What type of boudoir are you?

It’s been a lovely lovely rainy weekend (we need it). And as always, my thoughts turn inward: who am I? And on my head is the topic of dressing tables/boudoirs.

We all need a spot to place our beauty jars, perfumes, pretty hair things, brooches, rings, earrings, nail polish.

Items on a dressing table, via <a href=

Daron Chatz” width=”400″ height=”572″ class=”size-full wp-image-4691″ /> via Daron Chatz.

And depending on our lifestyle and personality, we all need different “boudoirs”… (i.e. dressing tables). This isn’t a discussion of colours or size, but the style and type of boudoir matched with our needs.

Some of us need a pretty with capital P (and capital P for price)

Lucite boudoir in a pink room, via now defunct Domino

via now defunct Domino

French dressing table in a soft muted colour space

Glass kidney shaped dressing table

Others need a simple furniture piece

Beautiful dressing table

Beautiful dressing table

Others have the need for drawers and drawers

Mirrored dressing table in dark brown room

Others like things hidden in drawers

Mirrored dressing table with two drawers

Vintage dressing table

Some of us who can afford it like a dedicated dressing alcove

Some of us like it in the bathroom!

Boudoir in bathroom

Miss Blythe putting on her face, via rockymountainroz @ Flickr.

Miss Blythe putting on her face, via rockymountainroz @ Flickr

My boudoir style

While I would LOVE to be the sit-down-and-pretty-up-in-a-nice-dedicated-table-on-a-yellow-and-white-stool-type… I realise I’m not that. I’d rather stand at my dressing table, put a face on, put on some earrings and a brooch, slip my rings on and be done.

All in about 10 mins. Less. Maybe 5 mins.

But I still like Pretty.

So I repurposed a pretty white cabinet I got off eBay 2 years ago that used to be my craft cabinet and then bookcase.

A white cabinet much like the one in this gorgeous bedroom…

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I’m really happy with it. It doesn’t need to overflow with makeup or perfumes or brushes. For now, my few bottles and things are enough for me. My trays of earrings and bracelets are all I need.

My dressing table area

My dressing table area

One day I might become a sit down one… like at Miss Pettigrew…

Amy Adams as Delysia in Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

Amy Adams as Delysia in Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day

… but for now… my little white cupboard will do me just fine.

23 April 2009

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

     Viv

    27 April 2009

    I’m so glad you posted about this. I’ve been wondering what to do with my dresser. At the moment I use it to dump things too.The images you posted are lovely. Lots of inspiration – thank you.Viv xx

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    drey

    27 April 2009

    good to hear from you Viv, yes aren’t those pictures lovely lovely! your home is looking amazing :)

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    sred-kitty

    28 April 2009

    Hi, first-time poster here.I’m moving into a TINY apartment…but I still feel I need a boudoir. Solution? I’m going to turn my entire bathroom into a girly retreat with the sink acting as a kind of boudoir dressing table. I’d love to have a sit-down dressing table, but I don’t think I can manage it. Still, you’ve given me some great ideas.

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    drey

    28 April 2009

    thanks sred-kitty! check out my next post… you may like it :)

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    royal creme

    4 May 2009

    Perhaps the question would be better posed as “what type of boudoir do you desire to be?” There is the boudoir we make do with and then there is the one that lies in our future, the dressing alcove…

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    CHEFUSERBLUE

    15 May 2009

    BEATIFUL MIRRORED BED I LOVE MIRRORED FURNITURE, I JUST LOOK AT IT FROM TIME TO TIME IVE SEEN YOUR BED A COUPLE IF TIMES. WHEN I CAN AFFORD IT IT I TO WILL HAVE A MIRRIRED BEDROOM THANKS ITS GREAT CHEFUSERBLUE@AOL.COM

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    drey

    20 May 2009

    chefuserblue: yes mirrored furniture lends a luxury and glamour to a simple room. pity they are so darn pricey!!!

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    Bonnie

    24 June 2009

    I just discovered your blog and think its fabulous! The vanities are stunning! I sent your post about boudoirs and dressing tables to Claudia at The Paris Apartment. She has a blog and is doing a project about modern vanities… http://parisapartment.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/giving-it-all-away/ Your collection of pics are the best I've seen!

  9. Reply

    drey

    24 June 2009

    Hi Bonnie :) Thanks for leaving comment, so good to hear from you!Glad you liked the vanity post :)

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