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For the past few months we’ve been talking a lot about how we spend our time at home and how important it is to be more deliberate and creative about it. How quality time feels like something we have to really chase down or plan for in ways that we didn’t before Oliver. I remember a few years ago — a year ago, even — writing about our leisurely weekend mornings, crawling back into bed at 11 am for a second cup of coffee and the newspaper, just appreciating the light move across the room while discussing our day. Those days now seem further away than they are, and can seem as though they’re permanently behind us. Which is fine (and also not fine). But the thing I’ve been noticing, and which doesn’t feel as fine, is how much of my down time at home, especially at night, is spent “decompressing” on my phone. Eventually we started thinking about how to make the bedroom more of a quiet, spacious, tech-free place that we each want to spend time in, and finally we set about doing just that. To try to get back to breakfast in bed every now and then, to talk about our day instead of staring at our phones. We made some big changes in the bedroom (and made breakfast in bed) and I’m excited to show you around. (If Oliver will allow.)

Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet Spoonful

When we bought our house a year and a half ago, we didn’t give much thought to the bedroom. There were other rooms that needed a little help and although I wanted to paint the walls a lighter color, it never felt like a priority. The ceiling fixture was a very basic situation — the same one I think I had in most apartments throughout my twenties — and we had a very small rug from our old house that we laid at the foot of the bed. It all… worked (if only just). But as we began talking about ways to make our bedroom more of a place we actually wanted to spend time in, we had some concrete ideas and reached out to my favorite home lighting and furniture store, Rejuvenation, for some help.

Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet Spoonful

First up: dealing with the phones (and clutter) on the nightstands. I’d convinced myself for some time that my phone needed to charge and rest on my nightstand because it was my alarm clock, but let’s be real: Oliver is my alarm clock and looking at my phone right before bed and first thing in the morning was causing a lot of stress and anxiety.

Some of you may have seen Andrew Sullivan’s recent piece on social media and our obsession with being plugged-in and engaged with our devices at all times. He calls it the “epidemic of distraction.” While his experience of this is certainly severe, I recognized much of what he described in myself — in the sense that I pride myself in being a multi-tasking machine, while that tasking is typically at the expense of feeling present in the same room with Sam or having the space I need in my mind to dream up new projects. Sullivan notes, “Every hour I spent online was not spent in the physical world. Every minute I was engrossed in a virtual interaction I was not involved in a human encounter” and I think this really captures the gist of it. While we’re often physically together in the bedroom, if one of us is on our phones, we’re not fully there with the other. And when time together is so precious these days, it’s just a waste not to be all in.

Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet SpoonfulSo the phone (usually) charges in the bathroom now and I have the handsome Toledo Alarm Clock in its place for those moments when I want to quickly check the time. It’s taken some adjusting and I still find myself reaching for the phone out of boredom or if I’m having trouble sleeping, but ever-so slowly I’m picking up my book or, frankly, going to bed earlier. Both good things. We decided to continue de-cluttering the nightstands by installing a pair of Cypress Articulating Sconce Plug-Ins (you can put these up yourself!) in place of our clunky Ikea table lamps that were there previously. Without all the cords and the bulky lamps, there’s so much space for little things that make me happy to look at: fresh flowers and a tiny jewelry box. And more books.

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Next up: our ugly ceiling fixture. Tudor houses are rightfully known for having small rooms and our bedroom is no exception; I really wanted to install a bit of a statement piece, but we ultimately needed to find something that didn’t have too large of a footprint so as not to overwhelm the space. And we found just the thing! Hello, Cedar and Moss Conifer fixture: I love your little pop of shine and  airy linen shade.

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Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet Spoonful

Last, we really wanted to address the cozy factor, or lack thereof. The small rug at the foot of the bed was replaced with the super soft Citra Hand Knotted Rug, which now spans a large portion of the room. I love its subtle color palette and so far it hasn’t been shedding like crazy (big bonus). For a little color, this Italian velvet pillow in one of my favorite mustard colors is a new addition to our spare bedding. Oliver’s a big fan of dragging his books in and sitting on the soft carpet to read (translation: flip madly, throw frequently) and loves squishing his face deep into that soft velvet pillow. Suffice it to say, we’ve been all in on this change.

Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet SpoonfulNow that we finished the room, it seemed only fitting to celebrate with breakfast in bed. To pull it off with busy schedules and a baby in the house, I made the waffles the night before and froze them (yes, you do indeed hear Sam wondering if we’ll ever have fresh waffles again). And Sam set up the coffee so it was all ready to go. Then the next morning when Oliver was down for his first nap it went something like: QUICK warm the waffles and whip up some yogurt and honey. It’s go time!

