Bedside Manners with Britt Caputo
Interview by Victoria Lewis
Britt Caputo, founder of Hamlet, on the art of creating the ideal bedroom – and the joys of a few (read: numerous) gratuitous throw pillows.
WHAT’S YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE?
I’m not sure this quite qualifies as a “routine” but usually some version of a glass of wine, watching The Americans, scrolling through the NYT app in bed, and trying to keep chatting as long as possible before my boyfriend makes us go to sleep.
WHAT’S THE BEST NIGHT OF SLEEP YOU’VE EVER HAD?
The first night back from any trip. Always feels so good to snooze in your own bed! Another one that comes to mind are the two nights I spent at the Tree Bones Hotel in Big Sur. You sleep in a yurt (yep) and see the stars through a skylight. Amazing!
WHAT’S THE WORST NIGHT OF SLEEP YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Every red eye from CA to NY.
WHAT TIME DO YOU GO TO SLEEP?
In my mind it’s 11. In reality, it’s probably 12.
WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP?
6:40, with a few snoozes.
WHAT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP RIGHT AWAY?
A heavy, cozy comforter.
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?
Thinking about my company and how we can create exceptional experiences for our customers. Our vision is to be the go-to resource for any and all home décor questions, from “I’m in Austin for the weekend; where’s the best thrift around here” to “where can I find this elusive piece I saw on Pinterest.” Most people have that friend they go to for restaurant recommendations, trip ideas, fitness classes, etc. - and we want to be that resource for home décor. I think about how to improve what we’re doing every day – including in my sleep!
WHAT’S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
A reading lamp, a small clock, books, and an iPhone charger. I love the idea of leaving the phone in another room to disconnect, but I haven’t been able to pull the (metaphorical) plug yet.
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING?
Brush my teeth, put on a fuzzy robe, and have a cup of coffee!
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR DESIGNING A PEACEFUL BEDROOM?
Install curtains. I find it’s usually one of the last things anyone gets around to doing but it’s so important – both for the considered feel and for the utility! Also, invest in bedding that gets you excited to hop into bed (… since you’re on this blog, you probably already know that). Lastly, I like adding a few personal, sentimental items – travel souvenirs, framed photos, those sorts of things. A bedroom can be such a private sanctuary, and I like putting special pieces in there to celebrate that.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP THE IDEAL BED FOR YOU?
I go nuts with decorative pillows – shams, lumbar, you name it – because I love a full bed, but in reality comfort matters the most. All you need are the two or three standard pillows that will give you the best sleep.
WHAT’S THE STRANGEST REQUEST YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED ON HAMLET?
The simplest answer is an unusual product (Guitar stand! We found him one!). The truth is some of the most unexpected experiences come from the photos and details people share with us via our text service. I love how agile mobile phones are – you can share and receive photos so fluidly, which is a really cool experience when offering design suggestions – and people definitely feel free to share images of their spaces (and their babies). We are having fun with it!
Bed: Is this a trick question? Hill House Home, but of course!
Midnight Snack: Mostly anything that is readily available at midnight. Chocolate? Seamless?
Sound to fall asleep to: Silence.
Sleepwear: The cotton PJs I got as a bridesmaid gift (thanks, Rebecca!). They remind me of my friend and her thoughtfulness! Plus, they’re really comfy.
Bedtime Reading: I wish I could say fiction, but I usually don’t have time for a proper read, so I catch up on news articles and read through Hamlet conversations. Ask me in a few months…maybe I’ll say fiction!