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This morning I woke up to eight inches of snow on the ground, a horrible reality I discovered seconds after stumbling out of my warm bed and into the cold glare of the window. Normally I like to smash things when the weather in Utah shows such disrespect for the calendar, but the first thing I did after dropping my oldest off at school was drive to the nearest florist, grab the most colorful flower I could find, and shove it into my face to muffle the crying.

Then I brought it home and placed it in a vase on the nightstand next to my bed. So that if I woke up the following morning to more snow I could close my eyes, press my nose to its petals, and pretend that Mother Nature really was a corporation I could sue.

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It’s too bad that it took this snowstorm to remind me what a flower or two next to the bed can do for my mood, especially when my nightstand is my favorite part of the room.

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We have a beautiful upholstered headboard and bed linens fit for a king, but I really like a horizontal surface where I can dump my jewelry and arrange a few treasures.

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What about my dresser, you ask? That’s part of the bedroom that I rarely show people, the part that I haven’t had the time to make what I want it to be. That part also includes The Pile of Neon Infant Toys Next To The Door, My Husband’s Boggling Collection of Media Equipment, and Where The Awful Dog Sleeps.

(For you animal lovers who are unaware of the pets in my home, I adore The Awful Dog despite her awfulness. Please reserve judgment.)

We found these nightstands (probably originally intended as end tables) at a local antique shop and paid about a hundred bucks for a set of two. Evidently, they fit my mid-century aesthetic, but I also love how they feel used. They’re a little rough around the edges and show their age: the perfect foil, I thought, to a set of incredibly modern, sateen linens. Ones we routinely let The Awful Dog roll around on.

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And oh, how many times I have changed my mind about those linens. Was it twenty? Thirty? I don’t remember, just TOO many times I’d buy a duvet cover, sleep on it a week and then be totally sick of the design. My husband likes to refer to this as My Boggling Collection of Ugly Duvet Covers.

When I found this set, however, I knew I’d found love. But it took months of tearing through magazines and browsing design portfolios before I could visualize what I wanted. Speaking of inspiration, I’ve combed through some of HGTV’s photo galleries and found some incredible bed/nightstand combos. You’re going to love these vignettes:

A contemporary white leather bed by Lori Dennis.

Bold green bedding and a tulip nightstand by Erinn Valencich.

A mid-centry setup by Kenneth Brown.

Vibrant pink bedding by Andrea Avram Rusu.

What does your nightstand look like?

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20 Responses

  1. Sneeka says:

    I'm so sad right now – I threw away an old table like that years ago – I hated it at the time and I thought it had no character – I was a teenager and wanted my room to reflect my current tastes. But to see yours looking so polished – yet vintage & charming – Darn I'm jealous! lol

    We're re-doing our bedroom now. We've finally gotten a grown-up bed with a *GASP* Headboard and we are replacing our dressers and nightstands too. The furniture in the room will be brown-black and black. The frames and decor will play off of that too. The headboard has a lot of texture with a pin tucked leather backing and adds a lot of contemporary character. Thanks for the ideas because in our house, design never stops happening.

  2. Brian Kelsey says:

    I LOVE your nightstand..the large dovetails, and is that mahogany? Cherry? Great piece!
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  3. Amy says:

    Love the linens! I also love the pictures above your bed, what are those a picture of?

  4. bree says:

    My nightstand has two drawers, but I like the idea of having the surface without the bulk underneath. I have a tendency to shove a bunch of books/magazines/stuff I don't want to put where it goes in the drawers, which gives me the ability to keep the surface clear and piles reading material handy but out of sight. Having a nightstand be the way I like it has a nice, anchoring feeling.

  5. Natalie says:

    I know that end table design! That's (I suspect) a Lane model. I only know because someone in my neck of the woods is selling the matching coffee table on Craigslist. I adore it and wish that I needed a coffee table so I could buy it. Alas, I've already got one!

  6. Kathy says:

    Definitely Lane and they made tons of them. I see them all the time on Ebay, at auctions, and in second-hand stores.

  7. Sarah says:

    I love the yellow and gray together, too. I bought a bikini from Target last summer than looks just like your bed linens … gray and white stripes with a yellow border. The bathing suit has little peace signs on it, though. :)

  8. susan says:

    I have a pair black cylindrical stands with giant handpainted coral flowers on them. My hubs and I found them $40 for the pair at a garage sale. They were originally purchased in Korea in the forties. I will keep them forever.

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