May 13, 2011


I am constantly on the lookout for decorating inspiration. Recently, I found a dream bedroom featured in Coastal Living. On April 28, I sent a scan of it to my mom {since she's a decorator extraordinaire} so she could help me figure out how to create an inspired room within our budget. Of particular interest to me, were the bedside tables:
You see, Peter and I don't have any. I act like we do keeping a number of things on the floor my the bed but I've always thought that actual tables would be nice. The table featured in the article is a $185 Island Retreat table that the designers painted white. They are a bit above our budget! 

On May 4, my mom saw a listing on the Baltimore Craigslist for "2 Cool Endtables" for $30. She emailed me the link to see if I would like them. The tables looked dreamy, and the price was oh-so affordable, so I said, "Yes, please!" We talked about how the heck I was going to get the tables from Maryland to Tennesee and resolved that it would work itself out. Somehow.

When she went to pick them up she struck up a conversation with the young lady selling the tables. We will call this lady Jess. I imagine their conversation went something like this:
Mom: Well you're not from here, are you?
Jess: No, my grandmother just passed away and we're just up cleaning out her apartment. I live in Tennessee. 
Mom: No way! I'm actually getting these for my daughter who lives in Tennessee. Where do you live?
Jess: I live in Memphis...
Mom: So does my daughter. She lives in Midtown. 
Jess: Oh, well I actually live in Germantown.
Mom: It's so funny we were just talking about how she would get them to Memphis. Could I pay you to take them there?
Jess: Pay me? No, I'm Southern, we love to do these things {That is a direct quote!} I'd be happy to take them. I don't know if they will fit in my car but I can certainly get them into my mom's car.
Mom: Well, I'd like to pay you 'cause I have some lamps I'd like to get to her too.
Jess: Just bring them on over. I'm happy to take them back with me.
At this point, my mom left to get the lamps, which were also found on the Baltimore Craigslist. They were a steal, at $5 each, as well as large, yellow, and wildly fun:
Mom gave Jess my number and vigilantly hoped that she was as honest as she seemed.

Well, yesterday I got a call from Jess. She had the tables and lamps and wanted to get them to me. This morning, the items that I got for $40 on the Baltimore Craigslist were delivered to me free of charge in Memphis, Tennessee.  I went ahead and gave Karen some Muddy's cupcakes as a "Thank You" and she was delighted.  But not as delighted as me. Check out this room!  I hope you can see all of the potential:


  1. Awesome finds! I love when things work out that way. Hope you are well, friend :)

  2. Oh my gosh, that's so crazy. You were definitely meant to have those tables! Love it! And those lamps are precious!