Table Decoration


With bedside table adornments, less truly is more. Begin by allotting bedside real estate to items you consider absolutely necessary, perhaps a lamp and clock. Add one beautiful item, such as flowers or an artful object that appeals to your aesthetics. Finally, include something personal -- a photo or beloved book -- that makes you smile each time you see it.

For our urban look, warm up a sleek bedside cube with a curvy lamp, potted orchid, tiny cluster of flowers, and candle. Get practical with a small clock and leather storage box. Celebrate yourself with a small vintage sculpture and a stack of coffee table books.


Pair an angular modern lamp with a wrapped-wicker nightstand for globe-spanning style. Showcase tropical greens simply in a clear cylindrical vase. A favorite travel photo adds personality, while a richly glazed ceramic tray for jewelry offers practicality.


Top a sleek table with a stunning sculptural lamp. Fill an edgy modern vase with colorful flowers. Stack books and pottery for an artsy yet casual look. Keep things real by designating a portion of the tabletop to bedside snacking.


Combine a writing table and wicker boxes for a rich yet impromptu feel. Choose a swing-arm lamp for bedside reading but keep the look soft with a bowl of mums and a blanket displayed below. Casually pile books and writing supplies for a literary touch.


A black lacquer table acts as a pedestal for an Asian-inspired ginger-jar lamp. Inject both color and softness with a crystal vessel filled with fresh flowers. Store personal items in a small-scale mahogany trunk.


Fill a wicker end table with coastal treasures, plus a few practicalities. Provide storage with a collection of antique sewing baskets, tins, and hatboxes. Rest a painted lamp atop a storage piece to achieve the ideal height for bedside lighting. Use a weathered window screen to visually pull together all the elements.

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