Breakfast in Bed | A Sweet Spoonful

So maybe the ship hasn’t completely sailed on these kinds of mornings. Uninterrupted quality time is something that used to happen to us – a passive occurrence. Now, it can happen… it’s just gonna take a little work. We’re tasked not only with finding quality time but with creating it, too. A big undertaking and certainly a work in progress, as it always is. I’d love to hear if any of you have had success getting rid of technology from the bedroom and making it a cozier space, and what’s worked for you.  20161025_rejuvenation_0240As for recipes to kick start your own breakfast in bed, I made my Everyday Whole Wheat Waffles (and actually subbed in buttermilk instead of the whole milk – they were fantastic). I added a little honey to a bowl of plain yogurt and sprinkled fresh pomegranate seeds on top. Coffee with lots of cream and fresh orange juice and we were set. 20161025_rejuvenation_0240

And as for something nice to jump start a refreshed bedroom, Rejuvenation has been kind enough to offer one reader of A Sweet Spoonful a chance to win $250 to spend in their store or online. Check out how to enter below:

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All photos in this post were taken by our friend Gabe Rodriguez of Gabriel Boone Photography. We were a little worried that it could feel a bit awkward crawling into bed and inviting Gabe over, but he’s such a pro, and we were lucky to have him step in and make our bedroom look so lovely.

Comments

  1. Lori

    Such a great story and so nice to have a glimpse into your life at this moment. You are an inspiration!

    1. megang

      Oh you're too kind, Lori. Thank you so much.

  2. Alesha

    I love this.!! And again the lamps are great.!

    1. megang

      Thanks, Alesha!

  3. Suzanne

    Thanks for sharing how you made your bed room such a cozy place. Love the lamps, bright pillow, and basket.

    1. megang

      Thanks so much, Suzanne. I so appreciate your nice words.

  4. Toni

    I am doing this!!!! Such a wonderful idea and your bedroom is gorgeous!

    1. megang

      Thanks, Toni!!!

  5. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    I love the idea of trying to make the bedroom a phone-free space. My fiancé and I are terrible for lying in bed for an hour before we fall asleep, both checking social media or watching silly videos. We have talked for a while about leaving our phones elsewhere, or at least not being on them in the hour before bed, but we have yet to make that a reality. Time to bite the bullet, I think! LOVE your bedroom.

    1. megang

      Thanks so much, Amanda, for the sweet comment. Yes I will say that I don't succeed in 100% of the time having the phone outside of the room and I definitely relate to what you're saying about being on them in bed ... and Sam does genuinely read articles etc on his phone so there's that. But I was finding that it was making me kind of anxious and stressed more often than not, so decided to try and get it out of the room as much as possible. Anyway ... weird times we live in for sure.

    1. megang

      You do?!? Crazy! I like your style :)

  6. Melissa

    Everything is so pretty! I love the clock. I have been leaving my phone on a shelf in the hall, which also means when my alarm goes off I am definitely getting out of bed!
    Also, I have made the afternoon cake twice! Once with 1/2 c AP flour, 1/2 c whole wheat pastry, & 1/2 c almond, and the second time, for my gluten-free friends I used 3/4 c almond, 1/4 c coconut flour, 1/2 c chana/chickpea flour. (oddly these were what I had on hand). All wonderful, though I will reduce the sugar next time.

    1. megang

      Yay, Melissa! So glad you're enjoying the cake recipe. It's a keeper for sure, and I love how adaptable it is -- looking forward to playing around with some dark spices for the season.

  7. Leslie

    Love the look of your bedroom - great style. Have that same dresser and it's a beauty!

    1. megang

      Thank you so much, Leslie!

  8. Kasey

    You guys are the cutest and I LOVE all the changes to your bedroom -- esp. that mustard yellow pillow <3

    1. megang

      Thanks, Kasey! We basically never want to leave the room now ... if only I could get more work done from bed :)

  9. Barbara

    Love the paint colors! Would you mind telling us what they are?

    1. megang

      Oh thanks, Barbara! You know, the room was painted the color when we moved in so sadly I don't have any clue!

  10. Amy

    Can I applaud you for giving photo credit, and not pretending like you magically got all those photos of the two of you by yourself?? For real though, I'm totally on board with sconce lighting, and might just have to look into that.

    1. megang

      Ha, thanks Amy. Yes that would be a real feat to get those photos ourselves. And thankfully Gabe is a good friend, so it wasn't too terribly weird. Yes, and the lighting is awesome! Really, really happy to did it. Have a great weekend!

  11. Cate

    May I ask where your sweater is from? Very cute! And that velvet pillow is gorgeous.

    1. megang

      Hi, Cate - I think it's from Madewell a few years back. Thanks so much!

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