Sneaky symmetry: How to trick your eye with a faked matching set-up

Our bedroom furniture is by far the nicest, most high-quality furniture we own … so it’s kind of a shame that guests hardly ever get to see it.

The trouble was that because it’s so nice (read: expensive) the set only came with a single nightstand. Getting a second one would have meant spending hundreds of bucks and that didn’t feel feasible at the time, so we’ve always had an unbalanced boudoir.

Although my dear husband didn’t mind charging his iPhone on the floor, it bothered me that we didn’t have the pleasing symmetry of a nightstand — and lamps — on either side of our bed. Of course, my nightstand was so huge we couldn’t fit a matching one even if we decided to shell out the $300 or so.

When I came across a matching set of (ugly, patterned) lamps at a yard sale for $10 over the summer, I decided we had to figure something out. I was going to be a real grown-up with two real nightstands and matching lamps, one way or another …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

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