into the woods {bedside tables}…

i must confess, there are some elements of home furnishings that still, to this day, defy me… some are just altogether too grown-up to commit to {like buying a “proper” dining table}, others too elusive {the perfect antique wardrobe} and then there are some that, well, inexplicably they just leave me convulsing at the very mention of their name…  allow me to introduce to you my true decorating nemesis: bedside tables…

you would not be the first to ponder how one acquires a phobia for such a seemingly innocuous piece of furniture… it’s not rational, i know… but it’s very, very real… for far too long these ugly, contrived concoctions with drawers & knobs & integrated tea makers {i swear some have those} have ruined what would, & should, otherwise be a very restful space…

& so it was with great relief that i stumbled upon an alternative which is not only simple & stylish, but oh so good on the eye… behold, the wood block…

& this very room is where my love affair with a lump of lumber first began…

i remember distinctly the sharp intake of breath when i first came across this photo on the glossy pages of livingetc. all those years ago… a feverish whoop of delight & a frantic dog-earring of the magazine page swiftly followed…

room for a cup of tea, a good book & a table lamp… done, done & done… what more could a night stand need?

& it never fails to disappoint me… every time i spy yet another convert to the wood-block-bedside-table brigade my heart skips a little beat of joy, reaffirming why i fell for it in the first place… raw & strong, understated & yet possessing an undeniable presence, i think these pieces are majestic!

& so divine is this homage to mother nature herself, it’s even taken on celebrity status {as seen in keri russel’s pad featured in elle decor}…

so, whilst i concede it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, at least the wood block doesn’t deign to make you one either!

images via: passion decorseventeen doorscentral interior design

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