What I Keep On My Bedside Table | Dunelm Giveaway

Bedside table decor is a little bit awkward to get right. You want to keep things by your bed that you actually need and use, but also want it to look pretty and uncluttered. Being quite a messy person naturally, I gravitate towards keeping a lot of things on my bedside table. I tried recently to pare it down to the essentials. Stylish accessories that also have a purpose have proven to be the key to a clutter-free look. I also added some pieces to help create the warm and cosy feel that I like in my bedroom, especially at this time of year.

Here’s what I’m keeping on my bedside table this autumn and winter.

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bedside table decor

Some Good Books

Not long ago I had a stack of around ten books on my bedside table, which got a bit overwhelming. Usually I’ll have two or three books on the go at once, mainly because I’m indecisive and change my mind a lot about what I want to be reading.

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I recently won these three books in a competition and decided to put them at the top of my reading list. I tend to read thrillers and horror books most of the time, but decided to switch it up a bit with these. Pieces Of Happiness is about a woman who invites four old school friends to live with her on a cocoa plantation in the South Pacific. Their lives have gone awry for various reasons, and it’s about starting again. Calling Major Tom is about ‘friendship, family and forgiveness’ and is touted as an uplifting and heartwarming read.

Goodbye, Vitamin is the one I’m reading first. Its main character is a thirty something woman who moves back home to help her mother look after her father, who’s in the first stages of dementia. It’s written like a diary, and covers a year in their lives as they adapt to the changes his illness brings. Funny and sad at the same time, I’m enjoying this variation from my norm.

bedside table decor

A Trinket Tray

A few weeks ago I wrote a post showing how I store my jewellery. Having a system like that has helped me become more organised when getting ready, and keeps everything in its place. When I get into bed, I take off the day’s jewellery and put it in this pretty gold pineapple trinket tray from Dunelm.

bedside table decor

Usually at night I’m pretty tired by the time I get into bed, and it’s nice not to have to put everything back in its rightful place when all I want to do is go to sleep. A trinket tray is so handy for keeping watches and jewellery neat. It’s easy to put it all back on the next day, or I can put it away when I’m getting ready and pick something else out.

Lip Balm & Hand Cream

I used to have half the contents of my bathroom cupboards on my bedside table. This took up so much space, so now I keep everything on my dressing table apart from a hand cream and lip balm. These are the last stages of my night time beauty routine and these two products in particular are great to use at night.

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The Burts Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream is extremely thick and moisturising, so I only use it at night. The NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate is an oil, which hydrates as well as plumps (apparently…I’ve just started testing it out). It causes a bit of redness so I only put this on at night too.

A Notebook, Pen & Something I’m Working On

A notebook and pen are essential for me as a blogger, and I have them everywhere. I am a person who has to write everything down, or else I forget. When an idea for a post or the thought of something I really need to do pops into my head, I write it down quickly.

I’m also doing a little bit of work in the evenings to develop my creative writing skills. I used to write stories all the time, but real life sometimes gets in the way of imagination. My dream is to write a book one day, and I have a lot of separate ideas, but am struggling to get them into a coherent narrative. As well as some writing exercises I’m doing every day, I’m also reading How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn.

bedside table decor

It covers lots of different ideas on how you can work as a writer, including as a blogger, freelancer and novelist. Joanna also tackles publication options and advertising. It has great reviews on Amazon so I look forward to getting stuck in each day.

A Cosy Cushion

OK, this is not strictly on my bedside table. But with all this reading I’m doing lately, I need something comfy to lean against. I am in love with this huge, squidgy grey cushion from Dunelm.

bedside table decor

It’s the Large Grey Blanket Stitch Cushion from Jan Constantine’s range at Dunelm. It’s 55cm x 55cm and is the perfect size for snuggling up against. This bedding is also from Dunelm and the cushion matches perfectly.

bedside table decor

A Lamp

Of course, most people have a bedside lamp. I have this quartz effect lamp base from Laura Ashley, and the linen lampshade is from a shop local to me in Monmouth called Biggie Best.

bedside table decor

I like both of these, but they’re not permanent in this bedroom (and neither is the Trysil bedside table from IKEA). We’re still looking for bedside tables to match my dressing table which is in the opposite corner of this room. Ideally we’ll have large mirrored bedside tables and larger lamps. The headboard of our bed is so big that it swallows the lamps up, so I think I need to go bigger and bolder. This area is still a work in progress!


