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

Designer Files: {The Well Travelled Apartment}

You may be sensing a theme around here and it has something to do with the fact that we’re addicted to the idea of traveling this year! It’s the one thing that will make you richer and fulfilled far beyond what any trip may have cost. The memories and self discovery will stay with you a life time. And one of the best ways to keep the experience alive is by collecting keepsakes from your travels in your home- one of the many reasons we’re obsessed with Naja Munthe’s Copenhagen flat!


At first glance, the home is balanced and peaceful. The streamlined design and clean aesthetic capture you and the modern pieces make for beautiful statements throughout. But look a little deeper and you notice what really makes the space a home- objects and figurines, vases and baskets fill various corners and shelves, bringing life and history to an otherwise sparse space. Bet you won’t guess that the chandelier is actually a floor lamp that Naja decided to flip upside down and hang on the ceiling! No big deal.


While the dining room with those bookshelves {holding over 500 books!} is utterly gorgeous, we can’t get enough of the bedroom! It’s a perfect example that you don’t need much more than a bed to make a space super luxe and relaxing. Naja’s room begs the question: who needs a headboard??


And speaking of genius, we’re loving the little details in this bathroom. A lantern and tiny wooden stool in the shower do the trick. One or two thoughtlfully placed pieces can go such a long way- just take a look at that painted skull!

Now just because you haven’t taken a trip to North Africa or Eastern Europe doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar feel in your own home. Shopping vintage and antique stores allows you to get your hands on some one of a kind, well worn and well traveled pieces. But don’t forget that you need to mix in some modern pieces to keep your space from looking like a dusty old shop- think metallic accents, carved wooden pieces and dark, glamorous patterns!


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What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig

Business of Blogging: Uncovering Inspiring Spaces

One of the most common questions I get about blogging is where do you get fresh ideas? As the blogging world has become SO saturated it’s certainly hard to find things that haven’t been talked about 100 times before.

A favorite way I discover new things is to take a break from my regular routine, and most importantly, break away from the online world entirely! As I talked about in our first Business of Blogging post, I find that my surroundings really influence my thinking, so lately I’ve been trying to take fieldtrips to a new spot at least once a month.

The new Blue Bottle Coffee location, W.C. Morse in Oakland, is a perfect example!

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The light bright space is the perfect spot for brainstorming!

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I also prefer to go totally analog for these ideation sessions. I come armed with heaps of magazines {still my favorite source for relevant but unique happenings, designers, art, books and all things pop culture}, and so with coffee and snacks at the ready, I start my list making.

A good list is a beautiful thing. I was one of those uber-nerdy kids who loved taking notes in school. It was so satisfying to make headers, sub-headers and long trails of bullets all neatly categorized and organized {can we say Type A??}.

Taking a quiet hour or two to thumb through my favorite glossies and discover not only fresh content, but new graphic design, layout and editorial ideas is both energizing and therapeutic.

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If I had to make a list of my favorite resources for new discoveries they would include:

> C Magazine. Super chic recaps of all things fabulous coming out of California.

> Australain Shelter Magazines. My two favorites are Inside Out and Belle.

> Vogue Living. It’s Australia-based too but uncovers great design from all over the world.

> The GentlewomanIn-depth profiles of fascinating women. I’m in.

> UK versions of fashion magazines. The articles are actually interesting and usually don’t insult our intelligence {unlike most US fashion magazines!}.

> Kinfolk, Anthology, Hearth, Cereal. These “underground” pubs all chronicle lovely personal stories and amazing spaces with fantastic photography and moving essays.


But even with all this goodness at my fingertips, I’m curious – do you have other sources for fabulous finds and fresh ideas? I’d love to add some new ones to my list!

original photography for Apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick