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Nightstand Vignette

I love a good nightstand vignette, but I always struggle with curating a nightstand because I like things to be practical.  Practical for me involves a place for books, my glasses, something to drink, etc., and decorative items can get in the way.  And I tend to knock them over while frantically trying to turn off the alarm.  As a result, sometimes my nightstands look naked.  But I’m slowly learning to style tables in a way that looks pretty but is still functional.  For me, this means:

  1. A nice, big lamp
  2. Ideally a two shelved table (top for “pretty” & bottom for “stuff”)
  3. One or two larger scale decorative pieces

Keeping in mind the first few photos of nightstands I love and my newfound “rules,” I made an addition to the guest room nightstand which, if you recall, was pretty much just a lamp & a clock:


I aimed to add one more element (groupings of three!) and looked for a piece of the right scale and colour.  Happily, I found one in my mom’s curio cabinet.  Haha.  She actually took it from me, years ago, but it is mine again!



I like it!  The vase adds a bit more colour and interest to the nightstand (especially with some cheery Costco flowers!), but still provies guests ample room for a stack of books, cellphone or glass of water.  What does a nightstand need to make you happy?  What are your styling tricks?



  1. Noelle at Gray Paint Decor
    March 7, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    Your vignette looks lovely! I like a drawer to help hide all of the magazines that end up by my bed.

  2. Dana@Mid2Mod
    March 8, 2011 / 2:14 am

    I really like the subtle play of colors in your vignette. Beautifully done! My nightstands (and preferably even my end tables) have to have drawers. I like them fairly small too. Right now I have a lamp and a small turquoise boomerang dish (for rings, glasses) on one and a lamp and a Moonbeam clock on the other. Not much of a vignette but very serviceable.

  3. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    March 8, 2011 / 4:11 am

    Thanks ladies! I used to have nightstands with drawers too. I loved just shoving away magazines and such. When my grandpa made our current nightstands (which are drawer-less) I had to learn to live without . . . Funny how we adapt.

  4. Amy
    March 9, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love this lamp and your arrangement looks so good!

  5. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 / 4:11 pm

    Love this room! Can you please let me know where you found this funky retro lamp?

  6. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    September 4, 2011 / 4:43 pm

    Thanks for your kind words!The lamp is a vintage Lotte lamp, with a new white shade. I found it at an antique show, but Lotte lamps are still in production today. Your local mid-century shop might be able to order one (many carry Lotte lamps) or you can check out the website: Your online classifieds and estate sales can be a good source for vintage Lotte lamps too.Good luck!

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