Last time I showed you my bedroom, it was April last year and it looked like this:
You could sneak peeks of it when I showed you some vignettes of indoor plants around my house, but what I failed to mention is I was in need of a couple of bedside tables. While I did like the layout with one of Poppa’s antique chinese tables to the right, they are small and are made for storing a sherry glass while you watch TV, not piles of books or an indoor plant.
Plus the drawers to the left of the bed, although I still love and need them, are too wide for that side of the room: they were making getting into that side of my wardrobe a bit painful.
So I have been tossing up bedside table options since mid-2015, looking on Gumtree and evaluating what’s available. But although I could find nice options, occasionally, they weren’t “my” bedside tables.
Serendipitously, my aunt was cleaning out her house (I lived there for a while before I bought casa moi). The house, although in a beautiful location, was in such bad condition it needed to be demolished.
[Segue: To do that, meant going through a lifetimes worth of furniture, and belongings: hers, her son’s (my cousin), my other aunts, mine (I’d left some things there) and her parents (my grandparents: DIY Dad’s mum and Dad). My aunt being energetic and capable was trying to do it all herself, but on very hot days, with a tight timeline. So DIY Dad offered his help and so did I: it was the last week of my holidays so I had some time up my sleeve to tap into. We spent a day helping her cart things down, getting covered in dust, and seeing what she wanted to keep: but there was a lot – and she had to make decisions. It is pretty overwhelming to go through a life…in a finite amount of time, and with only a finite set of storage options available.]
One of the things we looked at were some small bedside tables that were living inside her wardrobe (a majestic built in made by my uncle, technically former uncle as they divorced many years ago). He is an amazing carpenter and woodworker: so many things around the house had been made by him.
They – along with many other things that had no home to go to – were going to be put into a skip bin for collection (this council doesn’t do kerbside collections anymore which is a shame), but I asked if I could have them. So I got them!
These are “my” bedside tables: teak veneer, and even though it’s a more modern teak veneer closely matching in colour to my teak veneer Hans Borg wardrobe, with a sleek almost mid-century vibe to them: he would have made these in the 80’s I think.
They really fit the room, and you can see 1 of Poppa’s antique chinese tables (I have a matched pair from Poppa) holding up a canvas in the foreground. You can also see a black leather overnight suitcase given to my by my Grandma (mother’s side): she used that for overnight visits when she was younger (it’s an amazing case, but I think she was more streamlined about packing than I am…I can fit my toiletries into it, but that’s about all).
As I was going through my drawers to store things in my bedsides, I got some assistance from the Ginger Menace.
With mysterious new territory available for exploration, and the opportunity to put cat hair on clothes previously inaccessible: he had to get in on the action:
Meanwhile, the two larger sets of drawers were moved to the foot of the bed. It took a couple more weeks before I could go through them and sort out the objets and tchotchkes on the top of those drawers: I had to resort my costume jewellery collection and redistribute items, but at that point I also still had a bunch of stuff (including silver to clean) from DIY Dad’s and my aunts.