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Top Bedside Tables for a Patient of Perfection.

There are three things left to purchase to perfect my bedroom look – an upholstered bed and possibly two bedside tables. I have two great ones now but could use a little discreet storage {ahem}. I’ve given myself to the end of the year to make it happen. I like the symmetry of a bed being squeezed by two of the same thing… It gives me  a sense of order before bedtime. After peeling through the latest Serena & Lily catalog, which just gets better and better, I rest my eyes on the Ceylon Side Table. A symmetrical, functional, and stylish bed side table with storage. Then I thought, but I still like that other one from Bungalow 5. Or that one from Oly Studio works beautifully. I want to experience them all. That’s the fun of being a decorator. An eternally practicing patient of perfection. =)

Ceylon Side Table

A clever pullout shelf and roomy drawer get points for functionality. Ceylon Side Table, $395 | Serena and Lily

Jacqui 3-drawer side table

I've always loved the Jacqui 3-drawer side table in White, $ | Bunglaow5.com

Madmen meets Megan. Yes, I adore this nightstands masculine shapes, warm finishes and illuminated stooge cubby. And hats off to local designer Thomas Pheasant. | Baker

Madmen meets Megan. Yes, I adore this nightstands masculine shapes, warm finishes and illuminated stooge cubby. And hats off to local designer Thomas Pheasant. | Baker

Nora Side Table in Limed Oak

Nuts for nailhead trimmed wood furniture. No drawer but a round container or tray would add some discreet storage. Nora Side Table in Limed Oak, $650 | Worlds Away

Ebony, brass plated steel, and caned shelf table, 1st Dibs

I love the openness in a crowded room with the coming together of ebonized wood, brass plated steel, and caned shelf | 1st Dibs

The maple grey stain on this hardwood side table updates a simple and classic design and looks great with silver or gold accents. | Room & Board

The maple grey stain on this hardwood side table updates a simple and classic design and looks great with silver or gold accents. | Room & Board

Anna Bedside Table | Julian Chichester, $2,500

This single-drawer bedside table features beautiful fretwork over an Eglomisé backing. Anna Bedside Table | Julian Chichester, $2,500

Cornice Here, Cornice There.

I put my DIY hands to the test a few weeks ago when the two uneven windows in my bedroom started to REALLY bother me (and they already REALLY bothered me). I had ordered a few yards of fabric to recover inset panels in my headboard. I found I had an extra yard left over and rather quickly scribbled out a plan to make custom cornices to “even up” the side by side bedroom windows. Cornices deliver a sophisticated look that gives height, depth, and elegance to a room. In this case, I wanted to add a texture and height to give the illusion of even windows and enhance the already high ceilings. And I wanted to do it on the cheap.

These are the windows before the new cornices. The linen shades were left over from another designers project and were given to me last year for free. They just so happened to fit (although just a wee tad too skinny)!

In wanting to unify the space and in keeping with my slate silver, cream, and pale gold color scheme, I stuck with the same Robert Allen fabric that was used on the headboard. My cost for the yard? $50.

My honey picked up some 1″ x 12″ wood shelving material, L- brackets, and some staples for my handy staple gun. With tool box in tow, he took them out to our mini patio and cut them down to my specific plans. The cost at Home Depot was less then $30!

cutting down wood for use in a cornice

plans for bedroom window corniceI headed to the craft store and picked up 1/4″ batting to give the cornice a slightly upholstered look. I did not require more then a 45″ x 60″ peice. The store had a sale going on and to my surprise, I only paid $2.05! Score!batting for cornice windows

So I got started. I ironed the fabric and laid it out on my granite countertop backside up. On top of the fabric piece I laid a pace of batting trimmed to size of the fabric. Without much fabric leftover, I had to improvise and fold up as much as I could onto the back of the cornice on top of the battling and staple away.

fabric and wood cornice stapling

It’s best to have a finished interior of the cornice in case you can look up under it or see it from outside when blinds are wide open. But in my case, the roman shades remain drawn at most 1/3 of the window height so one would never see the back of the cornice. After stapling so many times, I realized that an electric staple gun is going on my Christmas wish list.

finished backside of window cornice

Once I inspected the first front panel, I went on to finish the sides and the other window’s cornice. As you can see below, I had to make three separate pieces for the cornice instead of wrapping the fabric around the corner and onto the side rails. The reason? The direction of the pattern was horizontal and there was not enough to cleanly wrap on both sides. So, I made do with the options I had and powered through.

Once the fronts and side were attached, it was time for hanging. To cause less disruption to the walls, my honey simply attached additional L-brackets to the inside tops of each side rail and fastened those to the top side of the window frame. This way, if there is a change of heart with the window treatments, they can be unattached from the wall without any unsightly holes or damage.

Once they both were hung, away went the tools and extras and in came a more complete and layered bedroom all for under $100! Now that I can sleep well to. Sweet dreams!


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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