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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vanity Fair

We absolutely love a pretty vanity! Since we were little girls, they were always a special part of the home, where we would sit and watch our pretty mothers getting ready, putting on jewelry, adding a dab of perfume, and checking one last time in the mirror. They are so feminine yet also so functional! In our dream home, we would have a special carveout in the master suite for a vanity, with pretty crystal sconces, soothing wallpaper, and pretty trays and a necklace stand for our pearls.

How peaceful and pretty is this built-in vanity? The paint color and mosaic tile are soft and soothing, and we love the accents like the monogrammed hand towel, the unique mirrors, and the little stool. Southern Accents.

We would love to get ready here! The mirrors are perfect with the cabinets, and we just love the turquoise walls. It's a color that looks good on everyone, and we are firm believers that you should paint your walls (particularly in a vanity/ dressing room) in colors that are flattering for your skin tones! You won't see any pale-ish green walls in our houses! We also love to see rooms that remind us turquoise doesn't have to be beachy. This room is anything but. Tom Stringer.

Mirror mirror! You can't go wrong with a mirrored vanity! We love all the family photos, the pair of crystal lamps, the piles of pearls. So glamorous and over-the-top! Mimi Williams for Southern Accents.

We love the look of "real" furniture in a dressing area. The cabinet to the right of this little vanity is such an unexpected touch. Of course, we think this little lucite stool is just precious- so modern and fabulous! And the mirrors are situated so you can make sure every angle of your head is perfectly coiffed! This is a perfect example of the fact you can make a vanity area out of even just a nook. Vanities aren't just for people with huge bathrooms or dressing areas! Southern Accents.

For a less girly vanity, we love the use of a skirted table with David Hicks' timeless La Fiorentina fabric. For those of us who hear "skirted tables" and automatically think of the round, layerd, poofy monstrosities of the 80's, this is a welcome reminder that skirted tables can look very modern. The turquoise Christopher Spitzmiller lamp and the tiny painting add a welcome splash of color, and of course, fresh flowers are always a nice touch. We also love the fact you could recreate this with your favorite fabric at home, minimal sewing skills needed! Palmer Weiss, photo courtesy of La Dolce Vita.

This beautiful art deco style mirrored vanity belongs to Pamela Skaist Levy, one of the founders of Juicy Couture. So glamorous and flashy- we would expect nothing less from the Juicy ladies! Is that a flokati rug we see in the reflection off the vanity?

Katie Lee Joel's vanity (as well as her house) is just perfect! Regardless of what you think about her, you have to admit she has a fab sense of style. Love that shell sconce on the left!

This white lacquer vanity is a fun and modern twist on a traditional concept. If a super-girlie vanity isn't your thing, this is a great alternative!
And finally, a MoS vanity....

This vanity was sort of a DIY project. I was using the table in my entryway before I found the bamboo chest. I thought the size would work for a vanity, but I didn't love the legs. So I made a skirt for it using Robert Allen's Darby Lane fabric. The mirror is a $14 Goodwill find.

The monogrammed lucite tray was a wedding gift. It makes the traditional mahogany table younger and more fun. And the herend leopard tray makes a chic statement! Much less stuffy than some of the figurines, and a perfect place for hiding jewelry and other odds and ends.

The ring holder is Herend Queen Victoria. The perfume bottle was $3 at Anthropology, and the milk glass vase holding the makeup brushes was $1 at Goodwill.

I found this stool for $5 at the Habitat Re-Store. It was brass with a white pleater cushion. Easy fix- just spray painted it white and then covered the cushion in my bamboo-and-bird fabric left over from my bedroom draperies.
Do you have a vanity? Tell us about it!


Anonymous said...

If I had to choose a favorite vanity......I couldn't!

goheels83 said...

Cute post! I love the DIY vanity - it looks great. The yellow and white flowers are a perfect touch. And damn girl, look at all that bling! Your husband must really love you. :)

Anonymous said...

Yikes, I need to clean off my vanity top! I have way too much junk on it!! Great post!

Anonymous said...

Suggestions on where to get a monogramed lucite tray?

vicki archer said...

These dressing tables are all superb... but the mirrored one... that is super gorgeous... xv

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