Something very strange has been going on in my house lately. I can't quite pinpoint when it started. And I can't really tell you when I first noticed. Just under four years ago, all my favourite things, our precious things, slowly started making their way on to higher shelves. Or were wrapped up carefully and placed snugly in boxes and hidden in cupboards. All the little things that I'd collected over the years and displayed ever so proudly around our home had suddenly become 'treasure' in the eyes of my eldest, his sticky, curious fingers inevitably homing in on the most fragile of all the ornaments. By the time his brother came along, we had wised up to a baby's need to touch and chew everything in sight, so in the bubble wrap and brown paper everything remained. However, slowly but surely, as we've been changing rooms in our house, the vases and goblets, frames and dishes that were once banished in to darkness have suddenly been granted a chance to stand proud, and in tact, on tables and sideboards and sills for all to see and admire. And. Not once have they been touched, tasted or tampered with. It would seem that their attractiveness to toddlers has waned. So now all of the bare surfaces can become beautiful again.
My favourite place for placing my favourite things (there's a tongue twister for you) is my bedside table. It's a special spot just for me in a house full of the chaos that comes with living with three boys. Flowers, vases, photographs, books, teacups, perfume bottles, and trinkets. Recently, not one of them has met with a sticky-fingered end and I love to sneak away for a few minutes and lie on my bed and breathe in their prettiness ... and post pictures on Instagram.
Our bedside tables were inherited and while very nice, they're not entirely to our taste. They're perfectly useable which means that we can't really justify replacing them at the moment when we have more important house projects to fund.
The folks at Furniture Village recently sent me an email asking if I'd have a look around their store and share a few of my favourite things with you. The amount of amazing pieces that they stock is vast so I decided to narrow my search to the humble bedside table with a view to creating a sort of wish list for when we're in a better position to make a purchase.
And here's what I found ...
While I really like a white or pale wood bedside table, as soon as I saw the round, walnut Bergen one (number 4), it was love at first sight. Just look at it. It's so sleek. The perfect blend of retro styling with a modern finish. It's divine! It would go perfectly with our bed too. The jury's out on how long I can hold off from clicking the 'Add to Basket' button. I've already started picturing it in our bedroom and what I can place on it and where. It's so, so tempting.
If you fancy seeing a master stylist at work, have a look at this short clip from Emily Henderson. When we finally get our new bedside tables, I might try putting something similar together. What do you think?