Monday, February 1, 2010

What’s On Your Bedside Table?

Barb at Grits and Glamour has invited us to share on Tabletop Tuesdays. I think bedside tables often provide an intimate look into the life of its owner. Are there books and a favorite beverage, or a box of Kleenex and cold medication? Do you have pictures, mementos, or family heirlooms? Here is mine on a good day.

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“The Baby” gave me a new lamp for Christmas. He was listening when I mentioned this bird lamp at Hobby Lobby. Lately, I seem to be drawn to bird-themed decor.

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I love the brown and bronze textured branches. It almost looks like the bare oak tree looming right outside my window. It’s perfect for this blue and brown room where I have tried to give a nod to both feminine and masculine taste. And yes, that is painted grass cloth on the wall behind the bed. And no, I didn’t do it, but from everything I’ve read I will have to learn to live with it or go to extreme trouble to remove it. Any ideas?

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This little ruffled piece of local pottery was a gift from a dinner guest. It’s the perfect place to drop my rings when I lather up my hands with body butter :) The colors are just right.

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There are always books beside my bed. I love to read and my taste is varied. The top book is morning reading—My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers published in the United States in 1935. Oswald was a Bible college teacher in London and YMCA chaplain. His devotions were collected and published by his wife posthumously. Today it is one of the bestselling devotionals of all time and a good way to start my day. The Devil’s Punchbowl is quite the opposite and not for the faint of heart. It is the latest piece of fiction by one of my favorite thriller authors Greg Iles. Iles, a Mississippi native, brings the characters and setting of Natchez, MS into vivid focus and gives a face to true evil.

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On a much lighter note, I received this wonderful book from my daughter for Christmas. Author Carolyn Roehm is at home in both the world of fashion and entertaining. This beautiful book is filled with three of my favorite things—gorgeous pictures, food, and tables.

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As the book jacket says, “She follows the seasons to provide year-round suggestions for place settings, floral arrangements, and menus”.

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Her ideas range from the very elegant and formal table to the low key and casual picnic.

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The pictures, menus, and recipes in this book should keep me occupied until at least April. :)

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I hope you’ll join Barb at Grits and Glamour for Tabletop Tuesdays. Now, tell me, what’s on your bedside table?

53 comments:

  1. How lovely! I'd have to take a before and after shot of mine. It's almost always cluttered, as is my life. On rare occasions, it's picture perfect, which is the way I see it in my mind.

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  2. I love your lamp with the birds - very pretty. Presently, with our home for sale, our real estate agent and her "stager" won't even let me have a box of tissue on the table!!!!! Guess I just can't sneeze!

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  3. You lamp is so cute! My table is interesting right now - alarm clock, lamp (not as cute as yours!), picture of hubby and I, picture of my kids, votive candle and a stack of literature on new countertops! That is the next project.

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  4. Your table is so neat looking - Love the lamp.
    I have a small table, so not room for much more than a lamp and clock. Right now a battery operated radio and flash light is there also - put them there in case of power outage when everything froze over

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  5. Your nightstand looks just lovely. Your lamp is just gorgeous, what a great find. Love it. YOur book is great too, I love all the pics and I am sure it's a wonderful read. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Oh, I love your bird lamp Susan! I have a thing for birds, and you just reminded me I need to go hang up a new bird feeder I got! hehe. Thanks for sharing, Cindy

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  7. such a sweet vignette, one of dreams and memories...thank you for sharing it with us!

    The older it is(the wallpaper) the harder the take down... :( I can tell you it is a pain in the patootie...bright side...grass cloth is coming back in vogue...go figure!

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  8. We just bought new bedside tables over the weekend. I'm not sure what will be on them yet. I keep switching things around. I love your lamp!

    Sue

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  9. Love the bird lamp, actually I like the whole vignette...Christine

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  10. How pretty! Mine has a lamp, a plant, and a similar stack of books. Your "At Home" book looks like a fun one to page through. Enjoy!

