New Guest Series! *What’s On Your Side Of The Bed?*

Bedtime Beauties?

Bedtime Beauties?

I’ve been working on styling that room I won’t mention, and in doing so, I have been tweaking all of the little accents that typically go on a bedside table.  When thinking of my guests and what they may need, I realized that I needed to keep be broad for a wide range of visitors– but I also needed to be thoughtful, and try to keep things cozy and convenient for them.  I started thinking of it in terms of myself, and what I expect to have handy to my own side of the bed…  I made notes.  I began to acquire things.

Then last night I stumbled upon Heavy Table’s “What’s In Your Fridge?” series where they show the interior of a celebrity’s fridge.  I love that idea.  (Best I can tell though, they only did two.  In 2011.  I read them both.  Not enough willing celebs?)  Unfortunately, refrigerators don’t show enough sentimentality or personal taste– well, yeah, the in-your-mouth kinda taste, but you know what I mean!– and those are things that I’m about.  So this morning after I got up, I was doing routine stuff– making the bed, stowing my magazine, and throwing away a tissue I used in some midpoint of the night– and it hit me.  The side of the bed!

And since I’m working on the guest room (apologies, I said it!) the idea melded perfectly with it being my first guest post series!  This way you can meet my awesome friends (and maybe if we’re lucky, some of my personal heroes) and get a glimpse of some interesting decor in the meantime.  My intelligent and tasteful chums can lend some different voices and variety of personal tastes to my little bloggity here.

My Side Of the Bed

My Side Of the Bed

So, in good form, I will go first.  It’s pretty funny that I have chosen this as a theme, because I don’t really have a proper bedside table, just a wee, little, shelf crammed with stuff.  But anyway, we all have a bed of some kind, right?  It should be a relatable but still interesting topic.

I have created a small questionnaire which we will all (hopefully) loosely follow:

Bed Turned Down

Bed Turned Down

1*  When do you usually go to bed?  I am an *extreme* night owl, something that has only been exacerbated by being a parent, bring that often after everyone goes to bed is when I am most productive.  I *try* to go to bed by 2 am, but usually it is after three.

When do you normally get up?  It depends on if school is happening for the lad, but we’ve been getting up in the 8 o’clock hour this Summer.  Sometimes he gets up and I get him fed, and I go back to sleep for 45 minutes or so.  He’s big enough now that I can do that, and he’s totally happy and safe watching cartoons or playing legos.

2*  Do you use  an independent alarm clock, or is it simply a phone function?  We *have* a clock– across the room– which I use to refer to the time during the night, but as of right now I’m not setting any sort of morning alarm.

3*  What’s your pillow situation?  I am a bit of a pillow slut.  My husband has these two foam bricks on his side that he likes, and I have two incredibly fluffy, vintage, down pillows on my side, along with this round bolster thing I’m addicted to.  I sleep with it cuddled to me like I need my woobie or teddy bear….  (Actually its helpful because typically kitties lay on the little valley it makes when the blanket spans between it and me.)  I also have a *ton* of throw pillows, either made by me or thrifted.  The pretty one with the birds and the chair was made from a Laurie Wisbrun kit I got from her etsy shop, scarlet fig.  The sky blue ruched one is vintage, love it.

Paisleybird

Paisleybird

4*  Where did your bedding come from?  My stuff is always a weird mix.  I love to do the mixy-matchy thing, I dig it.  No matched sets here, really.  I have a bit of an addiction to these old, vintage bedspreads from the 60’s and 70’s.  I love them because they completely cover the bed– I like anything that can create a barrier between  the four kitties and the pillow I put my face on– and they are always this nice, light weight, with a broken-in softness by the time they get to me.  This one was a gift from my Mom, but my husband feels it’s sort of ‘grandma,’ which I can see.  I’m going to use it when I make our bedspread out of the ‘approved’ fabrics, and this will be the inside design, so I can still kind of cheat and keep it.  I also pick up vintage floral pillowcases like an addict– you may be able to see some of the patterns peeping out from under the solid cases– but the wear-and-tear on them with regular use is too much.  I opted to use them as liners under these solid or simpler cases, they add just a little bit of *oooh* if you catch the print underneath, and this way they aren’t exposed to body and hair oils as need as frequent washing.

