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Friday Five: Nightstand

November 12, 2010
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Ah, nightstands. Mine were the very first pieces of furniture I bought when I graduated from college

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. Kinda random, but they’re a pretty vital piece of furniture in my book. Why? Because I have tons of stuff to heap upon it and keep within arms reach at all times of the night. I see some bedrooms that don’t have 2 nightstands and I would definitely not be okay with that. Unfortunately, our guest bedroom only has room for a nightstand on one side, so I don’t exactly practice what I preach.


This is the pile that’s on there now. I admit, I’ve been a bit slack in reading lately. I started Run while flying back from Paris. Gig was a gift from my friend Beth, and it’s a great one to just pick up and read a chapter at a time. And Naturally Thin is a diet book that actually makes a whole lotta sense (though I don’t really follow it) and who doesn’t love Bethenny? I need to buy our next book club book and heap it atop the stack.


So, I don’t have this exact tray, but I do have another small dish that’s also from (where else?) Anthropologie. It was a gift from my friend, Jackie. I use it to put earrings that I forget to take off before I get into bed, medicine that I’ll forget to take in the morning, tweezers, and…


Cannot. Live. Without. It. I’ve even gotten Taylor to admit that it’s superior to the classic Chap-stick. I buy them by the half-dozen and keep one within reach pretty much at all times.


This little dude is from Ikea. It’s basic. It ticks a bit loudly, but I really only notice it when I can’t sleep. I don’t use the alarm function on it, instead using my iPhone (or more often than not, Taylor’s iPhone). It’s set between 5 and 10 minutes fast, which doesn’t really help me.


Before I pitter-patter off to bed, I fill up a glass of water. And I usually don’t drink it until the middle of the night when I often wake up and guzzle two-thirds of it. I have to do this no matter where I am—a hotel, a friend’s house, anywhere. And, knock on wood, I rarely have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. I also have a little green and white tile coaster from Anthropologie (duh) that looks similar to the super cute Dwell coaster pictured above.

What are your nightstand musts?

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  1. November 12, 2010 6:45 pm

    My nightstand has:

    1. A stack of books. I’m reading Philip Roth’s Indignation right now, but I’m not ashamed to admit that Michael Ian Black’s My Custom Van and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face is on there, too. It’s terrible, by the way.

    2. An alarm clock whose radio won’t tune off of static, which is what I wake up to.

    3. This West Elm lamp in Gray Bone. Matt has Hammered Metal on his side:

    4. Either a mini pot of Vaseline or tins of Rosebud Salve in original and strawberry. The Strawberry smells exactly like NesQuick Strawberry Milk and therefore rules my life.

    5. Two front cat paws. The back end of the cat stays on the bed, so she looks weirdly secretarial, like she’s working at a desk.

    I hate you for not waking up to pee in the middle of the night. Not only do I have to do that every night, but I’ve been known to wake up and pee up to three times. My mother thinks I should see a doctor, but I think I should probably just stop drinking champagne before bed. Hard to do, though, when EVERY SINGLE DAY IS A PARTY IN MY HONOR.

  2. lucyglib permalink
    November 12, 2010 8:22 pm

    Yay, “Gig.”

    We have one nightstand but then two wee little shelves mounted at shoulder height. Enough to hold an iPhone and a book for Cody, which is all he needs. Plus, my dresser is ALMOST within arm’s reach so I can have more stuff there. On my nightstand:

    1. One to two books – currently Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short,” Ben Elton’s “Past Mortem,” which I just finished and nearly vomited multiple times whilst reading, and the reading for my two bookclubs – Charles Baxter’s “Feast of Love” and Steve Hely’s “How I Became a Famous Novelist.”

    2. Water. Sometimes more than one glass because I’m bad about hoarding them.

    3. Hand lotion of some kind, any kind. Right now it’s Eucherin. Sometimes Aveda, sometimes Burt’s Bees.

    4. Remotes to the TV/DVD/TiVo. We have a TV in the bedroom. It’s shameful but I often can’t fall asleep without it.

    5. An empty wineglass (roughly three nights a week).

    Meanwhile, I stick my iPhone in the crevice between mattress and bed frame just in case I knock over my water glass(es).

    KRISTA: I usually have to “hit the head” every night, sometimes more, and I’ve BEEN to multiple doctors who shrug and say “You have a naturally small bladder that is easily irritated. Welcome to a lifetime of inconvenience and discomfort.” I’m sort of looking forward to the Depends years.

    • November 15, 2010 8:27 pm

      I’m going to use this as an official diagnosis and therefore avoid a doctor’s appointment. I don’t need anybody poking around my bladder, thank you very much.

      (I’ll go in for a 2-for-1 on Depends with you.)

  3. November 12, 2010 9:42 pm

    Burt’s Bees does preserve the lips better, but I still prefer the classic black and white cylinder of the Original Chapstick. It also keeps kissing from being so medicinal.

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