On top of the table are the "necessaries" -- a lamp (an old Oriental that I found years ago and have always loved -- the pink in the lamp goes well with the pink in the wallpaper), a clock (not to waken me but so that I will know what time it is), a box (to hide my reading glasses and perhaps any pills I may be taking -- it is vain, I suppose, to hide the glasses!), and books (the top one -- The 3,000 Mile Garden is my current read. Awaiting their turn in the queue French Provincial Furniture (a 1930's book -- I love antique books about antiques!), The Auberge of the Flowering Heath (a favorite read that is both travel book and food book), and A Table on the Tarn (the story of an inn in France and it appears to be more than just a cookbook).
Besides the necessities are a vase of flowers -- I love to wake to a bouquet of flowers and in the summer, there are usually flowers on the bedside table. This winter, the flowers are there because our daughter visited last weekend. Tradition is that there is always a bouquet of fresh flowers and a welcoming light on in her room when she comes. I'm enjoying the flowers before they fade. Two pictures of two of my favorite people -- daughter Sarah and Aunt Pearl -- in silver frames. And a wee iron rabbit under a glass cloche. It serves no purpose, it's only there because I like it!
Please join Barb at Grits and Glamour for Tabletop Tuesday. Tabletop vignettes are interesting and it is always fun to see how everyone "styles" their tables.