Idea to Steal {23}: Bedside Table Alternatives

Sidetables may not seem like the most exciting decor detail in the world, but I’m here to attest that you can pack a ton of personality into your bedroom with a well-styled sidetable! I’ve been particularly smitten with the non-traditional variety lately – aka different furniture repurposed for sidetable use!

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Apparently, I really like ladders. Every time I spy one used as furniture I just love it. I realize we already showcased a ladder here, but it wasn’t the actual focus of that steal-worthy idea. And I know we’re all well aware of the utility of the leaning ladder as a great space saver. But today, the old school ladder is taking center stage! I’m loving the look of it as a bedside table – there’s a spot for your book, a glass of water and best yet, it creates the perfect perch for a lamp. It’s a lovely way to add a little rustic chic to your boudoir.

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Then there’s the chair-as-sidetable option. I’m a sucker for a great character-filled chair. Something sleek like the Danish mid-century modern option above adds clean lines without feeling cold. A chair like that is a quick way to make a bedroom feel extra homey. And while I’ve never seen the vintage cart as sidetable before, I’m kinda into it! It adds a chic metallic accent and certainly provides plenty of surface area.

How about you? Do you have a favorite sidetable style? If you’re still looking for steal-worthy ideas you’d like to…ahem…borrow, click right here!


image 1: Stylist Pella Hedeby | Photographer Sara Danielsson via stil inspiration | image 2: debbie carlos for sight unseen | image 3: by unknown via pinterest

A DIY for The Books: {Gold Speckled Rug!}

Disclaimer: We are getting con-fi-dent in this creative DIY world. It’s like a semi-addiction- once you successfully conquer one DIY, you can’t stop. We can’t lie, our latest project makes us a little giddy inside- we consider it our most genius DIY yet. Brace yourselves!

Even though the office isn’t quite complete yet, we decided to share one of our favorite makeover projects that we’ve tackled thus far. We’d been searching high and low for a gold-speckled rug for the office ever since we laid eyes on the one in Freda Salvador’s San Francsico boutique. Unfortunately, theirs was from Spain {no thanks, shipping costs!}. We bookmarked a couple of other options online that were ok, but finding the right color hide with the added gold accents we loved was a challenge and not to mention, they were running close to $800!

Determined to do this on the cheap, we dug a little deeper and found this DIY that inspired us to gold speckle our own rug. We bought a super affordable one {under $300!} on Amazon and put our skills to the test- woot!


Have no fear, we’re not pulling your leg when we say that this is the easiest DIY you’ll ever tackle- the results are ah-mazing! All you need is your favorite gold spray paint {we love Design Master’s in 24kt or 12kt gold!} and a cowhide {Amazon, Ikea, Overstock all have great, affordable options!}.


Step 1: In a well ventilated space, spray paint into side of cap, in a heavy, concentrated stream. You’ll want a small puddle of wet paint in the cap.


Step 2: From about 12 inches from the rug, drip paint quickly. You’ll start seeing a pretty even amount of big and small splatters.


Step 3: To achieve smaller drips and splatters, stand up and “throw” the paint onto the rug. This technique creates nice movement on the piece.


Step 4: Step back and take a look at your handy work! Go into areas that need specific gold spots and drop paint closer to rug, about 4-6 inches above. You should achieve bigger spots with this technique. Remember: the more paint in the cap, the bigger the gold spot.

We found the “drop” technique was our favorite in order to achieve the look we wanted. Take a few minutes prior to starting, practicing all three techniques on a scrap cloth to see which you like best!


And 10 minutes later {you move fast when working with wet paint!} you have your finished product! We LOVE the way the rug came out, but you’ll have to wait for the full reveal in the office to see it all. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, is there a spot in your house that could use a little update? You have to try this DIY for yourself- for less than $300 you can achieve a look of a high end rug that would have cost three times the price. It looks like we’re slowly leaving the “DI-buy” team for the DIY team!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Idea to Steal {22}: Put a Clamp On It

In cities like San Francisco where you’re rather short on space {or worse, New York where you live in a closet for an apartment!}, you’re forced to creatively redefine furniture and household objects into space saving, multi-functional machines. As San Franciscans, we’re constantly looking for ways to make our homes feel more spacious which is why we can’t get enough of this Idea to Steal!

The rung ladder has become a universally loved and creative storage solution that continues to get major reincarnation upgrades as people’s spaces, apparently, get smaller and smaller. Bringing things from the ground up, it’s been known to act as an alternative towel bar in the bathroom, clothing rack to hang shirts from, a space to store linens or drape blankets. We’ve even seen it in the kitchen, hung from the ceiling as a pot rack!

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But our absolute favorite use of a ladder showcases a fully multi-functioning magazine rack. In this case, put a clamp lamp on it and this modern magazine rack turns into an equally amazing floor lamp! Two space saving solutions in one? Now there’s an idea to steal!

Head right here if you’re hunting for even more steal-worthy inspiration {I smell a weekend project comin’ on!}

image via Stil Inspiration