Last week I talked about the reason for refreshing the master: a king bed. So you’d think I’d start there in the design, right? Well, I didn’t. I should say I didn’t end up starting there. A few years ago I began following The French Manoir on Instagram. Julie owns an exquisite chateau in France, and I was really inspired by her home. What captured me the most were her guest beds.
I dreamed of having a bed with that much personality, but I also knew that a bed that old wasn’t going to come in a king. Once I mourned my loss, I set out to find a king that had a similar feel. When dealing with a king bed, a substantial nightstand is always a good idea.
Whether it be a dresser, chest, or small desk – these pieces will add weight to the sides and help balance out that king-size frame. A big piece can also bring lots of extra bedside storage – something I’m currently lacking. I need a place for a nice lamp, a glass of water, magazines I dream of getting to, my Bible and devotionals…I love to work in bed, fold laundry in bed, paint my nails in bed, watch the iPad in bed…basically anything I want to do by myself because kids happens in my bedroom where I can lock myself in. Keeping these things stored nice and neat at the ready for a moment to myself sounds ideal. In the midst of my search I stumbled on this chest from Frontgate.
Sometimes I happen upon an item that changes the trajectory of my plans. This chest was it. I knew I wanted some sort of dresser to act as nightstands, but this piece also had the feeling I was going for with the bed in a more updated finish. The gold details really pop against the sleek black paint, and that marble top is just the lap of bedside luxury. I may not love my alarm going off, but to grab it off of a cool slab of stone makes the action of hitting snooze a little bit nicer.
A jumping off point in a room can be anything that strikes your fancy, and fancy these are. From here I was able to snowball down the list of other items I needed. I’ll share more soon…
What kind of nightstand are you workin’ with? What’s important for you to have bedside?