DRESSING AREA DESIGN
Setting up dressing areas seems to be my thing these days. I’ve designed 3 in the last few weeks. Bathrooms aren’t always the most spacious, and girls have so much stuff that it is nice to have a place to organize it all. I’m currently waiting on my new vanity to be delivered, and my bathroom is filled to the max with products, brushes, and tools. I can’t wait to have it all set up and stashed in my new table.
To set up your own space for getting ready you really only need three things. A table, seat, and mirror. Piecing together your dressing area as opposed to buying a ready-made set opens up the possibilities for you to get creative. I’ve pulled together four different looks that show how easy it is to fit a vanity into your home, budget, and décor.
This first grouping is a more contemporary take on my old table in the room above. The minute I saw this small mint desk I was smitten or mintten if you will (bad, I know), and I wish it would fit somewhere in my current home. I ended up purchasing the larger white version for my own vanity. This is for a girl who is short on space, but wants a little corner to call her own. You could store makeup in the top drawer and brushes or cotton balls in the faux shagreen canister. If you wanted to take it step further add a small lidded basket on the floor for hair tool storage, and an enclosed jewelry box on top. These simple sconces will be popping up a lot this year in my work. They are the perfect scale and finish for so many applications.
This is my take on a minimalist vanity. I wish my life was simple enough that I could use something like this, because I love the arrangement so much. Remember you don’t have to stick to typical tables to accomplish your goal. This surface is a zinc covered floating shelf. The mix of shiny mirror, rough metal, raw wood, and marble is a match made in finish heaven. I am bookmarking this idea to use later if I ever get the perfect powder room project. I would love to replace the marble tray with a vessel sink and have the mirror and stool adjacent to it.
I ran across this art print the other day, and it has been stuck in my head ever since. I’m sure I was channeling it when I pulled this furniture, and it popped up again when searching for an accent piece. I’ve used an ottoman instead of a chair for the last three looks, because I like that it can be tucked under to save space. Plus, hairspray fallout seems to always find its way to back of the chair. If you opt for a chair instead, throw a towel over the back before you spray.
This one is the funkiest of the bunch, in a very good way. I’ve used this desk on a recent project, and the simple parson shape is perfection covered in brass. Instead of a single mirror, why not three! If they are hung close enough there shouldn’t be a huge interruption in your reflection. The matte leather, and woven basket add a softness and contrast to the other shine heavy materials. Top off the whole thing with a silver swing arm lamp to complete the look.
The nice thing about all of these is that you could easily use them as an actual desk or entry table if your living arrangement changes. Versatility at it's best. Which dressing area would you choose?
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