I <3 yu (by Fox)

I <3 Yu

Surprisingly, the orange and turquoise pillowcases, as well as the solid orange topsheet, and the dotty fitted sheet all came from Wal-Mart.  Many of you may know that I do not care for the Wally, but their linens are one of the few things I keep going back for…. these come in a nice high threadcount, all cotton, and they break-in and wear really comfortably.  They come in separates, so you can mix and match (and I do!), and they are about five dollars cheaper by the piece than Target’s selection.  I can’t seem to do better than that anywhere else!

The Stool Setup

The Stool Setup

5*  Do you read in bed?  If so, what?  Sometimes.  Usually by the time I get to bed, I’m pretty tired, but I’m also a magazine addict.  If I make it to bed before Pan, usually I’ll read a little bit of the newest HGTV magazine, or any of the boutiquey decor magazines that I can wedge into my budget.  I also currently have Amy Sedaris’ books stacked there, they (as well as her brother David Sedaris) are also really good for reading a humorous chunk here or there.  As much as I really enjoy fiction, I just have trouble making time for it at this phase of my life, so I haven’t really read a (my-age-appropriate) novel in years.

6*  What’s hanging over your bed?  I have a quirky, asymmetrical mix of wall artthere is a tiny canvas of what I call a “paisleybird;”  a wee love note from my boy in an ornate teal frame (one morning I wasn’t feeling well, he tucked this under my pillow on his way out to school); an empty frame from the fifties that I have painted with Montana Gold’s fantastic turquoise; and a collage I made out of an old magazine page and some paper doll pajamas from the fifties.  I dunno really how to explain with that one, it came together really quickly, just an in the moment assemblage, but I get a kick out of it so I’ve kept it like that.

7*  Are there any nearby details that says this spot belongs to only you?  Tell us about them!  Well, Pan’s side of the bed has no need for a box of tissues, I’m the big sneezer in the family.  I *always* have something handy to my side of the bed to capture the following nasal drip, as it is inevitable after a sneeze.  And for some reason, being in a dead sleep is no reason to stop a sneeze for me, isn’t that cray-cray?  I guess if I’m breathin’, there is the potential for sneezin’!

The Little Shelf

The Little Shelf

There are two items in the pic from the fifties that I use almost daily, the eyeglasses (which do have my prescription in the lenses) and the cosmetic mirror.  This mirror was a Christmas gift from a housemate something like 15 years ago (when I was a single gal), and I just adore it.  It was such a thoughtful gift, and I regularly lay on the bed and obsess over how my eyebrows are slipping down to my chin somehow.  Voluptuous girl problems, that’s all I can say!

The little tiny Fisher Price Minnie Mouse is a toy from my era, and I’ve been keeping it by my bedside since my mother-in-law snuck it there after I had surgery.  We have kind of a thrift store habit that we share, and one day that little buy of mine accidentally went home in one of her packages.  I like it because it’s vintage, but also because aside from my mother, Minnie Mouse was pretty much one of my first fashion icons.  I’m like her– I dig pink, red, and black; polka dots; big, poufy bows; chunky heels; long eyelashes.  And because, you know, I’m also an anthropomorphic mouse.  Right.  She has a wholesome, nostalgic beauty, and I pretty much always respond to that!  Having her there by my bedside was sort of an accident, but she’s become a little totem for me.

Cigar B0x as Bedside Drawer

Cigar B0x as Bedside Drawer

8*  What’s in your drawer?  (Or bowl, basket, bin, shelf, etc.)  Well, I don’t have a drawer, but I have something similar, a wooden box.  Each side of the bed’s headboard has a shelf, and under each is a decoupaged footstool.  Mine is a heart shape, and a wooden cigar box just happens to fit perfectly underneath it.  I also have a mug of little things handy on my shelf thing, so I’ll detail them both. First, in the box:

  • box of mango peach votive candles, for power outages/emergency situations.  I usually have a lighter in there, but it often gets swiped– doing this photo actually reminded me that I should just put in a pack of matches.
  • white sleeping gloves, for doing that crazy lotion thing.
  • more lip balms– I’m a bit of a balm junkie, I cannot go to sleep with dry lips.  You can insert the calling me crazy here, if you’d like.
  • two tennis balls for laying on.  I get the two muscles in the middle of my back all bunched up with housework and stress and stuff, and about the only way I can seem to remedy this by myself is to take a hot bath, do some yoga, and lay on the floor on a couple of tennis balls in juuuust the right spots (not necessarily in that order!).  Again, call me wacko.  It helps.
  • a sad, mostly-used up pack of tissue.  (Again with the sneezes.)
  • oil of olay, ’cause that’s how I roll.  And moisturize.
  • hair ties, because like lip balms, I stash those eeeeeverwherr.

