Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dressing room

Most people would never guess that my home has two stories, because you can't tell by the front of the house, but there is indeed a second level built into the side of the hill. In the main upstairs part of the house, along with the kitchen, living room, dining room, etc., there are two bedrooms, one of which was the master bedroom, that I gave to my daughter, and the other is a small room located off the kitchen that I turned into a den/guest room. 

Downstairs, in what I assume was the old maid's quarters, ended up being the perfect place for a master bedroom, especially since it gave me the opportunity to have closet space and it had it's own tiny bathroom. I haven't finished my bedroom yet, because I've been stuck on what color to paint it (and also working on the rest of the house), but after three years of trying to decide, I finally chose a pretty pale yellow and I'll be painting it this Spring.

Anyway, before you walk into what is now my bedroom, there's another little room, which I can only assume was a sitting room for the maid or perhaps a storage room. I painted it a girly, pale, peachy pink and turned it into my dressing room, and I also added a much needed walk in closet.

It ended up being one of my favorite rooms.....

The vanity came from someone that inherited it from their mother and didn't know what to do with it, so he gave it to me for free. It's not in the best condition, because it was sitting in a dirty shop for years, but I don't mind. I just polished it up and left it the way it was.

Aside from my make-up, I added little things that meant something to me, such as pictures of my family and mementos that were given to me by dear friends over the years.

The tag on that little art deco mirror was on a package I received as a gift and I've kept it ever since, because I love what it says and it's a reminder that... 
"Everyday is another chance to make your dreams come true."

I also have a vintage suitcase, that another friend gave me, ready to go for that occasional spontaneous trip.

Here's another old vanity hidden in the corner that my mother gave me years ago, along with one of my very favorite mirrors, which she also gave me when I moved into my first house.

It's obviously too small to use, but I love it, so I just placed an old vanity set there instead. 

Lastly, if the door is ever closed, this little gift from my son, is hanging on the door.

It's not a grand space by any means, but it's a place that speaks to my more girly side and I love it :)



  1. Hello Rue,
    I'm coming over through sweet Kim's blog. I was browsing through your posts, and I decided to comment on this one because I love to look at women's dressing tables. I even did a post about my dressing table once. They tell a lot about the woman, don't they? Yours is so lovely, and the little girl figurine caught my eye. My mother-in-law has one just like it, and every time I visit her, I admire it. You look so pretty in this picture on your side bar.

    It's nice to meet new friends, especially ones that are connected to precious Kim. I hope the new year bring is being good to you.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

    1. Hello Sheri!
      I agree that dressing tables tell a lot about a woman. I suppose mine says that I'm a sentimental fool ;) It was in fact Kim that gave me the little figurine a few years back and it's one of my most treasured items.
      Thank you for the compliment. It's awfully sweet of you and it's nice to meet you too :)
      Happy New Year!

  2. Vanities are my weakness, and yours is quite lovely Rue. It's the one thing I miss in our current for one. I wonder if ever I will have another one.

    1. Thank you, Doreen :) I hope you get another one someday.

  3. Actually, I think that is a really perfect vanity - size, style and shape. Just really perfect.

    big hug

  4. Thatroom is EXQUISITE. I have no more words.

  5. That vanity is gorgeous! that a bottle of FRACAS I see on it??? The black bottle? That would be too weird because I don't know anyone else in the universe who uses that perfume but ME!! That's my all time favorite perfume since I was 21 years old!!! It looks like the same bottle but I can't blow it up to see....

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