The words by Diana Vreeland about narcissism and vanity sounded perfect for this post about vanity tables, also called dressing tables.
I’m still dreaming of a vanity table and I wonder if I’ll ever have the right one, because I like minimalist ones but I also have a thing for those dressing tables that look like they belonged to some actress of the Old Hollywood.
A vanity table should be beautiful and practical, roomy enough for all your beauty products, placed where there’s a good light or equipped with a good lighting. I know that placing a dressing table in the bathroom could seem a good idea. But it’s not. Humidity and skincare/beauty products are not compatible, not to mention all the germs that proliferate there (you can read about the mistakes people usually make about the bathroom here).
So, obviously, the best places for a vanity table are the bedroom or the dressing area (we all dream of having a beautiful walk-in closet).
Just a bit of history. The vanity table as we know it was born in the XVIII century and it was called toilet table, from the French word toile, which means canvas. In fact, a piece of fabric was spread on a table to arrange cosmetics and beauty products for personal hygiene. It was used by both men and women. By the XIX century it was a kind of must-have for wealthy people. As it often happens, cinema made vanity tables popular. Starting from the ’20s they were often featured in films. Obviously they became the object of desire of many women.
These are some pretty vanity tables. And a post with pretty objects to accessorize them is coming soon!
Ikea BRIMNES. This is a minimalist and pretty affordable vanity table. I like the hinged lid with the mirror and the red compartments.
Maisons du Monde JAGGER. This is one of the most beautiful vanity tables I found online. I think it has some vintage vibes, even if a single, big drawer can be a bit impractical.
Maisons du Monde BLUSH. I think the style of this vanity table is a mix between Scandinavian and doll house. It kind of looks like a piece of furniture for children.
Urban Outfitters WIRE LOOP VANITY. If you like metal and glass together (I do), this vanity can be the right one for you. It’s pretty and it has a vintage vibe that will add an interesting touch to your beauty corner. Its reviews are very good.
John Lewis RIYA. Minimalist but with a lot of potential! You can accessorize it with luxury objects or keep things simple. The top is made with the same marble effect resin used for kitchen worktops.