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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
What does your nightstand look like?
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