(Aren’t my new teal Ellen Tracy wedge sandals cuuuuuute?  I love them with jeans.)

The other thing I have is a mod coffee cup, which I keep up there on the shelf just to corral some teensy things–

Contents Of the Cup

Contents Of the Cup

  • tweezers, handy for the obsessing
  • two kinds of lip balm– I actually find myself rubbing the caps of these in the dark at night, because I prefer the cherry carmex, and it has a little textured area on the top of it.  The ways we adapt!
  • pink unsnapped glow stick, again in case of emergency, it’ll be handy.  Pink is the only color Fox won’t pilfer.
  • tums, because heartburn happens, and sometimes it wakes me up.
  • the card from my parents, which came in my flowers from them after I had surgery
  • the Laurie Wisbrun bookmark she sent with my order for the pillow!  She’s clever, its definitely helped me remember her name.
  • more hair ties, which I hook on the interestingly-almost-heart-shaped handle of the mug
  • vintage purple plastic elephant pin by avon, came in a set with a yellow lion and a green bear, all awesome and 80s vintage, but I have a soft spot for elephants, so it gets worn more than the others.
My Very Old Kitty

My Very Old Kitty

9*  Do you wear slippers?  Shuffle around in a robe?  How about an old fashioned nightcap (the milinary or alcoholic kind)?  Tell me about your bedtime comforts.  No to pretty much all of those, and I don’t even have any ‘designated’ pjs.  I tend to do the large tee-shirt thing.  I have to brush my teeth, go potty, and put on lip balm *immediately* before laying down for bed, if I don’t, I can’t fall asleep, I’m trained.  My Pavlovian sleep response or something.

10*  Do you watch TV or play on the computer while in bed?  No, we don’t have a TV in there, so no.  And our computers are laptops, but they never really make it up there, we pretty much do all of our computing on the couch in the den in front of the TV….  when I was recovering from my gallbladder surgery, I watched some rom coms on my kid’s portable DVD player, does that count?

11*  Aside from your lamp and clock, what item has been on your bedside table the longest?  (Again, its kinda funny that I don’t have a lamp or clock on my nightstand.)  My only fixture is pretty much the old kitty, Ozzie.  He will be 16 in people years next month, and is just a bony little frail thing, but he’s still king.  The other kitties have respect.  They know he gets first dibs on bed spots.  He is either sleeping in the sliver of mattress between my pillows and the shelf, or on the valley between my side and my cuddled bolster…. or on Pan!  All the other critters wedge themselves in. 

In the last few nights, I woke up feeling so HOT and realized that every live being in the house but my son– sleeping in his room, like a proper champ– was touching me.  It was all I could do not to have a Tippi-style freakout like in The Birds.   Apologies to the defenseless sleeping kitty-dudes that got booted, I just could not handle it!

And that pretty much concludes your not-so-brief tour around my side of the bed, I hope to revisit my spot some unknown months from now when I have officially decorated the space and feel finished with it… and I hope you’re still coming back to read by then!  Tune in next month to peek on someone else’s side of the bed….

*And please contact me if you have interest in featuring your side of the bed!  We’d love to see it!*


 

One Response to “New Guest Series! *What’s On Your Side Of The Bed?*”

  1. I go to bed around 9:00 or 9:30 to a beautiful sleigh bed that sits in the middle of the room, I get up around 7:30. No alarm, I’m retired! We have a Westie dog that makes us get up if we try to sleep in.
    We read in bed for a few minutes and it’s usually garden catalogs for me, fiction for him. We sleep on 300 thread count sheets our kids get us for Christmas each year. He’s on foam block pillows, while I too snuggle up to several feather pillows. I take them on trips with me.
    No nightstand tables, no nighttime water.
    We never have had a tv in the bedroom. Don’t think that’s the place for it.
    It’s our “calm place”. TV doesn’t meld well there.
    I only wear house shoes and robe in winter, since our house is 115 years old and can get chilly in the am.
    I am so lucky to be able to sleep as long as I want, I know many folks my age who have a problem with going or staying asleep.
    I lay down, say my prayers for a great day spent and I ask for another one. I try not to get the ol brain rushing thru what I’ll do tomorrow, or second guessing what I did today.
    Every day without a toe-tag is a good day! Don’t wait to get old before you understand that. Enjoy where you are right now, it’s a slow moving thing, but you’ll never be in this time of your life again.


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