What’s better than candlelight to create a cosy atmosphere? My candle obsession continues, and this Multi-Wick Peace Candle is gorgeous.

bedside table decor

It’s also from the Jan Constantine range at Dunelm. It’s the perfect relaxing scent comprising fresh mint and eucalyptus, soft lavender, geranium and rose, and a base of cedarwood and musk. This candle is great for clearing the head after a hectic day.

bedside table decor

I love this little corner of my house. I’ve managed to keep it uncluttered, and it’s the ideal place for me to retreat to after a long day.

The Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be offering one of my readers the chance to win three items shown in this post from Dunelm.

bedside table decor

bedside table decor

bedside table decor

You could win a Jan Constantine Large Grey Blanket Stitch Cushion (RRP £25), a Jan Constantine Multi-Wick Peace Candle (RRP £12, and it comes in a beautiful gift box) and a Deco Charm Pineapple Trinket Tray (RRP £6).

Entries are via the Gleam app below. The giveaway is open to UK entrants only, and runs until midnight on Sunday 3 December 2017.

Best of luck!

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I was kindly gifted the cushion, candle and trinket tray by Dunelm for the purposes of this review and giveaway. All photographs, words and opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.


  1. iain maciver
    November 14, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    radio and a lamp that’s about it

  2. Margaret Clarkson
    November 14, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Lamp, current book, dish for rings, hairbrush, hand cream

  3. Gerri Tennant
    November 14, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    A lamp, a carafe of water , my watch and a book.

  4. Amy Fidler
    November 14, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Photo of my late dad,lamp and pile of books x

  5. Tracy Nixon
    November 14, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I have a candle, clock and a coaster on my bedside table.

  6. Angela Treadway
    November 14, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Lamp and jewllery box! X

  7. Emma c
    November 14, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Lamp is beautiful

  8. Kirsty Webb
    November 14, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Hand cream and lip balm

  9. lorraine kirk
    November 14, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    I keep a radio that my mum gave me – i will always treasure it!

  10. Debbie Smith
    November 14, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    i have a vintage crochet lace doily and a little glass lamp xxx

  11. Lindsey Stuart
    November 14, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    I have my pretty bed side lamps and in my bedside drawer I have ear phones so I can watch programmes on my laptop without wakening my partner hehe

  12. fiona waterworth
    November 14, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    the remotes for the tv my husband is stuck with a broken ankle

  13. Kelly Newlands
    November 14, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I have a lamp, my kindle, diary and hair ties 🙂

  14. Sadiyya Maryam
    November 14, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Lamp, phone and phone charger and hand cream!

  15. Michaela Smith
    November 14, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Lamp , phone , lip balm , hand cream , clock , water 🙂

  16. laura banks
    November 14, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    alarm clock and ear plugs the hubby snores

  17. Margaret GALLAGHER
    November 14, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I don’t have one st the moment!
    A book and a glass of water by the side of my bed

  18. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 14, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    What a beautiful giveaway, I don’t have a bedside table at the moment, we have jut moved home from a 2 to a 3 bedroom, so am just enjoying having a bedroom again as our old house only had two bedrooms my 13 year old son and 5 year old daughter had a bedroom each and my partner and I were staying in the living room with our 8 month old daughter until we could move xxx

  19. Eileen Sumner
    November 15, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Alarm Clock, book and water

  20. Alica
    November 15, 2017 / 12:52 am

    I have my moisturiser, lamp and alarm clock and that’s it! It is very small tho 🙂

  21. Solange
    November 15, 2017 / 12:58 am

    Lamp, phone, glass of water, hand/eye cream, ear plugs and lip balm.

  22. Jo Hutchinson
    November 15, 2017 / 1:25 am

    a lamp and a book

  23. john prendergast
    November 15, 2017 / 4:32 am

    just a lamp and my tablet

  24. Sue McCarthy
    November 15, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Just a lamp and lip balm, oh and tissues.

  25. Dawn Wilkinson
    November 15, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I also have a glass of water on my bedside table. Have you read the Lee Child series?

    • November 15, 2017 / 11:30 am

      I haven’t – I need to though as have heard such good things about that series.

