A New Home (and a New Bed)

Caroline's New Apartment

Last fall — just months after I swore I’d never move again — I had to move to a new apartment (long story). This time around, I painted walls, hung art, installed shelves, and took every step imaginable for a fresh start. So, when the online mattress company Leesa asked if I’d like to try a new mattress, the answer was an obvious yes…

Caroline's New Apartment

Of all my NYC apartments (and there have been a lot!) this one feels the most like “me.” When you’ve set up close to a dozen spaces in as many years, you get a pretty good sense of what makes you happy. In my case: fully embracing maximalism.

Caroline's New Apartment

Some things, like my signature wall-of-books, remained the same…

Caroline's New Apartment

Other things, like the dramatic paint color, were more of an experiment.

Caroline's New Apartment

But when it comes to a fresh start, you know what’s even more effective than burning candles or lighting sage? A new bed.

Leesa Mattress

Every Leesa mattress is delivered in a compact box. You just pull it out, unroll it, and watch it inflate to regular mattress size.

Leesa mattress

Six-pound Mia (a connoisseur of comfort) immediately jumped on it and refused to leave. It’s officially her new favorite spot.

Brooklyn One Bedroom

Since I’ve kept a lot of the same furniture over the years, it feels especially nice to have a fresh, new bed. And unlike my previous mattress-buying experience — which involved an annoying hour with a pushy mattress salesperson — you can order Leesa mattresses entirely online.

Caroline's New Apartment

I had the world’s WORST cold when we took these photos, but after sleeping on my Leesa for the past week, I now feel more rested than ever. Every mattress has a layer of comfy memory foam, as well as a layer of foam that’s specially designed to keep you cool, which makes for an amazing night’s sleep.

Caroline's New Apartment

Leesa gives you 100 nights to try out the mattress, and shipping is always free. Plus, for every ten mattresses sold, they’ll donate one to a shelter. My comfy new bed has been a game-changer, and I’d definitely recommend it.

Special offer from Leesa: The first 50 readers to buy a mattress will get $75 off their order. Just enter code CUPOFJO at checkout. Thank you so much, Leesa!

P.S. My last apartment, and 14 tips for living in a small space.

(Photos by Tory Williams for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Leesa, a brand we love and use in our homes. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Sarah says...

    Seriously. These shoes. Amazing.

  2. Mimi says...

    Love the shelves!! Wondering if you know the type of wood and thickness you used? Thank you!

  3. Wendy says...

    Love your apartment. What is the paint color?

  4. Alex says...

    I adore the floral dress hanging in your bedroom! Where is it from? You should do a post about your own wardrobe and style!

  5. Meg says...

    Your place looks gorgeous! Yet another sourcing question: where did you get the patterned rug under the cowhide? I’ve been looking for something subtle but with a little pop of color for a long time! Thank you!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s from West Elm. I’ve been really happy with it!

  6. vanessa says...

    Hi Caroline! stunning place, the colors are amazing!!! I really like the wall art above the couch (in the first picture), where is it from?

  7. Shannon says...

    Where did you find you bedding? Beautiful house!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thanks! All of the bedding is from a very exclusive linen shop known as… Target. ;) I’ve been really happy with it.

  8. Megan says...

    Hi Caroline—apartment looks amazing! Where did you get the reading lamp attached to your headboard? Thanks! Meg

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s from Ikea.

  9. Hello Caroline!
    Your apartment is amazing! So inspirational! I love all your candles and perfumes and trinkets. Would you mid sharing where did you get the beautiful ceramic hand with the blue flower print? It’s so intriguing and amazing…

    We share the love for Fornasetti candles!!

    Thank you very much for sharing!

  10. What a stunning apartment. Those open-shelving packed to the brim with books look so so amazing!

  11. jealous here!! love it! I want something like this too!!! :D

  12. Meg says...

    Ummm your place is AMAZING! I’m so impressed!!!

  13. Ashley says...

    I HAVE to ask–what kind of shelving is that?? I LOVE the floating natural wood and would love to do something similar in my house!

    • priscilla says...

      Hey! I believe they are not floating shelfs. They look like standard shelf brackets (in black perhaps?) but you can’t see them because of the dark wall color and all those books :)

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Hi Ashley! Thank you! I made the shelves myself (with the help of handyman) using lumber and track shelving from Home Depot. If you scroll down, I went deeper into the nitty-gritty in a couple past comments. :)

  14. Korin says...

    My fiance and I recently moved into our first apartment together, and wanted a king sized mattress. I’d heard about Leesa before (here at Cup of Jo!), and there was a promo for your readers going on, so we decided to give it a shot. And, we are in LOVE. We have such different needs when it comes to sleeping, that I was worried this mattress would be a compromise for one of us, but miraculously, it’s not. He prefers the extremely soft, sponge-like feel of memory foam, but I have scoliosis and need a little more support. We’ve been sleeping on it for about 3 weeks now and honestly, I have never slept better, and we’re never going back. Thank you guys for featuring this mattress and starting our marriage off on the right side of the bed! ;)

  15. I moved across the world from London to Sydney and straight in with my boyfriend last year and have been trying to figure out how to insert a bit of me into a space which feels very him. We have black leather sofas very similar to yours and it is awesome to see them look so stylish with the sheepskin rugs slung over the back and arm. They perfectly break up the dark, hard lines and bring a softness to the piece.

    Thanks for the idea!

  16. Karen says...

    Hey Caroline hey hi… Where is the gold arch lamp from next to the couch? I really like it and your standing Buddha figure. Also, your apartment is rad as hell. Go maximalism!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! The floor lamp is from West Elm.