House of Cards, Nightstand of...Books?

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I'll be the first one to admit that I'm one of those stacking types--I stack papers, junk mail, coffee cup sleeves, CD jewels, catalogues--you name it, and I will pile it up precariously in a corner, chuck a paperweight on it (if I can find one), and call it "organized." However, lately I've been seeing a bit of a trend in some decor magazines that feature nightstands that are really just a pile of coffee table books with a lamp perched on top.

At first, I thought, "Hmm, that's...interesting." And then, the more I chewed on it, I started thinking, "What happens if you get that urge to thumb through the entire life collection from Mark Rothko and it's at the bottom of the stack?"

Photo from domino magazine.
-Grace

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