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  11. Your night stand is so pretty. Love the lamp. I have an Alibaster lamp with carved roses and a lace shade, books, pens in a 'remember me' tea cup, a few fresh flowers,a plant and Rosarie beads on my night stand. I'd probably have more but I ran out of room:)
    ~Debra
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

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  12. Love your night stand....can't show mine as I usually have a mile high pile of magazines - decore, quilting, painting, recipes....they are growing in numbers...I think they are rabbits...
    I am not allowed to read a novel - because then I won't do anything else until it is done...lol ! I am loving all that bird stuff too - cute lamp !
    Kammy

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  13. I have Carolyn Roehme too. I love just looking through it,,so pretty.

    Your new lamp is very nice...

    Mine has a lamp, the remote, the book I am reading,and tissues..not very exciting....sometimes dust too! :)

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  14. what a beautiful lamp! I love it! your whole post was great today!!!

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  15. Love your lamp, very unique! Looks like you have some very interesting books. I bet you get tons of ideals from them. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  16. Beautiful Post!!!! Thank you for stopping by to see me. It is soooooooooo nice to meet you too! Love your lamp. Charlene

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  17. Great vignette. I adore that bird lamp. Birds are really the in thing in home decor this year. I have a bird lamp in my powder room.

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  18. What a wonderful gift that piece of pottery was!! This was a lovely post!!~

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  19. i love the lamp! and what great gifts! the pottery and that wonderful book from your daughter! thanks for stopping by for my very first giveaway! good luck! i hope you visit again soon!

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  20. I love the way you've arranged the table. The lamp is lovely and unique. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. That is a very lovely lamp! Those birds are cute and I like the brown colour of the shade as well as the shape. Nice contrast in the books you have selected to have on hand.

    DD

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  22. Beautiful Bedside table, love the lamp and the tray. Thanks for sharing pages from the book.

    Barbara

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  23. That's a beautiful tablescape, but I must say that the lamp really sets things off! Wow! I love my "Utmost for His Highest" too. Do you have the modern update? We have both. Again, that birdie lamp stole the show! Linda

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  24. Hello Susan,
    Thanks for coming by BellaCasa today and especially for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Your bedside table looks so neat compared to mine, but I'm planning a new vignette there soon...so that will change. I have always been drawn to birds and have bird lamps too.

    Jan
    BellaCasa

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  25. Oops...forgot to invite you to come back to BellaCasa next Wednesday to share a vignette with us.

    Jan

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  26. Susan your bird lamp is just gorgeous! Love it!

    Thank you for entering my Spring giveaway sweet friend. I will announce the winner with my new post later this afternoon.

    Have a blessed day. ~Melissa :)

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  27. Susan, such a lovely vignette. I love, love the lamp!!

    Barb ♥

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  28. Hi Susan! You have a lovely setting on your bedside table. That lamp is adorable. What a wonderful hubby to really be listening! Everything looks so neat! The pottery is beautiful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. Hi Susan,

    Loved seeing your bedside table. The bird lamp is so gorgeous and neat to see your line up of books.

    Have a great week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  30. Susan- You should definitely consider doing reviews for Food for Thought. I think you'd be really good at it... Nancy
    PS: I think you should also visit my 'bird' post!

    http://athomeinthehills.blogspot.com/2009/03/bird-brained-decorating-sorta-scary.html

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  31. Oh Sweetie...
    I love your post. So beautiful. The lamp is just gorgeous. It looks so real and one can lie there and imagine that tree outside your window. I love the little bird. Hobby Lobby hu? May need to make a run.

    I love the dish you keep your rings in, it is so beautiful and you know when you put them there they are in the best hands possible. He will protect them as he does us every day of our lives. Thank you so much for sharing sweetie.

    As always I have so enjoyed my visit. I love to come over the rainbow, just to receive the beautiful pot of gold in each of your posts. Thank you for sharing. Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

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  32. Cool lamp and a very eclectic stack of books you have to read! The Roehm books is beautiful! I'm sure you find many lovely ideas in it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  33. I love that pottery dish with the cross on it. I kind of have a thing for pottery. It looks like Peter's pottery from Mississippi. And I can't believe it, but when Hobby Lobby had their lamps on sale and I went back to get that very one, it was gone. Yes, I guess it was yours, ha. I just love it. I'll keep my eye out for another.
    Sheila

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  34. Susan, that lamp is so pretty, and love the bowl you put your rings in. I think I need to get that book of table settings and recipes. laurie

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