Think about older times when furniture was made with a sense of style and purpose. As I watch American classic movies, I find myself paying close attention to the furniture than the actual movie at times, too busy watching the Hollywood starlets beautifying themselves in front of a gorgeous dressing table, lovingly known as the “Vanity”. Nowadays, when one speaks of a vanity they’re usually referring to the bathroom sink base. However, the true form of a vanity is the total opposite. Originally created for the budoir for women to call their own private grooming space, they are indeed a breathtakingly beautiful piece of furniture that was magnificently structured and finely detailed for the lady and her essentials. In vintage bedroom suits, the vanity was essential part of the suit, but today, they’re hardly ever made with the suit. Trying to find one to match modern furniture requires an effort. But since style repeats itself, I’m sure one can be found to blend with any bedroom set. As a woman sits to her vanity while she embellishes herself in front of the mirror, there’s the inner feel of an enchantress that reigns deep within her soul. Posessing traits that can be described as a woman, the vanity is beautiful, curvaceous, stunning and even graceful – because it was created with her style in mind. They invoke a thought of mystery yet beauty and quite simply, can be considered a seductive work of furniture art.
I say it’s time to bring back the “Lady Days” and realize the beauty of sitting in front of your exquisite dressing table to beautify yourself and not in the bathroom. When purchasing my vanity it was a very difficult decision. There were so many styles and designs that spoke to me. In this article I pay homage to the long forgotten object of my desire and want to share some of my favorite styles and, of course, the one that found its way in my heart.
This vanity is almost exactly like the very first one my sister and I found on the street. With a fresh coat of white paint it became the beginning of our love of antique furniture. Notice the delicately curved mirror (this is so pretty).
The French style of this piece was the lucky winner of my heart
A rare find that belongs to a dear friend
Notice the beauty of the wood grain
This style has a full length mirror
Spotted an Art Deco piece while “thrifting” for only $100.00
These are so lovely. Only if I had a house big enough to have more bedrooms, I’d put a vanity in each room.
I hope the styles of these vanities have inspired you to begin your search of your very own exquisite piece to complete your budoir space.