There's nothing better than having a squiz at someone else's room. I remember as a child, I loved having a quick sneak peak at my friends' bookshelves, bedside table and desk while they were in the loo. Nosey, I know. This inquisitive (invasive!) part of me lives on today. I still often find myself trawling interior design pins on Pinterest. There's just something fascinating about seeing how people organise their shit, ya know? But throughout all this searching (stalking!), I have come to realise there's one thing missing: cluttered bedside tables. I love the look of a crisp, clean white bedside table, littered only with an antique lamp, artisan candle and obscure hand cream as much as the next person... but I find that that's just not practical, or useful. And I should know. Just take a look at my beast of a bedside table.
A nightstand isn't just a home for your iPhone and hair pins. A well used, loved and styled bedside table can be a focal point of your room and be one of the most useful areas of your life. I'd like to think mine is an OK example of this!
Friends have labelled this table a Bookside table, and they're not wrong. I love to read, and love the thought of having stacks and stacks of books right by me, ready to go, even when my eyes aren't even open. I also find that when these beauties are the last thing I see every night, I feel more of a pressure, and incentive, to devour them all, which is fab for my brain and my sanity
On top of these tours of tales I have little troves filled with all of my trinkets. I am unbelievably lazy, so I love that I can whip off my jewels before I collapse into my bed. The whimsical wood-lined silver box was a birthday gift from an old friend, and a brilliant one at that. An incredibly thoughtful, precious and useful present that I fill with my dainty, and most worn, necklaces. I am willing to deal with the insane fury that erupts when I find I must detangle these beauties every single time I wear them because I think the metallic pool contrasted with the dark wood is really, really pretty.
On the second tour I have a Bison low-lipped bowl holding all my rings and watches that I wear on a daily basis. Yep, I am a ring lady. I am ALWAYS nail-polished and adore the look of well manicured nails contrasted with stacks and piles of rings. This pot of gold and silver and rose next to my bed is inspiration for my day when I get ready every morning.
I hope this serves as some inspiration to those less tidy folks out there. Clean lines and empty space isn't always the only way.