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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jen's Nightstand Project

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Jen Nifer proposed this little project.

Here is my narrow little nightstand, an antique made of black walnut, and it allows for no clutter:


Mr. AOW's nightstand is a lot more interesting than mine!

24 comments:

  1. Love the lampshade. I had one for quite awhile that was covered with the cutest kitty fabric. I just glued it on a plain shade, but over time it just wore out.

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  2. Sorry AoW... I never pictured you the Kitty-Lampshade type. ;)

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  3. A friend of mind gave me two of those lampshades. One is on the lamp on the my nightstand (Note matching light switch), and one is on my piano lamp.

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    1. I missed the light switch first time around. I guess they DO go together! :)

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  4. That would never work for me. On my nightstand I have a lamp, clock radio, antique teddy bear my mom brought from the old country, and at least eight books stack up at any one time.

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    1. See my comment below to Jen. If I had more space in the room, I'd have a bigger nightstand!

      I do have a stereo system in the room, BTW. The stereo system is to the right of the bed as you are looking at this photo. I listen to music and audio books -- the radio, not so much.

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  5. Nice lighting, AOW!
    Your nightstand is a reflection of you. :)
    What is the book under your glasses?

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    1. Jen,
      The book is Stephen King's latest novel, Dr. Sleep. The book arrived from Amazon just as my eye trouble struck, so I'm inching my way through a suspenseful read -- and the sequel to The Shining.

      The bed is my great-grandparents' 1880 four poster. I stripped and refinished it myself about 35 years ago. The bedstead is black walnut with a maple inlays, the latter not visible in the photo.

      The doily is one that my mother crocheted back in the 1930s.

      I have no idea how old the lamp is! It's been in the family for a while and has undergone many shade "upgrades."

      Usually, I have a TV remote on my nightstand, but since my eye surgery, I'm not watching TV much in the bedroom.

      BTW, I cannot allow clutter on the top shelf of my nightstand; the second shelf is a bit cluttered with two Bibles and a few other books. Cats are forever racing across the top of the nightstand!

      I'd love to have a bigger nightstand, but a bigger one won't fit into the room, which is quite small (nothing bigger than a standard double possible) and also has space consumed by a cast-iron radiator.

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  6. SF, you're welcome to join in. Clutter is always welcome. My nightstand is messy.

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  7. How wonderful that you have your great grandparent' s bed. I'm sure it's gorgeous!
    Antiques are so meaningful when they are in the family.

    A few years ago, we found a very old tackle box with two "Sunday" outfits from the 1920's. The dress belonged to my great grandmother, and the suit was my great grandfather's.

    I thought it was a beautiful way to remember them....and the fact that the clothes were in a tackle box was interesting, too. ;-)

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    1. You have some of your ancestors' clothing! I don't have any of that! **sigh**

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      After my father died, I found his old tackle box. No clothing in there, but lots of fishing lures and the like. Some of the material in the box dated back on the 1920s.

      I gave the tackle box to my cousin Bob, the oldest of my generation. Before I came along, Dad used to take Bob fishing almost every weekend. Bob has such fond memories of his afternoons spent with Dad. Bob's own father didn't like to fish, but Bob certainly did.

      Because of age-related problems, Bob doesn't fish much now, but he passed along the tackle box to his son and grandsons.

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      Almost all the furniture in my house consists of antiques that have been in the family for a long time -- including a few items dating back to the 1800s. And my antiques aren't just for looking at! They all are functional -- even the old RCA Victrola. You can see a few photos of my house here.

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  8. Yeah, seeing and touching their clothes was surreal.
    I 've got several of my grandmother's old aprons and linens, which I use quite a bit.

    Using these things is key, in my opinion.
    If I keep things but don't use them, they take on a different meaning.

    I enjoyed the photos of your abode. :-)

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  9. I have a feeling that Mr. AOW's night stand looks a lot like mine. Mine is not so much a nightstand as it is a catchall. Some pretty interesting stuff, too... if you dig far enough down... or, if it doesn't avalanche on ya.

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    1. I'm not a Felix Ungar (My home office is a frightening place, as is my walk-in closet!), but certainly Mr. AOW is an Oscar Madison.

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  10. Yeah, Jen, I was attracted by the lighting also. Moody shadow.

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    1. Even as a child, I liked subdued lighting and shadow. I'm a "cocooner" -- or so my mother used to say.

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    2. I'm with you on the light issue.

      I have dimmer switches on just about every light in the house. Most of the lamps are 40W bulbs. I do allow a 100W in the closet and laundry room.

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  11. Love the lamp shade. My night stand is small too, but I always end up piling stuff on it. I should really try to cut back on clutter.

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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    1. Debbie,
      Our cats prevent my piling much on my nightstand. They are forever running across the nightstand!

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  12. When it comes to hight tables I'm deadly dull compared to you guys. All I keep on mine is one of a matched pair of Chinese celadon lamps, one of my four hideous silver-colored plastic telephones, a box of tissues (color-coordinated whenever possible), and the TV remote.

    I haven't been able to read books or magazines for over ten year, so Alas! there's no problem with that kind of clutter.

    I make up for the sparsity on my night table in other areas of the house, believe me. HOWEVER, the only places I will allow messy clutter of any kind is in this office, which looks like the bottom of a very large wastepaper basket with the computer and printer barely visible rising out of the waves of paper that now threaten to cover the floor as well as every other flat surface. The kitchen also has too many things on the counters, but they are friendly things at least including the handmade salad bowl given to my parents as a wedding present in 1933. It only grows more beautiful with age, and has helped give life a sense of continuity as much or more than hundreds of others things that have been handed down to me.

    Talk about lamps. I have 38 of them at last count, and a few more packed away in closets. Most of them are genuine antiques or family pieces from the the 1920's and '30's

    In truth I have wound up being the curator of my family's museum -- a job hat fell naturally into my hands, because I am the only one left who appreciates the wonders of the past. The rest of the family -- all under the age of sixty still -- are "progressives" and so turn their noses up and hoot with scorn at my love for family tradition.

    You may be sure none of them will be remembered in my will. (;-x

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    1. FT,
      I love unique lamps! I wish that I had more of them and places to put them on display.

      What do Chinese celadon lamps look like?

      As you know, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to any "family heirloom." I have a few cousins who appreciate such things, and I hope that they enjoy those items in their own homes after my will is executed.

      I'm more of a clutterbug than you, but if I had more space, I wouldn't have so much clutter. I absolutely refuse to store items that I want to see every day. Seeing and using those things make me feel closer to the departed members of my family.

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    2. FT,
      Speaking of clutter....It's catalogue-avalanche season! Christmas promos and all that. Sheesh. It's all I can to keep up with throwing out the catalogues that I don't want!

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  13. O/T

    AOW, you mentioned Cassandra at Geez. Do you watch Homeland? Claire Danes plays a Cassandra-like character agonizingly well.

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    1. Jen,
      My reference to Cassandra is strictly a Homeric reference. I've never watched Homeland.

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