When I went to Peru last month, I had no idea I was going to bring home two suitcases filled with Peruvian textiles. Okay, who am I kidding? I totally knew. I went crazy over all the textiles in Cusco.
I like the high shelf above the bed. Still gives you a place to keeps things while still allowing you to sit up in bed to read and such. Plus I imagine that having to actually sit up to turn off an alarm would help you wake up in the morning.