After flitting through TikToks many people will finally reach a room. One with alabaster walls, where mirrors, artwork and floating shelves laced with ornate trinkets watch over a young woman riddled with tattoos, enveloped in a snowy duvet.
Known as The Bed Witch, Page Elsie is a Toronto TikToker who has garnered millions of views and over 250,000 followers in less than five months — for simply lying in bed.
On an app filled with high octane dances, politics and tutorials gripping internet infused attention spans, The Bed Witch’s room is the opposite. Atop its maximalist appeal, it is incredibly still, save for Elsie twisting in her sheets.
Not unlike Slow TV, The Bed Witch’s room offers mundane tranquility through a palm size screen.
to Elsie, her TikTok videos are a continuation on what she’d been doing in the past, when the sudden urge to record herself lying in bed struck, but after recording she wouldn’t know what to do with the videos, so they just took up space on her phone. It was landing in her Parkdale apartment in November — after moving three times in one year — and finally feeling comfortable within her walls that led her to post her first video to TikTok.
“Where I lived before, it just was not a very comfortable situation and I didn’t fully ever get to unpack all my stuff. It was all very rushed,” Elsie said. “So when I found this place I was actually able to have all my stuff again and be able to take my time and fully grow into the space.”
The comfort Elsie has in her Parkdale apartment spills out of each video.
As the strings of Piero Piccioni’s “Luna, amore e no” swell, Elsie’s stretches in bed establish a sense of calm, the trinkets, a sense of worn cosiness. It’s a warm, welcoming esthetic that makes commenters want to be there or be her.
“I think (my videos) draw people that need that comfort or haven’t taken the time to kind of put their room together or just take some time just to relax and not feel guilty about spending time in bed,” Elsie said.
Elsie’s videos are almost entirely spontaneous, totally emanating from herself. There’s no upload schedule, no list of songs prepped and no staging. The closest videos are to being set up is Elsie clipping her phone into a stand on her wardrobe.
“I just go to my camera app, go on video, press record and then I’ll usually record for around five, sometimes 10 minutes. Sometimes I just get distracted with whatever I was doing, forget I was recording and then I have like a 20-minute video on me just doing whatever.”
Just like the videos themselves, how popular they became was also not planned, especially since Elsie barely used the app.
“I was home in the evening when (my) second video started gaining a lot of momentum and I was kind of like, OK, I’m not really going to look into this too much because I feel like it’s TikTok’s popularity and also the algorithm,” Elsie said. “I feel like it’s not that uncommon for someone to post a random video, and it gets tons and tons of views.”
The difference was in the morning, the notifications never stopped coming in.
“Then I was like, oh, OK, this is happening.”
Some viewers even want to replicate parts of her esthetic themselves, but considering Elsie’s been collecting things in her second-hand room for a decade, that would be challenging.
“Ninety five per cent of my things are second-hand, thrifted, from Facebook Marketplace, or I found on the side of the street. People ask that a lot, and I think they kind of expect me to be like, ‘here’s the link, go and get it.’ I can’t do that for most of my things.”
As for the red square in the window, which is often a point of discussion, “It’s a piece of acrylic and my co-worker did a painting on it and it was for sale at our studio for the longest time. I just loved it and then she was kind enough to give it to me for my birthday.”
Smiling, Elsie stressed to the Star that she isn’t in bed all day even though her videos make it seem that way. Now making her way through a tattoo apprenticeship, while already being a model, she works six days a week noting her life “is chaos outside of this one little place where everything stays the same.”
As she grows older, and becomes busier, Elsie is recognizing the importance of creating a space that reflects who she is and includes the things that she loves, particularly a framed photo of her grandmother.
“I think there are a lot of things in here that have a lot of meaning, and every single piece is a part of my life. Every single thing in my room, there’s a meaning why it’s here. I think art should be reflective of the artist and my room is very much me.”
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