  26. Elizabeth Smith
    November 15, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I just have an alarm clock and a strip of Rennies

  27. Sarah McVicar
    November 15, 2017 / 11:38 am

    a lamp and always have a glass of water

  28. November 15, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I have my Lumie lamp, whatever book I’m currently reading, This Works pillow spray, my night cream, my watch and, once lights out time is here, my glasses.

  29. Tony Metcalfe
    November 15, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I keep a watch, my glasses (I’d have no chance of reading the time without these) and the TV and Sky remote controls, which is being used less and less lately.

  30. Liam Fitzpatrick
    November 15, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I’ve got a little glow in the dark unicorn , a book and a full pint of water

  31. Annabel Greaves
    November 15, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I have a lamp, alarm clock and reading book xx

  32. clair downham
    November 15, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    lamp phone water

  33. pete c
    November 15, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    just a book and a little torch

  34. Andrea Fletcher
    November 15, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I have a book, lamp and hand cream.

  35. Mark R
    November 15, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    A glass of water, alarm clock, and always a pile of books!

  36. Lorna Ledger
    November 15, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Lavender Oil, a few sprinkles before bed really helps to clear the mind and help me sleep

  37. Angela Boucher
    November 15, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I Keep my alarm clock and a lamp as well as a good book.

  38. Graham Ross
    November 15, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Bedside lamp ,alarm clock and telephone

  39. Ashleigh Allan
    November 15, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    A lamp and my phone

  40. Hannah Rowley
    November 15, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Alarm clock, sleepy moisturiser, a glass of water and bits and bobs like moisturiser perfume hair clips etc

  41. Adrienne McGroder
    November 15, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Lamp, alarm clock, photo of hubby, make up cleanser and toner bottles, nail polish etc

  42. Judith Allen
    November 16, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Kindle, lamp and thyroxine tablets

  43. Carol Thomas
    November 16, 2017 / 2:18 am

    Jug of juice, medication, glasses, mobile, Kindle. If you like light entertainment comedy Sophie Kinsella and the Shopaolic series is fab

  44. November 16, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    i tend to keep a bottle of water, and a book of daily readings to get my day off to a good start. Sometimes some lip balm or hand cream too. x

  45. Judy Kennedy
    November 16, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I will write down exactly what is on my bedside table. Two glasses of water, the crusts of an egg sandwich, a carton of a yoghurt I ate yesterday. One bottle of eye drops. I am currently going through some Annie Proulx books that I was given and after reading Broke Back Mountain (used to watch Westerns with my dad). I am now reading Barskins.

  46. Emma Jones
    November 16, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Lamp, my phone, a candle, a bottle of water and a photo of my 4 munchkins 🙂

  47. Fiona K
    November 16, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    A fan, alarm clock and a glass of water

    November 16, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    just my alarm clock which I never need I wake up too early

  49. rebecca h
    November 16, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I have a couple of books and my lamp, and a lip balm I always put on before bed!

  50. sarah tulley
    November 16, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Just my phone 🙂 and sometimes a drink

  51. Jen A
    November 16, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    My late Dad’s old teddy bear, a lamp and my Lumie clock/light. I also have a journal and a few books (At the moment I have The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells and The Psychopath test by Jon Ronson).

  52. amy bondoc
    November 16, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    my lamp and a candle, itis rather small !

  53. Kathryn Hill
    November 16, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Water, medicines, my phone and a box of tissues.

  54. Emma Nixon
    November 16, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Lamp, water, tissues, medicines, book, ipod, jewellery box.

  55. Claire w
    November 16, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    We are in the middle of decorating so not much other than a lamp and book at the moment but love the idea of the trinket tray!!!

  56. Kerry Kilmister
    November 16, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I have my kindle, my medication and my moisturiser.

  57. Julie T
    November 17, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Recommended reads – Sarah Pinborough, Behind her eyes and Sometimes I wonder about you by Walter Mosley

  58. Chrissy Harris
    November 17, 2017 / 8:34 am

    I always have my kindle on the table as I love to read before bed. I’m currently reading sleeping beauties by Stephen king and I would defiantly recommend this or any of his books.

  59. Ren Taylor
    November 17, 2017 / 8:57 am

    I have a lamp and my jewellery box on my bedside table and i always have a glass of water for the night (I have knocked it over in the night a few times though lol!)

  60. November 17, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    That grey cushion is just the right shade for my room! My bedside table is a mess and definitely needs some arranging!

  61. Susan Howitt
    November 17, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Whatever book I am reading – currently it’s Ragdoll, my lamp and a bottle of water and my mobile, also some tissue.

