When Rebecca's sister, Grace Atwood, moved into a new apartment Rebecca decided to treat her sister to bedding from our new line and wallpaper from our new screen printed wallpaper line. The result is a lovely, bright bedroom that's a far cry from a boring all-white bedroom. Hear from Grace about her bedroom, night routine and shop her home decor picks here.
Stay tuned in the coming months when we'll show Grace's bathroom, living room and dining room!
Rebecca Atwood Designs: Tell us about yourself!
Grace Atwood: Hi! I’m Becca’s sister Grace. I’m a blogger over at The Stripe. I’ve been blogging for 8 years which feels crazy. I live in Williamsburg with my cute cat Tyrion. Prior to moving here I always lived in tiny spaces… moving to Brooklyn has been nice as I have so much more space! I love fashion, beauty, travel and wellness (those are the things I write about) and I’m a little obsessed with my cat. I have a busy life so I like for my apartment to be as relaxing as possible… when I designed it, the goal was to make it feel like a hotel! It makes coming home feel like a treat.
RAD: What time do you go to bed?
GA: I get in bed at 10pm. This is a new thing for me but I really love it. I like to think of myself as a reformed night owl. I’m really trying to get up early and start my day at 7am, so I like to be in bed at 10pm, reading til 10:45pm or so, and then I’ll do a 10-minute meditation and hopefully be asleep by 11pm!
RAD: What’s on your nightstand?
- An amethyst. I spoke to a crystal healer and she told me that amethysts help you sleep and also help with quitting bad habits.
- An eye mask… I love this one from Slip as it’s silky and blocks out all the light. Also, I heard a rumor that it’s good to sleep on silk as it helps with preventing creases and fine lines.
- Coconut oil. I slather this on dry spots before bed.
- An aloe plant – it’s the only plant I can’t seem to kill!
- An Isabel Haley pinch pot – Becca gave it to me for Christmas, I put my rings in it before I go to sleep.
- A pile of books because I’m usually reading at least 3 (usually some hybrid of a business book, a thriller, and a classic – I alternate what I read based on my mood.)
RAD: What’s your nighttime routine look like?
GA: Oh god, I’m going to sound so high maintenance. By bedtime, I’m usually already in my pajamas. If I don’t have plans at night, I tend to get into my PJs as soon as I get home because why not? If it’s on the earlier side, I’ll do a face mask and/or take a bath (I do both of these things nearly almost every night).
I’ll do my skincare routine (more on that here), stretch and foam roll (I have taken up running again and my hips + hamstrings get so tight!). And then I move it to the bedroom. I moisturize my hands and feet with coconut oil, spray on a lavender pillow spray, and then I get into bed with a book and read/meditate/fall asleep.
RAD: What’s your favorite thing about your bed?
GA: My bed is my happy place. Before my current apartment, I lived in a studio with a loft bed for almost four years. So when I moved into this apartment, I had to get a new bed… I went for it and sprang for a king! It’s so nice to sprawl out. I keep my bed really cozy with soft colors and lots of whites… I want it to feel like a sanctuary!
RAD: If you wake up in the middle of the night what do you do to get back to sleep?
GA: I count backward from 1,000.
RAD: What are you reading/watching in bed?
GA: I don’t keep a TV in my bedroom… otherwise, I would probably never sleep and/or never leave my bed. (HUGE TV JUNKIE OVER HERE!!!) But I read a LOT. Currently, it’s The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – making me ugly cry.
RAD: Top tip for getting a good night’s sleep?
GA: Do a sleep meditation (Headspace) or listen to one of Calm’s bedtime stories or a sleep-oriented podcast like “Sleep With Me.”
RAD: What motivates you?
GA: What motivates me is a desire to be my personal best. I am a little bit Type-A and a perfectionist by nature and everything has always had to be just so, but this year I really stepped away from comparing myself to others in favor of pushing myself to be the best version of myself, and not really looking at everyone else.
"What's the best piece of advice
you've ever received?"
Grace Atwood: "Work hard and be nice."
RAD: How do you like to spend your weekends and free time?
GA: Reading, going to yoga, working out, or going to a museum/art gallery. I’ve been really focused on getting to a place where I only work a few hours on the weekend… this holiday season I was pretty much working around the clock which isn’t healthy. When you are self-employed it can be hard to turn off. Getting to an art gallery or museum is my favorite way to spend the weekend. I follow all of my favorite museums and FOMOfeed on Instagram to get ideas for cool shows and/or art installations to see.
RAD: Does your bedding change with the seasons?
GA: Not really. I hate being hot, so I always sleep with lightweight bedding (linen or cotton) but in the winter I will add a coverlet or quilt. I like to have it folded at the foot of my bed just in case!
What little changes do you think make the biggest difference when getting in bed? Getting into a bed that’s been nicely made makes such a difference. Also, I love a few spritzes of This Works’ Deep Sleep spray… it instantly relaxes me. If I’m feeling really indulgent I’ll light a few candles while I read and/or burn some incense.
Grace's Home Picks