Goddess Leonie is an Aussie who’s happily graced Offbeat Mama by sharing her experiences. Now, we all tour her co-sleeping hippie-fab bedroom.
How on earth can you create a minimalist bedroom with hippy decorating tendencies? Especially when you happen to be a family of co-sleepers who resides in a 100+ year old cottage.
I know. You’ve probably wondered this question A THOUSAND TIMES.
Wonder no longer, dearest. I’m here and I’m happy to help!
So, let’s get all Sound of Music and start at the very beginning, mmmmkay?
We moved into our home a year ago. It’s a 100+ year-old wooden cottage in tropical paradise: Australia. It’s the same cottage my grandmother lived in for 40 years. It’s all wonky wooden walls and creaking floors.
We’re also a bunch o’ hippies: my hunky love is a musician, I’m an artist and we both have crystals, books, and sacred paraphenalia out the wazoo. I’m not buying crystals as a hipster decor move. I’m buying them as a hippy healing dance move instead.
And we co-sleep with our 18-month-old daughter Ostara.
So stuff! We haz it.
And yet — and yet. I wanted to create a feeling of Calm. Space. Peace. Ease. I wanted rainbows, but I wanted soft creams as well. Art and crystals, without feeling cluttered or hemmed in. Style theme: Minimalist Mermaid.
Here’s how we did it.
Gosh I love our bed.
It’s a kingdom size bed. We pushed a single bed up against a king size bed. Hunky hunky love man usually ends up on the single bed while me and Ostara do our night time nursing dance across the other bed.
And yes, we all have separate doonas/blankets — my love & I have been doing this for years.
We each pick one that sings to us — I’m all turquoise and indigo with butterflies, hunky love is all navy and white with Aztec patterns, and baby girl is all groovy rainbow gifted quilt.
Want to know our secret to sleeping harmoniously with your partner?
A very large bed and separate blankets make happy, happy days.
Beside our bed
The table is a mixture of us.
A mermaid toy.
A pile of books.
The important things.
Hanging over our bed is this beauty: an ocean goddess print by Penelope.
Want to hear a miracle?
I went to boarding school when I was 16. On my first day, I met a beautiful, earthy soul named Helena. She is the epitome of kindness and loveliness.
Years later, she moved to the same city I was in.
And the first time I went to visit her apartment?
She had this exact same print framed on the wall.
Of which there are only 20 in the world — Penelope did them as a super-limited print run; they sold out within just hours.
And my dear friend and I own two of them. And we didn’t even know.
I heart synchronicity. /end hippy monologue
Leonie is very, very happy here.
The old glass pane windows.
Tying curtains in knots reminds me of dreamy beach cottages.
An old wooden cupboard fits all of my love and my clothes! We pared everything down so we could just focus on having a beautiful, simple, joyful life here.
The dreamcatcher I was given on my 15th birthday, and has followed me everywhere since.
The FAITH painting I did for my word of the year last year which became Ostara’s middle name.
A quartz crystal chunk.
Buddha hand bookends.
My hunky love’s “To Read” pile.
And of course, Charlie doggy at my feet. He’s never far from them. Since we first laid eyes and hearts on each other, that’s how it’s been.
And the floor! Sorry! I got distracted by adorable puppeh. I love our floor. It looks and feels like old distressed wooden boards. Instead, it’s lino OVER old distressed wooden boards. I feel like an old Italian grandmother sweeping it.
And how could I take an aerial shot without including this beauty? She is perfection.
I hang necklaces and prayer beads on door handles. This one is a japa mala I made for my love one Christmas. It is handmade from tiger’s eye and orange calcite.
And one of my very very favourite parts of our bedroom: an antique dressing table that belonged to one of my mum’s friend’s grandmothers.
I’m so in love with this dressing table it’s not funny. The wood. The mirror shape. The blue mirror insets.
My drum. I found this beauty in a music store, and knew it was mine. I use it in ceremonies and at retreats. I use it to create sacred space. I use it as a shield. Mostly, I like to look at it with love pouring from my eyes.
And now for some details…
Check out my flipping adorable fairy hairbrush holder.
And a dish from my grandmother: a shell. Holy dinger adorable! Perfect for a mermaid cottage!
Also: Please note my beauty products array: a bottle of Bio-Oil to splash on my face as moisturiser every couple of days when it gets dry. A stick of Eve Perez almond oil moisturiser that gets used twice a year. That’s it.
I have a very complicated beauty routine.
And the rest? A startling array of Australian Bushflower Essences, Rescue Remedy cream, and aromatherapy.
Two of my favourites: One of my mermaid friends, and my beloved buffalo.
And kisses in the bedroom window. What do you think dearest hearts? Do you think I got the right combination of creativity + space? Can you feel ze minimalism and hippyloving mermaid cottageness?
This was fun! Thanks for coming over, possums!