  62. Laura Avery
    November 17, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    A book love reading!

  63. Chanette Kennedy
    November 17, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I keep the book I’m currently reading and my Kindle on my bedside table as I like to interchange between the two.

  64. Jacqui a Graham
    November 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    My kindle, my bottle of lavender oil, lamp and ear pugs

  65. June Etherington
    November 17, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    Our wedding photo, Lamp, an ornamental glass handbag, glasses & my phone (only when I’m in bed)

  66. helen tovell
    November 17, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I have a jewellery box a framed photo and an alarm clock with a light on on mine

  67. lyn burgess
    November 18, 2017 / 2:35 am

    A lamp, tissues, a case for my glasses and a glass of water

  68. Sophie Grayling
    November 18, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Love dunelm thankfully one is opening soon near me

  69. Alice Colling
    November 18, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Lamp, book, bottle of water and toys left there by my daughter😊

  70. Carol Cross
    November 18, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    My magazine’s and lamp.
    Pile of statements ready for thd accountant

  71. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    November 18, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    I have a lamp and the book i am reading at the moment with a picture of my son too 🙂

  72. Emma chapman
    November 18, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Thanks for this awsum chance

  73. Becky John
    November 18, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    My reading glasses, a bottle of water & my mobile phone.

  74. Cherryl Thomas
    November 18, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    A notepad and pen, and always a book. Have you read either of Clare Mackintosh novels? – fabulous reads!

  75. Thomas Buchanan
    November 18, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    lamp, glass of water, watch and phone

  76. A.E. ADKINS
    November 18, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Book recommendation: Sunne in Splendour or Falls the Shadow by Sharon Penman

  77. Heather Hibbert
    November 18, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    My medication and a glass of juice for through the night

  78. Nicola S
    November 18, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Dust, too much dust. Also a couple of books, lamp and a picture my daughter drew.

  79. Steph Ralph
    November 18, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Hand cream, phone charger, a book and a notebook and pen! <3

  80. Ailsa
    November 19, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Hand cream, foot cream, lip balm and a mouth guard!

  81. Fiona Smith
    November 19, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Generally my mobile phone and a lamp

    November 19, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Lamp, medicines and whichever book I’m reading

  83. Emma
    November 19, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    Water lip balm and night cream

  84. November 19, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I keep my phone, my lamp & my glasses beside my bed.

  85. justine meyer
    November 19, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Lamp, my mums engagement ring, cup of tea, multiple books, ipad, can of coke, torch, remot control, a pot with pens scissors etc nail file. I have a long bedside table x

  86. cheryl hadfield
    November 19, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    alarm clock and book

  87. suan watts
    November 19, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Book, lamp, alarm clock and tissues

  88. Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 19, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I have lots of things on my bedside table! I have a lamp, book, my phone, a pen and paper in case I think of something in the night lol. A cup of water and my alarm clock!

  89. June Lord
    November 19, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    A torch for if we have a power cut or I have to check on one of the kids without disturbing the others.

  90. Sarah Courtney
    November 19, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    I take all my jewelry off every noght enc my wedding ring and put it on my bedside cabinet.

  91. misty
    November 20, 2017 / 12:35 am

    i dont have a bedside table, just dump everything on the floor once im done…

  92. kRIS
    November 20, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Books, I’m currently reading Stephen King Carrie

  93. Elaine Skye Clark
    November 20, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Lamp, books, clock, night cream, bottle of water and tissues…yes it’s a large table. 😀

  94. Amanda tanner
    November 20, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Bed side lamp, mobile phone and hand cream.

  95. leanne weir
    November 21, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    A lamp, water and a book

  96. Donna
    November 21, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    just a lamp and my phone

  97. Heather T
    November 21, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    A bedside lamp, a book, my glasses and a glass of water.

  98. Natalie Jones
    November 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I have various hand creams, jewellery and a book or two!

  99. Alison Johnson
    November 22, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I have a bedside light, my kindle, a jewellery box & a bottle of water.

  100. Lucia Critchley
    November 22, 2017 / 6:57 am

    A candle, a lamp and allsorts of random hair ties and grips!

  101. Marc H
    November 22, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Phone, TV remote, Xbox controller, lamp and my glasses.

  102. Debi Newman
    November 22, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Book, tissues and hand cream x

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