Mackenzie Schmidt; Virginia Rollison / Lonny
The Bedside Table
BEFORE The yellow lamps were hand-me-downs that never really suited my style, and I’m pretty sure that clock dates back to middle school. AFTER This pair of swing-arm library lamps in a black- and oil-rubbed-brass finish completely fit into all my anomalous design visions. The issue of black lamps blending into dark gray walls was easily resolved with a pair of framed prints reminiscent of African Kuba cloth hung behind each one.

Adjustable Arm Lamp, $75, only $39.99; Abstract Geometric Print, $50, only $29.99; Large Bone Inlay-Style Tray by Max Studio Home, $100, only $35, all at HomeGoods.