20 Rooms That Prove You Need a Daybed in Your Life
Daybeds are beautiful, comfortable and totally multifunctional pieces of furniture that are becoming increasingly popular, especially in smaller spaces. They’re smaller (and deeper) than a sofa, making them perfect as a reading nook, napping HQ and even an impromptu guest bed. Not only do they have several purposes, but every room in your house could benefit from the addition of a daybed: Nurseries get a spot for sleepy parents to rest, porches get a glam perch and even the home office could benefit from a lovely seating area for brainstorming. Looking for inspiration for how to incorporate a daybed into your home? Here are 20 dreamy daybeds that’ll give you an idea of what you can do with one in your own home.
1. Next Level Daybed: Kendall Jenner may have brought us the indoor hammock, but Shay Mitchell is totally rocking the daybed trend. She transformed a corner of her workspace into a lounge area with this stunning raised and tiled daybed. (via Wayfair)
2. Reading Loft: This raw wood frame, bright red cushion and these colorful patterned throw pillows nail the equation for the perfect daybed in this kid’s room. Add some extra magic with a sheer canopy to take story time up a notch. (via Emily Henderson)
3. Pastel Patterns: It doesn’t get more beach perfect than this pretty rattan Lulu & Georgia Phinny Daybed ($3,525). See — small space solutions can be really chic, not just functional. (via Lulu & Georgia)
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4. Cozy Up: A daybed can be a genius way to break up an open living plan without impeding foot traffic. This free-standing daybed acts just like a normal piece of furniture, except way cooler, obvi.
5. Reading Nook: Plywood isn’t usually the first thing you think of when you think of a cozy reading nook, but this daybed proves a simple structure can look stunning when paired with the right cushions and pillows. Steal this look with neon yellow, a few geometrics and a little extra space at the end for a tray of hot drinks. (via BoligLiv)
6. Funky Rustic: Not only is this the perfect place to rest your feet with a magazine, but this daybed is set up right in the corner, so you can chill without getting in the way. The little chest nearby is an easy way to store a few candles and your current reading picks. (via KK Living)
7. Built-In Boho: Building a daybed right under the window is a great way to make the most of your space and enjoy the natural light while you’re snoozing, er, catching up on your latest read. Plus, you can use the space underneath for storing extra blankets and throw pillows. (via My Domaine)
8. DIY Minimalist Daybed With Storage: Add a custom-built daybed to your home to create the cutest reading nook. Make the platform a little bit larger than the mattress or sofa cushion and you’ve got a side table already included. (via Proper)
9. Velvet Chic: Daybeds aren’t the old-fashioned pieces of furniture you remember from your grandma’s guest room. This rustic wood frame and orange Rohini Velvet Daybed Cushion ($179) create the perfect boho-chic vibe. (via Urban Outfitters)
10. Texture Happy: A little leather goes a long way. The slim, modern shape of this daybed paired with rustic textures like fur and mudcloth create a natural oasis that really works in this living room.
11. Porch Living: Skip the porch hammock and turn your outdoor living space into a perf lounging area. You can pile your entire squad into this deep daybed, add a couple of poufs for footstools and mount a projector for the most amazing movie nights ever. (via Apartment Therapy)
12. Tassel Up: This outdoor living space will have you dreaming of warm summer days. Acting as a statement piece, your porch won’t need much more than this daybed to look completed. Well, this and maybe a glass of iced tea. (via Domino)
13. Rolling Along: Don’t think daybeds have to be fancy or expensive to play a starring role in your living room. Take a note from this rolling daybed that offers a functional seating option complete with handy storage. Yes, you’ll never lose your magazine again. (via Cup of Jo)
14. Neutral Nursery: Why yes, your daybed CAN be a real bed too, especially if you put one in the nursery. Make those late nights and early mornings a little more comfortable with a full-length daybed that can double as napping HQ. (via Camille Styles)
15. DIY Mid-Century Daybed: The soft gray materials of this DIY daybed look comfortable beyond measure. The sleek shape keeps it from overwhelming a small space, while still providing a place to Netflix and chill. Or just chill. (via Sugar & Cloth)
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16. Clean Lines: Still not sure if a daybed fits your style aesthetic? Try totally minimal. This sophisticated shape and monochromatic color scheme will have you wishing this was your living room.
17. DIY Plywood Daybed: The best part about a daybed is that it’s so multi-functional. Reading nook? Check. Impromptu bed? Double check. This DIY plywood daybed is a genius way to turn an awkward corner into a glam living space. (via The Merrythought)
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18. Outdoor Happy Place: This darling outdoor space is brought to you by a mix of all of your favorite elements: rich color, mudcloth pillows and TONS of plant life. A variety of wood textures throughout the space really nails that boho-modern style on this mini patio.
19. Rockin’ Rattan: This chic rattan daybed is proof that a monochromatic color palette totally slays in a gender neutral nursery. A fluffy white rug, striped linen throw pillows and blush pink accents perfectly complement the statement wallpaper to keep the space bright and modern. (via Emily Henderson)
20. Corner Views: This dark blue daybed and hot pink rug are a surge of color and energy in a mostly-white living room. The patterned pillows and luxe texture of this daybed give it a high-quality look that’s preppy perfection. (via Apartment Therapy)
Are you tempted to embrace the daybed trend? If you’re looking for more creative decor inspo, check us out on Pinterest!
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Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.