The Year of Vignettes | Side Table Vignette

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 16, 2014 | By:

A Side Table Vignette | How to style a desk that doubles as a night stand

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m focusing on creating vignettes rather than completing an entire space. With a hectic schedule, it feels much more doable -& fun! When I became overwhelmed with our home, I decided it was time to make a change. One at a time, actually. The walls & furniture may not be perfect, but it’s what’s inside them that’s truly a reflection of my family & I. A room is filled with unlimited moments. Moments of beautiful objects grouped together & even better, those little celebrations that happen on a daily basis.

A little girl's bedroom | functional furniture & a pretty vignette

Adalyn is growing up all too quickly. I’m amazed at how much she learns each day. She is growing into a beautiful little girl & I want her room to reflect who she is & what she loves. Currently, that’s creating art, learning, & storing. I found a “desk” {more on that tomorrow} that doubles as a nightstand. I like to use versatile pieces. They’re especially great if you’re decorating a small space or your needs change often.

A beautiful vignette for a little girl's bedroom. The desk doubles as a night stand.

The piece of furniture fits all of the standard requirements for a night stand. I added a clock since Adalyn is learning how to tell time. In fact, she knows if the hand has yet to reach the 7, that it’s not time to wake. There are some glories to your little ones growing up, aren’t there?

Girls bedroom vignette

Since the piece will also be used as a desk, I wanted to leave plenty of workspace for her. I grouped a lamp, decorative dish & flowers to give her ample room to work. She keeps a few of her favorite finds in the dish, which are currently sea shells & rocks. I rarely use silk flowers, but they’re practical for a little girl’s bedroom.

soft & beautiful decorations for a girl's bedroom

beautiful & functional girl's bedroom decorations

After months of searching desperately for the brass lamp I used in Isla’s old room, I finally purchased this brass & glass lamp. It gives the table height, but I’m just not sold on it. I’ve come to realize sometimes, I just have to make compromises – at least until the right piece comes along!

Why this vignette works:


grouping – items of 3 in various heights grouped together add interest

balance – the alarm clock balances the grouping

art – it’s a great focus piece

A Side Table Vignette | How to style a desk that doubles as a night stand


desk/side table – see here | chair – Pottery Barn Kids | bowl – Target | lamp – Target | flowers – Target {a few years ago} | art – Turn Left Designs {more details coming} | clock – Anthropologie | wall paint color

This attainable approach has me energized for more projects! I hope you enjoy The Year of Vignettes! What are you working on?


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