Dwell: dress up your nightstand
Recently a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to organize the nightstand - which can easily accumulate unnecessary little things and before you know it you cannot even see your nightstand anymore. This is why this post. I have used a basic nightstand with some basic everyday objects which can be played up to get things organized and also look beautiful sitting on top of your nightstand. Although I am in the process of totally changing the decor of my bedroom, you can take a peak of what the "before" looks like.
First and foremost you have to get rid of clutter. Do a sorting of what you have and only pick things you will be using before you go to bed - like something you are reading, night cream, clock, water - and then add a few decorative items. Lets look at it step by step.
After clearing the area, add a few books from your reading list.
For all the little tiny things add a tray. This will be very helpful. I love using trays/plates in almost all tabletops. It automatically keeps things organized.
By small objects I mean a candle or an item that is dear to you. It doesn't necessarily have to serve a purpose. I have here a candle which is inside a beautiful box. I can smell the candle every time I go to bed, even though it is not lit. And the other is a box where I have some cloves - if you are coughing at night this solves the problem. The small objects will pretty much tie the medium to larger objects and be visually beautiful as a whole.
A large object can be anything. Here I have used a mirror - the mirror from my flea market trip. You can easily place a lamp, a large vase with flowers or any other object.
Light is absolutely the most important thing. If you area a reader, then its a must. But it also adds that touch of softness and coziness.
Here is a glimpse of the objects to play with. Feel free to change these into any other objects - which are pertinent to you.