A pretty vanity is the perfect place to start the day or prepare for a night on the town. Lucite and mirrored surfaces add glamour, while wood suits either traditional or eclectic spaces. Antique perfume bottles or hairbrushes on a sterling tray add a touch of silver. If you prefer gold, choose a gilt chair or stool. Place fresh flowers or favorite photos on your dressing table. Tuck a treasured note into the edge of your mirror. No matter which style you prefer, a vanity adds practical beauty to a bedroom, bath or dressing room.

Dressing room in the Manhattan apartment of Aerin Lauder, style and image director of Estee Lauder, who has started a new lifestyle brand, AERIN.
Gracie wall covering, chandelier by Bagues, circa-1970 desk by Gabriella Crespi.
Photography by Simon Upton.
Elle Decor (July - August 2009).

Dressing table and lamps (custom), William McIntosh Design.
Antique chair (Duane Antiques).
Walls upholstered in Great Plains wool fabric from Holly Hunt.
Interior designer: William McIntosh, William McIntosh Design.
Photography by Ann Stratton.
"It Takes a Village" written and produced by Sabine Rothman.

"Mirror, Nancy Corzine. Custom vanity, Design Galleria. Chair, Nancy Corzine in Scalamandre taffeta. Crystal sconces, Sherle Wagner. Custom wallpaper, De Gournay."
"The owners wanted a beautiful home with a youthful freshness."
House in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Interior design by Suzanne Kasler.
Photography by Thibault Jeanson.
"American Classic" text by Dana Micucci.
Veranda (January - February 2011).

"In the master bedroom, crystal drops by sculptor Rob Wynne are mounted above a 1940s vanity and a Samuel Marx mirror; the plaster stool is by John Dickinson
and the curtains are of a Lee Jofa silk."
London duplex.
Interior design by Alex Papachristidis.
Text by Nancy Hass.
Photography by Simon Upton.
"Master Class" produced by Anita Sarsidi.
Elle Decor (December 2010 - January 2011).

Dressing table and mirror by Nancy Corzine.
Chair is Kasler design for Hickory Chair.
Atlanta, Georgia home of designer Suzanne Kasler.
Interior design by Suzanne Kasler.
Renovation by architectural designers William T. Baker and Associates.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Jen Renzi.
"A Perfect Union" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (April 2012).

A dressing room doubles as an office in a Manhattan apartment.
Interiors by architect Barry Goralnick and designers Michael Buchanan and Celeste Bailey.
Photography by Tria Giovan.
"Artistic License" written by Kathleen Mahoney and Jessica Brinkert Holtam.
Decor (Late summer 2009).

"Antiques often need some kind of twist so you don't end up with a claustrophobic vintage vibe. Here, two antique lamps flanking a Deco-style mirror get an update with a Lucite vanity/desk. The see-through piece heightens the Grace Kelly glamour while banishing any lingering fustiness."
Vanity (similar to shown), "Waterfall" by Plexi-craft
Photography by Paul Costello.
Domino (Spring - Summer 2012).

"I painted the room lilac, another one of those non-colors. The curtains are all oyster-colored Belgian linen. And we dressed up her vanity by lacquering the mirror and skirting the table with a royal blue and white taffeta stripe that goes truly beautifully with that lilac. This is not your classic blue and white room. It's sweet and understated."
Bedroom of college-aged daughter in 1920s Mediterranean house in San Francisco.
Interior design by Myra Hoefer.
Photography by Tim Street-Porter.
Produced by Katherine Pearson.
"Color is Dreamy" interview by Mimi Read.
House Beautiful (March 2007).

Another view of the vanity.
Durham Park Stripe in blue and cream by Silk Trading Co. is the fabric used for the antique vanity's skirt. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Misty Memories.
Bedroom of college-aged daughter in 1920s Mediterranean house in San Francisco.
Interior design by Myra Hoefer.
Photography by Tim Street-Porter.
Produced by Katherine Pearson.
"Color is Dreamy" interview by Mimi Read.
House Beautiful (March 2007).

Silk curtains and coral-encrusted mirror in the master bedroom.
Houston, Texas home of designer Michelle Stewart and family.
Interior design by Michelle Stewart of Michelle Stewart Design Inc.
Photography by Tria Giovan.
Produced by Susanna Showers Moldawer.
"White Christmas" by Jill Kirchner Simpson.
Southern Accents (November - December 2005).

"A painted Italian vanity from Lexington Gardens in New York City is paired with an antique chair from Sentimento Antiques."
Circa-1700s farmhouse in northwest Connecticut owned by Sarnataro family.
Interior design by Patricia Sarnataro.
Photography by Werner Straube.
Produced by Karin Lidbeck-Brent.
"Sibling Revelry" by Amy Elbert.
Traditional Home (June 2011).

"Encrusted with mirrors, the woman's dressing table is high-glam; Philippe Starck's clear Louis 'Ghost' chair [from Design Within Reach] adds to the effect." 
The X motif is part of the designer's classical design plan.
Designer: Robert Young, senior design and projects editor for Traditional Home.
Co-designer: Toshie Lim of Wacworks Design.
Bathroom created for Kitchen/Bath Industry Show.
Photography by Greg Scheidemann.
Text by Candace Ord Manroe.
"One Beautiful Bath" produced by Robert Young.
Traditional Home (October 2011).

"Hanging above the dressing table in the master bedroom is a striking painting by artist Gus Yero [through Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory]. The large artwork injects a bold statement into the room, which otherwise is imbued with a soft, peachy glow."
Design by Jennifer Flanders, Jennifer Flanders Inc. Interior Design.
Photography by Steven Randazzo.
Text by Krissa Rossbund.

Ivory cabinets with crystal knobs and teal edging.
Vanity skirt and chair trim in "Este"/Turquoise on Tinted Linen by Alan Campbell.
Fabric on chair front is "Zig Zag"/Brown on Tinted Linen by Alan Campbell.
San Francisco Showhouse (2007).
Interior design by Kendall Wilkinson of Kendall Wilkinson Design
Photography by Andrew McKinney.
Text by Krissa Rossbund.
"Statements of Style 2007" produced by Heather Lobdell.

"Shining over the master bath, the ceiling is covered in torn pieces of wallpaper flecked with silver leaf." (Custom wall covering is "Ripped Silver Paper" by Walter Knabe Studio.)
Dressing table is "Lady's Desk"/Ivory and vanity chair is "Oval Side Chair"; 
Interior design by Suzanne Kasler.
Architectural design by William T. Baker, William T. Baker and Associates Ltd.
Photography by Tria Giovan.
Written by Sarah Egge.
"Young at Heart" produced by Betsy Harris.


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