Fresh bed, fresh start


It was a bit of a push, but we began the New Year in crisp, fresh sheets and a brand-new bed. Aron’s parents watched Hudson for a few hours while Aron disasembled and reassembled our old bed in a guest room for our friends, and I ran off to Macy’s to splurge on sheets* for our new one.

It’s been a long-time coming… starting with that headboard we picked out in Bali.

That’s Aron, all 6’8″ of him standing atop a dining table, measuring out Saur (a fast-growing, non-endangered hardwood that we hoped was dry enough to ship home), just outside of Ubud, back in early August.

And Hudson with our driver, Nyoman, watching with amusement. (How cute are they? Holding hands!)

Then, the day before Thanksgiving, after stops at the port of Los Angeles and then Oakland, the 600-lb, 11-foot piece of wood arrived. We hired some guys off Craigslist and roped my dad and our poor, unsuspecting neighbor into helping–but we still only barely made it in with the help of blankets and seven-people pushing.

Basically, we can never move again.

Our old bed–a queen-sized Malm from Ikea–looked pretty good up against it. I fashioned a bedside table out of a basket, and the low profile meant you could still see a lot of the wood even with the extra headboard. But the idea was always that it would be paired with a King-sized platform bed. We opted for the Ikea Hopen bed frame because you can choose not to attach its headboard, and even though it’s still relatively low to the ground, it’s high enough to allow for some underbed storage.

It made for a pretty sweet start to the year.

*These Hotel Collection sheets were the ones we got for our wedding and they’re amazing. We have tried a couple of other brands (hoping to be as happy with a less expensive alternative) and nothing compares. They are so soft and they don’t get as wrinkly–something I really appreciated when I had to keep ironing bedsheets for open houses when we sold our apartment. It was painful to have to buy a whole new set when we upsized, but they are so worth it. I’m just going to use that cost-per-use calculation (the one we all use when buying jeans, right?) as justification.

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Let’s Discuss

  1. Tanja

    *delurking after a long time just reading and enjoying your fab blog*
    Ever since you moved back to California I’ve been waiting for tiny peaks of your new house, so this is a real treat for me . 😉
    Wow, that is one big and gorgeous souvenir you got yourself from Bali!
    That photo of Hudson and your driver is too cute!

    Happy New Year!

    • Thank you so much! I’m hoping to slowly show more as the rooms start to feel a bit more worthy of before-and-after pictures. I have a feeling it will never feel like we’re truly at an “after” stage, but we’re getting there!

  2. Well, that’s pretty awesome. 600 lbs of headboard… that you hand picked! That’s so cool. What a great story and it looks amazing!

    Love a freshly made bed!

  3. Wow – what a beautiful bed!! Friends of ours brought back their dining room table from Bali, and they had a similar experience getting it into their home. But what beautiful memories – every time you walk into your room:)

      • Yes Ashley! It would make an amazing dining room table, but hey- that can be sometime down the road. It looks amazing as a headboard! Did you screw it to the wall or attach it to the bed frame?
        PS I had no idea Aaron was that tall! Wow;)!

  4. LOL, so i’m not the only one that does that cost-per-use calculation on jeans! Seams it’s the only clothing I do it with…

    Happy New Year!


  5. It looks absolutely amazing! Nyoman is about to drop by with the first durian from his tree and I will show him the photo of him and Hudson. So sweet. Happy New Year to all of you from a warm but very wet Bali.

    • Ashley

      Oh! Fantastic–wish we could be there! Happy New Year to you and your family and please tell him the same!

  6. Lucy

    Hi Ashley, amazing headboard. You included the link to your old apartment photos. There is an image with a bag hanging up next to a mirror. Is there any chance that you can let me know where you got the bag from? Thanks :)

  7. This is seriously amazing!!! I don’t think I have ever seen a bigger, more beautiful head board, and every time you see it you will think of Bali–I love!!! Happy New Year!

  8. Mary

    Wow! That’s spectacular. So lovely to see the house coming along. Oh, I’m with you on nice bedlinen. I just love the feeling of freshly laundered sheets on a freshly showered or bathed me – it’s one of my all time favourite things. It’s the small things, right?! Happy new year to you all!

  9. what a BEAUTIFUL bed, and a lovely story about how you got it! my whole life i’ve had non-interesting furniture (especially during my single in nyc years, hello IKEA everything everywhere) and for the first time ever my husband and i are having furniture that we designed (ok copied from restoration hardware) made for our new apartment. it’s such an exciting endeavor and i know we’ll treasure this furniture for the rest of our life. i know you will too. thanks for sharing!

  10. That is amazing! Such beautiful wood, I cannot even imagine the joy it would bring to see it and touch it every day (yeah, I actually do feel that strongly about good wood!). What really blew my mind though was that you guys even attempted, that you even considered bring it back from bali! I would have just shrugged my shoulders and shed a tear for what never could be. Wow. You are my new shopping hero.

  11. Wow, the headboard is just stunning!! What a beautiful piece of wood. And great backstory to match.

    What kind of basket did you use for the side table? I’m in need of a temporary side table…that’s such a great idea.

  12. Wow, that headboard is unbelievably gorgeous. I commend your vision and courage to buy something from so far away. I’m sure you are thrilled with the result.

  13. I’m finally catching up on the blog posts I missed over Christmas and just had to say how much I love this headboard, the wood looks absolutely beautiful!

  14. Ashley this is really striking. Your house is going to be very special when all done. It’s and exciting time consuming project isn’t it!? Jx

  15. Roger


    I chanced upon your blog and have been fascinated by the headboard….elegant and so organic. I was wondering what it cost and how you managed to ship it and what it cost to ship. I am in the process of planning a visit to Bali and would appreciate very much if you could tell me where you bought it and how much it cost and also the shipping procedure and cost.


    • Ashley

      Hi Roger–
      I’m going to see if I can find the details and get back to you! Sorry for the delay…

    • I was going to ask the same question, we are visiting Bali in July and hoping to do some furniture shopping (a table and a set of chair ideally). Would you mind sharing how did you find the furniture maker, shipping process etc? I will of course do my own research but it would be very useful to hear someone else’s experience too! thank you so much!

  16. Henry

    I can find no information about this “fast growing, non-endangered ” saur tree. Indeed, it seems to not be a real tree at all.